Friday, June 5, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 23

It's Fiber Arts Friday!

So...the only project I have to share this week is the blocked Quicksilver in all of its glory.


I have been debating for quite some time about my blog and Fiber Arts Friday.  I just haven't been inspired to write the last few weeks other than posting updates on projects instead of tutorials and sharing knowledge like I originally intend.  I also wanted my blog to help promote my products for sales.  I love reading all of the blogs that link in which is a treasury of projects and inspiration but the intention of the blog hasn't achieved the goals I had set.  I also realized that I haven't missed a Friday since I started in 2009 which is a true commitment so... my blog is going to take a break for a time.  Please visit me on other social media.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 22

It's Fiber Arts Friday!

I'm wrapping up May with two projects finished.  First, the Quicksilver Shawl that I cast on May 8 is done.  It was the only knitting I worked on the whole month and I obsessed over it.  Who wouldn't?  Handspun Suri Alpaca/Merino/Silk from my farm PLUS Wollmeise.  Drools and Swoons.  I absolutely LOVED every second of working with these yarns and this pattern.  It was easy and fun.

Yes, I already have my next knit planned.  That I will share next week.

I also finished spinning another skein of yarn.  This time I spun a 3 ply with three actual plies of yarn.  One bobbin was full of my Suri/Merino Plum Perfect blend.  One bobbin was full of faux cashmere dyed by Emily from FiberAddiction.  I spun that ply slightly thicker than my Plum Perfect.  The final ply was green metallic thread.  The yarn ended up being a delicious DK weight.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 21

It's Fiber Arts Friday!

This week's post is going to be super short because I am in the middle of a shawl and don't have a lot to show as the progress slowly moves.  I cast on the Quicksilver a few weeks ago and absolutely LOVE IT!  I am using to skeins of Wollmeise that were gifted to me.  I received the Merlot skein a few years ago in a swap and it's been taunting me waiting for a project then this Winter I received the Feldmaus skein and rushed to grab my Merlot because the colors were perfect!  After consideration, I decided to pair them with a skein of my handspun Suri/Merino/Silk in the colorway Weeping Angel...and magic happened.

I'm well over halfway done with this project and my goal is to have it completed before the end of the month so...more knitting, less typing.


Last Friday was my shear day.  It went great!  I don't have any pics to share because I was busy gathering fiber as the shearers did their work.  I'm happy to have naked alpacas again.

Nick Fury has left the farm to join the other 4H Alpacas to train for fair so my kids are visiting him once a week to work with the other kids in our group.

We separated the bucklings from the rest of the goats last Saturday.  They are officially attempting to breed the females so it was time.  We also had our family photos and managed to get a few goat pics in the mix.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 20

It's Fiber Arts Friday!  Today, as soon as I finish posting this, I will be working with a shear team for my annual fleece harvest.  My herd of Alpaca have been growing beautiful fleeces all year long and today I finally get to get my hands all over every inch and decide what will become yarn and roving.  I'm excited, can you tell?

In celebration of my shear day, I am sharing my two newest projects using fiber from my farm.  First, I FINALLY finished my Baggins or Took Scarf.  It only took six months.   Once I got past having to tear back my mistakes and felt the rhythm of the lace pattern, I really enjoyed it.  This shawl used two skeins of the My Pedro Sauron Orange yarn sold in my shop.

Next, I finished plying my Weeping Angels handspun.  8 oz, 2 ply, 842 yards Suri/Merino/Silk  The fiber can be purchased in my Etsy Shop.



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Friday, May 8, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 19

photo by Voie de Vie
Welcome to Fiber Arts Friday!  This week I am reviewing the Leather, Lace, Grit & Grace book written by Denise Lavoie and having a give-away.

This book is a mixture of both crochet and knit patterns in a wonderful blend of yarn weights and textures written for various skill levels in patterns that are timeless and trendy.

photo by Voie de Vie
I adore Denise's patterns.  I have knit a couple of her past patterns and her crochet patterns inspire me to pick up a hook.   She has used a few of my yarn blends in prior patterns and I am pleased to share that this book is no exception,  Two of her patterns use my Sport Weight Yarn in the Buccaneer blend of Suri Alpaca/Merino/Silk in the colorway Wine on the Vine.

