Apr 11

Ever wanted to know how far 50 grams of sock yarn goes toward a pair?  Remember, this is for my sister-in-law, who wears size 9 shoes and likes her leg part at 8″ rather than my typical 7″.


It went farther than I though it would.  A full sock and half a leg.  Not bad!  I think if I were to have tried this on socks my size, I could have gotten into the gusset, at least.

Last week, I met the same SIL and my MIL at p.f. Changs for lunch and got two fortune cookies.


Do you think God is trying to tell me something?  Maybe I ought to play the lottery for once and use those numbers.  🙂

Apr 10

Good morning, Fiber Friends!  The sun is up, the sky is blue and the temps are to get up to near 70 today.  I think Old Man Winter has finally gone beddy-bye for a few months.  I hope he over sleeps this fall.

Check out what one of my students has done.


This is Stephanie’s first foray into spinning top and she is working hard at getting a good, balanced ply.  Doesn’t that look lovely?  It’s funny about this color combination.  It’s purple and a gun-metal gray.  Once it was plied though, the gray had a greenish cast in real life.


The photo doesn’t show the green as much, but it’s there.  Don’t you love how colors change when they are combined?

A couple of my students, Stephanie and Marta, started their spinning off on wheels and had never had the chance to spin on spindles.


So, I showed them the ropes, and off they went.  Both are contemplating trips and love the idea of being able to spin in tight quarters.  All three students went home with a homework assignment and the different fibers to get it done.  The next class will prove to be interesting indeed.

And all three of these students in this beginning class are graduating to my Spinning II class beginning in May.  I now have three spinning classes that I teach at Starstruck Cat Studio in Greenwood, Indiana.

Spinning I is for those who have never spun at all, or have spun very little and want to learn.  This class will get the student spinning, plying, blending and being able to work with roving and top with forays into long-draw and true worsted techniques.  I provide all of the fiber for this class.  This is the 2nd Tuesday night of the month from 6-8 PM.

Spinning II takes the student on to different plying techniques, how to use the wheel to greater effect (i.e. tweaking the wheel for different thicknesses of yarn), getting more consistent yarns in the weights needed for specific projects and spinning for a project either crocheted, knitted or woven.  Carding and combing are also taught in this class.  I provide most of the fiber for this class.  This is the 4th Tuesday night of the month from 6-8 PM.  This class will begin on May 27th.

Spinning III delves more into designer yarns, blending fibers, spinning different fibers from different breeds/plants (some pretty exotic) and how they would best be used in projects.  Yarns learned are beaded, core-spun, thick and thin, and many others.  This class opens up for more student driven desires and allows the student to begin specializing in what he or she wants to create.  Yarns spin from many different materials will be explored as well.  While I still provide a lot of the fiber for this class, students are encouraged to bring in fiber or materials that they want to explore to add to the experience of the students. This is the 3rd Wednesday night of the month from 6-8 PM.

I cannot tell you how much I am enjoying each of these classes.  The students bring so much joy into my life.  I hope I can teach for many years to come.

Apr 9


This cracked me up.  Another stereotype out the door, eh?  🙂

Apr 8

Laura of Gynx Yarn is hosting a Dye-A-Long at her site that goes through April 15th, so you still have time to join and get something dyed up.  More information can be found on Ravelry as well.

I really had wanted to be a part of her next DAL, but, let’s face it, one from March 15th through April 15th was not good timing for me, so I’ll have to try for the next one she has.  But, I still wanted to participate in it in some format, so I donated one of my Trip Up The Nile Sock Kits as one of the prizes.

If you don’t know much about Gynx Yarns, you really ought to check out both the podcasts on her site and the lovely yarn she dyes that are in her Etsy shop.  I have bought some of her yarn, and have my sights set on another when she dyes it up again, so I can really recommend her products.  And her podcasts have lots of great information about dyeing, setting up a shop, vending at fiber shows, designing different colorways for yarns and so forth.  I know I look forward to each of her nearly weekly updates.

So, if you have wanted to get your hands into dyeing, then try her DAL.  Looking at what some of the people have already shows in the FO thread, there is a lot of creativity going on out there.

