What’s on the Wheel Wednesday!

For today’s post, I’m joining Ginny over at Small Things for the Yarn Along! Join us there, or leave a link in the comments below, showing off what’s on your wheel this week!

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Today’s post is gonna be a quick one because things are BUSY here at headquarters! My mom is visiting for a week, which is tons of fun! I’m hoping that will equate to lots of spinning time for me though, because I have a lot going on in the fiber world! More on that later though– I’ve gotta keep this post short and sweet.

For my spinning, I’m halfway through the 2oz sample of my Lazy Summer colorway. This was dyed on 100% Falkland with big color repeats of dark pink, tan, and a turquoise shade of blue. The long chunks of color lend themselves beautifully to fractal spinning, so that’s exactly what I’m doing. I started spinning up the half that was split for short color repeats first– for some reason that always seems to spin up faster for me. I’m deliberately not spinning too fine, as I have a deadline to get this complete, so my singles are about a fingering weight, and I’m guessing I’ll have a decent sport-dk weight when the yarn is complete. I’m dyeing to see how this looks plied!

On the knitting front, Junior’s new longies are done, minus the drawstring:

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As you may very well see, one ball of yarn (self-dyed) came out much darker than the other, hence the two-toned legs, but that’s okay. Color-blocking is in 🙂

That’s all I have for today! Lots of things are in the works for DBDW, but I’ll save those details for another post! Things may be quiet here for the next few days, with my company and all, so I hope y’all have a great rest of the week! Happy crafting!

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What’s on the Wheel Wednesday!

For today’s post, I’m joining Ginny over at Small Things for the Yarn Along! Join us there, or leave a link in the comments below, showing off what’s on your wheel this week!

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The corn is getting plied! I’ve only got a few (or 50) yards left to go and this skein will be done! This was a fun spin, and my first time, in a LONG time, spinning a solid yarn.  There’s just enough variation in the dye job to keep things interesting, especially once you start plying– it’s a different type of barber poling. All in all, I love it! No big plans for it yet, but I’m thinking, if I have enough yardage, maybe it can play a part in this?… We’ll see, since the 3-year-old has already made a big announcement of how yellow is her favorite color now. And look at Jr. back there peeking at you (and snapping my drive band)!

On the knitting front, my Featherweight is still coming along, but it doesn’t look much different, so no need to post a photo. But I tell ya, after that sunshine sweater, you just can’t beat some good ol’ top down, raglan shaping! And speaking of the sunshine sweater, remember the yarn I got from Sunrise Fiber Co. (mentioned here)? Remember how I said I was gonna knit this? Well… I don’t know… Once again, I’ve fallen in love with the look of a finished garment, without any consideration of construction– and guess what: this is a shawl full of SHORT ROWS!! So we’ll see. We’ll just have to see.

Speaking of short rows:

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I’m whipping up a set of britches for the boy! Now these are the type of short rows I can handle. One every 5-6 rows isn’t so bad! And thinking about his little bum cruising around with these is motivation enough. I’m using this pattern, and the yarn is self-dyed Australian wool that I got in a destash. Other knitting includes two separate, unfinished socks and something for my daughter’s up-coming birthday (that hasn’t been started yet).

Lastly, I’m hosting a flash sale on my Facebook page today, still trying to give some of my ready-to-ship items new homes. This time, though, it’s samples and unsuccessful dye jobs:

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Visit the page for details on prices (which includes shipping) and payment! Happy crafting!

The Gauntlet has Been Thrown

I was presented with 2 challenges this week, both of which I aptly accepted.

The first was from my husband. We decided to embark on some BFF dyeing (an idea we shamelessly “borrowed” from Laura of The Dyer’s Notebook podcast).  The overall idea is that you work together with someone else throughout the dyeing process.  Each person gets to use whatever colors they like and whatever techniques they like, taking turns, and in the end, you get an awesome, completely unique work of art!

Instead of tag-teaming the dyeing process, my husband and I decided that he would do the dyeing and I would do the spinning and knitting of the finished yarn.  That was probably best since the hubs and I have a completely different color sense (and this way, he could ensure no yellow came on the scene, lol)! This is the end result of my husband’s dyeing experiment:

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This is 4oz of Falkland. See that? No yellow, no purple or pink… Anyhow, the challenge came in when I asked how he wanted it spun. With these long color repeats I immediately thought of fractal spinning and a fun winter hat. His idea: self-striping socks! Oy! I haven’t begun spinning it yet, and even though the idea of spinning for self-striping socks is a bit daunting, I’m totally up for it.  Unbeknownst to the hubs, for our next dyeing date, he’ll be responsible for the spinning 😉

A few progress photos (so he can have his moment in the limelight)…

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Next challenge: someone contacted me on Etsy with a custom dyeing request. It caught me off guard since she wants yarn and not fiber, but I again accepted the challenge head on! Here’s the inspiration photo of the colors she wants. Here’s what I was able to come up with:

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Not an exact copy, obviously, but I’d say pretty good, considering I didn’t have the original recipe! So now, I’m just waiting to hear back whether or not she likes it. If not, this pretty skein will become a new hat for Boy.

