Friday, February 27, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 9

Fiber Arts Friday is here!  Can you believe that it's the last Friday in February?  This week's post is going to be short and sweet.  I've ignored my Auto Knitter along with my knitting and weaving to focus on my handspun yarn.  I've sold many skeins over the last few months and want to replenish the stock before my next show in April.  Besides these two skeins of yarn, I also have three bobbins full of more yarn to ply.

The first skein of yarn is from one of my fun batts called We're All a Little Mad...It had a lot of silk noil in it along with firestar.  I spun it in a fairly fine single then chain plied the yarn to get this 3 ply yarn.  I have to say, chain plying the yarn with all of the textures from the noil was very interesting so I ended up with a few thick spots but not too many.  I envision this yarn in a striped shawl.  Can you just see those beautiful colors and texture in between a lovely solid in a contrasting color? As always, I wished for more yardage. I know I have three plies but goodness, does that third ply suck up the yarndage.  I ended up with 144 yards.

Next, I purchased six ounces of lovely dyed fiber from a collaboration of Yarn Hollow and CJKoho in a colorway called Blue New York.  A mixture of Silk/Merino and Merino.  I'm very pleased with this yarn.  I ended up with 444 yards from 6 oz.

Finally, I finished dyeing a few pounds of Suri Locks.  I will be adding these to my shop. I am loving how these locks took the dye.
    
  


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Friday, February 20, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 8

It's Fiber Arts Friday!  It's been a super cold snow filled week of knitting and spinning here at the farm.  I finished up the toes on three pair of socks plus cranked out two more pair of socks.  I'm finally getting more comfortable with the new finishing technique for my socks.  The toes are beautiful.  I think I'm ready to start selling some of them...if I can part with my precious socks.

Yarn dyed by Tale & Tendril  Retired color: Team Precious

Yarn dyed by AbiGrasso  Color: Watercolor Stripes

Yarn:  Berroco Sox  Color 1477  



Yarn dyed by V colorway is Land of the Remembered

All of these socks were made with my Auto Knitter Circular Sock Machine.  I must say, my sock addiction hasn't quenched yet.  Must make more socks!
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 7

Happy Valentine's Day, Fiber Arts Friday!  Who needs 50 Shades of Gray when I can spin the most amazing shades of natural gray wool from local farms.  This week's post is chalked full of my for spinning.    My first completed yarn is from a Border Leicester Sheep named Lucy.  I purchased roving from her fleece last year and finally had a chance to enjoy letting the fiber run through my hands.

It was lovely drafting the roving using a semi-woolen technique.  I wanted to spin in a true woolen but teaching myself to "Let it Go"is harder than I thought.  I spun the fiber in a fairly consistent weight but still couldn't get the natural neps that the wool wanted to leave.

Overall, I am very happy with this yarn.  I have 4oz more to spin then I will decide what to make with it.

My next yarn is from another local farm not too far from me.  It's a Corridale Mix that I dyed to create this
gradient color.  Again, I had fun spinning this fiber.  It was very easy and drafted nicely.  This had more VM in it than I thought from the roving.  I have more of the roving and plan to dye more.  Again, I attempted to spin semi-woolen.  I had a bit more thick and thin with this fiber which was from starting and stopping to clear up the VM.

I also worked on crankin' out some socks on my Auto Knitter.  I have three pair done with the only part left is to kitchener stitch the toes.  Would you believe that it takes me longer to do that than to crank the socks.  I am such a slower knitter.

Finally, there is a fast knitter who is amazing and talented plus very generous.  Vivian, from Bits and Pieces, sent me this amazing shawl called the Starfish Shawl made out of Alpaca yarn in trade for my hand dyed yarn.  I can't wait to see what she creates with my yarn.  Meanwhile, I am going to enjoy wearing this.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 6

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!  This week I am sharing handspun yarn.  I have been busy at the spinning wheel enjoying various wool from local sheep farms that I've purchased in the last few months.

My first yarn is 100% Romney purchased from Cross Wind Farm here in Michigan.  It was a lovely spin.  I have never spun 100% Romney before.  I have no clue what I will make with this yarn but I will definitely spin this fiber again.  This blend of fiber was donated by two sheep named Yogi and Jonny.

7.7 oz 2 ply yarn  100% Romney  286 yards 
The next yarn I spun was a combination of an art batt created by Uniquely Yours consisting of firestar, angelina, Merino, BFL and Suffolk then plied with my Metallica blend of Suri Alpaca/Merino/Silk along with a Metallic thread to create a 3 ply yarn.
6.9 oz 3 ply yarn Alpaca/Merino/BFL/Suffolk/Firestar/Angelina/Silk/Metallic Thread 386 yards

Finally, I have two bobbins ready to ply of 100% Border Leicester from a sheep named Lucy purchased from another farm here in Michigan.

