Thursday, December 22, 2011

Spinning, designing and knitting as well as crocheting














It feels like I have been silent too long. Life has been an adventure as my computer died the death of a thousand screams! It has been quite a journey trying to reconstruct everything. I thought I had it all saved on disks - WRONG! Yikes, slow but sure, I am getting it back together.

In addition to the computer challenges, there have been some exciting new developments. I am signing a contract with a publishing company to offer my patterns through them. They should be going up on line just after the first of the year. Lots of knitting and crocheting going on, with some fun new designs for winter, fall and spring!

Furthermore, piles of fabulous kid mohair fleeces as well as Wensleydale wool has come my way. There has been much dyeing and spinning of all this gorgeousness for use in knitting, crocheting, weaving, doll hair and other kinds of hand crafts. I love intense color and am extremely pleased with the dyeing results.

Our wild little kitten Karma has been busy too - she managed to topple over the Christmas tree and scatter things everywhere! She is still finding and chasing gumballs around the house as she finds them underneath a piece of furniture! She also decided that she could help me with knitting a sweater and I managed to get a photo of her with knitting needles in her little paws.

Additionally, my husband and I are celebrating our 19th anniversary on December 24th, and they said it wouldn't last! HaHa, they were wrong! We actually still like each other more as time goes on. I guess it takes practice.

Wishing everyone a fabulous holiday season with all the joys of family and friends and best wishes for a wonderful New Year ahead!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pluckyfluff's new book coming!

Just this morning, I happened to see the announcement on Amazon for Lexi Boeger's (Pluckyfluff) new book "Handspun" soon to be released. This is her third wonderful book concerning her unique approach to contemporary artistic yarn spinning. There will be lots of new things to delight the eye in this offering.

One of the things I am excited about is that she chose to include an artist profile about my work and designs using my handspuns and fibers and I can't wait to see it. Just the idea that she felt my creations were worthy of inclusion thrills me. Additionally, she will be doing a profile on my friend Natalie Redding (Namaste Farms) who is an amazing shepherdess in Temecula, CA as well as a wonderfully innovative spinner.

Currently, I am spinning tons of textured yarns and am working on a Shaman Coat which will be featured in a gallery show in 2012. Lately, I have been drawn to more wild organic looks in terms of garments. Therefore, I've been experimenting with some unusual wool fleeces that have that look. It should be interesting to see where all of this leads.

Monday, September 12, 2011

New Patterns on Yarnmarket.com

A few months back, I was convinced by a friend to enter a design contest on Yarnmarket.com using Namaste Farms yarns. To my amazement, I ended up winning first and second place! My reward was a lovely gift certificate for Yarnmarket yarns. That made me a happy woman as they have beautiful options.

Additionally, the patterns are available for free downloading on Yarnmarket.com. Just go

to the site, click on the Namaste Farms yarn selection and then the "mohair fringe" yarn. To the left side, you will see a selection of patterns including mine for downloading. I have lifted the photos to share here so you can get an idea of what they look like. I will be taking more photos of these garments as well so you can see back views. Hope you enjoy them!

Friday, August 19, 2011

The new love of my life!

Allow me to introduce my newest love - I adopted her recently from Natalie at Namaste Farms. She was a little barn kitten I met on a visit. She had been given lots of love from Nat's five kids and this precious little baby chose me to come live at my house. The kids had named her Java Bean so that had to remain but her full name is Karma Esperanza Java Bean Rosema.

The story of how she got her name gives a giggle still. In preparation for bringing her home, my husband and I picked up cat food, cat box and some new fangled litter. Louie (husband) had been kind of irritable all week and I was definitely getting a bit tired of the grouchies.

Anyway, we bring her home, she appears to be settling in well; however, she apparently did not like the new litter (it looked like hamster food pellets.) I hadn't seen this kind of litter before and apparently neither had she. Well, she proceeded to express her displeasure by pooping on Louie's side of the bed. Imagine me, howling laughter inside but serious on the outside, saying "Karma is the perfect name for her!" He had to clean up the mess and I still have a quiet internal giggle just thinking about how tough paybacks can be for a grouchy old man!

Needless to say, we immediately replaced the new fangled litter with something more conventional. Since that, she has been a perfect angel and has not had one single "slip of the cat box."

She has kept me laughing and entertained ever since she has arrived and is the most loving little rascal. I brought home a big bag of fleece from the farm and she proceeded to jump on top of it and make happy feet and then take a long nap. It must have smelled like home. Too sweet.

I've also been keeping the dye pots simmering as the weather has been perfect for drying fleeces outside. The colors are coming out great and the beauty of these Wensleydale wool and mohair fleeces is astounding - I'm also kettle dyeing skeins and skeins of handspuns. It is making me feel uber-productive!




