3:28 PM

No catchy title today

I just can't think of one but......here are some of my charlevoix goodies from the fiber fest:

Herbal Garden 100% Romney from Maple Row Stock Farm:

Godiva 75% Tunis/Border Leicester 20% Alpaca 5% Tussah Silk (same vendor)

Wonderful Spindle for Maple Row Stock Farm and Night Embers roving from Winding Wool Creek:

Both will be at the MI Fiber Festival in Allegan......

On the sewing front I have the tote bag and the apron done. I am going to get started on a skirt for my daughter soon but I think today I will do something for me!

9:00 PM

A new spinning wheel!!!

Yay! I am now the proud owner of an Ashford Joy! I bought it here. I love, love, love it!

I have my swap apron almost finished (just have to add the ties in the back), I hope my spoilee loves it :)

And finally, on the wheels: white shetland on the Joy which I intend to dye and wool/tussah still on the Elizabeth, almost ready to be plyed.

6:29 PM

What's on the bobbin.....

I am trying my hand at a wool/silk blend and it is lovely!

It took a bit to get the hang of it but Abby from Abby's Yarns was kind enough to give some pointers. You're right Abby, it does help to move your hands apart more!

And next on the sewing list is an apron for yet another swap! Here is the fabric I chose, and I got enough for a tote for myself.

8:46 PM

Tote Bag!

Another check on my list! Here is a (albeit bad) picture of the tote bag for my swap partner! I hope she loves it.....

2:09 PM

Another swap package arrives.....

I am addicted to this things! Fun! Fun! Fun! That's what they are! This one is from

The lovely package includes: Fiber (and lots of it), a wonderful bottom whorl spindle and a kit to make a CD spindle

Thanks Zellspin!
I also am doing a swap in the swap. We are swapping 4oz of fiber plus some handspun yarn.
And.....remember I said I was addicted......the booksandsmore Swap. This is my second round on this one and it is a blast! I have everything taken care of except the handmade item. I am making this (I think I need one too). The interfacing is bought so I am off to work on it.....

3:06 PM

First attempt at dyeing......

I bought some white roving from Arbor Yarns Etsy shop and got out the kool aide!

I don't think it turned out too shabby!

But I will make sure to wear gloves next time......

I am finding out I am not too handy with a bottom whorl spindle.....how in the world do you use this thing? It is lovely though (please ignore the ironing board background)

On my list to do so far I can check off fixing the waistband.....I have begun the tote bag for the ravelry swap but discovered I am completely out of interfacing so off to the store for that.....

On a sad note, we lost one of our lambs, a favorite named Eddie. We are completely heartbroken.

8:27 AM

Will the work ever end????

I mean really I have two Ottobre magazines that need to be tended to! I just subscribed for the first time to their children's magazine and I love it!! I wish I would have subscribed when my children were younger though because there are more patterns for younger ones then the tweenies. ......but pattern grading can be done......it can be done........

On the spinning wheel I now have a brown shetland roving and up next is a white shetland roving which I plan to hand dye after it is spun. My first attempt!

8:56 AM

Not too crafty today, or tomorrow, or the day after or......

It is so busy at the Pizzeria right now (thank you God) but we also have a key employee quitting (God could you send us a new one, soon? We're (well, I am) starting to get a little nervous....) Anyway I have big sewing plans but they will have to wait. They include however:

  • A knitting bag for my swap partner on ravelry and possibly a needle holder
  • Fixing a waistband in my daughter skirt
  • Making my daughter a skirt
  • Making me a skirt
  • Making myself a knitting bag (maybe Amy Butler hmmmm)
  • Embroidering a sweatshirt for an employee

I hate it when real life gets in the way.