Friday, March 27, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 13

It's Fiber Arts Friday!  This week my post is packed full of handspun yarn.  Lately, whenever I have downtime, that is all I want to do. My wheel is calling for me...it's My Precious.

First, I plied my Cormo fiber.  OMG!  This was a delicious spin.  I chain plied the yarn and ended up with 346 yards at 16 WPI.  I'm very happy with this yarn.

Next, I decided to tailspin some Mohair and Wensleydale fiber that I dyed last Autumn.  I absolutely adore Mohair.  I am that person that adore the halo that fibers like Mohair and Alpaca create.  This yarn reminds me of Easter Eggs.  I spun a total of 54 yards.  The core is cotton.
    

Last but not least, I combined two batts together that were inspired by Tulips to make this textured yarn full of coils and beehives.  The main fiber is Alpaca with a bit of silk and wool.  The yarn is super soft and beautiful.  I spun a total of 45 yards.
   


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Friday, March 20, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 12

Fiber Arts Friday is here again!  This has been a wicked crazy week that has flown by.  My update for the week seems sparse even though many hours have been logged on the same two projects all week long.

According to my Time Hop, I learned how to knit six years ago this week.  WOWZA!  Really?  It seems like I have been knitting and spinning so much longer than that but only six years.  I look at the crazy amount of projects I've created and posted on my project page @Ravelry and it's amazing.  Only six years...

First, I started spinning a 4oz braid of gorgeous 100% Cormo raised and dyed by my friend Char at Cormo 24/7.  Her Cormo is absolutely delicious to spin.  It wants me to spin it finer but I can't.  I think I'm afraid to spin a true lace.  I get it going then it snaps.  I'm spinning a nice single that will be chain-plied into a lovely yarn.



I am also making a lot of progress on my Aridondack Shawl.  I am loving how this is working up and the yarn.  I am so partial to the yarn.  What can I say, it's mine.  The My Pedro base is wonderful.  Yes, I'm partial.

One thing that drives me crazy is trying to photograph red...and blue.  These photos show more of a pink red than the yarn is but...it's in natural light, outdoors with NO SNOW!  Woot!

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 11

It's Fiber Arts Friday!   Friday the 13th and the eve of the ultimate Pi day.  How exciting is that?  Almost as exciting as the fiber arts production of this week, right?  Right!  Minimal mathematical equations are needed to make the perfect yarn...but there is math involved.  Yeah, I know!

The time spent at my spinning wheel and with my knitting needles has been wonderful.  Switching it up and dropping the knitting that wasn't inspiring was the best decision I made.  Those projects will either speak to me after awhile or they will get frogged.  I am making my way through the Adirondack Shawl.  I'm already 183 rows into the project.  Woot!

Next, I finished spinning my Alpaca/Merino yarn.  I am in love with how this turned out.


I currently have a lovely Cormo on my wheel.  It's absolutely delicious and really inspires me to get some sheep.  MUST RESIST SHEEP ;-)
  

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Fiber Arts Friday - 2015 Week 10

Whew!  It's Fiber Arts Friday again.  Another week of handspun yarns to share with you.  My stash of handspun is going to be overflowing for YarnCon next month in Chicago.  Wait!  Did I forget to mention that I'm going to be a vendor at YarnCon?  Well, I am and super excited about it.  Save the date of April 18 & 19 to be in Chicago for this fun fiber event.

Now, on to my spinning.  I have one skein of yarn finished this week.  I have a few bobbins that are ready to be plied but this yarn is the beauty of the week.

It was created from my Hobbit Holiday 100% BFL roving that I dyed last summer.  I chain plied the yarn for a lovely 3 ply yarn.  160 Yards of finished yarn total.

I am also casting on a new project because....I want a shawl in this red PLUS I am just not motivated with my current knitting projects.  It's the Adirondack shawl.  I'm going to use the My Pedro Suri blend yarn in my shop colorway Smaug Red.


That's my week.  I hope to share some knitting next week.  I just can't seem to tear myself away from the spinning wheel lately.  Now, share your adventures in Fiber Arts!
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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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