Knitting · Spinning

Spinning for Peaks and Valley Scarf

I have almost finished the spinning for my Peaks and Valley scarf, made from Dicentra Designs color way October. The fiber is blue faced Leicester, so soft and an awesome spin! Can’t wait until I can get this one finished! It’s on the top of the list.



Knitting · Spinning

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival

This last weekend was the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, also known as OFFF. It was a blast! Sue, Maria, and I went on Sunday morning to make sure we were able to make it in time for the parking lot fleece sale. They scored some awesome bags of wool. I have been on a ‘pre-done’ kick lately. Not too much into the washing and drying, picking and carding of the fleeces right now.

I started my shopping spree with 3 oz of hot fuchsia Bamboo/Merino. It was so gorgeous, displayed like a silk scarf calling my name. 40% Bamboo, 60% Merino and oh so beautiful. I have already started to spin it up. Two ply, maybe a DK weight. . .or fingering.

The next find we found was Sporfarm. Our all time come back to fiber. Wonderfully soft and fluffy batts were waiting for us. We each got teal carded black Shetland and Fine wool blends, I also got a purple and black blend.

In a tent just beyond the buildings was Abstract Fiber where I found an old favorite. Mossy Rock and Smith Rock. What is it with me and the rocks? I bought the Autumnal Smith Rock for myself, a lovely sprinkling of Alpaca, Merino, and Silk; an absolute dream to spin! Maria bought Mossy Rock, reminds us of a forest with green leaves and brown bark. When I unloaded my newly formed stash at home, I discovered that I had both of these colors already spun into beautiful hanks of home spun. Go figure. ^_^

After that we ventured outside where we were bathed in the warmest water and scrubbed our hands in a salty mixture scented with Pumpkin Spice. This dangerous rub was from a mystical place called Bar-Maid’s. I of course bought some of their Euro Salt along with a Lo-Lo Bar. Yum!

Onto the next fibery find was a beautiful sock roving. A braid of Merino, a dash of Bamboo, and a hint of nylon for strength. This wonderful new find was colored like a rose garden; too pretty to resist. The new vendor is not yet online, but I’m sure she will be soon.

We didn’t stay long. . . it only took us two hours to find what we were after before our lunch started humming our names. We went to the all time favorite, The Wild Hare. One chicken wrap, a chicken sandwich, and a giant bacon cheeseburger later we were on our way to an afternoon of spinning delight. Little did I know I was coming down with the flu and had to excuse myself early to go home and sleep.

What a wonderful day of fiber related goodness. Lots of photos hopefully to come soon. Stay tuned. ^_^


The Craft-In Craft Fair

Well, I participated in the first ever Craft-In at the Drive-In Craft Fair, unfortunately for me, it wasn’t too great. The show was a lot of fun, and there were some awesome vendors, but I think some of my products were a little too specific. Everyone that came by the booth kept picking up my roving and asking, “Oh, is this yarn?” ^_^ I politely replied, “No, but you can turn it into yarn.” They expressed how they could never be able to do that, and set it down and walked away. ~_~ But, that doesn’t mean that if I have the right audience, I can’t do another show! So bring on the Fiber Fairs!

Anyways, here are some pictures of the show. My boyfriend did a great job with the photos, as usual! ^_^ If you see any items that you absolutely can’t live without, check out these shops to find them! Melissa’s Kre8tions and Spinning Sisters


My first show!

Wow! So much to catch up on! I really would like to start taking better care of my blog.  It really is a huge part of what I want to be doing and it’s a great tool to utilize while I can. There have been many, many crazy things going on right now, and among them was my very first Craft Show! ^_^

Here are a few of the highlights and downfalls. . . Highlight number one, it was my first one and I thought I was as prepared as I could be, aside from a lack of tables and displays.  Downfalls. . . I only sold two items, to a relative, which covered my booth cost, the soap that I bought from my neighboring booth, and I only made it out of the show with ten dollars in my pocket. Hey, at least I left with money, right? ^_^ So here are a few pictures to show, I hope you enjoy them.

Oh, by the way, if you are in Oregon, I will be at the Craft-In on 99W in Newberg selling my hand sewn items along with some hand dyed roving. Say hi, won’t you? ^_^



I’m doing a raffle and here’s the scoop:

What?: A raffle to promote my Etsy shop and collect money to try and jump start my small business endeavors.

Where?: Online! If you will be one of the lucky recipients of a Phat Fiber sampler box for April and get one of my samples, you will receive a complimentary raffle ticket! If you do not receive a ticket and would like one, they may be purchased for $.25 a piece or 5 for $1.00. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, you may either convo me in my Etsy shop, or e-mail me at mhiester AT gmail DOT com.

When?: The raffle begins now and the last day to purchase tickets will be May 15th. The first drawing will be held on May 16th. The winner will have three days to claim their prize. If they do not claim their prize within three days, I will draw another ticket until all of the prizes have been claimed. I will announce the drawings on my blog starting May 16th with the number from each raffle ticket.

Other Important Information: There are only 80 tickets available, and 50 of those tickets went into the Phat Fiber boxes. If you would like to purchase some tickets, do so quickly! Please make sure to hang on to your tickets because they are not replaceable!

Now, onto the good stuff. What can you win? There will be 3 prizes and they will be drawn as follows:

The first prize is a handmade Business Card/ID Card wallet with a magnetic snap closure. This cute business card wallet was made by me and designed by Michelle of Keyka Lou Patterns. More wallets are also available for sale in my shop. The design is Alexander Henry’s Tillbrook collection featuring toadstools and flowers.

Business Card Wallet

The second prize is a hand carded batt in colorway “Unicorn”. This batt is a mixture of Falkland Wool, 100% Superfine Purple Heathered Merino Wool, and firestar for added glitz. This batt is very soft and dreamy. There is a total of 4 oz.

Unicorn Blended Batts

And the final prize will be a hand spun skein of yarn. The exact content is unknown, however it is wool. This is a 2-ply skein and very soft. It is teal plied with white and weighs approximately 3 oz. There are about 130 yards.

Hand Spun Teal and White

If you have any questions about the items or the raffle in general, please e-mail or convo me through Etsy. Thank you and goodluck! ^_^