Two recent yarn acquisitions....I just want to pounce into a pile of it all!
This is some delicious thin alpaca yarn I won on eBay. I got 8 skeins. It's called "Indiecita" and it's all-natural, not dyed. It's a very orangy brown with some greenish tan brown plied in with it. Pure heaven. I have a lot of it, so I need to come up with something extra good to make with it!
This is my Knit Picks order I was cheering about below :) The squat green and orange skeins are alpaca and silk (70%/30%, I believe). Super soft, delicious stuff, it's called Andien Silk. I have two skeins of each, but I couldn't find the second orange for the photo shoot :P The larger skein of orange and green are both Superwashed wool and nylon. I bought it to maybe make socks out of...green and orange striped socks :D The three stripey skeins are sock yarn called "Dancing" in the colorway "Two-Step," which is cotton, wool, nylon and elastic. It's a lot of oranges and greens and blues and I think it's gonna make some amazing, self-striping socks :)
Finally...how am I gonna make the socks, you might ask? Well, using the Magic Loop method, of course :D My sweetie got my the booklet on how to do it for Christmas, so I am all set to go!
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Two recent yarn acquisitions....I just want to pounce into a pile of it all!
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Hey there! Hi there! Ho there! You're as welcome as can be!
I got my yarn from Knit Picks and it's yummy and delicious and I have to take a picture soon to share :D
*soft alpaca love*
I finished my mother's lace scarf for Christmas and blocked it (my first time blocking something!!!) and it's wrapped up and ready to go. I forgot to take a picture of it before wrapping, so I'll have to take one when she opens it. I sur ehope she loves it!
I'm also knitting a dishcloth with the Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon on it for my Aunt who is in remission from Breast Cancer. I'm almost half way done and expect to finish it tonight :) I am having weird ladder issues when I change from purl to knit for the ribbon part. Ah well, I'm hoping it will come out in the washing/blocking :)
Other good news: A friend of mine is lending me an Ashford Traditional spinning wheel!!!! I am just gushing with excitement to have a wheel in my home to practice with and try out to see if I want to buy one. I'm getting a large tax return this year (I think) and I would love to spend some of it on a wheel, if I decide I like using one and can justify the purchase :)
Still left to do for Christmas knitting:
1) Finish the dishcloth
2) Finish spinning the alpaca yarn for my Aunt Helen.
3) Knit a nose cozy as a joke gift for my Butch :) :P
I can do it! I have Thurs and Fri off, so I have a 5 day weekend and the presents for my Aunts won't be given until the week after Christmas sometime anyway...so I can do it!
*feeling like the little engine that could*
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 11:34 AM
Monday, December 04, 2006
I want to make these amazing cabled fingerless mittens...here's the pattern. However, I wasn't sure if I liked the yarn she made them in. I've also been wanting to try some of Knit Picks yarn because I love their patterns and needles and well...I just wanted to try some :) I found some alpaca blend yarn in a similar weight and bought 4 skeins....and some closeout sock yarn for when I start trying to make socks :)
7 new skeins of yarn on it's way to me! Yay!!!!
Yarn = love.
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 3:23 PM
I realized I never posted a picture of my Fiber Arts center! It is a bit different from these pictures now, but you'll get the idea :) Basically, that messy shelf in the middle is now neat and tidy in a wooden tray and the fiber to spin is in plastic zippered bags all uniform and matching. Still need to hang the spindles from that shelf, but I got cup hooks a bit too big and haven't taken then back to OSH yet to get the right size :)
I LOVE my fiber arts center...did you notice that the lower shelves holding my yarn pull out?!
I also realized I never posted a picture of the cables purse complete, with lining and handles attached, so here you go :) I think it turned out AMAZING!
*Happy crafty beyatch dance*
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 11:56 AM
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Last night, I dreampt that I got an email from a woman saying that an elderly lady died in the house that this woman owned and she was a knitter. If I wanted any of her needles or yarn, I should come over and go through it all.
I went over and was rummaging around and ended up leaving with gosh, close to 100 wooden and metal needles, straights and circulars. Not much yarn, though...it was almost all fun fur *dread shiver* but I did snag this awesome skein of soft furry orange and rusty red yarn to add to the needles :D
Wonder what it means when you dream about knitting and knitting stuff? That you need to be knitting more? Perhaps....
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 11:26 AM
Monday, November 20, 2006
I spent a fair amount of time knitting the last week and especially this weekend and I have some loverly stuff to show for it :)
This is a dishcloth I made for a dishcloth exchange. It's Bernat CottonTots in color sweet green. My recipient has a light mint green kitchen, and that's pretty much exactly how I would describe this color :) I like the stitch pattern I chose. It was mailed off to her today - I hope she loves it!
This is a ridiculously easy knit scarf for my sister for Christmas. I got the yarn, Crystal Palace's Kiddo in color Violet, in the discount bin at my LYS when they were going out of business. It is her favorite colors...purple and green...and it is ridiculously soft. It was just plain ol' knit stitch on really large needles (size 17's I think) so it's loose and soft and warm and delicious. I think she's going to adore it :)
And finally, the grand prize of things I've knit thus far, my cabled purse. I've been participating in a knit purse swap for the last few months and this is what I'm sending to my secret pal!!! I am SOOOOO proud of this bag :) I love the first picture; you can see the cable definition really well there...but it's actually the color of the second picture...medium dark grey. I can't remember the name of the yarn off the top of my head, I'll post it later :)
The purse was supposed to be mailed on the 15th, lol. Oh well, it's a bit late, but I think it's worth it :) I hope she LOVES it as much as I do.... I am going to have to make another one for myself, lol :D :D :D
Next up? A few more dishcloths for christmas presents, a scarf for my mother and finishing spinning a skein of alpaca for my Aunt :)
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 2:02 PM
Monday, November 13, 2006
Also, I was at Michael's this weekend and I touched Paton's Rumor yarn for the first time....
Just in case anyone might want to buy me a present *bats eyelashes* I would love some Rumor in the color "Fern Heather" *bats eyelashes*
Hello! Alpaca! ~
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 12:07 PM
I am just so excited about my project that I finished this weekend!!!
I made myself a KICK-ASS fiber arts center in my living room!!!!!! It just...gah. It's amazing...and it's not even done yet :P I ended up going with some furniture from California Closets to hold the yarn, knitting tools, spindles and fiber. It is just...there are no words for how cool it is :) I still need to get a tray to hold my knitting needles, some clear bags to hold the fiber (I bought them on eBay, waiting for their arrival) and I need to exchange the cup hooks I got for smaller ones to hang the spindles. Then, it will be officially done!
