Saturday, January 31, 2009

Adult Rib Warmer Corner

I have to admit - when I started this project- I cruised thru the pattern just to get an idea of how it was put together - I did not understand. I figured if I was into the piece maybe the directions would make sense. They didn't. I got to the part that says "turn the corner" ?! What corner - there is no darn corner - oh wait - I have to MAAAKE the corner - huh - so here is the corner I am turn/making.
Now that I can understand it a bit better - I love working on it. I think if I have time I will trim the edges with a row of single crochet in my hand spun black alpaca. I also have a basket of vintage buttons - I could work a few up the front for accent.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Adult Rib Warmer

I'm currently working on an Adult Rib Warmer. I'm using the pattern by Elizabeth Zimmerman - with a few adjustments. I wanted it to be a bit longer and the arm holes bigger - just increased the stitches a bit - which changes the whole pattern by what ever number of stitches you increase or decrease. In this picture I am ready to turn the corner. The yarn I am using is my own hand spun - shetland/suffolk and alpaca/dorset. That solid grey in the middle is the shetland/suffolk - I was going to frog it out but decided it added character ;)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Let it snow but keep the ICE!

Starting last night around 11:30 the weather changed from snow to freezing rain. What fun! I went to feed the animals with a pole (I poked it thru the ice to get good footing) Feeding took close to 2 hours - everyone is tucked in and fed. I need a raise - or hazard pay - or a vacation - yeah that's it - a vacation!
Ice on the hemlocks.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Let it Snow

The snow doesn't seem to bother the sheep - but then again they don't have to shovel it - or tromp to the barn and the coop and the sheep pen to feed twice daily either!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Spinning Angora

I am spinning some dyed angora today. I kettle dyed and then carded it. I found that it sticks a bit when spinning even though I carded it. I rubbed my hands on a dryer sheet - that helped - I also sprayed a fine mist of water with a drop or two of fabric softener in it - that really works if you don't spray too much. I put a towel across my lap to catch the stray fiber - it really helps keep things neat.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tampa bound!

YEAH!!! The Steelers beat the dirty bird Ravens!!! And a fine job they did - we are on the way to the super bowl - can you stand it?!!

Half Mitts

These are so versatile! I wear them in the fall, and then in the house in the winter. I've also put a pair of those stretchy gloves under them for winter - they are very warm when you put in a bit of angora. I've used hand spun as well as a seriously loud hot pink acrylic (yikes!) don't laugh it stopped my husband from taking them :))

Womens size med/lrg

2 oz of any dk yarn (use up those left overs from other projects.)
Adjust size to fit by increasing or decreasing by four. Pattern is worked flat then sewn up the inside.

Cast on 42
Work in rib stitch (knit 2 purl 2) for 2" This is the cuff - you can make it longer or shorter if you prefer.
Work 3" in stockinette stitch. For left mitt end with rs row, place first 12 stitches on a holder to be worked later - this is the thumb. Continue working in stockinette stitch for 2 1/2 inches.
Work in garter stitch for 1/2 and bind off loosely in pattern.
Go back to your 12 stitches, pick up and work for 1/2 in garter stitch, bind off loosely in pattern.
Work right mitt the same except: for 12 thumb stitches end on a ws or reverse of what you did for the left.

Finishing: fold thumb in half, sew seam weave in end. Starting at the bottom sew up to top weave in ends, turn right side to. This is a great pattern for a fast gift made out of any 2 ounces of yarn.

This is a pair I made in shetland and angora - using a black stretch glove underneath.

Rabbits for sale

SOLD ALL 3 I have a litter of rew's with 3 not spoken for. 3 doe's. Each has a 3 generation pedigree they are 225.00 each. This is a picture of one of the doe's born 10/31/08:

This is a doe from an upcoming litter - how sweet is that? They will be ready the first week in Febuary. Email me at if you are interested.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Tri Loom Project #3

I've given it a 3rd chance - the 1st was a disaster, the 2nd so/so, but this latest is fabulous! I made this one using my own handspun along with an acrylic/wool blend - I used mohair plyed with white alpaca from my yarn. It's very warm, I'll be taking it to the show in Febuary.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


I decided in the beginning of December that I would stop complaining about the size of my butt and start doing something. I watch what I eat - I stink at it as I have no self control - but I still try :) I also started walking. First it was a 20 minute walk, then the next day it was 30. Now I am up to an hour and it is a hike instead of a walk. Thru the woods on old logging roads - around a corn field that is 40 acres and a good grade uphill - in the beginning I had to stop at one point to make sure my lungs stay inside where they belong - that's always good :) Now I can do it without stopping :) My husband - works 12 hours then come home and eats breakfast - helps me feed the animals and then goes on a walk with me. You have to love a man like that :) He has never said anything about my ever expanding bottom - I think he just likes to take the walk with me and the dogs. I try to go every day - at the very least I go every other day. I dragged my feet at first - but now I look forward to the hike, over the river and thru the woods to thinner thighs I go :)

Show Schedules

Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival
February 13 & 14 2010
Cranberry, PA

Great Lakes Fiber Festival
May 22 & 23 2010
Wooster, OH

Monday, January 5, 2009

Giant Angora Rabbits 4 Sale

We raise Giant Angora Rabbits - if you are interested and don't see any listed here - please email me at for the latest info.


One and One Internet Hosting has made me crazy. I have received a total of 5 invoices in 3 days - all because I wanted to downgrade my 3 sites into one. Some of those were credits - some were crazy charges. Hmph..................needless to say - now I don't have a website - just my blog :)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

New Websites

It's a new year and I've decided to Simplify. I am revamping my websites into one - the main site being my fiber site. Not sure where it's going - still a work in progress - will post links when it's updated.