Friday, December 14, 2018

Fiber Arts Friday: Twined Technique

I recently found a video on the Twined Technique.  It's fairly long.  There is no sound.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

AKC National Championship, 2018

The AKC National Championship is this week in Orlando, FL.

Gunnar and I were invited for being one of the Top 10 National Owner-Handled teams in the breed.

I hope to make the trip one day, but this year we are watching from home.

Good luck to everyone!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Fiber Arts Friday: Fiber Celebration, part 11

Since I am getting close to separating out the thumb, I met the recipient for breakfast last weekend for a test fitting.

I forgot to take a photo of the fitting, but it's looking good.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Frosty Morning

I love the Colorado blue sky on a frosty morning.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Fiber Arts Friday: Fiber Celebration, part 10

As a Program Manager in my Day Job, I know that no project ever goes exactly as planned.  Generally, this isn't a big deal as long as the important things are met.  So checking in with my original plan for my Gunnar Mittens you can see that:

  • I wanted to be done spinning and plying by now - I am not
  • I was planning to ply everything at once, after all of the singles had been completed - I've already plied everything that was available.
  • I prepared far more fiber than is needed for this project, so I only need to spin about 2 more oz instead of almost 6 oz.
  • I considered including 2 oz of a contrasting color - Since it was needed first in the knitting process, I decided against it.
  • I wasn't planning to start knitting until early December - I started knitting in mid-October, 6-weeks early.  I am currently 35% complete with the first mitten.
So while I don't have to spin as much fiber as I prepared, and I started knitting 6 weeks early, I also have less available time and the knitting is going slower than I expected.

With more holidays coming up, I expect to have some extra time available for knitting and spinning before the expected submission date in mid-February.  But I am concerned that I won't complete this project on time.  Frankly, I felt the plan was aggressive from the beginning.  But that doesn't mean it's not worth trying.

In the grand scheme of things, it's not a big deal if I miss this submission deadline.  However, I will be disappointed.  So I will keep working at it.

    By the way, I really like the Crook Stitches at the wrist.

    Current Status:
    • 4-3/4 oz, 277.5 yd complete in 3 skeins
    • 7/8 oz in singles
    • 5 7/8 (~2) oz remaining
    • 5/8 oz in mittens
    Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

    Wednesday, November 28, 2018

    Checking Out

    Between being a Farmer and a Program Manger, I live a life for others that is very service and task oriented.

    I spend a lot of time listening to others and helping them achieve the things they need to achieve.

    Listening to and helping others is extremely rewarding, but it's also exhausting... especially as an introvert.

    As a Program Manager, I need to be on most of the time.  As a farmer, I need to be watching and listening to the animals to make sure that we're meeting all of their needs.  As such, it's easy to neglect my own needs.

    As an introvert living in an extroverted world, it's even more important to take time to check out and recharge.

    The long Thanksgiving weekend is a good time to do that.

    This year, our large family was dispersed, so the huge and loud meal did not happen.  I had the honor of spending a quiet evening with friends while Hubba spent the weekend out of town with his family.

    Once the daily chores were done, I literally checked out for most of the long weekend.  I declined a visit with some great friends that I don't get to see much.  I took an awesome nap.  I watched a couple of favorite movies along with the National Dog Show and some of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  I did some writing as well as knitting and spinning.

    I'm feeling better.

    How do you recharge?

    Friday, November 23, 2018

    Fiber Arts Friday: Fiber Celebration, part 9

    Over the course of this project, I've been worried that I don't have enough fiber prepared to complete my opposite-spun Gunnar Mittens.

    So now that I have some knit, I weighed my yarn to determine that my consumption rate is ~1/4 ounce per 3cm on the wrist.

    Since the palm is bigger than the wrist and there's a thumb.  I am going to assume a rate of 3/8 oz per 3 cm.... yes, I'm mixing Metric and Imperial units.  Sorry if this bothers you.  ;-)

    At about 26 cm of total length per mitten, I should need about 6.5 oz (26cm x 2 mittens x 3/8 oz per 3 cm) of finished yarn for both mittens, and I will need extra yarn for the submission.  So my new goal is about 7 oz of total yarn spun.

    Therefore, at 4.75 oz, I have ~65% of the needed yarn completed and more than enough fiber prepared.

    I'll check my consumption rate again as I get into the palm and thumb.  But at least I know I don't have to finish the entire bag of prepared fiber (11 3/8 ounces).

    Current Status:
    • 1/4 oz in mittens
    • 4-3/4 oz, 277.5 yd complete in 3 skeins
    • 1/4 oz in singles
    • 5 7/8 oz prepared fiber remaining
    Happy Fiber Arts Friday.

    ps, I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, if you are State-side.