Eye Candy Friday...

...and a Tour de Fleece update. First, the eye candy.

The sweet pea bush in our front yard is continuing to bloom:

Sweet pea bush

The tomatoes in the backyard are ripening:

Ripening tomato

and the plumbago is peeking out through the tomato vines.

Plumbago among the tomato vines

Tour de Fleece, Day 19
Craftcation Day 5:


The vacuum monster and I attacked the studio. We tamed the fiber bunnies that were gathering around the spinning wheel and found the rugs again!

I spun Inner Fire [Ravelry], a Wild Card Bling Batt from the Yarn Wench:

Inner Fire handspun

and the close-up:

Inner Fire handspun, close up

Specs:
Started and finished 7/19/17
Wild Card Bling Batt (3.5 oz.) from The Yarn Wench
41 yards, plied with Ritratto Yarn in color 63; Super Bulky
Tour de Fleece Day 19

Tour de Fleece, Day 20
Craftcation Day 6:


I started the day with a wonderful yoga class, followed by a nonfat latte from Starbucks. I registered for a cast-ons and bind-offs class at Stitches West (Feb. 2018). I'm little bummed that they are not doing the opening day and teacher's luncheon this year. I used to be able to take the opneing day events if I couldn't find a class I liked.

I started spinning Estrella [Ravelry]using Estrella Falkland (4.1 oz) and Estrella Firestar #5203 (2 oz), both from The Yarn Wench.

Estrella singles

Up this weekend: Finish out the Tour on Sunday and then give my knees a rest!
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WIP-it Wednesday...

...and Tour de Fleece update.

Tour de Fleece, Day 17
Craftcation Day 3:


Today's cleaning chore was vacuuming the living room and straightening up. Then I was able to concentrate on the fun stuff!

Technically, it was a rest day, but I went ahead and finished spinning the singles for Ember Indigo Silk. Then I moved on to the mermaid cross stitch. When I write it out it doesn't sound like much, but it filled my day!

Ember Indigo Silk singles

Tour de Fleece, Day 18
Craftcation Day 4:


Before I went on vacation, I had ordered some fabric for my quilt. I expected it to arrive before my vacation, so I sent it to the office. Of course, it came after. Since I wanted to use it for the quilt, I dropped by the office to pick it up and then went to the grocery store to get more fruit.

I spent the day plying Ember Indigo Silk [Ravelry]:

Ember Indigo Silk handspun

and the close up:

Ember Indigo Silk, close up

Specs:
Started 7/15/17
Finished 7/18/17
Merino-Silk (3.8 oz.) from The Yarn Wench
236.4 yds., 14 WPI
Tour de Fleece Days 15 through 18

I did get about an hour's worth of stitching on the mermaid. Here's what she looks like so far:

Mermaid of the Pearls, as of 7/19/17

WIPs Roll Call

Worked On:
  • Tour de Fleece Spinning
    various
  • Attic Windows quilt for me (quilting)
    Cut out a few more squares
  • Mermaid of the Pearls (cross stitch)
    Filling in all of floss stitches in the midsection of the tail - this will make it easier to stitch the metallic thread.
  • Spring 9-Patch (cross stitch)
    Working on row 1, square 3 and row 3, square 2.
Works In Progress, Did Not Work On:
  1. 4-shaft sampler (weaving) [Ravelry]
  2. Charred Teal Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Phat Fiber box, Indian Wedding (spinning) [Ravelry
  5. Rosewood Wrap (weaving) [Ravelry]
  6. St. Charles (needlepoint)
  7. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. All That Glitters Christmas quilt (quilting)
  2. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  4. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  5. Celaeno Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  6. Finishing work
  7. Peacock Pomatomus socks (knitting) [Ravelry]
  8. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  9. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)
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Tour de Fleece catchup...

...and an overall update. Let's take this by Tour de Fleece days.

Tour de Fleece, Day 12:

Finished spinning the singles for Tidal [Ravelry].

Tidal singles

Tour de Fleece, Day 13:

Because my time was limited, I spun an art yarn using a Wild Card Bling Batt (4.1 oz.) from The Yarn Wench. I plied it with two threads, one gold and one copper. This is Kraken [Ravelry]:

Kraken handspun

and the close-up:

Kraken handspun, close up
Specs:
Started and finished 7/13/17
Wild Card Bling Batt (3.5 oz) from the Yarn Wench
57.7 yds plied with gold and copper metallic threads; Bulky

Tour de Fleece, Day 14:

Day 14 was also our last day of work before vacation. The Husband was leaving early Saturday morning, while I was going to start my Craftcation (AKA Staycation). However, my shower faucet decided to give up the ghost - it would not turn off! I had to shut off the water to the house to avoid wasting gallons of water. The Husband called a plumber and spent the day at home while the plumber fixed things. Not what The Husband wanted to do, but at least he was able to finish packing for his trip. The shower works now.

When I got home after work, I working on my spinning. It wasn't until I went to bed that I realized I had completely forgotten about Eye Candy Friday.

I did manage to finish spinning Tidal [Ravelry]:

Tidal handspun

and the close-up:

Tidal handspun, close up
Specs:
Started 7/11/17
Finished 7/14/17
Falkland (4.2 oz) from the Yarn Wench
161.9 yds 2-ply, 12 WPI
Tour de Fleece Day 11, 12, and 14

Tour de Fleece, Day 15
Craftcation Day 1:


The Husband left early in the morning for his trip. I spent the morning putting my bathroom back in order and doing a little cleaning. While I did the laundry, I started spinning Ember Indigo Silk, a merino-silk from The Yarn Wench. I did a little stitching in the evening and had leftovers for dinner. I just didn't have the energy to do much else because it had been so hot during the day.

