Episode 9: A Sweater is Born

In today’s episode, I debut my finished Ebba Pullover, give you a tour of my walking wheel, and show off some lap waste yarn I’ve just finished spinning.

Welcome back to those who have been following along and a big welcome to any new viewers. Head over to the Ravelry group to introduce yourself!

 

Show Notes

 

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For the Guild!

So many of us benefit from our local guilds; and, I hear from so many of you that you wish you had a guild in your area! I know my online community–that’s ALL of YOU!–serve as an excellent guild and fiber family. If you are interested in supporting local guilds, there are lots of ways to patronize the arts and services they provide.

Thanks to the magic of the internets, you now have an easy way to support the Champaign-Urbana Spinners and Weavers Guild: check out the link to The Woolery on our guild website. By simply clicking through to The Woolery via this link, your purchases will automatically generate a 5% benefit to the guild. You’ll receive some excellent tools, fiber, and fun from The Woolery, and our guild will use the extra money for our education and outreach, programming, and events in the local community! You can use this link if you are a non-member OR a member!

If your guild would like to get involved and get a banner of your own, get in touch with me and I would be happy to  explain the process and/or put you in contact with the fine team at The Woolery. A little help goes a long way towards keeping the fiber arts alive and well here in C-U and–hopefully–in your neighborhood, as well!

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It’s All in the Details

Whew. One sleeve and a collar to go on my Ebba Pullover. I’m hoping to finish it this week, which would mean the entire sweater took less than a month to knit . . . that would be amazing. Tonight, as I worked down to the cuff ribbing, I had some decisions to make: how much ribbing, how long of a sleeve, and would I add just a little colorwork to the cuffs. Why yes; yes, I think I will! And I did. These small details can make such a difference.

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Flock Focus: Stony Creek Farmstead

Another weekend means another Fiber Focus! This time, it’s Amanda Solomon’s lovely Clun Forest flock at the Stony Creek Farmstead of NY. Amanda and I met through Ravelry and I was super excited to learn of another fiber lover and flock raiser out in New York! Stony Creek specializes in farm stays–a visit in which folks can learn about farm work, see where food comes from, and experience living on a working farm. I love that idea and wish that everyone had the chance to experience live animals on a real-life farm. Amanda agreed to an interview and sent along some lovely photos of her flock [all photos credited to Amanda Solomon]. Read on to find out more and consider getting in touch for your own sample of her breed-specific fiber!

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How did your farm/operation get its start?
The land has been owned by Dan Marsiglio’s parents long before Stony Creek Farmstead came to be. It wasn’t util Dan and his wife Kate came to live back on the land that is came back to life as a working farm. They do something a little different here too. We have these rustic tents on the farm, 6 of them. People come to stay in them during our farm stay season and get to learn all about the farm. where food comes from, how to milk a cow and we are even opening workshops in the summer!

What kinds of fiber animals do you raise and why?
We mainly raise Clun Forest sheep. But we do still have a couple Icelandic x Romney crosses in the herd. We mainly have our sheep for meat purposes, so the fiber is an added bonus. We do have the wool made into yarn and we spin it ourselves for fun. Down the line we are open to introducing a couple other breeds into our flock, but we just haven’t decided yet!

What is your favorite part of raising fiber animals?
I love the interaction of raising the sheep and producing a product of yarn. It is one thing to go into the store and buy some yarn but a total different feeling when you make it yourself. Also, I love being able to look at what other people created and realizing that I have all the tools to do the same thing! The confidence I have gained, is amazing!

what is on your wheel/needles/loom?
Right now, on my drop spindle I have candy corn dyed targhee wool. On my kick spindle, I also have the same thing! I have been skipping between spinning and knitting (just picked it up)

What would you like hand spinners to know about your fiber?
Clun Forest is really soft and fun to work with. We’ve had it spun into bulky and sock yarn and I love them both. If someone is interested, I’d be more than happy to send them a sample! Shearing is coming up soon, so we will soon have bags and bags of wool!

How can interested buyers get in touch with you?
Email me at asolomon018@gmail.com. I check it daily! The farm stay isn’t open till May but it doesn’t mean the farm is closed. I am more than happy to have people over if they want to see the sheep or learn more about just what we do!

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Thanks so much Amanda!

I love meeting new people (and sheep!): if you are an indie dyer, a hand spinner, a shepherdess, a small flock owner, a mill operator, or a wool trader, I would love to feature your work on this site. Please get in touch via email or Ravelry by clicking the “About” tab (above)

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My First Steek! (EEK!)

I am hard at work on the Ebba Pullover by Diana Walla. Steeking tutorials can be found at Diana’s website and on Craftsy in Beth Whiteside’s “Cut Your Knitting” class. Thanks to Spencer for all of his work filming and editing on the video!

This video goes out to Beth and Debbie who helped me steek a swatch yesterday . . . thanks for giving me the confidence to cut into my knitting! My dears, I hope to someday know as much about knitting, spinning, and fiber as you two! By the way, Debbie blogs over at Bejeweled.com and she makes some beautiful jewelry. And Beth has a nifty Etsy shop called SheepsCreations that you should totally check out!

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Ebba Pullover: A Sweater with Attitude

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I’ve *just* finished the main body of the Ebba Pullover and [swoon] I am in love. I don’t want to spoil the big reveal, so this is all I can bring myself to share at the moment. My colorwork is getting better and the next step: a steek–or two!–for the armholes. I’ll post my success (or failure) here. But right now, I just want to bask in the glory of my first colorwork, yoked pullover 🙂 I knew you all would understand.

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Episode 8: WIP’d Into Shape!

I’m fresh off a plane from Texas and ready to talk fiber! So, I’m happy to announce that Episode 8 is now live on YouTube. Thanks so much for tuning in–and thanks to Sarah of FiberTrek for sending some of you fine knitters and spinners my way 🙂 In today’s episode, it’s all about intentional color pooling, tinking, sweater progress (with short rows), a sad sock . . . and oh, and the story of our loom! As always, show notes are below. Special thanks to my husband Spencer, for getting these episodes edited and uploaded.

 

Show Notes

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