Thursday, June 28, 2007

Waffle Waffle Waffle

Waffle weave is my favorite weave structure. Here is you can see, if you have been reading, the 'waffle weave' scarves were very flat with little to no texture. After wet finishing them, which is simply done by a light hand wash, the texture 'pops' out of the fabric.

These scarves will be for sale on within the next two weeks.

On a spinning note, here is the latest from the white alpaca. There is almost a bobbin full of beautiful singles for the baby booties.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Clean up for Vacation

Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio will be closed from noon July 2nd to Saturday July 7th.....kind of. :) As much as I try, the work comes with me. Not that I really consider the part that comes with me work. I have set goals for the studio since last week was not a full production week. Before the start of vacation, all items must be off of all looms, hand washed, labeled, inventoried. Also the studio has to be cleaned from top to bottom........I hate an unorganized studio and I certainly do not want to come back to excessive dust:) Fortunately, only two looms had projects on them and as of last night, they were both empty. The purple towels have been completed and I will be posting the finished pictures once they have been hemmed and washed. The waffle weave scarves came off of the loom last night. They are beautiful and have a ton of character. Here are some updated photos which were taken before they were hand washed.

The second picture is taken slightly from the side so that way you can see how 'flat' the material is prior to the wet finish. Each tassel was treated with a fray block and they are currently hanging on a rack to dry......we will post new finished pictures soon!!!

There is little more that I like than receiving something in the mail. I have been waiting for some fiber to come back from Wooly Knob Fiber Mill and I got it on Monday. Just like a little kid, I ran into the post office with my son tucked under my arm like a clutch waving the pick up card in the air. (I'm thankful for my son's sense of humor and ability to handle my excitement.) The postmaster was also eagerly awaiting the package since we had stopped in for the past three days to check. When I opened the box I could smell that wonderful smell. I don't know how they do it but, they have the best smelling roving ever!!! And.......they do the absolute best job:)
I have already started to spin the white for the upcomming line of baby booties in hand spun alpaca. Well, I'm off to the task of updating the website:) Until next time!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Away from the Loom

I've got to be honest....I've been away from the loom. I've been throwing only a few picks here and a few picks there, here a pick, there a pick. I wish I could say everywhere a pick pick. Perhaps it's the times that I am at the loom that I want to spin and the times that I'm spinning that I wish I was at the loom.......quite honestly, I have been spinning!!! Like a mad woman!!! :) And......even more honesty......the purple towels are still on the loom.....and the waffle weave scarf is still on the other loom!!! Is it alright to let two projects sit like this while I go off and spin and dye yarn like it's going out of style? I sure hope so:)

Last year at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Fiber Festival I purchased some top that I think may be a merino silk blend. It has wonderful luster and is super fine. While spinning it I thought for sure that it was just silk but, does carry some merino properties. Unfortunately it was not labeled so, I have no idea and ended up listing it in my Etsy store as mystery yarn. :) With beautiful shades of yellows and greens on a nice clean white with the occasional black spot here and there, I couldn't resist spinning it anymore. I think it was about 2ozs and I ended up with about 98 yards of really great yarn. The pictures do not do it justice but, here they are.
For sale on Etsy!!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Knit a Little

So, every once in a while I knit a little. :) Usually knitting projects take me a while because I'm behind the wheel or loom. These little guys came highly requested from a recent sale in my Etsy shop. Well, when a request comes in, almost everything else goes on hold.......almost;)

Someone had asked me to knit them up some dishcloths a while back and I was testing with sizes. I ended up making a couple of little itty bittys and didn't know what to do with them. Then........the epiphany!!! Here it is:

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Fool me once shame on me....fool me twice shame on me again

Ok. I think that by now I should know that almost every project that I put on the loom is going to need floating selvedges. Duh. There is only one thing I hate more than adding them after the warp is all the way on the loom and I have thrown the first few picks......that's cold windy weather. Yuck. There is a good nightmare; weaving with yuckie selvedges outside while there is a blizzard. Good nightmare very well may be an oxymoron.
Anyhoo!!! Here's the pattern. I may possibly go with some other color possibilities on these. Perhaps white and blues for the country look or maybe white, salmon, and red for a fun outdoor picnic look.


I love it when sales are up!!! Woo hoo!!! The white sashes are el-gone-o!!! Ahhh.

The next project up on the loom is a set of kitchen/bathroom towels in shades of purple in a hound's tooth pattern. Warped from the front to the back:) Boy, I'm really procrastinating aren't I?

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

The Secret Project

Let me first start with the fact that the second issue of Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio was a great success. We got a lot of really wonderful feedback and suggestions. One of which was for a tutorial video of how to knit the continental way. I'm happy to announce, that is in the works. Honestly, at this point, it is simply a matter of understanding software......something that takes time:) So a big thank you to everyone with your phone calls and beautiful emails. They were so appreciated and it is very encouraging to us to have your support:)

The most current project has been kept secret because it is a gift. I apologize and wish greatly that I could post pictures because it is absolutely beautiful and cannot wait to once the gift is given.

Perhaps changing the 'up next' to 'maybe up next' will be more appropriate. As each project unfolds, I find myself constantly on the look out for new inspiration in books, outside, magazines, people, the stash, etc..... A very special person made me a raddle, the piece of the puzzle that was missing for me to warp back to front to break out of my weaver's rut. I would prefer to use it with a narrow small project and I am really leaning toward working on these purple towels. I very well may push warping back to front for another day. It's so easy to push off new things:) Thank you for your patience with me. Also, I apologize for no new picture.