I'm excited though, so I will post some before and during pictures here to show you the progress...but I'll save the full-on amazingness for another day this week when it's complete.
I'm in LOVE with my new fiber arts center ;)
This is my living room corner before the fiber arts center was installed :) Just yer average, kinda sparce living room...and yes, that's Scot in the bottom corner :P
Then, this is my pile of yarn, AFTER purging what I didn't want, lol. I actually didn't have as much as I thought I did....
This is a sneak peak of the final product...hehe...just cause I'm one of those people who can't keep surprises :P
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 12:06 PM
Monday, November 06, 2006
I either have way too many hobbies or else I need to mutate and grow a few more arms :)
This weekend, I knit on a purse for my purse swap pal, a fun and easy scarf for my sister's christmas gift, and a dishcloth for my dishcloth swap pal. I also spun some alpaca, some opossum/wool and looked at the silk. I ALSO bought some stuff to make beaded stitch charms to hand out to swap pals and to use myself.
I'm thinkin' the octopus look is the thing ;)
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 12:15 PM
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Still knitting away...I'm loving this pattern and it's ridiculously easy to knit :) I'm having problems with ladders in the first two stitches after each cable and it's frustrating, but I'll figure it out. I've already gotten a lot of good feedback from folks on how to fix them :)
I also started spinning my alpaca today at my Spindles & Flyer's Meeting...good googly wooglie! That stuff spins up like a DREAM! I think Alpaca is my new favorite thing to spin *swoon*
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 9:01 PM
Monday, October 16, 2006
Okay, so I don't have a picture to share, because I'm at work. But I'm just so jazzed with myself :) I just finished the first cable round in something I'm making for someone!!!!!
It's my first time even attempting cables and gosh, it's so very easy! I'm sure there are harder cables than 3x3 twisty cable that I'm making, but the item I'm making is literally all cables running up it on all sides, so the twist row is a lot of twists, lol.
I feel very accomplished and excited to finish this bag and show off my kick-ass cables :P
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 2:49 PM
Monday, October 09, 2006
My LYS is closing down :( I used to go in there almost weekly to fondle this skein of alpaca yarn they had. Haven't gone in a few weeks for one reason and another and *gasp* HUGE "Liquidation sale!" banner in the window *sob*
I ran in to find out the story (and peruse the yarn) but alas, all the alpaca in the whole store had been snatched up by one woman the week before....
Everything was 25% off, so I medicated my sadness by augmenting my stash with quite a bit of lovely yarn :) I found the black alpaca in the bargain bin, so it was 40% off! I don't know what it's destiny is, but it is alpaca and super soft and 40% off...so it had to come home with me :) The orange and olive green merino (sooooooooo soft and amazing colors!) are destined to become some arm warmers/fingerless gloves because my new office at work is cold *shiver* The soft brown Merino is maybe another pair of fingerless gloves...or maybe something else, I'm not sure yet :) It was just too soft and too good a price to pass up :)
I also got a new toy last week *gleefully rubbing hands together*
Can you guess what it was?
You guessed it! A yarn ball winder!!! I've been winding up balls of yarn like a mad woman. My son even got in the action and loves turning the hand-crank on the machine while I hold the skeins to wind. It's just so fun and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the little compact hockey pucks of yarn I end up with :) So much easier to store, easier to manage, easier to use :)
Yay for new crafty purchases!
I also sent out my Spin/Roving Swap secret pal's box today. I forgot to take a picture before boxing it up, but I found her this beautiful merino wool/tussah silk blended roving in purples and blues and all sorts of beautiful colors. I hope she likes it! It's super difficult to purchase roving for someone who likes painted/colored roving when you do not! But I know she likes the colors in the mix and she said she'd like to try something with a bit of shine to it, so the silk part makes it shiny :) I also sent her a set of DPNs for sock knitting, some sock shaped point protectors, two patterns for possible things to knit with the spun yarn and I peppered the box with Ghirardelli dark chocolate. She loves dark chocolate and the Ghirardelli is made in my hometown, so I thought it was a fitting addition :) I hope she loves her surprise box as much as I loved mine :)
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 1:13 PM
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
I joined a Spinning/Roving swap awhile ago. My partner just ROCKS and she was so on the ball that I got my package yesterday, even though they aren't due until the end of October :)
Of course, me being me, I'm still working on MY secret pal's box...but it will be send out next week, I think :) She's in Austrailia on vacation right now anyway, so even if I sent it, she wouldn't get it until the middle of October :P
When the postman walked in yesterday carrying a box, I just KNEW it was full of fibery goodness for me *happy dance* I slit it open and revelled in the BEAUTIFUL fiber and other goodies my Secret Pal spoiled me with...I certainly am a lucky swap participant :)
The dark brown and medium brown on the left and top are both Alpaca...my pal even met the animals the fiber came from! The lighter brown on the right is Suri-Alpaca. It's all soooo soft and just begging to be spun up into beautiful things :) I've wanted to spin Alpaca ever since I first started spinning months and months ago ;)
She also sent me three patterns to use my handspun yarn for, some tea, three beautiful beaded stitch markers, Wizard of Oz book plates and some taffy! Talk about going above and beyond! You ROCK, secret pal!
My pal's son also included a hacky sack for my son...it's a gift that keeps on giving for the whole family :)
I am just thrilled at the thought and care that went into my package from Spinning Dervish and I only hope that I can put together as nice a package for my secret pal!
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 9:38 AM
Sunday, September 10, 2006
I went on a bit of a picture taking spree today :) Hope you enjoy some of them....
1) For someone who is allergic to chocolate and frankly, just doesn't care for the taste, I've been finding an awful lot of these in my shopping cart as of late....
2) Before my back went out and I was off work for a week, I came home one day to find my Butch had left these all over my house....I am so in love *swoon*
3) My printer died about a month ago. I researched my heart out and bought this one to replace it. I'm VERY happy with it thus far...it has two paper trays and also does duplex printing, so it's won me over quite a few times already :)
4) This is the cable bagette I'm making for my sister in her wedding colors on my small gauge wonderloom. Yes, her wedding was a few months ago and yes, I'm only a small part done, but hey! I have more projects than time, so give me some slack :P The lavender in the yarn was the same color as our bridesmaid gowns and the other color in her wedding was brown, so it's just a perfect reminder of her wedding day, in my opinion :)
5) This is a project I started at random one day, when I was bored and didn't feel like working on any of my already-started projects. It's going to be a bag, I think, with a flap on the top. I love the yarn colors, which is odd since I usually shy away from blues...but they're just so striking :)
6) I realized the other day that my mother's birthday was in a few weeks and I should get something made for her. I stopped by my LYS with my son and he picked out some brilliant red yarn for her gift. It's soooo soft! Merino wool and silk blend *texture swoon*
I got a few other things too, while I was there :) The blue was on sale and my son said he wanted something made out of it. I got some new circulars for the red yarn and I bought some DPNs for making Icord...I tried on a circular, but it was just a pain in my arse. I had already started my mom's scarf on the circulars when I decided to take a picture, so you get to have an action shot :P
7) This is the stitch pattern I'm using with the red yarn above for my mother's present. It's going to be a scarf. I'm 24 rows into it now, that's 2 pattern repeats, and it's soooooo beautiful. She's gonna be amazed and impressed...it's my first time doing anything remotely lacy, so I'm pretty jazzed with myself ;)
It's a pattern from "The Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches."
I'm done overloading my blog with pictures now for awhile :D
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 5:16 PM
I joined a spinning roving secret swap! I'm so excited to get fiber from a secret pal, chosen just for moi :) I'm also jazzed to try to pick just the perfect fiber for my secret pal as well...yay for swaps :)
Here are the answers to my fiber swap questionnaire...enjoy!
1) How long have you been spinning?
Actually, I haven't been spinning that long. I think I bought my first spindle in March or April of this year.
2) Are you a beginner, novice, or experienced spinner?
I'm going to go with intermediate beginner :D I can draft and spin at the same time; my singles are (relatively) smooth and even, I have been plying for awhile.
3) Do you spin on a drop spindle or wheel, or both?
I am a spindle spinner.
4) What types and weights of drop spindles (or what type of spinning wheel(s) ) do you currently own?
I have 6 spindles...my first one from Annie May on eBay(bottom whorl), a hand made CD spindle (top whorl), a rough wooden bottom whorl that I got for free so I know nothing about it(and have yet to actually use it), and my favorite, a bottom whorl Greensleeve Lionheart :) I also have a Spindolyn, which I've never used and a hand-made reproduction or something akin to a Rakestraw spinner, which I have used on occasion where I want to spin sitting down. It works well, but I get fed up with the constant park & draft you have to do in order to use it :)
5) What type of fibers have you spun with before?
Um, I haven't ventured too far into the exotic. I've done almost exclusively wool roving, with a dash of silk hankies throw in (I LOVE how the hankies turn out when spun, but my hands snag the HELL out of it, even when I use a glob of lotion). I'm currently spinning the silk hankies, some Brown Sheep Mill End Roving (wool), and some merino/New Zeland Possum mix. The possum is really sticky, even after repeated washings, so I am not enjoying it as much...but I need to get it done!
6) What fibers do you prefer to spin with?
So far, my favorite has to be the Brown Sheep Mill End Rovings :) They always send you extra fiber, it's processed AMAZINGLY and it practically jumps off my hand and onto the spindle, it's so easy to spin.
7) What fibers do you dislike?
I wouldn't say I've found anything I dislike thus far, but as I said above, the sticky possum is a pain in my ass and the silk is hard because it catches on my hands. I think for me, at this point, it is more fiber prep that I prefer/dislike. I like roving. Bats are okay. I'm not a fan of spinning from rolags or raw locks. I also dislike fiber that has a really long staple length. Although, after I learned how to spin from the fold months ago, even that isn't in the "dislike" category...it's just more challenging.
8) Do you prefer natural colored fibers, or handpainted/dyed fiber?
Honestly? I prefer natural colored fibers. The only colored fiber I liked, was the dark red with speckled bits of other colors I received with my first spindle from Ebay. I like the natural colors, direct from the animals :) I'm not one for garish, bright pastels and making "fun" yarn. I spin for utilitarian yarn and, well, I just love the natural colors of the animals :)
9) Would you prefer all one type of roving or smaller amounts of different types to sample?
I think I would prefer all one type of roving. I like to spin with one thing for awhile. I am not into mixing different colors (although, if the natural wool is striated, I really enjoy that. For example, some of the mill ends I just spun up was medium brown with some cream stripes. Spun up lovely!)
10) What are you favorite colors?
I like dark, earth colors. Brown, grey, forest green, dark reds and oranges.
11) What colors do you dislike?
Light colors, yellow, white, blue (except some dark cobalts), pastels, pinks.
12) What would you like to do with your handspun yarn, or what do you plan to do with it? (pattern clarification here)
Hrmmmmmm....well, I would LOVE to make fingerless mittens from it, but I don't know if I can spin enough to make them, lol. I haven't gotten to the stage where I can spin a lot of really thin yarn yet. my max so far is around 85 yards of 2-ply yarn. I envision it becoming a purse or a scarf, lol. Or maybe, I can use the handspun as an accent on the end of the fingerless mittens, using a different yarn for the hand...the possibilities are endless :) Just so you know, I'm a beginner to intermediate knitter....
13) What spinning projects are you currently working on?
Ooops! I answered this above :) I have the silk hankies on the CD spindle. Some brown and cream mill ends on the rakestraw knock-off, the possum on the eBay spindle and some dark brown mill ends on the lionheart. In the to spin fiber pile, I have a TON more of the dark brown mill ends, a fair amount of possum/wool to finish up on, and about three fleeces worth of washed, but uncarded wool in my garage : I found out after getting it all that I like to spin, not process wool, lol...so, it's waiting until I have some money to spare to send it all out for processing. Also, waiting for processing, I have a lot of mohair and angora. I'm thinking of trying to spin some of the cream angora in with the dark brown mill ends to see if I can get something nice with that :)
14) Do you have a wishlist?
Yes, of course I do, silly questionaire :P I am DYING to spin camel and yak. I would really love to spin some alpaca and/or llama as well. I look at the fibers online longingly all the time, but I figure I want to be a *really* good spinner before I try the expensive stuff....oooooh, but the baby alpaca and the baby camel call to me.....buuuuuyyyyy uuuuusssssss......spppiiiinnnnnn uuuuuussssss.....maaaaakkkeeee soooommeeeeethhhiiiinnnggggg sooooooooooooffftttt wiiiittthhhh uuuuuusssss........
15) What are your other favorite hobbies?
Gosh, I officially have too many hobbies :) I spin, needle knit, loom knit, crochet (although not really, just learning), I make jewelry. I am an amature photographer. I love to cook and especially bake. I do graphic arts and design websites on the side of my real, paying job :) I sew clothes and accessories. I read voraciously.
