At 10 am today there will be a yarn update. It will be all Wickies! I hope you enjoy the new colors!
The next update will be Shoal. If you have any colors you want to see on that base drop me a line!
So I have been spinning a lot (and knitting too) with an attempt to become a better spinner. I combed some Corriedale fleece that looks like this:
It combs up beautifully into yummy top
At first I took some top and drum carded it along with some nylon. I spun a DK weight 14 wpi yarn. It is 3 ounces of Corriedale and 1 ounce of nylon of woolen yarn.
Next I want to spin a worsted yarn with the Corriedale. It is probably my weakest spinning method. I am not very good about not allowing twist into my drafting fiber. I have been trying really hard at shortish draw and not allowing twist to enter my draft. This is what I have so far.
But do you see how fuzzy it is! I am getting a bit discouraged. I might look into a spinning class or something to help. I do like spinning woolen and getting fluffy yarns, but I would like to be able to get a smooth worsted yarn as well. See you next week with hopefully some better spinning!
Sometimes I go through lulls where I feel uninspired. I really wanted to do the makenine2018 projects on Instagram, but I am a pretty slow knitter. So I decided to do a make spinnine2018. Now I will probably spin more than this, but these are my inspirations. Spins that I really really look forward to!
From left to right and top to down we have: InglenookFibres, Kid Mohair, Pigeonroof studios, Alpaca, Another InglenookFibres, Merino, Hedgehog Fibres, Corriedale, and JulieSpins. Whenever I am feeling a little blue I might take out some of that fiber and start to prep it. I do not have projects in mind, but they are fibers and colors that really speak to me! I already started combing the Corriedale (bottom middle). I have quite a lot of it washed and do not know how much I should comb.
I also really want to take a Masters Spinning class but cant seem to find one near me. I thought that it would be really neat and I would love to get some advice on how to improve my spinning. I started spinning like 12ish years ago and taught myself with youtube lol. I probably have some pretty bad habits! My biggest problem is I have a hard time spinning short draw worsted yarn. I usually end up with a semi-worsted. I am going to try to spin the Corriedale worsted as I think that will really lend to its shine and durability. I just need to be really careful not letting any spin into my drafting. I do like a short long draw usually with twist entering my draft, so all of my yarn ends up being woolen or semi-woolen. I want this to be perfectly worsted though! So onto the combing I go!
So last week I found out that my son only had three weeks of school left. In the beginning of the year I told myself I was going to knit my sons teacher and the TA hats...well that didn't happen...so it was a mad dash this past week!
First up I finished the Hinagiku Hat by 87knit on Ravelry. It was a pretty quick knit on Tender which is a non superwash merino. It is so soft and squishy! I used the color Lighthouse Grey.
Next up for my sons teacher is Jason's Cashmere Hat by Melissa Thomson on Ravelry. I used the color Kelp on Tender and knit it along with a lace weight alpaca that I hand dyed a dark green. It is so soft and plush.
I am on the fence about Tender. I really like this base. Being non superwash means it was not processed by chemicals. Also being that it is 19.5 micron means it is so soft. It is not like wool for felting that is rough. I would say it feels like a superwash yarn except it isn't! I think Woolfuls post on the chemicals and process that wool goes through to be superwash is super informative. I would check it out. That being said I talked to another indie dyer who once dyed non superwash but stopped because the demand just is not there. So while I love this base it is most likely going to be discontinued.
So I was on Instagram and I saw this cool way to dye roving. I do not remember who it was but it was AWESOME. You see prior to this I would dye each fiber separately and it would kind of take a long time. This way is sooo much faster!
its Awesome!! I cook all the colors in separate mason jars. Since I only dye enough for me to spin this makes it sooo easy! I dyed about 5 oz of merino, 1 oz of silk, and then blended it with maybe an ounce of natural grey alpaca to get this:
My one complaint is that I think I added too much grey but it is soft and pastel! I core spun it to make this:
I got about 75 yards total. Now I just need to make something with it!! I am thinking a cowl since I am not sure I have enough for a scarf. What do you think!
First up is the new color Party Pegasus, shown alongside Beach Party.
