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Friday, September 17, 2010

NEW BEGINNER felted coaster knitting project!

OK, for those who expressed concerns about learning to knit the alpaca scarf and after speaking with my dear friend Marti about beginner knitting classes I have decided to offer two options, your choice for beginner knitters 101. The ribbed alpaca scarf or felted coasters, a set of 4! I love them, they work well and make wonderful gifts, especially hostess gifts. We will learn how to cast on the project, (co)learn the basic garter stitch and bind off (bo), which is to take the projects off the knitting needles. You may be able to complete two here. Then I will give instructions on how to put the coasters in the wash and send them through a wash cycle to felt and thicken them up to turn them into coasters. You will then take your project home and knit 2 or 3 more. We can also needle felt a design or initial on the coaster. I will update a photo of that when I complete one. Just another option with this project. I will of course be available any Sunday for you to return with any questions or problems...These can make great holiday gifts made in all assorted colors. I will have many colors available for you to choose from. Same as the scarf class, any Sunday, your choice 11:30, supplies included in cost which will be $28.00. What do you think? I have to say this is a wonderful project to learn the real basics of knitting. So you choose before your class which project is for you and I will have it all ready. Scroll down to alpaca scarf post for the info. on that class.................. Lets Knit!

As always e-mail me with any questions or call.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

NEW! Spiral Pattern Neck Warmer!

This yarn is our mill spun alpaca yarn that we offer in our shop. I took the oatmeal yarn and over dyed it in a light purple dye. I love the shading that it produced. Last year we came up with the mobius and shawl pattern to be used with our mill spun alpaca so this year my thought was for a neck warmer. Spiral pattern was the choice so Marti and I sat and figured out the pattern. And here it is! Spiral neck warmer. Kits will be available for 20.00, offered in my farm shop, also through etsy, and by e-mail request. Available colors are spruce green, cranberry, oatmeal and bark brown. while colors last. If your in our area, pop in on one of our open Sundays, open houses or call for an appointment anytime or day.

Pumpkin delight wool for spinning

It is Fall after all! I love the smell of the air, wearing a sweater and socks in the morning while doing the animals and then again at the end of the day. I love the wonderful spunky attitudes from my animals. I love watching the very slow change in the leaves. I love the thought of raking leaves and having a fire in the wood stove. So these fall thoughts led me to do this pumpkin delight wool batt for spinning or needle felting. Just a quick run today with the drum card to blend the white soft alpaca and the hand dyed orange pumpkin sheep wool. Im spinning some of the batt tonight with the thought of making a pair of wristlets for the upcoming season. I'm listing some on Etsy as well. I'm really feeling that fall is peeking out at us! If you look hard you'll catch her!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

NEW wool for spinning or needle felting

Hi All, I have been working on new batts for the fall for spinning or needle felting. I have number of them done. This is just a sample of some that are already listed in my Etsy shop or in the farm shop. More to be listed, I just need the time to sit and get them up. So check Etsy often.. Its been so much fun blending and choosing fibers for these batts. All carded here by me on my drum carder. Visit my Etsy shop, by clicking on it in the left colmn. Now I have to go out and enjoy this wonderful fall like day and pick some new colors from nature to do some more batt blending.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Bragging Rights

Another post already? You bet! Im bragging now. Etsy one of the sites that sells my yarn and goat milk soap has chosen my brown and white Babydoll Southdown handspun yarn as a fall "Treasure Find" to fit in with their fall display add for browns. I was so excited when I was notified. This is actually the second time one of my yarns has been featured (out of thousands!) Humble you say, NO NOT ME! Im bragging, yes. Im happy, honored and now inspired to spin. Thanks for listening to me. Click on the title above Bragging Rights and it will bring you to the Etsy site Treasure page..

Sunday, September 12, 2010

What a find!

We were on our way to a country fair this weekend and in the front of a consignment/antique shop was this great round oak table with pedestal, for FREE! I guess they just couldn't move it. I immediately pictured it my little shop with some knitting friends around it knitting. So in the back of the pick up truck it went! What a find. We put it in the shop this morning and I sat at it with a friend drinking tea and knitting. We broke it in nicely. So this will be the official class knitting table. So come, take a private beginner knitting class and enjoy a cup of tea.