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.

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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.

Ruby

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!

I’m late getting this up.  I was up half the night last night watching X Files on Netflix.  I figured that would put me to sleep.  Wrong!  Anyway.  I didn’t get the photos taken this morning that I wanted to take, so I’ll show you a little something different and save those projects for another time.

These are batts from a braid of SuperWash BFL (bluefaced leicester) wool that I’ve had for a year or so.  They didn’t sell in my website shop, so I took them down to list on Etsy.  But I never got around to listing them.  I decided I wanted to spin them myself.  I still haven’t spun them and they are available if anyone is interested.  I ran them through the drum carder (again with assistance from my handle cranking husband) and really, really like the colors now!  When it was all nice and neat in a braid, not so much.

SWBFL Batts

Here is where is I invite you to post a link in the comments section to your blog post about fiber arts – any fiber arts!  Just post a link in the comments.  It would be nice and help spread the news about Teresa’s Desk’s Fiber Arts Friday if you mentioned it on your blog and posted a link back to here, but that is definitely not necessary.

There is another Fiber Arts Friday blog I found at WonderWhy Alpaca Farm’s blog. Please stop by and post there, too!

Fiber Arts Friday Revival

Fiber Arts FridayFor a while, AlpacaFarmGirl was hosting Fiber Arts Friday.  I haven’t seen that on her site for a while, so I thought I would start my own.  It won’t be exactly the same as hers, but the same concept.  Each Friday, come here and post a comment to my Friday blog post with a link to one of your fiber related blog posts for the week.  If I haven’t posted a Friday blog, it may be because I’m out-of-town and don’t have internet service.  Or because I forgot it was Friday.  If you think that may be the case, please send a quick email reminding me to post!  Sounds pretty simple, right?

Also, please feel free to use my Fiber Arts Friday image.  Please link it back to my site, though.  Or at least include a link in the post giving me credit for it.  Not much to ask, I don’t think.

To kick things off, I would like to post a link to a fellow Fiber Artist’s blog: http://irishelk.wordpress.com/

I have another blog post that’s in the draft stage – as in, it has a title, but nothing else.  If I get a chance to write that today, I’ll post it later tonight for a bonus post.  Hah!  Two blog posts in one day?  Not if you know me!

***Extremely off-topic: The father of a close friend had back surgery earlier this week and has had complications.  First a lot of pain, and then pneumonia.  Please pray for him and his family.  Thank you.

Why My Yarn Looks Like My Yarn

Notice the ties.

You may have noticed that my yarn in my photos does not look as neat as others yarns available online.  There are a couple of reasons for this.  The first is about me.  The rest is about the yarn.

First, I have fibromyalgia.  I have some days that I feel pretty good.  I have other days that are . . . well, not so good.  The undyed, commercially spun yarn I use comes in skeins, ready to dye.  It doesn’t come on cones and requiring me to wind it into skeins to be dyed.  I could purchase an electric skein winder to wind the yarn from cones.  This would save my a few cents per skein on the yarn.  But the cost of the electric skein winder would add to the cost of the skeins.  So, in order to save me – and you – a little on the cost overall, and to save me potentially a lot of pain, I’m still purchasing the yarn in pre-wound skeins.  These skeins are tied with the same yarn as the skein in three places.  I usually add a nylon tie or two of my own to make it a little less likely to tangle.  My primary source is relatively close to home rather than across the country (less shipping, a little ‘greener’ and lot more economical).  This company also uses domestic fibers for many yarns.  This is a big plus for me.  I’m also picky about the softness/scratchiness of my fibers and will only offer yarns that pass my ‘next to the skin softness’ test.

Next, when my yarns go to your homes, you should receive yarns that are easy to wind into center-pull balls or yarn cakes. The less my yarns have been handled, the more likely you will receive skeins that do not tangle.  I could remove all the ties and manipulate the yarn so that it looks neat and pretty.  But I would rather handle it as little as possible between the time I hang it to dry till it arrives at your home.  I even try to twist the yarn into loose skeins rather than tight skeins so that your yarn will not be stretched or under any tension or stress while stored.  Sometimes I do twist them tighter than I really like, but it’s still not to the point that it will make your knitted or crocheted work twist or skew as you work.

If you have any concerns at all about your yarns tangling when winding into a center-pull ball, I will be happy to do that for you, free of charge.  Just let me know.

I hope you will enjoy working with  TLS Hand Dyed Yarns and Fibers as much as I do.  It is  joy for me to create the supplies you want.

Club, KAL, and Forecasting the Weather

I’m getting pretty good at forecasting the weather – well, bad weather anyway.  So if I’m not forecasting bad weather, I can then deduce that fair weather is on its way, right?

If I’m hurting all over, from my head to my toes, it’s either going to rain or snow.  Last night, I was laying in bed, trying to go to sleep, and then realized that rain was on its way.  I should have paid more attention to our dog, though.  It didn’t rain this morning.  It snowed.

You see, when temperatures are mild outside, Jack, our miniature poodle, sleeps down at our feet.  As the temperature outdoors drop (even though the temperature in the house remains pretty much the same at night during the winter), Jack moves up higher in the bed.  Last night he was in the vicinity of our knees so I knew the temperature was dropping.  Anyway.  I felt pretty good today, so hopefully the weather will clear up for a few days.

I’ve opened sign-up for my first “Legends” Yarn Club.  This one is “If Robin Hood Knit Socks.” This three-month long Sock/Fingering wt. Yarn Club features hand-dyed and hand-painted colorways inspired by the Legend of Robin Hood.  My first thought was of the beautiful greens that would be possible.  But not wanting an all green yarn club (maybe one day, but not this time), I suddenly realized all the other color possibilities.  I hope you will be just as pleased with the “If Robin Hood Knit Socks” colorways as I am.  I also wanted to include a gift with the first shipment.  But I couldn’t decide which gift to send, so there will be a gift included with each of the three shipments.  Enjoy!

spazzyyarn on Twitter is organizing a Twitter Knit-A-Long.  Details are in her blog. Voting for the project is taking place now.  Though we are all encouraged to knit the same project, I’m sure no one will object if you really want to knit something else.  And I’m sure that many will adapt the chosen pattern to their own needs and desires.  I look forward to seeing each of these inspired creations.  If you decide to join the Twitter KAL, please leave a comment here!  I love hear about what my readers are doing.

Talk to you later!

New Etsy Shop Listings


Jan14Mosaic

Originally uploaded by mrslevite

This is a sample of some recent dyeing activity. I have dyed more – getting ready for my “Legends” Sock/Fingering weight Yarn club. I can’t post pics of those – yet!

I also have some wool and yarn in the dye pots now, so more to be listed in the next few days.

You can see more photos on my etsy site: http://teresalevitestudio.etsy.com

BFL & Super Wash Merino

Finally Fiber!  I’ve been working on yarn with bits of Baby Alpaca and Cotton Fiber thrown in for a good mix.  But I got in a shipment of BFL (Bluefaced Leicester) and Super Wash Merino.  And I’ve been having so much fun with it.

I’ve updated Teresa Levite Studio: Artfire Edition today and will be adding more soon.  There is lots of variety here.

May8Mosaic

And today is Fiber Arts Friday so go check out the Fiber Artists at Alpaca Farm Girl’s blog.