May 28, 2009

Only in America

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 1:11 am by Jenn

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I had to do a double take when I saw these on the shelf.  I really and truly thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. Sadly. they. weren’t.

May 21, 2009

Spinning News

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 6:37 pm by Jenn

Wow!  I can’t believe it’s been over a week since I’ve posted, but I’m making up for it today.  I honestly have no real excuse for not posting.  I haven’t been doing anything so spectacular that I couldn’t have blogged.  I’ll just chalk it up to laziness and go from there.

Last night I took a few pictures of the yarn I’ve been spinning.  I started off just doing singles and this week I’ve branched out to plying.  I’ve only done two-ply yarns so far and they are WAY chunky, but I’ll get the hang of it eventually.  Spinning is really a LOT of fun.

I rented the Ashford Joy and we have a love hate relationship….she hates me and I love her.

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I just can’t seem to figure out all the things I need to figure out.  A class would probably be a good idea but I have my sister here to degbug my boo boo’s and we have the spinning group that we can go to and I can ask questions there.  That will have to do for now.

Here are the pics:

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This is some Seawool Ocean Fiber from Creatively Dyed Yarns on the left and some Merino from Copperpot Woolies (etsy).  I have plyed them together, but don’t like the results….I think the purple is too dark with the Creatively Dyed and it takes away from the beauty of each yarn.  I’ll ply them onto themselves next to see if I like that better.

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This is Merino in the Denim colorway by Copperpot Woolies.  It is very Bulky/Chunky and I know this is wrong, but I’m calling it “Big Girl Jeans”.

So there you have it…my first plyed yarns.

Paint Your Own

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 6:30 pm by Jenn

Last weekend was a rainy weekend so that meant no Airshow and no Washington Post Scavenger Hunt for the boy.  What to do…what to do?  How about paint your own pottery?  Wanna go Auntie Jenn?  Yep, I sure do!

I had seen some really cool yarn bowls that doubled as chop stick bowls at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.  I should have gotten one, but I didn’t so instead I ended up painting two at Color Me Mine last Saturday!  One for me and one for Scott.

Zachary needed to make two more end of the year presents for teacher’s at school.  He painted one and my sister painted the other.

Here are a few pics:

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After we painted we went for lunch at Chick  Fil A (which tore my stomach up) and then for ice cream at Coldstone Creamery (the smell of the place always makes me want to gag – WAY to much sugar happening in that place).  I did get a kid’s size scoop of chocolate in a cup because it had been a LONG TIME since I’d had real ice cream.  It was good…..then as we walked up the block we saw it…BEN AND JERRY’s….boy was I pissed.  I could have had a little taste of Vermont : (

We ended up at the center of the City Place Mall.  There was music playing, and the kids fountain was flowing so we sat and watched Zachary “not get wet” in the fountain.

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We also witnessed a woman “getting her groove on” all by herself right there in the city center.  God bless the USA!  I’m not sure if she had been nipping a little of the good stuff, or was just really “feeling” the music, but whatever the reason it was very entertaining.

There was also a fundraiser event for Sheperd’s Table in progress so a band was getting ready to start and there were games and face painting for the kids.

What a great area, and what a great day.

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Fiber Update

Posted in Journal tagged , at 6:08 pm by Jenn

My spinning isn’t progressing as well as I’d like it too although I’ve been told by my sister and a woman in her spinning group that I’m doing very well.  I just want to make yarn.  GOOD YARN.  All I’ve made so far are singles.  This weekend I’m going to delve into plying and try to come up with a decent two or three ply yarn that I can actually make something wearable out of.

I have spun up a full 8 oz of corriedale.  It has too much twist in it, but it’s my first wheel work so I’ll keep it, and probably make something feltable with it…or I’ll just save it forever to show people “this is my first spun yarn”.  Either way I did it.

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I’ve also acquired quite a bit of roving (fiber before it becomes yarn) that I’d like to spin before I leave the US.  We’ll see how I do with that.  I’ve been spinning for the last week on the Ashford Joy and I like it, but I really think it’s just too much wheel for me.  I think I’m going to end up with the Merlin Tree Wheel after all.  I don’t see myself needing more wheel than that for many many years…besides, since I’m not working I can’t justify spending all the extra money for a hobby right now.

Being at home with my mom and sister has been interesting to say the least.  They are both yarn whores and have stashes of yarn that make mine look…well, small!  LOL

My sister and I spent several hours on Sunday evening taking pictures and entering all of her downstairs stash of yarn on to Ravelry (she’s heather219 if you want to check out her stuff).  We got all of the yarn entered, but now I just have to go back and add all the pictures….that’s the slow part.  She still has yarn upstairs in her room that needs to be added but we were both just too tired to finish it on Sunday…one of these days.

My mom also has quite a noteworthy stash, but nothing compared to her quilting stash.  I’m not kidding, she doesn’t ever have to shop for quilting fabric again, though I’m sure she’ll find some reason.  She isn’t on Ravelry so I didn’t get to enter her stuff, but she swears she knows everything that’s in there…yeah right!  LOL.

May 11, 2009

Celebrity?

