Sunday, January 11, 2015

Before the Snow

This past week has been cold and snowy!  Before that, though, the Dreams in Fiber household headed to the in-law's lake house.

As mentioned in previous posts, little man and I went out to scout locations for a handknit photo shoot. Here are some of the places we went/things we found.

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Afterward, little miss and I decided to climb a tree and check things out by the water.
 
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Now that baseball season has begun we probably will not get down there again until sometime late March or April. So far we're staying nice and warm and trying to get some things done around the house. I have also begun to dye for an upcoming vendor gig that will take place at the end of February as well as creating a few new patterns for another vendor gig happening in June :)
 
Stay warm!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Wilfred

Little man and I went for a walk to take pictures of some hanknits and to see what new areas we could find.  It was during our trek into the fields that we met Wilfred.

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Wilfred is a quiet fellow - I'm not sure he knew what to make of the weather.  This is his first actual cold Winter you see.  He told us that he originally hails from Germany but his family moved to Central America right after he was born.    He got interested in all the bugs and spiders around where he lived and thought he would travel further North to check out the insect/arachnid scene up here - that was this past Summer. He is traveling over the Winter months and will buckle down in the Southwest this Spring. Little man showed him how to climb trees more effectively and Wilfred showed him a new little stream/ravine area he had stumbled across.

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The two of them chatted it up about the types of insects little man catches around here and little man told him about our tarantulas. Wilfred has been invited to stay with us so he can study them up close.

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He didn't know what to make of the frozen stream.

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His English is really spot on and he has been teaching the minions different Spanish phrases during his stay. We told him we might have to make him a hat or something if he is going to make a habit of hanging out for our Winters!

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Holiday Handknits

The Holidays were good for the Dreams in Fiber Household.  We managed to avoid much of the illness that is currently going around right now (fingers are double crossed that we continue to do so), we spent time with family, we had a brief trip to Chicago to see family, and we hung out together.

Here are some pictures of what was made for the Holidays this year - in no particular order.

I got my weave on this past year and made a handful of scarves. Little miss received the pink one :)
 
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This one went to Little man.
 
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He also received a new pair of mittens. This is the Sea Serpent Colorway from my Fantastical Creatures Part 2 Series.
 
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Little man got to pick out sock yarn for a new pair of socks and he chose my Mexican Red Knee Colorway from the Tarantula Series.
 
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My hubby's Cousin E received this woven scarf.
 
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She also received a new pair of mittens.
 
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This woven scarf hasn't actually been gifted yet but I am pretty sure the recipient doesn't check the blog...
 
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I showed this cowl earlier (I think), but this was gifted to the Principal at our school. It was made from alpaca in her favorite color :)
 
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This scarf was also made earlier last year and went to my SIL K.
 
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This next project was not made by me (well, I did a row here and there...) but I wanted to make sure to show it - this is a scarf that little man made for little miss. We went to the store and he picked out the yarn especially for her and got to use US 15 needles which he was pretty pumped about!
 
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Didn't he do a great job?
 
The Korknisse went to a teacher at school. I whipped together a matching tree and will definitely be making more of these - a korknisse forest! Can't you just imagine it?????
 
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Not shown are the scrubbies. I made something like 26 of them for people this year and didn't manage to take a picture of them. Oh well. I love these scrubbies though.  Seriously, it's the only scrubbie I make anymore because they're perfect - it's a pattern from a friend of mine. Go make some! I'll be making a few for myself so maybe I'll get a picture taken then ;)

And this is Wilfred.  Wilfred will get his own post :) 

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As per my usual I did not get everything made that I wanted to.  Plus, I still have a few things to make yet....  I don't know what it is about the Holidays - I start out by trying to keep it nice and simple and then the Holiday Mania hits and I just want to make everything for everyone and then I'm vexed because I didn't get everything finished (or even started in some instances).  I guess it gives me a place to start for the next round of Holidays!