Friday, July 18, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 29 2014

Yikes!  It's the 29th Fiber Arts Friday of 2014.  Where has the year gone?  This week I'm sharing more of my Tour de Fleece spinning.  I've really enjoyed seeing all of the yarns created by my Team of Wonder on Ravelry.  A beautiful mix of yarn weights, textures and fibers from the whole team.

Thank you to everyone who has stopped by to read my blog each week.  I do apologize if I didn't post a response on some of the blogs who linked in last week.  I was without my computer and  blogger isn't always the most friendly on my cell phone.

Here is the week in spinning yarn for me!
Day 10 was the day of rest and knitting was on the agenda for that day.  I am knitting Brickless by Martina Behm using the My Pedro yarn.  I love her patterns and how this shawl is coming along.


I will give the grand totals of my yardage and weight spun at the end of the Tour de Fleece.  I think this might be my highest yardage year yet.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 28 2014

It's Fiber Arts Friday!  This week I'm at the Eaton County Fair with my kids showing Alpacas.  Being the first week of Tour de Fleece, it's been more of a challenge to spin yarn than I thought it would be.  "Oh, it's my vacation, I'll have plenty of time!"  Nope!  Not when you are the mom of two kids showing animals.  Making sure they are getting their barn chores done, walking the animals and plain being a part of 4H along with Club duties and fairway time...your devotion to vacation relaxation is relegated to the early morning and an hour or two in the afternoon.

This week was a productive one for my Tour de Fleece Spinning.  Here are the updates I've posted on FB, Instagram and Ravelry.



This was really Day 5


My Wonder Why Fiber Arts page on Facebook has all of the 4H photos posted...or at least most of them.  It's crazy trying to update \everything via your phone.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 27 2014

Welcome to Fiber Arts Friday, the 4th of July Edition.  This week's post will be the celebration of me getting my knitting mojo back.  After a few months of having absolutely no interest in knitting, I had the pleasure of spending the day with my dear friend, Terri, at the MaggiKnits Fashion Show.  We have the pleasure of living only 30 minutes away from Maggi Jackson's USA shop located in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Last Saturday she had an event at her studio which included a fashion show.  OMG!  It was a fabulous day. I not only met new knitting friends but was able to get acquainted with a few I haven't seen in a long time.  If you have been to Stitches or Vogue Knitting, you've most likely seen Maggi and her amazing booth of finished good, yarns and patterns.  What I really love about her booth is that you can actually try on a sample of what you are going to knit in the yarn you will be knitting in and really decide, "Is this me?"

Well, pour the wine and give me a credit card because I found a lot of "Is this me?"

First, as soon as we got to the studio, we drew from a door prize. I won a lovely skein of her yarn along with buttons.  My lucky number 21 was Awesome!  The yarn is called Maggi's Feather Melange. in the red/gray colorway.

Next, I went to town trying on her different display items.  Some were for sale.  Oops!  I might have claimed one for me...oh, yeah!  I did.  What I really like about her designs is that most of them are knit in sections.  This whole sweater is made out of rectangles sewed together.  Not intimidating at all.  Squeal!  It's mine.  It's called the Sleeveless Dipped Cardi.

Well, I couldn't leave without buying something to actually knit.  I picked the Zapillo Shawl.  I loved how it can be draped a bazillion different ways.  I've never knit with linen before so I'm very excited to try new techniques plus use a new yarn.  Her yarn is amazing.

Knitting at Maggi's home
After a day at her studio, we all left for a quick dinner then met back at the studio for a mystery knit night.  She took us to her home which had a gorgeous view of Kalamazoo.  I lived there while I was in college and never saw it above the tree tops like we did that night.
Terri, knitting and enjoying the view

It was a few more hours of pure knitting joy.  Maggi even let me use her knitting needles so I could cast on my project right away.  She is an amazing woman! I was lucky to spend the day with so many amazing women including my wonderful friend Terri.
Maggi and Me

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 26 2014

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!  this week has been another busy one.  I finished the Saori Woven Scarf that I started at the beginning of the month.  I really need to focus on finishing the project on my big loom before I start the next one on the lap loom.

Here is my newest creation.  It will be for sale.  I have really been trying to focus on new items for upcoming shows.  I also heard from one of the mills I work with and I should have a bunch of roving coming back soon.  Squeal!  Expect new colorways in my Suri/Merino/Silk blends.

Introducing, Lobster Red!  I warped it with various shades of red and burgundy in wool then woven with a variegated merino sock yarn, possum/merino yarn and a wool yarn.  It has a wonderful drape and, as you can see from the photos, looks great wrapped as a scarf.

The scarf has woven slits in the fabric.  I've been experimenting with this technique.  It really adds to the way the fabric drapes.  I know, I keep saying drape but that is the best way to describe the beauty of it.

That's all I have for this week.  An update on our little goat.  She is healing and getting stronger.  She ended up with a parasite that the vet couldn't figure out how she got it.  It's typically found on cow farms. (We haven't been near one)  Luckily no other members of our herd had it.  I'm wondering if it was from one of our trips to the vet or when people have came to visit the goats.  It's so hard to speculate so instead we just deal and remind ourselves that the farm's biosecurity can not be lax.  It really put her through a mess but she is doing better.

