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High Fiber--Playing with Cards....

As I write this, I just finished carding fiber for a hat for DH. Here's what I had to start with and what I ended up with:





From left: dyed merino, dyed merino blended in drum carder, bay black alpaca, dyed blended merino and alpaca carded together, and same mix carded further.



I ran the dyed merino…

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Added by Peggy Stuart on November 9, 2010 at 3:54pm — 62 Comments

High Fiber--Fiber High!

Anyone recognize this fiber?





This is brown and black poodle hair, left over from Rocky and Sunny's last grooming appointment. I had Marcia, our groomer, collect it and give it to me. It's only a month's worth of growth, though, so I'm going to mix it with another fiber or fibers to make a ski hat for their…

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Added by Peggy Stuart on November 8, 2010 at 6:22am — 38 Comments

High Fiber--Gone Batty!

Halloween is over, and we wonder what to do with all the leftover candy. It's a good thing we got Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, our favorite! However, some knitting, spinning and quilting have been accomplished.







1) Knitting: The first sleeve of my La Boheme cardigan (new name) is about 3/4 finished. The new name is because I worked on the lower body while watching La Boheme at Utah Opera. The cardi isn't likely to die of consumption,… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on November 1, 2010 at 6:12am — 41 Comments

Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween, everyone! Here's my vote for the best costume:


The trick or treater is visiting a relative in another state. I wonder who will show up at my door and whether they can get through the snow!


Added by Peggy Stuart on October 29, 2010 at 5:32pm — 11 Comments

High Fiber--Thoughts of Winter...and other things.

I woke up to this this morning:







I guess Rocky isn't going to be using his wading pool anymore for a while! The resorts are doing a happy dance, though!



DS1 and his DW arrived in Salt Lake City last week for a visit with her son in Idaho. On the way back, we had a nice, but short, visit. She brought some of her quilting fabrics to try to match with fabrics from the quilt shops in Idaho and SLC. Here's what she has now.… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on October 25, 2010 at 7:28am — 38 Comments

High Fiber--Celebrations

Remember this fiber I spun awhile back?







I gave it to Joanie for her birthday on October 8th.







Included in the package were these cute little stitch markers I picked up at… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on October 17, 2010 at 5:00pm — 39 Comments

Remembering Eileen


I'm taking a few days off to mourn the loss of my dear friend and sister-in-law, Eileen. I will post a regular blog in a few days. Eileen was a knitting friend and quilter, and contributed to my spinning wheel. She will be missed. --Peggy

Added by Peggy Stuart on October 11, 2010 at 4:31pm — 31 Comments

High Fiber--Closures

These are the last days of anything like summer around here.







Our Saturday hike brought us to a land of striking shades of yellow. (I have to remember this for my dye pot!) It was a warm day. We had a really nice hike to the Fairy Tree in Toll Canyon, a wonderful hiking spot, not just because of the fall foliage, but also because of the year-round stream, which provides drinking water for the pups.…



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Added by Peggy Stuart on October 3, 2010 at 4:24pm — 82 Comments

High Fiber--Dancing With the Alpacas, and Other Fiber Fun!

This weekend was Alpaca Days in Woodland, UT, and many other places in the US. I spent the weekend spinning at the Blue Moon Alpaca Ranch. More about that later.







This week saw the completion of the knitting on DH's Fair Isle sleeveless cardi. I'm still working on trimming and sewing down the steek sts. I found a… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on September 26, 2010 at 7:00pm — 72 Comments

High Fiber--Quilting and Spinning at Elevation

Vintage Stitchers met last week. Here you see Rebecca (left) and Barbara working away on their quilts.







Barbara picked up her diamond quilt from Julie, who had done the machine quilting on it. (I love how she used a plaid in the borders!)







I was sewing the binding on the Turning Twenty wedding quilt.… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on September 19, 2010 at 7:33pm — 34 Comments

High Fiber--A Roving, a Roving....

