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The Week in Projects: August 27, 2017

This wasn’t the most productive week in projects, even though I had two days off from the day job to just play. I did learn some stuff, though…

I started spinning the electric rainbow from last week’s fiber festival…I finished one bobbin and I’m about a quarter of the way through the second.

Spinning in process. It’s so more vibrant than the bobbin shows!

I started going through the yarn left from when I closed down Yay for J! and I decided to challenge myself and conduct a little experiment. I wound up twelve 20 yard skeins of yarn that doesn’t belong together, broke out the vari-dent reed that followed me home last week, set my warping peg for roughly 100″, and started warping Loomikins.

There was a little planning for this experiment…

The final warping order:

It doesn’t look too bad, really…

The final product on Kaley the Mannequin:

I really like how it came out. I’m glad I continued on…

Close up of the colors:

It’s really soft and smooshy too!

Here’s a summary of what I learned from this project:

  • 240 yards would’ve been enough to make a slightly narrower scarf. I added 10 yards of one of the colors because I freaked out. I’m glad I did for the sake of this project.
  • It was scary working with so many short lengths of yarn. I constantly felt like I didn’t have enough to even get halfway, but I really did have enough. It’s amazing how far 20 yards will go.
  • The vari-dent is cool, but I don’t know that I like thick yarns next to thin ones. The weaving is looser than I feel comfortable with on the one side (where the big holes are), but it seems to be ok.
  • If you’re gonna use the big holes, use a big yarn! I misjudged a few yarns (they were too skinny in my opinion).
  • Sometimes it’s worth finishing a project even though it seems like the ugliest thing you’ve ever done. I got disappointed when I was a little more than halfway and looked at everything I wove. It looked hideous. But I have to say, I like how it came out. It will look even better when I finish the finishing (adding beads and fluffing out the fuzzy yarns).

I kinda want to experiment with knitting/crocheting with the same batch of mini-skeins. We’ll see.  🙂

What do you think? Do you think the colors work together? Would you be interested in trying them yourself? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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The Week in Projects: August 20, 2017

It’s been a busy week this week! Let’s get started, shall we?

We had a team building outing at the day job and I won a large prize!

I won an important prize!

Apparently you needed at least two tickets to win the prize. That was kind of misleading. It’s ok. I won other (smaller) prizes.

Friday, Brenda of B n C Craft Boutique went with me to the Michigan Fiber Festival. It was her first ever and my first in several years. I’m a little embarrassed to post my haul, but let’s just say I had FUN. *grin*

I did knock an item off my shopping list…I am now the proud owner of a Russian supported spindle:

There was a whole lotta nyet in the beginning

Brenda isn’t a spinner (yet), but as a thank you for putting up going with me, I wanted to spin some yarn for her. She picked out these fluffies:

Step away from the fluffies and no one gets hurt

I added some extra fiber to make sure I had enough for a scarf and let the fiber dictate what it was going to become. This is probably the fastest 300+ yards I’ve ever spun up. Ever. I can’t wait to see what she does with it!

It got better after its bath!

I’ve been seeing bright rainbows paired with neutrals and I’m a little intrigued by this. We found a lady selling chunks of fiber for a buck (buy 10, get the 11th free! Ok, twist my arm!) so I picked up a neon rainbow and a neutral. This is going to be lovely to spin!

These fibery bits are total crack…

And last but not least, Brenda has graciously made these towel sets just for Sleeping Pond Studio! The colors, prints, and handiwork are simply wonderful! They have to be seen to be appreciated! You can buy them on the Sleeping Pond Facebook page.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for what’s new in the studio next week!

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The Week in Projects: August 13, 2017

It was a pretty productive week…I spun up the itty bitty rainbow batt (from this post). I spun it extra super fine, and I ended up with 280+ yards of two ply! Crazy!!!

Earlier in the week, I saw a post from that completely enamored me…here’s my take:

(The paper was awesome too…It’s Stonehenge from Legion Paper. I just need to finish them. Stay tuned.)

On Saturday, I got some packages from Napa Valley Fiber. (Deborah is awesome. Go check her out.)

I had to play with the fibers while I waited for the laundry to do its thing. I used the fiber on the right with a little lime green and whipped up 150+ yards of super yummy yarn…

And I did a little cleaning in the studio…I want to make room for new stuff! Visit my eBay store for deals unavailable anywhere else…

That’s all for now…see you in the studio next week!