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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I’m still going strong with my spinning for the Tour! I was able to get this little bit done while watching So You Think You Can Dance last night (and FYI: this season is looking a little lackluster if you ask me; things haven’t been the same since seasons 4 and 5). The fiber is superwash merino, courtesy of Sweet Georgia, in the Violet Hill colorway.  It’s really gorgeous with different shades of purple, some pops of bright pink, and even some chocolate brown throughout.  Out of the two Sweet Georgia braids I have, this is the one my eldest chose for herself, so she’ll get… something. We’ll figure all that out once we know how much yardage we have. I thought about spinning both of the braids and then plying them together, but with how slow-going the Dance Fever colorway is working up, and the fact that I still have three other skeins that need to get spun up for HPKCHC, I needed a “hit it and quit it” type of spin. Wham! Bam! Thank you LAMB! On and off the bobbins as quickly as possible. I should have around a dk-worsted weight yarn when this plied.

Other things I’ve worked on throughout the Tour:

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I showed this is my last post, but this is a much better photo. Dance Fever on 100% merino.

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This is the first half of the Sweet Georgia that I as able to get done during Jr.’s nap yesterday. See those pretty pinks and browns? Delicious!

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Day 3 of the Tour was a bit slow on the spinning-front, but I was able to get 2 1/2 rolags done in my Meaedow by the Lake colorway.  Sometimes my poor spindle doesn’t get touched for months at a time, but everytime I pick it back up I think, Why did I ever put you down?

That’s all the spinning going on for now. I have a few knitting WIPs, one of them being another commission knit, but I’ll post photos of that once it’s done (which should be by the end of the week)!

Have y’all visited and “liked” my Facebook page yet? Interesting things will be happening there tomorrow… Happy crafting 🙂

Tour de Fleece (and other stuffs…)

Hey, friends! First of all, where in the world did last week go? Ghee whiz! That may have very well been the busiest week I’ve had this year. I was busting my rump to get my sweater done for the KALS, decided at the last minute to attend a friend’s surprise birthday dinner, had my monthly “mom group” meeting, and lots of dyeing and spinning in the midst. So, how’s about a recap, yes?

Le Tour de Fleece

Sadly, I was not able to spin through the 4oz of Dance Fever that I broke into last week, but over these last two days (days 1 and 2 of the Tour) I’ve gotten through the first 2oz. I’m soooo excited to see this finished up and to get knitting with it!  Please excuse these low quality night time photos:

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For today (or at least this morning), I’m spinning up some rolags in my Meadow by the Lake colorway, but there isn’t very much to show with that just yet. But since we’re speaking of rolags, if you’re a beginning spinner or someone who prefers spindles over wheels, rolags and punis (“POO-neez”– like rolags, but much denser) are perfect! You don’t have to worry about splitting fiber into sections, the process used to make them does  some pre-drafting for you, and they’re great for traveling! And if you’re a wheel spinner, the prep on them is ideal for woolen spinning.

Some of my other Tour plans include spinning up the Sweet Georgia fiber I acquired.

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I was thinking of spinning one of the braids into a 3-ply sock weight (they’re both superwash merino), but now I’m thinking I’m just gonna spin them as regular 2-plies and knit something fun for my girls… Maybe even ply them together!

I also want to spin this braid, dyed by another of my Rav BFFs, and get it knit into a Hitchhiker:

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HPKCHC

School’s still in session over at Hogwarts! June was a much slower month for me, but I still got some classes complete, and one major assignment turned in. I had to get the OWL I proposed to 50% completion and I did! I’m interpreting the solar system into spun yarns, and here’s a few collages I submitted giving some insight into fiber prep and dyeing:

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I finished the sunshine sweater!!!!

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What I learned: don’t judge a pattern by the photo! I loved the shape of this sweater, but never fully considered how the shape was achieved; much to my demise, it was with a million short rows! Overall though, I love the finished product. Blocking it did wonders (although the 3-needle bind off at the shoulders still looks a little sketchy), and it’s light, loose, and oh so yellow!

Stash Enhancement

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The lovely Wren, of Sunrise Fiber Co., had a flash Facebook sale last week on samples, seconds, and a few one of a kind colorways, and I was able to snag this sweet skein. It’s on her Classic Sock base (100% merino) in a one of a kind colorway, Once Bitten, and it is absolutely gorgeous. It’s very dark (for me anyway– you saw that big yellow sweater), a deep berry color with a wash of black on top. I find it quite romantic, and am planning an equally romantic project for it, the All About Love Shawl by  Sylvia Bo Bilvia.

In other news, Junior made 8 months last week!

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Anyhow, that’s it for me today! I’ve got lots of cleaning, and dyeing, and cleaning, and packing to tackle today (more on that later). And spinning! And I have a few photo “tutorials” planned and, as always, I’ll be back on Wednesday with another spinning update.  Until then, 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!

