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Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival 2017

Second fiber festival of the year is in the books! I spent most of my time teaching, a little socializing, and a little shopping.  I was slowed down, just a bit, by my broken foot and made an effort to keep it elevated as much as possible.

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I had three wonderful classes with some smart and fantastic (and returning!) students.   Unfortunately, I was so focused on the classes I didn’t take any pictures. So here’s a sheep from the day.

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On Friday I taught Beaded Wire Bracelet and DIY Stitchmarkers and on Saturday I taught Cables 101.  One of my Cables class students from April took the Beaded Wire Bracelet class and I got to see two cabled handbands (a pattern exclusive to the Cables 101 class) she made. Saturday morning I got to Franklin early so I picked up my mini-rug hooking kit and sat at the edge of a friend’s booth working on that.

Of course, I did a little shopping. Yarny goodness:

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  • (Upper left) This actually just came – I loved the colorway but requested it on a different base (superwash merino rather than a merino bamboo mix) and they dyed it up this week.  It is a “shawl ball” from Brenda and Heather Yarns (aka BAH Yarns), a local dyer. This is 645 yards of fingering weight in a single gradient colorway called Sunset. 
  • (Upper right) Yet another large gradient, this time Arial Evolution (100% merino) from Twisted Fiber Art.  This is a new to me dyer so I’m excited to start on this soon.  Colorway is Downten.
  • (Lower left) This was a dyer I specifically wanted to buy something from this year as I’ve never tried her yarns.  This is sportweight 100% merino (superwash) in the Plum Drum Weekend colorway from Oink Pigments.  It’s actually not the softest merino but it feels like a very sturdy merino that won’t fuzz or felt so I’m planning to use it for socks.
  • (Lower right) Another yarn from Brenda and Heather Yarns but this is a self striping DK yarn.  I love self-striping for socks but given I’m a crazy slow sock knitter, DK weight yarn is perfect for me.  Colorway is Sunshine on a Cloudy Day (or as I call it, Grellow).

 

 

 

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Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival 2016

Second fiber festival of the year is in the books! I spent most of my time teaching, a little socializing, and some shopping.

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I had three wonderful classes with some smart and fantastic students.   Unfortunately, I only got pictures of my raw fleeces class because I had a bit more time.  It’s so rewarding to see the moment a new skill “clicks” with a student.

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On Friday I taught Lace Knitting 101 and after talking about yarn and needle selection we worked through a couple swatches to learn some common lace stitches and how to read lace charts.  Saturday morning I taught raw fleeces and I talked about selecting a fleece before we hand processed some samples of wool and alpaca.  Lastly, I taught Bead Knitting Rockstar Saturday afternoon.  We talked about bead selection and worked through different ways of adding beads to knitting.  If you took one of my classes I’d love to see what you’ve done!

Around teaching I did a little shopping. I also ordered two skeins from Copper Centaur, which Lucy is dying up for me this week.

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Non-Yarn/Fiber Goodies

Combing Spray – Something new to try!  I’ve seen recipes/formulas for combing spray but didn’t have easy access to all the supplies.  When I saw this I wanted to give it a shot. The idea is it will decrease the fly-aways when combing.  I bought the lavender scent.  The seller is Twistery Fiber here.

Soap – I’m a sucker for natural soaps since they are a lot less likely to make my skin itch (and I can recognize all the ingredients).  I bought lavender scented goat milk soap.  The soap is made by Gina’s Essentials here.

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Two 3oz DK weight skeins of merino from Knitted to a T.  The deep blue color is called Sapphire.  I think I might knit another Curl shawl with it.

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Hand-dyed self-striping yarn from a new company – BaH Yarns (Brenda and Heather Yarns).  This is the Mr. Sparkle Base, a blend of superwash merino wool, silk, nylon and glitz.  The colorway is Winter Sunset, stripes of yellow, orange, coral and purple.

