Friday, January 31, 2014

Loving Lace

Who doesn't love lace?  Or lace knitting?  I've been working on a bit of knitting lately.

Here is a shawl that I knit from a pattern that I'd been saving from Interweave Knit Gifts - Holiday 2010.  
It is called the Winged Shawl and was designed by Sarah Fama.  

My version was knit on US 6 circular knitting needles.  It was knit with one strand of Kid Mohair/Silk and 1 strand of hand-dyed Merino/Silk.  It is extremely soft.  An added bonus is that it was really a quick knit.   The end result wasn't a large shawl.  Perhaps because I did a gentle blocking?  The texture of the pattern is very defined; rather than the lace.

 I may knit another, using one strand of Brown Sheep Nature Spun fingering weight wool.  If so, I will use smaller needles (of course) and also double the pattern.   This should provide a somewhat larger version.  Also, a single strand of wool has less loft than the strand of kid mohair/silk present in the one pictured.

Do you have any WIP's that have been in your knitting basket?  Perhaps, for longer than you would wish to publicly admit?  

Ahem.  Well, here is my shawl.  Finally finished!  (Happy Dance!!!)  It is known only to myself as - The Shawl that Never Ends.  I have no idea why I didn't work on it more often.  A variety of reasons, I suppose.  Between the activities of daily living and my other art projects; there has certainly been plenty to do other than this one project. 

Without further ado, I submit for your viewing pleasure my version of The Lace Dream Shawl.

I washed and blocked this one.  It is safely tucked away in my cedar trunk.  This is unusual.  Normally, I just knit what the Spirit leads me to. Before it is finished, I always know who it belongs to.  I wonder who will enjoy this one day?  It pleases me that it is waiting for someone special.  

God is good.  

All the time.

Here is a close up of the lace detail.  
I think that the "waves" come from the light reflecting off the silk shawl that I used for a backdrop. 
A rather interesting effect.  Wouldn't you say?

What is on your needles?  

Whatever you have chosen.  It is guaranteed to be special.

Happy Knitting!

May God bless you.
The Old Farm Girl

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Book and DVD Sale!!!

The Book Sale has Ended !!!
Thank you for your patronage!

Book and DVD Sale!!!

~ Don't Miss Out! Some of these are hard to find !!! ~
Prices are as listed.  Shipping is 3.99/each.
 Will combine shipping as long as you order all items at the same time.
Insurance is a must for any book over $30.

Will ship Continental US only. Paypal. All customers must pay 6% sales tax. All sales are final. 
 Items are as pictured. Please contact me for availability and any questions.

Happy shopping!

The Ashford Book of Dyeing  $20 

The Ashford Book of Needle Felting $20

The Ashford Book of Project $13

The Ashford Book of Rigid Heddle Weaving  $20

The Ashford Book of Weaving for Knitter's $13

The Ashford Book of Weaving for the Four Shaft Loom $25

Austermann Elements No 4 $5

Cable Confidence $15

Casual, Elegant Knits $8

DVD - Respect the Spindle $15

DVD - The Gentle Art of Plying $25

Fast, Fun, & Easy Needle Felting $8

Folk Socks $8

Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving $15

Handwoven Laces $75

Knit & Crochet Style No 1 $5

Maggiknits - Irish MK Collection - Book 1 - $25

Maggiknits - Irish MK Collection - Book 2
New Look Denim  $25

Maggiknits - Irish MK Collection -  Book 3
The Linen Look  $25

Maggiknits - Irish MK Collection - Book 7
Summer Chic 05   $25

Maggiknits - Irish MK Collection - Book 10
The Lacy Look  $25

Maggiknits - Irish MK Collection - Book 12
The Military Look  $25

Men in Knits $22

Needle-Felting Magic by Margo Duke $65

Northern Knits $14

Romantic Style $24

Schoeller & Stahl - Summer 2007  $5

Schulana Crelana No. 25  $8

Schulana Crelana No. 26  $8

A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting by Cat Bordhi  $55

Simply Felt $24

Simply Needlefelt  $14

Spin Control $45

Start Spinning  $12

Sweet Needle Felts  $12

 Time to Weave  $45

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Out With The Old! In With The New!

Psalm 126:1-3

When the Lord restored the fortunes ofa Zion,
we were like those who dreamed.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.

The Old Farm Girl is alive and well.  Just no longer in the cabin.  Nor, returning to it!  I have tossed the idea back and forth about returning to the corner property for my studio, rather than retail.  OR - Studio and retail with limited hours. We now know that we will not be using the buildings at the corner in the future.  My studio will remain at home.  Yes!!!  I will continue with vending and online sales.  I really do love the freedom to go with the flow, rather than be in the shop all day. Additionally, I no longer need to choose between hiring someone to watch the shop - or closing down for events.  My husband and I are both delighted by the recent turn of events.

