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).

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


C's FLAK is finished except for blocking. I ripped the edging out over and over but I have it finished now. This is what one gets for wanting to show off in front of God and everybody. I decided that the perfect edging was a sideways knitted cable edging using the XO cable and putting the buttons and buttonholes in the center of the O's. This was not the easiest finishing I have ever done, but I am pretty proud of the way it looks.

Now I can go on with the CIT and my FLAK which has been sitting patiently waiting for me to get back to them.

I am working on the fronts of the CIT and have the finishing of my FLAK, and now that the temperatures here are in the 90's I will finish them and display them until the weather gets cool again.

Another thing that needs to get work is the socks for #2 son's birthday and I suppose that it will get done on Thursday.

The next "need to" is the sheep sweater being sewed together for the youngest granddaughter.

It will feel good to be able to work on something besides this sweater. I learned much about sideways edgings on this one.

Now to block this and call it finished.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Masters in the Midwest
WAS WONDERFUL!!! As usual, the staff of Yarns by Design did their usual great job! The teachers were interesting, informative, creative, and the classes were fun, challenging and exhausting. More about that as I digest and assimilate the materials.

I have been working on My Flak! Part 6 is as near done as may be, I think another inch but that will happen today as I sit and knit and burn CD's My poor computer is out of memory, Between the pictures and the audio books, so I am burning the latest acquisitions (audio books) onto CD so that I can get them off the hard drive.

There are Sleeves here, (now that they are off the needle they no longer look so much like pants for Caleb) and I have cast on the fronts, yes both of them, and since the button bands are knit as you go I will be putting a pin in the left band every time I put a button hole in the right and they should line up, I say should because you have no idea what a talent I have for messing up.

While we were in Wisconsin Brooks and I discussed the buttonbands of the FLAKs and I have a plan for C's which is all I need right now because I am still determined to finish his first so that it will get done. If I do mine first, it may languish and I don't need another why don't you finish... thing to add to the list, I am sure that you, dear readers, never do this but I do!

Saturday night is the banquet and fashion Show, since every thing was on the needles, I scrounged around and got out the St John Knits knockoff from a David Miles class (machine knit, woolray yarn) pants, and the top mostly knitted by my (skinny) friend Alicia who sold it to me when she tried it on and it was too big. She gave me the rest of the denim silk and I made the sleeves.
Also modeled were the socks, (which you can't see in the picture.) See girls if you just make enough things in the same color you eventually get an outfit. I also showed C's flak since it was technically off the needles, (it goes back on once I finish part 6 of mine) and I said I wouldn't show it again but now that we have come up with a "killer" trim I may have to. Stay tuned I'll be trying it to see if the idea will translate into the vision I have or a dog's dinner.

I went, I learned, I did not buy! (much) We had $60 customer appreciation cards, from the binge buying from last fall so the Lorna's Laces for a granddaughter sweater was practically free. And the Icelandic unspun whined every time I came close, "Take us home. You know you want to! We are your color! You know you love us! Don't leave us here please! Please! PLEASE!" Well what was I to do? 5 was enough for a sweater for me but the 6th looked so lonely I just could not leave it there, so it came too. Do you think I like this color??