Friday, April 18, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 16 2014

Here comes Peter Cottontail hopping down the bunny trail...
It's Easter Weekend already!  Week 16 of the year.  Where has time gone?  Happy Fiber Arts Friday!  I will not be sharing any projects that involve rabbits because I've had my fill of Angora but I will share some other lovely fibers that scream SPRING!

First, I spun 4oz of a beautiful Blue Faced Leicester/ Banana, a 70/30 blend.  Yes, Banana!  This roving was purchased from River's Edge Fiber Arts.  Carol is a vendor a a variety of shows throughout the United States.  Even though she is from Michigan, I learned about her beautiful fiber from a friend who bought her roving at SAFF back when I was first learning to spin.  Her roving is delicious to spin and she always finds the most wonderful blends of color, fiber and texture.

Next, I have joined a WAL (Weave Along) in one of the Saori Weaving Groups I belong to.  The theme is Discovery Weave Along and the requirements were to weave a Green themed project and work on new techniques.

I have my Cricket warped for this project and am hoping to blend some of my favorite techniques with others that I've been taking note of.  It's all about learning and having fun while creating something beautiful.  I do love weaving!

Tomorrow is our Shear Day!  Hooray!

The Alpacas are in beautiful full fleece and I'm eager to get my greedy little hand all over their fiber and get it sorted for processing.

Our children have been busy halter training the cria.  It won't be long and 4H Fair Week will be here.  While working with training the two cria, I can't help but investigate their fleece.  Just look at that staple length and for the most part, it's veggie free.  I really tried hard to keep their area as clean as possible.  Although I can't control how they eat hay.  Believe me, I've tried.  Messy little eaters ;-)

The goat kids are growing like little weeds.  They are moving so fast now that it's hard to get photos at times then they stop and want to be cuddled.   Of course, the big goats want the lovin' too.

Have I mentioned how much I love my farm?  What?  Not in the last two seconds ;-)

ooooh, I almost forgot.  On Ravelry, the Tour de Fleece threads are up.  I am going to host the Team of Wonder again this year and would love to see Fiber Arts Friday friends on our team.  Check out the Team of Wonder Team Thread.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 15 2014

It's the 15th Friday in 2014!  Can you believe it?  Happy Fiber Arts Friday.  This week I spent my Fiber Arts time weaving another cowl.  Although I had to have my Wolf Pup loom, I do love weaving on my Cricket.  That little Rigid Heddle Loom loves to love my handspun yarns.

With my heart turned to Spring, I chose more greens and purples to create this cowl and a beautiful model to show it off.

Now...just a few photos of our kids.  I just one week, they have grown so much.  We have finally named them.  Sister Bear insisted on the women of Doctor Who particularly those associated with the 10th and 11th Doctors.  I, of course, had already named one so we have Annabelle, Amelia Pond, Clara Oswald, River Song and Rose Tyler.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 14 2014

Fiber Arts Friday is here!  Knit, Spin, Weave, Felt...and raise those fiber producing animals.  It never gets old.  Here we are in the first week of April with freezing temps.  Yup!  It's Michigan.  Freezing rain yesterday.  Well, I won't let the weather rain on my day.  I've got fiber farm fun to share.

First, we have some new babies here on the farm.  No April Foolin', both Willow and Scarlet both gave birth to beautiful girls.  Willow on March 31 and Scarlet on April 1.  Five females total!  They are absolutely adorable.  Of course this means that in a few weeks I will have fresh goat milk to drink, make soap with PLUS learn to make cheese with.  Squeal!  To see more updates, just visit my Facebook Farm Page.




Next, I whipped right through a Saori Weaving project.  I'm calling this cowl, Spring Sweet Spring.  I am eager to see my Lilacs in bloom so I went with rich Purples and Greens.  I used some new techniques in the weaving and am very pleased with the additional texture.

I also make a new bird pod.  This one used a bunch of fiber that I had bought when I first learned how to spin.  A little lesson for new felters, if it isn't good enough to spin then it's probably not good enough to felt.  I fought the fiber big time.  I don't think some of it was labeled right either.  The evil super wash had to be in there.  It just didn't felt don't quite like I hoped.  It's still pretty awesome though.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 13 2014

Fiber Arts Friday is here!  This was a week of new skills and...more snow.  My knitting mojo is officially gone and with it, the renewed love of wet felting.  Spring has definitely sprung...somewhere, just not in Michigan.

With the thoughts on Spring, I learned how to make felted bird pods this last weekend from one of my favorite fiber friends and amazing Felting Instructor, Suzanne Higgs.  She is one of the most wonderful and beautiful people I have ever met and spending an afternoon with her along with a group of our friends was a total riot full of laughter and projects.

The bird pod I made is meant to be a home for Wrens.  I had so much fun making this pod that I ended up making a second one the next day.

