Friday, July 29, 2011

Dang! That hurt

Hello!  Have you been doing anything fibery this week?

I've managed to knit a few inches of a sock, squeezing a few minutes knitting in here and there.  I really like the yarn and the colors.
Berrocco Comfort Sock.  If you scroll all the way to the bottom at the link you'll see the yarn I'm working with - Cosmopolitan.  My sock is looking a bit different than the model though.  I guess that's to be expected when you knit in 2 x 2 rib instead of plain ole stockinette.

I plied some fabo singles I'd spun from some Yarn Hollow fiber in the color called Moss.  I ended up with 204 yds from the 4 oz of fiber I had.

Why is it that after you cut your thumb in a weird place, that hits the space bar after.every.single.word while you're typing, you think of a thousand ways you could have avoided that cut thumb?  And, why is it that when you have an emergency-ish need for just the right size band-aid you have to scrounge around the bathroom cabinet for 10 minutes, with thumb bleeding, to find it?  This has truly puzzled me this week.

It's been crazy busy at work and it's sapping my knitting/spinning/washing/carding mojo.  When I get home I just want to lay down and sleep.  Seriously!  I'm hoping that after a couple weeks I'll settle into a new routine and it won't feel so crazy.  I can hope, right?!

Have a wonderful weekend.  Thank you so much for visiting.  Don't forget to check out the other fabulous peeps that participate in Fiber Arts Friday over on Andrea's blog...Wisdom Begins in Wonder.  See ya next week!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Socks! and some new tools

Hello!  Hope you're all surviving the heat wave.  Phew!  It's hot!  Makes it hard to think about wearing these lovely socks I just finished...
Scout's Swag in Olympic Medals colorway.  Picot top/plain sock

A couple of little packages arrived in the mail on Wednesday.  New fiber tools are always so exciting.  Fiber Combs for the class I'm taking at Michigan Fiber Festival next month from Paradise Fibers...
and a new Lazy Kate (a thingy to hold the bobbins) for LadyBug from The Woolery.

I'll be able to carry around 4 extra bobbins now, LOL  I hardly ever need one extra when I'm off to a spinning meet-up but you never know when you'll suddenly need 3 more.

It's been a crazy busy week for me at work.  I'm hoping all the extra time and effort will pay off with something good.  Fingers crossed

The ever-faithful LittleDog guards the Traddy...
Don't forget to Jump on over to Wisdom Begins In Wonder and check out all the other crafty peeps that contribute to Fiber Arts Friday.  You won't be disappointed.

Perhaps you'll see pretty things like this...
or find some big-scary-fun tools to play with like this...
Big Tom is hangin at my house for a coupla weeks.  Gotta do a bit of repair then I can card like crazy!  This bad boy belongs to my friend Paula.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Ahh Vacation how quickly you are over

and re-entry can be a bit tricky.  Especially when you've been looking at things like this for a week.
I took this photo while we were fishing on Pickerel Lake on Thursday.  Didn't do too well with the fishing but the scenery all around us was beautiful.  I caught the biggest fish of the day...
I did manage to spin every day we were gone.  I set up my LadyBug on the porch each day and spun the Jacob fleece that I had prepared before I left.
I have one bobbin full and got a good start on a second bobbin.
I also did a bit of knitting and timed photography.  I know you're jealous of my swing aren't you?

Trying to make a bag for my spinning tools and so far two attempts have ended in failure.  Attempt #3 will commence tonight.

Don't forget to visit all the other crafty folks that participate in Fiber Arts Friday over on Andrea's blog.

Hopefully you've all had a great week too.  Monday it'll be back to work for me.  Thanks for stoppin by!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Fiber Arts Friday 7/8/11

Greetings fellow fiber enthusiasts!  It's another Fiber Arts Friday.  Be sure to check out all the creative folks that participate in our little circus over on Andrea's blog.

It's been a crazy coupla days around here.  Work stuff is wacky.

I've gotten a bit of spinning done, participating in the Tour de Fleece and enjoying the beautiful things that others have been spinning.  I'm making steady progress on my Jacob batts
and hope to get some plying done this weekend.
I have a pretty stalk of flowers for you today
Oh, and my studio has been littered with dogs this week.  All trying to be as still as possible so as not to overheat.
Have a great weekend!  Thank you so much for visiting, be sure to leave a comment so I know you've been here.

Friday, July 1, 2011

I've Gone Batty

Happy Fiber Arts Friday to you all!  Are you looking forward to a fun holiday weekend?

These are a  few of the batts of Jacob I've picked and carded in the past couple of weeks.  I love the variation of color that you get from Jacob.  I'm not crazy about all the vm that's in it however.  I had to run this stuff through my friend Paula's picker twice before I carded it and still found a bunch of bits and pieces still hanging in there.  It's very pretty stuff though and I know  spinning it will be enjoyable.

I did some plying this week...

I had a dream last night that I was kidnapped by a woman in a black suv and forced to visit my favorite fiber/yarn dyer and buy some stuff...

oh wait, I guess I wasn't dreaming, LOL  Isn't this pretty?  The dark braid is called Eggplant (such a dark purple that in the crappy lamp light after dark I couldn't get a good picture of it).  The fiber is Aplaca/Merino/Tussah Silk, super soft and drapey...gonna spin this and make a scarf for my purple-loving Mom for Christmas.  The other braid is called Tangerine and is Blue Faced Leicester, not sure what that one will become.  I plan to get it spun up so I can have something to wear this Fall, when I can pretend it's called Pumpkin.  That single on the bobbin at the top of the pic is also some of Rita's fiber.  She rocks when it comes to awesome fiber and yarn.

I found time to squeeze in some knitting...

a square for a blanket we're making for a friend.  Aren't those little monkey stitch markers adorable?  My friend Emily made them.  I'll bet if you asked she'd sell you some too.

Phew, I'm tired out now.  Glad it's a long holiday weekend coming up...I need that extra day to catch my breath.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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