Lots going on. Building a shed. Had a leak in the kitchen and it still is torn apart. We begin remodelling this weekend. Woo hoo! Been sick a lot lately. Yuck!
Been spinning a lot lately. Trying my hand at a new craft. Pictures will come eventually.
Thinking about switching to a different blogging software so that I can set up a store, cuz god knows I have an overly full wardrobe of handknits. Also, have too many skeins spun up to knit. And, I can finally get my patterns up for sale. Still thinking about it though. Would need to rearrange my life though. Procrastination setting in... hehehe.
I really, really, really badly want to open a retail (brick and mortar) store. I don't know what I'd sell. I don't know what I want to do. But the desire keeps getting bigger and bigger. Some day it will explode into a hopefully brilliant idea. Explode will come... impending... but keeping fingers crossed its brilliant. snicker!
I do exist. I'm still alive and kicking. I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. hehehe.
In other news...
Lily's sweater is a blockin'. Lovely space board and blocking pins that Tim gifted me with. He loves me :). Sorry bout the sideways photo. Trying to blog before running out and blogger takes FOR-EVER to upload.
I have all of Bella's fiber spun into singles and now just need to ply the rest of it. Yeah for Bella!
I placed an order for some fiber and spindles a week or so ago and received this sample of wool. It was red, white, and blue fiber. Spun up a lot prettier than I thought it would. Might be enough to knit a hat with.
Here is my new beauty!!! Nhewyt's Dragon from Wooly Designs. Isn't it way too cool? I haven't spun anything with it yet, but did spin it a bit and it goes on and on and on and on...
This little cutie is a Greensleeves Loki spindle. Haven't spun with it either, but looks good enough to eat.
Here is some lovely new fiber! Robin Hood BFL and Summer Berries BFL from Spunky Hats. Can't wait to spin these up! However I joined a summer fiber exchange and may have to part with some of this. sniff sniff...
Last, but definitely, DEFINITELY, not least is a spindle rack that Tim made for me. I was so surprised when he gifted me with it! How awesome is that? It is his first larger project. Makes me want to cry... he's so thoughtful. My handmade spindle isn't on there.... yes that means I only have room for one more spindle. Will that stop me from buying more? Heck no! snicker :). Happy Fiber Day to us all! Woo hoo!
Here we find my very first handspun ever. I spun this wool up on my Lendrum Travelling wheel. I knit it up into the multidirectional scarf that I then pot dyed it with Wilton's. I deliberately didn't mix the dye well so that I would get some 'splotchiness.' Like the technical terms. lol.
Here we find the beautiful handspun baby alpaca. This is my second handspun, again on my wheel. You can get a glimpse of my handy, dandy tags I made for my yarns. Yes... an original graphic... hahaha, done in Paint even.
I had a bit of leftovers from the alpaca that I plied using the Navajo technique. I think I did perty good for a first attempt.
Here is my beautiful 3rd skein done up on my wheel. I have tons more to spin up, which will eventually be made into a lightweight sweater for my hubby as long as I have enough yarn for that. This is 100% wool. Not sure what type.
This is my 4th skein made up on my wheel. I adventured into 100% silk this time. I left it as a single. Much more difficult to work with than wool, but a fun adventure anywhoo.
Here I begin playing with textures. Done on my wheel.
Here is my BFL spun up. Beautiful. I'm currently knitting this into a sweater for Lily Mae.
Here we begin my adventures into spinning with a spindle. This is my first successful skein. Well... actually my first skein was successful, but highly overspun as I took the directions a little too literally. Lol. 100% wool. Not sure of the source.
Here is the above yarn knit into a raglan for Rowan. He LOVES it.
This is my second batch on the spindle with fudge brownie fiber. These lovelies are waiting for the rest to be spun up for a sweater for me. Not sure if I'll design a pattern or find one. As always, leaning towards an Elsebeth Lavold pattern. hehehe.
This is my third batch on the spindle. Bella was so envious that Rowan got a sweater that I had to start spinning for her. She loves it so much that she won't let anyone touch HER yarn.
I know I'm a beginner spinner, but had to share with others. So I held a spinning class at my house. We made up spindles, demonstrated dyeing fibers. These are the results. This pretty little spindle is the one I made up. Under it is the fiber spun from my dyeing demo. I didn't dye much.
Check out the beautimus spindles I have no acquired!!! From left to right they are: Viking Santa 1.6 oz spindle, Golding Celtic knot 1.9 oz spindle, Golding Tsunami 0.6 oz spindle, Kundert 1.3 oz spindle, and Cascade Pilchuck 1.3 oz spindle. They have a sibling in transit... :) Wait till you see this new beauty!
