A Finished a Project!

I am head over heels in love with my finished handspun crocheted shawl and squeeing with pure delight!

Handspun:  Funky Carolina Superwash Merino in the color Haunted.  
Yardage: 4 oz that yield  270 yards of 2-ply sport weight
Creation Date:  2010 Tour De Fleece 
Hook:  Size G by Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook
Pattern:  Among the Wildflowers by CJ Brady

First I have to give a shoutout to the designer. CJ’s pattern was very detailed, well written and super easy to follow.  I purchased just about all her patterns simply because I think they are beautiful and will pair nicely with the handspun  skeins I’ve had in my stash for ages.

Now I am trying to decide which design to start next!

Until next time, be creative!

A New Spinning Adventure

I am so excited that I am able to spin on my Traveller!  After a few minor adjustments and tweaks, she is spinning quite well.  

For my trial spin, I am using a sampler pack I purchased from Abundant Earth Fiber.  This will be a great way for me to test my wheel, making adjustments as I go, and a fun way to create a funky finished handspun at the same time.  I really love Abundant Earth Fibers roving, and as mentioned in earlier posts, their wool is rather rustic and the finished handspun reminds of Jamison’s Wool.  It spins up so lovely and the colors are so rich, perfect for colorwork.

Courtesy of Abundant Earth Fiber 
This 50g sampler pack includes each color from our Signature Blend Roving  collection, made from wool raised near the mill. The vibrant pastoral lands of the Olympic Penninsula, Whidbey Island, and north to the San Juans are dotted with sheep where the medium-fine wool in this blend was raised. Local family farms devote their livelihood to shepherding East Fresian, Dorset, Lacaune and similardual-purpose breeds. We sincerely hope this dyed-in-the-wool blend demonstratesthe abundant and profound love for land and sheep found here in the Pacific Northwest. 
It’s been a very long time since I have spun on a single treadle wheel but I can honestly say I’m finding this little wheel to be quite enjoyable and it’s maki me slow down to enjoy my spinning even more.  I learned from my friend Lara that a single treadle fill the bobbin more compactly than a double treadle.  Once my bobbin started filling up I understood what she meant. 

I just love this bobbin shot!

I look forward to using this lovely little wheel and I am so happy that I was able to save her. 

Until next time, be creative!

Thursday Happenings .... Knitting, Crocheting and Sharing

I haven’t accomplished too much this week in the regards to my knitting WIP, Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier , which is a free download.  I really love the LB Collection Cotton Jeans.  The stitch definition is awesome and it is knitting up beautifully!

I am almost finished with my handspun crocheted shawl and just have the edging to finish.  Due to yardage restraints, I made a slight modification and did not increase the body of the shawl as much.  I this this will be more of a scarf when blocked out, which is ok with me.  The pattern I’m using is Among the Wildflowers by CJ Brady.  I purchased most of her  crochet shawl  collection and look forward to using my handspun for her designs.

On another note, you may find a few broken links to Ravelry in older posts and the reason being, I closed my account.  I did this for personal reasons but will still spot light the creativity of others and will link to their patterns when I am able too.

If you are searching for other means to patterns, don’t forget you can find downloadable patterns
from these sources too :

Interweave also offers many downloaded options for magazines, patterns and books, as well as Shop Martingale and Storey Publishing.

This of course is not all the sites out there, but do check these sources out as many offer free
downloads too!

Until next time, be creative!

An Antique Find!

I am so excited that I can hardly contain myself!  I found an Ashford Traveller (built in 1982) at a local antique shop for $60.  Great bargain for this much neglected little wheel.  She was filthy and in really bad shape but my husband and I thought she was worth saving and repairing.  

The spokes were extremely loose and there was quite a gap where the wheel was put together.  She was also missing one of the maiden heads, but that has been remedied with an order I placed with the Woolery.  With a little elbow grease and a piece of extra fine steel wool, I removed the grime and the badly applied stain, and sealer.  She feels so smooth and silky now!  My husband glue all the spokes and the clamped everything. With the last clamp placed we heard a slight pop and everything locked tightly into place. 

We kept the clamps on for 24 hours and when they were removed ,we were so excited to see that everything was now locked into place and that the wheel wobble was now gone.
I can’t wait to to get the maiden heads in the mail so I can stain them and get her all set for spinning.  This will be so much fun and I can’t wait to to start spinning on her!

Until next time, be creative!

Friday Finished Objects .... All Sewing !

I have been inspired to sew this week using the ever popular Shirt No.1 by Sonja Philip of 100 Acts of Sewing to create three unique tops for summer.  All my fabric was purchased from Joann Fabrics and my tops were so much fun to make!

Cotton Crinkle 48” - Spring Garden
This summery fabric was a steel and cost a total of $10.40 for this top.  It was slightly too large in the front so I folded about an 1/2” to create a front seam.  I am planning to add buttons down the front for fun!

