Wednesday, December 31, 2008

well worth the wait

I would like to dedicate this post to Freecycle. Not only have I made people happy by giving them things that they needed, and I wanted to get rid of, but I have also found fabulous people that like to share their unwanted stuff with me, a student in need.

This particular time I scored almost 20lbs (yup, that's right, I weighed it! haha) of free miscellaneous fabric.
(the picture does not do it justice)

Most of the pieces are at least 2 yards! And the lady was nice enough to save my email address for the next time she clears out her stash! I think I might have to learn how to quilt, so that I can use some of the smaller pieces up instead of them sitting in my scrap bin! hehe

I'm going to need more storage,... or a bigger house.

i've gone batt crazy!

Last night I drum carded 23 - 0.5 ounce (average) batts of llama fleece. I couldn't believe it when I counted them at the end. It definitely didn't FEEL like 23 batts! haha

(I'm still trying to work on my picture quality. I don't have a lot of light in my house.)

The fiber is titled "Calle" because that is the name of the llama. The color is absolutely beautiful! It is a medium brown with some cinnamon highlights. I have spun some of this fiber up already, and it is so soft! I think I started with approx. 1 pound of fiber.

I also have 2 more pounds of llama fiber (from two different llamas). One of the fleeces is already 3/4 spun ("Wreckless"), and the other is still in the bag, from when I bought it. The last fleece ("DeNiro") has not been washed, though I have read that you don't have to with llama, so I might skip this step for this fleece. The three fleeces came from a couple I know that own a local llama farm.

Friday, December 26, 2008

snowed in...

i haven't posted in awhile.. soooo.... here is a few snow pictures...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

knitting progress!

On Monday a friend, J and I were out window shopping and we came across knitting needles on sale for $0.99, so we HAD to buy them, of course ;) the only thing was, they were a size US35 (or 20mm)! lol! I have never knit on needles that large, so I picked a basic pattern called Swamp Witch, that I knew would get great results, that.. and the pattern also required size 35's ;) lol

I cast on yesterday morning and knit for a few hours and finished today. I'm really happy with how it turned out, because not only did I loose track of the pattern (not that it was hard, I just got distracted by the tv! hehe.) but I also only used one strand of yarn (Patons Divine in Blue Halo. I bought this yarn when I was first learning how to knit.), instead of the 4 strands of yarn the pattern requires. The scarf/wrap is absolutely lovely. It is very light and squishy, and to tell you the truth, I'm wearing it right now, and I don't want to take it off! hehe. I definetly recommend the pattern if you are looking for a last minute gift, and have giant knitting needles ;) I am definitly going to use this pattern again, and maybe try knitting it on smaller needles to see the difference in the outcome.

Alright, enough chat, more pictures.
The picture is not the greatest because it's hanging from my loom, but it gives you an idea of how it turned out. I'll try and take a picture of it on when I get a model,... or when I'm not in my pj's with no make up!

spinning progress!

yay! I finally finished plying some fiber I dyed in November (I think, it might have even been late october! haha)
The skein on the left is 113 yards of hand dyed, 2-ply, Corridale. The skein on the right is 110 yards of hand dyed 2-ply, Corridale. I don't have names for them yet because I can never think of anything really clever, so suggestions are welcome! :)

I also spun up a small skein of single ply thick and thin yarn from a hand carded batt. The dark green fiber is Perendale, the pink is Corridale (hand dyed), and the white is Polworth. The skein is a total of 18 yards. I'm thinking of calling this one "English Rose Garden".

Friday, December 12, 2008

Tapestry teaser

I have been working on a tapestry project for the past 2 weeks. It is approx. 10" tall by 5-1/2" wide. I absolutely love how it turned out. It took quite a while, but I think it was totally worth it, and I can't wait to get it back from my teacher and hang it on my wall. Here is a teaser picture.


[tap-uh-stree] noun, plural -tries, verb, -tried, -try⋅ing. –noun

1. a fabric consisting of a warp upon which colored threads are woven by hand to produce a design, often pictorial, used for wall hangings, furniture coverings, etc.
2. a machine-woven reproduction of this.
–verb (used with object)
3. to furnish, cover, or adorn with tapestry.
4. to represent or depict in a tapestry.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Knit.1 Magazine - new issue

woo hoo! Knit.1 has their new issue coming out on December 16!

I'm so excited, the preview is at , there are a lot of cute patterns.

My first post

I know a lot of people that have blogs. I have started a few myself, but never really followed through with them. I'm hoping to use this blog to share my work with family and friends.


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