Episode 3 is up!
I can't believe Tuesday has come and gone!!
Episode 3 is up!
I am going to be a Guest Blogger on my Friend Susie's site Knit Natural, I wrote a review of a Turkish Spindle for her blog.
Please check out her blog and read her awesome posts and Spindle reviews! She also has her Class Schedule up for Learn to Knit and Spin Classes that she teaches!
It is the start of Tour de Fleece tomorrow, running together with Tour de France. And it's that time to spin!!
I have a pile of Spinning that I want to make a dent in during this tour, its all The Wacky Windmill Fiber!
I also have a shop update coming this Sunday at 6pm CST (Saskatchewan time :)) and I am sewing up bags like crazy and I hope you all like them! If I don't run out of time, there could be some new stitch marker additions as well.
I also have some warp ready to go onto my Medico Table loom, now that it is just about ready to start weaving with. I just have to adjust the size of a couple of dowels, and I can start warping this. The warp you see above is only a portion of what will be on my loom soon, So perhaps on one of the TdF rest days this will be added
I love it when Kirby does this when she is sleeping, oh so cute!!
And of course I should share a photo of the lovely Sophie, she loves her new bed, now that she has figured it out...lol
Can I say, what a few weeks this has been. I ordered a Hansen Mini Spinner, and I love it! I knew I would but hey sometimes you just cant stop saying it! If you are on the fence about investing in one, GET OFF THE FENCE!...lol
Anyways while I watched, well maybe stalked is a better word the postal sites for updates on where my wheel was I casted on a few projects, so my WIP count, is well high...lol
This is the Foolproof Cowl the grey is Knitpicks Gloss DK, so soft!! And the gradient is my own handspun from Woolgatherings, which most of you know is one of my favorite shops to buy fibre from. I have never found a colorway that I didn't love in her shop, they are all lovely and vibrant and squishy and they make you just want to keep spinning!!
On the needles I also have Age of Brass and Steam, Nightlock, and Pagona all of which need photos done in daylight before I post them on here...lol
I have also started Christmas Soaping, these will be ready in time for xmas etsy shopping.
The first one I have done is an unscented peacock swirl, the top is beautiful and then its a plain white with some Bentonite clay mixed in. More Christmas soaping to commence this weekend, I have plan for a holiday scented swirl, this time though I will have a more interesting base for the soap so when I cut, it will look pretty all over! And then I will be experimenting with some other flavors as well. I have lip balm coming for the shop, and more lotion bar flavors.
Well that is my super fast update for you today! I am spinning more on my Mini Spinner tonight and I am close to finishing so that I can ply it all tomorrow!!
A few woven scarves started off my holiday crafting projects this year. I am busy creating woven objects this year and I am really enjoying it!
This year's True Knit Art Show is creeping up as well, and I will be doing things a bit different this year since I am sharing a table with both my Jewelry Wired Whimzee, which has a shop here on my blog and my Homemade Soap Business Sway Tree Soaps which has a shop on Etsy.
I am excited to showcase what I have this year. A smaller grouping of jewelry as well as a selection of soaps and lotion bars, and if i can perfect it, my lip gloss as well!
Over the last few weeks I have been gearing up to start weaving on my new Leclerc Artisat 36" Floor loom as well. I needed a few things like a warping board so I haven't been able to sit down at it yet, but hopefully before October starts I will have woven atleast one thing on it!!
Part of what I needed was a bench the perfect height for weaving, so I did a little research online to see what sort of bench I would be needing for my loom and it turns out that my hope chest that I inherited from my Mom is the perfect height! And bonus...it has a ton of storage space in it for weaving specific yarn and all the tools I need to weave.
Sway Tree Soaps is coming along great, above is a new curing rack that I made out of shoe racks I found at Costco, so great and lots of room for 24 batches of soap! These are a few of the soaps I will have with me at True Knits this year!
On the needles at the moment is a cowl made from my Handspun. I joined the Regina Weavers and Spinners Guild this year and they have a sale coming up which I can sell some of my handmade items in and I think this will be in there when it is done. The sale is October 26 and 27 at the Senior Center in the Neil Balkwill Center Parking Lot.
What sort of holiday crafting are you going to be working on this year?
I am having the greatest time spinning yarn
From Saturday June 29 and runs until Sunday July 21nd, 2013 is the real Tour de France, and droves of fiber spinners call our time spinning Tour de Fleece. I am being so productive with my spinning which feels great after taking such a long hiatus from spinning its nice to be back at it.
I need to remember though not to be so excited about spinning that I forget to take a photo of the starting fiber as i did in the photo above!
This is a 24 breed sampler, which I plan on spindle spinning, i just have to decide if i want to do it all on the supported spindle i just ordered, or use my Maggie, which currently still has some fiber on it, so either way this bundle will be waiting a bit to be spun up!
