Sunday Spin Ins

For the last two Sundays the Knitting group from Ravelry that meets at B&N have met for some group spinning time.

I was very excited at ElsieDeluxe joined us this time and I was able to complete another skein of Orange Alpaca.  I am getting very close to having enough yarn for a lace pattern shawl for myself.  I do hope I can find help and a pattern so I don’t screw it up.  That would be really sad.

I brought some GFCF Cherrybrook Kitchen Brownies, which were yum!!  And had some delicious liquor with.  A big treat night for me.  I did get deathly ill that morning when I got home though.  Apparently my stomach wasn’t too happy with all the food I had during the Native American Festival and then adding these treats to it, within one day.

While our conversations went to all sorts of inappropriate  topics(the best ones in my opinion) we fell upon a couple of humorous instances.  I had to take pics!!!!

Firstly, there is BugaBoo whom can’t reach the floor while sitting in her own dining room chairs!

It may look it, but her feet really aren't touching the ground!!

It may look it, but her feet really aren't touching the ground!!

Then we had a wildly inappropriate happenstance!!  It was a good evening!!  Just so happens Yarngasm dropped her spindle and bent down to pick it up.  As she came up the alpaca fluff she was spinning stuck to her….

Too funny not to take picture and share with the whole world!!

Too funny not to take picture and share with the whole world!!

Sadly, I missed the shot of when she then stood up and walked across the room for treats and the same tuffed was stuck to another unmentionalbe body part!!!  It was a good night!!

I left around 12:30am, tired but really happy.  Not always the easiest thing to come by in my book.  I look forward to our next Spin-in.

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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.

Fibery Fun

I have been spinning up a storm lately.  I really needed to get the yarn made for Ali K. so I could dye it up.  I made extra and started another bobbin of my orange Alpaca.  Someday, I will get through all my alpaca to make myself a shawl.  I figure by then, I will know how to make one.

I haven’t got a pic, but I am on the foot of my sock!!!  This is very exciting.  I know this is the home stretch.  Then, I will need to make a matching one.  Oh dear.  I hope I don’t get Second Sock syndrome.  It sounds deadly to my knitting.

I joined a WIP Wrestling Team for July!  Don’t know what it is?  It means that my ravelry team, Bingo Ate my Baby, knitting club will choose from our Works in Progress Knitting lists and try to finish the most Finished Objects within the month of July.  Win anything you ask?  Not that I am aware of.  Just the wrestling title!  HEHE  I can’t wait! to see what projects I will have by then to finish!

I am so excited.  A dear Ravelry friend has agreed to teach me some dying techniques.  I hope soon.  I really love all things fibery and that includes dying.  I can’t wait to learn more!!

Dr Seuss Arrived!!

My partner sent me the best package ever!!!  I can’t tell you how awesome being in this swap was.  Just too fun!  I loved having a purpose to my knitting that was just purely fun for another.  I received my package today and immediately set upon it with my camera.

And Oh My GOD!!  If you want to most amazing felted item go to my partners website!!!  cicadavalley.etsy.com, Cicada Valley Studios.  Just really wonderful stuff.  She is soooo talented!

Did you see the bag!!! of Lindt Chocolate Truffles!  My FAVE!!!  They are already half gone….

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!!

Fiber Fantastic!!!

This is a little record of the fiber fun I have been having as of late.  I have:

One skien of 84 yrds of Merino top two ply.  It is so small since it was left over from a bobbin I filled, but have yet to finish.

One Full Bobbin of two ply Merino Top, still on the Bobbin.

One Skien of single, 61 yards of various fibers,  that was given to me by Twiggi34 with the Drop Spindle.

Currently Spinning:

Alpaca, dyed cremesicle orange on my Baynes Spinning Wheel

http://www.ravelry.com/people/homeofhearts/stash/schoppel-wolle on my Twiggi34 Spindle

Felting News:

I finished my Angel from the November posting Fiber Fun, https://homeofhearts.wordpress.com/2008/11/25/fiber-fun/ .  I had actually finished it before the Soltice but forgot to post the new picture.  It will be sent away to a special friend soon as a gift of Gratitude.

I have some lovely loosly curled Wendslydale Locks dyed an electric Blue that I will be spinning as soon as I finish the Orange Alpaca currently on the wheel.  You have to wait to see that! 😛

Enjoy the Fiber Porn!

Felted Hat

I am making my Mother a Felted Hat for her x-mas gift.  I picked up the form this weekend and am carding the wool as I go, super soft fluffy stuff from a local Shetland sheep breeder.  I am then putting on colorful details.  That is where I am at now in the process. Tonight I am going to wet felt the entire hat to shrink it down and get the texture right.

Here is so far what it looks like.  I am adding lots more design to it today.