My Rose

Standard

I recently purchased a Majacraft Rose (from The Woolery) and it arrived yesterday!

Majacraft Rose

I have decided to keep my first wheel (a Louet Julia/S11) in case I might need it to help teach someone how to spin.  The Julia is a GREAT wheel to start on, but I’m really excited about the increased possibilities the Rose will bring me.

So far I have only spun up about 3 oz on it, and I’m getting the feel for it.  The wheel is really quiet, but maybe that’s just because it’s brand new.  Gotta break it in!

Stay tuned, I plan on putting up some handspun in the shop VERY soon.

This post has fiber. I promise.

Standard

Two posts in two days!!!  Let’s not get crazy, shall we? ;)
This post is going to be photo heavy. Enjoy it.

School:
An update about Monster’s first morning of school.  It’s only 9:30 am, and I cannot wait to pick him up and see how his day went!
We got up super early, so we had time to squeeze in a couple of Mario Kart races;  the morning was off to a great start!
He was super excited about his backpack and getting to school,

Superhero pose! (this is his superhero pose, btw)

and even when we got to the room he was super great.

Monster in his school seat

But alas, the time came for his dad and I to leave the room and the tears welled up in his eyes. . . and then in ours, but we held them back to be strong for him.  He cried a little because he wasn’t sure of the new environment, but I think he did a little better after we left (we peeked in without him noticing).
I really really wish that I could call to make sure everything is going well, but I can’t!  I miss him right now and I hope he’s having more fun than not.  He should have a good day, because today is music day, and if he takes after me the music will make everything a-ok.

Intermission. . .

Let the fiber love begin

As of late, I have been in a spinning craze.  I’ve updated the shop with all sorts of goodies, and have been at my spinning wheel every day cranking out bundles of pure yarn bliss.  Some of it is my hand dyed, some of it is not – I really enjoy spinning fiber dyed by others because every dyer has their own “eye for color” that varies from artist to artist.  I won’t put any yarn details here, but if you want to know yardage and what-not, head over to my Ravelry stash.

Spinning Colors

“Black Cherry”

“Pine”

—————————–

Funky Carolina

“Lily”

“Tarnished”

“Colorful Heart”

—————————–

Southern Cross Fibre

“Katoomba”

And of course there’s more. . . but you get the point! ;)

Last but not least

I am selling my wheel!!! No, I’m not giving up spinning.  I’m ready to upgrade my wheel a little so that I may explore more aspects of handspinning and my Julia doesn’t offer everything that I am looking for.  If I could keep the Louet Julia AND get the wheel I want, I would certainly do that, but in order to buy a new wheel I need to get some money by selling my current one. :(  So sad!!!

Anyway, if anyone is interested, please let me know – and tell your friends!

Louet Julia S11 details
Included:

  • Louet Julia wheel (no missing parts)
  • Lazy Kate
  • 6 bobbins (3 came with the wheel when it was originally purchased)

The lazy kate is missing two of the three caps, but this does not affect its use.

Retail value is $787 (via The Woolery)
I am asking $650/obo I’m willing to negotiate.
I would prefer pickup in Austin, Texas, but am willing to ship (buyer will pay for shipping costs).

These images can be seen here.

Thanks for tuning in! :)

Mojo-A-Go-Go

Standard

I haven’t had a lot of knitting mojo in the last few weeks, and it’s not because there isn’t anything in my queue (that’s definitely not the case) – but mostly because I get in a rut when I feel forced to knit or crochet.  If that doesn’t make sense: I don’t like creating stuff that I didn’t originally feel like creating in the first place.  So, that mixture of being forced to make things that I’m not too big on to begin with plus school (read: writing papers upon papers) is just the right tincture to put me in a crafty rut.
However, that’s all changed within the last couple weeks;  a student wanted to learn to spin, so of course I said “Yes!” because we need more spinners ’round here – and she has put me back on track!  In our first lesson, I was reminded of how much I love to spin so I finished spinning up some Funky Carolina fiber that’s been sitting around for months into a very lovely lace.