Saturday, August 6, 2011

Unveiling the new SpinOlution Wind spinning wheel




Finally, the testing and tickering with the new design have been completed and a brand new baby has been delivered at SpinOlution! This wheel is a bobbin-led wheel with the unique orifice set-up and pegs characteristic of SpinOlution wheels. Changing bobbins are a dream. Treadling is wonderful and the yarns you can produce are amazing. I can do everything on this wheel that I could do on the Mach III and it is easier to change drive band as well.

Here are a few new photos of the Wind, just contact me or SpinOlution for more information about this beauty!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Back to work





It has been busy around here lately. Went to a Jacey Boggs weekend workshop which was amazing. There were 27 people participating but it was well managed by Jacey. She definitely puts emphasis on the more technical side of spinning. This approach along with the incredible creativity of Lexi Boeger (Pluckyfluff) is an incredible boost for anyone's creativity and ability as a spinner. I really enjoyed it. Jacey also has a book coming out in December 2011, which I have pre-ordered.

I also have taught a freeform knitting and crochet class which included a young lady who had never crocheted. However, she did very well and learned the basics as well as some more complex techniques. It was a fun day for all concerned.

Additionally, I signed all the release forms and it is official that Lexi's new book (out in the Fall 2011) will include an artist profile on my work. I am very excited about this as I admire Lexi immensely. Also, her renovation project for a Pluckyfluff Headquarters was funded. The grand opening should happen by the end of August or early September! Can't wait.

Also, I have been doing a lot of spinning lately and I have included some new photos. Wishing you all a wonderful summer and lots of creativity!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New freeform knitting and crochet classes




I am extending an invitation to join us for a new freeform knitting and crochet class which is being offered in Long Beach, California on June 12, 2011. We still have a few spaces available.

The class will cover some of the basics of creating freeform using different techniques. Additionally, we will touch on some design and color principles, yarn choices, introducing other things like felting or embroidery into the work. There are many possibilities for creativity that we will explore.

During the class, students will be working on a small project of their choice. You will need to bring knitting needles, crochet hooks, variety of different kinds of yarns and your imagination. I will bring lots of different yarns, fabrics, etc which you are welcome to use. I also bring samples of finished garments and handbags and other items to inspire your creativity.

We will provide cheese, crackers, salad as well as water, soda, tea and coffee. If you want to bring your own lunch that is okay too.

Please call ahead and make a reservation: (951) 925-3532 or (562) 233-2801 or you can email me at janicerosema@hotmail.com

Location is JA's Loft, 417 Alamitos, Long Beach, CA in the art district. Class hours are 11A-4P. Cost per student is $50.00.

Come join us for a day of fun and no pressure learning!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring has sprung!


This morning, to my delight, I saw this gorgeous photograph of one of my creations on Facebook. It is a teaser about an upcoming event that will take place this Fall. Even though I can't share all the details, I can share the photo.

There are lots of things afoot in terms of creative new garments and designs. All I have to do now is to finish writing up the patterns and do the photo shoot for the garments. There are some really wonderful new handspun creations and designs. Keep checking back for updates!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Waldorf Mermaid Doll




This is the most amazing little Waldorf doll. This charming little mermaid was made by FeeVertelaine.etsy.com, she is an incredibly talented dollmaker from Canada. She has a wonderfully whimsical sense of creativity. In this little darling, she used some of my handspun for the doll hair. You should check out more of her delightful creations on Etsy.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Lexi Boeger - Pluckyfluff Headquarters













Lexi Boeger is undertaking an adventurous new fiber project - converting one of the old barns on the Boeger Winery grounds in Placerville, California into the site of the World Headquarters for Pluckyfluff. This will be a great resource to the fiber community to enable further study of all things fibery as she continues to explore and push the boundaries of contemporary spinning.

I put some photos up 1) Lexi herself in a handspun wool hat that I made for her; 2) original winery building where Lexi lives and 3) a view of the winery which shows the building on the right which will be restored.

I do invite you all to join in to help make this possible. Go here to access all the information to help contribute to making this venture a reality! www.pluckyfluff.com and click on blog.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

More handspuns and Navajo Turquoise






Things have been buzzing in the handspun yarn shop, with skeins flying off the shelves~ Some of the most popular yarns have been used by Waldorf doll makers for doll hair. These dolls are so charming and the addition of handspun hair really adds to the magical quality. It is such fun creating unique color combinations for everyone and it is wonderful for the child recipients of these dolls to have input into how they want their doll to look.

