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September 16, 2007

Crafting Miscellany


I'm not sure I mentioned that last week I went to a sale at A.C. Moore and got the yarn I needed for about half of the Christmas presents on my list. Wheee. Yes, I am trying, again, to give all handmade gifts (although not necessarily all knitted). I think I may have a better shot this year, since I am not a) in school, b) working retail around the holidays, or c) doing NaNoWriMo. Therefore, my November and December are looking much less stressful this year.

I am afraid that some sort of crafting alien possession or something has happened this week. Because you know what I've been doing? First of all, I've been crocheting. This is for a Christmas gift, and after I bought the yarn it suddenly came to me that this particularly item needed to be crocheted, and um, okay, who am I to argue with the yarn? (Even though it's really awful cheap acrylic, I have to admit. You'll understand when you see what this object is. Which probably won't be until after Christmas, because way too many of my gift recipients read this blog so I have to be really careful this year.)

And the other thing? I woke up the other day actually thinking "I feel like knitting a fun fur scarf." There is at least one of those on my gift list (because I try to give what the recipient will like/use, not necessarily what I will enjoy knitting), so I dove right in, because seriously, this feeling happens to me, um, never. And yeah, my enthusiasm began ebbing after, oh, three rows. But I've stuck with it, because boy, is fun fur on size 15 needles quick! Sheesh. In about three episodes of Bones, I had half a scarf. And that half only took one skein of yarn, and I bought four (on clearance, even), so I'll probably make two: one for the original recipient I had in mind and another for the Long-Range Planning Box, because you never know when you're going to need to give someone a fun fur scarf.

I did actually start and finish another project this week, and it even used respectable wool yarn and decent-sized needles, but it was a test knit for a pattern a friend is submitting somewhere, so I can't show you yet.

Attn. Cate and anyone else on whom I inflicted my "What should I do with this green laceweight?" angst at Fiber Revival: this will be pretty much perfect, huh?

Query: Does anyone know of a source for small amounts of roving, suitable for needle felting? I want to make some ornaments and/or pins as small Christmas gifts. I have a bag of assorted colors I bought when I took the needle felting class, but I'm going to need some more of specific colors and I'm not sure where to get that.

Posted by Kat at September 16, 2007 07:44 AM

Fiber Studio up in Henniker sells roving for spinning, and will let you have it in quantities as small as one ounce. Otherwise, you're usually stuck with variety packs that have an assortment of colors. I know you can usually find those at The Woolery.

Posted by: Crafting Jen at September 16, 2007 12:17 PM

Cindi at Yarn and Fiber in Windham has some smaller bags of roving that's coarser, just for needle felting. She has a variety of colors, too. Stop in on a Saturday and say Hi to Gina of Sleepy Eyes Knits :) She's working a few hours here and there now.


Posted by: ErickaJo at September 16, 2007 12:43 PM

the JoAnns stores around here have started selling small packs of wool for felting (and other needle felting supplies) recently. they have quite a few colors

Posted by: Christy at September 16, 2007 01:35 PM

You could try Creative Fibers in Minneapolis, MN. I know they carry it, I'm not positive if they ship. There's no online shopping cart, but they do carry roving (they do spinning there as well as sell yarns/do knitting). I'm having trouble getting their website to open today, but their phone number is 612-927-8307. They're open from 3-7 on Mondays, then 10:30 a.m. the rest of the week (until 5 or so). Remember you're an hour ahead. Good luck!

Posted by: Amy at September 16, 2007 02:32 PM

Oooh, oooh, oooh...Mistah Kottah! Ooooh!

Seriously, Kat - I just found a good source for the roving for you. Merino Wool Sampler at Etsy.com.

This seller even lets you pick out the colors you want in your assortment. I haven't bought from them, so I can't speak to their reputation personally, but they do have a 100% rating.

Hope that helps!

Posted by: Crafting Jen at September 16, 2007 03:30 PM

Hi Kat, I am a good source for bits of roving. What colors are you looking for?

Posted by: Judy at September 16, 2007 03:59 PM

There is a sheep farm in Epping, NH that sells some needle felting supplies. You can get $1 bags of roving in lots of colors. Here is the website: http://www.riversleafarm.com/ It's exit 7 off of 101 E. The owner is super nice and it's a fun place to visit :)

Posted by: Jennifer at September 16, 2007 09:21 PM

Lovely. I think that will work beautifully, and I can't wait to see it.

Harrisville Designs sells small amounts of roving for needle felting. Then there's my basement...

Posted by: mamacate at September 16, 2007 09:46 PM

I've got a bit of a roving stash languishing in a tote. And I don't see myself getting around to using it anytime soon. What colors are you looking for?

Posted by: Erica at September 22, 2007 02:04 AM
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