Well, all of the Crafty Christmas gifts have been given, which means I can finally start sharing them with the world. I am so glad too, since it’s been really difficult to keep these projects under wraps!
Let’s start with the present I made for Courtney…Pigment from Leethal Knits.
This was a fun pattern to knit. I think at some point I will try and make one for myself. It appealed to my love of weaving in ends.
Hopefully I’ll get the chance to take a photo of Courtney wearing it some time. It turned out to be the perfect size… and the color combination made me super happy.
Ash has made me my very own colorway!
Here are some pictures of our Easter fun!!
It was so much fun! I’m thinking about making it an annual thing!
I went to Friday Night Knitting for the first time in a few weeks. I was so glad I did! I missed the ladies!
Ash brought her friend Mallory who DOESN’T knit…but she DOES needle felt!
Ash not only came with a friend, she also came bearing gifts! Here come the yarn nuzzling photos!!
And for me…
Ash dyed all this stuff with kool-aid. She did an amazing job! I can’t wait to start spinning it!!
But there’s more…
I totally intended to type this during my downtime today, but every time I got the chance, something seemed to come up. It’s a good thing, sometimes when your day doesn’t go quite as planned, it makes the time go by faster. I was super busy this morning, then I went out to lunch with Suzanna, then we had a software meeting where I actually spent most of my time sketching out plans for a new sweater…when I wasn’t drawing unicorns or how I spent my day yesterday. Of course Mike had to add some details to my quick sketch…
Did I think to snap a pic of my sweater ideas? Of course not! But maybe I can sketch them while I hang out in the cell phone lot at LAX tonight.
So now, as promised, actual factual finished yarn!
It’s over 300 yards of fingering weight. Not quite sure what I am going to do with it yet. I also started working on that roving my friend Wendy dyed. I had already spun up one cake (single, laceweight) so I am starting on the second bobbin. I think there is twelve ounces, so I am going to guess that it will be done in three bobbins. Spinning laceweight takes forever though. I will eventually ply these.
So that’s all for now. Probably won’t be updating via video blog for awhile since my folks will be in town. I guess I will have to see how things go.
…so why am I looking for alpaca projects? I do live in Southern California after all…
Lots of things happening around here. I wish more were fiber related, but we have been super busy and my folks came out to stay with us for a couple weeks to help celebrate the twins’ fourth birthday. There have been trips all over the place, including Disneyland (which I hear will not allow needles in the park…good thing I didn’t have any down time there)!
So, it started with the Cookie A class I took after meeting her at Unwind. I designed my first pair of socks! Of course I am still test knitting them…so we’ll see how they turn out. Then my folks came bearing gifts from Frankenmuth.
My folks scored me 2 3/4 pounds of fluff!
I am now swimming in alpaca and I have no idea what to make with it. The hot weather is here, but the office has been in deep freeze, so I might have a good reason to make some alpaca garments. I still have the bag of alpaca and bunny that my mom got me on her last trip to the mill. That will be the next thing I spin. I have some yarn on the bobbins right now that has just been chillin’ there. One of the bobbins is a surprise project I can’t write about here….the others have just been waiting for me to get some time to dump my photos onto any random computer I can find so I can make room to take proper, non-mobile phone pictures.
Once the parents left I went a little cuckoos mcgoos. The last two days I have spent dyeing fiber after the kids have gone to bed.
I dyed some mills ends wool with some Jacquard acid dyes. I was messing around with dye to try and find my groove. I am new to this.
Then I decided to take that pound of alpaca my folks brought and hit it with some black food coloring. It turned out gorgeous!
Of course, this whirlwind of crazy doesn’t include all the stuff I did last night which included handcarding some other stuff I dyed and making goodies for my Fiber Collective Swap Partner. But those are secret….shhhhh…..
What to write? What to write? It isn’t like things have been boring around our household as of late, but things are starting to settle down a bit, thankfully. After a month of bouncing germs off of one another, we all seem to be on the mend again. We have fought a mighty battle with the pink eye and won (for now). Everyone still seems to be coughing all over each other, but hopefully that will start clearing up soon. Oh, and my laptop with all my bloggy/photo stuff is still toast. Boo.
Easter is never normal around our house. The kids are still small and we haven’t really established any real traditions yet, although I may have started one. In order to combat my homesickness, I decided to make Easter dinner up Midwestern Polish style. Now I am not saying it was authentic, because quite frankly, I have *zero* time to be making pierogi from scratch…but it was tasty.
Easter day was different for us too. We decided to take the twins to the Aquarium of the Pacific…
Where my daughter dropped her pink poodle (which she named “TX”) in a tank of toxic stuff….
Which I stuck my hand in and fished out before seeing this sign. Awesome. So TX ended up in the trash and lil’ girl and I headed straight to the restroom to wash our hands, all while she cried hysterically. An emergency call to Grandma was made so we could ask where she bought the pink poodle of doom. Answer: Walmart. I hopped on the twitter, my husband talked to the folks at the aquarium, and before we knew it, wehad directions to the nearest Walmart in Long Beach. We picked up the last poodle they had.
And all was again right with the world.
So what have I been doing fiber-wise? To be honest, not a whole hell of a lot. Or at least it seems that way to me. I have done some dyeing, I mean, who wouldn’t given some extra wool and some food coloring and Easter egg dyes?
I gave this green and blue roving to Wendy for her birthday… I also attacked the Easter egg dyes once the kids were done dyeing their eggs.
The last few weeks have been incredibly stressful around my house. One kid had bronchitis, the other an ear infection…and Daddy was home all week too with his own yucky funk. If we weren’t dealing with that it was unnecessary family drama back home in Michigan. It was all a little too crazy.
So, in order to deal with everything, I shut my brain off to it and tried my hand at dyeing fiber. I have to say it turned out much nicer than I had hoped. I used Jacquard Acid Dyes in a great big pot on the stove.
These were originally mill ends roving that my friend Wendy had ordered for me from The Sheep Shed Studio. They were brown and white wool mixed with white mohair. I really thought I wouldn’t like these when they were drying, but they turned out much better than I had hoped. Next on the list of things to try is handpainting yarn. I have some white roving at home I haven’t yet pulled out of the closet.
I did actually try and felt it a little on Saturday, but I am not sure if it did anything. It looks super cool though. Hopefully I will get a better picture of it later.