Friday, August 18, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Results

I finished my shawl on Monday.  Dropped it off at the fair on Tuesday.  Judging was Wednesday.  The fair opened on Friday evening.  We went on Saturday evening.  :-)


There are two options for entering knitted items in our county fair.... Spinning and Weaving and Needlework.  I opted for Spinning and Weaving for two reasons:

  1. I wasn't certain how big my finished shawl would be at the time of entry, so I wasn't sure which class to enter.
  2. I was using hand-spun yarn.

The competition in the Spinning and Weaving department was exceptional and I am humbled to have been awarded Reserve in the Non-Woven class.


Now to prepare this piece for it's ultimate destination, The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, and to start thinking about next year's entries.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Submitted

I spent most of last weekend finishing my project.



It was close.  But one good thing about summer is that blocking only took a few hours.  :-)



I'm always amazed by how nice things look after blocking.



I dropped it off at the fair on Tuesday.  I find the results out tomorrow.  Fingers Crossed for good comments.  :-)

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Making Lace

With only a few rows to go, my lace panel is looking good.


I'm not claiming victory yet though.... I have a lot of YOs to get past and time is getting short... I need to be blocking by Monday if I'm going to make my submission.


Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Tour de Fleece, 2017 - Aborted

Five rows into the lace section, I had made several mistakes. But this dropped stitch was really bothering me. Even in the unblocked state.


It took me a few hours to work up the energy to rip it out and about an hour to put back on the needles..... I'm so thankful I put in a life line.

With about three weeks until my submission date, I've decided not to spend any time spinning.... not that I have been...  But my Tour de Fleece is officially over.  :-/

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Tour de Fleece, 2017 - part 2

Since I'm not likely to spin every day, and I have three (really four) unfinished yarns, I thought I would use my Tour de Fleece time to focus on completing them.

First up is this lovely cashmere that I'm spindling from a cloud.

Starting Weight (yarn + spindle): 7/8 oz
Weight To Go:  5/8 oz




Saturday, July 1 - 10 mins or so in the car

Sunday, July 2 - 0 minutes

Monday, July 3 - 0 minutes

Tuesday, July 4 - 0 minutes

Wednesday, July 5 - 0 minutes

Thursday, July 6 - 0 minutes

Well, Lanterne Rouge was the right team for me this year.... I'm spinning even less than I thought I would.  It's not even worth taking a picture.... my spindle looks the same as the before shot. :-/

Are you spinning?  How's your tour going?

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!


Friday, June 30, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Tour de Fleece, 2017 - part 1

At the end of every Tour de Fleece, I have big plans for the next one... ideas like spin the number of minutes as km they race, or spin an entire braid one day then ply it the next.... and then the time comes for the next Tour and I think, how am I even going to spin every day this year?

So, this year, I know that spinning every day is really not likely.  So I am joining one of the official, moderated teams.... Lanterne Rouge.

The description for the team is as follows:
This team is for people who want to join the Tour, but won’t be able to spin every day.
In the Tour de France, there is opportunity for everyone, even cyclists who can’t “keep up” with the pack. In fact, the last rider to complete the Tour without being disqualified is awarded the distinction of “lanterne rouge”.

I plan to make a weekly post of progress, but expect it to be light.

Guidelines (NOT RULES) Copied for the TdF Ravelry page:
  • Spin every day the Tour rides, if possible. Saturday July 1 through Sunday July 23th. Days of rest: Monday, July 10th and Monday, July 17th. (Just like the actual tour.)
  • Spin something challenging on the challenge days (usually the toughest high mountain stage: this year, it’s Stage 9, on Sunday, July 9th, when the riders will take on 3 mountains with a steeper than 10% grade, and Stage 15, on Sunday, July 16th, when they will face high altitude and steep grade!
  • Wear yellow on Sunday July 23th to announce victory. Why not wear yellow on any day you feel particularly successful? (Yellow is the color of the race leader in the Tour - but here we are all ‘race leaders’) Other colors if desired: Green (sprinter - think FAST), Polka-dot (climber - as in uphill), and white (rookie).
Are you participating?

The Tour starts tomorrow.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Revising Plans

After double-checking the stretched-out length of each section, and therefore the likely blocked length, I believe I have surpassed my desired length of 60 inches.


So now to finish at the right number of stitches after the last section, fix a dropped stitch and add a life-line before embarking on the lace portion.  :-)

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!