Friday, March 22, 2013

Spinning Fun

We had our monthly get together last Sunday at Ms. Wonder Whys farm and I decided I'd take my wheel since it's been months since I last spun.  After a fab-u-lous lunch and some chit chat, we finally got down to some spinning.

I had just a little bit of one of my blended batts that needed finished and thought it would be a good time to try my hand at Navajo plying.  Lucky for me, Ms. Wonder Why was very willing to give me a lesson.

Ta da.......

It sure wasn't easy but I gotter done!  I was thinking it was going to be an over plied mess but was surprised, once I had it wound into a skein, to find it was pretty balanced .....shocker!

So on Monday I decided I'd better try again before I forgot what Andrea had shown me.  Checked my spinning basket and sure enough found another full bobbin.  For some reason before I left Andrea's, I took the jumbo flyer off my spinning wheel and put the smaller one back on. 

You know how it goes, I was to lazy to put the jumbo flyer back on.  I just wanted to get started plying. I was sure it would be just fine to use the smaller flyer....Wrong.  Of course I didn't figure out why I was having so many problems until I was about half way through the bobbin.  Dah......I couldn't peddle slow enough for my hands to keep up.  So this skein, not so great....

Close up.....just look at that over plied skein or maybe I should say "energetic"!
Oh well, I'll definitely give it another try....practice, practice, practice.

It felt nice to be sitting at my wheel again so thought I'd find something else to spin up.  Chose some fiber I picked up when we were visiting our son in VT last October. I have two 4oz skeins of Frabjous Fibers hand dyed Merino called Green with Envy.
I'm loving how it's spinning up.  I haven't decided if I'll try Navajo plying this when I'm done or not.  Since I have two braids, I my fill two bobbins and ply them together.  I'll see how I feel after I get the singles done.

I've also been knitting on my Viajante but decided not to bore you with any pics at this point.  It's going to be while before it will look any different.  After looking at several of the finished Viajante's, I found inspiration from tippsy1's Viajante....she incorporated beads and also love how DeDitte's added additional sections of the lace edging.  So I'll wait to give an update once I've added some beads.

That's it for me, thanks for stopping by......hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Viajante KAL

Last Saturday I was able to get started on my Viajante with a couple of friends.  This is a really easy project.....not going to be quick!..... but definitely TV watching or knitting in public project.

When I decided to knit this shawl, I wanted to find a color I'd be able to wear with dressy as well as everyday clothes.  I think it will look lovely with jeans and I'll definitely be able to "dress it up".  I'm loving how this is working up.....long way to go yet! 

I also wanted to share a weaving project I started a long time ago.  This pic was taken on 5-5-2011 showing the warp done using my suri yarn with accents of white/silver lace mohair.  I just knew it would be stunning.  Problem......I love woven items but just DO NOT like to weave. 
I tried to work on this project on a regular basis but it just kept getting put aside for other projects.....knitting, beading, you name it.....they all took precedence over working on this dang scarf. 

Luckily I live close to Ms. Wonder Why and several other friends who get together on a monthly basis. You know.....share our projects, support i.e. enable, laugh, eat and sometimes whine.   I'm always admiring Ms. Wonder Why's woven items as well as those woven by our friend Terri and always felt bad about not getting this scarf done. 

Fast forward to October 2012:  "the girls" all came to my house to support me during my annual Arts and Eats show.  Of course there were beautiful finished woven items shared by Andrea and Terri and you guessed it.....mine was still not done! 

Once again I was talking about trying to find the gumption to get back to working on my scarf.  Even though I don't have any pics of my weaving, I did have maybe about 1/4 of the scarf woven at this time.  Terri looked at me and asked, "do you want me to take your loom and finish that for you?"  I could not say, YESSSS! fast enough.  Luckily for me she had set aside one of my beaded shawl pins and I quickly said "I'll gladly give you the pin for finishing my scarf" and a deal was struck.  After almost 2 years on my scarf is born.
My intent was to create an open weave scarf to mimic a drop stitch knit scarf. Cannot thank Terri enough for making this happen....what awesome friends I have!

Thanks for stopping and don't forget to pop over to  Wisdom Begins in Wonder to read more Fiber Arts Friday post to see what everyone else has been up to this week.

Wishing everyone a great weekend.......Happy Fiber Arts Friday!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Oh So Slow a Week

I guess with all my crazy need to create the last few weeks, my mind decided it just needed a break.  Soooo, I accomplished very little this week in the crafting department.  Lazed about with some reading, after discovering the author Lisa Jackson at my local library.  Spent some time on YouTube and checking out Pinterest and had quite a few errands/appointments.

But I was determined I'd get my Palette of Colors done.....after all I only had one cuff to finish.  Love how it turned out.
Also moving along nicely on my Sweetness the half way mark.
LOL......I think this has been my shortest post ever!!!  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  My plan for Saturday, besides work, is to start knitting on the Viajante shawl with a couple of friends.  If your close to Your Local Yarn Shop, stop on by to see our progress.  Our first hurdle will be winding 2200 yds of lace weight.....Yikes!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Fun Filled Week

I've had a busy week trying to get some of my projects done before starting on a KAL with a couple friends.

Hubbies socks....
Second pair of Elf Clobbers....
I really tried to learn how to do the crochet myself.  I understand how to make the stitches but just can't get the hang of figuring out where to put the hook to actually make the stitch.  Knitting is so much easier......the next stitch to be worked is just waiting right there on the needle.  So once again my friend Sue came to my rescue.

So close to being done with my Palette of Colors...
Hoping to get the last cuff done this weekend so I can wear it.

Cardinal mixed media....everyone who saw a pic or actually saw it in person told me I should not do any painting on the background.  They liked it just the way it was.  So I took their advice and just painted over the gesso with white paint and then sprayed on Frosted Jack Frost Starburst from Lindy's Stamp Gang.  This gives a very subtle sparkly look that reminds me of sun glinting on the snow.

This is the best pic I could get to try to show the background....

While Ms. Cardinal, yes, I was corrected by someone that this is a female cardinal not male as I'd said in my last post, was drying, I started working on a second mixed media canvas.  This time I wanted to try painting just the background leaving all the assemblage pieces in their natural finish.  Used lots of texture...chicken wire, hardware cloth and cheese cloth painted cream then sprayed with different colors of Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst sprays. 

Finished canvas.....
Old paint brush, antique faucet, door and dresser handles, tatting shuttle, glass cutter, spark plug gauge, watch parts, hinge, computer parts, some man tools, lace, jewelry and a vintage photo.  This one went much faster and I am soooo hooked!!.....Love it.

While tooling around on Ravelry I found the Viajante shawl and became very intrigued.  After showing it to a couple friends, we decided we'd do a KAL.  Next....what yarn?  I looked into the Wollmeise but decided trying to get a skein was going to be really hard so I turned to Briar Rose Fibers and found Stella, a beautiful merino/silk blend.

Had a really hard time trying to decide which color I wanted but finally settled on this one....again, pic does not do this yarn justice.
That's it for me....gotta get busy in the kitchen.....friends coming over for lunch and a visit.

Don't forget to hop on over to Wisdom Begins In Wonder to see what everyone else has been up to this week.....hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.