The Fiber Artist

Wow, that sounds pretentious doesn't it. But it is the name of my company, so I decided to use it. This is where I will keep a record of works in progress in the hope that it will result in more productivity. It will also give me a place to ramble on about my life, so that maybe later I will remember what happened in ___ (fill in day, month, year of your choice).

Monday, March 03, 2014

Where's Waldo

 In October grandson Mark called and ask for a Where's Waldo hat and sweater. 

He got his hat for Christmas
Then I started his sweater after I finished the Christmas and Birthday knitting.  I finished it today.  Now for the blocking and mailing it off to Mark.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Spinning for sweaters

Rambouillet singles
 When I go to Fiber Fairs, I am disappointed more often than not, because I am not interested in buying only 4 ounces of fiber.  I want 2 pounds if it is processed, and more if not.  So I have settled on just buying fleeces and processing them myself.  This is a Rambouillet fleece that I bought some time ago, I washed it then took it over to Ohio Valley Natural fibers and had it carded, put it into a storage bin and let it sit.  Since I had such fun doing the Jacob/Romney fleeces, I grabbed the next bin off the stack and started spinning this.  It is spun woolen, long-draw and I have 9 bobbins so far and about 1/4 to 1/3 of the fleece to go.

3 plied using the tensioning box that Carl made for me for Christmas.

First plied bobbin

 This is the first of the plied yarn.  Plied on the Roberta.

This is the amount of singles left on the first 3 bobbins. 
First skein 228 yards.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Coffin repair

Years and years ago, Carl got me a large cedar chest, from an old man who was not the woodworker that Carl is. (When I first saw it it was taking up the whole back of a 15 passenger van, my reaction was "You got me a coffin" and that is what it has been called here ever since.  They would have to bend my knees a little to bury me in it)

 He must have used green wood for at least part of it, because the boards have separated, and one even cracked from the stress.  a Cedar chest with wide cracks is not much use.

So last year Carl took it apart and attempted to get it back together the way it was supposed to fit.  He was able to close some of the cracks but there were a couple of them that were warped past fixing.  He put it back together and today he is caulking all the cracks and seams.  So it should keep the bugs out.  You can see one of the cracks in the top of the chest.

So I guess I can die anytime and I have somewhere to store my sweaters until then.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

2013 in review.

This year  I finished the following knitting:

10 pair of socks - 8 regular adult, commercial yarns  1 pair baby socks 1 pair handspun, hand dyed, and hand knit.

6 Hats.

4 Shawls.  (one handspun)

4 Dishcloths.

1 baby blanket.

2 baby sweaters.

1 sweater for me.  (and one that needs facing and clasps.)

Also spun

3000+ yds of Jacob Romney, and 7 bobbins of  DK.  Brown Rambouillet for a 3-ply yarn for at least one sweater.

Finished the turquoise merino/tencel for lace weight, winding it off onto storage bobbins and will commence plying shortly.

All in all not bad.

And I am weaving again.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  There is a tree.

Wrapped package
There is this (as my husband calls it) wrapped package in the other room.  He in says that I can't tell what it is because it is wrapped.
Big Box
I felt sure that this just had a note saying the spinning wheel was in the other room but instead there was:
He made it

This!  He made it why does he look so confused?
Tension box from top
 A tensioning box  used for weaving and plying multiple singles.

And I have some Rambouillet that I want to 3-ply so I will try it out.

I really appreciated his taking up woodworking.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Hats, hats, hats...and one sweater

Hat for DJ
All the grands but 2 got hats.  The oldest grandchild got treated like the adults and got fruit cake and Cuba cheese, because there is a hat to be finished for her daughter.  and the youngest grand is getting a sweater, which I should finish today.  Then the last hat, and I am ready to finish the 2 January birthday's that I don't have finished already.

back to the needles.
Hat for Caleb
Hat for Rayne

Hat for Mark

Sweater for Ameya

Friday, December 06, 2013

Winter is here

We have a winter storm here today,  there was ice this morning, then the snow started, the first picture was taken at 3:00 the second at 4:30.

This is the Where's Waldo Hat for Mark

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Day

 While the rest of the country gathers around the table, today we did other things.

Carl scrubbed the dining area of the kitchen, then the kitchen, and the bathroom.

The dining area looks brighter because there is a large window in there.

Today I am thankful that Carl does the scrubbing of floors instead of me having to do it.

 I baked a mincemeat pie.
And a sweet potato pie.  Tomorrow I will cook the turkey and stuffing, the white potatoes and the sweet potatoes.  Anna is bringing the Broccoli salad and the cranberry sauce.  And we will celebrate family then.

I am also thankful for my new spinning wheel.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The time for finishing

 First thing finished this week was the sweater for  great-granddaughter Aubri's birthday on the 20th, she is 1.  The sweater is the February Sweater from knitters almanac.  Made with Willow yarn Burrow.  the buttons match better than this looks.  the knitting has been finished about 2 weeks but the buttons were just sewn on yesterday.

 Another case of the knitting being finished a while now.  I first thought I would sew in a zipper but could not find a zipper the right color.  Then I changed my mind and decided on the dragon clasps.
I am much happier with this.


Here is the front with it's clasps all attached.  This is a heavy warm sweater and I plan on enjoying it this winter and for many winters to come.

The sleeves I am particularly happy with. The intarsia in the round to do the white stripe was something I had not done before although I had read of the technique.  Do not think that I will be doing a lot of it, (it is extremely tedious, my knitting buddies eyes glazed over somewhat when I was describing it) but I am happy to have used it here.
 The body of the Drazi (green and purple - from Babylon 5) blocking.  I have spun up a sample of the pencil roving that this was knitted out of to try it for sewing up.  If that does not work I will use some natural sock yarn that I have left over from water for elephants.
The sleeves blocking  That is both sleeves one on top of the other, so at least they are the same size.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

And it is fall.

Merlin Tree CPW
I love fall, it is finally cool, weather in the 50's is just right according to Christopher and me (85-90 is just right according to Chase and Chaun).  I have not polled the rest of the family. And as the weather cools my energy goes up.

To celebrate I made a sweater for the Great-Greandaugther in a very cheerful pumpkin, (the yarn company calls it peach, but they have their fruits and vegetables confused.
Aubri Sweater

I finished a shawl except for the blocking.

And I am working on the sleeves, (oh no! sleeve island again) of the Drazi sweater - made out of a long color run self striping pencil roving. Again, un-blocked,  Once I have finished knitting the sleeves I am going to spin up 10 yards or so and ply to use for sewing the sleeves in. 

Also spinning:
finished the plying of the Jacob/Romney and have over 3000 yards of 2-ply, heavy fingering/light sport weight yarn, and the measurements, so am swatching for matching sweaters for Christopher and Anna. 

I have started spinning this Rambouillet fleece,  This is going to be a 3 ply worsted.  Spinning fat, fast and fluffy, so it goes fast.

Oh, yes that wheel up there in the Fall picture... Merlin Tree Canadian Production Wheel.  It is in CT at the moment, but it will be here by Thanksgiving.  A wonderful Thanksgiving gift.