16) Do you have any allergies (pet, smoke, food, fiber,etc...)?
I'm allergic to chocolate. I don't smoke and don't like fiber from people who smoke. Other than that, I'm good to go :) Well, I'm allergic to gold, but I don't think you're going to be sending me gold jewelry, so that isn't pertinent :P
17) What is your preferred shipping method (USPS, UPS, FedEx)?
Aw, heck...as long as it gets to me, I don't care :)
THANK YOU SECRET PAL :D
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 3:13 AM
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Well, I have been CRAZY busy with my company's move...but I finally finished my One Skein secret pal's project...yay!
It doesn't look like much, but it was a BIG accomplishment for me...first time using needles in 8+ years, first FO ever...first time using circular needles, increasing/decreasing, creating eyelets, making Icord...I frogged a lot, but it got done and I sent it off today in all it's splendor, lol. I'm sure my secret buddy will be dissapointed by it, lol...but it was a big accomplishment to me :)
I got MY secret pal's gift a week or two ago and it ROCKS, as usual :) I swear, I just got the most amazing Pal :D *happy glow*
She made me a green bag, very similar to the one I made, just loads better and bigger :D Inside, there were Wizard of Oz stickers and magnets and little goodies *happy dance* it was such a great suprise. She included the rest of her ball of yarn it was made from, so I have this gorgeous green, super soft yarn to do something with now...I just like to sit and pet it :) She finished the icord with two beautiful beads, as well....just such a lovely present :) Wouldn't you agree??
Here they are side by side, so you can see my secret pal's obviously better knitting skill...but I still ike my dorky little bag and hey! Great minds think alike ;)
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 2:47 PM
Friday, July 28, 2006
I'm certainly not without projects to occupy my time.
I have knitting on two needles and one loom (a dishcloth and two purses).
I have roving forever and a day to spin.
I have a fleece and several other partial fleeces to process and turn into MORE roving to spin.
I have jewelry half-made.
I have several sewing projects sitting in a pile, waiting to be finished.
What I don't have...is time.
I wish I was an insomniac, so I could get some of this stuff done.
Oh no, wait! I wish I was independantly wealthy, so I could stay home and do all this stuff, rather than sit here at a busy job doing stuff for money all day.
That's what I wish...I miss my projects :(
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 1:28 PM
Thursday, July 20, 2006
I wanted to be continental. I wanted to wear a beret and eat a baguette smeared with brie while I knit. I wanted to be fast and one of the "cool kids," who all assert that continental is faster and just generally superior.
Know what? I'm an english knitter. I've tried continental for 2 months now and it's miserable and hard and takes forever to make just one stitch. It makes me HATE knitting. I throw my knitting across the room in disgust.
Pick up needles, yarn in right hand, knit, throw that yarn, I'm flying, I'm free, I'm happy. This is what knitting should be....
I think however we all knit is just fine, there's no "right" way or "wrong" way to knit (well, of course there is, but you know what I mean :P).
Anyone need a slightly used beret and a wheel of brie? :D
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 10:46 AM
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Hey there :)
Life has taken over for the past week...I'm so busy at work and in life that I don't know which was is up and which was I should be going in the first place :P
I have a bit of a breather today, so I wanted to post pictures of the AWESOME AMAZING FANTABULOUS package that my One Skein secret pal sent me for July :)
My super fantabulous secret pal sent me a skein of the alpaca that I was so in love with!!! It's a super soft, fluffy, creamy white color. She then sent me two packets of dye, a plum and a green, to play with dying the yarn myself and some little packets to wash the yarn with afterwards :D Such an awesome gift, I am just agog with it's coolness :) I haven't done anything with it yet, because I'm debating how I want to dye it...in sections, all one color, half one color, half the other, just random splashes everywhere of both or what! So many options, I'll think more on it while I just sit here and pet the alpaca yarn :D
I think, if I ever win the lottery, I shall buy 100 skeins of this yarn and make a little cushion out of it and stuffed with it that I can curl up on for naps :D :D I just wanna wallow in the stuff! Soooo soft! Soooo fluffy and squishy!! I even like the slightly animaly smell it has :D
Yes, I'm an admitted yarn sniffer :D
In other crafty news, I've been teaching myself to knit on circular needles. I have the BEAUTIFUL manos yarn my pal sent me in July on some size 10 metal circulars and I have some soft pink cotton on some size 5 bamboo circulars and I've decided that I ADORE knitting on the circulars. I don't know for sure what makes the difference, but even knitting a flat panel (which I'm doing with the pink cotton), it's just easier and more fun to knit on the circulars that on straight needles. You don't have to worry about losing any stitches and whenever I have to stop, I can just push the work down onto the cord and it's secure to just shove it in my bag :)
I just found a tutorial today here on how to make your own circulars, so I see a massive "making circulars of all shapes and sizes" crafty day in my future :) Luckily, I only have 2-3 pairs of straight needles and I can just keep them as back-ups and go on my merry way with the circulars :) *happy dance*
Oh, I'm trying to make a purse with the manos wool my secret pal sent me in June. It's SO EASY to knit, a REAL delight. It was my first attempt at knitting in the round on circulars, though, so I made a few mistakes and have to frog and start over again. Ah well, that's what learning is all about :)
Yay for yarny goodness :D
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 11:22 AM
Friday, June 30, 2006
I stopped by the LYS at lunch today to buy the next skein for my secret one skein pal. I ended up getting her this wonderful soft blue tweedy thin stuff that's wool and silk and a few other things. Yum :)
While there, I wandered into the discount bin in the back and found three skeins I liked a lot, all with no price tags, of course. I took them up and asked for pricing and they were cheap! Two of them were around $4 after discounts and the third one, she looked and said, "Oh heck, I'll just give you that one!"
SCORE! It's a soft sports weight lime green something. I think it's part wool and part acrylic and part something else. But it's all mine :) I love the color and the price certainly can't be beat. I am thinking I might try to make a sock out of it, but as I havne't tried to make socks yet, I don't know if this will happen or not :)
YAY for new yarn!
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 2:15 PM
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
I started knitting the cabled purse I want to make for my sister today. I found this soft, fuzzy yarn in pale lavendery blue and medium brown. Those are essentially her wedding colors, so I bought the yarn and intended to make the purse for her shower present, but *ha* we all know that didn't happen.
