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January 2017

Progress, or not

So spinning every day was a great idea.  Unfortunately it did not take into account my being sick enough that dragging myself to work was about all I could do.  Therefore my spinning has fallen off track a bit, not irreparable though.  While I will not actually get 365 days of spinning this year, my goal was to take each month as it comes and deal with it that way.  January is sort of shot, I missed about 3 days, but I will finish strong and start up with February.

Speaking of starting up, Mom is almost fully recovered from her previous illness.  She has decided to see how many crafts she can finish with the supplies we already have laid in.  Essentially she has declared this her year of Stash Busting Crafts!  So far this month she has crocheted up 2 cowls from yarn she had on hand, I will put up pictures of those in my next post.

I have decided to accompany her on this quest, though for my major tapestry project I will need to purchase more wool in periwinkle, though I will admit to a desire to see how much of that project I can get done with the supplies I had already laid in.  (Warp threads, white weft, and some singles spun in periwinkle, with an addition of gold silk I hope to use to accent a particular portion).

I must freely confess I fear I am already making excuses for not following through, since my next thought is that I wanted to purchase some white wool to test dying techniques.  I suppose the best way of doing that would be to dig out what white wool I already have (alpaca, sheep, etc) and plan on using that to dye with until I have figured out which, if any, of the natural dyes get me the colors I want.  If the natural dyes don’t work the way I want then I will have just used some of my wool-stash anyway.  My next experiment is probably going to be centered around washing the batts that I carded containing ‘sticky wool’.  I am hoping that there is some lanolin or other processing oils contained in the batts that is making them sticky.  If that is the case then a good hot soak should loosen up the oils enough for me to wind up with a fluffy batt.  If not then washing with Dawn, if they start to felt then I might try to spread it thin and experiment with felting.

I am sort of excited to let the wool speak for itself and decide what it will become.  I am still spinning thin with the blues, now that I am feeling better.  So many exciting things going on!

Happy Crafting!

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Another Week of Spinning

I have been trying something new this year.  I have decided to try and spin at least 15 minutes each day and post my progress on Instagram, I really love my phone so I can snap the photo, tag, and upload in seconds.  The tag is #spin15 ; I think the official tag is much longer but this is the one I can remember so I’m using it.  Because of this I think that spinning will be one of my main focuses this year, but since my Ladybug is so very easy to use (and pull out) I think this will be an interesting goal.  Though I might have to focus a bit, for example tomorrow I’m on the go for about 13 hours and I am working for 13 hours the day after..this might not be too easy but I’ll give it a try.  At least plying won’t be too bad.

This week I am focusing on spinning fine and consistent.  I know, some variations in how the yarn is spun indicate that the product is handmade.  I am not striving for perfection, It will never happen, not to mention I haven’t even been at this a year yet, but I think I want this fiber to stretch pretty far so If I can create a fine and consistent yarn I might be able to knit fingerless gloves with it.  If it is too fine for that I have the option of cabling it or using it to experiment with shawls, something else I plan on working at.  Here is three days worth of patient progress, patience is not one of my virtues.  The fiber being spun are three of the puni’s found in the last picture.  I only have the three left, though I do have a couple of batts in the same colorway I hope to spin next.

Happy Crafting!

Last Week of Vacation

Last week I decided to take some time and spin up random fiber I had lying around.  As you can see I also carded up a really cute Watermelon Batt that I also spun.  This was mostly just spinning for the fun of it, and culminated in the bobbins at the top.  They are resting until I have decided how I want to have them plied, I did try to separate them out so that the different aspects of my experimentation were not muddled.  Part of my experimentation included filling my bobbin up as much as I could manage.  This was a great deal of fun, and I look forward to seeing what I will make of them!

Happy Crafting!

Week of Crafting

tapestry-sampler

I finished my tapestry sampler!  Alright there were supposed to be several trains, but there were issues with the first one, and the person that requested the tapestry decided that they prefer the periwinkle color to the original indigo.  But the sampler is finished!

These pictures constitute about 4 days worth of silk spinning, such fun but quite difficult to master.  These are part of my contributions to crafting 15 minutes a day every day for 365!  #spin15

silky-batt

This is my silk and wool batt.  There is a pretty white wool as the base and the colors are all silk.  I carded this together and cannot wait to see how it spins up!

What a fun week, Happy Crafting!

New Goal for 2017

A new year brings about a lot of new ideas and reflections.  This past year seems to have gotten lost; but there are many things that I have to be grateful for.  My continued decent health, my mother’s life, opportunities to be creative, new skills to be learned, and new goals to accomplish.

My goals for this year:

Spin 1lb of Corriedale wool in Periwinkle as singles

Warp my tapestry loom

Weave the Train tapestry

Create a project using Sprang

Create a Sampler using the tabletop 4 harness loom

Spin once every day for at least 15 minutes and post on Instagram with the tag of #spin15

My aspirations for this year:

Dig out the back raised beds for a potted garden

Purchase the pots to be put in the potted garden

Plant a potted garden, vegetables and flowers for dyes

Finish the external garage as a fiber studio

(This includes cleaning the whole thing out, putting mesh wire in every section for   mouse repellent, probably putting in insulation, and covering the insulation with some kind of particle board/drywall/pegboard for finishing things up. (Or I can see what mom’s handyperson will charge to do all of this))

Turn one room in the house into a craft room, with an organizational system in place

Create a teaching plan that involves some form of crafting each week of a year.  It would be easy enough to include some psychology and sociology into this; be productive, remember to appreciate your skills, there is as much knowledge gained in failure as success, etc.

While I am certain I can accomplish and will accomplish my initial goals, I do hope that I can accomplish at least one of my aspirations.  The aspiration I am most hopeful to accomplish is creating a craft room with an organizational space.  Truthfully, that is more for Mom than for myself.  She has her yarn scattered all over the house, which would not be a problem but then she has troubled putting her hands on what she wants when she wants it!  I purchased a clear organizer with 20 cubes that all have doors to them.  This should allow her to get an idea of what is in each cube while keeping the actual materials clean.  Yay!

 

Happy Crafting!

 

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