Spinning & Fiber: Fiber Prep

With Spinzilla 2015 starting bright and early tomorrow morning,  I decided today was perfect for choosing which fiber to spin first and get it prepped to go.  After much consideration,  I’ve decided to start with one of the two braids of JstForEwe Merino in the color Stone Quarry.

This fiber was purchased over a year ago and in looking it closely I noticed that they were braided quite tightly, which would cause me an issue with consistency in spinning.  Since I love fractal spinning, I’ve taken one braid and gently opened up the fiber to show the nature splitting from the drum carder.  I separated this braid into four equal parts, then into six equal parts with each strip weighing .2 oz, for a total combined weight of 3 oz.


I have now pre-drafted each strip and this simple step will  make it much easier for me to spin.  If you look at the photo below on the left, you will notice how “compact” the .2 oz bun looks compared to the one on the right that has been pre-drafted.  The bottom photo shows the same concept, just all together in a bowl.


See how lovely the fiber truly is ….  a beautiful mix of brown, cream and amethyst.


My goal for this fiber is spinning consistency and yardage.  My aim is to have enough yard from both 3 oz braids for a shawl or a least a nice size scarf.  I have started my Ravelry page for this fiber too, which I plan to use for keeping track of everything I do.

If you are participating in Spinzilla this year, what are you spinning and how do you get ready?


Spinning & Fiber: Getting Ready To Spin


This morning was an early one for me so I put my time to good use by  cleaning, polishing, and oiling my wheels.

Spinzilla starts on Monday and I do believe I am ready for spinning this coming week.  I have to share I’m rather excited about it too.


I think I have also decided on the fiber I will be spinning.  From left to right: JstForEwe Merino in Stone Quary,  FatCatKnits BFL in Day’s End and Dye2Spin Organic Polworth in Dumbledore’s Army.


Now I know I will not get all of this spun up, but I have my friend  Sherrill’s little saying in my head ” 15 minutes a day keeps the cobwebs away “.  This alone will keep me motivated to spin!

Are you ready to spin?

Hello October !


“Oh, Marilla,” she exclaimed one Saturday morning, coming dancing in with her arms full of gorgeous boughs, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it? Look at these maple branches. Don’t they give you a thrill–several thrills?”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Wednesday WIPs: A New Cardigan in the Works

Oh goodness it’s that time to share once again!  I don’t have too much new to share other than a brand new cardigan that I casted on yesterday evening, the River Union Cardi by Jennifer Dassau of the Knitting Vortex.

This cardigan is right up my alley using worsted weight yarn, size 8 (5.0mm) needles and worked top down.  For this project I’m using Cascase 220 Superwash Wool in the color smoke blue. I think this will be the perfect cardi for wearing to the office!

From the designer:   Wide sleeves and a cropped silhouette bring stylish attitude to the River Union Cardi. Deep ribbing defines the waist for a fitted shape, and the three-quarter length balances out the fullness of the sleeves. Knit seamlessly from the top down with raglan shaping, it’s a fast knit with a fresh feel.

Still on my needles is the Silky Wool Schoodic, the Hempathy Whimsy and the Wrack Socks.  Soon to be on my needles is the Fisher Lassie, which is a KAL starting October 1st that I plan to join.

What’s on your needles, hooks or wheels this week ?

A Few Goodies In The Mail

I love it when I find awesome deals online and one I’m very excited about that arrived today was a brand new copy of Sharon Miller’s “Heirloom Knitting’s Shetland Hap Shawls“.  I scored this book for $5.00 !!!  I also found a great deal on a copy of Beth Smith’s “Spinner’s Book of Fleece” and Beth Brown-Reinsel’s “Knitting Ganseys“.


I also purchased the cutest felted pumpkin pin from my friend Sherrill’s Etsy Shop, The 1764 Shepherdess, as well as a few more gift tags.  I love her stuff and if you need speciality tags I can honestly say her tags are totally worth buying!



Until next time, happy knitting!

Sunday Happenings: A Finished Shawl and Lots of Wool

I’m so excited to have finished my Old Shale Shawl.  I absolutely love it and it will be perfect for this winter to keep cozy warm.  I ended up using 683 yards of Rowan Pure Wool Worsted in Light Denim, which was 3.12 skeins.

This pattern is perfect for beginner lace knitters and goes very quickly.   I truly love how Amanda provides line my line written instructions along with charts.  This makes it very versatile for all levels of knitting.

IMG_1244 IMG_1245

The finished size is just right with a span of 80″ and a depth (down the spine) of 36″. I have about 190 years left on the fourth skein that I’m thinking about making a matching hat with.

I’ve also been busy redoing my yarn stash on my shelving.  Out with the cottons/linens and in with the wools!  Most of my stash already has patterns matched and in queue for knitting, which is a good thing and keeps me highly motivated to knit.  Do you queue patterns on Ravelry using your stash?


I think later today I will start learning how to use my newly acquire Kromski spindle.  I’m very excited and can’t wait to get started!


Before leaving you I would love to share a very wonderful blog I discovered via a comment left here on mine.   Please check out Helen Trejo’s blog, there is lots of fibery goodness to be found and her recent posts are awesome!

Happy knitting!