Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Alpaca knitting

Oh boy, still no picture of my Cameo shawl and Vitamin D sweater...golly, maybe I just need to hang them on a hanger and take the camera out! Keep it simple.
But I've been happily knitting when I have time here and there.
I've combined soft 100% white alpaca yarn with some of my handspun yarns to create colourful hats. I had blogged about spinning the yarn here.
I was so excited when I started knitting with this stripping handspun and saw that I could knit three rows and the colours worked just right. It's great when things just work out this way.
This hat is a size Large, it would fit an adult. (Obviously, the styrofoam head I have it on is rather small.) I still have to add the ties to finish it off.
I've been knitting a few of these hats to add to my table at the Farmer's Market.
This one is still wet and needs ties too.

Each one is different thanks to the self stripping handspun yarn.
I've also knitted some fingerless mittens in with Ginger's alpaca fleece. This yarn is blended with mohair. It's so soft, I might call these mine! More for the shop.
I must have frogged them three times before I was happy with the design of the pattern.
I love how they fit, especially at the wrist.
They still need a light blocking, especially the picot edge.

And there's been a tiny bit of dyeing. I took the pots outside and got things brewing.
Here are a few merino tops drying on the clothesline.
They will be added to the Etsy shop this week.

Tomorrow, the pups get their first visit to the vet!
That's always a major undertaking now that it's only hubby and I.

Two more weeks, and they will start leaving us to join their new families...
As much work as it is to care for a litter of Goldens, it's always bitter sweet to see them go.
One of them just might be staying with us...I'll let you know when we decide.)

I'm back to the market on saturday, stop and say hello!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Weekend plans

I'll be at the North Bay Farmers' Market this saturday from 8am to 1pm. The yarns, rovings, soaps are ready to be loaded in the car as are the tables, canopy etc. There are so many wonderful things happening at the market with a variety of vendors and products.
If you are in the area, come over and say hi!

The kids have been asking for a wing night, so we will get together and fire up the fryer and eat our fill on saturday!

I'm behind in showing you my FOs. My goal this week is to take pictures (or have them taken by hubby) of my Vitamin D and my Cameo. Both are done and have been worn lots!

Yesterday, I finished the cuff on my toe-up socks. Plain socks for mindless knitting when I'm waiting in the doctor's office or when travelling in the car.

And I leave you with a picture of two pups from our current litter. At 4 weeks, they are so adorable and ready to explore the world. Only a few pups still available.

What are your plans for the weekend?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Day of rest

The Tour de France is on a day of rest today and so are the spinners that joined the Tour de fleece.
I've spun every day so far and even a little bit today.

I spent most of the day with my 2 year old grand daughter. She is such a bubbly, talkative child. We are quite busy when she's around.
She has very often seen me spin at my spinning wheel. She understand that the wheel is mine and only mine. She's been very good at respecting that. I see her walk up to the wheel and closely look at the fiber.
These past few days, I've enjoyed spinning outside and taking advantage of a light breeze.
When we were downstairs, O asked me to bring her wooden rocking horse back upstairs and outside on the deck. So that's what I did. I then watched her set her little chair behind the horse, put a small ball of yarn between the horse's legs. She then sat on the chair, put her feet on the horse's rockers and proceeded to push on the rockers with her feet.
I couldn't quite figure out what she was doing so I asked her. She replied: ''I'm making alpaca yarn.'' I then realized she was 'spinning' too!

She certainly made my heart sing with those words!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Wilting in the heat

Even Mia found this heat to be too much today. She watched me ply my singles and wondered how many times would I stop to go take a dip in the pool to cool off.
She's such a good companion, always following me around the house.

My SW Merino got done this morning.

This is what I need to ply, 6 bobbins of singles.  I decided to do a 2 ply yarn. If I was to do a 3 ply yarn, it would end up being too thick, almost a worsted weight yarn. So 2 ply it will be.

Here is the first one.

And the blue mohair is all done too but still drying.

Stay cool!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Day 4

Here we are at Day 4 of TdF....still going strong! (So much fun to have an excuse to spin this much!!) But tomorrow, I'll be out of the house most of the day so minimal spinning most likely.
I completed the merino top started yesterday...turns out it has a lot more green than I thought. I started with a superwash merino today. It's just so easy to spin this stuff...almost too slippery. I hated dyeing it for that reason but to spin...F.U.N.!

I saw another shawl on Araignee's blog that would be really nice for handspun. The stripes are on the vertical. I might prefer this pattern...not sure yet.

Monday, July 2, 2012

TdF Day 3 and The three amigos

Day 3 of TdF:
Up bright and early this morning, with only the cat and dogs to keep me company. The sun is bright and very warm, what a great day to be alive!!!
More spinning. I completed the blue mohair but decided not to ply it today since I need to change to my Plying head to do so. I am instead starting with a merino top I hand dyed and could not let go to my shop.
These are the tops that I would like to use in the shawl I will knit myself. I started on the greenish-yellow and blue on the back right corner.

I have about half of it done now. I'll surely be spinning a bit more today.
It's so nice to be spinning again. But I must pace myself or I won't be able to spin for the duration of the Tour de Fleece / Tour de France!

On the farm front:

The three crias are inseparable. Playing, sleeping and resting together is the norm.
(Tenelly, Carmella and Fernando)
There are bunnies everywhere this year. I don't have a garden so they are just great fun to have around. 

And my alpaca yarn is now here!!!
It's almost ready to label and sell.
Here is Makushla's contribution.

And Aurelia's contribution.

And Ginger's contribution

As for Alicia's contribution, I had that done in roving. More on that another time.

Son was here for a wonderful breakfast first thing this morning. Dear hubby is taking me out for dinner, then cake at daughter's house. I can't ask more anything more on my B-day!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Tour de Fleece

Day 1:
Well Day 1 of the Tour de Fleece (TdF) went by without me...I did not get to my wheel on Saturday.
After a morning at the market with my alpaca products and soaps, hubby and I had a wonderful dinner at our dear friends cottage near Temagami. We came home late and my bed was calling me!

Day 2:
Great start. I have a wonderful box of mohair fleece from Wellington Fibre farm in a shade of blue. I already had about 50g spun and this morning I was able to spin about 160 g.
I have about 40g left to spin tomorrow and I hope to be able to ply it on Day 3 or 4.

My intention is to spin different blue fleeces during the TdF and combine all of them in a shawl such as this, or this.

Canada is 145 years old today!
I consider myself very fortunate to live here.
Long life to you Canada!
and tomorrow...my B day!