A Fiber Swap and Other Fun Stuff this Weekend

What a crazy weather weekend we had!  Saturday was rainy and cold then Sunday was hot and muggy.  I was so grateful that my crochet student gave me a cup of coffee when I came in for our lesson Saturday.  She even turned on the heater since we were both chilled to the bone with the dampness.

Sunday’s fiber swap was a bit nicer when the sun came out for a little bit.  It was so muggy though and the rain was not ready to give up as two showers passed as we spun.

Today’s weather is just about perfect with a few fluffy clouds and a nice breeze that is airing out the damp.  Hopefully, we have a few more days like today before summer hits with a bucket of humidity.

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What’s on My Bobbin? – Multiple Rainbows

Rain, Rain go away!  With all this rain I expect there to be multiple rainbows once the sun returns.  If not, there are several rainbows lying on the bed next to me as I write this blog post.  Currently, it’s steadily raining and the poor chap just outside my window is vainly attempting to leaf blow the wet grass he just cut.  I’d tell him not to even bother, but he doesn’t have much of a sense of humor.

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Busy Washing Day on Monday

One of two skeins from an art batt
One of two skeins from an art batt

Normally, washing day happens on Sundays in my house.  It’s the best day since I can usually relax as I wait for the sun to dry my clothes.  This gives me an excuse to play some video games as I “guard” the laundry.

This week I did the clothing laundry as usual, but with a quick tumble in the dryer since the rain just would not let up.  Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and waste the electric just so you don’t smell like a mushroom.

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What’s on My Bobbin? – Rainbow Wishes

The first ply with the some of the fiber
The first ply with the some of the fiber

Once again I am working with a particular Merino top to create a yarn I am calling “Rainbow Wishes”.  The first skein of yarn I spun using this fiber is called “Muddy Rainbow” since the colors mingled together into a muddied mess.

Last year I entered two skein of handspun yarn into the crafting competition at the Burlington County Farm Fair.  I was surprised when both did incredibly well, earning a first and second place.  Competing is not my thing, but I was proud of what I had accomplished in such a short time.

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Planes, Outside Spinning, and Weekend Gaming

This past weekend was lovely.  Though the overcast skies threatened rain on Saturday, I took my spinning wheel onto the deck and spun my heart out.  I even managed to get a bit of a sunburn on my right arm before I put my umbrella into an old plant stand I had hanging on the railing.

Somebunny poked her whiskers outside
Somebunny poked her whiskers outside

Sunday was spent playing PC games because there was a threat of rain.  No doubt I would bang my spinning wheel against the door frame as I ran inside to avoid the raindrops.  The only thing I can do while gaming is run my tractor into a building as I hitch up a flatbed trailer or fall into a lava lake as I run across a field.

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What’s on My Bobbin? – Some of My First Hand Painted Fiber

The Chocolate and Mint Spin
The Chocolate and Mint Spin

Several weeks ago I started making my own hand painted fiber.  After my heavy-handed first attempt at dyeing in a roasting pan, I figured I would have more control with this technique.  And I do indeed.  This is becoming an addictive part of working with fiber.  I try to block at least one day a week to have fun and make a heck of a mess.  This usually falls on Sundays so I can hang the fiber out with the week’s laundry.

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More Than One Way to do Crafting

The two skeins of the Embers spin
The two skeins of the Embers spin

As with most of my weekends, I spent it crafting.  Do you realize that there is more than one way to craft?  Yes, I was creating tangible items when I spun the Embers roving into yarn.  But I also did some virtual crafting when I made iron ore into iron pick axes in Minecraft.  I find both of these types of crafting enjoyable for their own distinct reasons.

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What’s on My Bobbin? – Embers from a Summer Campfire

Embers by Fuzzyfrog Fibers
Embers by Fuzzyfrog Fibers

Today’s “What’s on My Bobbin?” is the Embers colorway from Fuzzyfrog Fibers.  I picked up this braid last September when I went to New Jersey Sheep and Wool.  This is one of several braids, mostly named after locations in Middle Earth, that I was drawn to.  Choosing something to spin this week was a challenge because I wanted to spin everything in my stash.  I ended up blindly reaching into the box and spinning what came out.  It turns out that this was a good choice.