Party Pegasus is a pink base with loads neon speckles. I just love how it turned out. Next in the update is Cliffside Rose, a new purple Hecate and Pier.
Unfortunately I had to purchase more of the Wickies (BFL/Nylon) base to do this update, and since my last purchase the price of the undyed yarn has increased, so sadly these and future Wickies skeins will be priced to reflect that change.
I am planning another Wickies update in two weeks. Hopefully I can update every 2 weeks or so. If there is a color you want to see let me know! I am happy to be back dying and look forward to all the projects!
It has been a long time. I will try to condense it down to something that makes some sort of sense. Last year was really rough and in August we moved to New Hampshire. I thought when 2018 started for some reason life was going to change, but nothing happened. The calendar just rolled over. I was expecting rainbows and unicorns and what I got was just another day.
Between attempting to unpack boxes (which is still not done) and the part time job I picked up I lost a lot of enthusiasm for anything and everything. I got thrown into a new town, left my friends, got a part time job, and life just seemed to be down with no up in sight.
For a long time I just got up , got my son ready for school, went to work, made dinner, and went to bed. I hardly spun, knit, dyed, or did anything. Slowly I have been trying to get some enthusiasm back. Today I got some yarn in the mail to dye. Which I am really excited about.
I have also been on the hunt for a new lace to replace Catwalk. I have also been thinking of changing my brand name, since we moved from Little Compton to New Hampshire. Part of me likes the name and the hard work we put into it, but part of me just wants to kinda start over a little. I am hoping for an update in a month. It will be a Wickies update for sure. Hopefully I can shake this funk off and get back to doing things I enjoy.
Okay I know it is early, but I have already seen a number of posts on Ravelry about teams for this years Tour de Fleece. Every year I try to join a team and I am always lucky if I manage to spin one skein of yarn! lol. I just never have time in the summer when my son is home from school! So this year I am starting now! (so maybe I will finish a skein or two! by the end of July!)
First off I decided to pick out some of this great merino that I have left to lock spin.
It is 19 micron merino that is almost 6 inches in staple (drools). here a pick of a combed lock!
I can't even. I am starting this today and when this is done I am going to tackle the dyed roving bin (hopefully before July! Lol)
So while I have been keeping up with my walks/sprints/runs (because my son is not big into walking so our walks together are more like sprints, jogs, stops, etc) each week I have not noticed anything helping my weight, but I am going to keep trying, because that is all I can do. I did get some progress done on my current scarf
I started with Iris, then faded to Prism, then faded to a super bright Dive. I plan to make some changes and give this a go again with some Adrift. I would say it is coming along and about 3/4 done and I love rainbow so this is definitely a keeper for myself.
Also I do not know about you but I lose stitch markers like it is no ones business, now granted I think my son is collecting them, but I ran out. So I was using yarn as stitch markers, then I decided to make my own. Lol. So I made some donuts first.
These are galaxy donuts. My son is obsessed with the solar system. We are making paper mache planets and only have Jupiter and Saturn left (thank god). My son already took a few of these donuts when he thought I wasnt looking, so I do not have any for myself until I find out where he is hiding them. Lol.
I also made these spiral ones which I am using on my current project and these Unicorn ones. I would do some of it different if I made more, but at this time I now have stitch markers again! I am selling some sets since I thought it would be silly to cook only a few so I made a bunch at a time.
I am trying to be more positive although the lack of weight loss hasnt helped, but I keep telling myself things take time, but its the unknown of how long that is the hard part. Until next time.
I really do not know where to start, but beware this is going to be long. My husband and I have struggled with depression for years. Different depressions. As our son got older it became more obvious that he needed help. After trying a lot of things he decided to get ECT. I thought my depression was bad before, that it could not get worse, yet the ride that life has thrown at me these last two months has been....excruciating.