The first pod was made using Finn Wool.  I worked on a couple of techniques including making "barnacles" which are the orange embellishments you see and also some voids which didn't photograph well on the back side.  They look similar to the opening.  Yes, the pod has two openings.  The inner opening has some dyed mohair at the entrance.

There is also some silk neps sprinkled through the project to add some extra color and texture.

On day two, I used 100% Alpaca.  I didn't use any extra techniques because I was curious to see how the Alpaca felted in this project.  I used a total of four extra layers compared to the wool.  It's not as stiff as the Finn.  Next time, I might use a bit more or...add one layer of wool.  I did put Suri Alpaca locks in for dimension.  I was surprised how much it felted in.  The back side you see it better.  You can definitely see how much harrier the Alpaca is once felted compared to the wool too.  Felting is another fun way to study fibers.

The first pod was claimed by my daughter.  She stood at her bedroom window and told where on the tree she wanted me to hang it so she can enjoy the birds.  I love that girl!  I haven't decided where to hang the second one yet.  I think a home near the goats is a good idea.  I plan to make a few more to hang around the farm.  It truly a fun felting project.

I also spun another skein of yarn this week.  I'm still working on different techniques.  I ended up with a health DK weight in my Alpaca/Merino blend.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 12 2014

Happy Spring!  It's Fiber Arts Friday which means more updates in the world of knitting, spinning and weaving.  My knitting streak has finally slowed down and I've found myself spinning more.

This week I completed a 4oz skein of Colonial Wool dyed by my friend Carla from CJKoho Designs in the colorway Alice.  I was thinking about keeping the yarn as a single but decided that I wanted a bulky yarn.  I'm pleased with the yarn.  This was my first time spinning the Colonial Wool.  It was a nice spin but I must say, I'm so used to my fine wool and this isn't.  It most likely will become a hat.

I've made a bit of progress on the Casu Cowl.  I'm at 20 inches now.  It's slow going and not as fun to knit as I had hoped.  I really prefer knitting in the round.  It takes forever to knit a few inches this way.

Finally, I cast on The Running Headband written by our friend, Cindy, at the Gauge Wars blog.  Cables are a weakness of mine so I thought this headband, using my handspun, would be a nice way for me to work on the skill.  I'm on row 13 of 21.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 11 2014

Oh goodness!  Can you believe that it's already the 11th week of the year?  TGIFAF! (Thank Goodness It's Fiber Arts Friday)  This week has been another fabulous week of spinning and knitting plus a bit of warping.

First, I finished my Frisson shawl and it's been gifted.  This was a hard one for me to give away but I know the birthday girl will enjoy it and she looked great wearing it.  I will definitely knit this pattern again.  It was fun and very sassy.

I spun a skein of yarn using 100% BFL dyed by Kelly at Felting Sunshine.    138 yards of 2ply.  I am keeping this skein to knit up.  Maybe another rainbow headband.

Finally, I finished warping my Wolf Pup.  After fighting the yarn on it since November, the last bit is wound and I can finally weave and get the yardage I need so I can finish the skirt I envisioned months ago.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 10 2014

It's Fiber Arts Friday!  I'm still on a shawl knitting phase.  I cast on a shawl last Saturday morning and it's almost done.  Wowza!  We are already well into March and Spring is around the corner.  Really!  It has to be here soon.  Exciting news!  We are supposed to have temps near freezing this weekend!  Woot!  I'm done with sub-zero weather.

Last Saturday I cast on the Frisson.  This shawl is super fun and very sassy.  The YO (Yarn Over) is addictive in this pattern.  I truly believe that my hang up with shawl knitting was too many stitches on the needle.  I have found an insane amount of side to side shawls on Ravelry that will keep me busy for a very long time.  Hopefully I will have a completed shawl for you next week.

The yarn I'm using is the My Pedro Yarn in Smaug Red.  I know I created this yarn but I can't get enough of it.  It's my favorite fingering weight yarn.

I also took some time to spin a skein of yarn.  I've been reading through the last issue of PLY Magazine and wanted to work on my long draw and woolen yarn technique.  My Alpaca isn't the greatest yarn to use for this.  It wants to be worsted so...I dug into my stash and found this fun Corridale/Mohair blend from another Michigan farm.  I had bought it last year at the Michigan Fiber Festival.  It's not my most balanced yarn but when learning a new technique, it takes time and practice.  I had a harder time letting go of my usual spinning habits.  I am going to need a lot more practice.  I'd like to produce a nice single that is balanced at a heavier weight and that isn't happening yet.

So, I have no clue what next week's project will be.  I hope this shawl will be completed this weekend.  I am loving it and will have a hard time giving it to it's intended recipient when it's done.  Now, share your adventures in Fiber Arts!

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