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The “Sequin Diva Cowl” using the Muddy Rainbow Yarn

The Muddy Rainbow and the start of the cowl
The Muddy Rainbow and the start of the cowl

Have I told you how much I like the way my first dye project came out?  Well, if you missed all the other posts recently, let me tell you know that I really like the way the Muddy Rainbow looks.  Something this interesting needed an equally interesting pattern so I chose the “Sequin Diva Cowl” by Sara Sach of Posh Pooch Designs.

The Pattern

i really want to show off the gradient of this skein so the increase of a triangle wasn’t going to cut it.  I decided to go with the Sequin Diva Cowl because it has crazy “teeth”, but the stitch count remains the same across each row.

The gradient of the cowl so far
The gradient of the cowl so far

The pattern is an easy four row repeat.  I memorized the instructions quickly even though they are not written in convention terms.  Just keep in mind that you stop five stitches from the end on the same row you did the extra half double stitches and you’re all set.  My brain took a left turn somewhere as I was crocheting the third set and I had to frog to the beginning of the sequence.

I also altered the pattern and did five stitches less that the 35 per row because I’m not sure I would have had enough yarn.  With 166 yards my cowl may still be a little snug in the end, but it should be just fine.

How It’s Going So Far

I started with the chains this morning around 9ish and I had finished eight four row sequences by the time Mom showed up at 11:30.  I’ll get back to this project as soon as I am done publishing this post and  I expect that it will be completed early this evening.

The sharp contrast between the orange and the maroon
The sharp contrast between the orange and the maroon

Though the fiber is not next to skin soft, it is draping very nicely.  I imagine this would go well over a winter coat with a collar.  I just love the way the gradient goes from deep orange to dark maroon with brown, then to black and finally dark teal. My only concern is the sharp contrast from dark teal to deep orange when I sew the ends together.

Do  you have any projects you are working on today?  Let me know in the comments below.  I’d love to see what you are working on.

Have an excellent day!

Nose Bumps
Nose bumps from the Bun Sisters

WIP Tuesday is Cancelled for the Day

I’m sorry to say that there isn’t much to discuss in my world of crochet so WIP Tuesday is cancelled for today.  After staying up way past my bedtime last night trying to get a Minecraft server together for my Mom and me, we skipped knitting because she had a doctor’s appointment.  Bad us. 😉

Now after being out all day, my lack of sleep is catching up with me.  I’m yawning and my eyes are bleary.    The forecasted rain doesn’t seem to be helping  Even Yuki seems to be feeling the change in barometric pressure as she just did a DBF (aka:  Dead Bunny Flop) at my feet.

One Lonely Crochet Project in the Works

My first dye project
My first dye project: an interesting dark rainbow gradient

I did manage to cake up my first dye project in preparation of putting it on my hook.  This is such an interesting gradient that I wanted to see how it really changes from one color to the next.  It looks even better as a cake and I can hardly wait to start turning it into something nice.  I had hoped for a corner to corner scarf, but with only 166 yards it will have to be something less grand.  Perhaps a thin cowl if I work it in the round.

New Toy

Contrary to what Yuki might be thinking, this new toy is not a birthday present.  Though it might be made of wood and tempting to chew if you are a rabbit, this is far from being for a bunny.  It’s a new blending board so I can play with even more fiber.  My fun isn’t going to end anytime soon.

My new blending board with its foot
My new blending board with its foot

It was a “factory second” and thanks to my Dad it now has a working foot.  Even if the rolags look less than stellar, my upper chest will be getting a workout.  LOL

There is a pile of fluff sitting in a bag that I desperately need to turn into spinnable fiber.  It’s all an experiment at this point so if it turns into mush, oh well.

How was your Tuesday?  Did you do what you needed to do or did you play hooky too?  Let me know in the comments below so we can swap stories of how bad we are.

Have an excellent day!

Nose Bumps
Nose bumps from the Bun Sisters