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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.

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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.

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All in all Margie Meehan organized another great festival.

 

 

 

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I’ve finally got my late winter or early spring hat completed. I haven’t had much time to spend on fun things. We moved my mom into an elderly apartment complex and our son moved into his own place. All of this in late February and March.  So now I’m trying to help my sisters and brother with cleaning out Mom’s house. This has to be done by June 1st.

Back to my hat, I dyed with kool aid, jello and Wilton’s cake dye. I used my own hand spun yarns.

Blue-Royal blue cake dye

Ghoul aid-KA

Red-orange + cherry KA

Yellow-lemon jello

Light orange- peach jello

Green-light tan alpaca + Lemon-lime KA

Natural white

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Hat Top 2015

Cat Hat 2 Pixie approved.

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Wave pattern

Wave pattern

I knit this up using my hand spun camel. I spun this to a sock weight yarn. This yarn has no elasticity. The pattern was hand manipulated and knit to 50 inches and then grafted the ends together to make an infinity scarf. I should have gone to 60 inches so it would have a little more give.

Camel Infinity Scarf

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September

Here it is the end of September already, spent the weekend cleaning carpets and doing some outside work to get ready for the dreaded winter months.  Earlier this month I went with my sister and brother -in-law to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool festival.  My sister is getting into spinning with intentions of weaving her own yarns.  I have been to the festival several times and enjoy it every time, this was their  first visit and they were pretty overwhelmed with all the vendors and activities that were going on. On the way home BIL wanted to stop at Mt Horab and look for trolls.  He found them:

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The shop these were in front of had a lot of fun stuff:

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This past week Son was driving past a rummage sale and spotted a spinning wheel, they had just opened the sale and he was the first one in and he grabbed this little wheel:

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Here she is all cleaned up:

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From the looks and feel of the wheel it had never been spun on, probably just used as a decorator piece.  The wheel was made by an Erwin Griesbach, there is a date of ’84 under the table along with his signature.

Spinning wheel

That’s all for now.

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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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My best friend suggested going this show, so we did. Hubby stayed home so we made a day of it. Tromped all over the grounds and all through the flea market.  While going through the museum building we got to meet a spinner and sock knitters.

Barb from Barnett Sheep and Wool was busy spinning away on her Majacraft “Rose”.  She raises purebred Karakul sheep and spins and weaves along with many other  things.

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As we continued through the museum we met a couple of sock knitters using their sock knitting machines.  Glenace Shank from “Blue Heron Knits” gave me some information about PIGS (People in Glorius Socks) the Iowa sock knitters group.  Hope to be able to attend the convention next spring.

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We were getting about whipped out so it was time we left.  So, we hit the cassino on the way home. No luck there!!

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