More Kumihimo Braids

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It’s chilly (for Florida. . . in the 50’s), strawberries are blooming, brocolli is coming to a head, Lacy is enjoying the yard, my feet are toasty in my seaweed socks, and I’m still playing with Kumihimo braids… Life is Good! Thank you God.

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Easter Socks

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I spun the Easter Egg Dye fiber and plied it with white wool/nylon (for strength).  The yarn was then hung with weight to dry.

I have wool and llama also drying:

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Too Loose, Too Big

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The Ships Project hat/cap was too loose and too big. I unraveled it and started over. This time I’m using two strands of llama/silk to give it more substance. Here we go again …

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The Ships Project

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I’ve just discovered a new to me organization. The Ships Project delivers hand knit hats and socks to our troups. You can get more information on their web site The Ships Project or visit the Yahoo Group The Ships Project
I’m knitting a llama/silk cap. No wild colors, no tassels, no roll-up brims…so I’m knitting a simple cap that will fit under a helmet. I’m using my husbands head as a model so it will be extra large; he assures me that it had to be extra large to hold all his brains. The llama/silk is soft and light but should be warm. I’ll add photos as the project goes on.

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Seaweed Socks continued

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I knit my first sock on huge needles (10 1/2) and it was a disaster, so … I ripped it out, reballed the yarn, and started over. I love the new sock, soon to be a pair. As you can see, it’s coming along. I used the Sock Wizard for perfect sizing. (Even my huge guaged socks were the right fit.) I have large (ladies size 10 1/2) feet but they are narrow. Men’s shoes and sock are too wide and ladies socks are always a bit small. What a luxury to have socks that fit. Seaweed is reported to have benefits for circulation so my tooties should be happy feet once I finish the socks.

Happy New Year !

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Seaweed Socks

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I’ve finally spun enough yarn to start my “Seaweed Socks”.  The socks are a wool/silk/seaweed blend.  The merino (fine wool) was dyed a soft green and aqua before blending and spinning.  Also enjoy my Florida garden.  Santa brought an Earth Box filled with strawberry plants and as you can see, my tomatoes are coming along.

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More About Socks

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In correspondence, it was mentioned that although the socks were great, they were a bit short. They’re not, I’d just rolled them down and my photos were a dis-service to the knitter. Here are updated photos of my great new socks. I also included a photo of my tomatoes. No, it’s not snow or ice … it’s Seven Dust. The insects come south for the winter too.

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Louet Drum Carder

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I am so excited. My new drum carder arrived! It’s a Louet Roving Carder Junior It is amazing! It’s built to produce 4″ batts but in every way the machine that it’s larger cousins are. I’ve been generously given llama fiber to process. It is processing like a dream. See the batt below. I am carding to spin and will be knitting a stole/lap robe for the owner of the llama ranch. The batts produced by this carder contain a lot of fiber. You’ll see updates on this blog as the project proceeds.

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Fiber Space

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We met earlier today …such fun. We missed regulars Gail, Vicki, and Elizabeth but were delighted by new faces; we’re growing. There is always room for more. Our next Fiber Space is Saturday, December 20 from 9 to noon. Take a break from Christmas preparations and plan to take some time for yourself.

We had rugs, and frogs, and Christmas trees, and shawls, and scarves, and …

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Cortez Village Heritage Festival (Craft Show)

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Photos show my set-up for show today (before anyone arrived). Featured Lacy’s Chiengora Shawl. We were rained on, winded on, and sunned upon. I was demonstrating spinning (wool/silk/seaweed) and my Weave ‘n Stixs. It was great fun. Met a number of guests and several fellow crafters. Introduced locals to Fiber Space. If you’re reading this, and you’re local, please come to our next Fiber Space, November 22 (Saturday) 9 to 12 noon. (No cost/fee and everyone is welcome.) We’ll be meeting at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church located just off West Manatee Ave. behind McDonalds near the fire station (6510 3rd Ave. West, Bradenton FL).

Notice the chickee in the background. This is Florida; the Seminole Indians used available materials. Families lived in homes called chickees. The chickees had no outside or inside walls. The house was made by driving big logs into the ground between posts. The floor was made of long poles covered with cypress bark and palm leaves. The roof was made of poles covered with bark and leaves. The roof sloped down on each side from the center. A ladder was used for climbing up to the floor. The park, the Florida Marine Museum, uses the same style roof for their sheltered areas.

More on the Weave ‘n Stixs later.

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