Friday, May 27, 2011

Not so endless waffle stitch after all

I have finally reached the blocking stage on The Big Ass Sweater!!!!  I'm so excited knowing I'll soon be doing endless Mattress Stitch...NOT!

Ta Da!  Raglan sleeves!

When I hold this sleeve up against my body it reaches from my waist to my ankle...that's a lotta sleeve. Have I mentioned how happy I am to be done with the waffle stitch part of this project?  Now to soak, block and seam this baby so I can get the 5 rows of K1,P1 rib done at the neck and get this OFF my list of UFOs.

In other crafty news I've been doing a bit of sewing for a co-worker's new baby...
Reverse applique on 8" blocks.  Now I just have to figure out how I want to quilt it.

And I'll leave you with a few photos from one of our recent spinning meet-ups.


Have a safe and fun holiday weekend.  Happy Fiber Arts Friday to you all!  Be sure to check out the peeps over on Andrea's blog.  There's always something fun to see there.

Friday, May 20, 2011

I've made some yarn

from beautiful Alpaca fiber that I got from Andrea.  The batts first looked like this...

it'd be the one at the back .  Then I spun it into this...
the two blue ones, of course.  I combined the remainder of the blue with some of the dark brown Corriedale that I spun from the Chickasaw Farm fleece that I purchased a few weeks ago.
and got two very nice skeins of yarn.  Approx 123 yds of the blue and 145 yds of the two/color yarn.

Representative of about 2.5 hrs of plying while listening to  A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce.

I was in a bit of a quandary about what to do with such small skeins but then Sarah suggested that I use them in alternating stripes for something.  A perfect idea!  I only wish I had plied all of the blue with the dark brown Corriedale and made more of the two color yarn.  I like it the best of the two.  I'd say the blue is about a worsted weight and the two color is fingering weight.

I wound the Grama's Irises yarn into a cake today in anticipation of making a shrug with it.  Don't you think the color is so pretty now that it's wound?

Thanks for all your nice words on Sam's behalf.  He seems to be feeling much better after several days on antibiotics.  He isn't even limping anymore...who woulda thought?  Your kind thoughts certainly contributed to his speedy recovery.

Don't forget to check out all the other craft-fabulous folks over at Wisdom Begins in Wonder.  You won't be disappointed.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Keeping a Balance

Hello all.  Hope you're well and enjoying the beginning of spring.  I've been thinking a lot this week about the balance of work and play in my life.  I feel like I have a great amount of social activity going on (which I totally love) but my house is a wreck.  How do you balance your time between job/housework/hobbies?

Mama Robin is being loyal to her lone remaining egg.  Some kind of critter got into the nest on Sunday night and ate 3 of the 4 pretty blue eggs.  I hope she can protect the remaining one so it can become a little birdy and fly away.
I am painfully close to being finished with the knitting part of The Big Ass sweater (you know there'll be lots of mattress stitch to come).  About 1/3 of the way through the Raglan decreases so each row is zipping by considerably faster.  I should be done by Sunday for sure...if I can find some time to do some knitting.  Saturday is the Fiber Fiesta up in Greenville and you know I'll be there.  Got to see a bunch of folks I haven't seen in quite least since last summer's festival season.

I received this pretty yarn from Wild Wool Farm a few days ago.  It has pretty little fairy charms spun into it.  Anyone have a suggestion what it should be?  I'm at a total loss.  I need to measure how many yards are there so I can get my head wrapped around a project for it.
Along with that pretty yarn I received the other two parts of my adoption fiber.  Navajo Churro from Washington state.  I soaked and scoured the fleece then spent a few minutes combing a few locks to get the hang of how it would need to be processed.  Using my dog comb on one lock at a time seems to be the best way.  It's a little tricky since it has long and short fibers so if I be sure and comb the tip end first I can keep the lock intact.  Below is the little pile-o-locks I managed to comb out last Sunday.  It's gonna be a long process.

I've been keeping an eagle eye on Sam since his visit to the vet last Saturday.  Seems he has a pretty serious something going on (at the least a severe UTI) but without $300 more in tests there is no blatantly obvious explanation for why he's limping, has a sagging belly and his gums are pale.  Could you send some good vibes his way?  He's had a rough go his entire life and he tries so hard to be a happy dog at all times.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday to you all from me and The Dogs.
Don't forget to check out the other great artists over on Andrea's blog.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Toasted Marshmallows?

That's what this looked like when I got it spread out on the table last Friday.  If you click on the picture and biggie-size it you'll see that it's actually a bit more than 5 lbs of super soft Cormo fleece.  I split this with a friend.  I washed part of my half last weekend and it is oh-so-wonderful!  I just want to pet it, a lot.  The fluff on the left in the next pic has been combed and the other has not.  There are not enough adjectives to describe the awesomeness of this fleece that we bought from Rachael at Counting Sheep Farm.
There is a nest in the bottle tree on our deck.
A tree that was scheduled for demolition as soon as the weather got warm this spring.  Guess the demo will have to wait til these pretty little things hatch and their occupants fly away.

I'm so glad The Saint had that telescoping mirror.  He's like Inspector Gadget you never know what useful stuff he'll pull out of his garage (yes, I know Inspector Gadget just pulled stuff out of his trench coat but The Saint doesn't have a trench coat).  The nest is just high enough that we can't see into it.  Aren't they pretty eggs?  I love Robin's Egg Blue.  Mama Robin was staying pretty close while we were out there on the deck grilling our dinner.  She was waiting patiently for us to get away from her babies.  I heard her out there singing this morning.  Such a pretty song too.

I wonder what fibery stuff all my friends have been working on this week...check it out at Wisdom Begins in Wonder.  Thank you so much for stopping in.  Be sure to say hey in the comments so I'll know you were here.