Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Seriously... 2 more days!!!

I am officially freaking out... I didn't go to sleep til 5am... then had to get up for work at 7am... not good :(

My brain just wont shut off at night... well ever... so whenever something pops into my head, I feel like I have to do it... NOW!!!

Well, last night was no different... and I decided that since there were going to be spinning workshops this weekend at the Sheep and Wool Festival... I needed to have Orifice Hooks.

What is an Orifice Hook you might ask??? It is a tool to get the yarn or leader out of the orifice of your spinning wheel... basically it is a necessity... and you cant have just one (well I cant anyways, lol).

So, here are just some of the "experiments":

Only a few so far :)

The Hook

This one is my favorite so far :)

Its an "angry" cat or something, lol

Well, that's all I have for now... I don't think I will be sleeping too much tonight either... just way too much to get done :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

3 More Days... Florida Sheep and Wool


Can you believe it??? In just 3 days, I will be driving to Ocala, FL to set up for the Florida Sheep and Wool Festival... everything is moving so quickly... and I am freaking out!!!

The worst part is that I can't keep my brain focused... Every time I turn around, Im writing down some new idea... man do I need to stop that :)

I brought my button and stitch marker display to the fiber guild meeting last weekend for feedback... and everyone seemed to really like it... so that made me feel so much better.

Here is what I have been (slowly) working on :

Hand Dyed - Single Spun - 100% Silk Yarn

More Silk Yarn Drying

Hand Dyed Silk Noil

Domestic 56s Roving

And lastly... these have been in my mind for a little bit... but finally I have put them in motion :)

Polymer Clay Covered Felting Needles...

There is also a sort of  "special" packaging for the felting needles, that way they will not be damaged in transit or once they are in their new homes :)

Hope to see some of you this weekend...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Getting Ready... Florida Sheep and Wool 2014

The Florida Sheep and Wool Festival is next weekend... I can not even believe that it's so close... and I feel so far behind... ahhh!!!

Not only will I be vending... but I will be teaching a few dyeing classes as well. This is the first time I have ever been to the Sheep and Wool Festival... but I am super excited about getting the chance to attend... and to be a vendor on top of it.. what a blessing :)

As always, I feel like I don't have enough stuff for people to choose from... so I have been coming up with so many other things to bring... this is one of them, lol.

Stitch Markers... I am actually loving most of them... and I have to tell myself that I don't need that many sets of markers :)



I call these "Quilts"

Drops... these ones remind me of the Earth from a satellites view

Close Up


Leaves again :)

Close Up... This is my favorite!!!

This is just a taste of what is available... I have been devoting a lot of time to making them... and I am digging the new packaging :)

The "tree" is still pretty bare... but it will be full by 
April 25th :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pack It On Challenge - March 2014 - FINISHED!!!

I am super behind with getting pictures and obviously posting anything... I did get the Pack In On Challenge complete by March 31st though.

These are the first pictures that have been taken of the finished yarn... and I have to admit that I absolutely love how it turned out...

The outcome is 230 yards of Fingering to DK Weight yarn... that is actually very soft and huggable :)

All Skeined Up!!!

I love the little bits of yellow :)

Close Up...

As some of you may know... I am going to be vending the Florida Sheep and Wool Festival next weekend, April 25th - 27th... I have been trying to keep my head above water and just get done what I can.. but there are so many ideas fighting for attention on my brain, lol...

I will try and post daily updates of what I have finished and will be bringing to the festival starting tomorrow... be on the look out and I hope to see some of you there :)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Pack It On Challenge - Plying - March 2014

I finally finished spinning the single... can't feel my shoulder... but I feel accomplished, lol :)

I decided last night that I would Andean Ply the yarn... so I started un-winding the spindle onto my hand... and then promptly started plying...

Of course, I think that I can get the whole skein plied while watching a one hour program... man was I wrong... I woke up at 3am with my hand covered in the plying ball... and really didn't get much done.

I decided to take the plying ball off... place it onto a stick so that I could go to work... and I will start plying again when I get home from work... Should be an interesting experience, lol.

Here is what I have so far :)

Done!!! 2 ounces of "Marbled Night" Rolags

Plying Bracelet... I didn't realize how large it was going to be, lol.

Plying on a Louet s-20

Close up of the yarn... so far anyways

I can not wait to finish plying and see what the yardage is... Be on the look out for an update on Monday :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pack It On Challenge... Update 3 - March 2014

Since I only have one week left to finish the challenge... I figured that I really needed to start spinning and get finished... This past Saturday I sort of got the day off (from the kids that is), and went up to Four Purls Yarn Shop ( in Winter Haven... I got to just sit and spin, man was it nice :)

I am just about finished with spinning the single... only have one more rolag to go!!! This spindle is getting super heavy though... my shoulder is actually hurting from spinning, lol... I have never had that happen before... but I am loving the yarn so far.

Here are the update pictures... and hopefully I will get it plied this week:

The spindle and fiber 

Close Up of the Yarn :)

And my favorite... I just love seeing the yarn through the cutouts

Wish me luck in finishing the yarn :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Pack It On Challenge - Part 2 - March 2014

Update on the Pack It On Challenge... I couldn't get the kids to go down for their naps yesterday... so I sat in the rocking chair and spun... Only took an hour and a half to get them down, lol.

Here is what has been spun so far :)

I am definitely loving how its going :)

And I love that you can see the yarn starting to get wider through the "spokes"

I can not even wait to get the single spun... Still debating on 2-ply or Navajo ply... but I'm sure the yarn will "tell" me :)