Details
Funky Carolina – “Floralsplosion”
100% Merino
4 oz.
862 yards
25 WPI (Lace)

Now I just have to figure out what to make with it!  Suggestions welcome. ;)

Also off the needles is my Handspun Ripley (rav link)

Details
Pattern: Ripley by Ysolda Teague from the Whimsical Little Knits 2 collection
Size: Small
Yarn: Handspun from Lorna’s Laces fiber in “Montrose” colorway
Date: April 10-11, 2010

This hat was made out of a heavy worsted weight which made it knit up in less than 24 hours.  Usually I’m not really a hat wearer, but I love this hat and I plan on making more, especially because this one is just a smidge too tight for me. . . but I love it all the same.  I’ve been a fan of Ysolda’s designs for a long time, and this pattern has deepened my faith in her knitta skillz – it’s simple but interesting and depending on the band you decide to knit for it (lace or garter) it can look delicate or modern.
When I was spinning the fiber, I was less than thrilled with the color that was developing, but now that it has been knit up I like it a lot, and I’ve got just a bit left over for a crochet square or something. :)

Snook, Texas.

Standard

Life:
Today my family and I took a 2 hour drive to try out some chicken fried bacon at the Sodolak’s Steakhouse in Snook, Texas (about 12 miles from College Station).  How did I hear of this??  Food Network, of course! It was Diners, Drive-ins and Dives “fried” show.

I would love to have given you a photo – but as soon as the waitress brought them out, they were as good as gone.  They have a lot of corn-fed boys out there, so they’re portions are pretty huge, too.  The smallest steak they have is 1 lb!

Spinning:
I finished spinning up some fiber that I was hoping to get some sock yarn out of – but alas, it’s DK weight again. I’ll get sock yarn one of these days!  It’s still purty, though. :)
AND it’s available in the shop.

I hope everyone enjoys their Memorial Day weekend. :)

High Hopes

Standard

Knitting:
I’ve gotten past all of the waist shaping on my Skinny Empire raglan, and tried it on . . . . and it fits!  So now I’ve just got to make it a little longer and work on the sleeves and it’ll be done.  The only thing that I’m a little upset about with it is the fact that when I started knitting with a new skein it is NOT the same dyelot.  I don’t care what the tag says.  It’s much darker.  I don’t plan on ripping it out because the darker block at the bottom will match the sleeves, but still.  Can I not have something turn out perfectly?! Ah well.

Spinning:
What’s that? Oh yeah! I spin, remember?!  It’s been a while, but that’s the way I work.  I tend to go back and forth between wanting to knit and wanting to spin… creates balance, ya know?
I’m currently spinning up what I hope to be sock yarn after I get finished plying. So far, so good. :)

School:
I got all A’s for the spring semester!  It helps that I can only take 3 classes at a time, but still.  I got A’s. Woot woot! lol
I am trying to decide whether to go to summer school or not.  I wouldn’t drive to San Marcos, because my advisor told me that I am still able to take a few classes at ACC, but I was already kind of set on having my summer off!  I’m thinking I’ll take this summer off and just concentrate on a new fiber project. ;)

Art:
I’ve come up with a new fiber art project that involves crochet and scrap yarn.  More to come. . . ;)

Store:
For those of you who are wondering where all the sock yarn has gone in the store, I promise I’ll have some up as soon as I can get a shipment in!  In the meantime, I’ve got a new skein of handspun and new worsted weight up right now.  The newest worsted even has enough for a cardigan or february lady sweater! :)

Brief Update

Standard

I’ll start this post by saying: yes, I’m still here, but just barely!  For the last week the boys and I (and now my dad and my neighbor) have fallen victim to the crud that’s going around, and it’s miserable.

Poor Monster didn’t get to have his 4th birthday which makes me feel bad because he was really looking forward to having all his friends come over.  He couldn’t stop talking about it for a while, but since he’s still just a little guy, he’s forgotten about it. . . I think! lol
Here’s a photo of him enjoying his favorite toy of the day. . . taken while we were on our way to take Bobo to the doctor.

—————————————————————————————-

And here’s a recap of the last few weeks in photos:

Fibers Project #1:

Ravelry visits The Knitting Nest!!

I spun up this beauty from the fiber I got from David at Southern Cross Fibre.  I LOVE Polwarth.

Hello? Blog?

Standard

It’s been a while since I last updated, so let’s get started!

