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Finally done with a pair of Estonian mittens I started last fall. The pattern is from Piecework Nov/Dec 1999 issue by Nancy Bush. They are called Kalev’s mittens.  I used my own hand spun yarns of  naturally colored mohair (tan) and alpaca ( dark brown), knitted on US size 0 needles. This pair of mittens just took me forever to get completed and I think part of the reason was I just didn’t feel connected to the pattern and I completed just because I started them. My husband loves them so I’m glad I finished them.

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I was able to get to a couple of events this spring. One was the Federation of Spinners and Weavers meeting  that was held in Cedar Rapids this spring. I had the opportunity to meet Mr. and Mrs.  Rick Reeves, they are very lovely people. I had been having an issue with my 24″ Saxon style wheel not to wanting to wind the yarn up on the bobbing.   I had exhausted my bag of tricks, so I took it along for Rick to look at.  It took a few minutes for him to find the problem and to give me the solution. I followed his advice and the wheel is purring along just fine.  Sorry for the blurry pictures.

Rick Reeves 2015

Rick Reeves with 24in

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Mr. and Mrs. Reeves

I bought a beautiful CVM fleece from this lady, unfortunately I have misplaced her business card. I think she is from around Waterloo.

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I also had a chance to go to the Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival in Colfax, IA. A lady I know from work had her alpaca fleece and yarn stand set up.

Lisa B's Alpacas

Lisa and her Mom were manning the stand.

Lisa and Mom

Lisa pulling a batt of Alpaca into roving.

Lisa B IA sheep wool

All in all Margie Meehan organized another great festival.

 

 

 

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My sister and I went to the Shepard’s Market on Saturday, this was a great wool market to attend. The event was organized and put on at the Vinton, Ia high school by Sue H. from SunRise Suris Alpaca ranch.  The location was really nice to be able to have enough room to roam around in and be able to visit with vendors and to shop.  I would like to “THANK”  Sue and all the vendors for having such a nice show.  Here are a few of the vendors that I had a chance to visit with.

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Crazy Boy

Crazy Boy Card

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Homespun Card

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Fae Ridge Card

My sister and I took a little break from shopping and we sat down for awhile.  So I decided to pull out my little Indian book charka and spin some cotton for a few minutes.

Me charka

All in all it was a great day, looking forward to next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have been busy dyeing and spinning for the last few months.  But yet I don’t feel like I have gotten anything accomplished.  I did have fun with Kool aid and gentian violet.  Gentian violet is a medicinal dye used to treat yeast infections.  The wool used for the gentian violet was Scottish Blackface, it’s a little on the harsh side, just right to use for the feet in socks.

Scottish Blackface Gentian Violet

Scottish Blackface

Kool Aid 2013

For this batch of kool-aid dyed wool I used an adult romney fleece.  It was a beautiful fleece that took the kool-aid well.  I am almost done spinning up this batch.  Will be using in sock tops and in the sock feet with a mohair carry along yarn for strength.

A couple of weeks ago I found a spinning wheel on Craig’s List that just called my name to come and rescue.  It had all of it’s parts but you could tell it was a very old wheel.  So we took a little trip about two hours west of our home and brought her home, she needed very little repair, just a new front maiden bearing and a good cleaning.  Turns out she was also signed by  her maker “G:Yunker”, according to Spinning Wheels and Accessories   by Pennington and Taylor, he was a maker that lived in PA/OH.  In their book this wheel is referred to as a “Left-foot” wheel because of the way the treadle is built.  The cross over brace goes from right to left to accommadate the uprightness of the wheel.  She is a little fussy but she does spin a very fine yarn.

Post Clean wheel

Post clean

I finally took the plunge and knitted a TAM, they have always looked difficult to me, so I took on the challenge to my brain.  Here is the results of my challenge.  It’s not perfect by any means, but at least I didn’t say F—it and frog it. I learned so much about the construction of the tam and strand knitting it was worth the challenge.  The tan yarn is alpaca and the dyed yarns are various wools from other projects.  Blocked it over a large dinner plate and run some cotton around the opening edge and pulled it up to stretch it out.

 

 

 

 

 

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Shepherd’s Market was a new and fun fiber/fabric festival that was produced, organized and put on by Sue H

from SunRise Suris Alpaca Ranch.  Sue and her crew did a fantastic job.

Shepherds Market 2013

Sue H

Sue H

Here are few of the fibery folks I had the opportunity to visit with:

Katy

Katy

Katy has a crochet group in Hiawatha:

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Bob the Woodcarver and Kim S with her Mom were sharing a booth.  I got a beautiful romney lamb fleece from Kim.

Bob R, Kim S & Mom

Bob R, Kim S & Mom

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Debbie B has a needle arts store in Manchester, IA.

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Manchester Knitting

Quilter Elayne from MYTymeCreations

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Elayne

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Looking forward to next years festival !!!

 

 

 

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This is my first attempt at knitting gloves on a knitting machine.  I used my KH588  using the patterning feature for the diamond design.  I used my handspun alpaca for the main color and a mixed breed wool for the contrast color.  The alpaca is a natural rose grey and the wool used for the contrast color was dyed with “Red, White and Blue” kool-aid.

I broke the glove down into sections: Cuff, Palm/Back(main body), thumb, fingers.  I was using a drawing of my BIL’s hand for basic dimensions.  Did a test swatch of my yarn for gauge and went from there hoping for the best.  I hope they fit.

MK Gloves

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I finally got DH Sanquhar gloves done, they fit him like a “glove”.  The glove pattern is from Patons & Baldwins Limited, the knit pattern is the Duke pattern.  The yarn used is handspun by me: Brown-Alpaca and Mohair blend, Off white-Icelandic sheep wool. Needles used were size 0.  I changed some of the knitting design to include elements that I had been wanting to try such as the braided starting edge, it helps keep the edge from rolling. I didn’t want to continue the squared patterns into the fingers so I changed it to the speckled pattern. I like it much better.  They look really nice on DH hands.

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