IMG_3819I’m still pushing through the Dance Fever… Saying it like that makes it sound like I’m recovering from a disease, lol! I’m still in love with it, but this is some of the thinnest wheel-spun spinning I’ve ever done. I gotta say, it’s killing my poor fingers. I think, from now on, I’m gonna save the super thin singles for my spindles. It takes a lot longer, but for some reason, I don’t get the impending carpet burn that I’m dealing with now.

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In other news, I got some fun mail this week! My Rav BFF, Stephanie (aka lonestarknits) is not only an amazing knitter, but quite the seamstress!

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For me…

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For you!

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So, just how do you get your hands on this fabulousness? Join my Ravelry group and check out this thread for the deets! I love these bags and really had a hard time choosing which one to give away, but the pinks and greys in the top bag eventually won me over. The bag that’s up for grabs is  a cotton, flat bottomed, drawstring bag with a nifty little toggle that you can throw over your wrist for knitting on the go!

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And that’s all for me today. More spinning, dyeing, knitting, and spinning and dyeing and knitting to do. Are you spinning up anything special?

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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I hope y’all aren’t getting tired of my small-scale, spindle-spun projects as of late.  I’m trying to let my wheel rest until the Tour de Fleece starts up, which is very hard, mind you! I’ve got a growing pile of braids, batts, rolags, and a portion of a raw fleece that are all screaming, “Pick me! Pick me!” every time I walk past. So, to keep my spinning mojo until then, I’ve been practicing on my Tibetan supported spindle (from KCL Woods).

I’ll be honest, things were a little tricky at first! My fingers I use to set the spindle spinning felt like they were tripping all over each other.  Also, since one hand is always needed to help the spindle remain upright, I’m mainly drafting with one hand, which means… a very awkward form of long-draw! Woolen spinning was not something that I’d practiced around with very much, so having this really be my only option was a bit frustrating. But after much practice, lots and LOTS of Youtube videos (this is a good one), and even more practice, I seem to have gotten it together.  My singles still aren’t consistently even, but they’re at least consistently thin, and the woolen method makes them light and full of bounce!

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The sunshine sweater is still chugging along! You’d think this musch stockinette would make me wanna pass out, but I really love it. It’s my favorite type of knitting really; I’m a simple girl. Someone (between the ages of 2 and 4) broke my tape measure, so I’m not sure if I’ve hit the 17″ of length that the pattern calls for, so I’m just going until I run out of yarn; I’m alternating between 2 balls, and one is nearly gone. I really love how this is turning out and I really can’t wait to wear it! And, it looks like I have a really good chance of getting it done in time to enter it into the two KALs I’m participating in.

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My only other active knit are my Saints socks, courtesy of Lollipop Yarn. I got the first one done (minus the afterthought heel) on the ride to Estes Park last weekend. I’m knitting these from the toe-up (obviously), and am hoping to have enough yarn leftover to maybe knit my niece a pair of cute, sparkly leg warmers!

And that’s all I have for now. I’ve got a good bit of dyeing, packaging, and shipping to get done today, and I’ve still got to keep the 3 amigos entertained. We’ve been doing the Index Card a Day project, so that helps! But, until next time, happy crafting!

Estes Park Wool Market, 2013

This past  Saturday, after much hemming and hawing Friday night (on my part), my family and I drove up to the Estes Park Wool Market! This was my first wool/fiber festival! It was SO exciting, and I wish I wouldn’t have wasted so much time on the hemming and hawing. The trip was amazing, the weather was absolutely gorgeous, and all 5 of us had  great time. I’ll never forget it! Especially since I took so many photos 😉

Don’t worry, this will be a very condensed recap; how many pictures of an alpaca do you need to see in one blog post, really?

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Of course, there’s not one photo of me.  But don’t you worry, I was adorned in hand knits!

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This girl was about the only thing my 3-year-old didn’t enjoy. An un-sheared alpaca looks much different than sheared one. And she was a little feisty too!

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These sheep were a part of the sheep dog demo. Doesn’t it look like they’re trying to make a break for it? Sick of that dog nipping at their ears!

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Time to start shopping!

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These gorgeous spindles are courtesy of KCL Woods, a sweet, older couple. This was the one booth that I couldn’t leave the market without visiting because I REALLY wanted a supported spindle! They do lovely work– I would’ve taken many more photos, but their booth was busy (and tiny) so I just snapped what I could. And on a side note: they both seemed very appreciative of the fact that I asked before I snapped my photos. So, remember that for your next festival!

I only bought 2 things from the festival, a supported spindle, like I mentioned, and some raw alpaca fleece. It’s about 3.5 ounces, and soft as feathers! I’ve never spun alpaca before, so I can’t wait to process it… I hope I can hold off until the Tour starts!

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Check out the staple length: 4-5 inches!