Ember Indigo Silk handspun, in process

Tour de Fleece, Day 16
Craftcation Day 2:


Today's cleaning chore was the kitchen. I put away all of the dishes, cleaned the counters, and mopped the floor. I did a grocery run and planned a nice dinner for myself.

I spun more of the Ember Indigo Silk, but had to stop when my knees started bothering me. I switched over to working on stitching the Mermaid.

I watched the East coast feed Game of Thrones (Go, Arya!) and enjoyed a wonderful dinner of steak, zucchini, and rice.

Ember Indigo Silk, as of 7/16/17

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WIP-it Wednesday...

...and the Tour de Fleece report.

Tour de Fleece, Day 10:

I took the rest day...I really needed it!

Tour de Fleece, Day 11:

I started spinning Tidal [Ravelry], another Falkland from The Yarn Wench. (Yes, I have a LOT of Falkland from The Yarn Wench. I haven't made a dent in it yet!)

Tidal handspun, in process

I'm going to finish as much of the singles as I can tonight so I can ply on Thursday. It will be pushing it, though - it's 4.2 ounces of fiber, which is a little more than normal.

Worked On:
  • Tour de Fleece Spinning, various
    Took a rest day
  • Mermaid of the Pearls (cross stitch)
    Still working on the mid-section of  the tail
  • Spring 9-Patch (cross stitch)
    Finished all of row 2, square 3; worked on row 3, square 2
Works In Progress, Did Not Work On:
  1. 4-shaft sampler (weaving) [Ravelry]
  2. Attic Windows quilt for me (quilting) 
  3. Charred Teal Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Mermaid of the Pearls (cross stitch) 
  5. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  6. Phat Fiber box, Indian Wedding (spinning) [Ravelry
  7. Rosewood Wrap (weaving) [Ravelry]
  8. St. Charles (needlepoint)
  9. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. All That Glitters Christmas quilt (quilting)
  2. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  4. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  5. Celaeno Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  6. Finishing work
  7. Peacock Pomatomus socks (knitting) [Ravelry]
  8. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  9. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)

June 2017 recap...

...6/11 was apparently a great day to start things!

Finished:
  • 6/30 Rivendell handspun (spinning) [Ravelry]
    Glitter roving from Greenwood Fiberworks
    188.0 yards two-ply; est WPI 11
  • Books:
    1. Lynchpin, Shannon Mayer
    2. Invisible, Jame Patterson
    3. The Destroyer, Shannon Mayer
    4. All the Secrets We Keep, Megan Hart
    5. Only Skein Deep, Maggie Sefton
    6. Naked in Death, JD Robb
    7. Glory in Death, JD Robb
    8. Immortal in Death, JD Robb
Started:
  • 6/11 Rivendell handspun (spinning) [Ravelry]
  • 6/11 Spring 9-Patch (cross stitch)
  • 6/11 Unnamed attic windows quilt for me (quilting)
Works In Progress:
  1. 4-shaft sampler (weaving) [Ravelry]
  2. Charred Teal Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Mermaid of the Pearls (cross stitch) 
  4. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  5. Phat Fiber box, Indian Wedding (spinning) [Ravelry
  6. Rosewood Wrap (weaving) [Ravelry]
  7. St. Charles (needlepoint)
  8. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. All That Glitters Christmas quilt (quilting)
  2. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  4. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  5. Celaeno Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  6. Finishing work
  7. Peacock Pomatomus socks (knitting) [Ravelry]
  8. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  9. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)
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Tour de Fleece weekend report...

...and, yes, I'm posting on a Monday.

Tour de Fleece, Day 7:

Finished spinning the singles for Moss Ros.



Moss Rose, ready to ply

Tour de Fleece, Day 8:

I took Day 8 as my Challenge day instead of Day 9. My challenge was to finish Moss Ross and to finish spinning the singles for Lava.

This is Moss Rose [Ravelry]:

Moss Rose handspun

and the close-up:

Moss Rose handspun, close up

Specs:
Started 7/5/17
Finished 7/8/17
Falkland (4.4 oz.) from The Yarn Wench
119.1 yds. chain ply, 10 WPI
Tour de Fleece Days 5 through 8

Here are the singles for Lava.

Lava singles

Tour de Fleece, Day 9:

Chain-plied Lava [Ravelry]. There is only one photo for Lava because I accidentally left the other at home.

Lava handspun

Specs:
Started 7/7/17
Finished 7/9/17
Falkand (4.3 oz.) from The Yarn Wench
206.6 yds. chain-ply, 13 WPI
Tour de Fleece Days 7 through 9

My knees are very sore, which is why I'm going to actually take the rest day today. Normally, I spin every day of the tour including the rest days, but not this year!
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Eye Candy Friday...

...and a Tour de Fleece update. First is the Eye Candy.

Our spider lilies are blooming:

Spider Lily

The tomatillos are starting to come in:

Tomatillo, in process

and this summer begonia looked wonderful in the morning sun:

Summer begonia in the morning sun

Tour de Fleece, Days 5 and 6:

With my limited craft time on work days, I'm happy to get an hour's worth of spinning done in the evenings. I started Moss Rose [Ravelry] on Day five and continued to spin it on Day 6. I'll finish the singles today and probably ply it tomorrow.

Here's what it looked like last night:

Moss Rose, as of 7/6/17


Up this weekend: More spinning! When I'm not spinning, I'll be working on the quilt and the mermaid. It should be a great, crafty weekend!
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Eye Candy Friday...

...and a Tour de Fleece update. First, the eye candy. The sweet pea bush in our front yard is continuing to bloom: The tomatoes in th...