Week of Fiber-y Fun

Ok, I have a few moments to share what has been happening over the past week. There has been so much going on it’s been hard to keep up.

First, last weekend I ran away to the Fiberholic’s Retreat. We had a wonderful weekend at the Brazos House in Glen Rose. I learned so many new things and got to visit with some amazing women. It was a nice weekend that helped recharge my mind. I learned to weave on a tri-loom and produced a nice 4 color alpaca cowl on Saturday evening. I had so much fun with it that I purchased a small tri-loom to bring home.

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In addition to the cowl, I learned the crocodile stitch in crochet. I can barely wait to finish the scarf. It will look great on my little one.

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I also had the pleasure of playing with a drum carder and creating several batts. I made one in shades of yellow and then did some small gradient batts so I can make a nice gradient yarn.

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I also took my inkle loom and learned tablet weaving. I got to use 10 cards and create a beautiful diamond design on one side and an X design on the reverse. I think I’m addicted to weaving now. It seems almost magical.

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Have you heard of Kumihimo? I hadn’t until I got the list of classes. I did a little research and found it is a style of braiding. They had a class but it conflicted with the tri-loom class which I decided to take instead. So I got the opportunity to learn this from one of the ladies. It is a fun quick technique and you can use beads and various threads or yarns to get different results.

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So that was my fiber-filled weekend. The rest of the week was filled with school for the little one, crazy co-op science and dance. Baby K is in her dance studio’s production of the Nutcracker again this year. So in addition to our normal class day she had practice on Saturday for 2 of her 3 roles. I look forward to seeing how she had improved this year.

I will start spinning for Spinzilla tomorrow. I am excited and can barely wait to see how much I can get done in a week. I will also be preparing for my shop trunk show at Jacob’s Reward Farm on Friday and Saturday during the DFW Yarn Crawl. If you happen to be in the Dallas, Texas area swing by and say hi.

Now back to work preparing for my tutoring students and then to clearing bobbins and end the evening with some knitting to finish up my 2 current MKAL.

Until next time,

~>K<~

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Finishline Friday

Well it’s Friday again. I would love to show you some finished knits but that didn’t happen this week.

So what did happen this week? Well, we had meet the teacher Tuesday morning for a new Co-op. I’ll be teaching 3rd-5th grade homeschool students in science. I get to work with 5 kids and get them to love science. On Thursday, I got to go to court for an accident that was mishandled. Fun morning sitting there four an hour and a half. Think the stress caused me to end the day with a headache.

So not much knitting or spinning time this week. Did manage to get 4oz spun into a single.

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Worked some on a hat I had to restart Saturday. I’m hoping to finish by tomorrow.
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Started on a new 4oz braid of merino today. I love the color but am reminded yet again how much I dislike spinning merino.
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Guess that’s all the craziness for this week. I am also preparing for Blackland Prairie Artisan Fiber Festival in two weeks. If your in the Denison, Texas area come see me. I’ll be in the M.A.F.I.A. booth.

Til next time,
~>K<~

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Spinzilla: How much fiber do I need?

On this Whirling Wednesday, I am contemplating my upcoming spinning endeavors. I chose to join Spinzilla this year and started gathering my fiber. When I ran across this post, it reminded me that we are all at different levels in our spinning so what is good for me might not be good for you.

This article also gives a little information on Spinzilla as well as ways to determine fiber needs based on projects.

I will be spinning for yardage so I am starting this week to see how much I can spin in one hour each day for a week. I’ll post pictures later today of the yarns I made during the Tour de Fleece challenge.

Til then,
~>K<~

Kate Larson Textiles

IMG_2872-005Welcome! I’m excited to have been invited to join the Spinzilla blog tour. The purpose behind the Spinzilla competition during Spinning and Weaving Week, Oct 6‒12, is not only to learn more about handspinning, but to learn more by doing. When it comes to craft, theory is only truly useful when applied—when skills are honed through practice. Spinzilla urges us to make more time in our busy schedules to grab our spindles or sit down to our wheels and get spinning.

