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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Noro Entrelac Scarf

I finished the scarf yesterday and here it is blocking in the sun.




I've found myself to be a process knitter (or crochet)...I love the process of creating, but once it's done, on to the next challenge/project. The only project left to finish out the year is the "Happy Thoughts" freeform. I've been working on it this week while I'm on vacation.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Fingerless Mitts and a Wonderful FiberArts Semester!


I can't tell you just how much this small group has blessed me! It warms me to see another generation of knitters, crocheters and all around fiber enthusiasts get together and share experiences. I wish each one of them a wonderful Christmas and hope to see them next year.


I was at the bank yesterday (and was bundled up in my handmade goodness) and the teller made a comment about my Noro stripe scarf and fingerless mitts. I told her I made these lovelies and she said she does a little crochet. I told her a little about our small group at church and she stopped and asked "what church do you go to?" I told her "Highlands" and she said "so do I!" She told me she considered signing up for the small group last fall but thought the group would be a bunch of old ladies participating in this group....Gals, we must put an end to this evil stereotype and put "cool" back into fiber arts. I would call my small group "Fiberjunkies Anonymous" but I'm not sure the church would understand, so we'll just leave that one alone. Anyway, I've found another person interested in joining us next year!!! YAY!!

It's been cold here in Alabama! I don't know about you all, but I've been wearing my work. Especially the fingerless gloves. I'll be making more for the Etsy shop, but after yesterday's cold day of rain and wind, I'm going to make myself some leg warmers! Here are some pictures of the fingerless mitts/gloves.


Pictured here is "Goth Peacock", "Summer on Oahe" and "Big City". Goth Peacock sold this week in my shop.

Oh, those of you in my group that watched the table piece I crocheted for Darlene grow these last 3 months are gonna be mad at me...I forgot to take a picture of the finished piece. Yeah, you can vent at me, I deserve it. I gave it to Darlene this week, she was in town to spruce up the old shop as it continues to be listed for sale. She was speechless when she opened the box.



Sunday, October 18, 2009

Thursday FiberArts Group

We've been having fun this fall getting together, fellowshipping, and watching college football. No more stereotypical stitch and gripe sessions here! We share crochet and knit ideas plus patterns. I'm teaching one Auburn student how to knit and crochet. Pictured here is Sarah getting a free counselling session from the family therapist, Darby. As you can see, Darby adds to the relaxing atmosphere of our meetings.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Socks Fever!


This posting goes out to my friend and fellow child of the Most High, Amy. I found that she has been stricken with this same fuzzy disease with me. Our small group misses you Amy! I love my socks and have more wonderful colors to fuel my sock craving. This is just four examples of what I've finished.
Thank you Darlene for teaching me this wonderful skill of sock making. I think of you every time I cast on another 48 stitches on my size 2, 9 inch circulars.
These socks are the reason why I haven't finished my "Happy Thoughts" freeform. Yes, Shannon, I will finish the piece, it sits in my livingroom inviting me to have some fun. Oh so many projects, so little time. *sigh*

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Big Braid


One of my fiber friends chastised me for not updating my blog. I have no excuses, just projects.
These three scarves will be listed sometime in the next few days on Etsy. Inspired by a chunky cable scarf by a fellow knitter, I set out to find something similar and this braid caught my eye . I had wooden beads in an old bag from my early macrame days so I used them in the fringe.
I've been learning new knitting skills but the one that got me totally hooked this summer was knitting socks. Yep, I got bit by the sock bug...and was I bit bad! That will be my next posting with my sock pictures.

Monday, July 20, 2009

newborn hats

Knitted hats have been my learning project this summer
and I'm getting ready for the fall and winter. Perhaps later this year I'll roll out adult size hats, but for now in the middle of July, keeping my ears warm does not sound too appealing.
I'm learning to knit other fun things this summer as well. This week, I'll finish learning how to knit socks. For years, I've been intimidated by the mere idea of knitting socks...well I'm conquering that fear this week.
Darlene has been a dear, patient friend of mine and has been
teaching me knitting skills I've never been able to teach
myself to do. I'm going to miss her when she moves.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Freeform on Flickr

It's Friday! I'm sooo glad it is, such a long week in my regular job....I'm ready to play in my artwork and enjoy the weekend.

