Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tour de Fleece - finish!

Phew! I made it!  I managed to get a couple more yarns spun up in the last week of TdF.

A BFL merino blend, plied with a merino silk blend.

A merino and pulled sari silk blend, spun and plied on a spindle!


The big finish pic!  

I haven't managed to measure or weight more than two of them, but I would doubt I'm sitting at around 900-1000 plied yards... I'm impressed with how productive I can be in the middle of summer, while carting the kids about to activities and lessons! 

Happily Spinning,
~Kara

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tour de Fleece week 2.

Day's 7-14 have not been as prolific as days 1-6, but I've been spinning pretty much every day anyway!

This one is my Fibery Goodness Beta Bobbin Challenge yarn!  I've got buttons (not fibre), they are blue (part of the challenge), leather bows I cut from a piece of leather (which I found at the thrift store for 25¢!).  All of which are parts of the challenge!  I think it turned out nicely!

Miss Jos and I were cleaning up The Shed-io, and she made a batt in the process. I spun this one up over 2 days

Once the Shed-io was straightened out, I made a couple of these batts, and then....

I spun them up (well, some of them) at the Saskatchewan Handcraft Festival!


Happily Spinning,
~Kara

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Tour de Fleece! 2016!

Every June we spinners spin along with the cyclists spinning their wheels through France, racing in the Tour de France.  Many spinners watch the races while they spin, but I'm not one of those people.  I generally watch something on Netflix or Shomi, or listen to an audiobook while I spin.  I've managed to spin up 2 yarns in the past 8 days.  One, a 3 ply, the other a 2 ply, both around the 8-10oz weight wise.  I've yet to measure or officially weigh them, but there's lots there!

This is a 3 ply merino, three colours plied together.

This is a Coopworth Corriedale blend, with some pulled sari silk mixed in for texture.

I've got another yarn currently being plied, and I'm hoping to have a 4th yarn finished by mid week!  In a way, I wish there was Tour de Fleece every month... It sure ups my productivity!

Happily Spinning,

Kara

Monday, June 27, 2016

Distracted

I have this thing I do. I get so stinking excited about something and I dive in head long and I forget about all the things I had already committed to.  I often forget to check myself and my responsibilities before agreeing to more responsibilities.  For example, (and this is one I don't regret, it's an amazing organization)  3 years ago I agreed to start up a Girl Guides program here in our town. Of course, at this point I didn't realize my "Thing".  But I stay committed to that, the girls are amazingly fun.  I have chosen to drop some other responsibilities though (Moderating for Craftster.org) and have gotten really good at saying "no, that's not something that would make my heart sing. I like your cause/group/association, but not enough to be fully present in it, and give it my everything." i think it's okay to do that, to give yourself permission not to be super woman.

That being said, I'm at most 8 fibres away from completing my in-depth study to become a Master Spinner.  That's it. 8 fibres, spun 4 different ways.  And a lot of reading, and writing.  But I think at this point I can give myself time to write.  It's going to be a busy summer, the kids last day of school is tomorrow, and they start again in September.  But I'm going to have a lot more time come September (They're all in school full time next fall!!) I'm going to get back into this blogging thing.  I'll kind of pick up where I left off, do some flash backs to previous Fibre Weeks and previous levels of the Master Spinner Program.  And fill you all in on where I'm currently at with all that and everything else.

Wish me luck! I'm easily distracted, but I won't be anymore!

~Kara

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Patiently waiting

    I've got a few life decision I could and should be making. But I'm waiting. Holding off. I waffle everyday on wether it's a good idea, or it's an idea that should wait. Or, perhaps an idea I should just allow to slip away.  I set myself decision deadlines. And they come and go, and I extend these deadlines until the next thing that may be a deciding factor comes along.
   Perhaps it's because some of the time I feel  I'm not as connected as I should be. Connected to here, connected to people, connected to community.  Maybe it's the constant discovery of I really don't know the things I do nearly as well as I think I do.  What if I dive in, headlong, and then life tosses me the hot potato, but there's no one to toss that potato too?  There's a constant feeling of "this life is not your own, to do as you wish with. Your life is so thoroughly interdependent on others that if you fail, you will fail them."
   So with that, I wait, again. This time I wait for the email or notice stating that Level 5 of the master spinners program is a go.  This year, only level 6 is guaranteed. And I won't hear until May wether or not the course is running.  For now I plan and dream and try to decide if I should or not.....


~Kara

Monday, December 1, 2014

Pretty things

In lieu of a proper post with words, I give you a post of pretty pictures of pretty stuff. ;)  Just click on the arrows on the sides, you'll see all the pretty scarves I recently made!

~Kara


Friday, November 28, 2014

Hey! Remember me?

It has been far to many days(weeks, months) since I last blogged. (is that even a real word? 'blogged'?) Life has felt swamped and over full and frustrating and anxiety inducing, and just plain overwhelming. Running the kids around to classes, running a Sparks (Girl Guides) meeting every Monday, Keeping up with normal life 'stuff' while trying to get homework done, have enough stock for the Christmas season craft shows.... Never mind sitting down to write for a while every week. It's all been just a bit crazy. Add to that craziness, teaching felting classes at Artistic Incidents in the near by city, and trying to figure out when would be a good time to do these classes in town, well. You can see why this has taken a back seat. I'm still out there, Working away, spreading the fibre love, if only locally instead of globally. I'm easily found on Facebook, it seems a quicker means of getting my thoughts out, and I can post multiple times a day if I want to, and I don't think I look as crazy. Or maybe Facebook is pure crazy. Who knows. Either way Facebook is the best place to keep up with my fibre follies.  That said, I'm about to write another post really quickly. Maybe it will just get to draft form before i have to run and pick the kiddos up again, but I'll try to have it actually posted soon!

Trying to keep her head above the water,
~Kara