Friday, October 26, 2012

For Travel

Since I ended up absolutely LOVING my first shawl (shawlette), Sunshine Shawl for Sad People, I started another one!  Yay!  This one is called For Travel.  The pattern is by the lovely Caitlin Ffrench.  If you've never heard of her, you HAVE to check out her stuff...It's totally awesome!

So, I feel like I'm doing something wrong with the pattern.  My shawl is triangular...

The one on the pattern page looks more rectangular...

What the heck!!  I've re-read the pattern a gazillion times, and I'm doing it right.  Ugh, I don't know....I'm just going to keep knitting.

Does anyone have any ideas of what I could be doing wrong? 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

We made it to retail!

Lammie Pie Fibers has made it to the world of retail!!  My handspun/hand dyed yarn is now being sold at a shop on Elmwood Ave in Buffalo, Thin Ice.  Next time you are in the area you should check it out!  For those of you not in the Buffalo area, I'll take a picture of my yarn in the store next time I'm there.

Some of the yarn now available at Thin Ice:

Merino Singles

Wool from Punta, South America

 ....and last, but not least, pink and grey Falkland yarn (my fav!!)
Sorry about the terrible picture of this skein, unfortunately, this is the only one I took of it :(...  Also, when I went to set the spin, the dye on the black leaked a little, so the colors are more muted now.  I'm planning on re-rinsing the grey fiber again and spinning another skein so that I can keep the nice bright colors!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Craftsy Love

Sorry for the recent hiatus, I'm teaching a college math class this semester for the first time (!) and have been soooo busy!  Anyways, on to what matters most in the world...fiber...

Lately, I've been loving the Craftsy classes!  I got started with my first couple Craftsy classes because they offer a few free mini classes.  The first free class I took was on short rows and taught all the different methods of doing them.

The four ways of doing short rows:
 Pretty awesome huh?!

The second, and my favorite, free class I took was Know Your Wool, taught by Deborah Robson.  It is AWESOME, and the perfect primer for any spinner that wants to work with different wools.  I learned an incredible amount.  I must say, my favorite part is when Deborah goes to the wool market and there are adorable sheep there!!  So cute!  If you're a spinner, or even a knitter, I highly recommend this free course.

The latest Craftsy course I've taken is Spinning Dyed Fiber, by Felicia Lo.  This one is really good as well and does exactly what the title implies, teaches different methods of spinning dyed fibers.  The techniques really help so that you don't end up getting muddy looking yarns.  I currently working on using the techniques I learned to spin this...
Grimore by Hobbledehoy Fibers on Etsy  (my absolute fav fiber shop!!)

Have you ever taken any Craftsy courses?  If so, which ones?  Did you like them?