I now have my freeform artwork photostream on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lilquiz/show/

I'll be adding to the photostream as I finish and photograph my art. Feel free to check back for updates!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

"Happy Thoughts", a new Freeform Piece


Inspired by a skein of yarn I bought from Shannon at SunriseLodgeFiber, this piece can either be a decorative baby blanket, a lapghan for someone disabled or a tapestry piece.

I must take a moment and say Shannon is a wonderful sister in Christ and I could almost feel the uplifting energy of this handspun yarn. She named the yarn "Mystery Machine" from the Scooby Doo cartoon. I admit, I've seen enough of that "groovy" cartoon as
a kid to see the colorway.
Working with this yarn gave me happy thoughts and ideas...yeah kinda like the way Bob Ross thinks when he's working on one of his paintings. Next to Prudence Mapstone, Bob Ross is another person that inspires me. I'm about a quarter of the way done with it so I'll post the finished photos here and on Ravelry.
These photos were taken in the late afternoon, thus the reason for the long shadows. The finished photos will be taken at midday when the lighting is best.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Kalapana Close up


Sorry, I'm posting this much later than I planned. Hopefully these two photos will capture the idea I had of pearls captured in a net of molten lava.

Happy 4th of July to you all, I took a moment this morning to pause and think about those who serve our country and those veterans who have served as well. It's also a time to think of our own personal Independance Day from this world.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Kalapana Shawl




Named after this merino tencel sock yarn I purchased from Etsy's Stringtheoryfiberart, this colorway is unique and truly represents the silvery charcoal of molten lava. Kalapana is a beach in Hawaii where the sand is black and occasionally the area gets changed by an active volcano. I crocheted in pearl beads making the shawl appear to be a net with pearls trapped in it. This shawl was difficult to photograph and the closeups turned out fuzzy. I'll probably try again tomorrow. I plan on listing this in my shop in July. I could see this shawl partner with a black evening dress on a cruise somewhere...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Liquid Gold in Shawl and Purse


One of the goals I've been trying to achieve this summer is challenging my knitting skills, thus here is my first purse. It is a small purse for a night on the town and it has some sparkle to it, though the picture doesn't show it at all. The button came from an Etsy seller and it was a perfect match to the color!
Both the purse and shawl are listed on Etsy and I hope someone
makes a wonderful home for them. The
colors remind me of a sizzling sunset.


I have a couple more goals to reach this summer, one is to learn how to knit a hat-which I can check off my list-and the other to knit a pair of socks.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

I came out of the closet!!

HA! HA! PSYCHE!

Sillies!!! I moved my yarn stash out of the closet into my studio and to sound like a Billy Mays infomercial-"Wait! That's not all!" I haven't moved in my cone yarns and ribbon yet.

Hey Darlene, I moved the painting in too!! I'll have your inspiration, even after you move away.

Love you all and have a great week!


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Etsy shop now open

Well y'all, I've done it!

The listings have begun today and I'll add some each day.

www.lilquiz.etsy.com

Saturday, May 30, 2009

plus two more


I was in a color wonderland earlier this week creating these. It was fun walking into my closet and selecting wonderful colors from such talented spin/dye artists from all over the world. I present you two more skinnies.
This first colorway was inspired by a ball of handspun wool from Ireland I bought from maisiehandspun she called "pools". I combined this with lopi wool from Iceland and a soft cream acrylic to compliment. I will probably name this "the pools at Coolmore".

I had to do a skinny in red and so here it is. This piece contains a handspun from mulchandmore and theflyingewe, both from beautiful Michigan. I paired it up with some wonderful specialty yarns that really pulled this piece together beautifully.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Skinnies

I know it's been awhile since I updated my blog, with all this rain we've been having along with overcast days, I couldn't accurately photograph my latest work.