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Like I said, it was a really amazing day.  A great experience for my first fiber festival: busy, but not overwhelming, and (unless you chose to purchase something) it was free! I can’t wait to go back again next year, and maybe by then, I’ll be going back as a vendor 🙂

The Happenings

Firstly, I hope everyone had a pleasant weekend! Mine was busy and full of dyeing. My TDF teammates were all really happy with how the team braid turned out (which was a huge relief)! I wanted to make something fun, that didn’t take itself too seriously, and that no one would be nervous about spinning.  You know how sometimes you get that special braid or batt that you don’t want to ruin?  I didn’t want anyone to feel like that. I wanted something fun and versatile, that would look good bulky or thin, in singles, or as art yarn. You can see the braid for yourself in this post, and join the team here!

In other news, I’ve been making some subtle business moves. Small business tip #2: Network! I reached out to a popular podcast, offering up some fiber to be donated in a prize giveaway and my offer was graciously accepted! I’m so excited!! Stay tuned for more details on when, where, how, what, and who!

I got my husband’s Father’s Day socks off the needles, but wouldn’t you know, the bind off was too tight. I’ll fix ’em… eventually!

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I also, FINALLY, got the pink yarn done!

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It’s 200 yards of a light fingering, and I probably lost another 100+ yards of singles to my crummy job of hand winding a center-pull ball. I ended up with a tangled mess 😦

But back to Tour de Fleece for a moment: here’s a quick flash of what I’m storing up for the event– so far!

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This is just a little bit though. I still plan to make a batt or two, maybe even some rolags or punis… This might be my excuse to finally get my hands on some Gourmet Stash!

And lastly, speaking of stash, there was a wee bit of enhancement this weekend:

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Madelinetosh Prairie, in the Steamer Trunk colorway. This is my first Tosh experience, and I hope I didn’t just dive head first into a dangerous addiction. This will become a gorgeous birthday sweater for me… Once I’m done with the sunshine sweater!

That’s all I have for today! I have team braids to get dyed, packages to get shipped, and lots of fiber that needs to be re-photographed. It’s gonna be a busy week, but I’ll check in again on Wednesday to show off what’s being spun. Until then, happy crafting!

Jumping right in!

Hey y’all! I’m Dawn, aka dlyn1124 (on Ravelry), and welcome to the launch of the Daybreak Dyeworks blog! Please excuse the podcast-like intro and layout, but I figured this would be a good foundation for the start of things!

First off, Works in Progress:

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This is the Half Granny Square Shawl by Anastacia Zittel. Cute right? This is the first thing I’ve crocheted in quite some time and I’m really loving how it’s working up! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t just itching to start hookin’ something, but I think I picked the perfect project. I’m participating in the Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup for the spring term, and for Charms class, the prompt was (in short) to craft outside of your comfort zone. That can be anything from spindle spinning if you prefer a wheel, trying out a dyeing technique you’re unfamiliar with, or, as is my case, trading in your needles for hooks. This is one of the things I’m loving the most about participating in the HPKCHC– the way the class prompts challenge you to do things you wouldn’t have bothered with on your own! That, and all the badges you get for completing things 😉 For this shawl, I’m using some awesome Noro Sekku that I got in a destash from another house-mate (for a STEAL!). I’m not too familiar or even comfortable using lace weight, but crocheting with such thin yarn isn’t as intimidating for some reason.  Probably because it didn’t take as long to see progress.

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Next up is my first adult-sized sweater! I’m knitting Toujours by Joji Locatelli, double dipping in knit alongs hosted by the Must Stash ladies and TheKnitGirllls.  This is my second go-round with this sweater. I had to frog and restart a few days ago because I had this horrible gap that was forming at the beginning of each round.  I don’t know what that was all about, but you can be sure this yarn got a good, stern reprimand before I cast on again.  All in all though, the pattern is great. It’s well-written, easy to understand, and should turn out a gorgeous piece when it’s all said (or knit) and done.

Also on the needles are my husband’s Father’s Day socks. I have one completely done, and was nearly to the heel of the second one (working from the toe-up) when I realized I had done the instep pattern around the entire foot… They also received a tongue lashing this week and were frogged back to the toes.  They’re behaving now, and I should be back at the heel again in no time.

Now, on to Spinning!

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This is the second half of a self-dyed, 100% corriedale wool.  It’s spinning up pretty thin, a lot thinner than I planned actually! I haven’t decided my plans for the finished skein though, besides the fact that it will be a 2-ply. I’m considering over dyeing the finished skein, but we’ll see.  This was more of a “spinning for spinning’s sake” type of spin!

Finished Objects:

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This is a nifty little handspun hat that someone apparently stepped on during the blocking process, as I found it somewhat folded over on itself.

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Here’s an action shot of the little knee pads I made for Boy! Don’t you just want to take a bite out of that thigh? Too cute!

And lastly, a wee stash enhancement:

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New Orleans Saints self-striping, sparkly sock yarn, courtesy of Lollipop Yarn! A lovely Mother’s Day gift to myself 🙂

Well, that’s all I have for today, friends! As it’s a holiday weekend coming up, I may not be back till next week with more news, so until then, happy crafting!