Friday, December 18, 2009
Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Would you just look at that little reed! I think it's threaded with sewing thread.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Looks like a great opportunity!
(no affiliation, just spreading the word)
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Funny things we do.... Can I just wish good luck to everyone, every day?
And would saying "knit knit" mean we get happy knitting all month?
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
This time we get to see Karen! Karen who worked here for several years and made everybody just a little bit happier all the time with her happy chipper positive attitude. Karen and her hubby moved away (DARN this economy and what it's done to the school budgets and everything else), but she promised to come help out at the fests anyway, so we get to see her this weekend!
Please come see us, and make us write down all the great ideas! We'll be on the porch, as usual.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Here are some new colors of Crystal Palace Panda Soy:
I don't know what I did to the lighting for that poor picture, sorry about that! The colors are 2223 Aqua Lullaby, 2225 Bluebell, 2226 Happy Baby, 2222 Lilac Lullaby, and 2224 Pink Cameo.
We've also added 6 more colors of Fibra Natura's Yummy sock yarn (where "yummy" is both a proper name AND an adjective!)Above are Yummy 92 Tequila Sunrise, 94 Grilled Chilies, and 61 Grapesicle. I love how colors are named, don't you?
And these three are Yummy 91 Raspberry Mocha, 87 Mint Julep, and 93 Madorie Margarita. There's a nice variety here, from the manly Raspberry Mocha and Grilled Chilies, to the wilder Tequila Sunrise. Too much fun!!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Here is Lisa B's Lizard Ridge. She tells us that she used 18 skeins of Poems for this afghan, and did the edging in Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted. It looks wonderful!! Thanks so much for sharing!!
I just love how the ridges and valleys are in different colors. I think a project like this goes quickly because you just keep knitting to see what the next color combo looks like, and you can't stop. And then you get to curl up in it, or wrap a loved one in it when its done. Perfect! I can also see doing pillows in this technique, or felting some up for a purse/bag. Wouldn't that be cool?
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
We did a 2-step process on Karen's first batch. She wants to knit a shawl with these 3 skeins. We put some dye in the dye pot and heated it up, tossed in the skeins for a semi-solid look. Then we laid them out on plastic and put "dots" of a darker version of the same color (more intense amount of dye, plus a dab of dark blue) on the yarn. These were rolled up in their plastic robes and steamed to set the 2nd dye job.
Here are some rolls of painted yarns in the steamer:
We had some very lovely helpers, who dyed their skeins in coordinating colors for the outfits they were wearing:
And here are some pics of some skeins that have been steamed and rinsed. Yum, color!
Hope you can join us for the next dye party!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Our own Karen is leaving us, moving to points east, and we thought she couldn't possibly leave without dyeing first, so that's what we'll do. We'll dye on Monday evening from 5 till whenever. Be here, or be, uh, un-dyed.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
1st Annual Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
@The Farm and Ranch Museum
2930 M Street
Gering, NE 69341
Brown Sheep Co. and Barn Anew Bed and Breakfast will be co-hosting the event.
Vendors and demonstrators will be coming from all over Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and South Dakota to offer a variety of fiber art related products, projects, and techniques to share with participants.
Join us for this interactive fiber arts event! There will be activities like educational demonstrations, hands-on projects for children and adults, the sale of local/regional artists work and fiber art supplies, information and instructional resources, and a chance to pet and interact with some of the animals that provide the fiber we love to work with!
Our goals are to:
•Foster connection and education between the generations
•Explore the history and contemporary importance of fiber and textiles
•Inspire others to discover their talents for creating with fiber
•Share new techniques as well as offer an opportunity to relax and work on your projects with us. (Bring your latest fiber project to share)
Exhibits and on-going demonstrations for all ages!
And much more!
We will also have door prizes, a silent auction and great food catered by The Feed Barn in Mitchell, NE.
This is the first fair of its kind to be held in Nebraska and we are so excited for you to be a part of it! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to post on this thread or pm me and I will get back to you as quickly as possible.
If you are interested in being a vendor, the deadline for applications is August 15th, 2009. Due to limited space this will be a juried show and applicants will be notified by August 19th, 2009.
So gather your friends and family and plan to come and spend the day with us! With a good turnout we are hoping to make this an annual event here in the Panhandle! Hope to see you there!
Brown Sheep Co.