I guess the start was when my MIL moved in with us. She moved in to help take my husband to his appointments, which were a total of 3 hours away. Little did I know what else came with her stay. I would make breakfast of eggs and toast for my son in the morning and she would comment "my kids ate breakfast bars and cereal". okay. At dinner my son would want dessert and I would say "if you eat your dinner" and she would say "if you eat a few bites I am sure you can have dessert". okay. my son got sick so I made him his favorite soup to which she said 'you don't have to eat it if you don't like it". okay. I also got stories. You see she is a psychiatrist and at night she would tell me about her one patient that had a "dead beat husband who just stayed at home and took care of their disable son"...did you know that I am a stay at home mom and I do not have a disabled son? We watched shows together at night and one night I suggested a different show to which she pounded her fist onto the couch and said no. okay. then it came to a head when my son was pushing the boundaries too hard. This is what happened.
My son was pulling on my clothing (this had been going on for a while) at this point I was tired and had enough so I told him if he continued he would go on time out. So what does any 5 yr old do? Well he starts to pat my clothing. Not pulling. But I have had enough, so I put him on timeout to which he says "it's not fair, I didn't pull" and then my MIL decides this is the battle she wants to have. She tells me I am wrong, that I am going to just make things worse, that kids test boundaries and I need to deal with it or else I should have thought about it. She reprimands me while my husband just sits there (he was in treatments at this time so not all that with it). The next day I leave to take a break and my husband confronts his parents (his father had come up that day for my sons 5th birthday). Well when my husband confronts his parents about what happened he gets something like "well if she has a problem she can bring it up to me" from his mom and something along the lines that I am like his fathers crazy step mother. okay.
And just when things could not get worse they do. The next day it snows. We are supposed to get 6 inches of snow. My sons school is cancelled. The night before my MIL and I discussed that she would take my son to school and I would take my husband to his ECT, because she did not want to drive in the snow. Well the next day that all changed. She told me I had to do the "full Monty". She did not want to take my husband to the ECT in the snow or watch my son while I take my husband to his appointment and that I "would have to do it when she left anyways". Okay. So when we could use the help , when it is snowing and my son does not have school she can not help. Okay. So I do it. I take my husband, drop him off, take my son to the park, pick up my husband, drive back, shovel the deck, and plow the driveway. At this point I have had enough. I inform her that I can do it all, and she can take a break and go home. Well that went over well as you can imagine.
Over the next few days we keep our time together minimal as she stays at a hotel. Then she is leaving, and she scheduled me to take my husband up to his ECT and then the following day to his doctor, both days in the car for 3 hours with appointments WITH my 5 yr old son. Yeah no. He is so busy, he can play outside for 6 hours and not get tired. So no I am not going to drag him two days in a row, so I reschedule one of the appointments. Well this set her off telling me I did not care about my husband (I am the reason he is seeking help but...okay), that I am just a terrible person and as far as she cares I can rot. okay. The next day my husband and I move all her stuff outside on our porch. It literally took her to tell him , my son , and myself that we can rot to upset him enough that he has had enough. I had enough weeks ago.
Fast forward a few weeks and I get the late night call from my parents. My dad had a stroke. Well it turns out its not a stroke but his drinking over the years shrunk his cerebellum and well he got messed up. Welcome to the joys of my family. My mom is distraught about what she is going to do about the money (which turned out to be okay), and she is hysterical. The only person I can get information out of is her boyfriend. Well good thing he is around. Then I am stuck calling my dads work and his girlfriend to let them all know because my mom is off the edge. FUN. Well my dad is better and back to work and everything is good now, but for at least two weeks it was crazy town. It is about now I start to realize something.
No one is here for me. I was taking shit from my MIL, ferrying my husband up to his appointments, taking my son outside, cooking, cleaning, dealing with my crazy parents and I am just depressed. Not depressed to cry anymore. I don't care. All the problems I had prior, like my weight, lack of income success, being a terrible mother, not good at anything, ugly, and just plain not worth anything doesn't matter. No one is ever going to be there for me. No matter what I do. And if I don't start to try to be there for myself I don't know if I will make it. So today I am going to try to be there for myself. I am going to start running again. I wish I could have someone support me and hold me to it. Someone to run with me. Someone to tell me to keep it up. That someone right now needs to be me.
I will post a more upbeat post next week. Hopefully. But I just wanted to let anyone who wondered where I had gone and what was going on.
