September 2018 “Luau” from thespinningbox.com

…..enjoy the pig roast!

Come along to the “Luau” from thespinningbox.com! Get your beautiful lei and enjoy the pig roast. Fiber everywhere!

Next month we’re going “Around the World” – get on board and get your box at thespinningbox.com

 

March Spinning Box from thespinningbox.com

March 2018 Spinning Box “Artist Choice”

Come along as I explore my March Spinning Box from spinningbox.com. I love the excitement of my box arriving in the mail. Often I will sit it up and look at it imagining all the colors and fiber combinations that are waiting for me just under that tape!

Mary Egbert has done a great job over the years to bring together some of the best fiber artists from around the world to offer their unique fiber to the Spinning Box. Each box is an adventure and I’ve learned to spin many new fibers that I would not have tried except that they came to me in my box and packaged in a way that I was not intimidated by them. I spun my first hemp from the spinning box! The artist had blended it with wool so I wasn’t stressed….I know how to spin wool! Sometimes the color combinations light a fire under me! It makes me want to jump up and spin.

If you’ve never gotten a box from thespinningbox.com – click the link below and get yours next month!!!  FIESTA:

Spinning Box

Happy Spinning from Kerry

ps….look for some of my fiber next month!

Yin Yang from spinningbox.com

January 2018 Yin Yang From Spinningbox.com

Come along as I rebox my spinning box from spinningbox.com. This month’s theme was Yin Yang and my box was full of beautiful fibers that I can’t wait to spin. If you like what you see head on over to spinningbox.com to get yours. Next month’s theme is Artist’s Choice and I can’t wait!!!

Learning New Things 2018

My plans for 2018 include spinning and knitting hemp, ramie and bamboo then knitting up swatches and I have a ton of ideas and patterns for those.

When you knit, spin, crochet, weave… do you ever challenge yourself to learn new things? I have decided to work on a few new things this year in my spinning, knitting and weaving. I am going to spin different fibers and so far, I have spun flax! Which I found I really enjoyed! I also knit up a sample swatch, which brings me to my next new thing I want to do this year. I want to knit my swatches to have a border and learn a new stich/pattern while doing it.20180202_081536 (2)

My plans for 2018 include spinning and knitting hemp, ramie and bamboo then knitting up swatches and I have a ton of ideas and patterns for those. I also want to get back to weaving so I am planning to spin enough natural flax and bleached flax to try to make some woven linen towels.

I have been looking at patterns for a sweater too! I want one that is easy with not a lot of extra steps for my first attempt. I have some yarns that I dyed so they will be perfect but I am so hesitant to get started. It seems like such a big commitment compared to the hats, gloves and mittens I have been working on. I am just going to have to cast on and begin the journey.

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Another new thing in the works is a line of “Unique” roving for spinners. I want to create some fiber and color combinations that spinners want to spin. My spinning group is helping design the first round of fibers and they are really excited. If you want a specific roving yourself please don’t hesitate to contact me! I’m always looking for new ideas!!!!!

Mermaids and Mystical Creatures

I’ve been filming the opening of my spinning box from spinningbox.com for a while now and I’ve had multiple challenges over the years. First one was what do you use? Tried my computer and my camera…..okay results. Then bought a nice little video recorder and that created a very nice video but the lighting was off…..so I tried various ways to create adequate lighting….and final decided that outside in natural light was the best. That decision led to another problem!

I live next to a trucking company and on a busy highway. On to sound. I tried two different microphones but they only intermittently worked and as anyone who has seen any of the latest videos knows…..I’ve not had sound. Since you can only have ONE box opening there has been no going back for a redo so I kept on looking for a solution. This video I used an “interview” microphone. I have it hung in front of me (hoping to drown out the lawnmowers that seem to be out whenever I want to film).

Let me know how it sound!

 

Fiber from my Spinning Boxes from spinningbox.com

I’ve been getting Monthly Spinning Boxes from spinningbox.com since it began almost 3 years ago! I love the fiber submissions from all the fiber artists. Occasionally I spin the entire box into one skein and at other times I put the like colors together to make a more cohesive colored yarn. Lately I’ve been saving up the fibers from various artists and spinning all of their fibers together. This has been quite an experience. I get similar fibers but lots of color in the yarn. I recently documented one spin in photos:

 

I spun up over 5 ounces of fiber from several different spinning boxes. I looked for fibers that would coordinate with each other. 20170604_104334

I spun up two bobbins and plied them together:

 

After that I knitted up two shawl/scarves: