Friday, October 28, 2011

Congratulations Commentor #9

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!  What have you been doing this week with fiber?

I've been spinning a ball of roving I picked up at the Ann Arbor Fiber Expo since it reminds me so much of the season...

it's always a thrill to see the difference between the roving and the singles.  I'll spin 4 oz on each of two bobbins then ply them.


It's been a pretty crazy week that started with the aforementioned trip to Ann Arbor on Saturday for the Fiber Expo.  We saw lots of friends both shopping and vending.  Nice show in a nice location.  Lunch at Zingerman's Deli was a special treat...thanks Paula!

I've done a little bit of everything this week.  The ends are woven in on The Big Ass Sweater... now for miles of mattress stitch.


the table is 32" x 60", you're looking at the two sleeves, separately and the front and back stacked on top of each other...perhaps this will give you an idea the immensity of this sweater.  Also the fact that it took 14 skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca...that's a lot of yarn! I'm so glad that I bought it on sale a while back.

Check out this super cute little bag with a zip top.  It'll make a nice little tool bag. And I like the little alpacas.
Let's hope that the weather is decent this weekend so I can get my dye pot cooking with these...
my kind friend Tamara gave me instructions on using these marigold heads as dye stuff.  I'm pretty excited about it.  I just hope I can figure out the chemistry of it all...I can do accounting all day long but when it comes to figuring percentages of weights I'm a bit of a slacker.

Yay!  The random number generator chose #9!  That means Andrea will be receiving a little package of handspun from me soon.  (got a color/fiber preference?)  Thanks to all who left comments regarding washing techniques for knitwear.

Have a great weekend everybody!  Hop over and say hello to all the talented peeps on Andrea's Fiber Arts Friday blog.


PS:  If you're in the West Michigan area this weekend be sure to stop in at the Delta Plex and check out the alpacas!

17 comments:

Kim said...

Love the little alpaca bag..did you get it in Ann Arbor? and I fully expect to see The Saint wearing his sweater at thea holiday party!

Stitched Together said...

The marigolds look so beautiful. I can't wait to see what the dye turns out like.

Heather Woollove said...

I was in Ann Arbor for the first/only time in Sept. and bought some amazing cheese, etc. at Zingerman's. What a wonderful deli (like a mini-Zabar's!!)..and the people are really friendly and helpful!

pinkundine said...

Love the alpaca bag - so cute!

Good luck with the dyeing - can't wait to see how it turns out. I've only dyed with Kool Aid so far (no worrying about acid/mordant) but I love seeing natural dyes :)

Kathryn Ray said...

Oh, I've been to Ann Arbor once. Didn't make it to Zingerman's, but I do have their book. Love it, and I really enjoyed Ann Arbor as well.

Congratulations on the Big Ass Sweater Progress. Excited to see it finished. :-)

WonderWhyGal said...

oooh! Dyeing with Marigolds sounds beautiful. I love what is on your bobbins right now. The colors are so rich and beautiful. I can't believe how big the big ass sweater is. Holy paca poo! Am I the #9? Really? WOw!

Carlin said...

Holy epic sweater. Many kudos for completing that knitting.

Vivian said...

I can't wait to see how your dye job is going to turn out. The flowers are so beautiful and the colors are so intense.

Good luck with the miles of mattress stitch! You are almost done!

Melissa said...

Cudos for getting the sweater knit and blocked. Love the colors of your roving from Fiber Expo as well as your alpaca bag.

Voie de Vie said...

Well, that sweater is impressive ... but so is the orange in that handspun! Woot - what an awesome fall color!

Zingerman's eh? I'll keep that name in the back of mind, should I find myself in Ann Arbor. One can never go wrong in a great deli.

Kate (KnitsInClass) said...

I haven't ever dyed anything using the materials straight from the source - eagerly anticipating the results!
Good luck with all the mattress stitch - just keep telling yourself the biggest part of the job is over :)

Nerdy Knitter said...

Can't wait to see the Big Ass Sweater completed!! I bet the marigolds will be neat!!!

Spinster Beth said...

Love the autumny roving! And I have lots of marigolds...

storiedyarns said...

Ooh, I'm excited to see the marigold dye experiments!!

wrchili said...

That yarn is gorgeous and definitely perfect for October!

Alittlebitsheepish said...

Lovely fibre and yarn, and you aren't kidding, that is a big sweater! Looking forward to seeing your dye experiments

Andria said...

Wow that IS a big sweater! I can't wait to see how the dyeing goes, sounds really fun!