Showing posts from May, 2011

Alpaca Fibers for me

I just got this in the mail  8 ounces of each cream alpaca fiber  that you see below and the Rose Grey  which this photo shows nicely.  I am hoping to spin it all to make yarn for the Great North American Afghan from XRX  in different shades of alpaca yarn, some of which I am making myself. I just wanted to do that because I think it will be very meaningful to me.

The picture below is the one Alpaca fiber that is rare to find, and I was lucky to find it on EBay. I am a bit quiet because I am designing for a company that wants to carry some of my hat patterns under their name, and Crafty Andy is very busy making hats , testing hats and creating hats.  I had a Writer's Block for about 3 months and  few days ago while I was  chanting I go the answer I was in search of. Thank You Universe for allowing me to remove the obstacles. So to a happy end in May 2011, they World did not end, but even if it did , I would have been busy doing something.  I am not the type of going crazy if the w…

Homespun Alpaca Yarn

This was a fun project to do on the wheel. My Kromski Sonata still making yarn after the fix with the Gorilla Glue.  I am always afraid it will com apart, but now I have options to repair that I did not have before.  I will have to say that I am looking at Lendrums a lot and will be probably sit down on one some day and see wat it feels like. I have seen a lot of great reviews on Lendrums. I was also looking at the Side Kick from Schacht  it looks very intriguing again I will have to sit down and give it a spin sometime. I guess I was not satisfied with the "New Voyager" note that it only happened to another person, they changed the manufacturing, and on and on I really felt left out in the cold. I will leave it at that for now.

I tell you how much the Kromski incident has affected my purchasing anything Kromski, is really not going to happen for a long time if it happens at all. As a matter of fact I am not going to buy my next loom from them that is for sure. I think that …

iDye my Yarns please

Here is the great Trio that I played with during this weekend. It was a fun experiment in dyeing.

I went to dye yarn and used a fisherman's from Lion Brand and some Rit Dye, iDye and the fun began.  The iDye black  or any black dye are tricky dyes and it wanted to give me a gray color, Sometimes  Black dyes are a deep Navy blue or a deep eggplant purple, but is not black like the rit black or the food coloring black.  When I first dissolved the iDye it looked like the purple black from the eggplant, I knew it was not going to work.  Rit did a great job and so did the black food coloring from  Mc Cormick. Below you see how clearly black the Rit addition made it, still has some bleeding, but nothing to write home about.  Since it has to be hand washed anyway, I believe is acceptable.

I then decided to use more food coloring and enhanced the purple with neon purple.  I used vinegar to help  the binding of the color to the wool and some grape flavored kool aid, because I could n…

Zinio and Knitter's Magazine

I just bought this magazine or rather e-magazine from the Zinio website.  AM I glad I did not buy a subscription at this time.  Did you know buying from Zinio is considered a Foreign Transaction by most US BANKS and thus you will get a foreign transaction fee? Use one of your credit cards that does not charge Foreign Transaction Fees and you will be fine. The payments are processed in the Netherlands.  I told one of their customer service guys that they need to tell people in their CART or E-CART that there may be a foreign transaction fee by the issuer of the credit or debit card  for the transaction.  I don't mind paying such a fee, but I want to know that it is going to be charged.  I have travelled enough and purchased enough things online to understand that.  The fact that is puzzling is that I was charged US dollars.  I guess next time I will use a different Credit Card.  Now you Know, If you buy things from the Zinio Website you may have an extra charge, not fro…

Poseidon's Dream

PoseidonDream204yds160gms (2), a photo by Crafty Andy on Flickr. I call this colorway arenas, Spanish for sands. It is so pretty and it is fuzzy as I thought it would be. This was such a fun project in spinning. I am very proud of myself as there were like half a yard left of a single in one of the bobbins, the rest was actually completrly spun and used without much loss. I would definitely make more Art Yarn like this one. It was a great learning experience and a lot of fibers included. It is rich in texture and it feels fantatic. Maybe it will be for sale in a store near you or online, I have not decided yet. Is about a60 grams and about 204 yards. Stay tuned there will be some Alpaca spinning soon. Thanks for stopping by.

Yarn Art

The art of making yarn.  I never thought about making yarn in the ways that I am making yarn these days.  I am kind of carving the yarn, it is like a sculpture waiting to be revealed.  Yarns that are artsy for me are hand blended or hand crafted.  So what have I done with this single is blend of  pygora, mohair and merino into the single. I am really liking the way it looks and the more I look at it the more I want to keep it.  That is when I know I am making something good.
I am hoping to mix it with  a plain single of merino and submit it to a very hot bath so that it can bloom.  I am hoping and aiming to make about 250 yards, let's see what happens.  I hope you enjoy the pictures, the yarn single is coming along slowly, because I am taking my time crafting this yarn.  It is also the fact that I am understanding what it is that I am doing with the fibers.  Making a yarn thick or thin on purpose is not the easiest thing in the world.  You know you are getting the use of your exper…

Alpaca Carding Sunday

Just a lazy Sunday and trying to get some of the last alpaca fiber that a friend gave me into rolags. My hope is to spin some more and make a nice blanket afghan like the North American Afghan, but using alpaca colors. Thanks for stopping by!

