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!



Friday, June 16, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: World Wide Knit in Public

Well, we didn't make it to the Farmers Market, so I did not knit in public last weekend. But I did steal a few minutes to knit in y comfy chair.


Did you knit in public?  If so, what did you think about it?

Friday, June 9, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: WWKIP Day

I thought World Wide Knit in Public Day was last week so was going to bemoan my being unable to even knit, let alone do it in public last weekend.  But it's tomorrow!

Will you be participating?

I'm planning to go to our farmers market.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Dog Show: Laramie Kennel Club, 2017

With shearing less, I was able to attend the Laramie Kennel Club show for the first time over Memorial Day Weekend.

This was our first out-of-state show, but Laramie Wyoming is actually closer than several of the shows in Colorado.

We brought five dogs.

L-R: Colorado's Big Bowl o' Ramen, Colorado's Quaking Aspen,
KayaKyi Bala (Noodle), Shang-hai's KayaKyi Susitna (Wasabi),
Colorado's Leap of Faith (Nobu)

I know that a lot of people bring this many dogs to shows all the time.  But for me, the first time required a lot of thought about the logistics of making it happen.

Colorado's Quaking Aspen

I had to increase our inventory of show collars, show leads and holding kennels.  Then make sure that everyone had enough practice at class and similar types of venues.... to stand still, while a stranger physically examines you, and looks into your mouth, while an audience is watching, is a weird idea... especially for working Livestock Guardian Dogs.

Colorado's Big Bowl o' Ramen

I'm happy to say that they all did beautifully.  They were calm and quiet in the grooming space and handled the ring well.  Aside from Nobu who did not like the slippery floor in the exhibition building, they took the event in stride.  I'm very proud.

Colorado's Leap of Faith (Nobu)

Our friends with Windy Pine Cane Corso helped with handling in the ring.  Hubba kept us organized ring-side and took a few blurry pictures while holding dogs.

Colorado's Leap of Faith (Nobu)

Ramen was awarded Winners Dog (WD), Best of Winners (BOW) and Best of Breed (BOB) both days to achieve both majors required toward his championship title.

KayaKyi Bala (Noodle)

Wasabi and Aspen split the Winners Bitch (WB) awards for one 3-point major, each.

Colorado's Quaking Aspen and Colorado''s Leap of Faith (Nobu)

Nobu was awarded Reserve Winner's Bitch (RWB) both days.

Noodle, our lead livestock guardian, performed very well for her conformation show debut at 6 1/2 years old.  She defeated Wasabi in the American Bred class on the second day.

The show chairman mentioned to me how happy she was to have us there.  With it being shedding and mud season, it's a tough time of year to show Tibetan Mastiffs but I enjoyed the show and would like to attend again.

Colorado's Leap of Faith (Nobu)

As always, the dogs are happy to be back at their day job.  :-)

Friday, June 2, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Progress

As a Program Manager I like to see progress toward a goal...


Although, now that I'm well into this project, I don't think I will need all 35 sections to achieve the desired length.

How do you manage progress on a large project with a deadline?

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Swatching

4th version. I think I like it now


Homegrown, sheared by me, handspun by me, Huacaya Alpaca.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Shearing Day, 2017

As I mentioned last Friday, we sheared our herd last weekend.


Several friends came to help.




We had a lot of fun.


The herd looks great.



The food was delicious and the weather was perfect.

We finished the day off with a dog party.  :-)


The harvest will be skirted later this summer.


Happy Fiber Arts Friday!



Friday, May 12, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Shearing Day Tomorrow

The first step in Farm-to-Yarn is shearing.


We are shearing our herd tomorrow.


The barn is ready.  The checklist is ready.  The four bags each are ready.  The food and drinks are almost ready.


Everyone will be looking a lot different tomorrow.


Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Pussy Hat Project

A week into 45's Presidency, I started thinking more and more about Pussy Hats.

I was thinking that I should make hats for some of my friends.  But I quickly realized that I could not make as many as I wanted within a reasonable time.  So I started to think about how to increase my capacity... So I offered to teach some of my friends who don't knit, crochet or sew how to make their own Pussy Hats.  :-)


Since then, I've taught a couple of friends how to knit and sent two hats to San Francisco.


Hubba has one, I have one and I'm working on a fifth now.

They are ridiculously easy to make, but I am a not a fast knitter.  :-)

What have you been up to?

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Alpacamundo Monday: Mud Season

Clay Soil + Defrosted Ground + Wet Spring Snow = Mud Season!

Saturday

Sunday

Mud!

That's spring in the Rockies and we need the moisture!

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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Friday, March 31, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Rill Scarf, part 3

I've been working on my Rill Scarf a little bit here and there.

I am now into the straight section.  But it's going to be a while before I get to start decreasing.  ;-)


The scarf is at 11.5 inches, I think I'm going for about 60 inches.

How are your fibery pursuits?

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!



Friday, March 24, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Mending Holes

I noticed a small hole in my Palindrome Scarf before Thanksgiving.  :-/

I set the scarf aside and then fixed it over the winter holiday.


I didn't do a good job, but the stitches are secure.  I'm going to have to research on how to do this better since I have a bigger hole to fix in something else.  :-/


Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Alpacamundo Monday: Mud!

It's been warm lately, and was especially while I was washing out the water tanks over the weekend.

Pearl took advantage of the mud.  Too bad I missed her rolling around in it.