Friday, August 26, 2011

So happy to see you Friday!

It's been a whale of a week.  Too much work at work and not enough work being done at home.  And I have a ton of work to do at home...serious work, with tools!

See...
My BFF Paula loaned me this Mark IV carder while she's on vacation in New Joisey.  She got it from a guy she bought a bunch of tools from over by Lansing.  I have big plans for this sweet little machine.  I'll be adding to my pile-o-Jacob batts this weekend.
I have a bag-o-fleece picked and ready to card so I'm hoping that by Sunday evening I'll be ready for some serious Jacob spinning.
I'm thinking I'll make myself a new and improved (and considerably larger) Adult Surprise Jacket.  I've out-grown the one that's hanging in my office right now.  sniff   I think the different shades of fleece would make a nice subtle stripe in the pattern.

The Michigan Fiber Festival was awesome!  The fleece combing class was informative and quite a lot of fun.  Beth Smith is a hoot!  We combed, very carefully cause those combs are sharp as hell,  and spun Romney, Wensleydale and Merino.  The Wensleydale was the most difficult to get started as the locks are so long and tight but once I got it started was lovely.  It was heavenly to spin and shiney!  You should try some!  Just be sure to have your oil/water mister handy cause it really gets static-y.  I also got some pointers on carding a better Jacob batt too.  And I loved Beth's dress, it looked very comfy and crafty with a red apron.  She posed for us with her newly acquired sheep skin...
please excuse the crappy iPhone pic
There were a few small purchases made...
 Merino from Winding Wool Creek Fiber
Suri Alpaca from Wonder Why Alpacas

I also picked up the Shetland fleece I had reserved in the spring.  Since it was a show fleece I had to wait to pick it up until after MFF.  Out of 20 Shetland fleeces Ginny Weasley #69 came in 3rd place.  The nice shepherd, Mike, from Windswept Farm let me keep the white ribbon too!  (said he had a gazillion of them, LOL)  Ginny is a pretty fawn Shetland.  I imagine she must look a lot like the sheep in the first link of this paragraph.


I hope you all had an exciting week and did some fun things.  I'd love to hear about it.  If you'd like to meet other fiber enthusiasts hop on over to Andrea's blog and check them out.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday everybody!
Nothing cuter than a pink Pug tongue!

10 comments:

WonderWhyGal said...

oh how I wish I could have taken Beth's class (any of them). I know someone who took her learning to spin and Angora class and said she was glad she did. She said even though she has been spinning, Beth really took her back to the basics to make even better yarn.

I need to get a photo of my Jacob fleece before I start cleaning it. I can't wait to spin it and decide what to knit with it.

I am glad I got to see you at festival.

Kathryn Ray said...

Oh to be able to take classes at a fiber festival... this is definately on my to do list.

It looks like you had a fab time. :-)

Dawn said...

I am so hoping to be able to take some classes at Fiber Festival next year. Looks like you had a great time and I can't wait to see what you spin up next!

Tamara Miller said...

Oo..lots of nice goodies! I like your links to the sheep photos! Have fun spinning!

paulastark@aol.com said...

Wow that carder looks good for being 30 years old. Have fun with it. I still have a fleece to skirt before I go to New Joisey. I had two classes from Beth and would definitely recommend her as a teacher.

Vivian said...

Looks like you had a great time at the festival, love the sheep skin picture!

Puppy kisses from Rascal to LittleDog :-)

Voie de Vie said...

I like Little Dog's latest pics - such a handsome cutie!

I can see why MFF is such a big deal fiber festival. I will definitely need to make it out there one year really soon. :)

jessecreations said...

MMM, Shetland!!! It looks like you had a ton of fun at the festival!!

Jess

Spinster Beth said...

Oh gosh I hope your friend in New Jersey isn't in the path of the hurricane!

I love your neat and tidy craft area. Oh, and I think I have that same Wonder Why fiber you purchased ... I spun it during TdFleece. Everything looks lovely!

pinkundine said...

Love the idea of the different shades of fleece making up some subtle striping, that sounds really pretty, can't wait to see progress from fleece to yarn to garment!