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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Friday, August 8, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 32 2014

It's Fiber Arts Friday! It's hard to believe that another week has passed.  What projects have you been working on?  Last weekend, I took a break from fiber prep and spent it spoiling my daughter.  Apparently she isn't a little girl anymore and has grown into a beautiful teenager.  How did this happen?  When we built our house, she was a newborn so I painted her bedroom a lovely lavender with lots of butterflies. Apparently butterflies and lavender aren't cool anymore so I told her I'd let her pick out the new color and she could help me decorate.  Decorate we did.  She picked out a Seafoam Green that I thought was insane when I was painting.  Grumpy and the Bears had left Saturday morning to pick up our newest addition to the farm, Princess Buttercup, a Nubian Goat.  

While they were gone, I went crazy taping up the room and getting the paint on.  It reminded me of all of the 1950's blues that you see in the movies and museums.  She had big plans!  She picked out the bedding (a cook peacock pattern) and also helped me with picking out the window coverings (lime green and black) while many of her accessories area fushia/hot pink.  Totally not my colors but awesome for a teenage girl.  The room came together and she is in heaven in her teenage room.  I love that little bear of mine.

I have the Michigan Fiber Festival next weekend and I should have spent the weekend prepping for the show but every second I spent with my daughter was priceless.  We managed to get back to school shopping done too...complete with pedicures.

Now, I don't want to disappoint.  I did manage to spin one yarn this week plus finish the shawl I cast on back in July.  Last night I put my Brickless shawl by Martina Behm on my blocking boards.  I hoped to have pretty photos for you today but it still isn't dry (plus it's 5am).

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 31 2014

Hooray!  We've made it to another Fiber Arts Friday.  The Tour de Fleece is officially over so before the dust begins to collect on my looms and knitting needles, it's time to slow down at the spinning wheel...but not stop.

I have another photo heavy post.  I really need to focus on making spinning batts for the Michigan Fiber Festival.  The show is in two weeks and I've been selling out of my batts as I make them.  I need to get ahead of the game but it's hard to do on week nights after work so hopefully this weekend I can tie myself to the drum carder.  Meanwhile, I've been able to work on my Fiber Arts while our family enjoys time together.

First, my end of Tour de Fleece totals!  I am really pleased with how much I accomplished.  Having a week of vacation during TdF really helps the productivity.  I found a nice balance between my textured art yarns and my fine spinning plus the balance between bright colors and the naturals.

Next, I am working my way through the Brickless shawl.  I've accomplished a lot during my lunch hour.  I do adore the Martina Behm patterns and plan to work my way through her collection.  I have one more repeat to go the it will be done.  So far, it's taken 250 yards.

Finally, I finally finished my weaving project that I started last November.  2.83 yards aka 102 yards. It's seems like so much more but that's what I measured. Maybe because I struggled with the warp for so long. Now I have the yardage needed to complete the skirt I want to sew.  Fingers crossed, you will be seeing sewing posts soon.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 30 2014

It's another Tour de Fleece week in Fiber Arts Friday!  I've spun almost ten skeins of yarn in the last month plus getting a bunch of knitting time in.  Tomorrow is my favorite fiber festival, the Wine & Wool at the Sandhill Crane Winery in Jackson, Michigan.  If you are local to the area, come visit us.

Without further ado, here is my photo heavy post!






My day of rest was spent conquering beads.  Hooray!   Why did I think adding beads to a knitting project was so hard?  Oh...because everyone uses tons of beads and floss.  Instead I'm using a crochet hook and one bead every 12-15 rows which is a much more manageable goal for a beginner.  I'm loving the look so far.  I even added two of the beads after the fact.  Woot!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 29 2014

Yikes!  It's the 29th Fiber Arts Friday of 2014.  Where has the year gone?  This week I'm sharing more of my Tour de Fleece spinning.  I've really enjoyed seeing all of the yarns created by my Team of Wonder on Ravelry.  A beautiful mix of yarn weights, textures and fibers from the whole team.

Thank you to everyone who has stopped by to read my blog each week.  I do apologize if I didn't post a response on some of the blogs who linked in last week.  I was without my computer and  blogger isn't always the most friendly on my cell phone.

Here is the week in spinning yarn for me!
Day 10 was the day of rest and knitting was on the agenda for that day.  I am knitting Brickless by Martina Behm using the My Pedro yarn.  I love her patterns and how this shawl is coming along.


I will give the grand totals of my yardage and weight spun at the end of the Tour de Fleece.  I think this might be my highest yardage year yet.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 28 2014

It's Fiber Arts Friday!  This week I'm at the Eaton County Fair with my kids showing Alpacas.  Being the first week of Tour de Fleece, it's been more of a challenge to spin yarn than I thought it would be.  "Oh, it's my vacation, I'll have plenty of time!"  Nope!  Not when you are the mom of two kids showing animals.  Making sure they are getting their barn chores done, walking the animals and plain being a part of 4H along with Club duties and fairway time...your devotion to vacation relaxation is relegated to the early morning and an hour or two in the afternoon.

This week was a productive one for my Tour de Fleece Spinning.  Here are the updates I've posted on FB, Instagram and Ravelry.



This was really Day 5


My Wonder Why Fiber Arts page on Facebook has all of the 4H photos posted...or at least most of them.  It's crazy trying to update \everything via your phone.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 27 2014

Welcome to Fiber Arts Friday, the 4th of July Edition.  This week's post will be the celebration of me getting my knitting mojo back.  After a few months of having absolutely no interest in knitting, I had the pleasure of spending the day with my dear friend, Terri, at the MaggiKnits Fashion Show.  We have the pleasure of living only 30 minutes away from Maggi Jackson's USA shop located in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Last Saturday she had an event at her studio which included a fashion show.  OMG!  It was a fabulous day. I not only met new knitting friends but was able to get acquainted with a few I haven't seen in a long time.  If you have been to Stitches or Vogue Knitting, you've most likely seen Maggi and her amazing booth of finished good, yarns and patterns.  What I really love about her booth is that you can actually try on a sample of what you are going to knit in the yarn you will be knitting in and really decide, "Is this me?"

Well, pour the wine and give me a credit card because I found a lot of "Is this me?"

First, as soon as we got to the studio, we drew from a door prize. I won a lovely skein of her yarn along with buttons.  My lucky number 21 was Awesome!  The yarn is called Maggi's Feather Melange. in the red/gray colorway.

Next, I went to town trying on her different display items.  Some were for sale.  Oops!  I might have claimed one for me...oh, yeah!  I did.  What I really like about her designs is that most of them are knit in sections.  This whole sweater is made out of rectangles sewed together.  Not intimidating at all.  Squeal!  It's mine.  It's called the Sleeveless Dipped Cardi.

Well, I couldn't leave without buying something to actually knit.  I picked the Zapillo Shawl.  I loved how it can be draped a bazillion different ways.  I've never knit with linen before so I'm very excited to try new techniques plus use a new yarn.  Her yarn is amazing.

Knitting at Maggi's home
After a day at her studio, we all left for a quick dinner then met back at the studio for a mystery knit night.  She took us to her home which had a gorgeous view of Kalamazoo.  I lived there while I was in college and never saw it above the tree tops like we did that night.
Terri, knitting and enjoying the view

It was a few more hours of pure knitting joy.  Maggi even let me use her knitting needles so I could cast on my project right away.  She is an amazing woman! I was lucky to spend the day with so many amazing women including my wonderful friend Terri.
Maggi and Me

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