Friday, September 26, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 39 2014

It's Fiber Arts Friday!  This week I finished weaving another Saori cowl on my Cricket Loom.  I love my Rigid Heddle loom.  It's perfect!  It can sit on my lap or on a table allowing me to be as comfortable as I want while weaving.

I find that I ignore my big loom most of the time because I don't want to weave fabrics that are wider than what my little Rigid Heddle lets me weave.  I also find that the Rigid Heddle lets the beauty of my handspun tell the story instead of a pattern found using a four harness loom.  Each item I create is unique and that is very important to me.

Sigh!  That is my Ode the Rigid Heddle.

I'm updating my Etsy Shop with my finished goods.  Now is the time to purchase those woven cowls and scarves you've seen me make over the last few months so that you will have them for holiday gifts for those you love...especially yourself ;-)

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 38 2014

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!  Another week of creativity has passed.  What projects have you been working on?  Has the cooler weather inspired you to cast on a pair of socks or a new shawl?   Maybe it's time for hats and mittens?  I know that this time of year means that I can wrap myself up in the wonderful Alpaca fiber I love so much and enjoy.
  

This week was a rough one.  I didn't feel so well fighting a sinus mess so I didn't get much progress done in my knitting, weaving or spinning.  I can't let a week go by without sharing something so...I want to entice you with my newest listings on Etsy.  I did chain myself to the drum carder and these are some of my newest creations.

  

I have been busy at my drum carder making new creations with all of that fiber I dyed.  Check out my Etsy Shop of Wonder and hopefully you will find something you want to buy.  I would love to get at least one more load of hay so all purchases will help feed my Alpacas.  Buy my products, feed my herd.


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Friday, September 12, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 37 2014

Welcome to the 37th Fiber Arts Friday of 2014.  This year has flew by so fast that I missed Summer.  The weather has been in the upper 50's/low 60's the last two days which means...time to get out the handknits.  HOORAY!

I decided last Friday night to cast on the Dragon Watcher's Hood.  I got a great deal on some beautiful bulky weight Red slub yarn from Rowan Biggy Prints.  I had to dig out my size 15 needles because I hadn't touched them since I learned how to knit.

It was an easy knit although it's not laying as nice as the photos on the project page.  I see that the yarn does not recommend soaking and I would think that soaking would give it a better feel.  It's 100% wool and a bit scratchy.  I wonder if I steamed it, if that would help.  So...what is your suggestion?

I also spent last weekend dyeing up a storm.  Almost 15 lbs of Alpaca, Mohair and Wool were dyed.  This weekend I intend to chain myself to the drum carder to make some new batts.

On Ravelry, in the Lord of the Rings Group, I am part of a KAL...or at least my yarn is.  Fellow Team Precious member, Amy Noelle Walker, wrote a gorgeous lace knit pattern called Baggins or Took featuring the My Pedro yarn in my shop.  Check out the KAL and my yarn.  I'm offering $3 off my yarn which happens to be the price of the pattern.  COUPON CODE:  BILBOBAGGINS
photo by Amy Noelle Walker's pattern page on Ravelry

It's a beautiful pattern and, of course, the yarn is spectacular.  Do you want to knit to your Tookish side or the Baggins side?  You definitely should knit to your Alpaca side.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 36 2014

It's Fiber Arts Friday! Another busy week of being a totally obsessed fiber artist.  I did exactly what I hoped to do for the long Labor Day weekend staying busy the whole time making soap, making cheese, washing fleeces, weaving and knitting.  It was probably good that I went back to the day job on Tuesday just so I could rest up ;-)

First, I finished weaving my latest Saori Cowl.  This one will be in my Etsy Shop soon.  The main warp of the loom was a merino/tencel yarn I got from another vendor at the Michigan Fiber Festival last year.  The weft is some of that same yarn with a lot of my handspun.  I love how the handspun adds so much texture to the finished garment.