Well, I'm dyeing again!







I'm using Koolaid and black food coloring again. Wish the wasps would leave me alone, I must smell yummy!

Back to the job at hand. I had two sleeves of Knit Picks Superwash Merino and nylon roving. I filled each of four condiment bottles with a… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on September 11, 2010 at 5:43pm — 36 Comments

High Fiber--Fun with Family and Fiber

All three of our kids came over the weekend to visit my DSIL Eileen, who has been battling cancer and has stopped treatment. DD brought her daughter, Daphne, which gave Grandma a little more baby time, something delightful, although I wish it were under happier circumstances. Here's Eileen and Daphne:









Daphne made the rounds, of course. Here she is with DS1, her Uncle Timo:…





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Added by Peggy Stuart on September 6, 2010 at 3:33pm — 37 Comments

High Fiber: Fun with Fiber, Friends and Fur!

Of course, I have been spinning away! It's a wonder I'm not dizzier than I am!





Another dark chocolate Corriedale is finished, along with more of the dyed Corriedale in aqua on my KP Turkish drop spindle, and the Ashford merino and silk on my Golding.



Rocky and Sunny met the new neighbor, a golden retriever puppy temporarily named "Puppy."





Progress is happening on DH's… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on August 28, 2010 at 6:57pm — 76 Comments

High Fiber--A New Twist on Hiking!

As you may know, we have been spending most of the week in the Uinta Mountains of Utah. Gorgeous! Nothing more need be said!







But I have to say more. (You knew I would!) It's higher than home--10,000 ft. in many places--so we missed the heat wave, when it supposed to have been up to 90 degrees! The Uinta Mountains are very beautiful, with lots of hiking trails and many ponds and lakes for the pups to swim in.…



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Added by Peggy Stuart on August 22, 2010 at 2:42pm — 40 Comments

High Fiber: A New Spin on Singles.

This has been an exciting week for me! My new KP Turkish drop spindle arrived with a selection of fiber. Of course, I had to try it out right away:





I sampled the Peruvian Highland Wool, the Superwash merino and nylon, the dyed Corriedale and the merino and silk. I was pleased with all of them. Of course, I got DH to stain my spindle first. I think it's pretty.

We went to a…
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Added by Peggy Stuart on August 15, 2010 at 8:50pm — 57 Comments

High Fiber, Happy Memories! The Sequel....

When we left our happy couple, they were walking down the aisle to the tune of "Great Balls of Fire!"







Now we find them, wedding photos finished and ready to entertain their guests...and party!



The dinner was wonderful. The food was great, and Miss Daphne made the rounds of her adoring fans, while her Daddy serenaded his new bride with his guitar.



It was wonderful to see all our…
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Added by Peggy Stuart on August 6, 2010 at 8:38pm — 11 Comments

High Fiber, Happy Memories!

We got back from Texas last night, after a wonderful week. I'm sure you all know about the wonderful interfaith wedding that took place on July 31st! No, the other one. The one involving our DD!…



















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Added by Peggy Stuart on August 5, 2010 at 3:19pm — 42 Comments

Low Fiber

Just a quick blog this week! I'm in Temple, Texas, for the wedding of our daughter. On the way here, I finished my Koolaid socks, made from the KP sock blank I dyed using the sun tea method:





I took the photo while still in the car. I don't have access to wireless internet here, so I can't transfer my photos. (I did this one while in the motel yesterday.) Next week I'll have…

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Added by Peggy Stuart on July 29, 2010 at 8:27am — 43 Comments

High Fiber, Spinning Out of Control!

Several of us have been participating in the Tour de Fleece. Today is a day of rest, so I can type up my blog and do a few other things. Here's what I've been working on:







The fiber is Corriedale, a breed of sheep. The dark chocolate color and white are both natural. The blue, orange and taupe are dyed by me with Koolaid and a little food coloring, about a year ago.… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on July 21, 2010 at 3:44pm — 38 Comments

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