Thursday . . . Again

Love to knit? Have a knitting blog? Not too busy? A working giveaway.

Thursdays roll around, I don’t know, maybe every 7 days or so?  And I’m never ready for them.  Or for Fridays, either.  It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted a Fiber Arts Friday post.  Will someone please remind me to do one tomorrow?

Anyway.  The link at the top of this post takes you to the blog of a friend of mine who is having a give away.  Why not pop over to her blog and see what’s going on.  Oh, by the way, she also an awesome photographer, so if you linger to enjoy the art, I won’t be the least bit surprised.

Fiber Arts Friday

Fiber Arts FridayIt’s Fiber Arts Friday again, and to tell you the truth, I haven’t done much in the way of fiber arts this week except for the some spinning grooming a bunny.  And I don’t have photos of either.  But I will share of photo of the bunny I’ll be working on this afternoon.  I love spinning with Angora.  I’ve made a pair of mitts (that don’t fit well and aren’t the same size, and I still haven’t photographed them) that are a merino/Angora blend that are so soft and yummy that I wear them anyway, even though they don’t match! (If DH is reading, that was an example of a run-on sentence!)

This is Ruby when she was young, about 6 months old.  She is now about 2 1/2 years old.  Her coat is beautiful.  It is lighter now and more dense.  I started working on grooming her on Tuesday.  I got her back, the best part of the coat.  Then we took a break.  She looks silly in a ‘skirt’.  I’ll finish her up this evening and then start on Buster this weekend.

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Now it’s your turn!  Post a link to your fiber related blog post in the comments section.  It can be any type of fiber at any stage, from on the hoof to finished product.  It’s a wonderful way to share ideas and make new friends.  Talk to you later.  Enjoy!

Fiber Arts Friday

Fiber Arts FridayWell, I missed last week’s FAF post.  We were out of town, staying at a hotel with free wifi, but somehow I still missed posting.  What can I say?  It was just one of those trips.

Here is one of the pics I took at the wedding.  Now I remember why I don’t shoot weddings anymore.  I get so stressed about getting the best shots and then editing them just right.  The bride and groom, in this case anyway, were just happy to have a few shots to remember the occasion.

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Now to the Fiber Arts.  I’ve been working on a couple of projects.  I worked on knitting the second sock of a pair for my husband while I was traveling.  Need to finish it now.  Just having trouble getting started on it again.  Maybe this afternoon will be the day! Don’t have pics of them yet.  And I also don’t have pics of the wool I’ve been spinning since we got home.  It’s a bright raspberry fuchsia shetland.  Even after washing, dyeing, carding, and carding again (I think it three times total), it still has quite a few seeds and hay in it.  I’m picking it out as I go.  It will be a two ply and very ‘rustic’ in texture.  But I think it will be nice as a sweater.  Or possibly the accent color on a sweater.  We’ll just have to see after it’s finished.

What I do have a photo of is this: This is the yarn spun from the carded batts from a couple weeks back.  I’ll find the link and add it here if I remember when I’m done.  This yarn turned out very nice.  I’m not sure if I’m going to list it in my shop, or use it myself.  I really should list it.  I have plenty of yarn for myself already.  But it is always so tempting to keep yarns for myself.

Now comes the part where you can participate in Fiber Arts Friday.  Post a comment in this post with a link to your Fiber Arts post for the week.  I’m looking forward to seeing what all of you have been working on.

Talk to you later.  Enjoy!

Passports & Silk

Today  my husband and I went to the Post Office to apply for our passports.  We have been invited to travel with friends in July to Canada.  I’m so excited I can hardly stand it!  And I’m very thankful to our friends Gale and Brian for thinking of us and inviting us.  If they hadn’t, we would have kept saying we need to get our passports and keep talking about where we could go or might go or would like to go.  But now we can!  Well, we can in a couple of months.  The current wait is 4 to 6 weeks according the lady at the Post Office.  Anyway.  I’m ‘cited!

I came across this photo the other day when I was copying photos from this computer to clear them off.  My Pictures file is loaded with photos of every sort – yarn and fiber, vacations, family.  But this one caught my eye and I thought I would share it with you today.

Hand Dyed Blue Silk

This is Hand Dyed Blue Silk.  I LOVE this stuff!  So luxurious!  I haven’t dyed or spun any in a while.  Think I might have to add some to my next order.

Y’all take care and I’ll see you tomorrow for ‘Wordless Wednesday’.  And be sure have a Fiber Arts related blog post to link to in the comments on Fiber Arts Friday.  Bye for now!

Fiber Arts Friday

It’s Friday again.  And you know what that means!  If you’re on Twitter, it’s #FollowFriday.  And here, it’s Fiber Arts Friday – and chance for you to show off what you’ve been working on. In the comments section, please post a link to a post on your blog highlighting something fibery you’ve been working on.  It may be knitting, crocheting or spinning.  It may also be quilting or cross stitching – anything to do with fibers.  In fact, I know a few people who grow their own fiber.  I would love to hear from them, too! Please remember to post a link back to this post so your friends and readers can find everyone else’s Fiber Arts Friday links.

I’ve been spinning and carding this week.  My husband had been helping a lot by turning the crank on the drum carder while feed wool into it.  Here is a photo of a couple of the batts that resulted. These were the bits and pieces that were left and collected from other carding and spinning projects.  I’ve spun the yarn and really like it, but no photos yet.  It’s not very much – about 1.6 oz.  I may make a hat with it, using a coordinating yarn for the band to make sure I have enough.

Tuesday Update – Teresa Levite Studio

This has been an exciting Tuesday – for me, at least. I can’t say anyone else in house is thrilled about it. I received a large order for fiber. I spent a good bit of the afternoon inventorying. It’s getting to the point that I can’t just remember what I have or dig around in the box till I find it. Now I need to know if I have it or not. I also received three spinning wheels and some drop spindle to demonstrate and sell at craft fairs. I don’t expect to sell many wheels at the craft shows. But if someone who is thinking about getting one sees me using it there, they may take my card and order it online from me later. I will be posting dates and locations of craft shows I will be attending as they are scheduled.

I’ve also been busy today updating my shop. Here are a few of the new items:

Hand Dyed Merino Wool

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Tussah Silk

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Who’ll Stop the Rain?

It’s been raining for about 24 hours now. That’s a lot for us. I would have enjoyed it more if the temperatures weren’t hovering somewhere in the 40’s. That’s cold. And wet. And I don’t like them together.

I dyed more BFL (Bluefaced Leicester) wool yesterday. As I was photographing it, getting it ready listing in my Etsy Shop, Teresa Levite Studio, I was also thinking about the rain. So my first 8 ounce braid of BFL got it’s name, “Who’ll Stop the Rain?”

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The second 8 ounce braid just reminds me of a big bowl of fruit, so “Fruit Bowl” :

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If you have stopped by my Etsy Shop or here at my blog and you enjoy seeing my photos, please drop me a line and let me know. I would love to see photos of the finished yarn or finished work from my customers using TLS Mama T Hand Dyed Wool. Just send them to me in an email and I’ll post them here. Thanks in advance!

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Morganna’s Vineyard

I just added more yarn to my Etsy.com shop. I ordered the fiber from a jsandell on Ravelry.com. She named it Dark Grape Over Rose. As I was spinning, though, I remembered a conversation with my husband when King Arthur was mentioned. And Morganna’s Vineyard was born. I have plans for more colorways in a series for both Morgan le Fay and Merlin. Now I’m exciting and can’t wait till things settle down after the holidays to get started dying and spinning.

A spun single still on the bobbin before plying:

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