I got a noste and a dinky niddy noddy. Bit too small for practical use, but cute anywho. I have an Ashord NN too. Oh and my hubby bought me a Space board. Woot woot. I have blocking pins in transit too. So this wraps up the Spinning Museum. I hope you enjoyed yourself. Snicker!
This is a bias knit scarf I made from Pandora yarn. I made this a few weeks ago.
This is a Top Down sweater I made from Silk Road Aran. I finished this sweater in November.
This is 'To Dye For' made from Knitpicks Suri Dream. I think I knit this up around the beginning of the year. hehehe. Can't remember.
Made from Rowan's Calmer. Think I made this up around the beginning of the year. Lol.
This is an R2 yarn and pattern made sometime last year I think. snicker.
Mmmm, Big Wool sweater for hubby. No clue, last year?
Mmmm, Rowan Plaid which I finished up around Christmas I believe.
Even better. Finished up like a month ago. Took about a week and a half. Including 2 days totally down for the stomach flu. I wear this EVERY chance I can get. Love, love, love it!
And last, but not least, is Queen Mab. You notice how it isn't finished? I needed one more skein because I was about 10 yards short. Ordered the new skein and haven't picked it up since then. Will have to finish it soon for winter wear. Loving the Queen Mab!
And that kind of, sort of, brings us up to date.
Eva, of Alpacas of Fair Meadow Farms, has a fiber group that meets during the summer. Headed over there and picked these lovelies up. The ones on the sides are baby alpaca combed top hand-dyed by her. I can't wait to spin these up. The one in the middle is bombyx top in color Abalone from chasing rainbows dyeworks. I haven't worked much with silk so a little nervous, but totally psyched to spin it.
Umm, so, I went shopping... over to Weaving Works. I picked up a jumbo flyer for my wheel and a couple of bobbins. Also picked up these beauties. From left to right they are cinnamon cotton roving, merino top in colorway Sage, Concord merino/silk blend, and white soysilk.
I happened to pick this up too. It's a Cascade Spindle called Pilchuck. It works really well. I will post some more pictures soon. I spun up some heavily overspun yarn on this and am working on my second batch. On the first batch I tried out Andean plying. Worked really well. I finished spinning some alpaca on my wheel. My 3rd skein spun on that. Not perfect, but coming along nicely. One bobbin was fuller than the other so I tried out Navajo plying with the leftovers. I really like it. Took a bit to get the hang of it. I have some teal Colonial wool on the wheel now. I finished my jacket on Friday... ooh la la. It is sooooo nice. I'll post pics of that soon as well.
Now on to obsessing about wants, err I mean NEEDS. I need Forsyth wool combs, raw fiber of course, 2 Golding spindles, nostepinne, a small niddy noddy, blocking pins and a blocking board... of which I cannot find anywhere online or locally. It would be so handy to pin pieces out to a marked board. NEED... :p
You may remember Nancy from my Pastimes Yarns posts. Well, she's gone and done it!!! She has opened a beautiful yarn shop of her own just blocks from where Pastimes once lived and breathed. She has maintained a loyal following of fiber addicts who filled the shop on the very first day of business. Her passion will not only be carried over to customers, but will ensure a very successful venture for her. She deserves it!
Being the enabler that she is, I found a new project. Aaaah! The last thing I need is more yarn, hehehe. The pattern is from Noro Revisited by Cornelia Hamilton. It is called Bettna. Beautiful, ain't she? I'm knitting it from Kureyon #170. I have the lower pieces made and am knitting the second sleeve/upper body portion now. Should be done in a few days. Woot woot! Unfortunately it has been in the 80s lately. sniff sniff. I want to wear this beauty when I'm done with it. Keep your fingers crossed for some cold, stormy weather, hehehe.
I started spinning again. I had to put my wheel away a little over a year ago as the kids wouldn't keep their hands off of it. Well, I pulled it back out again and have been really enjoying it! So... snicker... I had to pick up some more fiber... duh! hehehe. Stupid sheep! So I picked out some luscious merino and silk roving from Blue Goose Glen. Simply gorgeous! And from Spunky Hats I picked up some BFL hand dyed fiber. I'm still waiting on that, but here is a photo to keep me salivating. Yum! Stupid sheep! Oh, oh, oh! There is an alpaca farm within minutes of my house. The owner, Eva, is involved in all sorts of spinning guilds, groups, and whatnot. Tonight is the first Happy Hour of the summer season. I'll be there with bells on! Course some alpaca fiber will jump into my bag 'o tricks whilst I'm there. Stupid alpacas! hehehe. I think I may be incurable. If someone finds a cure, puh-lease let me know. hehehe.
Happy fiber day to all of you out there!