New addition to my Fiber Collection

June 2015

This new addition is a living breathing fiber making beast.

ūüôā ¬†Welcome my sweetie, Satin angora rabbit, FLUFFERNUTTER! ¬†She lives in the barn and comes in frequently to be groomed. She has just recently been cut down, so her next fiber harvest will be a in a few months and will hopefully have a little better stability than the new baby fluff from her first cut.

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Elsie’s ArtGallery

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This fall a long time member of the CedarRapidsArea Fiber Artist Guild, Elsie Harris opened her home as a lovely art gallery. This woman is incredibly resilient, creative, brave, and kind. I was fortunate enough to be invited to her opening. As a group from the PaneraBread craft gathering, we all traveled over. I took so many great pictures. Enjoy the tour.

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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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.

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….