Cotton Fabric 42” - Navy, Red & White Stripe
This top end up costing me $13 ... you can’t buy a top this cheap unless it’s on clearance. I’m very excited that my stripes match up on the shoulders and on the sides.

Cotton Fabric 52” -  Blue Tie Dye with Embroidered Scalloped Edge

This top I’m in at $30.00 but I couldn’t help myself from buying this fabric.  It’s so pretty with the scalloped edge and I made it longer, tunic length, to wear with leggings.  

I also splurged and bought labels to sew into my tops. They are perfect and created on 100% organic cotton tape. I got these labels from Mommie Made It.

Aren’t these labels super cute!
I have about eight more tops to make and plan to branch out and try new patterns. I really like Ethel by Style Arc, Ryan by Whitney Deal and the Lou Box Top by Sew DIY. I also bought about 10 Simplicity patterns last weekend as they were on sale for $1.99 each.  Now to match patterns with fabric... that will be loads of fun!

What did you get finished this week ?

Until next time, be creative!

Wednesday WIPs ..... A Little Crochet For Summer

Have you ever had a coveted skein of handspun that you just don’t know what to use it for or can’t seem to find just the right pattern for it ?  

I have a few skeins like that and this particular squishy soft skein of handspun has been in my stash forever.  While searching for patterns on Ravelry, I found the perfect design for this skein of handspun, Among the Wildflowers by CJ Brady.    I’m super excited that my yarn and this design is a match made in heaven!

Handspun:  Funky Carolina Superwash Merino in the color Haunted.  
Yardage: 4 oz that yield  270 yards of 2-ply sport weight
Creation Date:  2010 Tour De Fleece 
Hook:  Size G by Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook

I’m still working on my Buttercup and it’s slowly but surely coming along.  I really do love the LB Collection Cotton Jeans.  This yarn is very soft and really shows off the stitch definition of the lace design.

Also on my needles are my Vanilla Socks and my Tea At Bertram’s socks.  I haven’t given either project too much love but I really need too.

What are you working on this week?

Until next time, be creative!

Spinning A Little Piece of Heaven

Sometimes you just get lucky to have what I call a “beautiful spinning experience” and spin a fiber that glides from your hand to your wheel with ease.

Right now I have this happening with a gorgeous fiber I purchased from Dedri of Quillin Fiberarts, a blend of 60% Merino, 20% Silk and 20% Yak. this braid is only 2 oz, so I have gently separated it into 16 small little buns to spin.  I haven’t had to pre-draft much, which is rather nice.

At first this was a bit slippery but once I slowed down my treadling (using my Matchless), it started to simply glide through my fibers onto the bobbin.  My spinning so far is very consistent and I am spinning as thinly as I’m comfortable with and hope to achieve enough yardage to chain ply (Navajo Ply) when finished.

The goal of this spinning project is to achieve at least 200 yards of sport weight yarn.  If I can make this goal, I will have enough yardage to make a lace cowl or kerchief.  I also have thought about using it along side a skein I finished a while back, a lovely Cheviot in the color Owls, and make something that is striped.

This finished skein has enough gold shades in it that I think it will compliment my current fiber I am spinning.  If it does, maybe a small shawlette will be just the ticket for both skeins.

The fiber echos a deep rich gold,  which makes me feel like I’m actually spinning gold.

Have you ever spun a luxury blend ?
Until next time, be creative !

Handspun Love

I took this photo for an Instagram challenge and absolutely love it.  For me it really shows how the rustic beauty of handspun can make the simplest of designs look extraordinary.  I haven’t made as many projects as I should with my handspun but have decided I really should start. I have also thought weaving would be a wonderful way to use up the smaller  handspun skeins I seem to have accumulated, as well as the leftovers I can’t seem to part with.

Meantime I am looking through a few patterns to see if anything captures my interest to use a few of my most coveted skeins for.

Hello Yarn in Hummingbird 

Malabrigo in Zarzamora 

A few of my favorite patterns I use for handspun:

I also curated a collection in the #spin15aday Ravelry Group that can be found here.

So many ideas .... maybe one will entice me to cast on or hook.

Until next time, be creative!

Anyone Interested In a Harry Potter KAL/CAL ?

I posted my throwback Thursday photo here on my blog and on Instagram and it appears a few of you might be interested in a Harry Potter themed KAL/CAL, especially since July is Harry’s birthday month.

I would love to host a KAL/CAL to get all of you Harry Potter lovers motivated to finish your projects or even start projects that you might have in mind.  This would be a relaxing, laid back KAL/CAL to simply cheer each other on and to share our love of Harry Potter themed projects. I haven’t thought about prizes, but it could be a possibility.

If you are interested, please leave a comment here on my blog or vote over on Instagram in my story highlights.   I think this would be a lot of fun and a wonderful way for all of us to motivate each other.

Harry Potter themed knitting and crochet patterns as found on Ravelry 

Courtesy of Interweave Press

Until next time, be creative!

