06 Feb

Mrs. Wilson’s Knitting Circle

This Saturday morning, the World War I Museum is hosting a knitting circle. There will be a short history lesson and a free pattern will be distributed. The event is free to attend but they require you to RSVP on their website. (See the link above.)

I’ll be there with my knitting and look forward to seeing as many of my fellow knitters as possible!

31 Jan

Topeka Twister

So let me sing the praises of The Topeka Twister. I bought a couple of her lovely hand painted fiber braids at the Winter Woolfest two weeks ago. She also had some pretty rolags as well but I was honestly a bit hesitant to get those since I really hadn’t enjoyed spinning with them in the past. In the end, they were just too pretty to pass up. Pale blue and pale teal with white and cream colors and plenty of sparkly Angelina made them so irresistible.

Topeka Twister rolags

And you know what? I’m so glad I bought them. There were eight rolags to the bag which was a little over 4 ounces. They are a complete dream to spin!

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I spun each of them woolen. Well, as woolen as I can manage. It’s difficult for me to get a good picture of me attempting to spin woolen.  Especially when the phone shadow gets in the way! But the experience of spinning these rolags is luscious.

I finished spinning up an entire bobbin last night.

 

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Isn’t that lovely? So ethereal. I haven’t yet determined what the finished yarn will be. I’m trying to decide whether I will ply it back on itself or maybe make it into a mini supercoil. Both are really tempting. So I’ll let it sit for a bit until I decide.

In the meantime, Jessica posted more pretty rolags on the Topeka Twister Facebook page this week. I felt compelled to snatch them up and they arrived today!

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They are so bright, cheerful and full or color. I’m going to love spinning these!

 

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!

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?