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).

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Packing for Midwest Masters

It is Wednesday and I am starting to pack for Midwest Masters. I wanted to wear the pants that I showed last time but the elastic had had it! So I have been trying to find where I closed the casing and there is such a thing as finishing too well. I finally (after digging out all of the yarns I had woven in) found the yarn that had been used to sew the casing, checked 6 times that it was the right one and cut it. Thankfully it was the right one and I was able to remove the old dead elastic and insert new stretchy elastic, the casing is now laced and tied in a bow. This will not happen again!
I have gotten Chris's FLAK 2nd sleeve picked up knit to the joining and started the round and round the sleeve for the 2nd time.

Master Dwayne's school sweater has it's first stripe and it is also being knit round and round the sleeve. It will have stripe on both sleeves and the chest. But it is mindless now decrease every 8 rows, place a pin in the decrease when the pins are gone, stop decreasing.

Then do the other sleeve the same way. I may pick it up and knit the stripe tonight so there is more mindless knitting for Thursday thru Monday.

I did this sleeve while listening to the pointy sticks blog and I need to download some more episodes and load them on the I-pod.

Miss Rayne's sweater has it's back finished and the fronts picked up, tonight while watching TV I will knit the fronts down to the armholes and pick up the sleeves and get them started.

And in among the things I need to do I keep sneaking in the Trip Trap. It is just so much fun. The back is almost finished.

This is going to be the fastest sweater for a adult I have ever finished it is just fun. I was afraid I would get bored 8 rectangles in and would never finish it. But I am not and it is just fun. There may be more modular knitting in my future.

Off to knit.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Here we go again

For the last 2 weeks I have been swatching, and making patterns in Sweater Wizard. It has been dark and rainy so no pictures taken because the flash washes out the pattern. I have been working on Christopher's FLAK and have finished the first sleeve, yes, my sons have very long arms. Their knuckles would drag the ground if they were my height, luckily they are not.
The picture above shows what you get if you grab the child before breakfast and shove a sweater part onto him.

It is the time to work on the grandchildren's Christmas/ birthday presents, since the grandchildren have birthdays: Oct 1,Nov 9, Dec 15, Feb 3, and June 26. There are a bunch clustered around Christmas and Ayyaim-i-ha So I need to think about both or all 3 of the gifts.

I have a felted bag that I have finished for the oldest Grandaughter's birthday, (Nov) and a boxed set of the Enchanted Forest Series for Christmas, one down and 4 to go.

Dwayne is due for a sweater this year so I have swatched and started, a school colors sweater, since he is in 6th grade, and therefore is in the Jr. Hi. School this year so he gets a red and white sweater. I have almost finished the top back of a top down sweater. I am planning a wide white stripe across the sleeves and chest. We shall see what we get. Dwayne's sweater is Plymouth Encore.

Miss Rayne will get a Lorna's Laces Shepherd Bulky in Child's play and a pair of matching socks, out of shepherd sock.

Master Mark is getting a Giraffe sweater and if I can get my hands on Master Caleb to measure him he will get the Elephant Sweater redone so that it fits. He grows so fast that even though I made a size 3 last year by the time I saw him in Oct. I knew it would not fit and did a cabled sweater instead, so I can take the Elephant apart and re-do it larger.

So all the planning of what I should be working on is done, so what am I working on?


There is a Knit along starting Oct. 1 for Jade Starmores Beadwork. The Green is Cleckheaton 8 ply. The swatches are done on 3, 2.75, and 2.5 mm. As is the Turquoise which is KnitPicks
Merino DK.

The light green is Lion Cotton-ease and is much to large and heavy to use. The Knit Picks is the one I will probably use. Although the Cleckheaton looks really good.

Then there is this:

I have had the kit for a Vivian Hoxbro design Trip Trap. The kit has the yarn for the vest. And I called Harrisville Designs who make the yarn and ordered the 3 extra skeins of wool to finish the jacket, as I think I would have more use for a jacket than a vest. This is like eating peanuts, it is garter stitch, and quite mindless, but I don't find it to be boring, the color play makes it quite interesting and I keep saying just one more rectangle. This and the sweaters for Dwayne and Rayne are good new season of TV knitting.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

And Here She Is!

Ok here it is such as it is, I will get better pictures on Thursday. My Husband doesn't understand the concept of "take a picture of the sweater and hat, not of me" And particularity not of my rear end. Oh well what cha gonna do!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


It is being blocked. I will put it on and get pictures of me wearing it when 1, it dries, and 2, the sun finally comes out here. It has been raining for 2 days and looks like it plans to spend the winter.

The picture makes the sweater look asymmetrical, it isn't it just has a bigger front than back so that the fronts overlap by 4 inches when it is laying flat, it is fine when I have it on.

I have almost finished 2 other sweaters which are gifts so once they are received I will post pictures.

And Chris's FLAK has one sleeve down to the ribbing, I need to finish that today.

The dyeing is on hold until some more dye arrives. But I think I will start spinning some of what is already done. I have a spindolyn with a bag with a waist belt. (Catherine used to sell them that way but doesn't now so I swapped with a lady on Spindlers and got one, and I now have 4 spindles. So I plan to sample some here and take the Spindolyn to Yellow Springs this Saturday, and work on it while looking at the displays. (the last several fiber fairs I have attended I only bought the Shetland that I needed for the dye experiment) But I like to go and visit with the people I know.

That is it for now but I should be getting more done now that Am Kamin is finished.