Summer Sewing

Years ago I tried sewing and for some reason it just didn’t click with me. I think part of the reason was patience and time, and even the fact I found it to be slightly tedious.  But after seeing all the  hand sewn clothes being made and shared on Instagram for #memademay2019, something rekindled my desire to try sewing again.   

As posted earlier I jumped on the bandwagon and made several tops, all of which I absolutely love.  I have really been enjoying using the Shirt No. 1 pattern by Sonja Philip of 100 Acts of Sewing and have plans of making four more tops in a Robert Kaufman linen cotton blend that I’m head over heels in love with.  

The prints and solids are part of the Robert Kaufman Essex Line and Balboa Lines that I just purchased from Hawthorne Supply Co.  All the fabric has been washed and dried, and the only negative is the terrible fraying on the solid fabric.  I know fraying is a common issue with this type of fabric so French seams will be a must.

I am also planning to make Indygo Essentials Slight Sleeve Top and Tunic out of Debbie Maddy’s  Machi Line

I must say I am very happy about all the tops I’ve made and will be making.  To me it’s not only been satisfying but the fact the fabric is nice and everything fits makes it very rewarding too.

Until next time, be creative!

Throwback Thursday.... Knitting Memories

I have many wonderful and fond memories of living in Kentucky.  From the warmth of the people, to the beauty of the land and to the wonderful fiber community that I had just started to learn about.  You see, Kentucky is filled with all of these wondrous things I love, and you might even  have to say this is when I knew I wanted to learn to spin yarn and learn everything there was about spinning.

Courtesy of Sweet Home Spun
My fascination of spinning came about from a trip to the Dutch Meeting House (Sweet Home Spun)  in Pleasureville, Kentucky. It was a place suggested by a co-worker of a small home town bank I was working at the time, who said that I should go there because she knew I enjoyed knitting.  I was is awe when I walked in and saw spinning wheels and fiber.  I knew at that that time, I would someday learn to spin.  Four years later, I was able to purchase a second hand wheel and begin my journey in learning all about wool and spinning.

The family farm in Pleasureville, Kentucky is home to Sam, JoAnn, and Samuel Adams along with their flock of natural colored long wool sheep. Sam and Samuel shepherd the flock year round, from lambing in springtime to shearing in the fall. JoAnn, also a middle school teacher, spends her summers and evenings carding, spinning, and knitting the lovely natural colored wool.
I think this time frame too was the time  everyone was starting to return to knitting and spinning, and when blogs were popping up to share and talk about it.   It was where I truly can say I started my journey into the fiber community as a whole and met so many people, in person, and online (such as Sherrill, a.k.a. The1764Sheperdess, who at that time blogged and then a few years later had a podcast).  Everything was new and exciting, everyone was wanting to learn and share, and it's still that way today.

Moving forward to my memory for "throwback Thursday" ...

My favorite shop to visit during our time in Louisville, was Sophie's Fine Yarn Shoppe, which I have found out is no longer open.  This shop was filled with gorgeous yarns and always had community sponsored activities going on, especially for charities.  

One particular charity I participated in was knitting hats for Warm Woolies, a non-profit organization whose volunteers knitted warm clothing for poverty stricken children.  I was excited to participate and loved that it was "Harry Potter" themed.  I  even got a few co-workers involved!  

Thank you for letting me share today!
Until next time, be creative and stay true to your passions and dreams.

Wednesday WIPs ... Where Do I Start?

This week I am working diligently on my Buttercup and hope to have it finished by the end of the month.  This project has been perfect for me to have at my desk to keep my hands busy, one perk of working from home.  I am also working on a cuff down plain vanilla sock and a fun toe up, Tea At Bertram’s by Ambrose Smith.  For both projects I am using my stash of Patons Kroy sock yarn.

On my wheel is my Anzula BFL that should be finished by the weekend, including plying (fingers crossed).  I love this fiber and it has been yummy to spin!

I am also working a small pen and ink, which has been a great lunchtime project to unwind with.  I do loving drawing and plan to do more of it.

What projects are you working on this week?

Until next time - be creative!

Hello Again!

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged and today it just feels right to start back again.  Over the last few months I have been pondering my crazy crafting life and have decided I really love too many things.  However my main loves will always be knitting and spinning, and that will never change.  

So what have I been up to since my last post ....

I’ve learned to sew and have made a multitude of Shirt No.1 ‘s by Sonja Philip of 100 Acts of  Sewing. Plus I made a cute summer dress!

My first Shirt No. 1

I have also been spinning and still working on my Anzula BFL.  Hopefully I will be done with this soon as I am preparing four Tour de Fleece and will be joining the #teamspin15aday

I have also been knitting and I’m currently working on Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier.  I’m using Lion Brands LB Collection Cotton Jeans and I love it !!  I’m also drawing, working and just enjoying life.  

Summer is upon us in Arizona, so it’s time to stay indoors and craft!