Sunday, February 7, 2016

Fiber Classes February and March 2016

All classes except for beginning knitting are through Kirkwood and held at R. Rabbit's Fiber Studio
click on the class title and it will take you to a sign up page

Beginning Knitting is through The Create Exchange and  held at the Create Exchange


Crocheted Fingerless Gloves
Beginner Level - some crochet experience helpful

Tuesday Evenings 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

3 sessions starting Feb 9, 2016, thru Feb 23, 2016

Three patterns to choose from - Beginner to Advanced Beginner

Beginner Level - No experience needed

Thursday Afternoons 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
5 sessions starting Feb 4, 2016, thru Mar 3, 2016

Beginning Knitting
Sign up thru The Create Exchange
Class held at The Create Exchange 
(319) 693-2043

Feb 10, 2016 thru March 2, 2016

4 sessions – 
Wednesday evenings 6pm – 8pm
Class fee - $39 (payable at sign up)
Materials -$15(payable at sign up))

Learn to knit in a fun and relaxed setting, or use this class to brush up on your basic knitting skills. You’ll be working on several small projects to learn the process of knitting. Skills taught; knit and purl stitches, cast on, bind off, weaving in ends, blocking, and pattern reading. You’ll also be gathering online and community knitting resources so you can continue to knit beyond this class.
Materials fee includes: knitting needles, patterns, yarns, and misc knitting notions.
Entry Level: No knitting skills required

Needle Felted Coasters

Beginning Needle Felting
Beginner Level - No experience needed

Saturday afternoons - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
2 sessions starting Feb 20, 2016 and thru Feb 27, 2016

Beginning Wet Felting
Wet Felted Clutch
Beginner Level - No experience needed

Thursday Evenings 6:00pm - 8:00pm
2 sessions Starting Feb 18, 2016 and thru Feb 25, 2016


Beginner Level - No experience needed

Tuesday Evenings 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
5 sessions starting Mar 1, 2016, thru Apr 5, 2016

Crocheted Covered Easter Eggs
Advanced Beginner Level – Some basic crochet skills required

Saturday afternoons - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
2 sessions starting Mar 5, 2016 and thru Mar 19, 2016

Crocheted Stuffed Animal - Amigurumi
Advanced Beginner Level – Some basic crochet skills required

Thursday Evenings 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
3 sessions: Mar 17, 2016 thru Mar 31,  2015
3 patterns to choose from or bring in another animal/toy pattern you want to crochet 

Mosaic Knit Cowl

I do a little bit of knitting. Enough to keep my hand in, so to speak. I like to do something really different if I can with each knitting project to learn a little bit more.

This time I tried some Mosaic knitting.  A couple months ago, Chris Thomson taught this class at R. Rabbit Fiber Studio. 2 sessions and I learned alot.

Somehow though, I missed the instruction that you have to repeat each round 2  times. Oops !!

Almost done !

I'd get a couple inches of the pattern going and think it's just not looking good. The yarn colors were blending together and I wanted that distinct mosaic look.

I thought maybe the yarns did not contrast enough. I took it apart 3 times, changing yarn colors each time.  When I got back to the 2nd class, I found out I needed to repeat each round and THAT gave the colors the boost they needed to stand out more.

So, 4th times a charm and I have a handsome cowl ! The pink yarn is my handspun !!

Finished and Blocked

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Hush of Winter

The Hush of Winter

Finished product - very soft and colorful

I was searching Ravelry for drop spinning groups and came across this rollicking spindle party, the FWAussieSpindles !!!

I decided to join the group and jumped right into their January theme - the Hush of Winter.  I needed some help to keep me focused on spinning so I was ready for the challenge !!

One single ball spun and working on the second
My starting photo was to finish my a couple ounces of Silver Horses roving that came from Fiber Curios and  Sundries 

It's gorgeous stuff made with BFL, Teeswater and recylced Sari Silk.  It was easy to spin and so soft when I was done.

I only had 2oz, so I'll have to find something special to do with it !

I made it through the various stages as we wandered through January. Several really nice prices were given out by random drawing and there is a chance a person could come away with some nice roving or fiber related tool !

Here it is plyed. All done with the spindle !!!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Happy 2016 !!!!

Happy 2016 !!!

I'll have my first  Blog out before Chinese New Year so I'm ahead ! Right ??

2016 has started and the dayz have been packed ever since. We're pretty much all going various directions at once.

LOTS of fiber stuff going on.
Comet and I wish you a Happy New Year !