Bamboo with a Twist

My work for today is done. I was able to work with this roving and after plying the bamboo, I guess I would  not mind giving it another try another day. My friend Naomi suggested to put hand lotion on my hands before spinning, so I will have to try that with some more roving in the future. I am definitely all for spinning wooboo or wool-bamboo blend, which should be easy to draft and spin.  Here is the 129 yards with 150 grams of beautiful bamboo.  Right now the twist is getting set in some very hot water. I  like the tweed look of this baby .  One thing is for sure, this yarn is very strong! Thanks for stopping by!

Bamboo a review in fiber

A while ago , like almost a year ago , I ordered some sample fibers to see what I wanted to spin.  What you see below is the regular bamboo spun on the fast flyer of my Sonata.  I have to disagree with people that say that bamboo behaves like silk.  I did not find that to be the case when I spun my bamboo.  It is a bit slippery and it blooms like silk in a way. I did try to wet my fingers to grab the fiber, which it helps in the spinning , but is not the best thing to do. I spun it from the fold, that seemed to be the easiest way to spin it, but I also had a long thin piece of roving and was doing a worsted spinning with this fiber. I think I would love to spin a wool-bamboo blend, or maybe a bamboo-silk blend, but bamboo by itself is not something that I care to spin from the get go.  Perhaps a chance to fall in love with bamboo is in the future, if it is the only fiber I spin, I know I can master it.  Nevertheless, Bamboo by itself as yarn is not very attractive to me, in blends I …

Just in Case Our World does not End!

Since I was very young I heard people talking about the end of the world.  I say respect that, because I know people have different believes and different ideas.  Just in case the world does not end, be prepared to be kind beyond the call of duty.  I am sure some people will not pay their mortgage and some will be selling or giving away their stuff.  They forget that There are many instances in the history of the World and of the Christian religion that people thought they were sure the world was going to end, like in  like in 1843 or 1844 The true Millerites prepared with their usual thoroughness. Many families bought ascension robes (sold by Miller) and waited in carefully dug family graves. Nothing happened. Unperturbed, Miller simply moved the date up to Mar. 21, 1844.  There are many accounts. There there is 2012 still to come.

I guess I just think different. Be nice because you want to be nice, not because you will go to heaven.  If the God of the Bible is all knowi…

The Borg are Here

Against all odds as they say and with the help of Gorilla Glue I was able to spin and ply this baby.  Mike had a lot to do with is as he suggested the Gorilla Glue.  My Sonata is working for now and I will enjoy the wheel as long as I can enjoy it.  I asked some of my friends for their favorite wheel choices and some interesting choices came to be. I am not very happy with the Kromskis at this time, but I am almost happy with  the New Voyager People.  I am done wasting my energy with this situation and know that I am kind of on my own, which is not a bad thing to happen.  I know myself very well.  I will be very happy to continue using my Krosmki for four or five more years then get something different.  I have looked at Schacht and at Lendrums, Louet is not a bad place to look at either. Enough! Let the Borg go and take care of them, maybe assimilation will bring better craftsmanship and quality control.
This Mission has been  accomplished the Borg yarn is finished. This is definitel…

Kromski Sonata Screw Nut Knob No. 2

The Kromski Sonata is a great wheel, but let me tell you the screw nut that is in place on this stud that holds the Mother of All has been a Royal Pain. That piece of metal that you  see in that post below comes loose.  Why don't they glue it from the factory and that way we don't have to freak out that we broke the wheel.  It is not a cheap wheel, I just don't understand the reasoning behind not gluing it.  I can now understand the allure of the fixed height wheels. Needless to say I am not a very Happy Camper, but I will survive, I have written emails in the middle of the weekend and expect a responses later during the week. Kromski has a Five year Craftsmanship warranty, this is a craftsmanship  problem if I ever saw one.  I found some solutions through a yahoo group, in which other people are or were having the same problem.  I believe is a craftsmanship flaw that needs to be corrected, maybe an oversight, maybe it never happened before, but it is happening now. Why do…

Cardigan Seams and Sleeves Start

I finally got this cardigan joint at the shoulder seam.  I guess if I was making this again I would have left the stitches live and join them in some kind of grafting.  I am not super happy with it, but I can live with the results until I get it assembled completely and then do like a duplicate stitch kind of touch up at the seam on the shoulder.  Is not really crucial, I can live with it, but this is so much cable work that it would be a shame to not really make it more beautiful , ha, ha, ha.

Today I  did the cast on  of the the two sleeves, I have a feeling that I will need to improvise in this pattern and make a gusset for the sleeves, but it is too early for me to think about that.  I have not made that many sweaters or Cardigans to say that I have the experience that tells me it will fit.  We shall see once the sleeves are done. Thanks for stopping by.

May WIP Cardigan

I have picked up where I left and it is going well. I am working with Wool Ease, which is not one of my favorite yarns, yet it feels good. This is a Cardigan that I am aiming to finish this month. I am hoping to give it pockets, yes somehow I will make it possible to have pockets by cutting holes in it and knitting the pockets. I may also pick my loom and make pockets with the fabric in the loom, but it is most likely I will be knitting the pockets and I have to find a cool felted fabric to line the pockets with.  This is a gorgeous pattern and is well written. 
I will tell you that being able to pick up a pattern after being sitting down for a while is amazing to me.  I think what is also amazing is to get motivated to continue, the pattern is exciting I can tell you that much.  So this is what I am working on today along with the Retro Caprican which is a mindless knitting.  One of the good things about having circular needles is that I will be making the two sleeves of both swe…