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Etsy, Hand dyed roving, Roving, Spinning

Newest fiber additions

I’ve been on a bit of a dyeing break as I wait for my new shipment of undyed yarn to come in.

While waiting over the past couple weeks, I was able to dye up a few braids of 100% Superwash Merino. I love superwash merino for its smooth as butter spinning capability and the fact that it feels so nice and so soft against the skin once spun into yarn.

These are available in my Etsy shop.

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Etsy, Hand dyed roving, Hand dyed yarn, Hand spun yarns, Roving, Spinning, Yarn

Fiber Goodies from Turquoise Owl Fibers

While I did not actually formally participate in TDF (Tour de fleece) 2014, it didn’t stop me from purchasing some new fiber goodies from Holly at Turquoise Owl Fibers on Etsy. Her puni fiber prep is one of the best I’ve come acros and I’m in love with the colors that she blends. Two of my favorite are her “Cupcake Confetti” and “Rigmarole” colorways which are art style punis. Her art style punis have fiber content that may contain Merino, BFL, Angora, Silk Noil, Falkland, Polwarth, Sari Silk, Firestar, and Tussah Silk for example. Holly also offers smooth style punis which can contain Merino, BFL, and Tussah Silk, and Bamboo for example. My latest new purchases from Holly included colorways “TDF2014″, “OOAK #2″, and “Beyond the Garden Gate ” pictured below (from left to right).

Hand-carded punis by Turquoise Owl Fibers

Hand-carded punis by Turquoise Owl Fibers

I just finished spinning up 2 ounces of the “Cupcake Confetti” punis and I decided to go with a traditional 3 ply – first time ever as I usually do navajo ply. I knew I wouldn’t get much yardage because of the 3 separate plys and because I tend to spin more thick than thin, but I ended up with a nice, round 44 yards – pre-soak and thwack. Once I soak and thwack, that may affect the yardage a bit. I’m happy with how the colors look together.

Hand-spun "Cupcake Confetti" punis

Hand-spun “Cupcake Confetti” punis

I’m really looking forward to my next spin of these punis!

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Hand-crafted gifts, New Projects, WIPs, Yarn

Chevron blanket progress

I’m really plugging along on knitting this chevron blanket.  I love it so much! It’s really so effortless to knit once you memorize the 2 row repeat.

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Here are some blues and grays in Paton’s Classic Wool Bulky that I’m absolutely in love with!! These will be used in my next chevron baby blanket for my sister who is having a baby boy due November 8th, one day prior to what was my due date 4 years ago!

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Happy Knitting!

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Etsy, Hand dyed yarn, Yarn

iKNITiatives shop update is live!

I’m happy to announce that my Etsy shop has some new additions to it.

I have added 20 new OOAK colorways and some repeatable colorways in both of the sock bases that I carry.

My cushy sock base is 75% SW Merino & 25% Nylon and offers 450 yds. whereas my squish sock base is 50% SW Merino, 25% Nylon, and 25% Bamboo and offers 459 yds. Both bases are $20 regardless of how many colors are used to dye the individual skeins. My hand-dyed yarns are not priced above $20 unless they are self-striping or a true gradient; because of the amount of prep that goes into those prior to dyeing them, they retail at $22 each.

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Family life, Inspiration, Vacation

Farewell Cape May

This morning we left Cape May to head back home. Vacation always seems to go by so fast. We had a great time even though the weather was less than desired.

During our last day we rented a 4 seater surrey and took that around town for an hour and had a nice dinner at The Lobster House.

After dinner, we took a stroll on the beach. It was strange because the fog had rolled in and it was about 6pm. It lasted until about 8 and then cleared up. After the beach, we took a walk to Morrow’s Nut House, The Fudge Kitchen, and Rita’s Italian Ice. I bought a pound of fudge which included flavors such as Caramel Sea Salt, Chocolate with nuts, Vanilla Chocolate Chip, and a few others.

Here are a few of my favorite pics from the Cape during our last couple days.

Until we meet again, Cape May…

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Cape May
Family life, Vacation, Yarn, Yarn stores

Our Cape May Get-away

Our first vacation of the year is being spent at the Jersey shore in Cape May.
Cape May has to be one of my favorite vacation spots. We decided to be budget friendly and choose the Buckingham Motel. For the price, you can’t beat it. While the decor may be a little out-dated, it is always nice and clean.

One of the things I love most about Cape May is that it is very quaint and family-friendly. I also love the shops at Washington St. Mall.

Luckily, we were able to squeeze in some beach time yesterday.  We had a good 2 hours of sun and were able to get into the water which was pretty cold as you could imagine.image

I love the Bath Time shop and picked up 2 perfume rollettes and an after shave lotion for Tim. I customized the scents for each. I mixed Tea Rose & Cucumber for one scent, White Tea & Blue Musk for another, and for Tim’s after shave lotion, I mixed Amber, Black Tie, and Clean Cotton. They also have this wonderful scent called Himalaya but they were out of it. It was a sweet musky scent that words cannot describe. And for a shore staple, we went to the Fudge Kitchen.

 

Yesterday, I stopped at the Fiber Arts Yarn Shop and picked up a skein of Austermann Step 6 fingering weight sock yarn which is a mix of 75% SW Virgin Wool and 25% Polyamide. It also has Aloe Vera gel in it which I thought was pretty cool!


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We bought Carter 2 new pets – 2 hermit crabs to which he named “Kermit” & “Junk Head”.  LOL.

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While the weather hasn’t been bad, there’s been a 30% chance of rain since we arrived on Monday and that will be the case until we leave Friday morning. I’m really praying the rain holds out until we leave Friday as this afternoon we plan on taking Carter to the Cape May Zoo. It is free and from what I’ve read, it’s really nice for being free. And, most importantly, this evening we have a Sunset Buffet Dolphin Cruise planned with the Starlight Fleet. It is $40 per adult (their website has a $3 off per adult coupon code) and children under 6 ride for free. For 4 adults and our son, Carter, the total with the service fee was $156. The cruise is 2 1/2 hours long and cruises past the US Coast Guard base, Commercial Fishing Fleets, Cape May Harbor, The Lobster House, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Schooner “American”. It will also travel through the Cape May Canal which connects the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay.

Tomorrow will be our last day at the shore and we will eat a nice dinner at the famous Lobster House and perhaps do more souvenir shopping and biking during the day.

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