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Finger Lakes Fiber Festival 2015
Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Hemlock, NY

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Hemlock, NY

It was a lovely weekend at the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival in Hemlock, NY.  The weather was perfect. There were animals, yummy food, classes, demonstrations and lots and lots of shopping!

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Hemlock, NY

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Hemlock, NY

The only downside to the weekend was that Jacey Boggs Faulkner, our featured guest, was stuck in Chicago all weekend. This poor woman spent the night in the airport Friday night and tried to get a flight all day on Sat. At midnight Saturday with her luggage and wheel somehow in D.C. and still no flight to NY in site she decided it was time to make her way back home. So Boucle and Coils will have to wait.

Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild Charitable Donation Projects

Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild Charitable Donation Projects

One of the things I really love about the Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild (besides the fact that they're a bunch of fun loving fiber fans) is that they really care about others. This year we made Hats and Mittens for Preemies at Strong; Hats, Gloves,and Scarves for Veterans and Domestic Violence Victims; and last but not least Knitted Knockers for Breast Cancer Survivors (These were a lot of fun knitting in public :)

Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild display at the Finger Lakes Fiber Fest

Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild display at the Finger Lakes Fiber Fest

The Guild also had displays for our Pillow Exchange and Anniversary Fiber. For the pillow exchange each member exchanged 8oz of fiber, spun it up and then made a pillow for the person who donated the fiber. They all turned out so beautifully it was hard to chose who to vote for.

For GVHG's 30th Anniversary all the members recieved 2oz of BFL fiber in one of three colourways. We spun it up however we wanted and then returned them for display at the Fiber Fest. You can see them all hanging up in the top right photo. In the bottom photo is the one I spun and chain plied.

GVHG 30th Anniversary Fiber BFL Chain Plied

GVHG 30th Anniversary Fiber BFL Chain Plied

Here are some pictures of the Skein and Garment Competition.

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Skein and Garment Competition

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Skein and Garment Competition

I was so excited to find out that some of my entries won prizes.


And of course no festival would be complete without shopping!

Finger Lakes Fiber Fest Haul

Finger Lakes Fiber Fest Haul

In back 8oz. of 19 micron merino from WinderWood Farm, 5oz of Finn

Front 1.5 oz of llama from Black North Fiber, souvenier cup and Greener Shades dyes from the Fuzzy Bunny. I had a great time, saw old friends and made some new, I can't wait 'til next year!


A New Adventure part 2

So back to the story...
I started to get busy making dolls and I didn't pick up my spindle for months.  Then in January I decieded to make a doll sweater for my daughter and I thought it would be fun to spin the yarn before I knit it.

I had her pick out the fiber. It was a lovely merino, alpaca, silk blend that was handpainted in a yellow/green/blue colourway.

I was so excited when it came I started spinning it right away. It spun so smoothly I was finely able to move away from the "park and draft" and have a nice fluid movement.  And that was the point I fell in love with spinning. It was just so clam and peaceful, it was like meditation but I was producing something at the same time. A definite win, win situation in my book!

I really loved the colour of the singles and I didn't want to mix them up so I decided to try theNavajo/ Chain Ply method.  It was easier than I thought it would be. The nice thing about plying on a drop spindle is between gravity and the built up twist(energy) in the yarn it basically plies itself.

Here it is after I plied it but before it was washed. You can see it has a little bit of that energy and I was afraid it would be unbalanced.

But after I washed it and hung it to dry it balanced nicely, yea! 

So it took me 2 months to spin, ply, wash and dry the yarn.  I had designed the pattern, and now I was finally ready to knit the doll sweater.
That's when my daughter told me she didn't really think she wanted a doll sweater, she wanted fingerless gloves.
Yes, 2 months in the life of a 12 year old is just too long to stay committed to an idea. At least the yarn was ready and I thought I remembered seeing a fingerless glove pattern somewhere...
Time to pull out the magazines and search Ravelry!

Happy New Year!

Oh, I can't believe it's already 2014!!!
I have a lot to catch up on.
I made this 18" Waldorf doll for a sweet little girl who loves purple and ladybugs over the summer.

I designed the smocking pattern for this dress. It took a few samples but I am happy with the way the final turned out. I found this beautiful cotton calico at Patricia's Fabric House. 
which is also where I found this adorable ladybug button.

 The sweater I knit out of Sublime (75%extra fine merino, 20% silk and 5% cashmere). It was wonderful to knit with. I'm sad to say that the shop I bought this yarn from The Yarn Boutique closed it's doors for good this past week. If I could encourage everyone to purchase from locally owned and small owner operated businesses when possible so we don't lose these more these gems.


Remember the yarn I spun back in January?


Well I finally made it into a hat. It was a chunky weight yarn and with only 3 oz it wasn't quite enough to make a hat for myself so I gave the hat to Amelia.

Here it is on the spindle single ply.

Here it is after I plied and washed it.

It was a lot of fun knitting something from yarn that I spun myself. And now I have a better idea of how much wool it takes for a finished project.