100662 CR 16
Mitchell, NE 69357
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I took a fabulous class called "Cast On Cornucopia" with JC Briar, who does an excellent job of pushing an amazing amount of information into an all-too-short 3 hours. We got to practice a slew of different techniques, and learn where they might best be employed. JC has a great method for showing a whole room how to do stitches - she has an enormous length of knitted I-cord in 2 colors to use as her "yarn", and huge needles, so everyone can see it - and performs the stitches up over her head, standing with her back to the room, so that we get to see it as we would see it, not trying to translate it backwards. Excellent! I highly recommend taking classes from her, she's outstanding.
Karen and Wanda got to participate in the attempt to set a world record - most knitters knitting at one time. Here's Wanda:And here's a crowd shot (somebody said there were 935 people??)
And Karen got to meet Stephanie, AKA the Yarn Harlot, which made her day!
It was a really great event, we all had more fun than can be recounted, and will have many wonderful memories! Here's hoping we all get to do it again soon!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I can't thank the organizers enough for all the incredible work they've put into this, everything is working well without a hitch from what I've seen.
This is going to be great!!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
This, coupled with the Navajo weaving class we had last week got me thinking a bit about "bucket lists" (have you seen the movie? - the list of things you want to accomplish before you "kick the bucket") for fiber. One of the ladies in the class said that learning to weave a Navajo style rug was on her life list. Do you have bucket lists? Fiber related bucket lists? Things you want to add to your repertoire of skills? Knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving? I've always wanted to make a fair isle sweater. One of those amazing catches-your-breathe-with-their-beauty ones. Course, I'm intimidated by the thought of it, so it stays in the background of "someday". When I first started making sweaters I really liked the Lopi style sweaters and thought that "someday" when I really got good, I would try one of those. I finally did it, and you know what? It was EASY. When I taught a friend to knit, I had her make one of those as her first sweater because they're so easy. I don't know if a fair isle will fall into that head-smacking, why-didn't-I-try-this-sooner category or not, but probably it will. I should pick a pattern and go for it.
What's on your fiber bucket list? What are you putting off for "someday"?
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The recommended weft for the class is Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted, a nice single ply blend of wool and mohair that comes in a zillion colors. It seems to beat in nicely too! Some of my photos are from the front, and some from the back, so some have the butterflies of different colors showing, while others do not.
I wanna see pictures if you do one!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Warps are wound, and the looms are warped and it looks like everyone is ready to start weaving! I can't wait to see everyone's progress this week. Just wish I could take the class too! It's a wonderful opportunity for everyone in the class.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Enjoy your 4th of July weekend! We're closed tomorrow, but we'll be back on Monday.
He'll have a pdf of it up on the website next week, and here's hoping there are no new bombs from the printer and it can get mailed as soon as possible!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
We've got a booth there, and would love suggestions on what you'd like US to bring! Know that there will be a ton (or 20) of hand painted yarns there, so we won't be bringing any of that! Also keep in mind that if anybody would like to place an order ahead of time we're happy to bring it there so all you have to do is grab and go. We do this for Black Sheep Gathering too! We've already got the box for that started....
I'm excited! It's going to be a fabulous weekend!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
It's less than 2 months till Black Sheep Gathering, which is hard to believe. It's coolish and rainy today, so hard to think that June is just around the corner.
Maryland Sheep & Wool festival was this past weekend. I used to live about 5 minutes from there, and it's because of that that I learned to spin and weave. Well, maybe I was destined to learn, but Md S&W played a big part, that's for sure. I found the lady who taught me there! I bought my first spinning wheel there! It was a used Peacock, which was made in New Zealand, and evidently no longer made. Cutest darn wheel, I should get a picture of it. I'd determined that I would buy a wheel, but I had zero confidence in spinning in front of anyone (let alone the masses and hordes at the festival!), and looked around at wheels everywhere, but of course wouldn't try any of them... then I spied this little used wheel, MUCH cheaper than all the fancy new wheels. I didn't really want to spend a lot of money, not knowing just how likely I was to continue this little hobby, so I told the person selling it that if they could prove that it did indeed spin yarn, I'd buy it. They did, and I did, and so the story began. Funny the paths we take... had I not lived near the Md S&W festival, where would I be today?
May your paths be interesting and happy!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sock yarn used: Alpaca Sox from Classic Elite
Pattern: Hellen's Favorite Socks from Fiber Trends
I love this yarn, it's lovely soft, and with alpaca in it, it's going to be nice and warm & toasty. I only knit on it at Monday night knit night, so a max of 1-2 hours per week, and I don't make it every week, plus the mitten hiatus in there explains why the progress is so slow. At least, that's my excuse anyway!
Hope your knitting is speeding along!
