Welcome to my blog!

Hello to all, and welcome to my blog! If you are a knitter or crocheter looking for one-of-a-kind natural fiber handspun yarns, this is the place to be! I am an award winning spinner and offer for sale, as I make them available, my lovely handspun yarns. I specialize in worsted weight thru lace weight yarns in exotic or luxury fibers such as alpaca, angora bunny, mohair, silk and more (not to mention wool, of course!) I can CUSTOM SPIN anything you might be looking for. So feel free to contact me and tell me what you need. I purchase all of my fibers raw and wash/process them myself. I do NOT purchase commercial fibers that are imported from outside the U.S. I support the American Farmer!

I also custom spin pet hair including cat and dog. I have spun many breeds of dog including Golden Retriever, Shetlie, Australian Shephard, Samoyed, Great Pyrinease......just to name a few.

I am also looking for good quality fibers, especially angora. So if you raise any quality fibers, please contact me via email! Visit my complete profile for my email address.

Thank you for visiting my blog and visit often to see what I'm offering. Paypal available! HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hand made, crocheted wire jewelry

Here is a sample of my natural stone crocheted jewelry. Yet another form of "crochet" and "art" that I enjoy doing. This set includes a necklace (with the lily pad/dragonfly pendant), bracelet and earrings, all of which also sport small dragonflies. This set is made of real turquoise, seed beads, square beads, dragonflies and fine wire. I have several different stone necklaces on hand, but this set seems to attract the most attention when I wear it out. Especially with my hand spun, hand knitted poncho with turtleneck (yes, I spun the yarn from my own sheep and knitted myself as well.)

I hope you enjoy yet another form of "art", as much as I enjoy creating them.
Have a great day!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

My handspun and crocheted sweaters

Here are a few examples of sweaters that I have crocheted. The pink sweater was made with Galway 100% wool yarn. I just finished it for the wife of our lead pastor at our church. She is such a thin, thin woman. And OH! so deserving of a warm sweater! I will be presenting this sweater to Mary Langford tonight at church. She has NO idea it's coming, tho her husband, Ron, does.

The green sweater (actually more of a jacket!) is a blend of hand dyed wool, silk and silk noil. Handspun by myself, it weighs 4 pounds and is WARM! I have worn it outdoors already when in the low-mid 20's and was quite comfortable. The pattern I used was modified quite a bit. Pattern called for worsted yarn, where my handspun was bulky. It also called for a knit button and button hole edge. I didn't like it since my yarn was bulky, so I crocheted the edge. It took quite a bit of tweaking, but I was able to pull it off. I know the sweater (jacket) looks "boxy", but it fits my short, cobby torso just fine! I get compliments on it from everyone! From the checkout lady at Walmart to my eye Dr!

The only lessons I've had in crochet was when I was 5 or 6 years old when my grandmother taught me the chain and single crochet. I took it from there. I'll have to post one of my intricate doilies next!

I have had NO spinning lessons what so ever. Been spinning now about 14-15 years and have taken only "Best Of" any catagory I have entered in spinning contests, and a few Best In Shows. (Yes, there really are skien [yarn] competitions.)

If anyone in my area needs help with their crocheting, just ask! (northern Illinois). I DO take custom orders!

Have a great day!