The wedding is this Saturday. I have 3 1/2 days to make the damn thing, LOL. Something tells me I'm gonna employ the rule that you can give Wedding gifts up to a year after the wedding on this one :P
I only did the first 8 rows at lunch, lol. It looks really nice, though, and it's super soft. I know she is gonna love it!
The yarn is Bernat Soft Boucle in color # 26949, Westport Shades. The pattern I'm using is here -> Cool Cable Baguette
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 4:48 PM
Saturday, June 17, 2006
My sister's wedding shower was today. All in all, I think it went off pretty well :) I am pleased and SUPER GLAD it's over. Now, I just have to make it through the wedding next weekend and then I can have my life back. This is the last "thing" looming over me.
Besides throwing the shower, I made her a gift. WARNING: It's TOTALLY cheezy and sappy, but I also think it's a wonderful and amazing concept and hell, when can you get away with being sappy EXCEPT at a Wedding Shower :P
It's called the Love Glove :D Basically, it's a two-person glove. One person puts their hand in one side (through the ribbed cuffs I knit), then the other person puts their hand in and then you can keep yer hands warm and toasty in the fleece heart (which I sewed up) while holding hands :D
My sister and her beau live in Virginia, so it makes sense for those long, romatic walks in the snow :P
I think it's adorable and I'm SUPER proud of how well it came out :D
love glove pride*
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 11:18 PM
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
My sister's bridal shower is in...4 DAYS!!!! Do I have her presents made yet?
I have one dishcloth made but I need to fix the bind-off. I have another dishcloth made but the cotton yarn broke mid way through, so it's small now and I want to crochet around the edges to make it bigger.
I need to make one more dishcloth and a two-hand glove. :|
When, pray tell, am I going to make this shit?!
I see Target in my future.....
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 8:21 PM
Monday, June 12, 2006
I'm part of a craft swap called Betty Crafter. Basically, the jist of it is that we had to make postcards depicting some craft that we do and sent them off to 10 folks with a recipe on the back.
I was planning all kinds of elaborate postcards, with knit flaps and beads and gosh, LOTS of work :) Then, I started getting some from the 10 folks that I'm on their list. They weren't that inspired. Just photocopies and stamps and the such. Maybe the ones I get next will be faaabulous, but after getting the first few, I thought, "Why the heck am I gonna stress myself out and do something so elaborate?!"
And this is what I did instead :P
I printed the recipe on the back, then printed a color picture of my spinning. I cut them into postcard sized things, then painted glitter over the yarn on the picture (the black dots on this scanned picture) and glued a piece of the yarn that I spun in the picture next to it.
Address, a few stamps and voila! Postcard obligation taken care of :)
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 1:33 PM
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Okay, seriously here. I have participated in MANY MANY secret pal-type things. Secret Santas, secret recipe swaps, all sorts of stuff. And I always seem to get a lame secret pal, who either does very little for me or does nothing at all.
Well, all that is changing! I got my pacakge from my One Skein secret pal Friday afternoon and oh my gosh! It was the best, most fun and exciting package I think I've received all year!
She sent me a scrumptious skein of wool, as you can see above...the colors are so very gorgeous :) But she didn't stop there, nooOoOoOOo. She went above and beyond the call of duty and sent me some purse handles (the round things in the picture) and found 4 patterns for purses, 2 on the knifty knitte,r one crochet and one needle knit, printed them out and included them.
I got a whole dang knit a cool purse kit! Rock on, secret pal!
Oh, and the coolest card was enclosed, it's a man knitting from a giant ball of yarn, which is in the place of a globe on a stand :)
Knitting certainly makes the world go round :)
*happy glowy One Skein Secret Pal Recipient*
I hope my secret pal liked HER package half as much as I loved mine!
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 8:07 PM
Thursday, June 01, 2006
I couldn't sleep last night. I don't know why, I had a pretty good day. I got my review at work and I got a 3 out of a 4 on the written review, a ton of gushing compliments about my work and my worth to the company AND more than double what my percentage raise should have been for a 3. I got a 10% raise, the biggest percent they were offering as a way to show me how much they have appreciated me and all I do. So, yay for me on the work front, lol.
But I still couldn't sleep. I was worrying and fretting about all the stuff I have coming up that I need to get done in the next few days. So, I got my ass up and did a photo shoot of a lot of projects I've been working on. Maybe y'all don't care, but I feel like a little show and tell :P
This is my finished (mostly) shrug I've been working on. It's a pain in the arse having long arms like I do, cause you're knitting forever it seems like :) I just got it off the loom last night and held it together with binder clips (cause I'm sexy that way) to try it on and take pictures. It will be better once I have the monkey claw knots to hold the arms together and I block it and weave in the ends...but I am just thrilled with it, so I had to share :D
This is my new Wonder Loom with the VERY beginning of a dishcloth for my sister on it. She's getting married this month and for her shower gift, I'm making her a lover's glove (I know, that sounds pervy, but it's really one fleece glove in a heart shape with two cuffs so you can wear a glove while holding hands with yer lover inside the glove. It's corny, I know, but when better to give corny gifts than at a shower?!) and I wanted to knit her some dishcloths with hearts, wedding cakes and rings on them to go with it. The shower is in two weeks...we'll see how many I get done, lol. This one is just gonna be a pattern, not have a picture on it. The colors are very "her," so I think she'll like it.
This is a travel spindle I made based loosely on this commercial one.Rather than spend $30-$40 bucks on one, I got out my jigsaw and cut the shape out of a scrap piece of oak I had after I made a loom recently, drilled a hole in the middle and stole one of my son's green tinker toys for the handle and voila! A fully-functioning spindle that cost me all of 50 cents :P It works well too, as you can see by the sample yarn I spun up on it once it was made :) It uses a park and draft method, so I can get singles quite thin and even...yay!
This is my possum fiber!!! Isn't it gorgeous?! It's part possum and part wool. I'm gonna spin it thin and then ply it with some dark brown wool and make my sweetie slippers out of it :) I'm a happy camper :)
These are some samples of what I was doing on Memorial day while the BBQ cooked dinner :) I was picking burrs and bits out of my wooly white fleece, carding it and making these rolags to spin it into fabulous yarn :) I only made about 10 rolags, because 1) it's a PAIN IN THE ASS to pick all the gunk out and 2) I wanted to see how I liked spinning from rolags before I made it all up into them. I haven't spun any yet, but it's super soft and wonderful. My son felt it on the cards and has decided that he wants me to make a layer under his sheets of the stuff so it will heep him warm and cozy and soft when he's sleeping :) Cute kid :P
This is the yarn I bought for my One Skein secret pal :D I am IN LOVE with this yarn and if were wealthy, I would buy a big pile of it and sleep in it every night :) It's the softest, most squishiest yarn in existance, 100% baby alpaca, and it is just...beyond words in amazing softness :) Of course, I have yet to buy any for myself, but I keep eyeing this rusty orange/red version and I may have to break down and splurge and buy me some one of these days....imagine a scarf or hat in this stuff.... *swoons with the luxury of it all* I hope my secret pal likes it, I'm mailing it off to her today! You can't see the color very well, but it's a dark teal/dark blue mixed color yarn. She likes greens and blues and is part goth chick and part hippy, so I think it fits her well.
