16 Jan

Wamego Winter Woolfest

Every January, after the mad rush of the holiday season, it’s nice to be able to get together with my fiber friends (and fiends) at the Wamego Winter Woolfest. This year it is being held again at The Columbian Theatre, 521 Lincoln Ave, Wamego, KS on January 17th, 2015 from 10am to 4pm.

Hey, that’s tomorrow!

I’ll will be selling some pretty handspun yarn there as well as a few other things.

Neon rainbow handspun

 

I will be there with my dear friend, Christine the TreasureGoddess. She dyes the most amazing sock and lace yarn. So make you sure come along and say hello. There will be free classes, many vendors, and prize drawings too so it’s definitely worth the trip!

10 Jan

Talking about Bellairs Farms

Over the summer, I was a supporter of a Kickstarter project started by the folks at Bellairs Farms. Well, I picked the half share fiber CSA option and my final shipment recently arrived. Everything that I received so far has been great and I have been extremely pleased with everything.

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With my final shipment of the three, I received two gorgeous fluffy batts that remind me of neapolitan ice cream. Can you see how yummy that fiber looks? It’s all I can do to keep myself from eating it up with a spoon! They also sent some wonderful hand cream and handmade soap.

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Hyberbole aside, it really is lovely stuff and I’m looking forward to spinning this up soon. And I’m probably going to sign up for their next CSA once it’s available. I sent them a message asking where to purchase it and they let me know it will be available soon. It will be available on the Bellairs Fiber Farm Etsy shop and on the Bellairs Fiber Farm website. They do have a variety of fiber and handspun yarn available in the online shop as well as finished items too if you’re interested in checking that out in the meantime.

Ok, I need to spin something now!

06 Jan

Organization Challenge

Have you been following along with Peter Walsh’s 31 Days to get Organized Challenge? He just started it yesterday and check out the link to his first challenge. It’s a simple ten minute task every day for 31 days to help get your home more organized. I know that’s something that I need help with in a big way!!!

And the first day was easier than I thought it would be because he started with laundry! Right up my alley since doing laundry is probably my favorite chore. The challenge yesterday was to fold any unfolded laundry and put it away for ten minutes. Since I didn’t have any unfolded laundry to do because I fold it right out of the dryer. But I did have a huge stack of folded stuff on top of my dryer to be put away so I took care of that fairly easily.

Today’s challenge was to remove all items from the master bedroom that don’t belong there and put them away. I had a cup on my bedside table, some allergy medication on my dresser, some clothes on the floor and then made the bed.

Lest you think I’m always this neat, I did a huge cleaning spree during Christmas week since I had guests over on Christmas Day. But I’ve managed to keep things somewhat tidy in the last two weeks and hopefully by working on these challenges, I’ll be able to keep on top of things a bit better.

Of course, if Peter has a craft room challenge, I might be screwed. All bets are off if that happens!

 

02 Jan

Fiber Friday

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Last month I received this gorgeous batt at my fiber guild’s holiday party gift exchange. So pretty! I just finished spinning it into a single. I started with the pink end and spun towards the purple. The colors blended beautifully and there was a ton of sparkle and even some unexpected bits of lime hiding here and there.

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Now all I need to do about it is decide is how to finish the yarn. So many possible options!

  • Ply back on itself
  • Chain ply
  • Leave as a single
  • Ply with a neutral single
  • Ply into a supercoil

How do you decide what a finished yarn should be?

01 Jan

Happy New Year!

Overall, 2014 was a good year. I knit and spun through quite a bit of fiber. I got to travel with my boyfriend and his 13 year old kid to meet his family and to spend some time with my dad. Work kept me super busy most of the fall and into the beginning of winter. I was also able to pay down a big portion of my debt and that makes me feel pretty optimistic about the future.

I had some major problems with my previous web host provider, but an awesome friend was able to help me get my domain changed over so that was a relief. The downside to that is I have not been able to import all of my previous web pages and blog history to the new domain. So I’m starting fresh in a way so that will be a challenge this year. Losing my data happened last year at one of the worst possible times. I was heading into the fall and busy with demonstrating spinning out at the Ren Fest and shortly after that I took some time out to spend at the Fall Yarn School. After that, the fall fundraising event season was upon us and my job took precedence for the next six weeks. Once that craziness was over, it was time for the Fiber Guild’s Creative Hand Sale and then it was the holiday season.

And now that the holiday season is winding down, it’s time for me to get back on track. I’ll probably be adding in some of my older content here and there as it strikes me. And so I can keep it all in one place.

And so we move forward to another new year. I’m excited to see what this year brings. I have some plans cooking up that I’m looking forward to sharing soon.

Happy New Year all!

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24 Aug

Rebooting

Moving out of my Squarespace digs since they lost all four years of my previous website data. Starting from scratch and rebuilding will take some time.

In the meantime, take a look at some of my favorite things on Pinterest.