Humane, Organic and Beautiful

Larkspurfunnyfarm has been raising exotic fiber-producing animals in humane and organic ways for more than a decade.

Her fibers are beautiful and the colors are stunning.  Evidence of her interest in color, nature and texture.

Not only does she offer wools, she also offers llama, alpaca, silk, cocoons, handpainted yarns, handspun yarns, fiber to spin and much much more.

Why not treat yourself to some luxury while being confident that your hard earned money is going to ethical practices and the human being behind them.  Check out her blog too!

The Yellow Cardigan

I didn’t finish getting the pattern for this cardigan written up this past weekend, I have, instead, decided to re-do the sleeves.

Originally, I wanted puff sleeves but it didn’t work out perfectly with this design (and, as a small perfectionist, I like things to be perfect…I’m sure you understand).  I have frogged one sleeve and intend to do either short flutter sleeves, or a small cap sleeve, do you have any preferences?  Please share your thoughts!

Today, I will be sewing on the beautiful buttons, contemplating pockets and waiting on your feedback about the sleeves while debating what I would like to see more of.

Classes This Saturday!

Hello all my New Mexico Friends!  Do you have plans for this Saturday yet?  No?  Come to the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center and meet me 😉 or learn something new.  Beginners can learn how to knit for the first time in the morning class.  Are you a seasoned knitter?  Do you know how to ‘pick’ or knit Continental?  Come to the afternoon class and learn a new method for your favorite past time!

Here are the write ups:

KNITTING FOR NEWBIES with Holly Priestley – $24/$30; materials extra

Do you envy those knitters you see clicking happily away at their knitting? Then consider joining Holly Priestley for this fun introduction to the craft of knitting. Students will learn knitting basics including how to cast on, knit, and bind off. They will begin (and may potentially finish) a small washcloth. Students please bring size 10 straight knitting needles and a ball of Lily Sugar ’n’ Cream yarn (we will also have needles and yarn for purchase here). Holly Priestley is a senior at New Mexico Tech and has been knitting since she was knee-high to a grasshopper. She sells her knitting patterns and projects online and hopes to own a yarn store someday or become a professional knitwear designer.

Saturday, July 17; 9:30am to 12:30pm.

LEARN TO KNIT CONTINENTAL with Holly Priestley – $24/$30; bring your own yarn/needles.

Are you a “thrower” who wants to be a “picker”? In the English (or American) style of knitting, the yarn is carried in the right hand and “thrown” around the needle. In the continental style, the yarn is carried in the left hand and “picked” with the right needle. Most people agree that Continental-style knitting is somewhat faster than English and many think it creates less strain on the wrists. In this class, students will learn how to knit continental style. There is no organized project – students are encouraged to bring their own needles and yarn or ongoing project.

Saturday, July 17; 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

The center is very easy to locate in Espanola (address on their website) and is filled with all sorts of yarns, goodies, fiber, dying materials, looms and charming people.

In order to register for one of these classes, call: 505-747-3577

I hope to see all of you (and your friends) there this Saturday!

Where The Wool Comes From

Its hard not to love sheep, even if you’re not a knitter.  They are so cute and fuzzy, I just want to hug them all!

I think these stamps from norajane would be perfect to add a little animal touch to the tags on my knitted wares, or in the corners of the pages of my patterns perhaps?

I have had my eye on these stitch markers from weeones (I already have the elephant herd) and think they would make a great addition to my ‘wee’ collection, hehe get it? wee?

Needle felting is something I have always wanted to try, and this sheep kit from bearcreekdesign might be too good to pass up!  Do any of you needle felt? Have you tried it?  What did you think?

It would be fun to carry around this precious little guy from hooop on my keychain when I go driving, I think he and my moped Daisy would get along perfectly 🙂

Whats your favorite wool to work with?

What do you think of my latest design?

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend filled with fun things, fun people, delicious food and delicious yarn.  Did you do anything exciting?

Here is the cardigan I’ve been working on, its blocking in the photos so please forgive the colorful towels, although part of me thinks they add a nice touch to the piece 😉

I will be adding small pockets to the front as well as wooden buttons, but this is the gist of the piece.

It was knit out of Misti Alpaca Worsted, which is a luxurious merino fiber so it is dreadfully soft and will be a warm touch on chilly summer and fall evenings.  Hopefully I’ll get the pattern written up this weekend and get it to test knitters (interested in test knitting for me? don’t hesitate to let me know!) next week so ya’ll can have your go at it!

What do you think? Of the blocking version at least?  It will get buttons, and finishing touches, but what is your initial reaction to the sweater? Love it? Hate it? Somewhere in the middle?

Its Growing!

The Max Suit is growing!  You can see the progress here.  Now look at him!

I’ve finished one leg and got a good start on the other, when I finish both I’ll do the feet at the same time, then onto the sleeves, the mittens with flip-tops and the zipper, not to mention sewing up all the loose ends and finding a huge white button.

And a tail.

Can’t forget the tail.

This custom order of epic proportions is gonna be so sweet when its finished!

A New Yarnie!

I follow Eskimimi Knits on her blog and was so thrilled to see that she is now offering vibrantly colored yarns in her Brand New Etsy Shop!

Just look at these colors!

It is so hard for me to remember that rent is due soon and that I can’t have one of each.

My favorite colors are the Grapefruit and the Swimming Pool, and I kinda think they would look nice together, don’t you?  😉

What are your favorite colors in her shop?  What would you make with them if you had the chance?