I wanted to come up with something that could showcase the handspuns I've been getting and make it affordable for those who are looking for something one of a kind without draining their wallet. So the "skinnies" are born, these long lovelies could be a scarf or a belt.




The first one is a pretty Caribbean colorway with handspuns from Etsy's Dreamymeow and Handspunanddyedtoo. The other colors I purchased locally from yarn shops. The colors represent the colors of the tropical islands with the sun and sand. I just love these colors, it just takes me on a vacation without leaving the house.



The second skinny contains a handspun from Wildthyme, dyed silk from Silkandshine and a mink/cashmere yarn from Great Northern Yarns.com. This next to the skin soft beauty will make a great home for someone who adores purple.

This third cutie reminds me of Smarties candy. This contains peach banana fiber from Blondechicken. The rest is a delightful mix of ribbon and
sugary sweet colors.

When I first created this colorway, I thought
of city lights and a night on the town. Then I thought
"city of tiny lights". This one contains wool, acrylic,
and lurex.

This one is called "Carnivale" reminding me
of a 1990 trip to Venice and the costumes. It contains a handspun from bperry042. The rest is in ribbon accented with white yarn. The bulkiness of the ribbon made this piece a little wider but contains just about every color in the spectrum.







Saturday, May 16, 2009

AU Student's Handspuns



Earlier this year, we had put together a small group some fiber artists from our church (Church of the Highlands-Auburn campus). We had weavers, knitters, crocheters and one quilter come together and share experiences and have some fun. We had a blast and we'll probably do it again this fall.

One of the Auburn students during spring break visited Williamsburg, PA and took a class on spinning with a drop spindle. Pictured here are 3 mini skeins that she gave me that are now in my collection of yarn.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Two spiral scarves from the same skein

These two scarves came from a skein of yarn from Whorling Tides at Etsy. She is my first Alabama spin/dye artist I found on Etsy that shares my fondness of fiber. She may live on the other side of the state (Tuscaloosa), she is still my "neighbor" and I look forward to taking a 3 hour drive sometime to meet her. If you like her work in her Etsy shop, you can shop with confidence knowing she will give you great customer service.



Most of the Etsy artists I've met have been good to me. The local artists have been super to me too, especially Darlene and Linda. :-)

Friday, May 8, 2009

About my Avatar...the cute doggie pic

Meet Darby Queen, the family dog/therapist. She is quite a useless guard Beagle, she's only good at three things-and she does those three things quite well....eat, sleep, and love.

She became our family member a few years ago when my son carried her home from the county dumpster. She either got lost or was abandoned there, either way, she was hungry and stinky.
She had a sweet disposition that charmed us into taking her into our home.

You probably wonder where we came up with the name Darby Queen, it was my idea, she is named after a Ranger obstacle course in Ft. Benning, Georgia. We are pretty much an Army family and support our US Army Rangers. Why name a dog after an obstacle course?? Well....why not?

I said she is the family dog/therapist....this is where she earns her keep. Our lives sometimes get very stressful and she has this unique ability to calm us down and melt our hectic day away.
She loves anyone that comes over to our house and makes new friend with her calming charm. She is probably one of the most laid back dogs we've ever adopted.

:o)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Playing with NORO

Knitting with Noro yarn is a lot of fun and this is probably the only commercial spun yarn that you can buy that will knit/crochet up one of a kind gems. I purchased this yarn from Darlene's Yarn Shop in Opelika, Alabama. The yarn may have a coarse feel as you're knitting it up but it does soften up if you hand wash the garment with a touch of fabric softener and let it air dry.

This first ruffle scarf has lovely lilac colors in it with a heather grey and green. It reminds me of the lilacs that would bloom in the spring up north.
I tried taking good photos of this, but I'll probably try to photo it in direct sunlight. Maybe it will turn out better.


The second ruffle has a wider color spectrum with yellows, pinks, greens.
This would be a nice spring time scarf or do what I did and wear with black to make the colors pop.


This lariat/scarf was an experimental piece that yielded a beautiful result. Inspired by a pattern from Timaryart (Etsy shop), it is crocheted corkscrews that from a distance looked like blooming wisteria (the purple part). For anyone that is looking for something different in the accessory wardrobe, this is quite a "unique whip".








