28 March, 2009

Episode 25: Well that's how they get Orange Juice

Weigh in:

Finished-Shur'tagal socks
Still going- CPH: just the zipper band to go
Handspun Alpaca lace scarf
Started: BFF socks in Kaffe Fasset Regia

Frogged cheese scarf, going to start again
Big Blue Chair
Started Big blue chair (Song is old blue chair by Kenny Chesney)
Sockease sock
Socks from sockease
Still going: NYCO sweater

Fiber Exercise:

Finn washing
BFL carded yum!
Spun Camel from swap ¼ done 100 yards

Our exercise:
Bams: 3 days on Nordic Track
Coggie: Joining WW

You just got schooled: More info on Bams Blog
Icelandic: Spun together Lopi style yarn 2 ply DK weight
Jacob: soft, sport, 56 yds
Karakul: no crimp, heavy lace, coarse
Look what I found:
Spring Swap Socks by EAnnRN. Pattern Basket Check Socks from the little box of socks

Steam cleaning and rearranging
Chief is healing well
Bams birthday is next week
Spring Break
Happy Birthday Bams son
Break a leg to Anita’s Son
Introvert – Extrovert
We head back to Food... and then to juice…

On the menu for this month:
ThreadBear Block party April 17-19
Whippletree in Hudsonville $1 sale
Stitches South- anyone going?

Project Linus:
Nautical Yarn info@nauticalyarn. com is the “clearinghouse” for the Ludington Chapter of Project Linus. We typically collect 100-200 blankets each year and deliver them to our local hospital for children who have been ill or injured.
This week we received a request from the Michigan National Guard. Camp Grayling, Engineering Company, Unit 1434 is requesting the help of Blanketeers from the Ludington Chapter of Project Linus. Two-hundred fifty (250) Michigan soldiers are being deployed this spring. These soldiers would like to give Project Linus blankets to their children for safety, security, and remembrance while Mom or Dad is gone for one or more years.
A total of 500 blankets are needed. While we don’t believe we can collect 500 blankets, we would like to assist with blankets for the more vulnerable age group, children between the ages of 4 and 10. Blankets must be delivered to Nautical Yarn by May 1 so they can be delivered to the soldiers prior to their deployment.
Please help with this endeavor to help provide security for the children of our Michigan volunteer soldiers.
If you are able to make a blanket for this endeavor to help provide security for the children of our Michigan volunteer soldiers, it would be greatly appreciated
Please email info@nauticalyarn. com
If you want to send squares to Coggie, contact her on Ravelry.

Spinning Loft Interview
Local Alpaca Farm April 20

Gadget Corner: Niddy Noddy

23 March, 2009

Spring has Sprung

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Weigh in:
Finished - Clapotis
Wearing the clapotis (My MIL)
Started: swiss cheese scarf

Opening of Swap Box: Thank you AnitaT!

Still going: CPH
Finished: Shur'tagal for mom

Started: Shur'tagal for Herself, Lace

Sharing of Swap Box: Thank you Slackerella!

Fiber Exercise:
Bams: Brown alpaca Finished, Dyed alpaca from Knitamaniac. Miss Piggy

Coggie: Learned Navajo Ply on Polypay. Spun Beginner wool with smaller bobbins. Beginners wool and polypay

You’ve just been schooled: More Info on Bams Blog
Hog Island: Very Lofty
Icelandic: Prep show, Flicker brush. Separation of Long fiber and undercoat.

Look what I found:
Craftycavy’s Ribby, Ribby Yo by Cathy Carron

Road trip: Lots of Pictures on Coggies Blog
Indianapolis: Broad ripple knits (Mass Ave) - Mgr Karin- Bought 3 skeins of Malabrigo
Louisville: Sophie’s Fine Yarn Shoppe: Owner Barb: The women from Knit night bought a magnet.
Outside Nashville: Bliss yarns, met up with Sallyswor of Ravelry- bought a few magazines
Then into Ft Benning area.
Atlanta: Knitch: Owner Kim, Nell and the group there. Bought Cashgora, Blue moon fiber arts Raven STR, Locally dyed BFL Fiber, another magnet.
Yarn Spinners Tale Podcast
Woodstock: The Whole Nine Yarns: Owner Debi Light, look for her booth at Stitches South- I picked up the rest of the Noro for the Jared flood scarf. (Frogged the next day)
Smokey MTN Spinnery, Vicuna fiber. Bought Shetland and Alpaca plus hand made soaps
Frankfort: The Woolery, Chris and Nancy Miller, Owners. Wow is this store going to be fun. They sell babe stuff. I got my smaller bobbins and my plying bobbin
Dinner with AnitaT, Her Husband Dave and Paula…What a kick!!
Ft Wayne, Knitting Off Broadway
ThreadBear- Bought 3 skeins of malabrigo sock for a shawl, 6 skeins of artesnal for a shell out of curvy knits.