School:
I’m in the second week of the semester, and I’m enjoying it so far, but of course my fibers class is my favorite!  My professor – Jean B. Laman – is so awesome; she gives us complete control over our creations, but is still ready to give us advice and help when we need it.  Our first project is fabric manipulation – meaning we’re creating a soft sculpture of sorts.
Even though this is my major, I’ve been have a little bit of creativity block.  I’m not really great at sculpture, I’ll admit, because I’m more of a surface design nut.  Though today I did come up with a project that will be felted.
Enough of that for now. . .

Spinning:
I have been spinning up a storm lately!  I finished my first 3-ply yarn as well as my first month of the Spunky Club fiber.

Fiber: Midnight by me
Yards: 309
WPI: 17  (Sport)

Fiber: Spunky Club – Jan. ’09 – “Twilight”
Yards: 178
WPI: 11 (Worsted)

Knitting:
I’ve been knitting away on a scarf that I promised my mom for Christmas, yeah, I know.  It’s in progress though!
I did finish a pair of socks that I started in October, as well as the star to the Texas Blanket.  FINALLY.  Sorry for the poor babe that was supposed to actually receive the blanket in November.  It still needs to be sewn on to the blanket, and I need to block the whole thing, but it is technically finished!

Okay, here’s the socks:

Ravelry
Pattern:
Spring Forward by Linda Welch
Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Silk Print- Buttercup

Job:
Job?? What job? I haven’t really been to my “real” job in about a month.  I would stop in every once in a while to do some filing for my grandma, but other than that, I’ve had quite the long vacation.  It’s good though because not only did I get to spend a lot of time with the boys, but I got a lot of dyeing done!  The store is fully stocked right now, and I also have some stock waiting for its place.  (My store is limited to 25 items right now).
So, I’m in a bit of a predicament right now though, because I need money, but I really wish that I could just put all of my effort into the store.  Ho hum.  One of these days, right?

By the way, that little segment was brought on because I will be going to work tomorrow. :(

I hope everyone is doing great!

Love,
Steph

Fiber Frenzy

Standard

Spinning/Fiber:
Since my spinning wheel was hopelessly abandoned since mid-December,  there has been that feeling of “something is missing. . .”

Well, now that the Christmas tree is no longer taking up my spinning/fiber space, I’m back at it!  Not only have I kept a few of my own dyed goodies, but I have also signed up for the Spunky Eclectic Fiber Club.
I am quite capable of dyeing my own fiber, but I also know that every artist has their own “touch”, and I enjoy supporting fellow dyers. :)

As I await my first shipment of fiber, I have been trying to spin up some of the stash I already have, and currently on the wheel is the brown alpaca I bought at Kid-n-Ewe.  It’s 8 oz, made into a 2-ply… so I’m going to have quite a bit of it.  I also have 8 oz of white alpaca, but I’m going to wait on that based on my need to vary my fibers up a bit. lol (I’m a Gemini. . . can you tell??)

Knitting:
Scarves.  MORE scarves.  If you haven’t heard me complain yet, you’re one of the lucky few. . . however, I’m trying to look at the bright side of having my Grandma inform me that she wants 20 scarves now instead of the original 12.
They are for her clients, and as insane as knitting 20 scarves is making me, it still beats the hell out of scanning and filing.

Crochet:
I’m working on the Phoenix Mittens (rav link) by Julia Vaconsin using this yarn:

Malabrigo Lace in the Cadmium 7 colorway.  I love it, and I also love the first completed mitten!  No photos of it yet, but that will come soon.
I hope to teach a class on them in February at The Knitting Nest… so go sign up for some lessons. :)

I also finished up the Bella Swan hat from the Twilight movie for a class this month, and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

Pattern: Bella Swan La Push Hat from Twilight Movie (2008 ) by Jenny Mainwaring (Rav link)
Yarn: 1 skein – Cascade 220 – Ruby
Hook: 5.5mm (I)
Mods: The original pattern calls for the yarn to be held double stranded, but I held mine single stranded and it still turned out a tad big.  Maybe because I have a little head?? Either way, I like the fact that it isn’t super tight because it doesn’t mat down my hair like beanie hats do.

