Wednesday, July 28, 2010

9 years

Brian and I have been married to for 9 years today. I love you baby, you are the best husband and father a woman could ask for. Here's to happily ever after.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Spinable Smoothies

Woo Hoo ! I finally got my smoothies posted on Etsy! Check 'em out on the side bar or hop on over to Etsy for more!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Into Gold

Well, here it is the finished 'spun gold' The ounce of locks yielded about 52 yards of worsted weight gold yarn. I am pretty happy with it even though it got less gold like and more '70's shag carpet' as I spun it. It's still all sparkly and that just tickles me to no ends.
Into Gold
I also finished plying my lacewieght and after a reality check with the spinning I realized I was still underplying (a chronic problem for me) and started being more patient with it and in the end I got the results I was hoping for. I am really looking forward to knitting with this yarn, I am thinking I will make something out of Nancy Bush's 'Knitted Lace of Estonia.'
Lacewieght with mini skein on top

Friday, July 23, 2010

Have you had your fiber today?

A while back I got this idea for my spinning fiber and I have finally got my crap together and did it! Introducing the Spinable Smoothie! These are 1/2 ounce servings of my hand washed, hand combed, diz pulled Navajo-Churro/Polwarth fleece hand dyed by myself in the wonderful colors provided by the Kool-Aid company. They should be up in my shop soon.
Grape Sheep Special (includes combed mohair too:))
Icee colorway

Orange Smoothie
I have been working on some spinning on my Turkish drop spindle that I have finallly named "Dolly" and have finished a sample I got in my Phat Fiber box. This was a wonderful superwash wool from it's a colorful life. It has been an absolute DREAM to spin. I will be buying more from this seller once I have worked through some of the mountain of unspun wool I already have.

I have also been spinning on some roving for the Tour De Fleece. I challenged myself to 4oz of laceweight. I have the singles done, now all that is left is the plying and I should be able to make it with time to spare (assuming the children cooperate).

A few weeks ago I was surfing around on Etsy and came across this:
And since it was only 5 dollars and shipping was free I HAD to have some! So it arrived about a week ago and this is what it looked like all shiny outside, with the surprise free Ravelry pin!

THANK YOU craftypuppylover! I have gotten fiber from her before in my Phat Fiber box and love her colors. I had to card it all up as soon as the children allowed and I started spinning it as soon as I finished my laceweight singles last night. I didn't get to bed until after midnight because I HAD to finish! I'll ply it later today and try to post a pic. This fiber has been so much fun to play with.

I'll probably do something for my dad with it since he has been asking me since the day I got my spinning wheel when I am going to learn to spin gold.

I have also been getting caught up with my fiber notebook. I don't remember where I got the idea to keep a notebook of my spinning (one website or book or another) and I am SOOOO glad I have been doing it. I think it will help immensly with remembering things like "Gee, where did I get that fiber I really wish I could remember now that I want to buy some more" and "how on earth did I draft that?, I love the end result and want to do it again'."

Oh, and I finished knitting a monkey for my unborn nephew that I will need to get boxed up and sent to Chris and Sarah in Ohio. My mom thinks it's creepy. I happen to like it. I added a tail too...I don't know what the designer of the pattern was thinking making a monkey without a tail.

So for now that's what I've been up to for the most part (you know, aside from the torture laundry).

Thursday, July 15, 2010


I have an awesome husband. Not only is he a permanant fixture in Awesome World, but he cooks too (and his cooking is awesome too)!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

New Sidebar

Check it out ... I gots me a new sidebar to my Esty shop, Grape Sheep - now you can see my featured items right here on my blog!