Feels like things are 2 steps forward and one step back. That is fabulous !!! Usually it's the other way around.

So have yourself a merry little 2016 !!! We can compare notes in December and see how well we all did !

Much Love from Me !!!

Monday, December 21, 2015

2015 Advent Ornament

This is an annual challenge from the Laughing Purple Goldfish group on . I had fun participating last year and wanted to give it another go.

The idea is to create a unique ornament using re-purposed materials, i.e., stuff laying around your house.

Mine is not really quite an ornament as it's going to be a tree topper, but it's still something that has to do with going on a tree for the Winter Holidays, right !!??

Kitty Angel Tree Topper

My Cutie Pomanders are showing up nicely !!!

I've laid out what I'm going to work with: roving, locks, soap bottle, origami paper, felted wool dryer ball.

Not pictured; felting supplies - tulle, bubble wrap, soap, plastic bag - glue stick for origami paper, scissors, needle and thread.
My idea was sparked by the shape of the dish soap bottle.  I've been wanting to do some more resist felting, after working with Abi a couple weeks ago and this popped into my head.

Here is Comet, my crafty kitty !!  She's always ready to help me with anything that involves fiber, yarn or fiddly bits !

Get Set !

Go !!

I think that's enough.  Roving all around the bottle

Didn't think this was any better for felting than regular dish soap
Someone gave me this bottle of Power Scour. It's for cleaning wool fleece and supposedly just the thing for felting.  I'm no expert, but I didn't think it did any better job felting than the dish soap I usually use. Plus the Power Scour has some type of fragrance in it, so it's not going to work for me.
Bundled up in tulle - ready to be felted

Using a plastic bag to get the wool wet and soapy !

Finished with the first stage of felting. The wool is starting to form around the bottle and I will take the tulle off

Worked it some more. Now to start hot and cold to harden it up

Was a trick to get it OFF the form !!! More shaping

Have had enough of working this. Stuffed with a plastic bag...

and ready to dry

Getting ready to wet felt the head

The felting around the Dryer Ball went on so smooth !! Lovely

Then I spaced out taking pictures every step. Sorry !!!  I've needle felted on the ears, face and hair. Plus I needle felted the head to the body. Looking good so far ! I just need the wings and I'm going to use some of the felting tulle for an over-skirt and I'll be done.

Hair and face on. The felting around the dryer ball is so smooth !!

Love the Locks for hair
Done ! I added the crocheted bracelet as a belt

The hair is the best !!
The Kitten Angel blessing our tree !

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Cutie Pommanders

I've been wanting to make orange pomanders for AGES !!

They are cute !!

We have a small Holiday Tree so I got the idea of using those little mandarin oranges you see in mesh
bags at the grocery store. Plus I figured it would be faster than trying to make pomander oranges !

The Cuties seem to be pretty juicy, so don't know if they will dry out properly like oranges will.

I'll try to remember to post a follow up on the drying business.

It doesn't take much for ingredients - oranges (or mandarins), whole cloves and some kind of ribbon or yarn to tie them up.  I used  cotton yarn.

You can use rubber bands around the Cuties to keep your lines of cloves straight. (I didn't do that)

In with the table decorations

 Then you just push the cloves into the mandarins in clever designs. Pinterest has loads of pictures for ideas of how to arrange the cloves. There are even these pyramid shaped forms you can buy to make a tower centerpiece out of them. That's impressive, but I'm not sure I want to make that many of them !!

I got a very sore thumb pushing in cloves. I found out later that you can use a toothpick to make a hole and then push the clove in. Save your thumbs !!

They smell heavenly !!

So Google or Pinterest around to find all kinds of ideas of what to do with this simple craft.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Caught Sleeping Together !!!

Inquiring minds want to know !!!

We have 2 kitties, Comet, a gray tabby with one white toe and Bitty Squeak, a lovely orange marmalade color or maybe like vanilla and orange sherbet mixed together!

They don't exactly hate each other....... but they certainly don't get along. They have a sort of running "Ding ! I got you !" relationship. Comet really likes to make Bitty Squeak yowl in surprise ! To be fair, anyone can make Bitty Squeak yowl in surprise. She is the quintessential "Scaredy Cat". Look at her funny and she yowls and dashes away. Comet finds this entertaining and doesn't miss a chance to bop Bitty Squeak.

So what do we have here ???? Sleeping together on a comforter on the floor. Hmmm.... side by side. How did this come about ??