Other Projects:
I have started another photography project for 2009, but it’s not a self-portrait one this year (thank goodness!).  It’s called “2009: A Year in Photos” and I get to be behind the camera for all the shots.  I’m in love with it already.  At first I was worried about it taking up too much of my time like the self-portrait project did, but luckily this one is quick and a lot more fun in my opinion.  There is a lot less set up for most of the photos, and I have a lot more control.
Take a gander at what I’ve got so far, and maybe try the project for yourself?! :)

Bringin’ In the New Year.

Standard

I’m taking the time to reflect back on my year and the changes that I have been through in this post.  I think it’s healthy to just sit and reflect on the events in life because I believe that learning from your experiences help you grow as a person.  Hopefully I become wiser with each passing year!

~~ The biggest project of the year was definitely my self portrait project, properly named The 366 Project.  Lucky me, I got an extra day due to it being a leap year an’ all.  This project taught me to really stick with something and finish it.  I’m not scared of commitment or anything like that but, as my dad says, I’m very “flighty”.  I’m constantly changing my mind, and if I “see something shiny” I feel as if I have to give it a try, but at times I fail to complete my tasks.
All of my project’s photos can be found on my flickr page, but here was my last day of 2008:

~~ The next event that has importance in my life was changing my major to Art.  I am a much happier person at school now because of it – despite the amount of projects I have in one semester!  I still worry a lot about the future (money-wise) with having an art degree, but in the end I think I’ll have a lot more pride with what I chose to graduate with.
In just one semester my art has grown tremendously; going from elementary looking to somewhat decent and creative.  I hope that it only gets better from here!

~~ 2008 is the year in which I started Spinning Colors with all of my hand dyed goodies.  I have had online stores in the past, but didn’t feel as passionately about them as I do Spinning Colors.  I have tons of fun dyeing yarn and fiber, and I’ve found out how much I just enjoy doing it for workmanship and creativity.  I dream that in the future that it can grow into something really successful.

~~ My knitting and crocheting has grown a lot this year, and here’s a photo reflection of all of my completed projects.  There are a few that I failed to take a photo of before they left my hands, but that’s something that I learned to make sure I do with next year’s projects.

What I didn’t include in that bunch was my handspun yarn, which I feel deserves it’s own category.  I’m so thrilled that I learned spin yarn this year!

~~ I suppose that’s all of the “big” events, but I would like to say that this has been one of the best (and busiest) years of my life.  I’ve made friends who make me laugh, my kiddos are happy and healthy and I’m one year closer to graduating.  I’m really quite torn between holding on to 2008 and embracing 2009!

Happy New Year to everyone!  I hope it bring LOTS of joy and peace into your lives.

Fun in Fiber Land!

Standard

Today was the Kid-N-Ewe event in Boerne, Texas (pronounced like “Bernie”). This was my first year to go, and I really enjoyed my visit. There was a lot of Alpaca fiber (I bought 16 oz – 8 white, 8 dark brown) and have already begun spinning a little bit of it up. I bought alpaca fiber from Windmill Crest Farms in Seguin, Texas, and also from Cibolo Creek Alpacas in Boerne, Texas . I have no idea what I will make with it yet, but I’m hooked on Alpacas now. Sorry wool.

I still like wool…. but I LOVE alpaca. ;) Especially this little guy:

Here are some of the fiber goodies that I bought (the alpaca isn’t pictured):

The yarn is from Brooks Farm out of Lancaster, Texas, and it was my first taste of their glorious stuff!! The merino fiber I bought is from Heritage Arts just outside of Grandview, Texas. My mom bought the purple “Duet” yarn because she wants me to make her a scarf; with the red I might have enough for a sweater for me (I have 800 yards…); and the green will be a scarf for me.

I also met up with Texas Fiber Mill and I’m thinking about having them spin up some of my hand dyed fiber… we’ll see though! :) I’ve heard people talk about how friendly and welcoming they are, and I completely agree. I’m thinking a visit to the mill is in my near future! lol

Last but certainly not least on my favorites list was Wyatt Spinning Wheels.  Hand crafted.  Smooth as silk. GORGEOUS.  And again, the owner(s)/makers are extremely welcoming and down to earth.  I’m so in love with their wheels and I only spun on their Pegasus model for about 1 minute (I didn’t want to use up their fiber).

So that’s what I did today. I also saw friends from home and people I’ve met at other events. :)