Thursday, February 26, 2009

Dyeing Roving and Spinning Pink and Blue Roving....

I dyed some roving today. This is Microblend Super Sock roving that I got from Paradise Fibers.
You can see it here:

It is a superwash wool/nylon blend, and so, so soft! It was difficult to dye because it wanted to come apart. It is still wet in this picture, and I can't wait for it to dry so I can start spinning it. I use Hot Fuschia and Purple acid dyes.

Here is my pink and blue roving on the wheel. I'm plying it now. It will be a 2 ply yarn, and will be a sock yarn. I'm not sure of the WPI yet, but it 'feels' like a sock yarn. I should finish plying it tonight or tomorrow.

We are getting a blizzard tonight, so it will be a good time to stay inside and spin. :)

Socks completed.....Plus Stitch Markers


I met my goal of a dozen pairs of socks for the CIC kids. They range in size from about a 10 year old to about a 2 year old. I will get them mailed off today or tomorrow. I also have some caps that I will hang on to until they are needed. I will continue to work on socks and caps until I have enough to make a package to send off again.

Stitch Markers...

I made some more stitch markers. I LOVE playing with the clay, but it hurts my thumbs so I have to limit myself on how much I do. I could sit all day and play in the clay!
Next I want to make some pigs. I have so many ideas! But I have to remember to pace myself.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Finished yarn

The yarn I was plying is done and has had the twist set. They will work GREAT for the CIC kids if that's what I choose to use them for. I may gift them to a friend. I'm not sure yet. Either way, I'm happy with both of these yarns.

I have some more roving that I dyed last week. It is hot pink, and bright blue. It is on the wheel as I type, and below is a picture of the singles in progress. I hope to be able to have pictures hopefully by the weekend of the finished yarn.

I am on sock # 11 for the CIC kids. I want to have an even dozen to send to them in a few days. I really need to get them finished so that they are received on time. This is stamping week also, so it's going to be a busy week!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Socks, and Spinning, and Sheep!

I have 8 pairs of socks completed for the CIC kids. I would 'like' to send
them an even dozen, but don't know if I can get that many done in time.
They are having a drive for socks in Feb, and I'll need to have them mailed
out in about another week or so.

Anyway, that is what I've been doing with my time. They range from
about an 8 yr old down to probably a 3 yr old in size. The larger ones will
fit on my feet, but are snug. The red pair, gold and purple pair,
purple and black pair, and the smallest pair are all made from my own home
spun yarn. :) They are all knit toe up.

I have some yarn on the wheels now, and this is what it looks like.
On my Lendrum Wheel:
On my 'purdy' wheel:

This is the roving I'm using for these yarns. They were both acid dyed by me.

I'm in the mood to dye more roving, but don't think I'll have time for
a few days as this week is heading into being really crazy. And next week
is stamping week. ARGHHHHHHHHH!!!

This morning as soon as I was out of the shower I ran to town and
had brekkie with Joyce and Lainey and then we just knitted and gabbed.
Tomorrow I have to work at the daycare in the afternoon, and then on
Thursday morning I have to decorate the church for the 55+
Valentine Banquet....and Thurs night is quilting club. (I've just
been invited to join the quilt club here in town and am a little nervous about
going for the first time, but I'm sure I'll have a great time.) Friday a.m. is
ladies bible study, and then Fri. night is the Valentine Banquet. So
that's what the rest of my week looks like.

I saw some of these cute little sheep stitch markers on the web and fell in
love with them so I ordered them.....and then I thought to myself....
" Self,
why don't you make them for yourself??" And here's what I
ended up with.

I haven't put any sealer on them yet, but they are baked and I'm really not sure if I need to seal them or not. I used fimo to make them. I just love them, and want to make more of them. :) They were so much fun to make. There's so many things I want to do, and so little time! I don't know when the ones I ordered will be here, but it will be fun to compare them with the ones I made.