Knitting · Spinning

March Phat Fiber and Etsy Sneak Peaks

I thought I would give you a sneak peak of the upcoming March Phat Fiber box and the samples that you might be lucky enough to receive! Enjoy!
March Phat Fiber Samples
March Phat Fiber Samples

 

Closeup of 'Mini Roving Batts'
Closeup of 'Mini Roving Batts'

 

Here is a closeup of my hand spun samples
Here is a closeup of my hand spun samples

 

Hand Spun Samples from Melissa's Kre8tions
Hand Spun Samples from Melissa's Kre8tions
Knitting · Spinning

Handspun Happenings

So, I’ve been spinning quite a bit lately, and I thought I would share with you some of what I have in my stash.

Handspun Yarns

From bottom of picture to top: Spinning Sister’s Superfine Hand Dyed Merino Wool 2-plied, Targhee Wool Single Ply, Miss Bab’s Sock Yarn 2-plied, Unknown Artist Wool 2-plied, The Soap Lady’s Autumn Merino/Alpaca 2-plied, Spinner’s Choice Corriedale Wool 2-plied, Abstract Fibers Corriedale 2-plied, Alpaca Wool Blend Single Ply, Unknown Artist Coopworth 2-plied, and finally Natural Merino all 2-plied.

Natural Handspun

This is a closeup of the Natural Handspun Merino Wool. The three on the left were from the same bunch, the one in the middle is Superwash that I picked up from the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival (OFFF) the year before last, and the three on the right came from Woodland Woolworks in Carlton, OR.

Ashford Joy with BFL

Isn’t my baby precious!? My Ashford Joy Double Treadle with Blue Faced Leicester (BFL) from Frabjous Fibers also picked up from Woodland Woolworks.

Singles on Bobbin

My singles on the bobbin. I navajo plied this (3-ply) so that the colorways would stay together and my finished knitted project would be verriegated. I’m making a scarf with a waffle texture and it’s turning out LOVELY! Can’t wait to get some pics up!

That’s it for now, tune in again for more great fibers!

Knitting · Quilting · Spinning

September Happenings. . .

So, September is here and it brings with it lots of work!  Not only have classes started at the sewing store, but I am in charge of sending out the newsletters, class schedules, scheduling classes, arranging meetings with teachers, and doing every thing that I can to promote the classes.  They are doing pretty well so far.  I’m also trying to frantically put together one of my class samples.  It’s going to turn out spectacular I’m hoping.  I’ll post pictures of the finished project soon.  For now, I have some home spun eye candy for you to enjoy, as well as an original table runner kre8tion.  So kick back and enjoy.  🙂

My Table Runner Kre8tion
My Table Runner Kre8tion

So for this table runner, it all started when Matt said, “I forgot my friend’s birthday. . .” So I chimed in and said, “Well, I could make her a table runner. Which fabrics do you think she would like?” Pointing to my stash. And Voila, here is what I came up with off the top of my head. From conception to binding, it took me probably a total of four hours to complete. I decided to throw the squares ‘wonky’ because with only three fabrics, I thought it needed some more visual interest. So, what do you think? 😉

My slow but sure 1st sweater.
My slow but sure 1st sweater.

So those of you who have been following for a while, you may have read my talking about my Wicked sweater.  I am still working on the top!  But I’m closer than I was when I started.  I haven’t quite reached the armholes yet, but about 25 more rounds or so, and I can try it on to see where it falls.  I’m doing the short sleeved version with a pocket, if I have enough yarn in this colorway. . . (Sorry to those who don’t have a Ravelry account to view the Wicked pattern, you should get on the waiting list.  It’s worth it.)

Lace Shawl from the inside out.
Lace Shawl from the inside out.
And my second project currently in my knitting satchel.  This is a basic lace shawl made starting in the center and working my way out.  Can’t wait to see how it turns out as it grows, and I had to use my Dream in Color baby weight yarn, so I decided I would jump into some lace work.
5 Homespun Merino Skeins
5 Homespun Merino Skeins
I have been busy spinning up my roving every chance I get.  This was some Merino that I had laying around.  Gorgeous stuff!  Mmm!  Hopefully I will be able to dye it soon, and you can betcha that I’ll post that!
My Superwash Merino Homespun
My Superwash Merino Homespun
Some more delicious Superwash Merino Homespun.
Roving from the Oregon State Fair
Roving from the Oregon State Fair
So when Matt and I went to the Oregon State Fair this year, I couldn’t help but go into the Artisan’s Village and stumble across the Spinning booth.  I of course spotted the fiber first and pounced! 
Another braid of Oregon State Fair Roving
Another braid of Oregon State Fair Roving
They had way too many colors to choose from, so I bought two instead of one.  Though the other colors were to dye for, (spelling intentional 😉 ) I could only get two and I was on a budget, so these will satisfy my color needs just fine.
Piece de Resistance
Piece de Resistance
And finally, the Piece de Resistance, my sewing room!  I’ve updated it a bit, so here it is!  I’m so inspired to be in here and work now, and I even have a place to set up my laptop, so hopefully I can blog more.
I hope you had a fun time catching up with me and the past oh. . .months that I have been in hibernation, but I’m hoping to be back for a while.  Anyway, take care!
Knitting · Spinning

Fiber!

So, I went to a Fiber Sale in Oregon City on Saturday, and got LOTS of goodies!  I can’t wait to get them all spun up!  Here’s a taste of what I got, more pictures will be available to view at my spinning group’s blog, Spinning in Circles.

 Also, I want to shout out to my boyfriend Matthew who took these beautiful pictures for me!  You can see more of his things here.

These are some Targhee wool locks that I got off of Whimzypinzy.etsy.com.  Very nice, it will be spun in the grease, but it should be a fun experience!

Targhee Wool Locks 2

This is Coopworth wool, I’ve spun just about half.  There was 8 oz, so I’m guessing the skein in this photo will be about 4 oz.  Not sure what to do with this one yet, I was thinking of a shawl.  It has some VM in it still, and bits of hay and grass, but I should be able to pick it out as I knit.

Coopworth Wool 2

This blend is 2/3 Shetland wool and 1/3 Merino wool, and OMG it is soooo soft!  It’s absolute heaven to the touch and I can’t wait to see how it spins up.  There are 8 oz per bag that I got for $8.50.  This color way is Amethyst and the other colorway is Sea Mist which is a lovely heathery green.

Shetland/Merino Wool

Shetland/Fine Wool

And then there was a fantastic booth from Estacada that I got some gorgeous lamb locks from.  1 oz for $1, not too bad for dyed lamb locks.  I was thinking about coming the colors together.  This booth also had really great reference books about different sheep breeds, and it came with actual locks from each breed!  My friend picked up each of the 4 volumes.  Can’t wait to study those! 

Lamb Locks

I have also finished my Ribbed Lace Bolero!  It’s really cute, but it has to be worn with just the right thing, or it might look a bit funny.  So this summer when I have a cute outfit to sport it on, I’ll post some pics.  I am working on a matching ribbed lace hat to match out of the left over yarn, so I’ll be posting that soon!