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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Friday, December 12, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 50 2014

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!  How on earth did we get to week 50 of the year?  It sure has been a busy one.

This week I have a couple of finished projects to share but, first, tomorrow is the Buy Local Arts & Gift Fair at the Kalamazoo Nature Center.  I really do enjoy this show.  The Nature Center opens its doors for free so the public can shop our locally made items and also get a glimpse of the beautiful Nature Center.  It's a show where I have to watch myself because I can easily spend all of my profits shopping at the other vendor booths.  Tonight is a Members Only Sale so shortly after I post this blog, I will be leaving to set up my booth.

I finished my second Rock On! hat after tearing it out after being half done.  The gauge was all wrong.  I love knowing the designers of favorite patterns because getting help is all the better.  During the Knittin' in the Mitten retreat. Denae looked at my yarn and we decided not to knit double plus changed the needle. (On that note, if you ever struggle with a pattern you have purchased on Ravelry, send the designer a message.  They love knitting as much as we do and I have found that they are readily able to explain a direction.)

The hat is amazing in my handspun Alpaca/Merino.  The photo just can't capture how soft and wonderful the hat feels.  It's the last of my yarn I spun from Dude.  It's always a treat to spin from an Alpaca I no longer own.

I also finished two more pair of fingerless mitts from my AutoKnitter. I need to work more on turning the heel and toe on my socks and needed a break.  Once my show is over tomorrow, I'm going to focus more on the machine.

Eventually I am going to make mitts with full thumbs an actual mittens but I must say, I'm very pleased with the mittens I've created so far.

I also have been making progress on learning to crochet.  Right now I am practicing making squares with single and double crochet.  It's frustrating when learning a new technique.  How I manage to start with 14 stitches then end up with nine then back to ten then maybe eight.  Agggggh!  So much to learn so practice I will.

Well, that has been my week in fiber arts.  My poor loom and spinning wheel have been neglected.  So much to learn and work on and so little time.  Now, share your adventures in Fiber Arts!
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 49 2014

It's Fiber Arts Friday! Where did the rest of the week go? I made a vow to myself that I would only blog once a week this year and I have managed to keep that resolution with the thankful thought that I didn't force myself to keep from sharing my projects on Ravelry, Instagram, or Facebook.  So if you are friends with me or follow me on the other sites, you may have seen some of these projects.  Whew!

I was a very busy gal this week utilizing the long Thanksgiving holiday to really crank out the productivity.  For once, I didn't touch my loom or spinning wheel.  It was all about the knitting.

First, my CSM (Circuluar Sock Machine) is absolutely amazing.  The make of the model is called Auto Knitter.  I am absolutely amazed at how it works.  I must say, a lot of cussing did commence over the weekend but then the lightbulb went off so that socks and fingerless mitts were created.  I still have a wee bit of hand knitting to do on each item but I went from taking three months to completing a pair of socks to one weekend to make three socks and four mitts.  Not bad....not bad at all! I actually have three more socks that could be finished but I need to visit with another "cranker" to get some advice on the kitchener stitch.  It wants to work differently with these socks because of the amount of stitches and where you actually close the seam up.

I was asked about the heel.  It is a turned heel not an afterthough.  On the machine, I actually adjust the pins to create a turned heel and and finished toe.  (That's where the cussing commenced)  Next week I promise to post better photos of the heel and toe...and the cuff.  You can see the cuff a bit in these photos.  On the socks and mitts where I used ribbing, I actually didn't get out my ribbing attachment (which I have no clue how to use yet), instead I adjusted my pins for a mock ribbing.  Again, the technique is really cool.

Of the socks pictured, I am going to tear a couple apart because I found more mistakes than I wanted.  Another nice thing about a sock machine is that you don't feel pain when tearing out a project.

Next, I am making Snowball Buddies for various Christmas gifts.  Here are the first two I created.  More to follow.


Finally, I used the Black Friday codes on Craftsy to register for a couple of classes including a Crochet class.  Denise over at Voie de Vie is releasing her first full book and I have long admired her beautiful crochet designs.  With the pre-order of her book (you really need to order yours now), I have decided to learn how to crochet.

My first class is going good.  I like how the class is set up.  The instructor has done a great job on explaining and showing the different stitches.  The next section of my class will be understanding how to read crochet patterns.  In the meantime, I am practicing how to crochet the various base stitches.  I am going to crochet her patterns using my yarn!  YES!

Ok, one last shot of the socks I made over the weekend because...socks!

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 48 2014

Welcome to Fiber Arts Friday!  I almost forgot what day it was.  I've been busy updating my website and promoting a coupon sale to raise some money for the farm so all of my work on the laptop didn't include writing my Fiber Arts Friday post.  Doh!

This week a few projects are super secret right now so I don't have much to show except for this little teaser...Ok, it's a big teaser.  I purchased an Auto Knitter.  It's a CSM aka Circular Sock Machine.  I'm still working on how to use it but I did finish fingerless mitts after having major issues with my heel turns on socks.  More information about this new investment next week.  Meanwhile, purchases from my shop will help me pay for this new addition to the farm.



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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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