Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Artsfest Yarn Premiere

Artsfest, in Conway, Arkansas, has come and gone, but the memories of the day live on. In addition to the memories, the Artsfest Handspun Yarn will be around for many years to come. May I introduce the first batch of yarn handspun from the roving the kids painted during the Artsfest festival:I have now finished five skeins of yarn (from four batches of roving). I made a different type of yarn with each roving. Variety is the spice of life!This yarn is in two skeins. It is crazy curly and springy. It reminds me of Medusa's Hair.
This next yarn is very bulky and thick. It's a 2-ply yarn and it is absolutely divine.
Just because I adore the way this next style yarn looks, I made two batches of roving this way. This one is plied with a gold thread:
This one is plied with a black thread:
The yarn plied with the black thread is the very first Artsfest yarn I made. Here it is lying on a bed of all the painted roving from Artsfest 2009:
I'm very busy spinning up the rest. I will have at least 4 more skeins to share when I'm finished.
Big announcement, this year, I will be at Dazzle Daze! It's a huge show right here in Conway. I will be sure to post more about that as time get closer.
Lastly, just a quick heads up for those of you who stumble upon my blog. In the next couple days I will be announcing another really big surprise. Love this yarn??? Then you'll want to be a Facebook Fan of The Twisted Purl. That's all I'm tell you for now. Happy Crafting! ♥

Thursday, October 15, 2009

2009 ArtsFest Fiber Arts Hands On Exhibit

On Saturday October 10th, 2009 I had a booth during the Hands On session of ArtsFest in Conway, Arkansas. It was an absolute blast!We set up two tables for the event. One that was full of dye and wet roving so the kids, and adults, could paint right on the wool. The other table was a sample of different types of fiber so everyone could feel the difference.The outcome of the day was 32 ounces of painted beauty! The kids did an amazing job. The roving is now set, dry, and ready to be turned into yarn.

Over the next few days, I plan to spin all of this up into yarn.
Once all of this is turned into yarn, I will post more pictures, so stay tuned. The yarn will be listed in my Etsy shop, if you are interested in purchasing any of it. It will be at a discounted price, compared to my usual yarn.

Since I ended up with much more painted wool than I thought, I may even knit a few scarves with it and list those as well. For those of you who may not knit or crochet but would love to have something out of the yarn.
ArtsFest 2009 was a blast! Thank you so much for all of you who came out and played with fiber. You totally made my day! ♥

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Must Indulge in Fiber Addictions

You know addiction is a such a hard thing to live with. The constant cravings and sudden urges. The impulses and the restrictions. The diets and binges. You know what I mean, sometime or another you have had an addiction.

The addiction I want to address today is not an illegal one, nor an eating, or drinking one, but my addiction, my drug of choice, is spinning fiber. Any kind of fiber! Wool, preferably Merino, but I'll settle with Blue Faced Leicester or Corriedale. Alpaca, oh yes please. Mohair is fantastic, Kid Mohair is even better. Angora, please I'll have an overdose. I can't even type Cashmere, oh cashmere!

You get the idea. Maybe you too are like me. Maybe you have a fiber addiction. Maybe you don't want to admit you have a problem. Well, sweetheart, in my world you don't have to! I am a Yarnaholic turned down the path of Fiberholism. Really, I don't want to quit and I'm not going to. No amounts of intervention will help.

So, when I saw this fiber from WoolyHands on Etsy, I could not resist. It is hand carded for crying out loud.

Before I knew what was happening, I had it in my shopping cart, hit purchase now and was typing in my PayPal password. Regrets, um never!!! The upside of this addiction, well the outcome is absolutely divine. May I introduce to you Reflections (of a Fiberaholic):

Yes I may be an addict and no there is no help for me. But for you, my dear Yarnaholic friend, there is an enormous amount of help (with your cravings that is). See, I am also an enabler. This yarn will soon be for sale on my newly renovated and reopened Etsy shop, TheTwistedPurl, no other name will do!
Hi, my name is Cyndi, and I am a Fiberaholic. What's your addiction?