Let me start by stating that I DID NOT SPIN THIS YARN! It's store-bounght, 50% llama and 50% wool. But, I hand-dyed it with indigo dye :D I'm pretty happy with how the color came out, and the yarn itself is very soft and plush. Perfect for something for my son, I just don't know what yet. Maybe slippers? Or, it might become part of a Birthday present for my mother, she loves the color...we'll have to see. Right now, it's just sitting in my Stash, waiting for me to get inspired :)
Not really crafty, but I'm just happy with this Memorial Day purchase :P I had been eyeing these placemats at Bed Bath and Beyond for oh, about a month now...and I couldn't bring myself to buy them for $4.99 each. Well, memorial day, I just happened to stop by BB&B and these were on a clearance rack for 99 cents each, plus 50% off!!!!!! Yes, I got 4 of them for $2 :D I'm a happy bargain shopper and I have my groovy orange and rusty red placemats now :)
That's all folks :D Cross your fingers for me that I sleep tonight, or you might be getting pictures of my different types of fiber tomorrow, lol!
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 12:07 PM
Thursday, May 25, 2006
A beautiful skein of red yarn hand-spun by moi!
This is actually the very first roving I got with my very first spindle, but it was a bit of a pain in the arse to spin, so it is actually my 3rd skein of yarn I've made. I'm getting up there in lenghth, though....84 or 85 yarns! Woohoo!
Now, what shall I make with it?!
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 2:56 PM
Monday, May 22, 2006
What a crafty weekend I had!
Saturday morning, I got up bright and early and used a spare piece of oak I had kept for just this purpose to create my own version of a Rakestraw spinner. INstead of $35, it cost me about 50 cents :) Sure, it's not as beautiful and it's a bit uneven, but it works just fine :) I used one of my son's tinker toys for the handle and voila! a sitting travel spinner :) I'm quite proud of myself for making what I want when I couldn't afford to buy a fancy one :)
Saturday night, I stayed up a bit late watching the series finale of Will & Grace that was on my TiVo and spun the last of my red wool that I got with my first spindle on eBay. I was trekkin, let me tell you! I have it off the spindle and on my PVC niddy noddy and I have around 85 yards of it...yay! I keep creeping up in yardage with each skein :P It's actually really pretty. I'm trying to decide what to make with it. Something for myself, definately, since it was on my first spindle and my first fiber, even if it wasn't the first skein I finished. The fiber was atually sort of slippery and very long, so it was difficult to work with. But it's done! mwahahaha.
I actually have NOTHING on any of my four spindles right now : It's shocking and mildly unsettling, let me tell you....but I decided that I needed to put in a good amount of time on my shrug so I can move onto one of the GAGILLION other things I have to knit. I also just want to wear it soon :P It's so perdy *swoony*
At my spinning guild meeting this weekend, we dyed yarn with indigo. It was really interesting and fun. I didn't have anything spun in a light color to dye, so I bought some lamma/wool yarn at a local yarn shop and dyed that. It's a really pretty medium blue, well saturated and I can't wait to rinse it tonight and see what the final color will be :)
I also got the chance to try a single treadle Ashford Joy spinning wheel and I FELL IN LOVE with it! The single treadle is so much easier to work than the double treadle and I love the look and shape of it, the easy portability, the way it folds up and just how it spun in general. A woman sitting next to me let me spin on hers for a bit to try it out. Now I want one. Of course, I have to fall in love with the most expensive spinning wheel, lol...$500. Oy.
A friend in the guild lent me some carders, so I am going to attempt to card up some of the bags and bags and bags of free fiber I got a few weeks ago. It's quite a process...but it's taught me a few things. The main one being that at this stage in my life, I am too busy to process my own fiber and I need to buy fiber so I can spend my time spinning it, instead of processing it :) The other is that I am going to enjoy being able to take the fleece cut directly off the sheep (I saw it sheared, even!), wash it, pick the stuff out, card it, spin it and then knit something with it. I heard they have competitions at state fairs called "sheep to Shawl" and stuff like that and I kind of feel like I'm doing my own competition. I know I will cherish that yarn so much more because I did ever step of making it along the way ;)
But yes, after that, buying the fiber is going to be my modus operandi :)
I got my possum fiber in last week. I need to wash it, because it's quite sticky, but then I am going to blend it with some dark wool and spin it up to make slippers for my sweetie. Possum is an in-joke with us, so what better to make for his birthday present, I say.
I lead a crafty life and I love it :)
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 12:52 PM
Friday, May 19, 2006
So, I set the twist on my second skein and I'm so very proud of it :)
My second skein! It's sooooooo pretty and nice and even and quite thin. You can't tell in this picture, but the single is about 1/3 the size of my first skein's singles! Yay for Mel! The Brown sheep mill ends were a DREAM to spin and this is the first yarn spun on my new Greensleeve Lionheart spindle :) I am in love with it... *swoony* It's 79 yards long. Why couldn't I have spun just a TAD more mill ends to get a nice, even 80? Ah well. I still love it :D
Okay, so this is my first skein, redone :) I didn't like how it "bloomed" after washing it, so I added twist, put it on my niddy noddy, washed it again to set the new twist and voila! A nice, even skein of yarn :) Much better than the first go-round....
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 4:32 PM
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
I was in a yarn shop today. Of course I was, why wouldn't I want to buy some yarn when I have probably 10 lbs of wool and angora and mojair to spin into yarn in my home currently?! lol.
Anyway, I fell in love with this large skein of cotton called Inca cotton. It was so very soft and wonderful to feel and I could imagine all kinds of beautiful things knit up with it. However, it was $19 and I just couldn't afford it right now. I loved this pale sage green color they had, natural green cotton, no dyes! Well, I went online to see if I could find it anywhere else cheaper and OH MY GAWD!!!!
That green color I want is called OZ!!!!!!!
