Friday, October 24, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 43 2014

It's Fiber Arts Friday!  This week has flown by.  I'm working on a couple of projects I can't share at the moment due to swaps I am participating in but I can share my most recent weaving project.

I created another cowl using my rigid heddle loom.  It's for sale.  As always, with almost all of the projects I post here on my blog, if you are interested in purchasing the woven or handspun goods, please send me a message.  I don't always put them in my Etsy shop due to selling them at local shows but I also don't want my Fiber Arts Friday friends miss out on the goods.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 42 2014

Fiber Arts Friday is here!  How on earth did Friday get here so fast?   I wonder wonder if all of the spinning wheels turning at once this last week during Spinzilla affected Space and Time making everything Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey?

Well, I know I did my part of the wheel spinning.  Since Spinzilla ended on Sunday, I haven't spun at all.  I actually need a massage to relax those spinning muscles.  Three yarns will a total yardage of 3918 yards.  I outdid my Tour de Fleece spinning.  We were able to count our total plied yards as the amount of each single spun plus the total plied yardage.  I spun over 2.2 miles in one week while working full time, attending cross country meets and being sick.  

Bifrost 
100% BFL  
2 ply 566 yards  6oz  18 WPI



Suri Silk  
80 Suri Alpaca/ 20 Silk  
356 yards 2 ply 4oz   14 WPI


Weeping Angels
70 Suri Alpaca/ 20 Merino / 10 Silk  
384 yards 4oz 18WPI 2 ply

My goals for Spinzilla were to simply spin, have fun and meet up with other spinners.  I got to spend two different days with spinners from West Michigan.  It was fun to visit and talk fiber.  Now it's time to get back to weaving and knitting.

I have two weaving projects I'm working on.  One is for a secret swap so I have to wait to share that.  The other will be finished and unveiled next week.  Now, share your adventures in Fiber Arts.  Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving comments.  I leave you with a view of our Autumn here in Michigan.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 41 2014


This week's Fiber Arts Friday falls during Spinzilla Week.  I have been spinning on Team Yarn Hollow which consist of mostly Michigan spinners.  Since Monday night I am on my fourth bobbin of yarn and have almost 8 oz of fiber spun.  Of course, when you want to spin high mileage, you use a fiber you are comfortable with so...Suri Alpaca and Silk.



Monday night I met about half of my team in Kalamazoo for a spinning night.  We had a great night.

Tuesday night my daughter ran in another Cross Country meet in Turkeyville.  The boys had run their race and just as they were finishing the weather changed and the girl's race was delayed an hour due to thunder.  She was soaked and ran a decent pace.  Of course, we had to stay for a turkey meal afterwards.

Wednesday was my birthday!  It was a fun day of celebration but somehow in the midst of it at, the sinus infection I've been battling decided to get worse.

Thursday was a day home from work after a visit to urgent care.  I'm sure hoping that today is a better day.  I don't like not feeling well plus I really want to spin for my team.

SALE:
In celebration of my 40 years of being awesome, during the week of Oct. 8- Oct 11, anyone who purchases a minimum of $25 in my shop will be entered into a drawing for 40% off of one item (including finished goods) which will be good for a future purchase. Celebrate my birthday with me and share the Wonder of Fiber Arts!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/WonderWhyAlpacaFarm

So...that's been my week in Fiber Arts, cross country, and life.  Now share your adventures in Fiber Arts!

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 40 2014

It's Fiber Arts Friday!  This might have been my slowest fiber arts producing week ever.  Ok, I'm exaggerating about it being the slowest but...no finished objects to share.

I am making progress on the Trillian shawl.  I think it's taking so long because I'm not in love with the yarn.  This was a stash busting project so it will just go with me wherever and be my mindless knitting project.

Meanwhile, the first round of Nerdopolis has begun.  The game of Nerd Wars as it was is no more so many of us have moved to a new game.  I am now the co-captain of Team Precious in the games.  With the new game, we have some new rules which allows you more than three months to complete a project so...time to cast on.

First, I am going to knit Baggins or Took using the My Pedro yarn in Sauron Orange.  My reason for the project taking so long...one word:  lace!  I've already had to tear back the first eight rows twice because I keep adding stitches.  DOH!

Next, I am going to attempt to work on and finish the MaggiKnits Zapillo.  The gauge I first started back in July was way too big so I went down a size and the knitting looks much better.  I need to set a schedule for this ambitious shawl if I want to finish it...before next Spring.

So, now I have a couple of projects to get excited about.  Hopefully the Trillian doesn't find it's way into my WIP Abyss.  Now, share your adventures in Fiber Arts!

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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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