Fiber Fantasy

All the fibery goodness I can find and other thoughts

I love being on vacation August 20, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy Clarke @ 7:36 pm

I have this great job as a critical care nurse. I work 3 12 hour shifts a week, 7am to 7pm. I have served my time to the nursing gods and only have to work the night shift I choose to for extra money. Anyway, one of the reasons I love my job is that I have 4 days off each week. This week as it happens, I have one day of vacation . With one day of vacation, I can potentially have 10 days off in a row. This week I only have 6, but it sure is nice.

I thought since I have some time, I would talk a little more about myself, and what I love. My first introduction to fiber was through quilting. I taught myself to quilt about 9 years ago. I started taking classes after my first couple of quilts made out of squares, to learn triangles. Several years later, fate intervened in my life and one winter I took a knitting class and at the same time found myself applying for a part time job at a local quilt shop. This is where the passion for color and texture and all things fiberlicious began!
I branched out from traditional piecing, to more free form and artistic quilting. I also decided that maybe someday I would like to work as a nurse a little less and I should look into other options in the quilting world. So I bought a Gammill Optimum Plus Longarm Quilting machine.

This is a quilt that I did for a customer last week. Over to the right of the picture is the machine head.

I started teaching some quilting classes at the shop I was working at, and started to take more quilt art focused classes. Now most of the quilting I do for myself is smaller, wall hanging type art.

This is a wall hanging I designed, pieced and quilted last year. I entered it into a local show this past spring.
Funny, I chose the various shades of Lime and Violet years before I discover the lime and violet podcast.

Last fall/winter, I started knitting a felted bag, and I was hooked! I taught several co-workers to knit last winter, and I am planning on teaching a felted bag class for them this fall.

Knitting and quilting for me are very similar, I can get my fix of texture and color from either, but knitting is portable!! I find myself knitting much more frequently than quilting these days.

The other passion I found last summer is Dyeing! I turned the kitchen in our old house into my dye studio. I started with Cotton and branched to silk. I’m not so keen on the painting, as I haven’t worked out the whole drawing and shading thing yet. I have every intention of branching into yarn very soon.

I moved to a brand new home in May and I can’t bring myself to dye in my beautiful kitchen. I plan to set up my dyeing in the laundry etc. room in the basement. I have a beautiful 4 basin stainless steal sink sitting in my garage waiting to be installed in the basement for my dyeing pleasure. My friend Jo Ann procured this treasure for me from her job. The money they wanted for it was more than I could afford so Jo Ann payed for it and now I am going to quit quilts for her until it is paid off!!
As I said in my first post, I recently discovered knitting podcasts. I have become addicted. I have been knitting socks since last winter, but now I’m sock and sock yarn crazy. I can’t wait to dye my own yarn, and maybe share it with others as well!

My first Monkey sock. I had to try the pattern before I made a pair for my Monkey Swap pal. I love the pattern, it’s so easy! I did change the heel. Instead of knitting across I k1s1 across the row. I’m not sure that I love my alteration, but not enough to rip it out.

Here are my babies. Doing what they do best, laying on the couch.

Pidgeon, having fly time in the craft room.

Chicken, having fly time in the craft room.

And here is Bella with my sock yarn this morning


Please Boycott and help the animals August 17, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy Clarke @ 12:56 pm

I received an e-mail from my good friend Wendy today. I was a link to the Humane Society site giving information regarding’s sale of violent animal fighting materials, such as cock fighting magazines and dog fighting dvds. Please visit the sight and send an e-mail to the president of Amazon.

I will not be purchasing anything through Amazon until they stop selling these products. I hope you will consider this as well. Amazon is an easy and convenient place to find just about anything, but there are many other sites that can provide you with the same service.

Please visit the link to the Humane Society and help stop the animal violence!


Monkey Swap Info For My Swap Pal! August 9, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy Clarke @ 11:31 pm

Monkey Sock Swap THREE Questionnaire

The basics:Do you consider yourself a beginning sock knitter, an intermediate, or have you been doing this so long you could probably knit a pair in your sleep?
I would consider myself intermediate. I have made several basic pair

The measurements:
Shoe Size: 10
Foot circumference: 9 3/4″
Foot length: 10 1/2″

Yarn Preferences:
What colors do you love? I love any color
Do you prefer solids or variegated? Variegated
Do you prefer wool, cotton or acrylic yarn? Wool please 🙂
What colors would you never wear? I don’t think there are any

What are your favorite brands of yarn? Any indi dyer, Art yarns, I was petting some Fleece artist today, I have trekking and tofutssies that I haven’t knit yet.

Are there any new brands you would like to try? I’m open to anything

Cookie A. Patterns: Which of her patterns have you already knit?I haven’t knit any of her patterns yet

Which pattern(s) would you like to knit and don’t already own?Flicker or Mona look good to me

Other pertinent information:
Would you be willing to have an international Monkey Pal or do you prefer one in the US? Either would be fine

Do you have any allergies? No

Will your knitting be exposed to smoke or animals?I have cats and a dog, but no smoke

Are you on Ravelry yet? Not yet, patiently waiting.

If you don’t mind having new friends, what is your Ravelry name?Creative Fiber Girl


Socks Finished

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy Clarke @ 11:10 pm

Well I’ve been sick this week, but I have had plenty of knitting time as a result. I finished my mom’s socks that I started back in the spring. The cable pattern is definately not perfect, I learned that I need to pay attention when working cables. I like to learn something new with each pair I make. I think I am going to try to do the next pair toe up!

My first Knit Along August 3, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy Clarke @ 2:23 am

I just joined my first knit along Sock A Month KAL4. I’m really excited. now I would like to find a sock swap. Anyone know of one?

I’m looking forward to the weekend (which starts tomorrow for me) I plan to finish a pair of baby socks, finish one of my Mom’s socks and start the next, paint the bedroom, finally start the t-shirt quilt that I am making for a customer, start working on my journal quilt project quilt that is due in September, and maybe plan the quilt for our new bed. Sunday is the August meeting of the New Quilting Generation at Stitcher’s Crossing. I’m teaching curves this month.

I think that’s enough for the weekend. I’ll share pictures of my projects as they progress, except for the journal quilt, I can’t share that until after the Houston quilt show in October.


A new adventure August 1, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy Clarke @ 5:44 pm

Last year I started a blog about my journey into art quilting. As it turns out, I have a passion for not only quilting but for all things fiber related. I thought I would start fresh with a new blog to share my fiber creations.

I have been knitting a lot recently. I love it because it’s portable! Through my web searching for all things knitting,I have found several pod casts that I am thoroughly enjoying, the Knit Picks pod cast and Socks in the City pod cast. By listening to these two very informative women, I have learned about Knit alongs and swaps for knitters!!! I’m so excited, I am going to request to join a sock knit along today. I’ll let you know my progress and share pictures.