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25. October 2011 08:21
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Maritime Handspinners' Retreat - the Vendors!

25. October 2011 08:21 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I've been a bit slack with my blogging since I got home from the Retreat... I've been preoccupied with my purchases, and required 8-months-pregnant naps!  Today I'd like to share a bunch of photos from the vendors area.... It was a great experience to walk around and chat with the vendors and fondle admire the wares.  When else can you go shopping and be encouraged to pick up everything and touch it?  Buying fiber is a very tactile experience for me.  I need to feel what the fiber is like to know what I can do with it... which is difficult because I often buy wool online for lack of local stores with such goodies.  I'd be surprised if anyone would look at you funny if you rolled around in a pile of fiber on the floor in a room like that!  Very freeing experience.

Note:  I'm trying something new with the photos:  Click the thumbnails for full sized images!  (Thank you to my technical staff for the upgrade... ahemHUSBANDcough)

The Bobbin Tree - many wonderful wooly treats...  complete with experienced wool-pusher and enthusiast Janet!  (whose hair matched some of her fiber perfectly... just sayin *wink*)  I succumbed to the pitfalls of the booth and ended up with yarn, combed merino top, and a few other goodies too!  Also:  Jobo's prize for the best booth mascot goes to Orville - the Bobbin Tree Owl!

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Gaspereau Valley Fibres - our wonderful hostesses for the weekend... and their piles of dyed locks, tops, books, etc.  There were many people walking around with large brown paper gift bags full of these scrumptious locks!  The service was great too!

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Cobweb Woolies - There were many many bags of wooly treasures at this table... it was like a sea of them!  Delia had bags of both washed and unwashed natural wool locks in every color under the sun!  Wooly Balls made a comeback - basically dyed beautiful locks wrapped into balls with elastic bands hanging on a tree... forget holiday ornaments, you can decorate my Christmas tree with these!?  I bought a bag of creamy white washed Romney locks (8 oz) to play with, and it's springy and wonderful!

 Cobweb Woolies Wooly Balls! Cobweb Woolies

Handspun Silks - luscious, wonderful, handspun reeled and spun silks by women in developping countries!  I couldn't believe the beautiful colors of the silks, dyed with natural products and locally sourced dyes.  One particular shining beige brown was dyed with coconut husks, and just had such a warm lovely glow.  The second photo with the felted soaps, brown hat, and yarns... I'm sorry I can't remember the name of the vendor... but the products were really neat!  I almost bought one of the felted soap kits... but I feared it would be to nice to use, and would languish in the bathroom forever!

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Alpaca House Farm - I had a very interesting chat with a gentleman alpaca herder (and vintage motorcycle enthusiast) about farming, fiber production and processing, and alpaca yarn and blankets in general!  The fleeces were lovely, as evidenced by the prize ribbons, and this fellow's woven blankets were out of this world! I loved the geometric patterns in the two colored weave... priceless!

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I very much enjoyed all of the vendors and tables, but these were the only ones I managed to photograph between the petting of the yarn :)  All in all - a fantastic marketplace full of enthusiastic and helpful vendors and fiber artists!

28. June 2011 05:47
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Electric Orange Handspun Mittens

28. June 2011 05:47 by Jobo | 0 Comments

    • Orange_Mittens_web_thumbs_medium2 I had some odds and ends of dyed Merino and Mohair Locks… and some very VERY bright orange merino roving leftover from last year’s “Spin Wild” Maritime Handspinner’s Retreat… So I carded some technicolor batts, with Orange as a base, and whatever odds and ends matched the Red, Yellow, Orange, Black, kitchen sink. 
    • The Fiber was carded on my Strauch Petite, with much gusto, and little thought or planning.  I unfortunately forgot to photograph the batts...
  • The Yarn was spun extra chunky on an Ashford Traveler, and plied back upon itself instead of leaving as singles
  • The leftover screaming orange Merino was spun in a similar manner (what else was I going to use it for?)
  • The Mittens:  a makeshift pattern
  • -Cuffs in K1P1 Ribbing, cast on 22 stitches, 7 rows
  • -Knit 10 rows plain, then knit 3 stitches in waste yarn a-la-Elizabeth-Zimmermann thumb technique, then knit up approximately 14 rows and decreased like a usual mitten top (K2 K2Tog around, 1 row plain, then K1 K2Tog around, 1 row plain, K2tog around, draw through.)
    -Thumbs: 7 stitches picked up (3 bottom, 4 top) from the stitches after the waste yarn was removed, knit 8 rows, and drew through. Results: VERY orange Mittens…. hopefully some kid decides they really like Orange, and I can give these away. They aren’t as ugly as I thought they would be, but not exactly my style either!
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10. June 2011 12:12
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Laminaria... in BFL Silk Handspun

10. June 2011 12:12 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Purple Butterfly BFL Silk BraidI've been working along on this... a few rows at a time - Using the nice shiny smooth handspun from "Purple Moth" Wings n' Things Fiber club from Allforloveofyarn (Shown at the left, to refresh your memory of the lovely purply pinkishness)

The yarn itself is coming along pretty well... though I guess you might call it "thread" over yarn really.  My first spindle full was 17g and yielded 170 yards of nice fine 2 ply.  I decided I would do a smaller amount to test first and make sure it was turning out as planned.  I hope to be able to put a bunch more on for the next couple of skeins... maybe as much as 40 - 50 g before winding off?  If the calculation holds true, I should be able to get 900 - 1000 yards from this 112 g braid - which should be lots and lots!

Normally Laminaria is knit from a regular laceweight yarn on size 3.5 - 3.75 mm needles.  Since my yarn is a bit finer, I decided I would use slightly smaller needles (my 3 mm Woody Knitters Needles to be exact)  that way the finished piece wouldn't be too airy.  I really like the way the wood needles grip the thread, and creates such a nice feel for the knitting process.  I know if I was working on steel needles I'd knit tighter, so I figure that my loose knitting on the smaller wood needles shouldn't be that bad.  Either way, I'm going to have lots and lots of yarn (the original large pattern only calls for 600 ish yards of yarn) so if the shawl isn't looking big enough when I reach the point where you normally switch to the border transition... I'll just do more repeats!  How's that for knitting on the fly?

The spinning itself is taking place on a Zebisis stone whorl spindle... I've never actually weighed it though, so I can't tell you the exact weight.  I'd say it's around 1 ounce, based on behavior and comparison to my Golding.  It took a little practice to get used to working without a notch in the whorl, but I think I've gotten the hang of it now, and the yarn is fairly consistent.  The second cop is in progress as my current travel spinning project.  I've been working on it during lunch break and when waiting.  I had better get going on it though... the first 170 yards has almost been knit up!

purple moth spindle

I've completed the first section of the pattern:  the star stitch portion.  I like the texture of this stitch, though I bet it will flatten out a lot during blocking.  I'm finding the yarn size vs needle size to be satisfactory so far.  This stitch pattern is supposed to be more dense than the lacy open part... so I guess I won't know until I get some lacy bits whether I will be completely satisfied.  I've gotten over half of the transition section done, but that's mostly just more star stitch.  Hopefully tonight I will be able to progress more into the flower lace section and see how that's going to look!

Laminaria star stitch section

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