Spunday: I Called It

Happy Spunday! I hope everyone is kicking March and their week off right: with spinning!

Last week, I called it saying the week would be a drag. It was. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to spin, so my progress on my alpaca Unicorn is quite measely.

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Disgusting isn’t it? At least this bobbin is turning out prettier than the last, even if the singles is not my best work.

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I’m hoping the impending snow storm will clear up some hours to get this bobbin full…As I said last week, if I am lucky I’ll have a new skein by next Spunday!! (Ok, ya’ll can quit laughing now!)

So now its your turn! What’s on your wheel?

Remember the party continues on Instagram #spundays and @threadybear!
Keep spreading the word!!

And because civilization would collapse without rules, here are the Spunday Laws:
1.) Link up to any specific post dealing with anything homespun.
2.) Somewhere in your post please link back to my blog.
3.) Try to comment on one other link to spread the love!

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Spunday: The Emphasis on Uni

Happy Spunday!

I’m excited to say I finished my first bobbin of singles in my Unicorn alpaca.

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I’m disappointed in how this is turning out (which is why the bobbin is not full). It is not even at all and I don’t think that I chose the right way to blend the colors. I’m hoping the second singles will bring life to each other and that the finished project is something to be proud of…and something cute because I really love the colorway.

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I have a feeling this upcoming week will be a hard drag. Hopefully there will be time for spinning and if I’m lucky I’ll have another finished singles for next week! If I’m really lucky I’ll have a finished skein!

So now its your turn! What’s on your wheel?

Remember the party continues on Instagram #spundays and @threadybear!
Keep spreading the word!!

And because civilization would collapse without rules, here are the Spunday Laws:
1.) Link up to any specific post dealing with anything homespun.
2.) Somewhere in your post please link back to my blog.
3.) Try to comment on one other link to spread the love!

WIP Wednesday

Happy Humpday!

Sewing

I am very excited to say that my farm is slowly but surely growing! I have 5 chickens and 4 cows that just need some appliqué to add some pizzazz.

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Up next is sheep, which I have four already cut. I am so excited to make sheep. *sigh* I love sheep!

After the sheep are done, I will be making some pigs because no farm is complete without some oinkers. I think the pig will be the last of the animals and the rest of the space will be pin-wheels, etc.

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I have officially set my goal to have the top done by Easter, so about 2 months. I should have plenty of time… Right?

Knitting

I have been making so great headway on my Ribbed Beanie; I only have about 5 cm until I can start decreasing!

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Hopefully I’ll finish in the next week.

Spunday: the Struggle

Happy Spunday!

This week has been crazy busy… like collapsing in bed as soon as you’ve finished the to-do list. Pair that with spinning struggles, that makes for a measly amount done on the spun-front.

This week I was ables to start my Unicorn roving…

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As you can see there’s barely any there. I’ve been having a ton of trouble drafting it… I’ve never spun alpaca before, so is this a character trait? Does it draft differently than sheep’s wool? I would love some help with this!

In the meantime, thanks to its portability, I’ve had some great advancements on my knitting.

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This is a Ribbed Beanie for a friend that is being made out my Shetland from last week. I’m loving how its turning out but I love how much I love working with homespun!

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So now its your turn! What’s on your wheel?

Remember the party continues on Instagram #spundays and @threadybear!
Keep spreading the word!!

And because civilization would collapse without rules, here are the Spunday Laws:
1.) Link up to any specific post dealing with anything homespun.
2.) Somewhere in your post please link back to my blog.
3.) Try to comment on one other link to spread the love!

Spunday: Unicorns on the Shetland Isles

Happy Spunday everyone!!

This week I was able to finish my second bobbin of Shetland wool and I was able to ply them both together, which went beautifully this time!

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I now have about 160 yards of 100% undyed Shetland wool! I really can’t describe how much I loved working with the Shetland wool and I definitely see it becoming a staple.

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The handspun is destined to be a nice little hat (which I hope to start in the upcoming week).

I got another happy delivery this week!

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This is100% Alpaca from Frayed Knot Fibre on etsy. This is in the colorway Unicorn (sorry guys its all out!). As a young girl I loved unicorns so I can’t wait to spin this up!

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This is next in line to be spun; I’m enjoying looking at Little House on the Prairie way to much!

So now its your turn! What’s on your wheel?

Remember the party continues on Instagram #spundays and @threadybear!
Keep spreading the word!!

And because civilization would collapse without rules, here are the Spunday Laws:
1.) Link up to any specific post dealing with anything homespun.
2.) Somewhere in your post please link back to my blog.
3.) Try to comment on one other link to spread the love!

Spunday: I Shetland You Not

Happy Spunday!

I was able to finished my first skien of 2-ply. It was tricky at first but I got the hang of it. That’s all the time I’ll spend talking about because, quite frankly, I find it pretty boring.

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I will say that I have like half a bobbin of left over singles that I have no clue what to do with… Any suggestions?