We made ice cream from our goat milk this week.  It was absolutely amazing!!!!  In the process, we ended up having to replace the Cuisinart Ice Cream maker that we got as a wedding gift.  Apparently it wasn't going to make it to 16 years.  Doh!  The new machine arrived and within 30 minutes we had our own ice cream.

We have more more week until the 4H Fair.   I can't believe that it's already the end of June.  Yikes!  With the start of fair, it will also be the beginning of the Tour de Fleece. I'm excited to start the spinning chatter.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 25 2014

Happy Summer Solstice Eve and Fiber Arts Friday!  It's a good thing that the days are getting longer because I have too much to do and so little time to accomplish it.  This week, I've completed another coiled yarn.  I'm calling it Hippie Chickie!  It's from one of my new colorways called Hobbit Holiday using 100% BFL.  I'm really enjoying making textured yarns especially after spinning so many lighweight yarns.  It keeps my fingers flexible.

Next, I finally made some cheese from out goats.  Boy, oh boy, was that an experience.  In three hours I made Mozzarella and Ricotta cheese from one gallon of Nigerian Dwarf Goat Milk.  First, I am totally shocked at how little cheese I got from that gallon and how much whey I had to use.  I did find a few websites that gave suggestions for using whey but...there was so much of it and so little cheese.
Separating the Curds and Whey
The two jars are each 1/2 Gallon.
Look how much whey is left after the Mozzerella was made.
Yikes!

The cheese was delicious but I know that I won't be making it that often.  I will, however, try my hands at Feta cheese in the next few weeks.  We'll see how that cheese to whey ratio works out.
The Goat Milk Cheese

I'm still making progress on my weaving.  I'm still getting a few inches done a night but photos just look the same.  It will be awesome when I can show you the finished fabric.







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Friday, June 13, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 24 2014

Can you believe that it's Week 24 in 2014 for Fiber Arts Friday? Wowza!  It's been another busy week of creating projects here on my farm.  First, I warped my small loom for a scarf.  It's a Saori Scarf called Lobster Red in "honor" of my first sunburn of the year.  Seriously, when am I going to learn to lather up the sunscreen? You would think the red in my hair and pale skin would be a major hint.  Doh!  Last weekend we worked outside all day getting the cover off of our pool and preparing it to open along with me dyeing another few pounds of yarn and fiber.

The scarf is going to be around 80 inches long.  I have no design in mind other than letter the yarn speak to me.  I really do love the Saori philosophy and weaving techniques.  I still need to finish the yardage on my big loom but the ease of the loom just sitting on my lap keeps the relaxation at a higher level.  In the first photo, I am weaving a slit and this second photo, the technique is called clasped weft.

I also spent quite a bit of time spinning.  Before the sun set last night, I finished this 8oz Worsted Weight yarn donated from two of my Alpacas, Dude and Metallica.   ended up with 368 yards, 9WPI, 2 ply, 8oz.  Alpaca (Huacaya and Suri), Merino and Silk.   This photo of prior to soaking and setting the twist but I was eager to give you a photo.

Tomorrow our 4H group is hosting a small competition with two other clubs.  My children have been working hard with Phantom of the Wonder and Nick Fury to get them show ready.  Hopefully the Alpacas behave.  This will be their first time in the ring.  Our club, which is about five years old, finally has our own t-shirts.  We belong to a larger club but refer to ourselves as the Musketeers Alpaca Group.  My wonderful childhood friend who is now an amazing photographer and graphic designer took a photo I sent her of my son working with one of the Alpacas and turned it into a "any kid" silhouette.  I am in love with how it worked out.  Her blog is Can't Remember Diddly!

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 23 2014

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Fiber Arts Friday is here!  Where did the last week go?  Yikes.  It was full of color, yarn and fleeces for me.  I started two new yarns this week.  I'm still not in the knitting zone and my loom really hasn't called to me either but my wheel sings a beautiful song.

One bobbin on my wheel is a Huacaya Alpaca/Merino blend that i created a few years ago.  I found 4oz of it hidden in a pile.  I'm going to ply it with a skein of my Suri Alpaca.

Another skein, which is now finish, is a coiled yarn from fiber I dyed.  The core is cotton and the coiled fiber is 100% BFL that I dyed myself.  5.1 oz, 62 yards.

Don't forget that the Tour de Fleece is coming up soon.  I will be the Captain of The Team Wonder Why Fiber  again.  Join in our fun.  We are a Wild Card team and have decided that instead of having a thread in the main Tour de Fleece Group, we would keep the chatter and fun in the Wonder Why Fiber Arts Group.  Come join us and have fun spinning.

I participated in Run or Dye with my daughter last Saturday.  I'm referring to the day as "Revenge of my Yarn".  I now know what a skein of yarn feels like getting doused with color.  The 5K was a blast.  We are already signed up for another Color Run in August.

Finally, I visited a friend's farm over the weekend and left with about 50 Suri Alpaca fleeces.  I'm in Alpaca heaven.  I will be very busy over the next few weeks sorting fiber for yarn and roving.  Woot!

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