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Lastly, from A Good Yarn, is handpainted 100% superwash merino.  The first skein is a gray with spots of teal.  The second skein is dark gray, nearly black.  I plant to use these together in the form of stripes.

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May 2016 Odds’n’Ends (Including Classes)

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Classes at Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival in Franklin, Indiana (June 3-4) My classes are filling up as early registration closes next week! There are two spots left in my bead knitting class, five left in the lace knitting class and plenty in the fleece class.  Class descriptions are listed on the website here and registrations are open online.  Early registration ends May 15th and the class prices increase from $35 to $45.

  • Bead Knitting Rock Star (June 4 – 1:00-4:00 pm) – Add texture and bling to your knitting by adding beads! You can choose small subtle beads for a shimmer or contrasting beads for a pop of color. This workshop will cover how to choose the right beads, two methods for adding beads to your knitting (pre-stringing or as-you-go), and how to place the beads to get the desired effect.
  • Lace Knitting 101 (June 3 – 1:00-4:00 pm) – Learn the tips and tricks that will take lace knitting from scary to addictive. This workshop will cover yarn and needle selection, basic increases and decreases, chart reading, shawl construction and lifelines. Students will practice in the workshop to master these techniques and will receive a lace shawl pattern to continue at home where you’ll be knitting lace like a pro!
  • Raw Fleeces, Identify & Demystify (June 4 – 9:00 am -12:00 pm) – You want to buy your first raw fleece, but which one should you choose? What do you do with it once you’ve bought one? In this workshop you will learn what to consider when buying a fleece and what options are available for cleaning your fleece. Students will examine wool, alpaca (suri and huacaya), angora, and mohair, and discover what constitutes a great raw fleece and what to watch out for. Discussions on skirting, washing, and flicking for different types of fiber will happen while cleaning small samples from start to finish.

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Upcoming Design I’ve drafted the pattern and am working on the sample knitting.  Think a summer stole in laceweight yarn with beads.  As soon as I finish the sample I’ll send the pattern off for test knitting and tech editing.  If you’re interested in test knitting please shoot me an email.  Here’s a sneak peek!

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Summer Blog Post Schedule With summer upon us (hey, a girl can dream), I will shift to a blog post every other week (except for the lace needle comparison series).  This allows me some extra time to spend outside enjoying the outdoors and the other fun summer brings.  I’ll return to my weekly schedule after Stitches Midwest in August.

Blog Post Ideas? Do you have any suggestions for future blog post topics?  I’m looking for some ideas for the late spring and summer months.  What do you want to read about? Upcoming topics include a comparison of lace knitting needles, a few reviews and hopefully some more finished objects.

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March 2016 Odds’n’Ends (Including Classes)

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Classes at The Fiber Event in Greencastle, Indiana (April) Classes are listed on the website here and registrations are open online.  New this year – you can sign up online.  I’ve been working on some fun swatches for the two knitting classes and some lovely, scrumptious merino for the raw fleeces classes. April 15-16 in Greencastle, Indiana, which is about an hour west of Indianapolis.

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Classes at Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival in Franklin, Indiana (June) Classes are listed on the website here and registrations are open online.  Same classes as The Fiber Event but different days – details on the classes tab of my website. June 3-4 in Franklin, Indiana.

 

Upcoming Design I finished knitting the sample and wrote the pattern.  The pattern is currently being test knit and tech edited, both of which should be done in a couple weeks.  The Grace Fryer shawl is a lace shawlette that uses one skein of fingering weight yarn. Here’s a sneak peek!

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Blog Post Ideas? Do you have any suggestions for future blog post topics?  I’m looking for some ideas for the late spring and summer months.  What do you want to read about? Upcoming topics include a comparison of lace knitting needles, processing a merino fleece and hopefully some more finished objects.

