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Ren Faire Costume and Other Musings.

So, I went to a Renaissance Faire this weekend. I’ve been attending for 7 years now. I love it! There are so many great activites and wonderful people. My favorite part is dressing up. I made my own costume this year. (My mother had made my previous two.) I only got half of it finished, however. I made the outer shell, but the underdress came from a second hand store. I’m planning on wearing this costume for Halloween as well, but need to finish the underdress.

This is the pattern that I started with. There was much altering that needed to be done to get it to look the way I had pictured in my mind.

Ren Dress Pattern

I used view A and left off the sleeves because I mostly didn’t want them, but also because I didn’t have enough fabric. I also did not have the trim go all the way down the front of the dress. I didn’t really care about the trim, but before I read through the entire pattern to see how it was constructed, I wasn’t able to easily go back and fix the raw edges that the trim covers. So, here is what the finished dress ended up like.

My Ren Costume

 

This isn’t the best picture of me. . .but when I took my camera with me, I neglected to make sure there was an SD card in it. 😦 I had a little internal memory, and was able to take a few pictures, however I cannot find my camera cable to extract said photos. Once I find that, I will post a few better pictures of the costume. But all in all, you get the main idea. *UPDATE* I have found my cord and this IS the updated picture. . .well, better than nothing I suppose. ^_^*

I have also recently been knitting on Ysolda’s Snapdragon Tam. It’s GORGEOUS! I love the pattern and the color. I decided to use Malabrigo Worsted in Sunset. I adore this yarn, and the Tam looks great with it!

Snapdragon Tam

The background in this picture is the quilt that I recently put together. It’s a collection of Anna Maria Horner and Tina Givens fabrics. I just did giant 14″ blocks, alternating light and darks. I had four fabrics total and have plenty left over for some accent pillows, (if I ever get around to them . . .). I quilted it on my mother’s longarm with a pantograph and teal-blue thread. It’s so pretty! ^_^

My Quilt

My Quilt 2

And now it is laying happily upon my bed. Though there is not enough drape on the sides, there is plenty of length. It almost touches the floor at the foot of my bed and still has enough for a tuck! I have a Queen size bed and this quilt measures approximately 80×108. I should have added at least one more row on the width, but it’s lovely just the same.

And then, just when I thought I couldn’t cram any more onto my Ashford Joy’s bobbin, I go and cram a little more. Poor wheel. I work this thing to death, but it still shows me love. This was some blue faced leceister that I wanted to get spun up. It’s so soft and scrumptious. I love it.

Joy is full

Full Bobbin

My boyfriend is gone for three months to train for a new position he is taking. If all goes well, we will be moving to the ‘big city’ to be close to his work. While he’s away, I have been trying to find things to keep myself busy. (Like that is hard to do. . . ^_^) So I’ve been finishing up on some of these projects, as well as starting way too many new ones. On the books for the coming few weeks, I will be attending Oregon Flock and Fiber in Canby. This will be year 3. Can’t wait to find some fibery goodness to feed the addiction. I have a few classes to teach at the quilt shop, and some store samples to get through. I have three bags and a long jacket to do. As soon as I can get myself a little better organized, I will be posting some, hopefully, regular updates on my progress.

Knitting

Spinning in the park

So on Saturday, it was such a gorgeous day out, Matt and I decided to go to the park.  I took my Ashford with me.  And some roving.  It was a great day!  It was a little chilly, but the sun kept us warm enough to bear the chill for an hour or so.  Here’s a few pictures.

spinning in park

me spinning

And from the spinner’s point of view. . .

spinners pov

I also finished my fair isle hat!  It’s a just a tiny bit too small, but it fits without falling off.  It was made with Ultra Alpaca which is lovely to the touch, however it is very very fine and maybe a little too slippery.

fair isle closeup

All in all it turned out well.  And I have to brag about the new yarn that I got today.  It’s from Dream in Color.  One skein of Smooshy sock yarn, and one skein of Baby lace weight.  Mmm, can’t wait to dig into this!

Baby

That was Baby and this next one is Smooshy.

Smooshy

The colors may be a bit off because the lighting at the table wasn’t all that great.  But they are beautiful still.  That’s all for now.  More to come!

Knitting

And now for the homespun!

I have been frequenting the ‘ol spinning wheel quite a bit the last few days.  Ever since our first spinning group met on Saturday the 23rd, I can’t seem to get spinning off the brain.  I have two and a half skeins ready to be dyed, one and a half bobbins full of beautiful pre-dyed roving, and two skeins waiting to be liberated from their coils and knit into something fab.  I have knit up one of my very first navajo plyed skeins up though.  Their new body is a pair of fingerless mits.  So pretty.  So far, all I have spun with is Merino and Corriedale.  The Merino is in the fingerless mits, as well as the two dyed skeins, and the corriedale are the two blank skeins and the pre dyed roving.  Well, enough of the talk, time for pictures.

These are my fingerless gloves.  They will be first since they are made from the oldest of the skeins.

Fingerless Mits

And next comes the sister skein of the mits.  I spun and dyed this lot at the same time, but the colors are more vibrant because they got more time in the cooker.

Blue Green Skein

And now for the Kool Aid dyed skein.  It’s done in Cherry, only one pack, however if I had it to do over, I would definately use two for a brighter color.

Cherry Skein

Onto the undyed Skeins.  Lovely pure yarn.  I’m still trying to get the hang of spinning smaller, but these are definately getting close.

Blank Skeins 1

And a close up of the blanks.

Blank Skeins 2

And last but not least, my baby.  The Ashford Joy, double treadle, with some lovely dyed roving on it.

Ashford Joy

And a close up of my even smaller spun yarn.

Predyed Bobbin

The end.  😀  Enjoy!

Knitting

Spinning Group

We had our spinning group get together today, our first meeting!  It was a blast!  There was fiber flying everywhere!  😉  Here are some pictures of our wonderous adventures. 

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And here’s a closeup of some yarn that I spun today.  It was predyed roving from Pacific Wool and Fiber, Corriedale, Spinner’s Choice.

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We have some more events coming up as well, so stay tuned for more spinning pictures!