Next Best Thing?

This time of year always leaves me longing to have another Fiber Adventure Week, but there is just no way I can pull that off this year – just too much on my plate. I tried to come up with an alternative for myself in hopes of at least scratching the itch, and as a result, this past week may not have been a fiber adventure, but it’s been as fiber rich as I could make it. While running errands (fix the A/C on my car, replace my disintegrating shoes, get my blood work done, etc.) I’ve worked on gathering supplies for near future projects, including some Christmas gifts I’m planning. During my evening knitting time, while working on a near deadline project, I’ve been previewing some of my Craftsy classes, choosing which class projects I think I want to approach when. Late afternoon and early evening has found me out on the porch weaving another near deadline project. And I’ve snuck in some online shopping and browsing for some special supplies I can’t find locally. It may not equate to a Fiber Adventure Week, but I sure have been up to my ears in fiber stuff this week, and I have to admit that it takes the sting out of those drudge task when I’m focused on fiber for as much of my day as I can manage. 🙂

One thing I’m plotting for myself is some felting – nuno being the first target, I think, but there are also some other techniques I want to play with. I found some lovelies on Etsy, and placed orders with two sellers. The goodies from CarinEngenFiberArts on Etsy have arrived already, and they are so gorgeous that I’m half terrified to use them as a first, solo experiment! I’ve also managed to pick up all the tools of the trade this week, so I can make it as soon as I get my nerve up.

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To the left is a silk scarf and matching merino fiber “kit” I picked up from her. The scarf is woven like the two-toned Dupioni silk fabric, so it’s iridescent and breathtakingly gorgeous. The merino is a perfect match, splashed with greens, pinks, and golds. I love it! I also ordered 4 bundles of her “extra merino” to play with, and all are fabulous! Coupled with the quick shipping, she gets two thumbs up. 🙂

After getting my A/C fixed, I stopped by my “local” (only an hour away) yarn store. She’d done some remodeling since I’d last dropped by, and I was curious to see how things looked (much improved!) The bad thing is that it had been a substantially long time since I’d been there, and I found some super “new to me” items, including gorgeous buttons handmade by Alice Hunt of AliceHuntStudio, the new Noro Rainbow rolls, and Araucania’s Lontué cotton/linen yarn. I also got a killer deal on an 8 ounce handpainted roving bundle and some yummy Kathmandu I found in the clearance bin. All in all, it cost me dearly to pop in to see the renovations. On the other hand, I also got to hang out awhile and knit, and the slice of quiche lorraine ordered for lunch from the diner around the corner was almost worth the trip on it’s own! 😉

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Noro Rainbow Rolls

Noro Rainbow Rolls

Button - obviously...

Button – obviously…

Mystery Merino Roving

Mystery Merino Roving

Lontué

Lontué

The good thing is that I am really pleased with all this stuff from the yarn store; the bad thing is that I’m not sure what I’m doing with any of it, which makes me feel dreadfully guilty in regard to my personal goals for the year. I haven’t earned the right to buy it at all, and I can’t even justify it yet! Oops! I’m thinking we can just mark yarn rationing off as a mega-fail…

Another project this week was to order “potential” yarn for Loopy Academy. I found that the first semester of the Sophomore year fit pretty well into my personal goals for the next few months. If I get done before deadline, I’ll be pleased, and if I fail, so be it… I’m not going to drive myself insane trying to make it, but I thought it was worth a try this time around. The blue is for a cabled Christmas gift requested by hubby. The multi/green is for a travel project, Perfect Retreat Shawl by Susan B. Anderson, as I finished my other travel projects this past winter, not knowing we were taking this trip. It has lace panels, so will qualify for my texture. That leaves the green, which I will be using for my pillow, as the one thing that I didn’t really need to make, and I’m hoping I can squeeze it in around the corners – perhaps social knitting. The purple/blue is my Camp Loopy prize for this past summer of frantic knitting, and I’m thinking about using it for Screendoor. I think that shawl is simple enough to look good in a variegated yarn, and I’m hoping it won’t take me forever to get around to knitting it. because the yarn is gorgeous!

(At this point, I discover that the photos will no longer upload. Sorry! Not sure what is up… but just use your imagination for the rest, okay?)

Next project was to order the thread I’ll need for the upcoming Doubleweave workshop that our weaving guild has scheduled with Jennifer Moore. We had so much fun with her last spring that we are having her back again already! I also realized I’m going to be short on the warp I’m weaving off right now, and I picked up a few more cones to mix and match with the new workshop colors for more versatility with my leftovers, so my box was pretty heavy when all was said and done! I’m always mail ordering from The Woolery, and the gals have been a great help to me as I’ve been learning to spin. One of these days, I’m going to make a field trip down to see them in person. 🙂

And the last preparatory acquisition I’ve worked on is something I’m not sure I’ve ever mentioned doing in my blog. I went fabric shopping (while waiting for my pizza one evening…). Several of my Craftsy classes are bag projects, and although my fabric stash is pretty much as healthy as my yarn and fiber stashes, I didn’t really have anything quite right for these projects. Pity… I still need to pick up some various interfacing and such, but that and time are the only things standing between me and some fun, quick sewing projects now. I love it when beginner sewing projects are cute. I don’t have enough free time or mental energy to sew complicated right now, so these will be perfect. I’m actually thinking it would be fun to have everything pretty much kitted and take it with me the next time I go out to see my daughter, as I enjoy doing more out of the ordinary projects when I visit her. Funny… I can’t believe I’ve sewn so little in recent years that it seems an out of the ordinary project… sigh…

Now it’s time for true confessions… It took me 3 weeks to get this one post finished and published. That would indicate I’m entirely too busy! My Academy pillow is nearly done – but temporarily on hold as I drill through some short deadline projects – like prepping for the weaving class. The weaving yarn I picked for the workshop turned out not to work with the draft they gave me, so I “had to” place yet another order with The Woolery. (I assumed 2 colors, but my draft needed four.) I’m madly in love with my class warp, and I won’t have any problem using the other stuff I bought – probably sooner than later. Eventually I’ll manage to get some more updates on here… but don’t hold your breath unless you look really good in cyan. 😉 One thing hasn’t changed, though. I’m definitely prepared with a blue ton of projects to complete over the next few months. Boredom is not an option!

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