Jan 28

Or actually just spinning top.

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Marta has spun top before, but it has been a while and needed a refresher, but this was Carla’s first time at it.  It’s hard to remember to show down the hands (or speed up the feet) when spinning finer singles, but they were doing quite well by the end of class.  I am proud of them.

Jan 26

This last week was a busy one, but with it being this time of year, they all are.  I covered a main aspect of my week in Episode 9 of the Fiber Pusher Podcast, but there were a few things that didn’t get covered.  Those are:

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The advanced spinning class (with one beginning student) at Starstruck Cat Studio in Greenwood, Indiana.  From left to right, this is Brenda, Pat and Heather.  Pat and Heather are the ones who accompanied me to Ohio Valley right after Thanksgiving, and I think Brenda is planning to come with us when we go back and pick up the rest of our processed fleeces next month.

Pat and Brenda started out working on adding beads in while plying.  Since Brenda’s wheel has such a small orifice (less than 1/2″), I had them plying with sewing thread and smaller beads, but Pat definitely could use larger beads on another single on her wheel (a Matchless).

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Pat chose peach thread and coppery beads to go with her dark brown Corriedale single.

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Brenda chose pale yellow thread and green beads for hers.  I can’t wait until I get to see the swatches knitted up from these samples.

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Heather brought a multi-colored single and learned how to Navajo ply – she’s a natural at it.  Far better than my first (or second or third) attempt was at it.

After Pat finished her beaded yarn, we decided she needed to work on her long draw technique, so she was handed some more of the dark brown Corriedale, and after a few minutes of getting the hang of it, off she went.

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Mind you, I need to find another of these T-shirts for me.  I absolutely adore it!!!

The last couple of Sundays, I have been going over to a friend’s house to make living room drapes and shears for her.  We got the hardware all installed and the shears done the first Sunday, and yesterday, I got the drapes done except for the hemming.

 

curtainsopened

Here they are in the position they will be most of the time.  I want to hand hem them so that there is no sewing line across the bottom.

curtains closed

This picture of them closed is much closer to the real colors.  They look very pretty and really dress up her living room.  The deep red of the roses match the accent wall nearly perfectly.

Other than that, I have been cooking lots and lots.

goodfood

All made from scratch and all tasty.  I love cooking when I have the time, even if that time is from 5AM until 6:30AM.

Other than that, I’ve been weaving, knitting, working and working out some design ideas.

 

Jan 24

 

Podcast address on Ravelry

My YouTube Channel

Sweatshirt Sweater on Ravelry

World’s End Fingerless Gloves

Starstruck Cat Studio

Dyed in the Wool

9th Annual Winter Woolen Workshop

Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival

Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival

Michigan Fiber Festival

The Fiber Expo

Thorntown Indiana Public Library

My Autobiography (Neversink) by Charlie Chaplin

Alexander Fiber Studio

Jan 21
Fiber Binder Club Vol II
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Is Now for Sale on Dyed in the Wool!!!

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There are only 19 copies available.  Since Vol 1 sold out, you don’t want to wait to get Vol 2 because when they are gone, there won’t be any more made.  Fiber included in this are: Bond, North Country Cheviot, Columbia, Icelandic, Lincoln Adult (Vol 1 had Lincoln lamb), Merino, Polypay, Romney, Double-Coated Shetland, Eri Silk, Suri Alpaca, and Milk Protein.

 

Happy spinning!!

 

Jan 20

There have been 15 new things to spin, dye, comb, felt or just pet added to the Dyed in the Wool shop.

Just to show you a few:

15-04 Corriedale Romney Cross

Corriedale/Romney Cross

15-02 Clun Forest

Clun Forest

15-05 Eri Silk

Eri Silk

15-06 Bond

Bond

15-09 Icelandic

Icelandic

15-10 Romney

Romney

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Coopworth Locks

Border Leicester

Border Leicester

Cheviot

Cheviot

And this isn’t all of them, either.

Happy spinning!!

Jan 19

 

Podcast address on Ravelry

My YouTube Channel

Sweatshirt Sweater on Ravelry

Starstruck Cat Studio

Dyed in the Wool

Hermione’s Everyday Sock pattern on Ravelry

9th Annual Winter Woolen Workshop

Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival

Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival

Michigan Fiber Festival

The Fiber Expo

Thorntown Indiana Public Library

Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution

Bubba and the Dead Woman

 

Jan 19

Waffle Weave!!!

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Jan 8

It was -8F when I got out to my car this morning and the frost was really hard to scrape off the windshield.  As I started off down the road, my low tire pressure light came on and all I could think was “No freakin’ kidding!”

Last night when Kim got home from work, it was -3F.  We had to play car switch around so that our cars were parked in the order of when we were leaving today.  Poor Kim!  She has never been in weather this cold before, and she was not dressed for it.  I handed over a pair of my wool socks and told her to wear them closest to her skin and then layer another pair over them if she needs to (I find that even one pair of good, wool socks keep my feet warmer than multiple layers of store-bought cotton or acrylic versions).  Also, she said she can wear her Northface coat under her new, wool one and that was what she was going to wear to work today.

I think I found a new person to knit socks for.  It warms my heart just thinking about it.

Stay warm my friends, and think wooly thought!

Jan 6
One Done and One Begun
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I finished Sandy’s socks!  They are Hermione’s Everyday socks.  Fun to knit, too.

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I brought them to her at work yesterday and she immediately put them on and they stayed on the rest of the day.  I think she liked them.

And I started my sweater, too.

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This shows the yarn colors pretty much spot on.  I am about half-way through the first sleeve already, and I am really loving how this Mountain Colors yarn is knitting up.  This is going to be the Sweatshirt Sweater without the front pocket, which is a free pattern on Ravelry.

We received about 5-6″ of snow (depending on how far north you were), but it was all light and powdery, which made cleaning off the car pretty easy.  Unfortunately, the wind is really supposed to pick up tonight, so all that fluffy stuff will get blown about and create large drifts.  My niece, Kim, had never seen 5″ of snow before.  I can’t wait to see her reaction when we get a foot or more dumped on us at one time.

Stay warm!

Jan 4

 

Podcast address on Ravelry

My YouTube Channel

Sweatshirt Sweater on Ravelry

Starstruck Cat Studio

Dyed in the Wool

Hermione’s Everyday Sock pattern on Ravelry

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