*squeal with the meant-to-be-ness of it all*
I collect Wizard of Oz stuff, I have an Oz tattoo....I am sooooooo gonna buy that cotton on eBay when I get paid next month!
It's mine!!! Mwahahahaha!
Oz. I swear, I about wet my pants when I saw that :P
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 3:06 PM
Monday, May 15, 2006
This Saturday marked my first time witnessing sheep being sheared. It was also my first time up close and personal with half a sheep fleece, LOL :D
My butch and I went along with a local spinning guild to a day at the farm in San Ramon. I spun and spun and spun. I got a ginormous bag of fleece I acquired for free assessed and deemed fit to spin. I watched a woman churn butter and bought three tiny hand-lathed wodden bowls for $1 each. And I watched a LOT of sheep get shorn. It was really pretty cool, the ones that they were able to get the fleece off in one piece :D
The more experienced spinners scoffed at the free fleece, dubbing it poor quality for spinning, but heck...it was free! So, me and another spinner there split one. My butch ran to the car to get a bag to put the smelly, dirty, poop-filled fleece into and then we carted it home in the trunk. I washed it three times in the large kitchen sink (boy, was I thankful for my massive double farm sink in the kitchen that day!) and then spun it in the washer to get the water out and then left it on baking cooling racks in the tub for a day and a half to dry.
I am now the proud owner of a lump of fleece full of sticks and burrs and grass and other unknows that I have to go through little piece by piece and pick out : Then, I have to get it carded somehow and then I can SPIN it!
and then I can never ever think about getting a raw fleece again :
But won't it just be the most amazing, cool thing to have a knit item that comes from the yarn I spun myself, which came from the fleece I cleaned and prepared myself, which I saw shorn off the white wooly sheep?! I think that is just about the most cool thing ever and I will have to implode once it's done :D
In other crafty news, I have a spindle full of beautiful thin yarn that I am going to put on my niddy noddy tonight and wash and see how much is there :D I am quite proud of it- expect pictures soon :P
I also bought 5 wool sweaters at the thrift store last night and washed them in really hot water to felt them. They went from sweaters that would fit me to sweaters that would fit my 4 year old, and it was DAMN cool!
Now that it's felted, I can cut them up and use it as felted fabric or make purses out of them. I'm so psyched, they're beautiful patterned sweaters and one has great cables on it :) A bag in the making for sure!
Yes, I know. I have too many projects going on. And I don't care :P
Sunday afternoon, I sat in the back porch with a saw and a hammer and nails and started making a small gauge loom to make dishcloths on. It went well, but my drill was low on juice, so I only got about 6 holes drilled before it wimped out on me. If I get home tonight before dark, I will go in the backyard and drill the rest. Yay!
So many crafts, so little time *whistful sigh*
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 2:20 PM
Friday, May 12, 2006
Yay! I got my secret pal info for the One Skein yarn swap :)
She sounds like a totally cool chick, I would want to be her friend in real life, lol. I'm scouring her livejournals to get insight into what sort of yarn she might like. I hope I do well, I am not really up on all the "cool" yarns out there. Being poor and all, I can't buy the stuff I fall in love with, but have to stick to the stuff at Wal-mart and Michaels lol. Ah well, for a secret pal, I'll splurge a bit :)
You know, I have some pink and maroon and mauve dyed fiber I just got for free....hrmmm...I wonder if I can spin that up in time to send it for the July skein?...Pink is her favorite color and all.....hrmmmmm....I'll have to think on that one :)
Oh, I forgot to mention that I acquired FOR FREE almost a whole fleece, two large bags of angora and one large bag of mohair yesterday. Yes, I said FOR FREE!!!! *squeal* A woman posted it on freecycle and I was the lucky recipient! There's oh, 15 or so gallon-size ziploc bags, 3 of beautiful dark brown wool, 6-8 of varying shades of off-white and tan and grey and several that she had been playing around with dye, some pink/maroon/mauve mixture and some greens mixtures. I am taking some of each kind to the spinning festival tomorrow to see if anyone in the guild can help me figure out how to process it. I'm sure they can, lol. I think it just needs a good washing (she already washed it once, but it has been in her garage for over a year) and then carded. I know there are places to send fiber to be carded, but if there was someone in the guild that had a drum carder that I could go over and pay to use it, I would prefer that.
It's such beautiful stuff and I am just agog that I got it for free. My sweetie and I were in a craft store last night and I kept veering over to the yarn and she finally said, "Step away from the yarn! You have a whole friggin' sheep in the kitchen, you can't buy more yarn!" I tried to make her understand that there are yarns I need to BUY, that I can't MAKE...but I don't know that she bought it :D
Ah well, I'm in fiber heaven and I get to spin with spinny folks for several hours tomorrow, so I will be in spinny heaven!
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 1:53 PM
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Two days ago I got a Greensleeve Lionheart spindle in the mail. My first nice spindle.
Yesterday I got my 1 lb box of mill end roving in the mail. Gorgeous stuff, mostly dark brown and some off white with dark brown stripes.
Last night, I was in spin-nirvana :D It's amazing what good tools and some nice wool top can get you. It appears I've become a much better spinner overnight, thanks to the new spindle, which spins forever, and the roving which drafts like it WANTS to be spun up.
I am definately addicted to this spinning stuff :P
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 10:30 AM
Monday, May 08, 2006
I adore my crafty goodness. I don't have enough time in the day to get everything done that I want to! *pout* But I love doing it all, nonetheless. I decided to share some pictures of some of the things I'm working on :)
This is the finished product of my first spinning. My first plied skein of yarn! Yay! It looked a gagiilion times better before I wet it to set the twist...then I got to learn allll about the concept of "bloom." Apparently, my fiber had a lot left :P Ah well, I still love it *caresses the wool yarn*
Now, I'm working on this yarn. I bought this spindle and roving on eBay. The fiber is really long, so it isn't a joy to spin like the fiber above, but I am persevering and going to finish it. I've been using the drafting method of folding a piece over my index finger (not sure what that's called) and it helps A LOT with the drafting of such long fibers. It may be a pain in my ass, but I do think it's pretty. I don't think I'm going to ply this one, just use the singles as a very thin, lightweight yarn. I bought some PVC pipes last night to make an immerseable niddy noddy so I can wet the singles to set the twist and keep the tension on the yarn by keeping it on the PVC pipes. *proud of myself*
If you could spin love, this would be it. These colors SOOOOO aren't "me," but I love it nonetheless. This is silk. Silk hankies, to be exact. I love spinning them' it's so easy and fun and the colors are so brilliant and deep and shiny :D It is a bit difficult, though, keeping my hands moisturized enough. It does tend to such them dry. I can't wait to finish this and ply it - it's going to be deliriously beautiful :)
One knitting project I'm in love with. I'm taking the idea of the convertable from Knitty.com and making a long shawl that can be converted into a shrug with a few well-placed buttons. I am IN LOVE with the way the pattern is coming out. It's knit on the yellow Knifty Knitter (as you can see in the picture). It's Caron Simply Soft Grey Heather yarn purchased on a whim cheap at Wally World and I'm simply doing 4 rows of mock crochet stitch and then 6 rows alternating knit and perl. It's such a glorious, lacy, light summery feel to it and I love the color. I'm about 1/3 of the way done and I can't wait to finish it and wear it. I have to find some great buttons to make cufflinks with so I can wear it as a shrug (I think that's going to be it's main function, with the shrug option being present in case I want it that way.)
