Friday, April 24, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 17

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!  This is my first Friday back since YarnCon and I hardly know what to do with myself.  A weekend in a beautiful city surrounded by fellow fiber fanatics only has one drawback...having to leave all of those fiber friends.

This was my first time vending at YarnCon and I plan to return next year.  There isn't a bad spot in the venue, I enjoyed all of the vendors and the team who puts the show together is amazing.  I really appreciated how welcome they made me feel.


So...this weeks post is a highlight of my weekend.  If you get a chance, make sure you check #yarncon on Instagram.  Lots of photos from customers and vendors have been shared.  My spinning wheel got a lot of attention too.  It is My Precious, the one wheel to rule them all, the one wheel to spin it.  I should have taken a photo of my bobbin but I didn't.  I managed to spin 4oz of my Weeping Angels blend  Suri/Merino/Silk.  I promise photos next week...and hopefully a finished yarn.

I also made major progress on my Adirondack shawl.  I was hoping to have it finished for this week.  I have a few hours to go then it will be done.


While at YarnCon, I hate Indian Cuisine for the first time.  It was amazing.  My friends ordered almost everything on the menu which meant I could try a bit of everything.  I loved it!




What I loved most was coming home to my family and farm after a weekend away.  I always enjoy my time surrounded by fiber arts and fiber friends but there is nothing like having a Brother and Sister Bear along with a barn full of Alpacas and Goats to brighten one's day.
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Friday, April 17, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 16

It's Fiber Arts Friday!  Today's post is going to to be short because I am still packing for YarnCon.  How on earth did it get to be the middle of April so fast.  Seriously, I am still functioning in 2012.   This week I was busy plying a couple yarns that have been on my bobbins for a few weeks.  My default spinning is getting finer which means more plies are needed to get a heavier weight yarn.

This is partly due to the desire to keep colors together and spin gradient yarn plus work on my chain plying technique.  The first yarn is my BiFrost.  I am extremely pleased with this yarn.  6oz of 100% BFL that I dyed.  I ended up with 362 yards of 3ply yarn with a 13WPI measurement.  Very pleased, indeed.

The next yar i s my Sunshine Sugar.  This is my favorite Suri Alpaca/Merino/Silk blend from my herd.  I purposely wanted a thicker yarn so I had to think about making those singles a steady even weight.  I have to say, that was a struggle because I wanted to spin thin.  This yarn ended up being 310 yards of 2ply at 9WPI from 7oz.


I have also been crazy trying to finish my Adirondack Shawl.  My goal was to have it completed and blocked for YarnCon.  I have a feeling I will be blocking it in my hotel room tonight.  I'm so close to having it finished.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 15

It's another Fiber Arts Friday!  This week will be more updates on existing projects.  I wish I had something
finished to show off but being sick the last two weeks sure tapped my energy.  I've really been working on two different knitting projects that seem to be taking forever.
First, my Baggins or Took scarf is finally starting to take shape.  I have over 35 inches done.  Of course, I want at least 70 so...it's half done?  I only cast on back in October.  If I didn't have to keep tearing back to correct my chart reading, I'd be a lot further along.  I did get off by two stitches about an inch back but I'm not going to fix it.  I have decided that it's going to stay.

My Adirondack Shawl is over half done too.  I'm officially starting some decreases as my width continues.  I am hoping to have it completed before YarnCon next week.  I had better go into knitting overdrive if that is the case.

Finally, I am filling bobbins up like crazy and will need some serious plying time this weekend.  Yes, the spinning keeps getting in the way of the knitting.


That's about all.  Getting over my pneumonia, I haven't spent much time in the barn letting the family take care of our herd.  Hoping to update my facebook and instagram with more goat kid photos this weekend.
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Friday, April 3, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 14

It's Fiber Arts Friday!  This week my updates are on two WIPS that I'm showing bits of progress on plus and new yarn and GOAT BABIES!

