Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Washing Fleece and Silk Noil...

Since I haven't been feeling up to tackling the jobs at the studio, I have sort of been avoiding it for the last couple of days... Well last night I decided that I needed to suck it up and get over there!

After washing some fiber for a customer... Some Shetland/Merino (white) and Border Leicester (black/brown)

Shetland/Merino


Border Leicester


I went ahead and started dyeing some add-ins for future batts... Just love how Silk Noil takes color!!!


Silk Noil... it matches my kitchen, lol


Fuchsia and Yellow


Hopefully tonight will be more productive... I have fleeces to wash, fibers to dyes, and batts to be made :)




Friday, June 19, 2015

Texel/Dorset with Mohair and Firestar :)

I have been steadily working on getting the studio together... of course not fast enough... so I'm trying to get things going a little faster... 
  
Of course, I can not just focus on getting stuff moved, when there is so much other fun stuff that I can be doing... so Ive also been processing and spinning a bit, lol.

I agreed to do a batt making contract... the fiber is Texel/Dorset and then some mohair locks from the cutest little goat - Sweet Pea :)


I absolutely love when the client gives me artistic freedom to do what I want with the fiber... so I let the creative juices flow, lol...


All the Colors!!!


Test Batt... just to make sure the customer is happy with the way they are turning out :)


And of course, I just had to do a test spin... you never really know what the yarn is going to turn out like unless you play around with it...


Single


Scott Snyder Spindle


Fingering weight single


2-Ply Spindle Spun - 110 yards


I love the little pops of color!


Finished Yarn


The batt started at 1.2 ounces... managed to get 110 yards of 2-ply Sport/DK weight yarn :)



















Monday, June 1, 2015

Spinning/Dyeing at the Studio!

Some of you may know that I am working on opening a studio to teach classes out of... its been an extremely slow process... but it is coming along... just not as fast as I would have hoped, lol.

Yesterday, I was finally getting over the stomach bug that hit my household, so I went over and unloaded some more stuff at the studio... Of course I couldn't just unload stuff and leave... I had to stay and play a bit :)


Finally got the "Witch's Cat" off the Bobbin and washed... still need to get an accurate count though


100% Cheviot... its finally dry, so I braided it


100% Cheviot... 


More Cheviot Drying


And of course I just had to sit and spin for a bit, lol :)


"Envy" by Spin City UK


Hopefully I will get more done tonight :)





Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Spinning Witch's Cat...

Last October, I participated in a Zombie Apocalypse swap in the Phat Fiber group on Ravelry... My partner ordered two batts from Spin City UK for me... They are gorgeous batts... and I wasn't very sure how to spin the one because it had linen in it... but, it turned out beautifully!


Batt Card for Witch's Cat from Spin City UK


Witch's Cat Batt


Witch's Cat Batt Opened Up


I split the batt in half... or approximately half... and started spinning it on the E-Spinner... I let the fiber do what it wanted... With art type batts, I prefer to just let the fiber do its own thing and see what happens, lol.


Each Bobbin Spun


Plied Yarn 


I haven't gotten to take the yarn off the bobbin yet... but the batt was 4 ounces, so I'm assuming the yarn will be just under that... and is a worsted to bulky weight :)








Tuesday, May 12, 2015

"Wickham Gate" Spinning...

I have been trying to spin at least something everyday... even if its only for a short period of time... I feel like in order to keep things "going" and not get bored, I need to at least spin for 10 minutes a day.

So, I dove back into the fiber stash... This time, it was some 100% Corriedale from Simpson & Co. - Woodbridge Fibers, in colorway "Wickham Gate"... 4.42 ounces

This fiber was split up into two balls of roving... and even after sitting in a Ziploc bag, inside of a vacuum seal bag for over three years... it spun up beautifully :)


I cant seem to find anything on this company... but their fiber was very nice to spin :)


It is way darker in person... but the flash wants to make it Magenta I guess, lol


Single


Each bobbin of singles


Plied


I still haven't gotten the yarn skeined and washed... so hopefully that will happen tonight :)





Thursday, May 7, 2015

"Go Ahead & Like It" - a Book Review

"Go Ahead & Like It" by Jacqueline Suskin 

Cover


This book sort of threw me through a loop... I wasnt really sure what to expect when it came in... but after only a couple of pages, I was brought back to childhood in a way.

The book encourages you to sit down and actually make a list of things that you like... with no particular rhyme or reason... just whatever comes to mind.


Any memory, smell, taste, anything... just start by writing something that you like and keep adding to the list... 


Once you have your list... go back and ask yourself "why?"... why do you like the smell of Marigolds? Why do you like the color blue? 


For me, it made me realize that life is too short to be so serious all the time... live your life, but dont get so sucked up in the life around you, that you forget to actually live your life!


The format of the book was very different than most books I have bought... and the freeform style of the pages really made me feel a connection with the past... definitely worth purchasing... and remember to make that list :)

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

E-Spinner Action :)

As you probably already know from yesterday, I managed to get the E-Spinner working... and it is super FAST... well, I couldn't get it to function properly last night to save my life...

Dylan had been super excited to spin all day... so he was actually good and ate all his dinner... the reward was that he would get to use his "spinner spinner" as he calls it... after much fight and anger, we managed to get the wheel working and actually accomplish some yarn :)

I took a video showing it in action:

We started with a Booya Boho Mini Batt from Woodland Hills Alpacas... it is 70% Corriedale / 20% Merino / 10% Other Fibers... and it actually spun without much of a problem

Its more red in real life... but its a fun little 1 ounce - 30 yard skein :)


Dylan works the foot pedal while I draft for him... 

He is so proud of his yarn!!!


Our second try (skein) was a braid from Spunky Eclectic called Flowering Weeds... it is 70% Merino / 30% Mohair... and was a huge pain in the butt to spin... Mainly because it was super slick and the wheel was too fast, lol.

This roving has been sitting in my stash for at least 3 years, lol


Bobbin #1


Bobbin #2


Plied


Bulky / Super Bulky Yarn


Flowering Weeds - 3 ounces - 75 yards


I absolutely love the final yarn... I am not very good at spinning bulky yarn.. so this has been a wonderful experience!