Friday, March 27, 2015

Florida Tropical Weaver's Annual Conference 2015

This past weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to be a vendor at the Florida Tropical Weaver's Annual Conference... it was such an awesome weekend... and I only wish I would have taken more pictures.

We arrived early on Thursday and stayed until 2ish on Sunday... I met tons of interesting people, learned so much, and had some doors open that I never thought were possible.

I am definitely looking forward to next years conference... and might even be teaching some classes :)

Here is the Booth:

Hand Dyed Sock Yarns


Misc. Yarns and Batts


Squishy Batts 


Hand Dyed Rovings


Handspun, Cotton, Qiviut, Camel, Angelina, and Silk


Handmade Tatting Shuttles


1 ounce Batts


Hand Dyed Silk Hankies


During the down time (while everyone was in class)... I got a chance to even do a little spinning!!!

Yarns spun at FTWC :)


What we got to wake up to!!!


Sunrise with the gators :)




Monday, March 16, 2015

Three days til the Tropical Weaver's Conference!

I have been trying my best to get tons of inventory ready for the Florida Tropical Weaver's Guild Annual Conference... that starts this Thursday, lol...

It runs from Thursday the 18th to Sunday the 22nd... and its my first time vending this event... so I'm super nervous... but I have my friend, Mara, coming along... I'm sure you all know about Made By Mara lip balms :)

Here are a couple of the things Ive been working on...

Extra Wide Batts


Simple, yet super fun stitch markers!


If you would like to come check out the event, or know more about it...

Let's see what else I can get done in the remaining days, lol!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

And Delivered :)

Just wanted to share the goodies that were dropped off at Four Purls Yarn Shop this morning!!!

10 Small Boxes and 2 Medium Boxes




Lots of colors to choose from... and if you want anything custom, just let me know :)


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

"Box of Logs" at Four Purls Yarn Shop!!!

I have been frantically trying to get prepared for the Tropical Weaver's Conference... March 19th to 22nd... working on getting things made and packaged...

In the meantime... I've been working on getting some boxes of "logs" made for Four Purls Yarn Shop in Winter Haven, Fl... I showed them to Laura about a month or two ago... and she loved the idea... so, they will be available starting tomorrow!!!

There will be three sizes available... because some people might just want a taste, lol :)


Mini "Box of Logs" sets...


Sorry for the terrible picture... I cant seem to remember where I put my camera battery... so I had to use the phone...

Ill share the sets that will be in Four Purls tomorrow after they get dropped off :)

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


Cricket???


Dylan's Scaly and Hoppy Valentine's 


Froggy...


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 :)