Fiber Fridays

At Holiday Yarns, folks meet from 4-8ish pm to hang out and work on our projects, whether knitting, spinning, weaving or whatever.  Last Friday, when I was able to get out as a Birthday present to myself, I met up with a few friends from my more local Spinning Sunday and Tuesday Knitting Groups, there.   This usually leads to much humor and shenanigans.  So of course it ended with us doing just that.  It was another episode of “Thank god I am not drinking milk atm cuz otherwise it would have spurted out my nose” type of evening.  Good time had by all.

Below are pictures of us using Jen’s Pat Greens Super Carder.  I love this machine.   But, the more fly away fibers are a little, well, flighty.  At least in this case.  Fibers were whipping off the back of this machine like crazy.  It was really funny when Bugaboo and Shawlette tried to catch them and put them back on the carder.   One of those moments where I guess you had to be there.

So!  Go already!!  Every Friday or just any day of the week you are free and Holiday Yarns is open!  Beautiful local fiber artists commission there wares through her store and her line of colorways in both yarn and fiber are wonderful.  You can even build your own batt!  Huge assortment of fun colors and fibers to create your own fiber batt.  Jen is super helpful and always a pleasure to talk with.  Always worth the drive.  If you go on Friday evening you can even win a door prize!!  Hope to see you all there!!

http://holidayyarns.com/store.htm

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Holy Holiday Yarns!!

The heavens part and the angels sing upon entering this lovely fiberific brick and mortar store in Dewitt, NY.  Located in the Shoppingtown Plaza Mall, I met up with the Lovely Jennifer V., the owner.  I was running late and she was nothing but helpful and accommodating to my frazzled self.  After I settled in, I devoured the store with my eyes and hands.  I touched everything!!!!  It was all so lucious.  I wanted to bring it all home!!!!

I was there for further instruction for dying yarns and fibers.  I, being totally unprepared and frazzled, did not bring my handspun, but grabbed some superwash merino roving instead.  It works.  We dived into playing with colors and lots of info on particular dyes.  It was so much fun!!!  I came home with 2 sections of roving dyed seperately and totally different.  I love them!!!  I was hoping to get more done for her while I was there, but I will have to do that another time.  We talked alot!  We had loads of fun!  I would love to do this more often.  We did Painting process.  Spread it out and squirt away!! Dying with fun folks makes the process a joy!  I need supplies!!  This was my second instruction on the dying process.

The first encounter with dying, other than koolaid play, was with my friend Twiggi34 from Ravelry B&N Knitting night on Tuesdays.  She is fabulous with color!  I brought four skeins of my handspun and we cranked out three olive skeins and one hunterish green.  Sooo Pretty!  It was so fun and I learned the kind of set up I should have in my house.  I just had so much fun.  I hope to be able to play and practice more with color and get my own supplies soon.  We did Kettle dying that day to produce the lovely colors.  Heat it up and dunk it in.

Here are some pictures of the results of both days.

Fiber Happenings!

I was fortunate enough to have purchased several different types of fiber last month so that in February I can play with my wheel a lot!

I absolutely love the two Ugly batts that I purchased from Paradise Fibers.  Great colors and really neat textures.  for those who might not know what an Ugly batt is…an Ugly Batt is fiber left over from folks whom create beautiful colorways at an exact weight and what to do with an ounce here and there of fiber?  Well, gather them all up and make a batt with them all to sell! of course.

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I love my 1# of White Rambouilett and the Wild Sage batt(Alpaca/Silk/Wool) from Crystal Creek fibers.  Oh my god! Soft!  I never knew silk could get everywhere just by looking at it!  LOL

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I took off a single I had sitting on one of my bobbins for quite some time now.  It is very fine and course, but smooth.  I have no idea what I am going to do with it.

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A Stones Throw Artisan Shop has great deals on their fiber, so I snatched up 1# of White SuperWash Merino and 4 oz. of White Silk Top.

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A local alpaca farm, Nyala Farm ( http://www.merriwether.org/nyala/) sold me some great Wendslydale locks from an older ewe, dyed blue.  The crimp and curls are much looser than from an younger sheep or lamb.  Really beautiful!

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From the Skin of the Lamb I received from my butcher I was able to pull a paperbag full and half of lovely looking crimpy wool.  I have no idea what kind of lamb it was and don’t really care.  I will wash it soon, but still have some other fiber errands to run first….

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I received two large leaf bags full of Alpaca fleece.  Unwashed, unprocessed.  I have been sitting on this stuff since last summer.  I am n ot going to be able to wash all this myself and card it.  So, I decided to send it out to get processed at a Fiber Mill.  It is costly, but I think it will be worth it upon its return.  I need to change the measurements from grams to pounds, but not tonight. 😛

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On the First of February a local fiber shop held a Fiber Bowl.  It consisted of great deals on mill ends and other beautiful fibers and such.  I went with four other ladies from  my area and we each brought our wheels.  We sat from 12noon till 4pm in the afternoon ooohhhing and aaahhhhing and feeling all the fibers whilst spinning.  I met up with many of my friends from our local area.  Some I had not seen since last Summer at the Black Bear Winery’s Spin-in.  It was great to catch up with everyone there.  I also was able to steal a moment with Norm Hall(spinning wheel maker) to ask about making me a spinning stool to higher specs than those currently out there.  Since he had just checked his answering machine that had been full since December, he vaguely remembered my phone call. LOL  Gotta Love Norm!  He is on his own time.  It was a blast to see everyone and get to devote my time to spinning as I don’t get to do that often enough.  While I was there I picked up 8 oz. of White Bamboo and 8 oz. of a nice Fine Wool/Silk mix in a reddish-purple colorway.  No pics yet of that.

I went home that night to watch the SuperBowl with my kids and S. and their grandparents.  We had tons of yummy food, thanks all to S., of course.  A great day all around!!

Path of Felted Acorns?

Yup, you guessed it!  For the second week of Advent, I felted acorns to represent the focus on plants.  Next week I am getting slightly stumped by the focus of animals and am not sure what I will use.  I do have an idea to use paw prints or beads in shapes of animals.  but here are the pics of the Advent sprial, so far.