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 7:10 pm by Jenn

I don’t know how I’m going to be able to stand it.  My sister has become a blog celebrity…

When we visited the Creatively Dyed booth at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, Heather (my sister) remarked to Dianne (Creatively Dyed owner) that the sweater she was wearing was knit with Creatively Dyed.  Dianne looked amazed and surprised that her yarn knit up in to something so beautiful.  She asked if she could take a picture and sure enough – there’s Heather right on Dianne’s Blog.  I found it when I was surfing today.  Here’s a link to the post (Heather is in the brown Whisper Cardigan).

May 8, 2009

Wooly Wooly part 2

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , at 5:53 am by Jenn

As promised here is a continuation of the post with links to the vendors I loved from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.  Sorry for all the links and pictures, but I know you’ll love it!

The first thing we did when we arrived at the festival was enter the main exhibition area and bought a fleece.  7.75 pounds of merino…super soft and yummy.  Of course I forgot to take a picture so you’ll have to wait to see the finished product but our intention was to buy a chocolate colored fleece…I’m pretty sure what we ended up with will be a steel gray or pewter color once it’s cleaned and processed in to combed top….we’ll have to wait and see.  We dropped the fleece off to Zeilinger’sand should be getting the combed top back in 4 -6 weeks!  YAY.  Can’t wait.  I’m curious to see how much we get back…it didn’t look too dirty so I’m guessing maybe 5 pounds back…that would be 2.5 pounds of combed top a piece to spin spin spin….

What am I going to spin it on?  Funny you should ask.  I have some cash stashed away for a spinning wheel.  I’m trying to decide which one I want, but I know who I’m getting it from…The Merlin Tree.  If you are going to buy a wheel, you might as well buy it from a super nice guy in a kilt!  My sister has one of his Hitchhiker’s and she love’s it.  She brought the wheel with her to the festival to inquire about having it made in to a double treadle.  Sure enough, Dave said no problem.  They chatted for a while,  I was impressed so he’ll be getting my business…best of all, he’s a Vermonter!  SOLD!

Here’s a picture of Dave

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Now to back track.  Before we even left the main exhibition hall I parted with with some cash for this great scarf kit from Cloverhill Yarn Shop.  The kit is to make the Gradiance Lace Scarf designed by Kelly Eells.  The colors are great and I can’t wait to start knitting it up.   Cloverhill is the shop that my sister goes to for her spinning group and I’ll be joining them this Friday to spin for a few hours.  If you live in the Maryland/Baltimore area and have an interest in spinning make sure to pay them a visit.  They even have wheels that they rent for VERY reasonable prices.  I’m trying the Ashford Traveler right now and plan to rent either the Ashford Joy or Ladybug on Friday….decisions, decisions.

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We wondered for a while and happened upon the American Cormo Sheep Association booth.  I immediately grabbed up this yummy bundle of fiber.  It’s a brown with a pinkish tinge to it and I can’t wait to spin it up.  Hopefully I’ll be able to make a plyed yarn…keeping fingers crossed.

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One of the best surprises of the day was seeing the Creatively Dyed Yarn booth at the festival.  Apparently there was a last minute cancellation and she was able to get a spot last minute.  I’m sure she wasn’t sorry.  The booth was PACKED!  Yarn was flying off the shelves left and right and the women (and men) were oohing and aahing over the fiber.  The website doesn’t do the fiber justice, but trust me…the colors are nothing less than spectacular.  You WON’T be sorry.  I bought once skein of the Tradewinds - a Superwash/Nylon blend with a whopping 510 yds per skein.  The colorway is Butong and I’m planning to make the Drop Stitch Scarf  from the Spring/Summer 2009 Vogue Knitting (Ravelry link).   The owner – Dianne was running the registered and when my sister paid for her yarn, she mentioned that the sweater she was wearing was made from Creatively Dyed and Dianne just got the sweetest look on her face and said, “That’s mine?”….she was so surprised and humbled.  It was awesome.

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Next we wondered over to the Brooks Farmbooth to pick up some yarn for my mom to make a Clapotis for the principal at my nephew’s school.  I must say that I was IMPRESSED with this yarn.  The yarn my mom wanted was Duet, and it was great.  As I wondered through the booth I came across Primero which was SUPER FAB.  In fact, as I looked around ALL of the yarn was yummy.  It was so yummy that I couldn’t choose.  I mean really, I was overwhelmed an almost started to cry.  I was nothing like being in the crazy yarn store.  There was yarn EVERYWHERE and I could touch it.  I did not purchase one single skein but I will….you can count on that.

We wondered around a little more and I bought a few funny buttons for my knitting bag.  “Fiber it’s not just for breakfast”, “Spinning because knitting’s not weird enough” and “A bad day of knitting is better than a good day at work”.  LOL, 3 for $5…I had to do it.

Tess’s Designer Yarn’s was very very interesting.  Check this post out for more details on that.  I didn’t buy anything here, but I have some of her yarn already.  It’s great.  I’m knitting my Clapotis out of her sock yarn.

I also bought a pattern for a hexagonal scarf that my mom, sister and I are going to knit as a knit along while we are watching tv in the evening.  It’s made with Jojoland’s Melody yarn.  I didn’t buy the yarn, because by this point I was running short on cash and I still had lots to see at the show.

We stopped at a couple more booths and I finally ended up buying a knitty knoddy from the Spanish Peacock.  Again, a great guy who loves custom work so if you have a special request send it his way, you will not be disappointed.  After my knitty knotty purchase I had 2 dollars in my wallet – time to go home.

So there you have it…my favorite vendors from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.  Check them out!

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