Sunday, September 3, 2017

It's That Time Again!

Time for County and State Fair.   I'm entering 2 shawls, 1 hat and 3 handspun yarns.  I hope I can get best in show or best spinner for State.  It's going to be hard since I got it 2 in a row already.  Here is a group shot.

The dark shawl is done with my handspun yarn.  It was suppose to be 3 different yarns but I ended up using 6 yarns.  The bright shawl was a shawl I did for a knit along.  I do love it.  It's bright and happy.  The purple hat was last minute.  I had a test knit hat but I thought it wasn't complicated enough.  I love how the cables showed up.  Wish me luck!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Tour De Fleece 2017

Well, I only managed 1 skein of yarn and finish another after the Tour De Fleece was over.  My goal this year was to spin at least an hour each day.  I've been busy with sample knits so spinning has kind of gotten left behind on some days.  My usual goal is to spin every day.

My first skein was fiber I got from my birthday.  It was 4 oz of Superwash Merino Roving from Pigeon Roof Studios called Tropical Flower.  I got 275 yards of fingering weight yarn.

Next was 5 oz of SqueeZins from Treadle Handspun yarn along with almost 2 oz of sample fiber.  I got 478 yards of sport weight yarn.

I hope to spin more next year!

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!