Friday, November 21, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 47 2014

Welcome to Fiber Arts Friday!  There are 34 days until Christmas which means certain knit and woven items can't be shared (or I just didn't have time to photograph my WIPS).  I can share what just came off my spinning wheel though.

Over the last two weeks, I have been spinning some gifted Red Eri Silk.  At this years Michigan Fiber Festival, I took the Silk Spinning Class with Patzy Z.  Now I am loving silk where I used to dread it.

Proof!  This 1.2 oz skein of 2ply yarn at 272 yards.

Eri Silk is also known as Peace Silk because no Silkworms are harmed in the production of the silk.  I have to say, I sure was peaceful spinning this lovely fiber.  Of all the silk types (Tussah, Mulberry, Eri, Muga, and Bombyx) this is my favorite.

Obviously, you will be seeing more silk yarns in the future.  This skein I am keeping.  I already have some ideas for its use but (gasp) it will require me to learn yet another new skill because the pattern I want requires crochet edging.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 46 2014

It's Fiber Arts Friday!  Welcome to the home of the Everything Fiber blog.  If you are visiting and also blog, link in your fiber arts blog.  This week I have handspun yarns and a knit item to share.

First, I took tons of pics while I was at Knittin' in the Mitten.  I shared them on my INSTAGRAM feed.  Check it out for all of the projects, gifts, swaps, door prizes and so much more that I received or bought.  It was a fabulous retreat and a week later, I am still feeling the love and relaxation the retreat gave me.

So...while I was at the retreat, instead of working on existing knit projects, I cast on a new one.  It's the Went a Courtin' Cowl written by KaRi Wymer who just happened to be our retreat hostess.  I had purchased the pattern prior to the retreat with the intention of casting on using my Bad Wolf handspun I had spun the year prior.  One of the other participants had posted her handspun version of this cowl and I thought it was fantastic.  I was an easy knit with beautiful results.  It's still blocking so I will share what it looks like right now.

Next, I spun two skeins of yarns while at the retreat.

The first skein is Suri Alpaca and Silk that I made here at the farm.  80/20 Suri/Silk.  I left it in the natural color of the materials because the natural fawn is stunning.  This mostly will be a yarn that I won't dye.

Next, I took a couple of my spinning batts and combined them to create this 3ply bulky yarn.  I am debating about spinning this or selling.  Decisions!  Next week is the Weaver's Guild Sale so many of my handspun yarns will end up in that sale.

Finally, I have been spinning Red Eri Silk which is AMAZING!  It has a wonderful golden color.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 45 2014

It's Fiber Arts Friday and I'm posting from the Knittin' in the Mitten Retreat hosted by The High Fiber Diet Podcast in Grand Haven, Michigan right along the lake shore of Lake Michigan.  Our first day of the retreat kept us inside due to the rain but seriously, why would we need to venture outside when we have a "bazillion" skeins of yarn and "tons" of fiber to spin.

Many of the participant were arriving yesterday so it was a lazy day to spin and gift swap packages.  I was able to spoil two different people.  One in the main swap where the big handmade gift was my newest weaving project.  It was a woven scarf where I used the clasp weft technique throughout then as I was weaving, added little ladybug beads into the weft.  The fiber was Merino and Bamboo.  I'm very pleased with the scarf and I hope my spoilee is too.

Next, I was in an ornament swap where I made a Snowball Buddy because they are so fun to make and absolutely adorable.  I also gifted the pattern collection to my spoilee.

On the receiving end, I got a wonderful package from a fellow retreat goer who lives in Canada.  She "stalked" me well,  I have a wonderful Merlot wine local to her in Canada, some beautiful Merino yarn hand dyed by someone who lives near her, a wonderful project bag with skulls on the outside and hearts on the inside along with lots of other candy and goodies inside the bag.  I love my Canadian gift!

In the Ornament Swap, I was spoiled thrice over!  First the most adorable needle felted snowman that I've ever seen.  Next, a adorable felt Tardis and finally, a cross-stitch Sherlock Holmes and John Watson ornament.  (Swoons!)  She also added some wonderful chocolates and a snowman photo album.

I was spoiled, indeed!
Hopefully I will remember to take lots of photos of all the fun from today and tomorrow so I can share them next week.  I will definitely be posting on Instagram.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 44 2014

Happy Halloween and Fiber Arts Friday!  I'm promise this post is only full of fiber treats.  The only trick is figuring out how to add more hours into my week so I can create more projects.

I have two completed projects to share.  First, is my most recent weaving project.  This scarf was created on my Cricket loom using two different blue wool yarns and one variegated yarn in tencel. (Yes, blue - I didn't have time to get to my light box and late night photos didn't capture the color...btw, last week's cowl was shades of black not gray.  Might need to consider a new camera)

I used the clasped weft technique throughout this project and let the shades of blue work off of each other.  I didn't get home until after dark last night so I wasn't able to get the best photo of the colors but the royal blue and navy blue together are stunning.

Next, I needed to work on a knit project that get my mojo back.  I picked the Rock on! pattern by denknits.  I used handspun merino/cashmere that I had spun last year from fiber my friend Emily at FiberAddiction dyed.  I am in love with this hat and I am keeping it for myself.

Next weekend I will be at the Knittin' in the Mitten Fiber Retreat (KitM14) where I intend to get some serious knitting done.  Yes, I will be taking my spinning wheel and there is a good chance that more spinning will take place than knitting but a gal can always hope.

My swap partner did receive her package yesterday and posted pics on Ravelry so I can share the scarf now but...I didn't take photos before sending it.  Doh!  I'm hoping she will so I can update my project page and hopefully share that scarf here as well.

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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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