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November 9, 2021
Fiber Fridays #2 from Crafty Gemini

Catch up on on Episode #2 of Crafty Gemini’s new LIVE video series called Fiber Fridays! In this LIVE event Vanessa will share projects she is working on, new yarn purchases, share updates on new pattern designs, fiber related resource books and answer audience questions. This new series will air on the 1st Friday of each month.

If you are specifically interested in fiber related crafts including: Knitting, Crochet, Circular Sock Machine Knitting, Spinning, etc. then this is the show for you!

Don’t forget to sign up for email updates here!

Products and projects mentioned:

{coming soon!} Loma ...

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October 17, 2021
stash report October 17, 2021 from Making A Lather

I added a few pretties to the stash. I spend too much time on the computer buying fabric.

editya sitar jelly roll

 stash report October 17, 2021

Fabric Used this week: 0 yards    

Fabric Used year to Date: 150 yards

Fabric Added this week: 6  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date: 132 yards

net fabric: 17 yards used more than bought 

 I stitched at least 15 minutes every day this week. 

I have some spinning I want to do today for slow Sunday stitching. I did get last week's yarn "set" and drying this week by soaking it in ...

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October 10, 2021
stash report 10, 2021 from Making A Lather

the only changes I am making to my stash report is to add fabric. I really like scrap bags and I added 3 more to my stash. These were an eclectic mix. I should be able to separate them and actually use them.

 stash report October 10, 2021

Fabric Used this week: 0 yards    

Fabric Used year to Date: 150 yards

Fabric Added this week: 5  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date: 126 yards

net fabric: 23 yards used more than bought 

 I stitched at least 15 minutes only 3 days this week. 

But, I have started spinning again in ...

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October 4, 2021
Fiber Fridays #1: A new series with Crafty Gemini! from Crafty Gemini

On Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 Crafty Gemini is kicking off a brand new LIVE video series called Fiber Fridays! In this LIVE event Vanessa will share projects she is working on, new yarn purchases, share updates on new pattern designs, fiber related resource books and answer audience questions. This new series will air on the 1st Friday of each month beginning on Oct. 1, 2021.

If you are specifically interested in fiber related crafts including: Knitting, Crochet, Circular Sock Machine Knitting, Spinning, etc. then this is the show for you!

Don’t forget to sign up for email updates here ...

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August 9, 2021
Day 8 - Spinning then Knitting from Thread Head

I spun yarn and then knitted a few things recently, from fibre that I had dyed.


This one is merino/nylon blend that I spun a 3 ply yarn for socks.


And the knitted socks (my regular toe-up, two-at-a-time socks to use every bit of yarn).

This one is an alpaca/merino/silk blend, that I spun into a singles yarn (so the colours would remain clear).


 And the knitted shawl (really a scarf). 
The pattern is one I have made before and couldn't resist knitting again (Entrelac Shawl with Tassels by Eva Martinsson).

All the best!♥︎

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February 1, 2021
How I’ve Kept My Sanity: Crafting Through Misdiagnosis… (Part 3.5) from Eric the Quilter

After posting Part 3 of the Toxic Medicine series, I posted some of the scarves I’ve been working on, but forgot to post the yarn I spun! So we’ll call this “Part 3.5”. I love spinning yarn, but holy heck is it time consuming. I did not know that when I started spinning, but it is rather easy to start and stop, so I can always walk away and come back to it later. Perhaps later this week, I’ll post some of the art roving I have waiting in the wings for future felting or spinning ...

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January 12, 2021
Some Dyeing from Thread Head

This past week I did some dyeing-


This is all a Blue Faced Leicester and nylon blend for socks.


This is the first bundle that I decided to spin - I tried some different colours for this one, and wanted to see how it would spin (I used Jacquard acid dyes in the colours Russet, Teal and Golden Yellow mixed with a bit of of Jet Black to make lime green).

The three bobbins ready for plying (I like a 3-ply yarn for socks).
The finished yarn.
I really like how the colours came out.
And this is how it is ...

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May 16, 2020
More Thimbles from Thread Head

I finished the thimbles leader/ender project-


This was the last of the thimbles I cut years ago, and I made about 4 or 5 projects with. This one is 14"x26".


I put a couple of borders on this one for a change (all the others I just added binding).


Since I needed a new leader/ender project (and didn't want to go out and buy a new die) I cut more thimbles with different fabrics (for a change). The plan for these is to make a 'larger' (than table runner) quilt - I am sure that this will ...

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April 17, 2020
Keeping Busy from Thread Head

I probably should be cleaning my house, but instead I am spending time making things.


These are the Stay at Home Sampler blocks from Temecula Quilt Co on Instagram, 14 - 3" blocks so far.


I made a stitchery block from Marg Low Designs - it is one of the blocks from the Love and Hugs from Australia quilt along on Facebook. I always wanted to try out a little stitched block, and this was lot of fun. I enlarged the pattern to make an 8" block and turned it into a little wallhanging. It is 10"x12".


I spun up a ...

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March 22, 2020
Problem solving from The Quilt Rat

A while back, I showed you an Indian Book Charkha that was given to me. At the time, I did not realize I was missing some essential bits.  I did play with it, learned how to use it, but then put it away as I could not actually create much with it. 


here is where the problem lies. I could spin, but I kept running into issues with the yarn working its way up the spindle shaft and eventually getting caught up in the mechanism which just chewed up the yarn I had spun.


Why? well because there is supposed ...

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Long overdue from The Quilt Rat

Whoa!....... I have not posted here in nearly a year...how the heck did that happen?!!

It is not that I haven't been creating, I suppose it is just that I have not spent as much time documenting my process as I used to.  But I do have some photos to share that will give you an idea of what has consuming my creative time these days.
In my last few posts I talked about my journey into spinning.....at that point I was using spindles to spin yarn but that all changed last summer when I had the ...

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March 11, 2020
to do from Making A Lather

My hubby had surgery yesterday on his back. The surgery went well, but, he has had a few issues with his blood pressure and has made pain medications wonky.

His surgery was about 6 hours.
I had a waiting room all to myself.


I spent my time tracing bunnies for an Easter quilt.


I started to knit a scarf using yarn I spun myself.




Last week's to do:
1. bind sand castles - done
2. put Linda's quilt on the longarm - done
3. blog one monthly goal - done
4. make materials list for March workshop - done

next week's ...

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January 1, 2020
New Year's Eve Spinning from Thread Head

For the past few years I have participated in a New Year's Eve Spin-In on Ravelry (in the Spinners' Study Group).
This year I cleaned and combed part of a raw fleece to spin. This was a section of the fleece that was very coarse, with a long staple length (about 4-5 inches).


I dyed the fibre,


then drum carded it to blend the colours.


I spun the second bobbin of singles and then plied the yarn on New Year's Eve. I ended up with 130g/273m of 2-ply yarn, about a Dk weight. I spun this yarn ...

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