ISRIC_monolith_NL-029 Soils are beautiful. By Bos, AB & JH KauffmanCC-BY-SA-3.0

Much of the way I approach textiles is framed by my background in agronomy. I studied soil chemistry at university, and while it might not seem that clay minerals have much to do with handspun sweaters, the spirit of their study is similar. We can take the measure of a soil in many ways: by studying the available…

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Final photos of the super sleuth wheel

I am always stunned by the wheels they produce. This one is amazing. Hope one day I can have one made for me.

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sleuth1This wheel has had some testing and will be leaving us on Monday.  Its always fun to see a wheel get done, but it is bittersweet too as we will not likely see this wheel again in person.  Looks like the dog and cat don’t seem to be taking it too hard.  They are absorbed in their books.  Enjoy, Janet!

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Finish-line Friday is Back!

So after my crazy hiatus I am trying to get back into the swing of my normal week. One of the things I have missed was sharing my finished objects with you my dear readers. I am happy to say that I am able to start doing that again this week.

I was finally able to get the dropped stitches sorted out on my Pirate square for the Geek-A-Long blanket. Once that was figured out the remainder of the square went quickly.

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Now that is finished I have started another square. I declare that I <em>WILL</em> finish all the squares by December.

I found out recently that several friends of mine are expecting new bundles of joy. This brought about my desire to knit baby things. Why? Because when I was expecting my girls I was A.) not a knitter at the time of my oldest and B.) such a new knitter that I was scared to do more that a small baby blanket with my youngest. I still have those moments of “I want another baby” but I know for my family that’s not going to happen so I’ll be waiting for grandkids. In the meantime, I will practice baby knitting for my friends.

So with that I started my search for a cute baby sweater that could go for either a boy or girl as they have decided not to find out until the baby is born. I was still on the hunt for a yarn and pattern when I was traveling to Colorado to visit my mom. We stopped in a new yarn shop in Woodland Park. It’s a neat little place and they had some nice samples out. One of these samples grabbed my attention and told me what baby item I would be knitting. I have fallen for Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Baby Surprise Jacket. It is a quick knit and I will say that I can easily see me knitting it for my basket of knits when I want a new quick project. Yarn was found and knit. If you haven’t seen this before or tried your hand at knitting a BSJ cast on for one. Just be prepared that it won’t be the only one you make.

So here is what I knit.

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Can you believe that turns into this just by folding?

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All that’s left is to seam the sleeves and add the buttons. I think I’ll take the I-cord bind off and continue it around the neck after I join the sleeves.

Well, that’s it for this week. Until next time.

~>K<~

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Slow Return…

Well, as my last post stated, I’ve been struggling with massive headaches that the doctors have deemed migraines. It has taken all this time to start getting control over them and I’m now down to only one or two a week versus three or more. I have seen a neurologist and had a MRI so next week I will have my follow up and we can go from there.

So what does this mean for my blog, my shop, etc.?

Well, it means that I can start working on the computer a bit more as the dizziness and headaches are starting to ease and not keep me in bed and away from screens as they made it worse. It also means that I should be able to grab decent pictures of my products instead of blurry ones. It also means that I’m feeling good enough to consider dyeing new items.

In the meantime, I will post as I can and provide regular updates. I have plans to be at the Blackland Prairie Artisan and Fibre Faire in September so I have just over a month to make sure that I have enough stock for my adoring public.

So I will leave you with something pretty at which to look. This is a shawl I just finished. It is the Astolat Shawl by Karen Robinson knit in my Dragon’s Delight base in the colorway “Hail Ceasar.” It was a dream to knit up and I love the feel of this wrapped around me.

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Until next time…

~>K<~

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Sufferings

Well, it has been a while since my last post. I have been fighting extreme headaches that have just recently surfaced. It is crazy to me that my doctor prescribed a daily pill without any blood work or other tests to determine the cause. This pill hasn’t helped and I’m still fighting a losing battle. How can a medical professional not run tests on someone who has a symptom arise that has never had any similar issues in the past? Does anyone have any remedies other than Tylenol, which doesn’t work for me, to ease some of the pain?

Due to these headaches that come every few days and incapacitate me, my postings will not be up to my goals until I can get them under control. With that said, I will try to post at least once a week and my Finish-line Friday segments might be delayed.

Hope to be back on more frequently soon.

 

~>K<~

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