Haven’t Left You – was on vacation!

25th anniversary

25th anniversary

Well we had a blast in Europe for our 25th wedding anniversary.  However, I would say don’t go to Paris!  Our North American perception of Paris is so wrong. We loved London and Denmark!

Now onto fiber related news. My new line of yarn will be shipping on Monday. Can’t wait to have some angora to cover my tootsies in the winter. It’s a sock yarn that is 60/20/20 blend of merino,  angora and nylon. I will be doing most self striping yarn. I should have some for sale in my shop by Helloween.

Cocoa and Meringue are doing well and are producing some lovely satin angora that I am spinning into luxurious yarn that will be for sale in my shop.

Cocoa's satin angora

Cocoa’s satin angora

Dont forget I have beautiful rolags, roving and stitch markers in my shop. Click  here and place your order today!

Jogging

Well we didn’t jog in Europe. So as a result it’s been just over a month since I last put my sneakers on after coming home with a terrible chest cold. I will say that tomorrow looks promising but I will be easing back into it. I want to jog the gobble run in November so I better not ease into it too long.

Creations

I’ve made my grand niece a little sweater and of course another pair of socks. Check out my ravelry project page

Type 1

Love the new technology of continuous glucose sensors! However, can they not find a way to turn off the alarm! It doesn’t help when your running to get some where and you know it’s going to happen but you’ve already taken some tablets.

New Podcast

Its Tuesday but I just had to do a shout out to everyone who loves knitting video podcasts. Dani from Little Bobbins has started a new video knitting podcast and I want to encourage her to do more because its real hard to do this all by yourself.  Thanks Dani.

That is all for today.

Keli

 

Jogging…Creations…Type 1

Jogging

My husband and I have been jogging together and I’d  say Im a pretty lucky lady!  He’s always just a head of me and I have my music playing but its the fact that we are doing it together.  We encourage each other to get going before sunrise and give each other a high five when we are done. We will be married 25 years next month and the only advise I can give you is one day your kids will be gone and you will need to do something together that keeps you connected as a couple.

Creations 

Well its been all about socks for me this summer! As soon as I have a pair off my needles Im casting on another pair. I really like doing each section of the sock at the same time. I’ll cast on one sock and complete the ribbing, then cast on the other sock and complete the ribbing. Then Ill do the leg, heel, foot and toe the same way. I love the class My First Socks  by Lucy Neatby! Ive been knitting socks for years but I love how she fixes the hole at the heel flap. Here are a few pairs I’ve done over the summer.

Onaquestforfiber loves her socks.

Onaquestforfiber loves her socks.

Onaquestforfiber loves her socks.

Onaquestforfiber loves her socks.

I’ve also been creating stitch markers with the cutest keepsake charm from OnaQuestforFiber. Click here to buy.

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I have to tell you that I also found something almost as cute as my bunnies! Mrs. Bakery Bear.

Check out Bakery Bear Podcast with Dan and Kay from England. Wonderful, educational, and entertaining episodes!

Of course I have left the best for last...my angora blended fiber. I thank you for all your wonderful comments.

Type 1

Keep strong!

What’s Up Doc

A treat for my viewers, because it’s Monday.  :)

A visiting friend snapped this sweet pic of Jennifer and me in front of the Wall o' Bobbinmakers: in our element :-)

Jogging…Creations…Type1

Jogging

This heat is hard to jog in!   As a result I haven’t been jogging very much. However, on the runs I have done my time has improved and I did 4.65 miles with a 12:13  pace two weeks ago.  All I wanted to do was relieve some stress and it was one of my best runs! I just ran – no destination in mind and no time limit. Very memorable run.  Do you have any runs like this?

I’m so grateful my husband has been inspired by me and has set us both a new goal. We are going to both get up before the crack of dawn and jog 2 miles; easy pace. Then on Saturday and Sunday do 4 miles. Rest Monday and Friday.  After almost 25 years of marriage I’d say I’m very blessed to have a true companion!

Creations

Dyeing has been going on at the store www.etsy.com/shop/onaquestforfiber Here are a few peaks.  Use the coupon code onaquest and save 10% till August 31st. Store will then be closed for September only.

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Not seen Angora like this!

Not seen Angora like this!

Not seen angora like this!

Not seen angora like this!

I’ve been trying a lot of different dying techniques and love my new microwave.  Right now I have some Shetland/Merino drying after a dye bath in wedge wood blue and navy.

Type 1

My daughter is off to nursing school and I’m so proud of her determination; she gets that from her grandmother! She has had to deal with countless needles and finger pokes.

Now on to add a few updates with OnaQuestforFiber. I will be updating my blog on Fridays and my shop will be carrying a new yarn base near the end of October.  I’m always updating my shop and you can keep up to date at Instagram; my username is onaquestforfiber.

