Thursday, May 31, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
I have a group of fellow fiber addicts who meet weekly uptown at our local knitting shop, Sip N Knit. A few weeks ago Cary of Serenity Farm suggested that we spin and knit a shawl for a summer project. Looks like we will have about 8 or 9 doing the project. Pam is coming up from St. Johns to join us. Some of the nonspinners are going to purchase their yarn and knit along. We are supposed to start on June 4th. I couldn't wait.......
I immediately got to work spinning this rose gray from Rouge's fiber. Rouge belonged to my friend, Maryanne, but she has sold him to do his studly deeds. Wish he were still around 'cause I will miss not having his fleece available. Fortunately I have about a pound left in the basement. Soooo, I now have about 600 yards spun up and ready to go.
The pattern that I ordered on line is the Follow the Leader Faroese Shawl from Sivia Harding . This is a very easy pattern to work. I have been knitting only two years and can follow her carefully written directions. I am on the shoulder lace band and am having trouble putting it down to do my chores. Is a beautiful sunny day and my flower beds haven't been touched this spring. I just want to knit.
If this turns out without too many obvious mistakes, I will enter it in the Fiber Arts competition at our September alpaca show, the Michigan International Alpaca Fest.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
I spun a single adding the silk to Tobasco's fiber as I spun, and then spun another Tobasco single, and then finally spun these two together. Was very pleased when the skein hung perfectly balanced off the winder. I thought the silk single might throw it off.
Tobasco is a reddish brown alpaca, the color of tobasco sauce. He is pictured in the entry below.
I have just about finished the socks that I am making and am sooooo anxious to get started on my shawl. Guess I don't really have to finish them........
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Five year old Elizabeth who wants to be a vet thinks that the barn is a little smelly. She is quite the comedian and has us smiling and laughing constantly. She did have a mishap yesterday. She wanted to lead Orion (above alpaca). We had told her to hold him tight in case he started acting silly. Well, he did! and pulled her down. Elizabeth held tight and got dragged about ten feet before she let go. Bad Grandma should have realized a 44 pound little girl is no match for a 90 pound little alpaca.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
l. I don't like to travel.
2. Appreciate and enjoy my women friends.
3. Shovel manure every day (keeps me humble)
4. Would never buy synthetic yarn (Does that make me a fiber snob?)
5. I keep a dictionary next to my computer 'cause I don't trust spellcheck.
6. Wish I would get the gumption to get on my horse.
7. Have to spin and read every day to be complete.
Now, I think I need to pass this on which I really don't feel right doing......
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
This picture is of Polaris, our junior herd sire. He will be going to the fall show in Birch Run. His fiber is awesome so I'm sending it off to be made into roving for spinning.
All 20 bags of fiber have been screened. Yea! I usually do it outside but it has been very windy so used my kitchen table. Three bags (two whites and a brown) were mailed off to Stonehedge in East Jordan, MI today, to be made into yarn. The rest will be roving. I dyed some silk today to add to the roving fleeces, and as soon as it dries, will take it to Suzanne Pufpaff's mill for processing. I'm hanging on to the 2 baby fleeces for myself and my Etsy store.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Monday, May 7, 2007
Thursday, May 3, 2007
I put an announcement in my Etsy shop that it is closed until Tuesday. I am taking lots with me to, hopefully, sell and would feel terrible if someone ordered an item that I sold. Last year sales at this show were great. I sold several handspun & knitted hats, but it was very cold. This weekend is supposed to be really nice - sunny and in the 70s.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
I'm in an Etsy treasury today. Take a look while I try to figure out how to get the pictures here.
This picture is rather old but it is of the birthday girl and Kelly - well, me too. We have known for a few years that Kelly's eyes were failing but in just a week, one eye has completely clouded over and is a whitish opaque. I can't understand why this would happen so fast. We are giving her a little Bute to reduce any inflamation although it doesn't look sore and she's not showing any indication of pain.
We have four horses in the barn who are all on Equine Sr. Kelly, the pony above, is nearly blind; Abbey, 26 year old quarter horse, is doing great but retired; Cord, my friend Beth's 20 something, quarter horse is asthmatic but happy and eager to go for a trail ride; and Ivan, my guy, is standing around getting fat. I really need to start riding again.
This is a picture of us from last summer. Ivan is showing off how well he can bend. All you dressage riders know how important "the bend" is. He would like you to notice that he is using his whole body, not just his neck. Ivan is a Percheron/thoroughbred cross and has been the perfect horse for me. Our experiences together include lots of dressage lessons, a few shows, jumping, camping, trail riding, giving lessons together, and just hanging out learning stupid horse tricks. He has an incredible sense of humor. When we give a lesson, if the student doesn't use his/her hands, legs, and seat correctly, Ivan will just go to a corner and stand. No amount of prodding will get him to move until all the rider's body parts are lined up.
I will probably talk more about the horses as time goes on because they are a very big part of my life. Right now I need to go spin because I ordered some awesome Faroese Shawl patterns from Margaret Pittman > www.heritageyarns.com <> I am spinning the lovely rose gray fiber from Rouge. Have about 300 yards done but think I will need about 700.
Dang! I cannot get my pictures to stay where I put them. Need to figure this out.