 

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Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival 2015

Another fiber festival is in the books! I had a wonderful class with two fantastic students.   I did some shopping, some socializing, some teaching and then some more shopping and socializing.
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Non-Yarn/Fiber Goodies

Happy Hands Lotion – This stuff is great for knitters and spinners because it dries quickly and isn’t greasy.  Today I bought the Clover scent.  I also like Mandarin Clove and Sweet Dreams.  Our local yarn shop, Starstruck Cat, carries the lotion and it is available directly from the Etsy site here.

Yarn Bowl – This is the second year I’ve bought a yarn bowl from this vendor, Beech Grove Clay Works.  The glaze jobs on their work is amazing, as well as patterning in the clay.  And, they are reasonably priced.

Project Bag – Another project bag from Unique Petites.  These have a flat bottom so they stand up.

Yarn Ball Pin – This was actually a gift from a vendor (Froebe Fibers) Patty and I both bought the same yarn from.  And she will be at Stitches (as a participant, not a vendor) – we hope to see her there!

Yarn and Fiber

021An alpaca/merino/tussah silk braid from Knitted to a T.  The electric/denim blue colors are deeply saturated.  The colorway name is Janie’s Got a Gun.

014Hand-dyed yarn from Froebe Fibers.  This is the Shady Leprechaun Lace, a blend of 70% superwash merino and 30% silk.  There are 1090 yards in the 100 gram skein.  The colorway is a silvery gray with bits of teal blue/green over it and she dyes using food-safe dyes.  Her online store is here.

019Lastly, and from a new to me dyer, is yarn from Copper Centaur Studios.  The dye on her yarns is a deeply saturated tonal, nearly solid.  The base for the yarn I bought is Slightly Silky – a very squishy fingering weight blend of 80% superwash merino and 20% silk. The colorway is “Intentional Tardis” and is destined to be a Dr. Who shawl.

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Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival

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Yesterday I went to Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival in Franklin, Indiana.  There weren’t any classes I was interested in so I just went for the shopping.  My friend Heather came with and we met up with our friend Erica who had a booth there.  They had some super cute sheep there and a couple alpaca.

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The day got off to a good start when I found the above drum carder for $50.  I’ve been thinking about getting one like the one I borrow from my friend Patty but hadn’t made the (large) financial commitment.  So I was excited to find this one. No markings on it so it may be homemade.  The carding cloth is fine or extra fine (perfect!) and the teeth are in good condition.  The large drum is small compared to the Fancy Kitty but the licker in is actually larger than the licker in on the Kitty. The size ratio between the big and little drum is just odd.  Hopefully I’ll have a chance this weekend to see how it works.

I did not get a ton of prepped fiber.  The gray bag on the drum carder is some alpaca that is super soft. The colorful set of fibers are from LunabudKnits. The major item on my shopping list was some purple to go along with the class batts from April I recently spun up.  I ended up with two different shades of purple – the bright one is for my blue batt and the darker one is for the orange/purple/gray/yellow batt.  The remaining colors (one ounce each) are just for blending on the drum carder.

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Two more fleeces.  One is an alpaca fleece from an alpaca whose blanket I bought in a prior year.  The alpaca owner has sold most of her herd so I was soooo excited to find one of her’s (and it was on sale).  I also got a small cormo cross fleece.  I have no illusions that cleaning this thing will be a pain.  After talking with the seller I may try the suint method.  She said she’s been using it for all her fleeces and has worked well.

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Everything else was just for fun.  A yarn bowl I found for $15 that will work with larger balls of yarn and a jar of amazing salsa. The seller had samples available and they were pretty amazing. One small thing of lotion to try and then two bars of soap from one of my favorite sellers, Simple Soapworks.  I buy a couple bars anytime they’re at a show for two reasons.  One, the bars have a very saturated scent.  Not overpowering but you can smell their booth from half a building away.  Second, they have a lot of bars with oatmeal in them.  The oatmeal acts as an exfoliant and your skin feels great.

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That’s it! No more fiber festivals til the fall so plenty of time to get these fleeces washed up!

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