Saturday, October 23, 2010

Mystery Roving, A Special Purchase

This is the Mystery Roving I mentioned last week. It is a mystery because each 2 ounce bag is a little different.

The primary fiber is fine grade wool; merino, rambouillet and sheltand. Some of the wool is dyed, some natural white or natural colored, there may be alpaca, llama, mohair or other wools blended with the fine grade. The dyed wool is mostly various shades of green, there is a smaller amount of dyed red mixed in some bags.

It is great for wet or needle felting, the fibers are shorter so would be difficult for spinning. The mittens below were made by wet felting into a firm light weight mitten, perfect for driving the car. I am going to use two bags to make a heavy pair of mittens for barn use.

The mitten on the left is palm side up, I spread a short length of roving width wise to let the mixed colors make their own design. The mitten on the right is top side up, I separated some of the lighter natural colored with a bit of red in it to lay on last to make a design. The special price for this roving is $4.00 for a 2 ounce bag, it is a limited supply.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ting's Kntted Vest Cardigan

Ting is a busy mother of a toddler and infant so I am sure her knitting time is limited, however she found time to knit this beautiful cardigan for herself . The pattern is designed by Meghan McFarlane and can be found on Ravelry. The yarn is our Light Grey worsted weight.

Ting's choice of pattern and yarn color are timeless so she will be able to enjoy it for a long time. I appreciate her sharing the photos with me and knew you all would enjoy them, too. I do love this style sweater and Ting did such fine knitting of it.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Felting with Kazoo Yarnies

Kazoo Yarnies have such fun KIP meetings, this was my second meeting with the group. This time instead of Knit In Public, we had Felt In Public as the picture shows. The organizer of the group, Beth, is a professional photographer who took several great pictures in a rather underlit restaurant setting.

I made a cell phone/eyeglass case using merino top and brought a large bag of a special purchase "Mystery" roving. Will get that posted on the website later and post it here. Several of the knitters were interested in adding another fiber art to their repertoire and took some of the Mystery roving home with them. I am hoping they will keep me posted on their progress.

I had a little time to talk with a few of those attending, got to meet WonderWhyGal, she has more pictures on her blog. Also chatted abit with Carolyn and Janet, shown in the photo above.

Group meetings are so much more than knitting in public, they are a chance to learn more about those we have met online and in turn learn more about yourself.

Monday, October 11, 2010

New Felt Makers

Faith is not only a patient young lady but also a quick learner. She asked a few weeks ago if I would show her how to make a hat, she had to be patient since we had a couple of other things scheduled that were taking my time. She did a great job, making nice felt, choosing colors and design all on her own, she kept her Mother and I hopping to keep up.

Holly's hat is really nice, too, but she keeps saying she isn't a hat person. So far, most have disagreed with her on that.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Felt United Submissions

Felt United is past for this year. It was such fun to see other felt artists work and watch new people learn about felt, particularly if they fall in love with felt making. There are pictures of the event at the farm on our website or on Facebook. Here I will share one of the items that each of us submitted for the International Felt United website.

The major piece I made for this year's event is a wall hanging that hung over the shop doorway on Saturday.

This is a close up of the sky portion so you can see the silk fibers, hand dyed blue silk locks and metallic fabric grid pieces that are incorporated in that section.

This close up is of the sun with silk fibers, silk yarn and metallic fibers.

We each submitted 3 pieces for the international site; my favorite of Sue Pufpaff's entries is this stylish coat and matching purse.

My favorite of Suzanne Higgs entries is this very unique vessel.