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New Spinning Fiber

Here is Drew’s Yarn! I LOVE it! “BIG N TASTY” is the name. The name has a long history, and maybe someday I will share it with you…but today, there is much to talk about! We got our tax refund! YIPPEE! The hubby was rather happy at the “loss” my business took and how it helped us with our refund. He even said I should look into getting a new spinning wheel! That is really cool…I have my eye on an Ashford Joy. But, I will talk more about that too later. With having a little extra disposable income, I figured there was nothing in the world better than getting some extra spinning fiber! I have some yummy purchases to share. Some yummier than others…

One Pound of super soft brown alpaca. It is so amazing, very little hay or anything to pick out. I just can’t wait to spin this up. I am starting on it tomorrow.
Next is three bags of fiber from a seller on Etsy. The one is the middle is washed Border Leicester. I will be dying it and playing with it some. The bag on the left is black n brown border Leicester and it is not washed. You want to feel like you just stepped on a farm, you should open up this bag. I have always purchased my fiber preprocessed into carded roving until now. The bag on the left and the bag on the right will be a new experience for me. I will be sure to tell you how it goes. The bag on the right is also Leicester in gray. I am still waiting for one more pound from this seller to come.

“Bah Bah Black Sheep have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir three bags full!”

I took one of their bags! Woooooowoooo! This is a LOT of fiber. Four pounds to be exact. And it is actually alpaca, not from a black sheep, but this picture did get the lovely tune stuck in my head.

Just so you get an idea of the amount of this, here Brady is admiring the fiber.
The idea of blending fibers is very intriguing to me. Making my own yummy blends. I thought a alpaca/angora would be super soft and gorgeous to feel. So, I had my alpaca (and boy do I have a lot of it) I just needed to get the angora.

The angora below is from another wonderful seller on Etsy: Yarntospin

Be sure to check out her shop. I got the honor of being her very first customer. First of many more to come, I am certain! This is fiber from one of her angora bunnies. Believe me, you just want to roll around in this stuff.

So that is about it, for now! Hope this gave you a nice fiber fix for the day. I have a couple more exciting things to share, but I will wait for tomorrow. This post is already long enough, and my spinning wheel is calling my name. Happy crafting! ♥

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SNOW

We woke up on Tuesday morning to actual SNOW! It was super exciting for this California girl. Being from Fresno, the closest thing to snow we ever got was fog. Yeah, I know, it’s not close. Drew and Austin were thrilled to find out school was canceled. At 6:30, I went into Drew’s room and opened up his blinds. He looked out and yelled “SNOW!!!!”

When I got to Austin’s room, he looked out his window and was equally excited. At that time the TV was still saying Conway Public Schools were not closed. Drew was going crazy! He begged me to let him stay home from school anyway. Thankfully, school was canceled.
The boys had a fun filled morning of playing in the snow and experiencing all the new things, like making snowmen and snowball fights.
Yes, I have failed to mention Brady…
My Brady, my dear, dear Brady. When I woke him up, and opened up his blinds, his eyes lite up and he said “Snow!” Then not two beats later, “Will you make me breakfast?”
He was not such a big snow fan. He said it was cold. He did warm up to it a bit more after the actual snow stopped falling, but he was never as excited as his brothers.
Drew’s yarn is looking really great! I will have some pictures up soon of it. ♥
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Americana

I don’t know what my draw is to the Americana Colorway. I love the colors together, gives me a feel of American pride. The first yarn I did in the colorway was a self-striping sock yarn.
When Bella Lana was still open, a friend of the owner made this “Don’t tread on Me” snake out of my yarn. Next came the roving:
And so with the roving and the yarn, you had to know the handspun would come next:I do like this handspun yarn a lot. But, next time I make it, I will not ply it though. I was not so happy with the way some of the colors came together. Anytime I see red and white together I think candy cane. This yarn makes a very unique twist on the Americana colorway, but I look forward to the next Americana adventure!

Tomorrow I should have pics of Drew’s yarn up. It is coming up quite different than I thought. Til then! ♥

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Drum Roll Please…

First up is Austin’s roving turned to yarn. Here it is on two yarn bobbins. I tugged the roving in half and spun up each half…hence the different colors. Here it is on the swift. Austin looked at it and he said “I will call it Green Eyed Monster”
Green Eyed Monster has now set and dried and is ready to go up for sale. Keep an eye out for it on Etsy!
Next was Brady’s. He insisted on wearing it and being in the picture. Silly Boy!
He has called his “Frosty the Snowman” Not too sure where that came from but hey, whatcha gonna do!

Brady’s has now set and is still hanging to dry.
I believe I saved the very best for last! The colors on Drew’s roving is so very bold. I feel like it will make the best yarn yet. I have not spun it yet. That is tonight’s project. Hopefully, I will have pics of it up tomorrow. ♥