So, this leaves us with two things to consider:

1) Should I foray into yarn-dyeing alongside dyeing fiber? I had a really good time dyeing this yarn, and I’ve had quite a few instances of people telling me they really like my work, but they just don’t spin…

2) I’ve officially switched over to professional-grade acid dyes. Before, I was only using non-toxic dye solutions (read: food coloring) which worked great, but in the end, it doesn’t make much difference as far as environmental safety is concerned, and on the business end, it’s not as cost-effective.  Food coloring isn’t cheap as it is, and the amount needed to get truly saturated colors caused me to have to restock a lot more often than I’d like. Small Business Success Tip # 108 (or whatever number I’m on): Spend as little as you can on materials.  This doesn’t mean use crap. But if I want to see any kind of a profit, I need to spend every dime wisely, and I was probably paying twice as much for food coloring than I will be on acid dyes.

Anyhow, that’s all for me for today! Hope y’all are finding fun ways to stay cool this weekend– happy crafting!

What’s on the Wheel Wednesday!

For today’s post, I’m joining Ginny over at Small Things for the Yarn Along! Join us there, or leave a link in the comments below, showing off what’s on your wheel this week!

 

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It kinda looks just like an ear of corn on the cob, doesn’t it? This past week I’ve been spinning up the 2oz sample of my Sweet Corn colorway, and I just got the first half done. This was dyed on 100% merino and is spinning up like a breeze. I’ll be honest though, this was more of a “spinning for the sake of keeping what little dignity I have left” project. Remember this post where I flashed that photo of everything I was gonna spin during the tour? I even made some superfluous claim about spinning a 3-ply sock yarn! Well, sadly, it didn’t happen 😦 Only one of those braids got touched ( The Sweet Georgia, Violet Hill), and the others are all still sitting in bags, in a box, waiting for their shot at freedom. I’m a little disappointed with how my first Tour panned out– I just didn’t have the time or focus to tackle most of my goals. It’s still so fun (and encouraging and inspiring) to see what everyone else is doing though, and that’ll help me stick with my goals, even if I don’t reach them until well after the Tour ends.

Some knitting?

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This batch of fluff is the beginnings of a Featherweight Cardigan, which I’m giving myself all the way until my birthday (end of November) to complete. I can’t wait till it’s done though, because I am going to LOVE this sweater so much. A simple, grey cardigan is a staple in my wardrobe, and the one I have now is nearly 4 years old, and getting a bit raggedy. Plus, I got it from Wal-Mart, so you can guess how luxurious it is.  Once this baby is done, I fully expect to be wearing it for the rest of my adult life. To ensure it’s long life, I’ll be adding a good bit of length to the body and probably changing/ narrowing the neckline a bit. And I’m also knitting it about 2 sizes bigger than I need– never know when it’ll need to be a maternity cardigan 😉

I also have a finished object!

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Despite what my 3 year old thinks, this  isn’t a “white pumpkin”, it’s a boob. Remember my friend who needed the uterus? Well she requested a breast that could be used for nursing demos as well. I used this pattern, and it worked up in no time. I’m excited to see what her next knitted anatomical need will be!

So that’s it for me today. Here’s to the last week of Le Tour! Happy Crafting!

 

Tidbits…

Hey, friends! Things are still a bit crazy around here, but after a full week, we’re all slowly settling in. Not too much to report today, just a few photos to share:

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There’s Marlee, helping us load up the U-Haul. All of the kids were great sports throughout the entire moving process, and I’m so thankful. I’m pretty sure it was the hottest day of the year (maybe) and we were moving things from the second floor, but as long as the girls had an adequate amount of snacks and I kept their water bottles filled, they didn’t seem to mind one bit!

IMG_3934I was able to get this pretty yarn finished the day before the move! Sweet Georgia, “Violet Hill”, SW Merino, 2-ply, 352 yards. Despite all of my TDF plans, this is the only yarn I’ve completed so far :/

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Steak! We had our first “cook-out” yesterday and everything turned out DELICIOUS! The grilled corn was used in this recipe, and it was very good. And don’t laugh at our grill; we’re gonna get a grown-up grill eventually…

That’s it for me today! There’s still a good bit of unpacking that’s happening around here, as well as fiber to dye and orders to package and ship.  I’ll be back on Wednesday though, because I do indeed have some spinning to share! Until then, happy crafting 🙂

What’s on the Wheel Wednesdays!

Nothing! I moved this weekend, so sadly, I don’t have much to share this week, besides the fact that my new kitchen is a bit bigger and has much better lighting. I’ll be back by this weekend after things are unpacked and settled! Until then, I’ve marked down all ready-to-ship items 20% in the shop— help me get this stuff out of here!

As always, happy crafting!