Additionally, I have been washing fleeces and spinning up lots of art yarns and corespun textured yarns for knitting, crocheting, weaving and other handcrafts. There is just nothing like an amazing handspun in terms of softness, texture and colors. I have put up a few photos. I've also been making more needlefelted gnomes and plan to incorporate them into a handspun yarn - how fun is that?

I've also included a photo of a recent gift from my husband of a wonderful Navajo turquoise bracelet. It was a real surprise and I just love it. He has been such a sweetie lately, taking care of me when I have been under the weather and even cooking! He has made me feel really appreciated! Smooches sweetie!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wonderful dolls using handspun yarns








I always love to see what my handspun yarns become after they leave me. One of the things that delight me the most is when someone creates dolls for children with my work. Just recently, Regan, www.epierce423.etsy.com, a wonderfully talented doll maker on Etsy gave me permission to feature her delightful handmade dolls here on my blog. She incorporated some of my handspun yarns into the hair and I just think they are adorable. Do go to Etsy and check out her work.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Just checking in




The last week or so has been a whirlwind of activity. Right now, I am up to my eyeballs in the most gorgeous fleeces from Namaste Farms - Wensleydale/Gotland crosses, Wensleydale and a beautiful Angora goat fleece. Wouldn't you know, in the middle of scouring fleeces I ran out of my favorite wash (Kookabura) so am currently waiting for it to be delivered.

In the meantime, have been dyeing and spinning up a storm! Lots of new yarns up in my shop on Etsy. I still have more to photograph and list, which I will do as soon as the last batch is dry. I've included a few of the new ones as a bit of a preview.

This weekend, I plan to escape for a few hours and hang out with fiber friends and exchange ideas and watch how-to videos! Should be fun! Have a great weekend and I will check in again soon. Happy creating!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Busy, busy, busy







The past two weeks have been super busy but lots of fun! I co-hosted a Camp Pluckyfluff in San Diego which was very successful with lots of students wanting to learn new techniques from the amazing Lexi. She is working on a new book and I got a chance to introduce her to Natalie Redding of Namaste Farms. She has amazing fiber and is a self-taught spinner who produces gorgeous yarns. It looks like she is going to be included in the new book. How cool is that? I took a few photos of the workshop which include Lexi, Natalie, Lovalee and some of the other attendees. I also made Lexi a wild hat out of my tailspun yarn and she looks fabulous in it. Too wonderful on her!

During the week, I was running all kinds of errands, listing new yarns in my Etsy shop and getting ready for Griffin Dyeworks Fiber Frolic on Saturday in Monrovia and a Beginning Spinners class in Long Beach on Sunday. I spent most of the time carding wild new spinning/felting batts, which I need to photograph and list in my www.excavations.etsy.com shop. I did take one class from my friend Katy Croshier making needlefelting gnomes. They turned out so cute - I really enjoyed it a lot!

On Sunday, I went to Jamie's Loft in Long Beach. I was his back-up spinnning instructor, without much to do as he is terrific as a teacher. I did bring a selection of SpinOlution spinning wheels for the students to try. I think we have some new spinning converts!

Natalie also gave me a bunch of beautiful mohair locks that were somewhat felted. We tried running them through a picker and it worked great to open them up. So, I have now ordered a small picker for myself! Additionally, she sent two small fleeces which are super soft and I can't wait to spin them up!

Today, I am busy doing a photo shoot of a bunch of new yarns and listing them on line for sale. Playing with fiber gives me such pleasure, I can't imagine life without it.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Something in the Water

A friend recently introduced me to the work of an amazing environmental activist artist named Wendy Osher (www.wendyosher.blogspot.com.) Currently, she is working on a new installation project called "Something in the Water." This will highlight the effects of plastics, etc on our environment.

She needs the help of crocheters to help realize this project. All you need is a crochet hook and some used plastic bags to participate. For more information, check out her Facebook page (Wendy Osher)for a link providing instructions and an outline of what you need. Hope you decide to participate.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

It's a New Year!





A new year has begun and I'm looking forward to a lot of new adventures! This past year has brought some wonderful new friends into my life and strengthened old friendships. This caring circle gets together frequently to share our love of all things fibery! There is lots of laughter, tears, creativity and just plain hanging out together.

I have finished a couple of new sweaters and need to get photos so I can share them here. I've been doing lots of spinning, especially yarns for Waldorf doll makers. The delightful dolls really catch my imagination and have such a magical quality to them.

The weekend of January 22-23 is approaching and I am so excited to be co-hosting a Camp Pluckyfluff at The Shepherdess in San Diego. Lexi Boeger is an amazingly creative spirit and it shows in her yarns. These are truly little works of art! In addition, she is a delight to be around and she inspires spinners to tap into their own artistic well. If you are in the area, sign up and join us for a great weekend!

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year filled with joy, prosperity and creativity!