Dyeing Yarn

I’ve been having so much of a good time dyeing yarn. I got about 100 skeins of fingering weight yarn last month. I have been using different methods and they all achieve different results.

Candy Rush

Candy Rush

Huntsmen

Huntsmen

Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit

Chrisalis

Chrisalis

Stubborn

Stubborn

 

 

Pathway

Pathway

And the last but not the least, this is my Equatorial yarn. I got inspired by the Selvedge magazine cover from the Summer of 2013 issue.

Equatorial

Equatorial

They are all listed now in my Etsy shop. I think I still have about 80 blank skeins that I need to go through. Fun!

Patricia.

Knitting and Spinning for a Blanket

 I had this urge to spin for a chunky blanket. I spun about 1 1/2 lb of Polwarth Top to be able to make it. I didn’t know how much yarn I would need before, so I just made a rough calculation as how much I needed to spin. Even that the logistics to make the blanket was simple (spin and knit a basic square), knitting it was another story. I used US 50 mm needles and it was a little hard at the beginning to get used to holding the gigantic needles. Nonetheless, I’m very happy with the end result.

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Big Needles

Chunky Blnaket

 

See you soon!

 

Patricia

Workshop and Fairs

I feel such a dummy! I had my felting workshop at WindRush Farm yesterday and everything went uneventful. Mimi was very generous to let me teach my first workshop at her beautiful farm. I had a great time teaching nuno felting and everyone had a great time. But… the whole time I was shooting pictures was useless because I forgot to put the memory card into my camera! sad emoticon

I did take one picture with the Ipad, but I’m still so bummed. Oh, well, lesson learn to ALWAYS check the camera before leaving home.

Felting Workshop

I’ve been also busy attending fairs (and dyeing in between) which is also a lot of fun. The First Fiber and Wool Festival held at Valley Ford was a total success and Mimi’s Fair at Windrush Farm is always exciting.

Fibershed Booth

My Booth

Valley Ford Festival

Woven Blankets

 

And the Spinners Day at the Farm in Sebastopol was a mellow and nice event. My friend Gina and I decided to set up the booth under a tree and enjoy the day hanging out with the spinners and the other vendors.

Spinners having a good time

Colorful Wool

Spinners by the Farm

Colorful Socks

Handspun yarn

Today I will be decompressing a little and indulge with some Chocolate.

See you soon!

 

Patricia

 

Spinners Day on the Farm

Spinners Day on the Farm

Mark your Calendars! I will be there selling my wares!

17th ANNUAL!!

This event is  SPONSORED BY: SONOMA COUNTY FIBERTRAILS

When:  SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014

Hours:  10 AM  TO 4 PM  

Where:  HESSEL GRANGE

                5400 BLANK RD

                SEBASTOPOL CA

 

Dear hand spinners, knitters, fiber producers, and vendors,

 We invite you to participate in Spinners’ Day on the Farm.  This event is intended to promote, showcase, and sell fiber, fiber arts, and related crafts, produced by the members of Sonoma County Fibertrails and other vendors.

 Hessel Grange offers it’s shady picnic grounds in a rural setting, for our use.

 Come, relax, spin, visit, eat, and buy from a wonderful array of fiber, yarns, tools, supplies, artwork, and other supplies.

 A potluck lunch will be shared,  Please bring a dish, your own cutlery, plate, and beverages (no alcohol, please).

 Fibers ** roving ** yarn ** dyes ** sheepskins ** spinning & weaving equipment

 A great raffle with lots of items donated by your vendors will also be held.  If you want to further support us and please your friends, bring something to donate to the silent auction/raffle yourself.

 Demonstrations and other learning opportunities will occur during the day.

 Directions:  From Hwy 101 take the 116 exit (at Cotati) and go west towards Sebastopol.

For information contact JoAnn at (707)874-3374/ info@wyammyranch.com

I always come back from this fair with a nice fleece from one of the vendors and I get to see amazing spinning wheels!

Patricia

  

 

Felted Dress

I finished a dress last weekend.

Felted Dress

 

Front of Dress

Detail of Dress

Felted Dress

For the details I used some old lace, Muga silk, bast bamboo and Mulberry silk dyed with eucalyptus. I will be dyeing it next, but I haven’t decided what color. The Osage Orange is still soaking, and I’m thinking that this might be the right time to use it. We’ll see…

P.S. My felting class is full for the 21st, but I’m still teaching a workshop on the 28th and there are plenty of spaces available wink emoticon

 

Patricia