Have I mentioned how I love her patterns?  Those who crochet please take no offense but the crochet is so beautiful that you think that it was knit.  One of the patterns that I really like also happens to use my yarn.  It is a necklace.  I love that Denise always includes jewelry in her patterns.  The amount of yarn is perfect for leftover yarn from another project.  I was hoping to share my version of this necklace but I am still learning to crochet so right now what I have on my hook doesn't resemble the beautiful necklace.  I am getting help from someone local (actually today at lunch) so that I can master the Puff Stitch and make this necklace.  I've been watching youtube videos all week but prefer to have someone right next to me.

The necklace I am speaking of is the Dutrieu Necklace.  Of all of the patterns in the book, I thought this would be a perfect one for someone like me who is just learning my crochet stitches.  Making the Puff Stitch seems like fun plus the pattern calls for beads which is another skill I am working on.  Fingers crosses and stay tuned for a future Fiber Arts Friday where I share my finished project.

photo by Voie de Vie

Another project that uses my yarn is the Barnes Tie.  How cute is this tie? I really like how she has her model wearing it too.  I love it because it can be worn in a casual or dressy way.  Some days you want the handmade accessory but not the bulk of a shawl and this makes a win/win solution.  This pattern calls for Broomstick Lace Crochet.  I totally understand the term and can recognize the stitch but am not ready to make it yet so I shall admire others who can.  One day, one day...

photo by Voie de Vie
These are only two of the projects in the collection of 17 patterns including sweaters, shawls and purses.  The book not only full of gorgeous patterns and beautiful artwork, it is also full of history.  Denise was inspired by the women of aviation and each project is accompanied with a bit of history about a female pioneer of flight.  She not only has an ebook but a soft cover book will be released soon.

Do you want to learn more?  Then you need to visit her website. and Voie de Vie.

Do you want to win a copy of her ebook?  Of course you do!  Leave a comment here with your Ravelry name, blog address or email so I can notify you.  You will also be put in an additional drawing on Denise's website to win some yarn to go with one of these patterns.  Check out her website and follow her.  She is a talented artist in different mediums and I truly am inspired by her.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 18

It's Fiber Arts Friday!  The cranky edition.  What?  Ok, it's the blog post where I share my fascination with the circular sock knitting machine aka CSM.  Last Saturday I went to my first Crank-In.  Much like a knitting get-together, a group of circular sock machine owners got together to spend the day "cranking" out socks.  It was a blast.

I was very fortunate because the first Mid-Michigan CSM Meet Up was only an hour from my farm.  There is a wee bit more set up time as we unpack our machines and get everything set up, but other than that, we sit in a big sort of a circle and visit while making socks.

I own an Auto Knitter.  It's an antique circular sock machine.  Auto Knitter is the manufacturers name and mine was made in 1924.  Rather than copying information from other sites, I am going to give some links on the history and types of machines.  These two youtube clips explain it quite well.




Knitting socks on a CSM is NOT cheating!  I've been told that.  Where an experience knitter can make socks in less than an hour, it takes me a few hours and that is if no mistakes have been made.  There is still a skill.  There are also limitations.  I don't have a world full of patterns I can make on my machine.  When I get better, I will learn how to manipulate my stitches to make some patterned socks, though.  Make sure to watch the videos.  She explains it way better than I could...and doesn't make mistakes while she does it.  Making socks or anything on the machines definitely takes skill.  I've had mine now since Thanksgiving and am still a novice making more mistakes than socks but...it's so much fun and when you do complete a pair of socks, it's magical!

I will be busy making socks again so hopefully in the next few weeks, I will share some of my new items.  In the meantime, I making socks then tearing them out because I drop a stitch that won't pick up or make some other mistake.  It's better, sometimes, to just start the project over.

In other knitting news, I finally completed my Adirondack Shawl.  I'm in love with it and I made it for me so I wore it to work yesterday and was completely happy.

  

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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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