Friday, April 28, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: My Kind of People

As seen in the parking lot of a farm store last weekend....

It's time to start thinking about the Tour de Fleece.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Dog Show Fibering, part 2

Sorry I missed you all last week.

The weekend before I was at a dog show... I brought two of my boys, both of whom are starting to shed... I collected two grocery sacks weighing a total of 6 5/8 oz.

I used the dark bag for the dark colored dog (Ramen) and the light bag for the lighter colored dog (Gunnar).... this let me keep both bags hanging on my grooming table for the entire weekend.

I also did a little knitting on another something pink.

In spite of all that's going on in the world, I hope you had a nice holiday weekend... and if you don't celebrate, I hope you had a nice weekend anyway.

What have you been up to?

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Dog Show: Terry-All Kennel Club, 2017

About two weeks ago, we were at the Terry-All Kennel Club Dog Show.  This is a much smaller show than we attended in February.  We brought both Gunnar and Ramen, which was the first time we brought more than one dog in quite a while.

The boys were very excited to leave for the show and were like this (^) most of the 1-hour drive both mornings.

I find it entertaining that I always (incorrectly) call our dog show "grooming space" a "stall," and we were literally in a stall, in the Horse Barn, at this show.  So, for once, I was not incorrect.  :-)  The barn provided nice shade from the heat on Saturday, but not much protection from the wind on Sunday.  Several of the exhibitors had tarps hung on the stall fencing to help block the wind... I think I need to add a tarp and clips to our show equipment for next time.

Regardless, we had a very fun weekend.

Gunnar and Ramen split the Best of Breed awards and both received very nice comments from the judges we met.

We always say "fun first."  Especially with an independent-thinking, self-motivated breed, if the dogs aren't having fun at the show, they aren't going to do it.

Ramen took that rule to heart on Sunday, and his handler handled it with grace.  :-)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Rill scarf, part 4

One of my thoughts when casting on the Rill Scarf last September, is that I would enter it in this years' county fair in August.

It has spent a good amount of time resting, but I've started working on it more in the last month.  So after writing last week's Fiber Arts Friday post,  I decided to figure out what needed to happen in order to accomplish this goal.

Here's my thought process:

With a finished length of 60 inches, a current length of 11.5 inches, and 18 weeks until the county fair, I need to add at least three inches of length each week.

The scarf is made up of two sections; (1) a 10-row, length-adding section, and (2) a short-row, wedge section that adds the ripples of the rill.

Each 10-row section is just under one inch.  Each short-row section does not add length.

If I average one section per night, I would average just under 3.5 inches per week.  Which would allow the scarf to be completed in time to enter it in the county fair.

I'm not sure I can maintain that pace for 4.5 months.  Also I'm not sure how interesting a scarf will be 3.5 inches at a time, for 4.5 months.  ;-)

I still have shedding season to finish up, shearing season to come, lots of skirting, the Tour de Fleece, planting season, and a few dogs shows, between now and early August.

So I think it's unlikely that this scarf will be finished in time for the county fair, especially since I only added one inch since I wrote last weeks' Rill Scarf post. ;-/

How do you plan your fiber-y goals?

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

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