Monday, April 20, 2009
The boxes for shipping that Mr. Lendrum designed are a pretty amazing feat of engineering in their own right. There was obviously a great deal of thought put into these, as well as the boxes that the regular folding Lendrum wheels come in. To be able to fit so much wheel into such a small amount of space takes a lot of skill! We photograph the packing when we need to finish a wheel for a customer and put it BACK into the box, because it's like a big puzzle. All these pieces couldn't possibly fit in here! And yet...
The wheel itself is in the next layer below this... A marvel of engineering! This is a maple wheel in the box.
Happy new Saxony owners!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I'm pretty excited about these. Seems far away right now, but I have to remind myself that Items on Calendar Are Closer Than They Appear.
Friday, February 20, 2009
A little bit of Oregon history...
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Random thoughts on a Thursday...
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Okay, imagine if you will that the picture shows a finished pair of socks, artfully posed. Because they ARE finished. Right now they're posing in my bathroom waiting to be washed, having been worn... did I get a picture of them on the feet, proof that they were done? Uh uh. Nope...
They are superwash merino/tencel yarn that I dyed using Procion dyes. I THINK I steamed the bundle of painted yarn after I dyed it, but to be honest I've forgotten. I think I did though because when I tested out all sorts of methods of dyeing the merino/bamboo yarn I found that while all the methods work just fine, the fiber reactive worked better with some heat than as a cold dye. And these colors are nothing if not vivid! Too bad my one and only photo doesn't show that as vividly, but there you have it. Oh wait, I thought I talked about this sock before (besides on Ravelry, that is) - I did way back when. The colors show up better there maybe. Anyway, the yarn worked great, took the dye beautifully, and felt good on my feeties.
And I'm making progress on the other sock shown in that same post! I've turned the heel and am moving along on the gusset decreases. Soon I'll be to that Peter-Pan moment in sock knitting - "Straight on 'til Toe!" Probably my favorite part. Well, besides casting on, which is really the most fun, all that anticipation...
Karen and I were talking at knit night last week that we have a different sort of Second Sock Syndrome. Once we start on the 2nd sock, there's no stopping. We want to have that Pair of Socks! No other project gets worked on. While it's in the 1st sock stage we cast on other socks, we cast on other hats/wash clothes, etc. We work on this and that, and mosey along at something maybe slightly above a snail's pace... but once that 2nd sock is underway it's Katie bar the door! I have 3 different socks on the needles as 1st socks.... plus that green sweater that never makes any progress... But 2 of the socks are at or near the Straight on 'til Toe portion, so there may be more finished socks coming in the near-ish future. One of them only gets worked on at Monday Night Knitting.
I need more hours in the day. Don't you?
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The only trouble comes in deciding which one to do first...
Saturday, January 17, 2009
The color on this one works great for Ed because it goes well with the moss from the trees he's trimming and cutting up. We've got dozens of trees that fell or lost large limbs, so lots of chainsaw time... One paddock's fencing was demolished in FOUR places... Luckily Daedalus was too wigged out from the noise to think about going and visiting the girls! "I'm not going out there, are you nuts? it's a war zone!"
Thursday, January 15, 2009
But still, it's nice to think we could actually catch up, isn't it? I mean, what's the alternative? Chaos, pandemonium and fields of thistles...
So, in the spirit of catching up, I present some hats! Because winter had a few dirty tricks up its sleeves for us recently, I spent more time at home than at work for 2 weeks, and had more time for knitting. It was more fun than dwelling on the field of destruction that exists everywhere there are/were trees in my area and all the damage to fences that we'll be cleaning up for months to come (catching up, ha ha ha!). We were very lucky though - barns & house were unscathed.
I became addicted to the Fake Isle hat! I've made 3, and can't help but eyeball all the rest of the self-striping yarns in the showroom...
This red one is made with Plymouth Boku for the multi-color, and Nashua Creative Focus Worsted for the solid. I made this for a friend who looks terrific in red.
This one is also Plymouth Boku, and Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted for the black solid. I made this one for my friend's sweetie, so they can be twins. Course, I don't know if he likes bright colors or not so it may never ever be worn. And I had a really hard time giving it away because those are MY colors! I adore purples and greens! I hope he does too, because he would look good in it. The 3rd hat was for MY sweetie, and I have no pictures! It's greens & browns, and he wears it all the time. I need to get pictures.
AND I got my loom warped and started weaving! I haven't woven in years, which is tragic, and needed to be rectified. I really need to weave more - dare I say it? I have project after project in mind to catch up on! I crack myself up.
This is a kit I bought at Madrona last year from the good people at Just Our Yarns. It's handdyed tencel and it's perfectly lovely.