Monday, August 1, 2011

Haven't Posted in Awhile

I haven't posted since Nov. 2010. I didn't believe it when I saw it. I'm in the process of creating some new artwork and once I have a few samples I'll be starting a new blog. So if any of you are still checking in on this blog, stay tuned.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Update - Upcoming events

I'm terribly sorry that I haven't updated my blog since July, but I have some fantastic news to share with you today! I have a few events that I will be selling some of my hand made items, such as knitted accessories and hand spun yarn.

The first event is a small gathering at a fellow Capilano Textile Alumni's house to showcase a few local artists and have a meet and greet.

The second event is the Capilano University Student Sale. This event also features current and past student works for sale at the school. This event is held on Tuesday November 23, 2010.

The third event is a craft fair to raise funds for a elementary school in my town. It's on November 25, 2010. I'll have more details on this soon, and pictures.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Fiber Friday - July 23, 2010

This is just a quick post to show you the finished skeins from previous Fiber Fridays

118 yards
(the most I've spun on a drop spindle! woot!)
The fiber is from a grab bag on etsy (see previous post)

100% Merino
236 yards
(singles spun on drop spindle and then plied on wheel)
Dyed naturally with Logwood chips

Friday, July 9, 2010

Fiber Friday - July 9, 2010

Over at Ravelry the Tour de Fleece is happening. It's a spin-a-long where people spin from July 3rd to July 25th. It originated from this blog and the Tour de France. I've been following along behind the scenes and trying to spin every day. Here's my progress so far:
"Anywhere but Here"
68 yards (0.5 oz)

"On the Other Side"
56 yards (0.5oz)

(Almost done this one, should be finished by Sunday)

The fiber for all three skeins were purchased from Poppy Flower Fiber on Etsy. I posted about the purchase here. I think the above three skeins are all BFL fiber, but not positive.

I'm lucky and can spin at work when it's slow, so I know there will be more yarn to post next Fiber Friday. So, I'll see you soon :)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Slow and steady wins the race

I've been spinning on my drop spindle off and on for a few weeks. Once the singles are done, I'll ply them together on my wheel to create a stronger yarn. I've really enjoyed spinning on this handmade drop spindle, because I get a thinner and more consistent yarn that I do with my country wheel. I absolutely love lace weight yarn, and this has definitely helped me work on my drafting skills.

100% Merino
Naturally dyed with Logwood chips
(the color is slightly more purple in person)

Once I'm finished the yarn I'll be able to report back with how long the skein is and also a name. Although I already have a name in mind. :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day!

Today is the celebration of Canada becoming a country 143 years ago. So head outside and enjoy our beautiful lands and the people in it.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dog Hair Yarn

About two weeks ago, my friend Janna from Vancouver Yarn put me in contact with a woman who had collected her dog, Raka's fur over a few years and wanted it spun into yarn. The dog was a German Shepard/Wolf cross, who unfortunately passed away not too long ago.

When we finally coordinated a time to meet up, I was give two small buckets of fur. Who would have known those small buckets would have turned into this:

2.48 lbs of dog fur

2ply Yarn (left 50/50 Dog fur/Shetland sheep, right 100% dog fur)

Knitted samples of both the 50/50 blend and 100% dog fur

The yarn that is 100% dog fur is spun on my drop spindle. Dog fur is a very short staple and is hard to spin. That's why I have also done samples with the fur blended with sheep's wool. The blend helps hold the dog fur in to a yarn. Spinning on a drop spindle is a lot more time consuming, compared to a spinning wheel, but using this method I got a more consistent yarn thickness and I could also use 100% of Raka's fur.

The patron for this yarn is still in decision mode, so I am working on another commission which uses cut off thread from sewing as the base for yarn. This will be my third time spinning thrum yarn.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Trying to fall in love with knitting...

I love yarn. I love how it looks, I love how it feels, I love to spin my own yarn. For some reason the love stops there. I know how to knit, crochet, weave and even how to do naalbinding. I love how all those things look as finished items, but for some reason I fall out of love with them so easily. I think it's because I don't get the instant gratification like I do with spinning my own yarn, well it most cases. With this love for yarn, you can imagine that my stash would not be a few skeins here and there. In fact, it's growing slightly out of control.

The bottom half of this storage unit is FULL of spinning "fluff". Everything from wool to viscose to possum. And that's not including what's in the living room. So in an attempt to de-stash a bit I have tried to fall in love with knitting again.

"February Lace Scarf"
Debbie Bliss "Pure Silk" yarn

This scarf feels absolutely wonderful so far. The robins egg blue is beautiful and I can't wait until it's finished. The pattern is a 4 row lace repeat which makes it easy to knit, as well.

I've never knitted with silk before, and wow, is it slippery. I could never imagine how people knit with silk on metal needles and not drop a stitches on every row. I find the bamboo needles definitely hold on to the yarn a little more than the metal knitting needles. Now that I have a few inches of scarf knitted up, I find the slippery factor has decreased some what so that's kind of a relief.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Fiber Friday - May 14, 2010

Wow! I can't believe it's been a week already! I'm still on the hunt for a job, but in the mean time I've been spinning lots of yarn. This week I have 3! It would have been 4, but I forgot to get a picture of the finished skein before I lent it to a friend for an art show.

"Summer Marshlands"
Romney/Mohair (from a swap on Craftster)
76 yards

(Untitled, so far)
Crossbreed sheep (I got the fleece for free at a spinning demo I participated in)
43 yards

(Untitled, still thinking of a name)
Romney (hand dyed red and a grey/blue)
68 yards

I hope you enjoy the yarns this week.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Fiber Friday!

Good Morning Bloggers! (and readers!)

I just wanted to start out this beautiful sunny day with a few skeins of yarn!
From Left to Right:
"Coco-chineal" 86 yards, merino, hand dyed with cochineal

(untitled) 32 yards, perendale, local sheep (from Ontario) and merino (?), hand dyed and commercially dyed. This was my attempt at patchwork yarn. I'm still working out the kinks, there were a lot of spots that were just one color.

30 yards, local sheep (from Ontario), drop spindled and then plied on my spinning wheel

I have fallen in love with drop spindling! I've been spinning on my wheel(s) for about 2 years (they are both country wheels) and I've been having a hard time achieving very thin, lace weight yarns. I did a bit of research and found a lot of people saying that it's hard to get thinner yarns on my type of wheel. I was a bit sad, but still determined and I remembered that someone from a craft swap built me a beautiful drop spindle. So, I grabbed some fleece and started spinning. I fell in love!!! I spun the above skein on the right in a day and I'm now working on some natural "black"/dark brown fleece I received from a demo I did a few summers ago at a sheep shearing event. Pictures will be posted soon.


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