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Fun Filled First Day at Arkansas Women Blogger Unplugged

Very fun filled first day at the Arkansas Women Blogger Unplugged Conference. My roommates are a blast! I’ll have to link them all for you later, but had to share a few quick pics from the day.
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Why yes that would be the amazing P. Allen Smith talking to us about the importance of buying locally grown and made products. Excellent message.
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Then back at the Birch Cabin…I’m bunking with some new vodka loving buddies! We all brought our own bottle. Good times indeed.
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I had to do a bit of spinning. Can’t sit still. Plus it’s always easy for me to talk to new people when I’m behind my Spinning Wheel. Pictured above is the carded batt made before heading this way.

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Liz snapped a cool shot of the spinning process. Spinning in my pjs.
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Yep! There’s the finished handmade yarn. Great first day…and productive too! Can’t wait until tomorrow.

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Quick Knit with Bulky Handspun Yarn

Several months back I created this unique black and white  handspun yarn.  It was an amazing spin and almost felt like I was doodling on wool while plying the black yarn.  With all it’s textures and little tiny sequins, it’s been quietly tempting me to knit it since creation.

White and Black Handmade Yarn

The weather cooled off for a couple of days, which in August in Arkansas is extremely rare.  The cooler nights awakened my hibernating knitting instincts.

Black and White Yarn on the Knitting NeedlesI saw the perfect 2 hour hat pattern online at Tangle.  This free, quick knit hat pattern, perfect to use with thick and thin handspun yarn, is found here. I’m always on the look out for great patterns to use with bulky handspun art yarns.

A two-hour pattern sounded perfect!  I love playing with fiber, but mostly just like spinning it.  I love a good quick knit.  If I’m going to sit down and knit something, it better be fast or the object will be thrown into my bottomless closet of UFO’s.

Plus, with the weather being cool in August…um well, let’s just say the project better be speedy otherwise the temperature will rise and my knitting instinct will crawl right back into its hibernation cave.

I sat, knit, and just a couple of hours later, BAM…I had a hat!

Finished Knit Hat using Thick and Thin Handspun YarnThe pattern was fun, quick, mindless, and rewarding.  Now I have a new hat to warm my head during those long football practices, games, and a quick go to grab when driving all the kiddos to school on those frosty mornings.

I don’t know about you, but I can not wait for those frosty mornings.  Those couple of days of cool air was just a tease.  Jack Frost and I could be best friends for sure.

Interested in a yarn like this one for your own quick knit hat please check out this black with white plied handmade yarn available from my shop on Etsy.  I can always create this yarn again too, so if you want it, just let me know!

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Happy 11th Birthday Austin!

Fiber on Wheel being turning into yarn

Here’s the fiber from yesterday’s basket posted being turned into a textured handmade yarn on my spinning wheel. The fiber is from Namaste Farms.

Interested in seeing the basket of fiber from yesterday’s post then Click Here.

It’s been a fun spin so far.  It’s going to be hard to let go of this one!  I’ll be sure to post the finished yarn as soon as it’s done.

Today is also my son’s birthday.  He’s 11 years old!  Crazy how time flies.  Just seems like yesterday we were heading to the hospital full of anticipation about what the joys of motherhood would hold.

Cyndi with lil Austin

Above is a picture of me and Austin from a 2004 summer trip to Maine.  He’s very easy going and always ready to make you smile.

Austin goofySee, bet you smiled.  Got to love that goofy boy.  Happy Birthday Austin!