Well the notice may be a little late but there will be another update tonight at 7pm est (less than an hour away). It is going to have these three new colors:
The first one is Midas and is a very golden yellow with speckles of colors that are like a rose turning gold. I may rework the color a little to have more speckles of gold next time! The next new color is Spring Break and I am psyched about it. It is super fun and bright! The last color is called Jupiter and is inspired by images of Jupiter. It is my sons favorite planet and the yarn is a brownish yellow, purple, with speckles. It is so lovely. My son of course wants to keep all the skeins and wants me to knit him a Jupiter out of the yarn! Maybe one day I will knit him a solar system! I hope you enjoy the update!
So if you noticed there is a new section called Vacation! What this is going to be in the upcoming weeks is tester skeins. I have some yarn that I am dying up that are not in our standard bases. There will be a mix of lace, dk, bulky, and anything else! This week these two yarns will make there way into the section.
The two colorways are Cliffside Rose and Hydrangea. They will appear on two bases a lace weight 8-ply 100% merino yarn in skeins of 300 yards for $14 and a super bulky weight 70% merino, 20% alpaca, 10% silk blend in skeins of 73 yards for $24. There will only be two skeins of each color on each base. If you want a specific color to appear drop me a note here or in our Ravelry group. I am planning on doing this each week for about a month and who knows what will show up!
So back when my son started his new school which is a Montessori school I was asked if there was anything I could do for a demo later on in the year. Of course I said I spin and knitting. Then I totally forgot about it until mid last week when they asked if the following week I could do a demo. So the rush set it! First up was spinning some cormo on my wheel. I will let the kids see me spin a little and let them ply the singles together.
next up I plan to bring in a fleece and got a few different fiber samples out so the kids can explore and talk about what can be spun!
samples are corriedale, angora, silk mawata, mohair, merino, alpaca, and silk. I might be able to find some more but we can talk about other stuff too. I might bring in some drier lint too! lol.
Also prepped some fiber nests to try thigh spinning. I do not know how well this will turn out but I am optimistic! My son was able to do them with some help, so I think if we split the kids into groups and there are 2 teachers we should be fine. I then made some cardboard looms.
I also picked out some colorful yarn that the kids can add to the yarn they spun and the yarn they plied! I had my son make one:
The demo is tomorrow and I hope the kids have fun and enjoy the fibers and spinning! I am glad prep is done!
So this Friday at 2pm est there will be an update. 2 colors are new and two are one of a kind dives. I want to talk about one color though in particular.
The color is Prism. It is very similar to Iris (pictured below).
So my son has been obsessed with gems and rocks (which boy isnt right!). Anyways he wants a prism for his birthday next month and I told him about the rainbow yarn I dyed. When I showed it to him he said "there aren't enough colors" and what can I say my son loves color as much as I do. So I dyed some Prism, which is basically Iris with double the color and black added. Here is a side by side:
Prism on the left and Iris on the right. They look great together and I am thinking of dying an even more colorful one so I can use all three in a dotted rays shawl. A rainbow dotted rays! I am sure my son would steal that in a heart beat! Lol! Anyways the other color I added is based off of Artemis but has a flush color and blue color. I hope you will stop on by and enjoy the new colors!
So I recently finished spinning this lovely yarn that was dyed by Inglenookfibers on Etsy. It is a lovely blend of yak/silk that I just died for. I have a few others I need to spin but so many plans and so little time! Here is the skein.
Now if you follow them on Ravelry like I do you would know they are in the midst of the spin a long Snow Maiden. It is sooo pretty and I sooo wish I joined, but I admit I have a problem signing up for clubs where I do not know what I am getting. I will literally sit with a mysterious club in a cart for hours before chickening out. So I was pretty bummed when I saw such beautiful spun yarns happening. That is when I decided to do my own little spin a long. I found this image by Nicky Boehme to base my colors off of:
Then I got right to work combing cormo fleece that I washed and dying up fiber and then carding it into batts! It took quite a while! I do not think I have used my drum carder that much in at least a year. I got enough for 4 sets, one for me, and the other 3 I will list for sale tomorrow at 10 am.