Yay for craftiness!
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 10:42 AM
Thursday, May 04, 2006
I have been on the spinning bandwagon lately. Currently, I'm working with some gorgeous but long and slippery red wool roving on my ivy spindle. It's slow going, but I'm having fun. I learned a new technique at the Spinning Guild meeting I attended last week where I pull a thick piece of roving about 6-8 inches long off and fold it over my finger and draft from the point of my finger. It works OOODLES better with this long slippery fiber - yay!
I'm also spinning some GORGEOUS silk hankies on my cd spindle. Oh my gosh, the fiber is stunning in it's beauty once it's spun. I never would have guessed from the blotchy hankies that such beauty would come :) I have to get some pictures of what I have thus far so you can see it as well! It's a bit of a hassle spinning it, though, because it SUCKS the moisture from my hands and I have to really lotion up my hands to start with or the silk starts sticking to my hands as I spin. But it's worth it for the beauty of it all :)
A few days ago, I bought 1 lb of mill end top *bouncy* I'm so excited to get it and see what colors/types of fiber I get...it will be like christmas! I also ordered some possum/wool fiber yesterday (just a few ounces to mix with some of the mill ends - dayum that stuff is expensive!) to make Possum slippers for my sweetie. It's an inside joke :P
Today, I found a used greesleeves spindle that I purchased and I am SUPER excited about this. I have heard over and over again that Greensleeves are really great spindles and well, it's gorgeous and I am saving about 10% off a new one by buying used. Yay for me :)
Can you tell I'm in love with my spinning?
Well, I started to feel badly about my poor looms just sitting there, projects abandoned and lifeless, lol. So, I started making a lovely lacy medium grey shrug last night. I think it's going to be all one color, but varying textures to bring some interest to it. It's also going to be quite loose and baggy and scrumptious, if I do say so myself ;)
*sigh* Never enough time in the day to do everything I want to, craft-wise. Poor me!
Why won't my work pay me to knit and spin? I just don't understand it :P
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 11:25 AM
Friday, April 28, 2006
Hello, my name is Mel and I'm a spinning addict.
I finally finished my very first skein of yarn spun by my very own two hands and I am just as proud as it it were a kid I gave birth to :D lol.
I know it's not even. I know it's chunky at parts. I know it's thin as dental floss at other parts. I also know I don't care! I andien plied it last night and washed it just to see what would happen. It got all big and poofy : I wasn't expecting that, LOL. So, now my skein, that I was so proud of because it was almost a regular worsted weight sken is now a super bulky weight yarn, lol. It's currently laying out in my kitchen drying. Is this puff factor normal? Did I do something wrong?
Regardless, I'm in love with it :D
Here's the singles wrapped around my spindle prior to plying...ahhhh...such pride :P
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 11:23 AM
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
I am so in love with spinning yarn. I started about a month or two ago, but got frustrated because I was having serious problems with drafting and over-twisting the yarn and I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out how to do it right.
Fast-forward to this past weekend. My sweetie just happened to meet a woman who spins and the woan gave my sweetie her email. I started writing her and ended up going to a cool event this weekend that her spinning guild was teaching a class at. I paid my $5, made my CD spindle (I brought my own, but decided to use what everyone else was using) and started a'spinning. With guidance from my new friend and several others in the guild, I was spinning in no time!
I am just SO UNBELIEVABLY EXCITED about how addictive and fun spinning is now that the missing chinks in my newbie education have been filled in :) My right hand just ITCHES to be drafting, day and night. Spin spin spin, I'm going to their guild meeting, which just happens to be the weekend coming up :) I just can't wait to learn from these amazing, knowledgeable women and learn more and more and more about spinning :) I see a wheel in my future : They're DAMN expensive, but there was this super cool collapsable one a woman brought to the class that made me drool :)
I'm sitting here at work, with nothing to do, and it KILLS me that I could be SPINNING right now, instead of sitting here at my desk bored and surfing the net.
For that matter, I could be knitting or sewing together my last bunny! but noOOoOoOooOoooOooooo...I need money to live (and buy more spinning and knitting supplies :P) so I have to sit here like a lump and get paid for being bored.
Ah well. Maybe tonight *gleam*
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 1:39 PM
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Awhile ago, I knit up a square to attempt to make a frog based on the bunny pattern (someone made up the frog pattern and posted it to my loom knitting list). Today, I finally had the time to stitch the frog up and see what I came up with.
Well, I made his head too small. And I was looking at it, thinking, "This will never be a good frog..." when it hit me that it may not be a good frog, but it would be an adorable turtle :D
When we got home, I knit/sewed/knotted on a brown shell. I'm not terribly happy with how the shell came out. I wanted a variety of browns in there, but I only had the solid brown in my stash. Also, I think next time, I will crochet something and then just sit it on the top and lightly stitch it on in a few places.
But, he's cute in his ugly own way :P As I was finishing his shell, my son started whining and kissing my arm and cuddling up to me. I finally asked him, "What do you want, honey???" and he just points to the turtle and looked up at me with these big eyes :
Heck, it's his birthday today, how could I say no?! So, he's my son's now :D I wasn't going to put any face on him, but my son requested "polka-dots" which after much discussion I figured out was eyes, so he has eyes now.
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 8:19 PM
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
I finally had time to sew the ears on my bunny :) I think it's ADORABLE :D
It's much cuter in real life than in the pictures...I couldn't get the knitting to show up just right in the photographs. Ah well, I still had to brag :P
I call him Bunnicula and he's an Easter present for my sweetie ;) (She got him on Easter sans ears, LOL)
Posted by A 30-something femme createrix at 8:41 PM