Sunday, November 14, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Look at all of these colors!!! All of these skeins we spun up boulce (?).
There were people EVERYWHERE! Yes, I know its to be expected with this size faire and all but..... Wow. And what I found so astounding was that EVERYONE was wearing something that they had made. There were sweaters, scarves, shawls, gloves, hats, vests........ I could go on and on. I was the only one, that I could see, that didn't. Jenn was sweet enough to lend me her scarf - THAT SHE HAD MADE - to keep me warm. Oh yea, I didn't tell you that this was our chance to be walking billboards and get the name of June Pryce Fiber Arts famous! Jenn had these cute shirts printed up. Short sleeve, because at the Maryland Sheep and Wool we almost died from the heat. So here we are in this chilly day with short sleeve shirts on. Jenn, brilliant woman that she is, put it on OVER her sweatshirt. It looked nice, she does not agree. But I had this jacket on and was attempting to wear the shirt under but on backwards so you could see the logo. Didn't work so well. We will make up Sweatshirts for next time.
See isn't she cute? Don't look too close, I caught her with her eyes almost closed. (She is gonna KILL me.) We spent a bit of time checking out different spinning techniques. Now that I'm "helping" with my wheel - THANK YOU GAIL!! - she was showing me what I'll be able to accomplish. Speaking of which I have been using my wheel, quite a bit. I'm spinning a superwash merino into a thick single for a hat for my Dad for christmas. I hope. Remember, I'm Ok spinning but I SUCK at knitting.... I'm using a book called "Kids Learn to Knit", it is well writtten for kids like me who need to go slow and have it explained in the simplest form.This was also a fact finding mission. See, we are considering taking our gorgeous product out on the road to different festivals. We needed to look into how other fiber artists displayed their stuff. You know, what shelving systems made the product look the best, which would be easily portable, how to price things out and what other toys/tools to carry. While we we there we also found this great idea on how to package up our scarf/sock kits. Soon to be seen on our site - Keep watching!
These are neat aren't they? Inside they have everything you need, directions, yarn and such plus you get this cute hand colored picture on the front to show you how it will look once all knitted up. These plastic containers would also work for our felters kits, no? So we chatted up vendors, took many, many pictures and of course bought some stuff. I know that sounds funny, someone who can make whatever color they desired purchasing a hank but sometimes it just fun to have someone else do the work for me.
OK kids back to work, I go in search of a new roasting pan. Mine sprung a leak and I can't steam the fiber without it. I'll have to focus on yarn today, but only until I can replace the pan.......
Hope you have goulishly good fun tonight!!!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
AAAHHHH!! And I have to blog (woohoo I'm gettting something done!!) and get the postings ready for this coming week. I can't set up posts from my day job because the pictures are here on my laptop. I also don't have the time, it flu season. It's easier just to drop in the listing address and press finish. Then, just so you don't think I'm done whining, I must go down a begin dying. I know, wah wah wah, suck it up and get back to work.
Man, I feel better. Thanks for listening.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
This is the "Sari" colorway from the shop. Its the BFL. This one "broke" and I had to take care of it. There is the Sari in Merino still for sale, but not for long if I can help it ;) heh heh heh heh. (Think sick pervert laugh). The first, sorry second, attempt was the Sea Glass colorway.
It came out a bit more thick and thin than the Sari. Still I love it!! I really need to learn to knit. What am I gonna do with all of this?? Any ideas? Do I need to start going to SA (spinning Anonomous) meetings? Hey! No comments on my lack of spelling skills :) Have a Great day, I'm out!!!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
This is MY idea of a artsy picture. I'll try to down load one of hers and you will see the difference.
I've been spinning on my drop spindle. I'm addicted. I watched this cool tutorial on u-tube by this girl Megan. http://www.theartofmegan.com/ She was so very helpful in the learning process. I've tried the wheel, and was bad at it, I liked it but Jenn is in possession of the wheel. Sp I don't get much time to practice. Jenn is MUCH better at it than I so I started with the spindle. I've done a ew different pieces. My first looks a bit like Noro.
See? Not so bad for my first try. The second and now third trys are getting much much better. I can't stop. I take it with me everywhere. Spin a little, draft a little. Now all this time I've been telling Jenn "no" when she has anounced that their is a particular hank she wants to spin. I feel so naughtly, I'm not only eyeing the fiber but I've gone so far as to have the roving "break" while prepping it for pictures, which makes ut unusable for sale. And free game for me to spin. I think I have a real problem......Hope Jenn dosen't find out.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I know, two entries and no information about fiber, sorry! I have been so excited about the new space!! Next entry I promise to start twlling you all about what I do now that I have a place to do it in!! Any time I want!! If inspiration strikes in the middle of the night I'm set. Ah.............. More later have a great day!!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
This is the Barn now, years later, its so quiet now.
That being said, I love what I do, the gorgeous colors, the baby soft fiber and the sometimes suprising results of mixing the two. Each weekend (and on Tuesday when I don't work at my "day job" for the Doc)I cover the counter tops with plastic, drag down the box of dye stocks and boxes of fiber and begin to work. I have to drag out the implements of my personal torture each time I dye because at the moment I do not have a "work space" set aside for this activity. My poor family.....the kitchen becomes off limits when I dye. Food and acid dyes are a dangerous mixture...I wouldn't want to kill anyone. At least not yet....(creepy laugh here). So everything must be cleaned and set up then put away and cleaned again. The tie dye affect on the countertop is beginning to wear thin tho. The up-side is that the kitchen must stay very clean. The last thing anyone wants is to purchase a beautiful roving and find a bit of carrot in it. Yuch!! Oopps gotta run this will have to be finished tomorrow (?) its time to go make dinner. Hope you enjoyed reading so far and I'll be back soon.....
Monday, September 6, 2010
We've been busy working on new products! Specifically, a Spin-to-Knit kit for a scarf like BrooklynTweed's . This is his, made with Noro:
Our kit pairs two graded hanks of luscious Merino to be spun and then knit. Once I can work out some instructions that sound like English, you'll be seeing the kits in our shop.
Here are some of our color pairings:
Gold and Arctic Ice
Emerald and Espresso
Check back for more updates on what is new in the shop!