Fibery fun this weekend with the Golden Fleece Spinners and Weavers Guild

Got plans this weekend? If you’re looking for something fun and fibery to do, the Golden Fleece Spinners and Weavers Guild is sponsoring a spin-in on Saturday at the Schoharie Presbyterian Church located at 248 Main Street in, you guessed it, Schoharie, NY.

The spin-in will be from 10 AM TO 4 PM.
If you’re not a spinner, don’t worry. Bring your knitting, crochet, weaving, or whatever fibery craft you enjoy. There is plenty of room for everyone, and if you feel the spinning bug beginning to bite, you’ll be in GREAT company! I amm sure there will be more than a few people willing to pass along some spinning wisdom.

I am planning to attend after another vet appointment on Saturday morning. It’s Halo’s turn this week for the regular checkup/wellness visit.

Enjoy the rest of your week and have a great weekend!

Fun with handwoven fabric (Part 2)

Good morning and happy Saturday! We have a lot going on outside the house today so I do not have much time to write this morning. I did want to at least show off the results of last weekend’s sewing adventures.

The handwoven green fabric was destined to become pillow covers pretty much from the start of the project. There was just enough fabric to make two double sided covers for the standard 18″ pillow forms from Joann’s. My alternative plan, if necessary, was to back the pillows with a solid color neutral (probably black) but I am glad I did not have to go that route.

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Catching up on some non-fiber related things

Good morning and happy Saturday! I am getting a bit of a late start to my usual Saturday morning activities here at home. My first order of business today was to get a much needed haircut, as I was at least two weeks overdue for it. That may not seem like much to a lot of people, and it may not be for them. For me, however, it is. Maintenance is crucial with short hair. Especially short gray hair. Throughout most of my twenties, I could go anywhere from four to six months between cuts. But as I got older and more gray, I began to see the value in going more regularly. I also like to keep it much shorter than I think I ever have outside of my brief time in the United States Navy in the late 80’s, and a brief period in the late 90’s when I kept it closely buzzed. Continue reading “Catching up on some non-fiber related things”

Spinning Jacob

Good morning and happy Saturday! I am listening to the sound of sleet hitting the front window as I write, and I am glad I have no plans to go anywhere today. If you do, please drive carefully.

There are several projects for me to work on in my craft room when I finish up here. I will likely continue with a spinning project that I began a couple weeks ago that is almost done. Then it becomes a plying project.

I had a total of nine ounces of this beautiful Jacob roving from Marsh Mallo Farm . Each three ounce bundle of roving includes about an ounce each of the two different colors in a normal Jacob fleece, and an ounce of them blended (I think 50/50).Jacob is not next-to-skin soft for most people, but I don’t think I’d mind it as a scarf, depending on how it is made. Continue reading “Spinning Jacob”

It Starts Today

Registration for the 2018 Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat Opens at 10:AM today. It sells out ridiculously quick every year, and there really is no fairer way to do it than to open to everyone at the same time. What we are doing differently this year is rather than have registration open on a specific date and time, we are doing it on a specific day and time.

We went with a Saturday in hopes that accessing registration at the time it opens becomes a possibility for more guys than when registration opens on a weekday. When the retreat fills up there is a waiting list that guys can sign up for, and if for any reason a space becomes available at the spring retreat, we go through the list in order until we can fill that spot. I believe we may also be using the waiting list to give first dibs on registration for the first Northeeast Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat in September. I’m not 100% sure of the details on that (yes, I know I should be).

Nominations for two available scholarships for the spring retreat are also open. We receive a generous amount of donations every year that help make it possible to share these events with the men’s knitting community. The deadline for nominations on February, 9th and the winners will be officially announced on February 18th.

There is a giant pot of chicken stock simmering on the stove here this morning. We can sure use the extra humidity in the air. I am off to work on a spinning project that I will have more to write bout next week. Have a great day and stay warm!

A Fiber Artist’s Snow Day!

This has been posted previously on the blog that used to contribute to, and I have been waiting for the opportunity to re-post it here. That opportunity has now arrived. Even though here in the immediate Albany area we aren’t supposed to get a huge amount of snowfall (last I heard, anyway) I know that’s not the case for most of the northeast. Hell, that’s not even the case for the Carolinas this week. Enjoy!

A Fiber Artist’s Snow Day!
( sung to the tune of “Let It Snow”)

Oh the weather outside is frightful, 

But this Rambouillet is so delightful,

And since I’m gonna get snowed in,

I Could Spin! I Could Spin! I Could Spin!

No it doesn’t show signs of stopping,

And This warp and weft is real eye-popping,

There’s no reason for me to leave,

So I Could Weave! I Could Weave! I Could Weave!

With a hook in a size just right,

I could crochet my way through this storm,

Using yarn that’s just outta sight,

Make a blanket so comfy and warm!

Now I’ve finished all my dyeing,

And I’ve finished all my plying,

So until I have to shovel this shit,

I Could Knit! I Could Knit! I Could Knit!

If you have the day off, enjoy it. If you do have to go out anywhere today, PLEASE drive carefully. As for me, It’s just another normal workday. It would take a LOT more snow than this to shut my office down.

I’ll worry about cleaning the driveway later on this afternoon when I get home. I’ll have my knitting time tonight.

Enjoy your snow day everyone!