Saturday, October 31, 2009

Autumn Vineyard hand dyed, handspun yarn

I was inspired by this Autumn Vineyard picture to color this wool. I hand dyed Merino wool purple, blue, green, gold, and orange. The picture is so very Beautiful, and so is the wool yarn, and so very soft. At 11 WPI it is 128 yards of worsted weight wool.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Easy Lace Socks

In South Dakota we are very fortunate to have an amazing knitter, spinner, designer, and author living in our state. Kathleen Taylor has written a new sock Book. The Big Book of Socks. I happen to have a signed copy of this book! I choose as my first project from this book, the Easy Lace Socks. They are knit from the top down, short row heel, star toe on size 2 needles! Kathleen makes sock knitting easy with her new book. She gives step by step, row, by row instructions. A Great Sock Knitting Book.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Mountain View Hand dyed, Handspun Yarn

This is what my mountain view looks like. I can see the mountain, the trees, the leaves, the sun, and the sky. This is Merino wool that I dyed turquoise, green, gold, and brown, to make up my Mountain view colors. It is worsted weight yarn at 11 WPI, and 108 yards of soft, beautiful yarn.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Iris Hand knit Neck Warmer

You can only get a scarf this Beautiful from hand dyed, handspun, hand knit wool. I hand dyed 100% Merino wool using Easter Egg dye. Which I spun into a Beautiful color that I call Iris. The Iris was named after the Goddess of the Rainbow because of its many colors. I got a wonderful mix of purple and yellow in this amazing Neckwarmer. It is soft, warm, and Beautiful. Sure to keep your neck nice and warm against the winter cold, wind, and snow.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Handspun Yarn Giveaway

The Majestic Lion is the King of all the Wild beasts. A large animal found in Africa. The male lion has a heavy mane around his neck, and shoulders. This Lion's Mane yarn would make a beautiful neck warmer or scarf, to wear around your neck. This yarn is 12 WPI, making it DK weight yarn. It weighs 4 ounces, and is 128 yards of Beautiful Merino Wool. Perfect Fall colors.

I am giving away this yarn. If you would like to win this yarn, the rules are simple. Stop by my etsy shop Handspun by Mona

Look at the items in my shop and tell me what is your favorite item in my shop. Just leave a comment on my blog with your name that links to somewhere that I can contact you.

The contest starts today October 24, and ends October 31st.

Enter as often as you like, just by leaving another comment on my blog.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thank You Ann

I first met Ann on Ravelry, she is a Master Knitter from Oslo, Norway. Then I found her again on Twitter. One day I tweeted about a simple pair of slippers that I had knit. She wanted to swap me a pair of my slippers for a pair of her socks. You see the slippers were to boring for her to knit. After seeing her socks, I can see why a simple pair of slippers would be boring to her. So of course I knit the slippers and sent them off to her, for her husband to wear. They are keeping his feet warm now in Norway.

I just LOVE the socks that she sent to me. She knit them while she was at Rhinebeck, in New York for the Sheep and Wool Festival. She designed these socks herself from the top down, she calls them I heart NY. She used 5 colors of Koigu yarn for these socks, and knit them with size 1 needles. Ann is a Master Knitter. I think that she was born with knitting needles in her hands. I wish that I could sit at her feet and learn to knit like she does.

The socks are so very Beautiful, and fit Perfectly!!!!

Thank You again Ann.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ring Necked Pheasant Hand dyed, Handspun Yarn

I tried to create the colors of our Beautiful State Bird here in South Dakota. I think that I did. I am very happy with the way that is yarn turned out.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


My Granddaughter Casey is with me today. She got to meet Wooly, and help me groom her.

We still have a lot of work to do on Wolly.

Friday, October 9, 2009


Wooly was such a Good Girl today while I was grooming her. I only work with her for about 30 minutes a day, because that is all I can take, and probably all that she can take. She is such a well behaved Wooly wabbit! :) she is still very matted, but I will continue to work with her every day until she is a Beautiful Princess. I have learned how much, and what to feed her now. She still poops a lot, but I guess that is just the way rabbits are. I hope that next week my husband will have time to build her a nice hutch, and she won't have to live in a cage in my garage any more.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


No pictures in today's post. I am just going to tell you what I have learned about rabbits, in the one day that I have owned Wooly. A boy rabbit is a buck, and a girl rabbit is a doe. And they are pooping machines!!!! I am shocked at the amount that my rabbit has pooped. I am going to have to figure out the correct amount of food to feed her. Maybe I feed her to much!! She is soooo very SOFT, and so very tame. She just sits on my lap and lets me brush, and brush, and brush her. I still have a lot of work to do on her but she is looking way better already. Today she peed on me while I was grooming her. Rabbit pee Ewwwwww!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Wooly is a 7 month old Angora rabbit, that my son Dillon rescued, and gave to me. Wolly is a little girl. She is very matted right now. I am going to spend a good part of the next few days grooming her. Eventually I hope to get enough Angora wool from her to spin.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Cake Fail !!!

My Granddaughter is staying with me this weekend. We decided to bake a very special cake for my Sister. I picked out the perfect recipe, I bought all of the ingredients, and we happily went about baking our very special cake. The recipe that I choose is called

Chocolate Peanut Butter Nirvana Cake It looks perfectly wonderful, and chocolaty. Just the very cake that I am sure my sister would Love. I don't have a fluted pan, but I do have a pan used for baking Angel Food Cakes. I thought that it would work fine for our special cake. WRONG!!!! When I inverted the cake onto the serving plate it FELL APART!!!!! I don't have time to bake another cake, and I don't have a fluted pan either. So we frosted the cake as it is. CAKE FAIL!!!! WAH, WAH,WAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need to dry my tears now and go blow my nose!!!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Fantasy Hand dyed, Handspun Yarn

Fantasy is 100% Merino wool, that I had dyed with blue, yellow, green, orange, and a hint of purple. This yarn Spun up like magic into a Beautiful DK weight yarn. It is 12 WPI and 150 yards of Beautiful, soft, warm , wool yarn,