Friday, June 29, 2012

Fiber Arts Friday 06/29/12

Hello. Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

I'd like to begin today's post with a shout-out to my friend Kathryn that's been keeping us updated on the situation with the High Park Fire in Colorado. Thanks for keeping us posted! I'm thinking of you every day Kathryn and hoping that the fire stays away.

Last Saturday we took the boat out for some trolling on Lake Michigan. We watched the sun come up behind us as we motored across Pigeon Lake on our way out.
No fish lost their lives on our lines but it was a beautiful day for bobbing on the waves. We even made a rainbow on our way back in.
It's been HOT here! Close to 100 degrees so we're all staying inside as much as possible. This weekend I plan to totally overhaul my office/craft room and do some purging. I can't decide if I want to just de-stash on Ravelry or list on eBay/Etsy. Anybody got an opinion on which would be a better idea? I've got quite a bit of handspun yarn and as beautiful as it is, I can only knit so fast. I'd rather someone else enjoy it, I think.

Rita's Sample Sock #3 is fiished...

this sock is in the freakishly long category...I knit the entire pattern as written and ended up with a sock that was too long for a woman's size 12 foot, LOL What, me swatch?!
The sock on the top above is mine, woman's size 6. I'm just glad this is for display purposes only. It certainly shows off the yarn nicely doesn't it?

I've finally managed to knit the heel properly on sock #2 and will be churning up the leg in the next few days. Thanks to Rachel at AGS I figured out what I did wrong and got it done.
I'm so proud!

Hope you've all had a great week too. Be sure to go check out all my creative friends on the Wisdom Begins In Wonder blog.
Stay cool everybody!

Friday, June 22, 2012

I got nothin...

finished this week. Except this pretty yarn...474 and super soft after a soak.
Here's a pretty flower for you to enjoy...
Have a great weekend. Check out the fabulous folks over at Wisdom Begins in Wonder's Fiber Arts Friday blog circus. Thanks for stopping by.

LittleDog would like some belly rubs if you have a second...
no one could ever accuse him of being modest.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Mayim, you're lovely

Hello!, Happy Fiber Arts Friday to you. Thank you for coming. Don't forget to leave a comment so I'll know you were here.

You'll find lots more fibery goodness when you visit the other creative folks that post to this event over at Wisdom Begins in Wonder.

A while back I purchased this braid from my friend Emily and received a nice amount of white Cormo from Paula.
After many hours of spinning - about 10 oz of fiber
5 hours of plying
and another half hour of winding and counting

I have a beautiful skein of yarn
after a soak and winding into a cake it'll be ready to knit, hopefully into this.

What fibery things have you been doing this past week, month, year? Please share.
LittleDog's Rules...

You must explore every corner of the yard
bark at the neighbor mowing his lawn
and remember, every blade of grass must be sniffed.
Love to all, LittleDog

Friday, June 8, 2012

Socks, again

Hey y'all! Don't you get tired of seeing socks when you come here? Seems like I venture into something a little different once in awhile but always come back to socks. They're my "safe" place I guess.

Here's the progress on sample sock #3...
ready to start the heel turn. I was hoping to get this sock done by the open house at Yarn Hollow tomorrow but don't think I can knit a whole foot that fast.

This one...
is my "don't have to think while I knit" sock. It's good for sitting and chatting and pretending I'm knitting while I mostly chat.

And I've been doing a bit of spinning too...
ready to ply these as soon as I find a couple of hours to do so. Left bobbin is "Mayim Bialik" dyed by Rule Out Fiber Addiction, 100% Corriedale and the right bobbin is 100% Cormo (so soft it's ridiculous!).
We've reached the graduation and open house season here and this weekend will be busy. I'll bet by Sunday I'll really be ready for some spinning with friends and some good conversation.

What are your weekend plans? Do they include something fibery? I hope it's a great one for all of you.

You're invited to check out all the other talented folks that participate in Fiber Arts Friday over on Andrea's blog...Wisdom Begins In Wonder.  Thanks for stopping by and be sure to say hello in the comments.

Hey! I'm so glad to see you all! Would you like some big wet kisses?
Yawn...that's enough...I'm bored...where's my treats?

**as always click on the pics to biggie-size them

Friday, June 1, 2012

If it's Friday,it's fiber

What a short week! Here we are back at Friday again. I'm so glad you're here and hope you had a great holiday weekend. Did you get a chance to do something with fiber?

I've made good progress on the third sample sock for Yarn Hollow this week. It's a very easy pattern and yet it looks so difficult.  What do you think?
I cast on a sock for myself last night while hanging with my knitting/spinning peeps. The first few rows of the cuff were looking like confetti but then I got a nice red-ish stripe so I'm pretty excited to see how this is going to look when finished.

Emily was snarking about my crazy taste in sock yarn, why would I want to knit boring socks? I want to be sure that folks will notice them. Nobody notices boring socks, jeez.

I've decided to sell my Ashford Traditional spinning wheel. Gotta get my photos together and get a CL ad written up. I've got a jumbo flyer for it too so I'm thinking I should be able to get a good price for it. I could use some space in my office and I've been so happy with my LadyBug that I feel like I'm cheating when I spin on the Ashford. Silly, I know.
We had a successful pulled pork-a-thon over the holiday weekend. The Saint and I spent 20 minutes telling each other "stop eating the pork!" on Saturday when it came out of the smoker. Yum! I like it best before it's smothered in sauce.

Be sure to biggie-size the photos so you can see how awesome that pork was.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday everyone! Please leave a comment so I know you've been here. Go check out the creative peeps on the FAF board over on Andrea's blog...Wisdom Begins In Wonder.