17 Oct 2016
in Crafts, Fiber Arts, Handmade, knitting, Spinning
Tags: "Fiber Optic Yarns", "Into the Whirled", "NY Sheep and Wool" Rhinebeck spinning knitting sheep roving merino silk crochet festival, fiber festival, Loop, Rhinebeck
For the fourth year now, my mother and I have gone to Rhinebeck together with the crew from Webs. They rent three buses and take about 120 of us excited fiber artists to NY for the day on Saturday. On the way there, they give out prizes, like yarn, patterns, and money. I managed to win this year! I got a cute project bag that held six balls of white, super soft, mystery yarn (no labels). This year I also tried to take more pictures to show how busy it is. I did not get pictures in the busier areas because I didn’t want to block people. Here are all the pictures I took. My purchases will be at the end.
And here are the goodies that I bought! I still had some money left over, and while I loved everything, I didn’t find too much that said ‘buy me now’. I still have a wishlist of things I plan to get in the future, but this will hold me over. Especially since the Fiber Festival of New England is in a couple weeks! :)
10 Oct 2016
in Crafts, Fiber Arts, Handmade, Spinning
Tags: alpaca, angora, Cobble Rock, fiber arts, fiberarts, Fox HIll, Greenwood Fiberworks, handmade, handspun, Loop, merino, silk, Space Cadet, Spinzilla, wool, yak, yarn
So yeah, I fell behind on posting daily like I had planned to, but I didn’t want to stop spinning! Instead, here is one post with everything in it.
My totals are 1,811.8 yards, 2.05lbs, 1.02 miles spun. Spinzilla counts are 3,469.4 yards and 1.97 miles. Either way I spun over one mile of yarn! Last year I made it over two, but I didn’t spin as often this time because I had other things going on.
I have labeled the pictures with the names of the companies the fiber was from, and colorway if available, in case anyone is curious.
Fox Hill Farm – Cormo
Loop – Sea Nymph – Merino
Curly & Ewe – unknown
Cobble Rock – Alpaca/Angora
Greenwood Fiberworks – Arcade – Yak/Silk
Loop – Cornucopia – Merino
Space Cadet – Thrive – Merno/Silk
And a group shot!
05 Oct 2016
in Crafts, Fiber Arts, Handmade
Tags: cormo, fiber arts, handmade, handspun, spinning, Spinzilla, wool, yarn
Today I spun up 100% Cormo fiber from Foxhill Farm. 64 yards n-ply. Cormo is a favorite of mine to spin. If you are a spinner and have not yet spun this wool, then make sure to try it out sometime. You won’t regret it!
04 Oct 2016
in Fiber Arts, Handmade, Spinning
Tags: alpaca, angora, fiber arts, handspun, silk, Spinzilla, Team Webs, wool, yak, yarn
It’s that time of the year again…Spinzilla! Spinzilla started yesterday at 12:01am. I did not start spinning until I got home from work. I got one skein done and I just finished some singles that I will ply tomorrow.
Yesterday – Alpaca/Angora blend. You’ve never felt anything softer! 88yards, 2ply (I’ll be adding up Spinzilla yards later).
Fiber is from CobbleRock Ridge Farm, LLC (bought at The Fiber Festival of New England)
I just now finished spinning the singles of this and will ply tomorrow. 50/50 Yak/Silk blend. Also super soft and also very shiny.
Fiber is from Greenwood Fiberworks, colorway “Arcade” (bought at NY Sheep and Wool a.k.a Rhinebeck)
Tonight was my teams first spin in which is where I spun most of the second one up. This year, like usual, I am on Team Webs! I love have such an amazing store as my local yarn shop. The people there are super nice and there is an amazing selection of products. Our next team spin in is on Thursday, with a pj party on Saturday, then the final burst on Sunday. I can’t wait!
16 Aug 2016
in Beads, Crafts, Fiber Arts, Handmade, Jewelry, tapestry, Weaving
Tags: bead weaving, Crafts, fiber arts, handmade, Mirrix, tapestry, weaving
I finished this awhile ago and apparently forgot to post the end results here.
I had a lot of fun learning the techniques, and I know that there are many more still to learn. I am especially happy with how the circle came out! I am planning my next one and it’s going to be an actual picture. I just have to make up my mind on which one I want to do first. It would really be helpful if I knew how to make clones of myself, then I could do everything at once!
The other week I ordered myself another Mirrix loom because I couldn’t pass up the birthday coupon. I got myself the little Lani loom to play around with beading or smaller tapestries if my Big Sister is in use. While I don’t wear jewelry, I want to try doing bead tapestries.
My first time playing with beads I did make a simple cuff. I messed up in a few places and I need to get better at dealing with the ends, but I’m mostly happy with how it turned out. I wore it out the other day and got a compliment on it.
I am also planning what I’m going to weave next. I picked up a mixed kit of beads to play with since I only have a small amount and not enough to make anything with. Now I do!
06 Aug 2016
in Crafts, Fiber Arts, Handmade, tapestry, Weaving
Tags: Crafts, fiber arts, handmade, handwoven, weaving, yarn
Today I tried out some loops, did some more plain weave, then started trying out more rounded shapes. Just one so far but I’ll be doing more. Slowly working up to doing a full circle.
I finally had to advance the warp! Yay progress!
25 Jul 2016
in Crafts, Fiber Arts, Handmade, Spinning
Tags: Crafts, fiber arts, handmade, handspun, spinning, Tour de Fleece, wool, yarn
At the beginning of the month, July 6th to be exact, part of my spinning wheel broke. I contacted MerlinTree for a replacement part and he said he’d send it right away…except I was having issues with my email which caused a delay. I did not get the part until this past Saturday, late afternoon. I immediately changed out the broken part and then spun like a crazy lady for the rest of Saturday all day yesterday. I lost two weeks of spinning but I wasn’t going down without a fight!
Here are the yarns I managed to spin up Saturday and yesterday. I finished the last one at 11:45pm!
Rubies and Amathyst
Smoke and Mirrors
While I was spinning, I was putting finished skeins into a bin I had picked up for my craft area. When I took all the skeins out to take a group shot, my cat immediately jumped into it.
This is Black Jack
Here is the group shot of all the yarn I spun up in a little over a week. I spun up a total of 3.69 lbs (pounds!) of fiber. I won’t know yardage until I wash all the skeins. I don’t know when I’ll do that.
16 Skeins of yarn, 3.69lbs of fiber spun.
I am already looking forward to Spinzilla in October. Then the weekend after that is NY Sheep and Wool, a.k.a Rhinebeck. So I’ll get to restock up on fiber. Yay!