27 April, 2009

Episode 28: Hey! Just who do you think you're Orgling at?

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Still going: Noro ShawlNoro Shawl and Socks

Started: Chevron Cardigan- Hand dyed mill spun
Designed: Operation Kid Cuddle- Pattern is being tested now100_6236
More blankets for the military kids

Finished: BFF Regia socks
Still going: Teal lace scarf, CPH picked up ½ of zipper band
Started: Heart & Sole Socks 1 1/3 done

Fiber Exercise:
Coggie: No Spinning
Bams: BFL – 6 bobbins so far

Our exercise:
Bams: Nordic track
Coggie: Sticking to the WW plan

You just got schooled: More info on Ravelry Group pages
Merino: Fine crimp, combed prep- Very soft, 50 yds 2 ply
Montadale: Fine crimp, combed prep- able to be spun super fine. Navajo ply

Look what I found: LorrieU- Barbie Cardigan Love it!

Interview with Kim at Sunset Dreams Alpaca Farm
Friendly Alpacas
Just as curious of us100_6254 open Females100_6255100_6263
This one wanted to sniff the camera
Up close and personal

Little miss Cria Cria

Show awards: farms Ribbons

More pictures can be found on our Flicker page
We are looking forward to the sheering day
Thank you Kim

Bams received Pink & Sparkly yarn and a tote from her sister, Yum!

On the menu for this month:
Good luck to the Chief on his Competition
Stitch-n-pitch June 9th in Lansing, Contact ThreadBear for more info.
New event board on Ravelry

Retreat Info:
One spot open as of recording
Games and movies are being planned
Minimum age is 21 for the retreat

Gadget Corner:
Space bags Great for getting your yarn room clutter free
We space bagged some fiber, will let you know next show how it went.

Knitting time: Any Firefly fans? WB.com has episodes free right now.

19 April, 2009

Episode 27: Couple Time or How Coggie Scared Bams Half to Death

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Weigh in:

Finished: Charity Afghan
Still going: another Charity afghan, BFF Socks and CPH

Finished: Reading Mitts
Started: Simple yet Effective Shawl in Noro
Still working on: Socks, Charity Squares

Fiber Exercise:
Rewashed BFL from Beechtree
Spun Maggie Batt
Finished 942 yds of BFL

Finn, Navajo ply
Alpaca from knitamaniac, 50 yards of single spun
Cherry Chip BFL (another error on Show, only 312 yards, hoping for 600 from both braids)
Michigan Fiber Fest: Many decisions about classes

Our exercise:
Both of us are on track.

You just got schooled: More info on Forum pages

English Leicester Longwool: Easy to spin. Spun from Sliver.
Lincoln Longwool: Carded and spun. Sheep is very adaptable.

Look what I found:
Knitloon’s Iris, Pattern is from Rowan 45.

Easter talk
Audio books
Craft Areas
Talking Turkey

Almond cream cheese Bundt

  • 1 cup sliced Almonds
  • 1 pkg cream cheese
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 24 frozen dinner rolls
  • 1/2 c butter melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed

In a tube pan, spray with oil, and then scatter 1/4 of the almonds cut up cream cheese into 24 pieces. in small bowl mix sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg roll cream cheese pieces in the mixture wrap a bread roll around each cheese piece and roll again in the sugar mixture until coated stack 12 coated rolls in the bottom of the pan, scatter 1/4 of almonds in another small bowl, melt butter and brown sugar, pour 1/2 over rolls in the pan Stack remaining rolls in the pan and scatter remaining nuts over the top, pour the rest of the butter over top.
Cover and let rise until bread reaches top of pan preheat oven to 350, Bake for 45 minutes Invert immediately cake will settle some.
If you want glaze, 1 tbs butter 1 cup confectioners sugar 2 tbs water 1/2 tsp almond extract mix up and pour over warm bread.
We do this without the nuts as well, either way is good. Enjoy!

Forum Pages- going up

On the menu for this month:
ThreadBear Weekend 18th and 19th, Stitch n pitch June 9th- Tickets on sale now
LNYP at City knitting 24th
Michigan Fiber Fest workshop and judging sign ups are open.

Gadget Corner: Page Pal page holder
Retreat Talk

02 April, 2009

Episode 26: Wool Smuggling 101

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Started: Felted spinning wheel bagSpinning Wheel Bag
Working on Sock, I turned the heel.
Squares for the military

One BFF sock done
Squares for the military

Fiber Exercise:

Finn, 70’s Kitchen spun up, BFL spun up

Happy Birthday Bams!!!


Spun one bobbin worth of BFL, Loving itBFL

Our exercise:

Bams: Normal exercise this week.
Coggie: Joined WW

You just got schooled: More info on Bams Blog
Blue Faced Leicester- Carded, better to comb. Very Soft
Border Leicester- A little coarser. Teased and carded.

Look what I found:
Two items this week:
Knit: Phoenixfire Bunny Slippers
Crochet: Cherylinmtl- Nom Nom Nom


Interview with Beth from The Spinning Loft

Books: In Sheep’s Clothing, The Intentional Spinner, The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning
Fine wool- 12-15 or more CPI
Long wool- Wavy
Down Breed- poof


At The Spinning Loft Thank you Beth for your time and Bethanyg for joining us.
Pictures of the Fiber in the Shop, YUM!

100_6154 Braids mmmm Fiber

Copper Pickle (Lunch)

The copper pickleCopper at the Copper Pickle
mmm cheesesake!

On the menu for this month:
Block Party- ThreadBear, April 17-19
Jane Patrick of Schacht Spindle Company- The Spinning Loft, April 17 & 18
LNYP- City Knitting, April 24
Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mabley are at ThreadBender, May 3 & 4. Lecture and workshops

Gadget Corner:
Hanging Circular needle Caddy