As soon as I was done with that, I jumped right into spinning up some “in the buff,” AKA undyed, Shetland wool. It is a great mixture of grey and white that I am absolutely loving!

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I have one full bobbin and I’m working on finishing up its mate. I am uber excited to see how the finished skien will turn out.

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Fun Fact: I have no idea why, but when I see my Shetland singles, all I can think of is butter… Honestly, I think I need psychological help…

I couldn’t wait for the mail to come this week because I knew this baby would be in there!

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It is 4oz of 100% Merino called “Little House on the Prairie.”. I was obsessed with that show when I was younger, so these gorgeous colors just called to me! There is still one available here.

So now its your turn! What’s on your wheel?

Remember the party continues on Instagram #spundays and @threadybear!
Keep spreading the word!!

And because civilization would collapse without rules, here are the Spunday Laws:
1.) Link up to any specific post dealing with anything homespun.
2.) Somewhere in your post please link back to my blog.
3.) Try to comment on one other link to spread the love!

Another Barn Has Risen

I’m excited to say that this week is looking productive as well!

I was able to finish Lori Holt’s Quilty Barn and Furrow block for my 30s Farm Quilt.

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This block wouldn’t have taken so long if it hadn’t been for the flying geese. It was one corner that just wouldn’t behave; I spent 2 hours working on it and that was just during one sitting. I ended up getting it to behave a little better but its not as good as I would like. I hate flying geese. Remind me to avoid them at all costs.

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For the quilt, I’m planning on doing a medallion type design. The center will actually be three large blocks; this is the final center block. The general layout will be something like this (please ignore the shadows!):

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The bare spaces will be filled with farm-y stuff. That’s where you guys come in! What kind of animals would you see on a farm? (Ones that can be pieced into 5-6″ blocks.). My list includes cows, sheep, chickens, and pigs… Any ideas?

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I’m so excited to see how this turns out!

Remember you can follow me on Instagram @threadybear and #threaybearquilts.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Spunday: Inaugural Edition

Welcome to the first ever Spunday! Let’s get started!

The past few days I’ve spent spinning up some of my practice roving. There is definitely an improvement from my first try!

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That bobbin is waiting on the Lazy Kate, waiting for his lover on the wheel. These star crossed lovers are destined to be my first plied yarn…. Lucky them!

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I’m kind of getting over the color way so I’m anxious to start working with some undyed Shetland, which will hopefully happen by next week’s Spunday!

So now its your turn! What’s on your wheel?

Remember the party continues on Instagram #spundays and @threadybear!
Keep spreading the word!!

And because civilization would collapse without rules, here are the Spunday Laws:
1.) Link up to any specific post dealing with anything homespun.
2.) Somewhere in your post please link back to my blog.
3.) Try to comment on one other link to spread the love!

P.S. Because this is the inaugural Spunday, let me know in the comments any comments, questions, or concerns and anything you’d like to see on upcoming Spundays. Please be brutally honest; I want to make Spundays the best they can be!

One Skein Down

Happy Friday!

I honestly can’t believe how productive I’ve been this week!

That being said, my finish is my first skein of yarn that I handspun on my new spinning wheel.

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Its about 38 yards made of some unknown wool in reds/browns/aquas. I originally wasn’t keen on the colorway but its growing on me.

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Its no where near perfect but I’m happy with my first finish

And remember, you can follow me on Instagram @threadybear or #threadybearquilts
-Linking up to Finish It Up Friday

P.S. In case curious minds are wondering… my Sherlock Scarf is not yet done…. O well!

A Progress Filled Week

Happy Hump Day Everyone! I hope everyone is staying warm; it has warmed up to a solid 4* here.

I am happy to say that this week has been a lot more productive than last week. I spent a whopping four hours making Lori Holt’s Vintagey Farm Girl Tractor. Even though it took forever I am ecstatic over the results!

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I used the classic John Deere yellow and green for a few reasons. One: who doesn’t love John deere? Two: its an American classic. And three (which is probably the most important): my grandpa.

Grandpa was in high school when he bought his first tractor, a 1937 John Deere. The tractor was soon too small to do any mass amounts of farm work, but he still kept the little tractor. When he retired, his tractor got a new life and a fresh coat of paint. This quilt block is more or less dedicated to this family tractor.

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There’s something about a tractor that I just love!

In between sewing, I’ve been trying to finish up my first knitting project, my Sherlock Scarf. My goal is to be done my Friday!

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I am onto my second skein, so I’m officially half way done! Whoop!

I can’t help but laugh because I want my scarf finished so I can move onto another project. But here’s the funny part: I remember telling a friend that I started knitting and he warned me that I would want to move on to bigger and better things. I scoffed at it then, but look where I am now!

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Remember to follow me on Instagram @threadybear or #threadybearquilts

-Linking up to WIP Wednesday and Yarn Along