I do love spinning fiber straight from the farm.  Yes, braids of fiber dyed by indie dyers are nice but there is nothing better than farm fresh straight from the animal fiber.

ooooh, before I forget.  The winner of last week's give away is Heather from http://woollove-functional-fiberart.blogspot.com/ .  Please contact me about your prize.  Now...thank you to everyone who visits.  Please link your fiber arts blog and keep on sharing your love of fiber.
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 5

Welcome to Fiber Arts Friday...and the fifth anniversary since I inherited Fiber Arts Friday from Katie aka The Alpaca Farm Girl.  Over the last five years, so many wonderful projects have been shared by bloggers from all over the world.  Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog and linked in to share their fiber arts blog posts.  So, in celebration of my blog anniversary, I'm giving away a prize (Your choice of a skein of yarn/ roving/ socks).  All you have to do is leave a comment on today's post.  If you link your blog to Fiber Arts Friday, you get an extra point.  I will draw the entries and announce the winner next Friday.

Now, to share my projects for the week.  First, I finally finished the skein of yarn I started back in December.  It has already found its way to California for the customer who requested it.
I love you to the moon
2 ply Alpaca/Merino/Silk
5.9oz 544 yards 14WPI

Next, I made another pair of birthday socks for a co-worker.  She walked into work wearing pink and gray and I was tickled because I picked the yarn out with her in mind.

I made another pair of socks for my neighbor.  She came over for a visit and chatted while I cranked out a pair of socks.  I helped her with the kitchener stitch on a pair of socks that took her six months to knit then within three hours, we completed a new pair of socks for her.  I didn't get a photo though.

Finally, I started a new yarn.  The fiber is from a Uniquely Yours batt.  Jenna creates beautiful batts and is right here in Michigan.  I am having fun spinning from someone else's batt.
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 4

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!  It's the fourth week of January.  Can you believe it?  This week I only have one finished project to share.  I'm still working on my Maggiknits Ally Dress and finally ready to ply the yarn I've been spinning singles on since before Christmas.

First, my finished object.  Socks!  I have shared bits and pieces of my Circular Sock Machine since I bought it over the Thanksgiving holiday.  There is still so much to learn about it and and what I can do with it but for now my sock loving heart is happy to work on sock skills.  At my day job, we love to celebrate birthdays.  During January we had a few.  This year I made my manager a pair of socks.  It took me a better part of the day to make this one pair (yes, I just complained because it took a whole day to knit socks instead of weeks or months...I've been spoiled).  I had to tear the first sock out a few times because I would get all the way to the heel turn or the turn for the toe and a major stitch would drop which is not an easy repair for me.  It's easier to wind the yarn back up and start over.  In the end, I am very please with the finished socks PLUS I tried a new kitchener stitch on the toe and I'm very pleased with how it turned out.
Yarn:  Patons Kroy Stripe Colorway:  Bramble Stripes  2 50gram balls were used

My next project is an update on my Ally Dress by Maggiknits.  I knitted a few more inches and it looks like I will meet my goal of getting the first panel completed by the end of the month.  If I can knit a panel a month, I will have it don by this Summer.  I must keep up the momentum.
The flash is not my friend, the brown is a rich chocolate brown

I thought I took a photo of my spinning, but I can't find it so...you will have to wait until next week for the finished yarn.

So, that's my week in fiber arts.

In farm news, I'm still making more of my goat's milk soap each week so it's cured and ready for sale.  Our goats are about halfway through their pregnancies so by the beginning of April, we will have fresh milk to drink.  The Alpacas are being their beautiful selves taunting me with their gorgeous fleece.  I have to find a new shearer this year which is a chore I'm not looking forward to.  My favorite shearer has decided to retire.  Aggggh!

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 3

Welcome to Fiber Arts Friday!  Can you believe this is the third Friday in 2015?  I'm still trying to write 15 instead of 14.  Yikes!  At least my fiber arts skills are in question.  This week was another busy week of knitting, spinning and making soap.

I have cranked out a few more pair of socks on my Auto Knitter.  I really do love it and I'm learning so much about sock knitting from it.  A pair take longer than you would expect because I take time to put either a ribbing, mock rib or a hemmed  cuff then at the heel and toe, I actually manipulate the needles to turn the heel and toe.  A pair of socks is taking me about three hours right now.  I'll take that over three weeks to three months any ol' day.

I have also started spinning again.  I had taken a month or so off because of an issue my wonderful chiropractor fixed.  Now...I am going to be more mindful of my posture and the amount of time I sit at my wheel.  It's hard to make yourself get up every so often when magic is happening but if you don't, once you stand up, you feel it.
1.4 oz 110 yrd  Merino/Silk 2 ply
The colors of the batts were muted and the finished yarns came out that way too.  I will most likely overdye the finished yarns.
Coiled Yarn 1.6 oz 10 yards Merino/Silk

I am also making progress on my selfish knitting project.  I am hoping to get the first panel done before the end of the month.  Here is a better photo of the yarn.  I have about 28 inches done so far.  The pattern is the Ally Dress by MaggiKnits.

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