Friday, August 19, 2011

It's MFF weekend!

I'll be taking a class on combing fleece at Michigan Fiber Festival on Saturday.  Taught by Beth Smith from Spinning Loft it should be fun and informative.  It's the first class I've taken at MFF.  In past years it's been a trip to see sheep, feel pretty yarn and fleece and eat some fair food.  It's also a great time to meet-up with folks I haven't seen since last year's festival.  I'll be picking up a Shetland fleece that I reserved a couple months ago.  The sheep that grew the fleece  is #69 Ginny Weasley, isn't that a chuckle?  You can see her prettiness here.

Will I see some of you there?

Almost squealed about a package that arrived today from Sublime Stitching.  A variety of embroidery patterns designed by Jenny Hart.  I especially like the Dia de los Muertos drawings, the sugar skulls are awesome.

a nice variety of iron-on designs, something I haven't done in many years.  Isn't it fun to get back to a craft you haven't plied in a long while?  This will be a good take-a-long project that can be worked on during lunch.

Work has steadily progressed on the Kill Bill sock.  I've actually bound off. twice.  First bind off was way too tight and the cuff was not what I wanted so I unbound and tinked back about 12 rows and did 2 x 2 rib and bound off.  At that point I realized that the directions I was following were totally out of I just ripped back and picked up my stitches after removing the waste yarn that was not nearly in the correct place.  I'll be knitting a couple more inches then adding the waste yarn again.  Hopefully I'll be on target this time.  I'll certainly know how to knit a toe-up, after-thought heel sock by the time this thing is done.

There has been carding of Jacob this week after the return of Big Tom from the wilds of Missouri.  Also tried my hand at combing some black Jacob fleece...including a little practice with a diz which proved to be quite educational.  Hopefully, when I'm finished with my class on Saturday I'll have much better technique.
Thank you all so much for stopping by today.  Have a Happy Fiber Arts Friday and be sure to visit the other crafty peeps who participate over on Andrea's blog.


Dutch Hollow Acres said...

Have fun in your combing class, it's something I Haven't done before.

Nerdy Knitter said...

happy michigan fiber fest day, i hope you enjoy your class and have lots of fun!

Pooch said...

Sounds like you are well on your way to enjoying a great class. Have fun!

Spinster Beth said...

Oooh I love Jacob fleece! I use a drum carder, I haven't ever combed. Hope you have a great time at the festival!

I always have to bind off my socks very loosely ... I have large calves, and I almost always have to go back and tink the binded cuff and then bind it off looser. Such a pain!

Vivian said...

Have fun at the festival this weekend! A sheep named Ginny Weasley? I hope she plays quidditch too ;-)

fiberdance said...

Have fun at the fiber fest-the one here in Wisconsin is the weekend after Labor day-I can't wait.
I also love working with Jacob fleece.

WonderWhyGal said...

oooh, I can't wait to hear about what you learn with Beth. She is a rock star! Well, you inspired me and...I bought a lovely Jacob fleece early on Friday (before they sold out). I can't wait to start processing it.

See you...later today.

Kathryn Ray said...

You always seem to have so much going on. Every time you write about Jacob fleece, I think I need to get some for myself. :-)

I'm still stunned that you tinked back 12 rows on your socks. That's a lot of tinking.

Enjoy the festival. :-)