In case you didn’t know, yesterday was National Make a Hat Day, so I finished up one that I had been working on.
I used some alpaca yarn that I had spun myself using the alpaca roving that my Aunt sent me from my cousin’s farm. I’m afraid I got so excited about using the yarn that I forgot to take a before picture of it. This is only my third attempt at spinning fiber into yarn so it is still a bit chunky, which looks good, but you don’t get as much yarn out of it then. Here you can see an example of my first attempt and my second attempt at spinning. I even made a cute cowl out of the second attempt.
The brown yarn that you see here is the alpaca. Still very chunky but still very cute! Since I didn’t have enough of the finished yarn to do the whole hat I used a skein of bulky purple store bought yarn that I received as a gift from my son and daughter-in-law a few years back. I only had one skein of it, so not enough for a project by itself either. Together I think they turned out very cute. Nice and warm for this winter for sure! I am having so much fun learning this new technique and I can’t wait to get my
new old spinning wheel cleaned up and ready to go. Did you make a hat for National Make a Hat Day? If so, I would love to hear about it!
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September is almost here! Can you believe how quickly this summer has gone? It seems like just yesterday I was heralding the beginning of summer and all the fun that comes. It’s been a pretty busy one with camping, playing with my grand baby, and crafting! I’ve tried my hand at handspinning fibers, my latest is my cousins alpaca fibers, more on that in an upcoming post. And, recently I became an independent consultant for Close to My Heart scrapbooking & cardmaking supplies company. I really love paper crafting so I thought, why not!
Here are the fun projects that I did at a card crop this weekend. We made 15 different cards, a 2 page scrapbook layout and a cute little mini album using the Close to My Heart, Picture Your Life line of pocket scrapbooking cards. TOO MUCH FUN!!
I made these birthday cards for my parent’s birthday this weekend also, yes my parent’s share a birthday. I really love the butterfly card and I plan on doing it for my next card workshop.
As we move now into my favorite season, Autumn/Fall, I am looking forward to enjoying all of the beautiful colors and the cool crisp morning walks. Our last camping trip of the year is this next month with my kiddos, which will be a blast, we’re really looking forward to that. Then on to Christmas gifts. Whew, here we go!
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This is the first skein of handspun yarn that I have ever made myself. Even though it’s a bit wonky, I’m still pretty proud of it. It’s got the texture more like an art yarn, chunky in spots and thinner in others. It gives a very unique feel to it. I then transformed my yarn into this crazy cowl by Mary Keenan.
While knitting it I discovered that this wonderful texture also makes it a bit tricky to knit, especially since I am still a novice knitter. Thankfully this crazy cowl patter is very forgiving and lends itself nicely to a chunky handspun yarn texture.
While doing a bunch of research on spinning I was amazed at how experienced spinners can get their yarn so thin and perfect! What I want to know is how long does it take to get that good? Do any of you spin? I would love to hear your stories and advice.
I’ve started spinning my next batch of fiber which is the alpaca from my cousin’s farm. It’s beautiful and oh so soft but it is also more difficult to spin. I’m about half way done and I can’t wait to work this yarn into something wonderful.
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Hi Friends! So it’s been a few weeks and I wanted to show you what I’ve been working on. I’ve been learning to spin yarn and this is my second attempt! It’s getting closer to what it should really look like but much better than my first attempt, which by the way, looked a lot like dreadlocks… I’m learning the spindle method through a class on Craftsy called Spinning from fluff to stuff and was a bit disheartened at first. It’s a lot harder than it looks, but like with anything, the more you practice the easier it gets.
My goal is to hand spin some alpaca yarn that my aunt gave me from my cousin’s alpaca’s that she raises on her farm Pronking Acres. I decided not to use it right off, so my mistakes would be made on the less desirable fiber. I’d say I have a few more tries and then I’ll try it on the alpaca. I LOVE alpaca, it is so soft! A fact that I was a little shocked to discover because they sure don’t look soft.
Once I get the hang of spinning on the spindle I’ll move on to a spinning wheel. I got a super good deal on one at an auction this week.
I got it for only $35 dollars! I’m so excited to give it a try.
I would love to hear if any of you have tried hand spinning on either a spindle or wheel and how it went. Also, if you know of any good training resources, that would be great as well.
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Yep, that’s the scene I’ve been looking at for the last 24 hours. I’ve got a bum foot, but it could have been so much worse. Yesterday I was working outside on our new booth, getting ready to paint the pieces. I ran in the house to get something and took a spill from the step leading down to the driveway. I landed face down on the concrete and somehow only ended up hurting my foot around the toes. I either broke a toe or just bruised the surrounding tissue. At the moment I can’t walk unassisted and it’s pretty swollen, black and blue, and hurts like the dickens. It does look a little better today though, so I’m thinking I’ll most likely pull through.
I’m taking this down time to work on my journaling, more specifically, practice my lettering. So many cute projects require some sort of hand drawn words and I am REALLY bad at it. I read in another blog somewhere about a good book on lettering and I’m trying to recall what it was. I would love to hear from you if you know of a good one.
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