You will get the 8 colors above. The fibers I used are cormo, alpaca, angora, mulberry silk, and mawatas. I used quite a bit of angora and alpaca so the batts are very fuzzy and expect a fuzzy yarn! Each set is almost 4.5 ounces and I only have 3 sets that I will sell for $40 each.
Happy New Year! I hope 2017 will be a great year for everyone! I have been busy core spinning, and I think I have fallen in love with it.
Using the thick DK core means I get a whole lot more bang and it is also a lot thicker! This yarn totaled 67 yards with the core making up roughly 1.5 ounces for a grand total of almost 7 ounces. This was fiber dyed by JulieSpins! Then I spun this core spun bulk yarn also dyed by JulieSpins!
The interesting thing is I got 67 yards again and it roughly weighed the same! Crazy! I just love these bulky quick spins. I only wish my bobbins were bigger because unfortunately it takes two bobbins! Next time I will try to take a picture or video of it in action! I am super stoked about core spinning with a DK core. I did get a little sloppy on the second one though and you can see some of the white chenille poking through. I hope when it is knitted up it will not be noticable! They are both headed for destination cowl land! I really want to make my own blend of roving to dye and knit cowls with, but until I start selling some I need to be a bit frugal!
Also for Christmas my parents got me these two beauties!
They are both merino fleeces from Rhinebeck. My dad goes every year to get me a fleece or two as my Christmas gifts. The white got all 5s on the score card and is so yummy! The brown has colors ranging from brown to taupe, it is so lovely and my first brown fleece! I can not wait till spring when the weather is warmer and I can wash them and dry them outside! (Our male cat Haji trying to get into the fleece!)
What am I doing?? I am attempting to make my own yeast. When I brought this up to my husband and family they thought I was crazy since it is not very expensive at the store. But I make a lot of bread and wanted to give it a go. I am using white flour and filtered water from our tap. So far so good I guess? Mine is like a thick batter and gets bubbly when I feed it. This picture is day 5! I am starting to get a lot so I am going to have to use some along with some packaged yeast until this gets more yeasty!
Lastly I can not wait till winter break is over. I have played too many games of Life, Spot it, Parcheesi, Yatzee, Uno, and countless games with my 4.5 yr old son. I literally say to him "watch some tv" and he responds with "nah how about we play (insert game)" or go outside. Luckily it has been warm enough that outside is tolerable! And while I totally appreciate that my son wants to play board/card games instead of watching tv, sometimes I could use a break!
So I always core spin with a small cotton thread. Then my neighbor brought over some DK weight chenille yarn that she made during college that did not need anymore. It is cotton so I could not dye it with the dyes I have, so then I started thinking of spinning with it using it as the core. I looked online and could not find anything about anyone using a thick core to spin core spun yarn, but I thought I would give it a try!
I picked out some superwash merino from Nest Fiber Studio in Freedom Child. You can see the DK weight chenille. So the yarn spun up pretty fast as core spun yarn usually does. This is what I got.
So I compared it to my other core spun yarn and this yarn is definately overall thicker, which I am attributing to the core. It weighs 5oz, but I didn't get a weight of the fiber before hand. The next time I try this (which will be soon, I wlll get more acurate account for how much weight the core adds). I got 48 yards which is about what I get usually, though the yarn is overall more thicker. The thinest part of this yarn is DK weight where only a little fiber covers the core. Overall I am very happy with how this turned out and already drafted out my next fiber to try this on! I had no problems with the thicker core and the core does not shwo anywhere. i am super excited about it!
See you next time!
It sure got cold quick so I had my son pick out two skeins of Tender to make him a hat. He picked a Dive and Seamist. After a week or so I finished the hat!
Its a double layer hat. Basically you knit a hat with increases and knit to length and then double it and decrease. The inside has wide stripes and the outside has small stripes. I used about half of each skein. He loves the hat and wore it today when we went outside to leaf blow in the light rain, which turned into rain rain in which he was splashing water at me and I was using the leaf blower to blow it at him. We has a blast and he did not complain once about being cold! Hurray!