First, I am still knitting my Adirondack Shawl and got another 30 rows completed.  Rows are taking a lot longer to knit but the bright side is that I'm at the halfway point.  Next, I got another 10 inches complete on my Baggins or Took Scarf.  That lace is killing me.  I really should tear back again because I got off by two stitches somewhere but then I fixed it then decided that it's going to be ok because I did it one other place before that I didn't realize.  I truly am a Fool of a Took.  Yeah, I'm moving forward.  I promise pics next week.  I've been sick and finally found out that I have Walking Pneumonia which explains why I've been sick so...photos didn't get taken last night or this morning.

I started spinning a braid of my 100% BFL dyed in the BiFrost colorway last Saturday.  I have 6.2 ounces to spin and must decide if I want to chain ply the yarn or ply it with another fiber.  Decisions, decisions.

Now...Goat Babies!  Scarlet and Willow have both given birth to beautiful kids.  We decided to go with a Walking Dead theme on names this year so Scarlet gave birth to Daryl Dixon, Rick Grimes and Little Ass Kicker aka Judith.

Willow gave birth to Maggie and Michonne yesterday late afternoon.  Goat moms and kids are all doing
great!

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 13

It's Fiber Arts Friday!  This week my post is packed full of handspun yarn.  Lately, whenever I have downtime, that is all I want to do. My wheel is calling for me...it's My Precious.

First, I plied my Cormo fiber.  OMG!  This was a delicious spin.  I chain plied the yarn and ended up with 346 yards at 16 WPI.  I'm very happy with this yarn.

Next, I decided to tailspin some Mohair and Wensleydale fiber that I dyed last Autumn.  I absolutely adore Mohair.  I am that person that adore the halo that fibers like Mohair and Alpaca create.  This yarn reminds me of Easter Eggs.  I spun a total of 54 yards.  The core is cotton.
    

Last but not least, I combined two batts together that were inspired by Tulips to make this textured yarn full of coils and beehives.  The main fiber is Alpaca with a bit of silk and wool.  The yarn is super soft and beautiful.  I spun a total of 45 yards.
   


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Friday, March 20, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 12

Fiber Arts Friday is here again!  This has been a wicked crazy week that has flown by.  My update for the week seems sparse even though many hours have been logged on the same two projects all week long.

According to my Time Hop, I learned how to knit six years ago this week.  WOWZA!  Really?  It seems like I have been knitting and spinning so much longer than that but only six years.  I look at the crazy amount of projects I've created and posted on my project page @Ravelry and it's amazing.  Only six years...

First, I started spinning a 4oz braid of gorgeous 100% Cormo raised and dyed by my friend Char at Cormo 24/7.  Her Cormo is absolutely delicious to spin.  It wants me to spin it finer but I can't.  I think I'm afraid to spin a true lace.  I get it going then it snaps.  I'm spinning a nice single that will be chain-plied into a lovely yarn.



I am also making a lot of progress on my Aridondack Shawl.  I am loving how this is working up and the yarn.  I am so partial to the yarn.  What can I say, it's mine.  The My Pedro base is wonderful.  Yes, I'm partial.

One thing that drives me crazy is trying to photograph red...and blue.  These photos show more of a pink red than the yarn is but...it's in natural light, outdoors with NO SNOW!  Woot!

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 11

It's Fiber Arts Friday!   Friday the 13th and the eve of the ultimate Pi day.  How exciting is that?  Almost as exciting as the fiber arts production of this week, right?  Right!  Minimal mathematical equations are needed to make the perfect yarn...but there is math involved.  Yeah, I know!

The time spent at my spinning wheel and with my knitting needles has been wonderful.  Switching it up and dropping the knitting that wasn't inspiring was the best decision I made.  Those projects will either speak to me after awhile or they will get frogged.  I am making my way through the Adirondack Shawl.  I'm already 183 rows into the project.  Woot!

Next, I finished spinning my Alpaca/Merino yarn.  I am in love with how this turned out.


I currently have a lovely Cormo on my wheel.  It's absolutely delicious and really inspires me to get some sheep.  MUST RESIST SHEEP ;-)
  

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