Apr 7

Sandy and I drove up to Chicago yesterday to attend YarnConDyed in the Wool has been invited to vend there, so we wanted to see it and talk to some of the other vendors there before making up our minds.  Right now, we are planning to be a vendor at the 2015 YarnCon.  Also, we were one of the first 50 people through the door, so we each got a goddie bag.  I love goodie bags!

I wish I could have taken pictures of some of the items we saw while there.  There was a lot of lovely, hand-dyed yarn as well as some touchable fibers, bags, jewelry, books, tools, handwoven/knitted/crocheted items, soaps and hand creams.  We bought a book from Cooperative Press


this book, which has some lovely, Egyptian-themed shawls in it.

When we decided it was time for lunch, Sandy and I walked to Paradise Grill.  It came highly recommended by a couple of those in charge of YarnCon, and they were right.


It was a slice out of Americana and watching the short-order cooks at the grill cooking up the food was entertaining.   And the food was good!  We will be eating there again.

One of the best things about YarnCon was the free parking and no admission fee.  This gave people the chance to shop more, and people definitely were shopping.  I saw lots of bags of goodies leaving the room where the booths were.

The trip up and back was quiet (except for an hour-long traffic jam on the way home).  I knitted on my SIL’s second sock of a pair, and got far more out of a 50 grams skein then I thought I would (a full, large sock and about 4 inches on the second sock’s leg).  I’ll have to dig up the second skein and finish this pair for her.


Of course, we never get tired of the wind farms along that stretch of I-65 in northwestern Indiana.  They were all turning slowly and looked like giants in some three-armed dance.  And they were so many of them – as far as the eye could see.

And it was a nice break from working on taxes, let me tell you!

Apr 4

March was pretty much a blur for me.  Tax season is nearly over, though, and we are finalizing everything.  Thank heavens!

So, what else went on during March since the Johnson County Craft Fair on the 1st?


There was the Indiana Comic Con.  Here is Scott being interviewed.  The interviewer was interested in the spinning wheel, so I sat her down for a quick mini-lesson.  She was amazed.


Best costume at the Con as far as I am concerned.  The details were spot on.  And, this is a girl wearing it, by the way.


Fleece buying.  These are Horned Dorset fleeces – yes, even the black one.  Now, for those of you who know anything about Dorsets, there are no black ones.


But, this ewe (Marley – great name!) is a registered Horned Dorset.  Somewhere, back down the line of her ancestry, a black ram of some sort snuck into and bred at least one Horned Dorset ewe.  She is from a white ewe, and her twin sister is white.  Since the shearer didn’t want the black fleece, they let Sandy and I have it.  We were more than happy to make use of it.  Dorset fleeces spin up into a beautiful, bouncy yarn and this black will make it more special.  Doesn’t Marley have the prettiest horns?

Let’s see, what else has gone on.  Oh, yes!  I taught a beginning sock class (three Monday nights in a row).  And both students finished their socks.


First one done.


Second one done.  I suggested that they both go down at least half a needle size since they both have smaller calves and narrower feet.  And, yes, they did happen to choose the same color yarn to knit their first socks in.

Now that April is here, there is only finishing up taxes and a couple of fiber fairs to attend.  One is this weekend – YarnCon in Chicago.  Sandy and I are driving up there on Sunday to check it out.  They have approached us about having a booth there next year and we want to see it before we decide.

The other fiber fair is The Fiber Even in Greencastle, Indiana, on April 18 & 19.  I am going on the 19th to check out fleeces.  Unfortunately, Sandy can’t go this year.

I definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s getting brighter all of the time.  Next week, I’d like to get YARNO going again, as well as work on releasing the next two sock patterns and kits.  Ahhh…  It’s nice to be a part of the real world once again.

Apr 3

Today is the 40th anniversary of the April 3rd tornadoes that clobbered southern Indiana, southeastern Ohio and northern Kentucky.  I remember this day very well (I was 9 at the time) and tornadoes have terrified me every since.  My family lived in southern Indiana and one tornado jumped our farm and touched down in the field behind us to continue on its way.

If you want to learn how bad it was, click here and listen to some of the audio links.

With that in mind, the thunderstorms and rain bucketing down has me a little unnerved this morning.  Let’s just hope lightening and thunder is the worst we get.

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