This is better representative of the color. My son is dying some angora yarn that I spun a while ago today in his favorite color light turquoise. He calls the yarn his fuzzy. It is going to be a scarf for him. Hopefully this will go quick! I hope it isn't too cold where you are and there will be an update this week before the holiday crazy starts to set in here!
I have been feeling the busy fever. It could just be the stress of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas though. In the meantime I have been taking some time to spin.
I finished spinning two skeins of yarns. The First yarn finished was this one:
It is an ambiguous mix of Cormo from when Sue Reuser had sheep, Silk, and fine Suri Alpaca. As you can see it is very "rustic" I did not do any real prep and just threw it all into a drum carder. It is very soft and not very consistent. As you can see it also has some vegetation still in it too. Lol. I do not know what it is going to be. Just one of those experiments of carding up the three fibers. I have about 450 yards and its DK weightish. I swear I just spin whatever the fiber is telling me and hardly ever go for a certain weight. (I need to work on that!) The second skein:
This is combed top from HedgehogFibres! It is super soft merino and I love it. I got got about 300ish yards so its about DK weight. I have no idea what I am going to do with it but it sure is lovely and soft! I wish they offered more fibers, but then again I have enough fiber to spin for right now (like that would stop me though from buying more). I just spun this in strips so it is more consistent.
I am planning another DK update hopefully this week if I can get my act together. It is hard to concentrate sometimes on getting work done when there is so much other work (leaf blowing etc) that needs to get done!
Today there will be an update at 1pm est. On the menu today is all Tender. Tender is our non-superwash merino. It is soft and fine and super squishy.
A lot of the colors come out a lot paler on this base. The superwash wool absorbs color faster and more vibrantly while the non-superwash tends to create more pale tones. These colors remind me a lot of Japanese colors. The pink, purple,blue,green, and grey in particular. Something about them just scream Japan! I would totally expect these colors to be on Japanese handbags! I hope you will enjoy this update! And let me know if you would like to see any colors in particular!
So recently my son has taken to playing Child of Light. It was a long time ago when I played it and beat it and forgot just how beautiful the world is. I definitely want to take a break from playing Overwatch to replay Child of Light, or just play a little after game gameplay. Here is one picture from the video game.
This brings me to what I am struggling with. I have not had a lot of interest in my yarn. Any insight into this would be greatly appreciated! The struggle is I really want to do a series of yarn based on the world in Child of Light (and other colors too!), but if my current yarns do not sell then I really can not invest in more yarn that does not sell. I really want to dye new colors, but as of now my next updates have all been dyed up and they are mostly solid colors as the Tender base does not speckle consistently. So what can do? HELP!
I have been soooo busy with back to school! My little guy started his second year of PreK. Last year was a total nightmare and this year seems to be sooo much better. It helped that we changed schools. He only goes 3 days a week and he is very busy the other 4 days at home (are all 4 yr old boys absolutely crazy??) Anyways I finally got some time today to get an update together! 8 colors of Adrift!
Colors are bottom row first : Sunburnt (new a bright hot pink tonal), Lobstah, Cliffside Rose, Goldfish ( new a bright yellow with some peach undertones), Radioactive ( new I wanted to name it mutant fish lol! it is bright green yellow), Frozen Bay (new a lovely shade of muted blue green that reminded me of when the bay freezes), Hydrangea (new and what can I say we have sooo many of these plants around!), and Heather (new, a color you will find on many seasides growing wild!).
I hope you enjoy all these new colors! Next week I am planning a Tender (non-superwash Merino) update that will have some of these same colors!
I hope you enjoy and if there is color you are dying for (lol) just stop on by the ravelry group and let me know!
I have been so busy with back to school and the joy that comes with that! My son started another year of PreK and is going 3 days a week this year. As soon as he started we all got sick! Lol. Anyways there are 4 new colors going up today!
New colors Reef : a super colorful skein of blues, greens, orange, yellow and pink! Next is Pick it Up!: a grey and black yarn with speckles of hot pink, blue, and yellow! Meadow: a pale yellow and blue with purple and red speckles. Hermes: a grey base with red, purple, and orange speckles!
There will also be a few skeins of Adrift updated and next week a lot of Adrift! I hope you find something you like!
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