Wednesday, April 29, 2009

More scarves




This scarf is knitted with high quality sari silk from the lovely ladies in Nepal. I'm so amazed knitting this knowing that the yarn was hand spun on drop spindles by women working from the floor of their huts a continent away. I purchased this yarn from NorthcottWilson on Etsy. The first 100 stitches are casted on with Peruvian alpaca I purchased from Ebay. The silk has a heavier drape than the sock yarn so it will work well keeping the chill away.



I enjoy working with this silk and plan on getting more in the future.







This scarf is knitted with sock yarn from Cosmicfibersyarn on Etsy. The fiber content is merino/bamboo. She hand dyed this yarn in a blue colorways that she called Kazuo Taoka Nefarious series. After I knitted this scarf, I call the colorways Blue Willow (like the dishes). This color was difficult to photograph as was the red scarf from my previous post. I wore this scarf once to work and received positive feedback on the color.

This sock yarn knitted up with a nice light lacy drape. It would make a nice dress scarf to wear as an accessory or to give a little pop to a blouse.



I have a fiber arts small group each Monday at a friend's house. We have so much fun showing each other's projects. One of the gals in our group during spring break took a class on how to spin with a drop spindle. She's been having fun since one of the other ladies gave her 3 rolls of pencil roving wool. She brought in some of her finished skeins the other night! I will take pictures of her work and post it soon. I'm so excited because I asked her if she would teach me how to spin this fall and she said she would!! I'll be looking for a top whorl spindle soon.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

busy weekend!

Whew! I've had a busy weekend doing this and that!

First, I'm recycling yarn from a sweater I bought at the thrift store. It is a beautiful marine blue cotton yarn. I plan on twisting this with two other bamboo fibers together to make a shawl.


Second, I finished the body of a crocheted shawl that I'll probably name the colorway "liquid gold". This shawl has 3 fibers that I twisted together with my yarn twister. The fibers are a gold acrylic given to me by my weaver friend, a "fire" colorways tencel that I bought from Webs and a recycled cashmere I purchased from MishMash yarns from Etsy. I plan on adding beadwork to the fringe to give it more "pop".

Third, I've started taking photos for the Etsy shop I will be setting up soon. These are the ruffle scarves I've been cranking out. The yarn for the red one came from a talented French dye artist Tricoterie from Etsy. The yarn is a merino/tencel sock yarn and the color is just stunning! This photo doesn't give this color justice! The second scarf will be the first of a series of college team colors. This one is University of Michigan! The yarn is a merino bamboo hand dyed by a wonderful Etsy artist in Ohio named HandDyed. I also have this yarn in Auburn and Alabama colors.
I will be posting more scarves in the next few days.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Welcome to my world of FiberArts!

I've been encouraged to dive into the world of selling my work and have received many wonderful suggestions regarding what to do and where to start. One of them is blogging.

OK so here we go. I am a committed fiber junkie and enjoy working with fibers from all over this planet. I have handspun yarns from New Zealand, Australia, Nepal, Peru, France, UK, Canada, Spain, Italy, and Iceland...so far. I also have commercial spun fibers too, much bought from Darlene's Knit Shop in Opelika, Alabama. Yes, this is where I live. Opelika/Auburn area....home of Auburn University SEC Tigers.

I can safely say I'm not an Auburn fan. I enjoy college football, but I pull for the Michigan Wolverines. I suppose I'll talk a little football during the season-I don't have control over the TV remote-whatever husband says we watch during football season, we watch.

On to warm fuzzy things....I work with alpaca, cotton, wool, rayon, acrylic, bamboo, tencel, cashmere, silk. I also have some mink/cashmere blend yarn from a gent from the northeast. If anyone wants the link to his shop I'll sent it to you.

I will be setting up an Etsy shop soon. I've made all sorts of wonderful friends with the sellers on Etsy. I think about my sellers often and pray for their success. I can't get over how many talented people are on Etsy, it's very motivating.