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Keli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aren't they cute

Where My Satin Angoras Live

I just had to share Cocoa’s summer day outing and Meringue’s They both love cold apples as a treat on a summer day.
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Jogging…Creations…Type 1

Jogging
My husband and I are now jogging enthusiasts! He ran his first 5k last Saturday.

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Keli’s Husband from OnaQuestforFiber doing his first 5k.

I was so proud of him! Now the challenge is to keep going. This heat is a killer for me at 88F at 5:30pm as that’s when our group meets. I’m so looking forward to the PNW weather and early evenings after work. I have tried to jog at 6am but right now I have to drive my daughter to work about that time. By the time I get back it’s rush hour and I refuse to jog in that traffic.
After running a 10k what have you done to keep motivated? Also, what is your diet like? I’ve purchased the book and am trying to follow a Paleo diet. I love my cereal so this is proving to be a challenge! Any suggestions?

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Test pattern for Sock yarn coming to OnaQuestforFiber’s store in October.

Creations

After finishing my shawl I knit a pair of socks to test out a vanilla pattern (this yarn is not my angora; just trying out a pattern) for my new yarn base coming in October. I’m so excited! It will be a targhee, angora, nylon fingering weight blend. Right now I’m researching color ways of bold saturated colors; not light pastels you usually see in angora yarns.

Type1
The heat is a killer with Type 1. You get dehydrated… it raises your blood sugar which causes you to get more dehydrated…spiral effect. Water intake is so important!

10k…Creations…Type 1

10k
Well I did it! On July 4th I ran 10k in 77 min 23 seconds! It was a sunny, low 60ish with a cool breeze off the ocean front. I didn’t place near the front but I wasn’t last either; more importantly I finished. Heck, I even sprinted at the end too.

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Creations

Today’s post is about big finishes! The Shawl is done and blocked. I’m pleased with how it looks after blocking it. It is super warm, lots to wrap around, and the angora doesn’t shed at all!

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This is my lovely daughter modeling it for me. Think she’ll take it to nursing college with her. Here is the project details.

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Type 1
My family member is running a 5k tomorrow with Type 1 diabetes. It had been a lot of hard work compared to me; testing through the nite and he couldn’t of done it without his CGS! New technology is wonderful and a real life saver as it alarmed him a few nights that he was going low. Diabetes doesn’t turn off at nite; you can’t hit an off switch!

10k…Creations…Type 1

10k
We had our class on Tuesday and I swear it was one of my worst runs! I hadn’t had enough water the past two days and it sure did show! I also started out too fast and burned out too quickly. On Thursday I ran and did okay for a light run. However, I ran in track pants and got too warm; shorts are needed this time of year! On Saturday I ran early in the morning so the air was a bit cool and it felt fantastic! I had 1/2 a banana and 1/4 cup of almond milk before I set out. I ran at a even pace holding my self back a little as I was going for a 65 minute run. I ran 5.75 miles! I thought I had ran 4.65 but realized I hadn’t set my app till I was over 10 minutes into my run. My husband got in his car and drove the route and said I almost did 6 miles; made my day. The rest of the day I really had to stretch a lot off and on as my hip flexors got very tight; today they seem pretty good. Less then two weeks to go for the 10k!
Creations
I’m almost finished my shawl! I will have it finished later tonite or tomorrow then I need to block it. I say this shawl is a learning experience and I know what I would do differently! It was suggested to me today to use very large needles where I knit with Angelic Pearl so that the shawl would have a lot more drape to it – wish I thought of that! Anyway here it is:

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I’m also shipping two pounds of angora to be processed into yarn tomorrow. It will be a targee/angora/nylon (60/20/20) blend heavy fingering weight. I will carry this yarn hand dyed in my shop

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Type1
If you had to live a regimented schedule day after day how would you feel?

10k…Creations…Type 1

10k
Yippee I’ve broken the 4 mile mark! Saturday is my long run day and I ran. I actually just ran while listening to the music and taking in the sites (cars passing me on a busy street; ugh). I should of gone a lot earlier but it was a cool Pacific Northwest morning and I wanted to curl up with my coffee and my knitting before venturing out. Last week was a bit stressful for me as I had some medical tests on Tuesday (didn’t run at class but met the group to cheer them on including my husband who’s just starting out) and had to wait all week to get the good news! Withy mind being preoccupied I’m writing this entry two days late. This evening is my class. I’m sure the trainer will have me running 50 minutes. It’s only a high of 67F so it should be great to jog in! Just over two weeks to 10k!

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What was I thinking? I had to tink back my Hrim shawl as I disliked where I placed the fine yarn. Now I’m much more pleased! It’s coming along nicely now; I’ve changed up the rows of of each yarn a bit but the main design will be the same.

Type 1 diabetes
It’s not just about sugar!

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