Friday, July 22, 2016

Fiber Arts Friday: Tour de Fleece 2016, part 3

started this week with 1 3/4 oz of Suri alpaca pencil roving to go.


Friday, July 15th
An early meeting this morning, but found time to spin. :-)


Saturday, July 16th


Sunday, July 17th
I'm starting to let go of the idea that there will be a third yarn in this tour.  This thread is taking forever. ;-)


Apparently today was a second challenge day. Ah well, my goal is really just to make morning spinning a daily habit. :-)

Monday, July 18th


Tuesday, July 19th - Rest Day
Not resting... working on making spinning a daily habit.


Wednesday, July 20th
It was late, but I managed to spin for about 30 minutes before going to bed.


Thursday, July 21st


I'll have to double check the weight, but I think I only spun about a 1/2 oz this week.  The extremely fine yarn takes much longer than a thicker yarn.  But I do believe that this will end up being the finest yarn I've ever spun, which is kind of cool.... even though it's taking for-ever.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Alpacamundo Monday: Dinner for Two

Besties, Willow and Pearl, enjoy an evening snack at the buffet.

Sweet Willow of Alpacamundo and Alpacamundo's Pearl


Friday, July 15, 2016

Fiber Arts Friday: Tour de Fleece 2016, part 2

I started this week with less than 1/8 oz of yak down left to spin.


Friday, July 8th
Morning: So close to being finished.


Evening: I couldn't stand having such a small amount to go. So the Friday night activities included spinning...


and skeining...


and one very excited single of Yak Down, ready for a bath. :-)


1 1/8 oz
122 yards

Saturday, July 9th - Challenge Day
I didn't have any specific challenges for today.  So I started spinning a Medium Brown Suri Pencil Roving.


Being a gift from a local Suri Alpaca breeder in March, this is quite youthful as far as my stash goes.


It turns out that transitioning from the short staple of the yak down to the long staple of the Suri was a challenge.  ;-)


Sunday, July 10th
This is spinning much finer than I intended. So I'm thinking about plying it.


Monday, July 11th - Rest Day
While today is supposed to be a rest day, I'm working to make spinning a morning habit.


Tuesday, July 12th



Wednesday, July 13th
I am really enjoying spinning for a few minutes in the mornings.


Thursday, July 14th
I've almost filled the first layer on the bobbin. 


1 3/4 oz to go. 

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Fiber Arts Friday: Tour de Fleece 2016, part 1

Barely into this year's Tour de Fleece and I was already thinking about changing my plan.  But I held strong and started with the small amount of yak cloud that has been in my stash since October 2008... that's as old as this blog. Yikes!  I guess Team Spin Your Stash is the right place for me this year.  ;-)


Saturday, July 2nd
I had some trouble getting started with the leader I had on this bobbin, but once I replaced it with a longer, finer gauge things started progressing.

My goal is to spin at least 10 minutes every day. This represents about an hour. 


Sunday, July 3rd
Another 40 minutes or so.


Monday, July 4th - Independence Day
10 minutes of spinning was had.


Tuesday, July 5th
15 minutes before everyone woke up... blissful.


I'm really starting to love this yak.

Wednesday, July 6th
20 minutes.


Thursday, July 7th
15 minutes this morning.


With less than 1/8 ounce to go, it's almost disappointing that this yarn isn't finished today, but this tour is not about quantity.


It's about spinning quality every day for at least 10 minutes. So far, so good.  :-)

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Fiber Arts Friday: Tour de Fleece 2016, Prologue

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the Tour de Fleece is coming up.  In fact, it starts tomorrow.  ;-)

I've decided to join a new-to-me team this year, Team Spin Your Stash.  I think it's appropriate for what I plan to do... everything has been in my stash for at least a few months, some for much (much!) longer.

Clockwise from left: cashmere+silk, suri alpaca,
huacaya alpaca+bamboo, yak, milk, cashmere

My goal is to spin at least 10 minutes every day the Tour rides, Saturday, July 2nd thru Sunday, July 24th.  As usual there are two rest days and one challenge day.

I don't expect that I'll spin everything I've set aside, but if I do, I have plenty more ready to go.  ;-)

Happy Spinning and Happy Fiber Arts Friday.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Creativity

I ended up on Forbes.com looking for something else today and found this gem.

Everyone is creative, but be we are only as creative as we allow ourselves to be.
- Martellus Bennett

I didn't realize that Forbes.com had a quote of the day and certainly don't think of Forbes as an authority on creativity.

The reality is... or at least my reality has been: humans are creative beings and many companies work to stifle that creativity.  Whether it's on purpose, a result of corporate culture, or the fear that others won't appreciate our ideas, we absolutely limit ourselves and each other.

Few situations in my past have afforded the opportunity to truly be creative as well as foster or enable creativity as part of my day job.  I am in such a role now and feel exceptionally grateful.

This was an important quote for me to read today and something I need to keep in the forefront of my mind.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Things That Work: Petal & Twig Organics

Flies are a fact of summer.  We had issues with them in Albuquerque and we have issues with them here in Colorado.

The flies really like Porkchop's ears and Gunnar's nose.

We initially used Neosporin on Porkchop's ears with little benefit.  Then when Gunnar's nose was being affected we started using Swat for both which helped a lot.

However, Gunnar does not like having ointment on his nose.  No matter how much we rub it in, he wipes it off .... with his foot, the ground, the side of the loafing shed, the fence or even the side of his food bowl... basically anything he can use to get ointment off his nose he does.  Which ultimately causes a gash that the flies like even more than his sweet, soft, velvety nose.


So last weekend I asked one of the Farmer's Market vendors if she had anything that might help.  She suggested that we try her bug spray and said that she uses it on her Great Dane.  I have bought other products from her over the years, so I decided to give the bug spray a try.

Well, just a week into it so far, I am happy to say that it appears to be working.
  • First, and foremost: Gunnar doesn't hate it!  It might help that I spray it on myself before I put it on him.  As I mentioned, he's not crazy about me rubbing stuff on his nose, but he does not run from me like he did with the Neosporin and Swat.
  • Secondly: It smells good. It's made with all kinds of lovely essential oils.  It has a pleasant, subtle smell which I like, a lot.
  • Finally, as a wonderful side-effect of using the dogs' bug spray, I also have fewer bug bites.  ;-)
Gunnar's nose looking much better than last week

I plan to get another bottle to take to the day job, so I can apply it before our lunch time walks near the marsh.  I also think we'll be using it on all of the dogs and alpacas.

Porkchop's ears looking great

Petal & Twig Organic Bug Spray is definitely worth a try.