Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Handmade Valentine's :)

The boys needed Valentine's Cards for their party this week... so I went to the store and bought the box of Valentine's... took them out of the box... and became extremely disappointed in how cheap they are made now a days... I remember being a kid and the cards actually felt semi substantial... now they are barely thicker than copy paper :(

About two months ago, I saw a post going around Facebook that had ideas for handmade Valentine's... so that is what I set out to create... 

They are not as "fancy" as the ones on Pinterest... but I love how they turned out... and the boys can't wait to hand them out on Friday :)

Ethan's Buggy Valentine's

I love the roach one, lol


Dylan's Scaly and Hoppy Valentine's 


Lizards too...

I tried to attach them with double sided tape... but that was a huge fail... so out came the hot glue gun... unfortunately, that meant that some of them got glue in the wrong spots... but I really hope the kids enjoy them :)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Learning Socks!!!

I have been wanting to learn how to knit socks forever... almost 3 years now... but I have always been way too much of a chicken to even try... Well, that's not entirely true.. I did start a sock one time... it was an inch long when I decided that I needed to give up.

Recently, I had a friend share some tips about sock knitting and how easy it was... so, she officially lit the fire under my behind... and I went on the hunt to learn, lol.

First... I had to find a simple pattern... and I actually managed to find one... its called "First Time Socks - Magic Loop Technique" by Mimi Kezer - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/first-time-socks---magic-loop-technique

Next was following the videos listed in the pattern to learn the German Twist Cast On... and Magic Loop... 

Magic Loop... Started

I have always been super terrified of even attempting Magic Loop... Let me tell you... it is NOT hard at all... and the whole intimidation by it was a joke... I feel like a fool for not trying it sooner :)

I hate ribbing... so it only has a tiny (1 inch) cuff, lol

Turned the Heel and working on the Gusset

I decided to just follow the instructions... and they absolutely worked!!!

Getting there...

All that's left is the toe decrease :)

The sock is complete... I just have not finished weaving in the ends... so I haven't taken the picture yet... unfortunately, I have no desire to do another one of these socks... so we will see if I complete it, or if I start another pair... This one was just a trial run anyway :)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Randomness Yarn - Content Details

Yesterday, I mentioned that all the fiber that was spun into the reason "Randomness" yarn was from Phat Fiber Samples... well, as promised I have the details on the fiber... 

If you have never heard of Phat Fiber, it is a monthly box of samples from all over the world... small dyers and farmers send in samples that match a theme each month and those samples are divided out to create sample boxes... to learn more, visit: http://www.phatfiber.com/

I have quite a few Phat Fiber boxes stacked on a shelf... and mom was asking me what I will ever do with them... so I just had to prove to her that I will do something, lol... I randomly grabbed samples from boxes and put them into a bucket... not the entire samples was spun, but chunks of each sample were spun into the yarn that can be found here:

The samples are as follows:
1. Washed Kid Mohair Locks from Winston at Catawampus Farms
2. "Home Glamour" by All for Love of Yarn - Alpaca, Silk, Polwarth, BFL, and Bamboo
3. "Storm Warning" by Spinner's Candy - Merino, Yak, and Silk

4. "Kirin" by Shadawyn Fiber Arts - BFL
5. "Holly Golightly" by Luthvarian Fiber Arts - Merino, Tencel, and Silk
6. Luxury Fiber from Hilltop Cloud - BFL, Cashmere, and Silk

7. "Pink Lemonade" by Porpoise Fur - Texel
8. "Yellow Rose of Texas" by Kitty Mine Crafts - Falkland Merino and Rose Fiber
9. "White Water Canyon" by Mama Jude's - Plant dyed Merino, Domestic, BFL, Silk, Alpaca, Romney, and Jacob
10. "Twilight in the Old Pueblo" by Porpoise Fur - Shetland

11. "Electric Azalea" by Juja Bees - Merino
12. "Desert Succulents" by Juja Bees - Merino
13. "Painted Pony" by Debbie's Handspun - CVM x, Targhee, and Tencel

14. "Woodstock" by Susses Spindehjrne - Shetland, Trilobal Nylon, and Black Bamboo
15. "Drama Queen" by The Wooly Witch - Merino, Angelina, Bamboo, Firestar, and Star Bright
16. "The North Atlantic" by Willow Fairy Wool - Merino, Kid Mohair, and Silk

17. "Prickly Pear" by Spotted Circus - Alpaca, Bamboo, Milk, and Sparkly
18. Columbia Wool Roving from Natch Woolie

As you can see... there are a "ton" of different fibers... but the outcome was gorgeous.

Since I didn't use up all the samples... only about 1/3 of them... I have decided to start another yarn with the same samples... but this time, rather than pulling off bits from each sample... I took the sample and pulled them all apart... mixed them up in a box and am spinning away... Lets see what happens, lol :)

Surprise :)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Another Random Yarn...

After finishing the last "Leftover" yarn... I immediately decided that I would make another... but this time, it would not be from the scraps of batts and rolags... this time, it would be from Phat Fiber samples...

I have a list of all the samples that were used... but wouldn't you know, I don't have it with me... so I am just going to share the process of making the next random yarn :)

This skein was different samples, of different fiber mixes... that were randomly grabbed from the basket...

This was at the beginning of the spin...

Of course, I completely forgot to take a picture of the spindle full of fiber... but I did get the plying pics :)

Andean Ply... still on my hand

Around the wrist


Ready to wash...

This yarn was actually purchased before it was ever taken off the spindle... and I cant wait to see what the new owner will create with it...

125 yards of Randomness... I should have a list of what it consists of and who's samples were used tomorrow :)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Leftovers Revealed :)

Remember the post from last week of the "scrap" type yarn I was spinning... 


Well, I finally finished spinning all the fiber in the bucket last night... 

Yarn filled Trindle

Close Up of the Single

Of course I just had to Andean Ply it... It actually took me almost 20 minutes to get all the yarn off the spindle and onto my wrist, lol :)

Was running out of room on my finger

Look at the plying bracelet"

Plying didn't really take all that long... about an hour... but once you start, you really can't stop, lol.

Switched out the Arms for the heavier hearts

And Done :)

Close Up

The yarn ended up being just over 100 yards... pretty much a worsted/bulky weight... and a mix of tons of different fibers... Merino, BFL, Alpaca, Mohair, Soffsilk™, Pulled Silk, Nylon, Angelina, Firestar, Corriedale, Llama, Cormo, etc...

Cant wait to start the next one :)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

More Logs...

Started a new "Box of Logs" last night... These are a blend of Superwash BFL, Nylon, and Soffsilk™... A Teal, Magenta, Lighter Pink, and Neon Green... with some Orange/Yellow Soffsilk™

They are beyond soft... and oh so pretty :)

What do you think???

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Spinning the Extra!

Yesterday I shared the Alpaca and Nylon "Box of Logs" that were made for a friend... Well, there is always a little bit of fiber left on the blending board at the end... I call it the "scrap" fiber... because I just don't feel like it is "pretty" enough to sell... So, it goes into a box and I spin it... 

This particular "scrap" is being spun by itself, because I just felt like it should be :)

These were the logs...

This is the "scrap" fiber

The fiber is still perfectly fine to spin... it is just in a "cloud" form and has no order to it, lol.

Resin Spindle with Flowers in it

The Yarn being spun

As you can see, the yarn is spinning up fairly thin... and I'm thinking there will actually be quite a bit when I'm done... Not sure of my guess yet... but I'm going with at least 100 yards :)