Thursday, April 10, 2014

DFW Fiber Fest 2014

After hearing about the fiber fest last year and hanging out in the vender hall last year, I knew I wanted to go back. I was only able to go for a couple of hours, but it was worth getting to see all the wonderful fibers, spindles, yarn and other goodies under one roof. The classes that were going on looked like fun as well with everything from Spinning the Orenburg Way to Knitting with Matawa to Intro to knitCompanion. Sadly, my schedule this year didn't allow me to take any of the classes, but fingers crossed for next year!

Instead while hanging out in the vender hall, I managed to come home with all of this! And some handmade soaps and lotions that have already been put to use. Here are just a few close ups of the goodies.

New KCL Woods 'Super Combo' spindle which can be a top whirl, bottom whorl or support

Some beautiful batts

And a new color way Desert Rose from Lost City Knits

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sweet Azalea

Recently I finished a baby blanket for a family friend and of course forgot to take photos until the morning we were going to deliver it. The pattern was Sweet Azalea from Hill Country Weavers in Austin and I can't say enough about how wonderful the pattern was. Or how amazing the ladies who work there were to my mom as she picked out the yarn and paid for it before shipping it to me. 

I ended up going up to a size G hook as I liked the drape of the sample better than the recommended F hook. And I used a bit over 1500 yards of Berroco Vintage DK in colors mochi and lilacs. All in all I'd recommend the pattern and the yarn to others. The pattern is on the is going in my pattern binder for keeps.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sari Charlie

My most recent spin is finally finished! It went from this

To this

It ended up at 470 yards and averaging about 18 wpi. This shows how the colors transition from one to the next.

It was an interesting spin in the fact that the sari silk really gave it a tweed like texture and appearance which is unlike anything I've spun before. In the beginning it was really hard to let the slubs through because I really like smooth yarns, but this spin changed my mind on that. Still searching for another spin that will be textured. Everything I've got is smooth. Which I recently photographed most of my fiber to update my Ravelry fiber stash, so I'll leave you with a few photos.

I've got 12 ounces of this and no idea what I want to make

Monday, January 13, 2014

New beginnings

I've been in my new apartment for three nights now and I'm loving it! Tangie is loving all the space too. She spends a lot of time running around and sniffing everything. I said I'd share photos so here they are. It's a bit messy with all the boxes and such, but it's getting there. I've gotten 5 boxes unpacked since I took the photos about an hour ago.

Living room. The blinds at the end lead out to a balcony.
And yes, the miniSpinner is already unpacked and was used last night. I finished up the singles from the in progress spin I showed recently and now am letting it rest before plying it.

 So in the kitchen there is a pantry, or at least there was until the apartments put washers and dryers in the apartments. My guess is that a lot of people use the cabinets in the kitchen for food stuff, but being on the sort side some of the cabinets aren't very practical for me. Enter Ikea units. The white shelves in the craft room sit right next to the kitchen and will be a great makeshift pantry.

They say it's a dining room, I say it's a craft room.

Bedroom, though I think you could have guessed that.
And holy cow, my bedroom is huge! I've got my bed, two bedside tables, a big blue chair, a cat palace on the other side of the bed, a sewing table, two Elfa draw units and a dresser and there is still loads of empty space. But then, I guess just about anything would seem huge after a studio apartment.

There is also obviously a bathroom, but you don't really need to see that. And I've still got a huge walk in closet.

Once everything is organized, the curtain rods have been hung and I've settled in I'll post about the finished project.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Current Spin in Progress

I know that I showed off the fiber for my current spin, but I don't think I've posted a progress photo. The true color isn't as bright as the fiber photo, but is still a tad brighter than this shows. The final yarn is going to be chain plied. And I have to say, I've always been in favor of spinning smooth yarns, but I love the texture in this spin.

After this my next to spins are going to be cable plied. The first is the matching 4 ounces of Glacial and then 8 ounces of North Sea. So a merino/silk blend and a BFL/silk blend. What can I say I like silk?

It's more grey than brown in those sections

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!!!!

2014. When did that happen? What happened to 2013? And where was I during all of this? Anyway, I hope everyone is having a great start to the new year! And as always I'm going to get my goals for the year down and see what actually gets done this year.
  • Get moved into my new place and have it unpacked and (mostly) organized before February (I'm starting my move on Jan 9th!)
  • Spin at least 6 pounds of fiber up this year (I'd like to say spin more than I buy, but who am I kidding. Then again, this is will be my first full year with a mS so maybe it will be possible)
  • Learn to knit and make at least one wash cloth a month and possibly other projects as well
  • Start using my hand spun yarn for projects
  • Get in shape!
  • Cook something not from a box/can/mix at least 2x a week
  • Use my crock pot at least once a month
  • Grow something on my balcony- I'm thinking herbs or cat grass, maybe both
  • Figure out my sock loom and make 4 pairs of socks. There are some amazing free patterns for loom knit socks on Ravelery.
  • Restart my couch to 5k program and run/jog a 5k at some point during the year

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Ever want to know?

What a mixing bowl full of unwrapped mini Reese's peanut butter cups looks like?

Now you know! And because I know you are all curious as to how many there were. It was over 100, but I'm not sure the exact number.