January 21, 2008 at 8:47 pm (knitting, spinning) (, )

The Nutmeg and I took off on a crazy road trip to the Woolery today. It’s about 67 miles from my house. We took a few wrong turns (thanks, but thanks to some great Nutmeg navigation, we finally arrived.

Walking into the Woolery is a bit overwhelming. Wheels and spindles and fiber everywhere. The back is full of books and DVDs. I treadled several models, including a Majacraft Rose and a few Louets. None of them felt “right.” Then, I found the Ashford Joy: double treadle and smooth as silk.
My Joy
I don’t know her name yet, but I’ve already got a third of a bobbin of BFL handspun.

On the knitting front, I pulled out my Woodins. I finished the log, four Woodins, and 8 leaves. I can’t wait to get it all finished and out of my queue. I’m ready to swatch for Giselle or Wicked.


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Cupcakes and ATCs

January 10, 2008 at 8:39 pm (art, cooking) (, , )

I have enough time for a quick post. Today was another interesting day. So when the going gets tough, the tough make Simple Vanilla and Agave Nectar Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. These are so delicious. They almost have a buttery flavor even though they have no butter or shortening. I’m not a huge non-chocolate cake person. I would usually want frosting, but these babies are perfect just as they are.

I’ve participated in the Creative Mom Podcast Artist Trading Card exchange for almost a year now. Most months, I procrastinate. I may know exactly what I’m going to do, but I don’t sit down and get it done. This month I am ready. The theme is “Beginnings.” This month is also Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for Trees. This Jewish holiday was a way to calculate a tree’s age. After a certain age, you could eat the fruit of that tree.  Many people celebrate by planting trees or eating fruit. I celebrated by drawing my own new tree.
CMP ATC "Beginnings"
Watercolor, watercolor pencils, and ink

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Ringing in the New Year

January 9, 2008 at 8:42 pm (knitting) (, , , , )

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what to say on the blog.  I kept meaning to make big plans for 2008, both as a person and an artist.  Most of the time, I promptly fall asleep.  Things have been on the stressful side at Casa TNT.  Just some relative issues I’m working through.  Hopefully, I can resolve not to let them bother me as much.  I am blessed to have a wonderful husband and partner who listens.  He always helps me feel better.  He also assures me that a) I’m not crazy for thinking things with the relatives should be different and b) I’m not a bad person for letting it annoy me.  I think I will keep him for ever and ever.

I would like to make more art this year.  I’ve had such fun with the CMP ATC exchange.  I just want to make painting and drawing an everyday part of my life, not just a once a month thing.  I’m sure the girls would love that, too.  Any chance to put pen/paint/crayon to paper, and they are ecstatic.  I need to recapture that for myself.

On to less weighty matters:  knitting and spinning.  The knits are coming in fast and furious here.  I finished a Calorimetry on the last day of 2007
Pattern: Calorimetry from Knitty
Yarn: 3 ply merino Custom Colorway from Beemer Knits
Needles: sz 6

I knit it in about 2-3 hours on December 30. After a quick trip to the fabric store, I finished the project on December 31. I modified the pattern by casting on 96 stitches. I worked the short rows until 30 sts remained outside of each side marker. The cast of is my new fave Leaf Lace cast off. The chain edge is so perfect. I love this ear warmer!

I cast on Summer of Luuuuve socks from the August RSC kit.
Summer of Love
The yarn is Flower Power in STR lightweight. I again had gauge issues, so I worked the small size for my size 8 feet. For some reason, this yarn really didn’t grab me in the skein, but the sock is so adorable and fun to knit that I’m loving every second.
Summer of Love
I promised my rabbi a kippah. I’ve decided to make it up as I go. How hard could it be? (I’m waiting to be smacked down by the knitting PTB) I’m using my Bella Coola leftovers (Snoqualmie post) and working a whirlpool toe until I get a big enough circle. I think I’ll cast off in garter but an applied icord might work, too. No pics yet because it is just tiny.

There’s also been some spinning.
Mystery handspun
This yarn is some fiber from the Nutmeg, my spinning buddy. I think I have to figure out plying now. The spindle is full. I’m very pleased with the overall evenness and thinness of the yarn. Plus I find this much more relaxing than the bottom whorl. This is all in preparation for the big wheel roadtrip of 2008.

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