These are a part of several small bundles of merino dyed fiber. I am spindle spinning all of these ones as well.
Some suffolk natural fiber. I think it will soften up some after washing.
And last but not least today's progress of spindle and wheel spinning. I cant wait to work on this more tomorrow!!
Yay!! Abriana's quilt is done, well its been finished for a few days, it has just taken me this long to blog about it!. I had so much fun with this quilt and I have to say this one is one of my best ones so far.
Here is the backing. I always love to incorporate something from the front of the quilt on the back, it not only ties the whole thing together, but it does really make the quilt reversible!
I've made some Butterfly Key Chains, here they are...Top row from left to right: gold/green/blue, red/black/silver, green/silver/green, bottom row from left to right: purple/silver/black, gold/silver/bronze, silver/pink/black
I'm warming up for Tour de Fleece over on Ravelry, and I have been doing quite a bit of spinning both on my wheel and on my spindles. Here are some photos of all my progress. I am done 1 ounce of the blue/green fiber that I started on my Maggie, and I am just about at 1 ounce done on my TTT Turkish spindle.
On my wheel I am spinning Woolgatherings 8 oz of 15.5 Micron Merino Wool. Its super soft and such a great colorway. I am thinking that I will just 2 ply this one, as I am spinning it thicker. So 2 more ounces will go on this bobbin, and then I will start another bobbin with the other 4 oz.
On my quilt design wall now, a quilt for Chris. These are all his old Spider-Man t-shirts that I am going to use to make him a lap quilt for the couch. I have other Spider-Man fabrics and I will incorporate them with some black and red solids to square up the images and make the quilt flow.
Lots to do that is for sure!!
It took a few days to stipple the quilt, but I got
it done. I used a variegated red to pink thread on top and white on the bottom of the quilt. that combined with the brown just popped and it looks so great!! These photos do not do this quilt justice at all!
choosing the binding from what I had left over on my quilt wall, I knew I wanted to use the stripy fabric, and my mom picked the alphabet one to match
Here is a bit of the binding finished and hand sewn on. this one is probably the closest photo to the right colors of the quilt.
And the completed quilt. I would like to be able to get outside with it, hopefully before mom leaves to take some more photos of it all laid out, but for now its a weeeeeee bit wet out!
This weekend when I needed a break from working on this quilt Mom and I went and hung out at a craft sale with the group from the Regina Weavers and Spinners guild. I have been thinking about joining, but putting it off because of timing and such, but we all had such a great time, that it made my mind up on joining!
This is some of my progress that I made while we held down the tent as we were just about blown away. I have to admit today when I woke up, my arms and pecs were a tad sore!
And thanks to my friend Susan, this little Kuchulu is my newest addition to my spindle addiction, standing just 3", this is my smallest turkish, and I love it!
Well I am off to spin a bit before bed. Hope you all have a very crafty week ahead!
I needed a place for my spindle collection, its pretty small but I wanted to display them. So while I was thinking about how to organize my room I thought about hanging them from a shelf!
So off to Lowes I went, and found some cup hooks and here it is! I still need to figure out where I am putting my Turkish spindles, they dont have hooks to hang from, so perhaps they will go on the shelf above these ones.
Also while I was at Lowes I picked up some 2"x12" lumber to make the top of my cutting table, I was able to get them to cut it for me, to 5' lengths and I screwed them to the top of 2 of my book cases. It's a big enough surface to have my sewing machine, serger and cutting mat all out at the same time, I am so excited to get working on it!!
I started 8oz of lovely Merino Silk in what I am calling Rose Garden colorway. its going very well, I think I will get some very good yardage out of this even N-Plyed in order to keep the color runs true. I am just about done the first braid of 2.
Someone asked me the other day what I spin on, its an Ashford Joy. And I have to say well worth it. It is a workhorse, I have only had a band break once, and we were able to just heat it on a stove element and stick it back together. The decals on the treadles, incase you are wondering are from Stampin' Up! home decor line, i just cut a few of the swirls and put them on to make the wheel my own.
Well I am off to keep working away at unpacking my craft room!
if you stop spinning yarn for a while, it feel so good to get back into it. I was very uninspired to spin for a while, but with my new craft space, I have a spot to have a dedicated corner for spinning. Right beside my window in the corner of my room.
I tend to do stuff when its readily accessible, and so I think this will help me a lot with spinning up my massive fiber stash!
Today I took it easy, and didn't do any unpacking because of my back, I had a nice nap with my heating pad and then spun in my new space. It was such a great day.
As with every Bee Mice Elf Fiber I have, I will be N-Plying this one to keep the color runs true, instead of Barber polling it by 2 plying it. The colors of her fibers are so rich and beautiful, I hate to muck with them!
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