Sunday, July 9, 2017

Studio Three

Apparently I won a gift certificate last year with my Best In Show Spinning at the Arizona State Fair.  I say apparently because I didn't know about it till late last year.  The gift certificate never came with the ribbon I got.  I finally got a chance to go up to Prescott to use it.  It's about a 5 hour drive if we drove straight up.  We didn't.  We broke up the trip with a stop in Phoenix.  I was worried that we wouldn't be able to go because they are still fighting the Goodwin Fire up there.  Luckily they had about 40% contained before we went up.  We didn't stay long because my oldest suddenly got sick and felt better once we left.  Here is what I got.

The fiber and yarn is dyed by a local dyer about 10 miles from Prescott.  It was great shopping for yarn and fiber in person.  I often have to buy via the Internet since there are no LYS.

Here are some pictures of our drive up to Prescott.  Lots of areas still smoking and burnt near the highway.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Travelling Means Some Knitting Time

We did a short trip and it meant that I could work on some simple knits in the car.  Here is some progress shots.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

So Much Stuff and Not Enough Time

I'm still trying to finish a big sample knit.  It's 1200 yards.

It's the 5190 Miles Shawl.  I'm suppose to do another Everyday Shawl next so knitting time for me will be limited.

Meanwhile I'm trying to finish of this fiber before the start of Tour De Fleece which starts Jul 1st.

I started a bunch of projects too.

I also joined a KAL.  So far this is my progress luckily I have till Aug 15th to finish this colorwork hat.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Gordian Knots and More

I've been busy actually finishing project but then again that means I will start a bunch of new ones.  On my plate right now is untangling yarn.  Alice of Backyard Fiberworks sent me 14 pounds of knotted yarn to untangle.  It's about 47 skeins of yarn.  Some small and some big.  Here are some pictures.

This is an IKEA bag full of tangled yarn.

Here are the ones I've untangled.  I have about 3 more to add.

Pictured below are projects that I've actually finished.

Here are the ones that I've started:

Monday, April 24, 2017

Rinse and Repeat!

More samples for Backyard Fiber Works.  When I have samples to knit, I don't get much time for other knitting or spinning.

This is the Dot Shawl sample.  I ran out of the grey but just made the border bigger.  The pattern is here:  I plan to make the larger size with the yarn below.

This Spokes Baby Blanket should get to Alice today.  The pattern is here:  Funny it was suppose to take the same amount of yarn of each color.  I had like 6 yards left of the white and like 1/2 a skein of the blue/green.  It takes according to the pattern 440 yards of worsted weight of 2 different colors.

Currently on the needles is an Everyday Shawl sample in a teal gradient.  Here is the pattern:  I had to makes some modifications to the pattern.  I did kfb & pfb instead of YO.  I slipped 1 stitch before the marker instead of 2.  Can't wait to get to the other colors!

Meanwhile I did finish spinning my 8 oz of Woolgather.  Here is a resting shot.  I need to start plying it.

I have one more sample to do after the Everyday Shawl and then hopefully is back to finishing WIP and not starting more of them. LOL!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sample, Sample!

I seem to be working full time on samples for Backyard Fiberworks.  Here is the finished Spotlight.  Luckily, Alice likes to block and weave in ends.  Which is a good thing because I can wait over a year to do that. LOL!
Backyard Fiberworks Sock in Silver Spring and Shell

I'm currently trying to finish up another 2 samples.
Backyard Fiberworks Sock in Stormcloud and what I call After The Stormcloud (don't know if Alice will name it that).
Backyard Fiberworks Orchard in Arbol

I will be working on: and

Meanwhile I did finish this hat and started on a shawl.  I've made 4 of these hats.  I should know the pattern by now but manage to mess up with each one!

I've had the yarn wound up for this shawl for a long time.  JulieSpins Vera Fingering in Pansies and Ruby.  I haven't gotten tot he Ruby part yet.

After 2 years, I'm finally getting somewhere with this shrug.  I've been watching Netflix at night and needed something simple to knit on in the dark and watching.  I had rows and rows of just knitting and purling.  Now I need to pick up stitches and knit the body.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

FO and Another Sample Knit!

I got my test knit done.  It just needs to be washed and blocked.  It's the part I like least along with weaving in the ends.

I finally got my  Baa-ble Hat washed and blocked.  It's ready for my trip to Rhinebeck in the fall.

My  Drachenfels turned out HUGE but that is what you get when your "fingering" weight yarn isn't quite fingering weight.  I love it though and it will go in the county and state fair this year.

I got my Woolgathering off the wheel.  I can't wait to see how it plies up.

This is my latest sample knit.  It's Spotlight and it will be at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival at the Backyard Fiberworks booth!!  If you remember just around Christmas, I won $100 gift certificate to Backyard Fiberworks.  I got some lovely yarn and just decided to ask Alice if she needed samples knitted.  She said yes!  She has some other shawls I will be knitting too.  This is Backyard Fiberworks Sock in Shell.  I soon will be adding Silver Springs.