Saturday, November 17, 2012

New Friends, New faces

Last weekend we attended the Kid 'N Ewe fiber festival in Boerne for the third year in a row. This time, Heavenly Fiber was one of the vendors! It was a blast - we met new friends, reconnected with old friends and generally worked hard at enjoying ourselves and spreading Heavenly Fiber love.

Our booth was in the perfect place - next to the lovely Mary of Butterfly Girl Designs and wonderful new friends Jim and Cat from Hokett Would Work. What a wonderful setting...we had beautiful fiber on one side and outstanding woodwork on the other!
My handsome help!

A new vendor in Boerne was SpinCraft, a lovely assortment of outstanding spinning tools handmade by Jerry McManus of San Antonio. His spinning wheels were absolutely beautiful and I really covet the E-Spinner. The tilted Lazy Kate is going to have a home with me soon =)

Now I just have to get re-organized and list the yarns and fibers that we brought home with us in the Etsy shop. One of my favorites sold out as fast as it was fondled. The new Eclipse yarns I've been promising have arrived, but alas are almost all gone! My very favorite is Vlad, and will be dyed in lace weight as well as a variety of other weights:

My resolution for the holidays is to post regularly! So, tomorrow, I'll share with you the re-skeiner my Handsome Helper built for me!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Roses don't know...

Mr. Lincoln

what month it is! Mr. Lincoln is blooming, huge red fragrant blossoms! And now, as if to keep up, Chrysler Imperial has budded as well.
 The birds are everywhere and the squirrels are camping out on the deck, waiting for me to fill the bird feeders!

Pansies are still blooming with the kale:

 Inside, the Hyacinths and African Violets are blooming white and cheering up the gloomy days we've been having lately. Not complaining - it has been raining!

And the Amaryllis is growing a couple of inches a day and will probably bloom by next week! I love spring!!!

 Trying to get the shop stocked a bit better, so I have been blending batts and dyeing fiber.

First, batts: Canyon Sunset and Starry Night:

Canyon Sunset captures the colors of the sunset over the Grand Canyon.

Starry Night was inspired by a Vincent Van Gogh painting, Starry Night Over the Rhone. 

And a few braids dyed last week. I love this fiber, a blend of merino 50%, silk 25%, and bamboo 25%. Handling it is like stroking a kitten and the fiber spins like a dream! 

 Not sure what to name this one - it looks like a sunset to me, but it also makes me think of raspberry orange sherbet.

This one is Sealed With a Kiss. It is a companion braid to the batts of the same name.

Next...Sophie's Baby Surprise Jacket: trials, successes, and a little fluffy stuff.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I'm Baaaack...

New Year's resolutions - easy to make and hard to keep! My resolution,besides learning Russian, losing weight, and supporting us on my fiber (hah!) was to blog regularly...hmmm didn't work out so well, did it? Anyway, here I am, back again.

It has been unseasonably warm and the roses have started to bloom. I haven't the heart to tell them that the last freeze date is sometime int he middle of February. If it gets cold, I'll cut the blooms and bring them in. Mr. Lincoln can smell up the whole house with the most wonderful old - rose fragrance!

Visitor: after we took down the wreath in front of the porch, we found a lovely little surprise:
He is clinging to the side of the railing and made all the defensive postures to let us know that he was ready, willing and able to take us on - at three inches long! I hope he stays around and eats bugs!

I have been busy with fiber, contributing to the Phatfiber Sample box this month and already working on the samples for February. The theme is Ladies Boudoir - I'm using the ladies boudoir at Warwick Castle as the inspiration and dyeing and blending gold and soft green with white and brown.  So far it looks good. When it dries completely there will be pictures.

Fiber for January:
Seattle Skies:

Orchid - January Phatfiber

Gazing at Stars

A Cunning Hat

Barely There

Next time - knitting...