Next, I ended up washing 16 pounds of fleece.  3lb of Mohair, 8lb of Border Leicester/Wensleydale, and 5lb of Huacaya.  I'm hoping to dye up some of this fleece this weekend so I can start making batts again.

I just realized that I didn't take a photo of my cheese stored in the canning jars.  It's 4am, I don't want to wake the house so hopefully I can share that next week. Now, share your adventures in Fiber Arts!
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 35 2014

Welcome to Fiber Arts Friday!  It's the beginning of the long Labor Day weekend and the last of Summer before school starts next week.  How do I celebrate?  Washing fleeces!  Dying fiber!  Weaving, Knitting and Spinning!  I have a feeling my kids will want to sleep away their final non-school weekend.

This is my newest Saori Weaving creation.  I am well over halfway done with it.  It will be a Cowl.  As much as I love my four harness loom, I find that I use it more as a Rigid Heddle for most of my projects...or I simply use my small Rigid Heddle. When it comes to weaving with handspun, the beauty of the yarn explodes with the Rigid Heddle a the texture and color just shine.  I've sold a few of my cowls recently so my goal is to weave a few more before the holiday show season starts.  I have been getting a lot of work done on the loom in the early morning hours before everyone wakes up and before I have to go to work.  One day I will be able to spin and weave all day...one day.

My second creation is another Saori Weaving project.  I participated in a Narrow Warp WAL(Weave Along) where we needed to create a project no more than four inches wide.  I'm thinking about taking some of this fabric and making wrist cuffs and some of it for buttons.  The rest?  We'll have to wait and see.  I used coordinating colors but played with different textures and techniques.  I might be adding buttons and beads on as an afterthought once I soak this narrow fabric.

I am also knitting another Trillian shawl by Martina Behm using a Merino Fingering Weight yarn I purchased back in 2010.  See, I'm working on my stash pile ;-)  This shawl will be a gift and I seem to only find time to knit it at lunch hour.

Oh, I did finish some more handspun too!  How could I forget that?
My first 100% Silk yarn.  It is delicious!  .7oz, 146 yards 2 ply 20WPI
This skein was completed at the Michigan Fiber Festival.  One ply is my Suri Alpaca and one ply is BFL that I dyed. 3oz 268 yards  2 ply

That's all for my week of creativity.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 34 2014

Do you remember that feeling when you leave Disney (where most people will call the most magical place on earth) and you have this empty sad feeling because the feels are gone and reality kicks in?  Well, that is how I feel this week.  I left the most magical place I know...the Michigan Fiber Festival and now I have to start the count down until next year's festival.

Welcome to Fiber Arts Friday.  I hope it's another magical place for you to find fiber arts blogging fun.  I am seriously going through withdrawals this week.  The enjoyment of camping, taking classes, vending and meeting up with some of the most wonderful fiber arts people in the Midwest is truly magical. I shared many of the photos from my week on my Facebook Fan Page but wanted to share a few more...my purchases.

One of the best parts about loving fiber arts, is that I truly enjoy supporting the other vendors at the show.  As much as I love my Alpaca, I adore spinning other fibers and learning more about them.  I'm a sucker for buying new tools too so...I did.

The Tools!
My Support Spindle made by Kenneth Ledbetter

Variable Dent Reed - For my Cricket
It will allow me to use chunkier yarns in my warp
The Fibers!
oh yeah, Eri Silk, baby!
On the left, it's Eri Red Silk (that looks gold) purchased from Carolina Homespun
On the right, bleached Eri Silk from Lucky Cat Craft

From Spinning Moon Farms - a Michigan Farm
On the left, a gorgeous blue BFLxDorset/Mohair
On the right, a lovely Romney/Mohair blend


Sparkle Superwash in the Neverland Colorway
dyed by Emily at Fiber Addiction.  I adore Emily.

oooooh, yes, please drool.
On the top, a fleece from Rachel, a Border Leicester/Wensleydale mix
On the bottom, a lovely mohair fleece from....a female (lost her name)
both fleeces from Wool-E Farms in Michigan.

