Hey, all! It's been a while since I've shared here on my blog what I've been working on and such. Thought I'd share some works in progress, along with some finished objects from me and some recent customer photos shared on Instagram.
First up, is the sweater I am working on. My very first knitted sweater! Pattern is "Pullover" from Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Knitting. It's a simple, stockinette stitch pullover knitted in separate pieces and then seamed together.
Another project in the works, a simple granny square afghan. This one is a side project I am doing as I accumulate sock yarn scraps and mini skeins, to eventually build up to a full-size blanket. Not following a pattern with this one, just using a very simple square motif pattern and switching colors when I run out of yarn.
I also worked on a woven tapestry recently, to try out some samples from my Weaver's Yarn Packs. Using samples of DK merino, handspun Corriedale, super bulky alpaca/wool blend, and the the cloud-like bits are from my handspun merino Antler yarn.
My current yarn project in the works is hand-processing and spinning some local KY farm-raised wool for my Natural Yarn Collection. This project went on the backburner for a couple of weeks while I was working on building my new website and switching inventory over. But, it is the main focus of my work this week as I'm trying to get this yarn finished for you guys! Trying my best to get the last of it spun this week, so I can do a little photoshoot and blog post for you all next week describing the fun process of turning a raw fleece into a finished yarn.
Also, a FINISHED OBJECT (I know, super rare for me!)
Pattern: Hermione's Everyday Socks
Yarn: One Fish Two Fish, dyed by The Flying Kettle
This pair of socks is my second pair ever, and the first pair I've made for myself. I knit them cuff down, one at a time, ankle length. The first sock I knit came out a bit big on me (again, a bad habit of mine) but the second sock I took care to stitch a bit tighter. It's all a learning process, and since these socks are for me I really don't mind the strange sizing. They'll be some great around the house, lounging socks :) And I'll take care next time to make them the same size. Think I should consider trying out the magic loop, two at a time method.
I also have some customer photos to share! These are all finished objects, works in progress, and mail day photos shared via Instagram. These are just a few of the more recent postings. If you'd like yours shared here on my site, use hashtag #serenefiberarts with your photo. You can also see my Gallery page for more photos.
Photo credits (Instagram):
1. @thewovencraft (Feb '15 Yarn Club)
2. @ellenbeezy (@fibreshare giveaway winner - Antler yarn)
3. @theunusualpear (Evenstar DK Merino)
4. @sunshinesdaydream (Dec '14 Yarn Club)
5. @faffingdaphne (Topsy Turvy Sock Yarn)
6. @casandracutter (Jan '15 Yarn Club)
7. @ashleylthurman (Evenstar DK Merino on the right)
8. @vlthom (Aqua DK Merino & custom dyed DK Merino)
9. @lovemadebylove_crochet (Jan '15 Yarn Club)
10. @ashleylthurman (Handspun Alpaca/BFL, Black Bean Dyed DK Merino, Ivy DK Merino)
Amanda J. French
Fiber artist from Louisville, KY. Professionally, I spend my days spinning one of a kind yarns from wool and recycled fibers, and weaving with them. Other hobbies include; yoga, fitness, painting, studying languages, reading, and knitting.