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The property where The Old Farm Girl formerly had their shop has sold.  

Our Congratulations to Mike and Susan Penland of Midway Towing on their new endeavor!  

Mike and Sue have some wonderful plans laid out for the use of this property. They plan to move their towing &  repair and fabrication business to their new location.  Additionally, their daughter is hoping to use the cabin for a western shop. Son, Daniel, will be selling cars.

Our very best wishes to these fine folks.  May God bless them and cause them to prosper!

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It is our great joy to announce the best news of all!
We are going to become grandparents in April!

Psalm 127:3-5

3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.

My friend, Sue Ann, made this beautiful, hand-dyed, hand-knit sweater for our precious grandson.
Praising the Lord for His Many, Many, Blessings!

Praying God's Best Blessings for You

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Stroll Down Memory Lane

Psalm 126:1-3

When the Lord restored the fortunes ofa Zion,
we were like those who dreamed.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.

The Old Farm Girl began in a rustic, little cabin in White Cloud, Michigan.

My experiences in this little shop enriched my life in countless ways.

Farm Girl's Fiber Festival in May of 2010

 I was, and remain, truly touched at all the vendors who came and participated in our little festival.
The fortitude of the vendors at these festivals is incredible.  At our first "official" fiber festival we 
suffered with the heat.  At the second we had cold rain and high winds.  Some of the tents even
collapsed!  I have found this pioneer spirit alive at every fiber festival in which I have participated.
These women are NOT simpering fools.  They do what needs to be done in all kinds of conditions.

 These lovely ladies were among those who were kind enough to demonstrate spinning and weaving.
Yvonne, Rachel, and Gina.

 A sampling of Suzanne Higgs aka Hooked on Felt exceptional hats!
Pam and I had the  privilege of taking a felting class from Suzanne. Her class was so much FUN and we learned so much about felting.  Suzanne offers classes and workshops.  I'm looking forward to learning more from this talented artist!    
Update:  I just learned that Suzanne will be teaching a workshop at Bahr Creek Llamas and Fiber Studio in Wisconsin from January 24th-26th, 2014!  AND... there are a couple of openings left!  

(Hmmm.  Think I'll slip in a photo or two...of the hats we made in her class.)
Pam's Hat from Suzanne's Class.

 My hat from Suzanne's Class.

One of the gorgeous sweaters by Dianne Edwards of Annie's Sweet Handspun.

Linda Bennett.  A live wire if there ever was one!  We love her bunches!
She became a Grandma and moved away.  We won't let her "go" though!

 Two of my pals.  Betty Todd and Elsie Pykonen.  

 Fellow Prayer Warriors Pam and Sharon.  

The memories we have made!  The wonderful, wonderful ladies I've met!  They have become so much a part of my life.  A gift from God!  Each and every one!

I was so green when I opened my little shop.  There are so many women to whom I owe thanks for teaching me countless things.  Tips and tricks about spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting...The list is endless. One of the truly lovely things about fiber women is that they are "real" women.  They live close to the earth.  Unlike so many other professions or interests where things can become a competition. These women share.  Their time, knowledge, experience, techniques, dreams.    With patience and kindness I was introduced to many different forms of fiber art.

Additionally, I was invited to join the local Spin Guild.  This is an exceptional group of women.  No gossiping, backbiting, and carrying on.  No sir-ee!  Praise the Lord!  Just a group of women who gather together to spend time sharing the love of the art.  What an honor to be included in their number!
(No photos of guild this time.)

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 Mary and Sue Ann are both spinners and knitters.  Mary also weaves.
Sue Ann is The Sassy Ewe. She raises Karakuls and Southdown Sheep.  Her dyeing skills are exceptional.
Considering that we have set records for our Arctic temperatures; allow me to share some information with you.  Using her Southdown wool, Sue Ann has batts custom made.  We are not talking about the thin type of batts that we use for quilting.  We are talking about thick, plush, batts that one - literally - sinks into.  I purchased 2 twin-sized batts from her and made them into a comforter.  I have slept under that comforter...
In an unheated room.  In the middle of a Michigan winter.  I was toasty warm all night long and slept like a baby.  One of the many wonderful things about the fibers that the good Lord provides us with?  They breathe!

See what happens when one starts going through photos?  The memories begin poring forth!

Thank you for sharing my stroll down memory lane.

The Lord has done great things for us!

Praising His Holy Name!