The Accessories!

The handcrafted necklace made by my friend Emily from Bricolage Studios
and finally, the most wonderful gift I was given at festival...another stunning shawl by my friend John.  He purchased the fiber from me then spun the yarn (gossamer) and then knitted this amazing shawl.  It is absolutely rock star!  I get excited when I can spin 16 WPI and get 600 yards out of 4oz.  He gets 2000 yards out of 4oz at 40 WPI.  Isn't that just mind blowing?  I am truly spoiled.  The fleece came from a by named Whirlwind.  He was never on my farm but I enjoyed his fleece so much that I was able to get it from a friends farm for a few years.  Now I have this treasure.

He even made a shawl for Marilyn (who I bought my fleeces from).  Her shawl came from one of her Shetland cross sheep.  He sure knows how to spoil us Shepherdess.

Thank you for visiting my blog each week and leaving comments plus linking in your blog posts.  I enjoy getting to visit other fiber artist from around the world and learning more about their particular skills, techniques, lives, and all around joy of fiber.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 33 2014

It's Fiber Arts Friday and I'm reporting from the Michigan Fiber Festival.   I've been camping at the festival since Tuesday night leaving the family home to tend to the farm.  It's been a blast camping with many of my favorite fiber friends.  Even when we aren't taking classes, volunteering at the festival or vending, we are back at the campsite, laughing and having a grand time knitting and spinning.

I have limited internet so I'm not uploading any photos to this post but I am going to snag a couple that I shared on Facebook.  If you aren't already a fan of my Wonder Why page, check it out!  Many photos and fun get posted there instead of here.

On Wednesday, I took the Queen of Silk Spinning class with Patsy Zawistoski (Patsy Z) who is an AMAZING instructor.  She is at a handful of fiber festivals each year so for any spinner who has an opportunity to take one of her classes....do it!    I have always struggled with 100% Silk.  I've created new cuss words due to that fiber.  I don't know what I was doing wrong but within an hour of being with Patsy I was spinning it.  She taught us a bunch of new techniques including her Miss America ply which is perfect for fiber at the end of a bobbin and when sampling.

An important wisdom I learned from her, was to swatch and sample my fiber.  I know...gauge schmauge!  I'm not a big sampler (or never have been) but I have also never taken a formal spinning class.  What I learned was not only how the different forms of the fiber spun for me but also if I liked it and it's characteristics once plied.  I've been on cloud nine ever since I took that class.  If you get a chance, try to get a hold of the different types of silk.  It was interesting and as you can see from my notes in the last photo, I loved the Eri silk!

I also set up my vendor booth all day yesterday.  Seriously, it took me most of the day to set up that 10x12 booth.  I normally can do it in an hour or two if I'm forced to but when you have the day...you just keep tweaking it.  Ok, ok...you got me!  My mouth was running like crazy too.  This is my once a year reunion with many people I adore.

I was also checking out product from other vendors as we were setting up.  I already have a gorgeous Wensleydale fleece set aside for me and the vendor is bringing in a few more Mohair fleeces for me to drool her decide over.

Before I forget!  Here is my Brickless shawl all blocked and ready to wear.  I am in love with how it turned out.  As for last weeks comments about it looking like Sister Bear's bedroom.  It's a bit brighter...but close.

Oh!  Once last and most important item.  I am slowly improving my Lendrum spinning wheel whose name is Frodo.  He's been a wonderful wheel but sadly needed improving.  I had stained him Orange a few years ago and did an awful job so...He now holds the one ring to rule them all...My Precious.

Have I mentioned that I love the Michigan Fiber Festival?  So, if you are quasi-local, stop by!  If not, I promise to take more photos.  Have a great Fiber Arts Friday!  Now, share your adventures.

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