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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Friday, January 9, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 2

Welcome to Fiber Arts Friday!  This week's post is going to be short but full of sweet treats.  I am finally back at my spinning wheel.  After taking a short hiatus to get other projects done plus a Christmas tree in the way,  I have my favorite spinning spot reclaimed.

I am currently spinning my Metallica blend (70/20/10 Suri Alpaca/Merino/Silk) which is a custom request for a customer.  I do love spinning this fiber blend.

I have also decided that 2015 will have more selfish knitting.  I cast on my Ally Sleeveless Dress.  It's a MaggiKnits pattern.  I don't have a link right now because she doesn't have it up on her website, but here is my first week of knitting progress.  If anyone visited Maggi's booth at Stitches or Vogue Knitting you would have saw the design this year.  I am actually knitting using the yarn she had displayed.  I love the Chocolate Brown with the red and blue.

I also am making progress on my Baggins or Took lace scarf.  I'm up to 22 inches. Woot!  Only 50 more to go.  Yikes!

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 1

Hooray!  It's the first Fiber Arts Friday of 2015.  What fiber arts resolutions are you making for yourself this year?  I always vow to learn more and make more.  This year I am going to be better about documenting my yardage and weights of everything I spin and weave.  I seem to keep up with the knitting but I don't knit as much as I spin and weave.

That being said, I spent the better part of yesterday working on a knitting project (Baggins or Took) that has been slow in the making.  A few months ago I cast on yet another lace project.  It's an eight row chart and I tend to knit the eight rows then set it down about once a week.  Yesterday, I actually got a few repeats done.

My original goal was to have it completed by February.  I need a few more days like yesterday if I'm going to make that goal.

I'm also planning on casting on a new MaggiKnits pattern this week.  It will be a smock for me.  She has released it at her live shows but it's not up on the website so I don't have a link.  It's called the Ally.

I already posted my 2014 YEAR IN REVIEW post on New Year's Eve.  Make sure to check it out.  I look forward to seeing everyone else's year end review.

As always, thank you for being a part of Fiber Arts Friday.  I look forward to spending another year sharing fiber arts with you.
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Year in Review

I spent the better part of the last day of 2014 reviewing all of my projects since last January.  It truly took me a few hours to look through and tabulate all of the spinning, weaving, knitting, felting and all around farm fun that happened on the farm.  I didn't even attempt to add my endeavors in learning how to crochet.

On top of everything I'm about to show you, I also made many pounds of goat milk soap from our farm, created countless spinning batts on my drum carder, dyed well over 25 pounds of raw fiber, and I lost count of how many pounds of yarn I dyed.

Not bad for working full time and raising two middle school students.  My farm and fiber arts are truly my passion and one day I will be able to create my art full time.

So with that, Happy New Year!

 I spun over 9 miles of yarn.  I wasn't good about tracking how many pounds.  I plan to do that for next year.


My weaving made just over a mile in yardage.  The journey into Saori Weaving has been wonderful and I don't know if I want to even attempt another four harness project.  I truly do love the freedom that Saori and the Rigid Heddle gives.

I tried my first Circular Sock Machine at the beginning of November and was hooked.  By Thanskgiving, I purchased an Auto Knitter.  Since then I have made 14 pairs of socks and five pair of fingerless mitts.  I think I'm hooked.  Ok, I'm officially a cranker.

I started the year on a shawl kick.  A total of five shawls this year.  I have more to knit next year.  Most of my projects were made using my handspun.  There is nothing like knitting with handspun...except for spinning the yarn itself.

Farm life was full of 4H fun with our Alpaca.  The bears showed Nick Fury of Wonder and Phantom of the Wonder.  We didn't have any cria born to the Alpacas but we did breed two of our females for 2015 births.  Hopefully next August we will have two new Alpaca.  A couple of our beloved Alpaca left the farm to greener pastures.  Kaboom, our first Alpaca, and Sprite, our old girl, both had some health issues that we wouldn't be able to make better.  It's sad not having their sweet spirits on the farm.  We did have five beautiful Nigerian Goat Kids born on the farm to Willow and Scarlet sired by our Storm.  All five females were sold to families who intend to show them in 4H.  Hooray.  We also bought Princess Buttercup who is a Nubian Goat.  Her temperment is quite different from the Nigerian Dwarf Goats.  The bonus is that she produces a lot of milk.  It is interesting how the taste and "texture" of the milk differs between the Nigerian Dwarf Goat and the Nubian.  It's like whole milk -v- skim.  Interesting.


 My felting was limited two just a couple of weekends.  A group of us met up with my favorite instructor, Suzanne Higgs from Hooked on Felt.  We had a wonderful afternoon learning how to make felted bird pods.  Afterwards, I made a couple more pods for home and gifting.   I really need to make more time for felting next year.



So...that was my year here at the farm.  Looking forward to 2015.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 52 2014

It's Fiber Arts Friday!  How on earth did we get to the day after Christmas and...week 52 of the year?  My Dad always said that time speeds up as your kids get older and he was right.  I must say, even the last few days that were spent in our pajamas went by fast.  Lazy days shouldn't do that.  With that being said, I must share how busy I was during those lazy days.

First, I started a project last Thursday for a customer and promised that it would be done by Monday.  Whew!  I did it. It was a custom order weaving project with some of the yarn being provided by the customer.  I thought it was a sweet story and I am honored to be a part of it.  He wanted a creation made for his wife using a cherished skein of 100% Silk yarn that belonged to her mother that had passed away.  He wanted a woven cowl and instructed me to use my Alpaca too.  Other than that, it was up to my creativity.  I must say, I love how the high percentage of silk feels with my Alpaca in this woven cowl and...I really love how the colors came together.  I even managed to whip up a Christmas Ornament using the leftover silk as another gift for him to give her.

That is the only weaving I have done this last week.  I have one other project on my other loom that I need to complete.  I lost my inspiration with it but must say that this other project has returned the weaving mojo.

Next...I am in love with my Auto Knitter!  The circular sock machine is so amazing and I am starting to figure out tension and little tricks for turning the heel.  Yesterday alone, I whipped up three pair of socks including a pair for Sister Bear in a yarn I bought just for her called Evil Genius dyed by White Birch Fiber Arts.  The yarn will glow under a black light and looks super bright and sassy for my darling teenager.

I also have two more pairs ready for gifting.
 

Finally, I got two awesome pairs of Camelid Pajamas for Christmas!  I love the nerdy llamas on the green pair (although I'm going to call them Alpacas)




Now, share your adventures in Fiber Arts!  I'm still working on getting my Year in Review post put together. As always, I get blown away at how many projects I make in a year.  Merry Christmas to everyone!  Wishing all of my readers a wonderful time during this holiday season with their families


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 51 2014

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Twas the week before Christmas and all through the land
Knitters, Weavers, Felters and all that Crochet
Had cramps in their hands.

It's been such a busy week, I couldn't even finish my poem.
I have been working on more socks and feel like I'm finally understanding my Auto Knitter.  My heels are starting to turn without dropped stitches and even my toes are looking good.  Soon, I will start making socks for feet that aren't my own.  In the meantime, I am enjoying wearing all of my learning socks.

I also had a super duper amazing sale at the Buy Local Show.  One of my customers has commissioned me to weave a project for his wife using some yarn he provided which was her mother's plus my own.  I made a promise to do my best to have it finished by Monday.  Guess what I'm going to be doing this weekend.  Gaaaaa!

So, share your Fiber Arts projects.  Next week, lets share our year in review.  Yes, it's already that time.  Have a great weekend!

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