Hope the Chief heals fast!

Coggie's Daughters bedroom:


Our exercise:
Bams: Exercised 5x last week YAY!!
Coggie: Lost 5# Needs to loose 100 more

On the menu for this month:
StitchNPitch Lansing, Tickets on Sale $30- Contact ThreadBear (866) 939-BEAR (2327)
Spinning Loft: Saturday March 28th

Gadget Corner:
GPS- Find all the spots you need to get to when you need to get to them.

10 March, 2009

Episode 23: Letting My Fat Flag Fly

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Weigh in:
Finished: FLS
Working on: Clapotis and Rippled Cosmetic Bag
Working on: CPH, Shur'Tagals and Bella Mittens

Fiber Exercise:
Thank you Knitamaniac and Tina for the alpaca fiber! Beautiful!
Contest: Spinning Listener: Tell us why you need to spin Suri Alpaca, you can receive some from Bams.
PegofTilling, forgive Coggie for saying Atlanta. Thank you for the stickers from Athens.

Bams: Lace weight Singles of Brown Alpaca

Coggie: Polypay spinning.
Dyeing both mill spun and the handspun Jacob That Bams cleaned and carded.Dyeing done
Knitted and crocheted up 4-inch squares.
Care and feeding of your spinning wheel published in 1981.
Mineral oil, Vaseline, 30wt, Jig-a-loo
Spinoff: Spring and Summer 2007 – Dyeing and spinning self-striping sock yarn
Verena Magazine site

Our exercise:
Bams: Worked out three times, low impact is good.

Blog post: Enchanting Juno not Purling Dervish Sorry for the mistake.
We let our Fat Flags Fly here.

You’ve just been Schooled: More Info can be found on Bam’s Blog
Gulf Coast Native: Squishy. Natural selection breeds. Next to skin.
Hampshire: Short staple. Navajo ply. Outerwear.
BFL Farm: Beechtreefarms

Look What I Found: YuVee on Ravelry has designed a Chair Cover. She is doing a Chair Project .

Girls State – a week in the summer
Ravelry Group: Games
Duct Tape Dummy Class? Anyone interested?

On the menu for this month:
Road Trip to GA. 12-18 (or 19th).
Heading to the Spinning Loft on the 28th
Bams Birthday- early April
Tuesdays at the Coffee Shop in Muskegon

Gadget Corner:
The Fiber Sphere pen -- Ballpoint pen with a tape measure in the top.

04 March, 2009

Episode 22: Empty Nests and Hands Full of Fiber

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Weigh in:
Finished: Fleegle heel Socks

Working on:
CPH- Hood , sleeves are blocked
Bella Mitten in Alpaca: one done
Blue Hawaiian Socks in Shur'tagal pattern


Clapotis: Started

The clap
FLS: almost done

Fiber Exercise:

Shady Side Farms: spinning blue/green polypay yarn
Finished spinning the Jacob

Dyed up ______ for her swap partner
Dyed up Shetland wool for more Fingerless Gloves
Spinning up the last of the 1st fleece of alpaca in lace weight.
Carding Shetland from Windswept farms

Our exercise:
Bams: Fell (ouch) is feeling better now and exercise is happening again.

Shady Side Farm- Holland yarn excursion --Pictures on Coggies Blog

SWAP talk: Teaser drawings go to Closetomyheart and Catsaysknit
Talking about teasers…
College crap
Chief bottled his beer- He is not feeling well- hope your better soon
Lunch in Lansing
School plays and mommy tears

You’ve just been schooled: More info on Bams Blog
Thank you Jackie for the Info
Moth Spray: Home Trends 1-800-810-2340--2/$23.00 or 1/$11.95
Get your Finn from Misty Mountain Farms

Friesian Milk Sheep: Spun from rolags and Navajo plied
Gotland: Spun from cloud. No carding, just a bit of flicking.

Thank you to PegofTilling for the Atlanta stickers

Say Goodbye to Winter Swap: Both our boxes are still unopened
Adding a contest:
Where are you hiding it? Tell us. Fill us in on the agony

Pay it forward is off to Bethanyg
New Stove

Look what I found: AprilShowers Veggie Toys (Farmers Market) by Jennifer Small
Love them!
On the menu for this month:
LizzieAnn’s Wool Co.- Spinning Saturday 10am to 5 pm

City Knitting Spinning classes

ThreadBear Winter Weekend 7th and 8th of March

Road Trip from Michigan to Georgia March 12 – 18th or 19th

Road trip to The Spinning Loft in Howell March 28th

Fiber Away Retreat:
¾ full
Filling Quickly. Advertising choices, Donations.

2009 is the United Nations International Year of Natural Fiber and Astronomy

Gadget Corner:
Plying Template