Crafts and Craft Mentality

July 25, 2008 at 10:18 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Pile o'spinning

I had these wonderful intentions to post at the beginning of the Tour de Fleece. It began on July 5 and ends on Sunday July 27.  Better late than never, I guess.  I’ve decided to spin at least 15 minutes a day on my McKenna Lee spindle from Greensleeves. So far, those 15 minutes keep expanding. I’ve improved so much since July 5. Instead of inchworming along, I’m actually dropping the spindle and keeping the twist out of my fiber. It’s amazing how much easier the spinning is when you do that.

Next up on the sewing queue is the It’s a Wrap skirt by Indygo Junction. I just have to turn up the hem and then add the waistband.  I love how the skirt drapes.  Now I just need to find (or maybe make?) the perfect little top to go with it.

In addition to all this craftiness, Amber and I have recorded our first podcast.  The podcast is called Craft Mentality.  We cover our crafty lives and pretty much anything else that might have inspired us.  The blog and first ‘cast are here, so come check us out.  I had tons of fun chatting with Amber, and I can’t wait for next week.

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My Inner Farmgirl

July 2, 2008 at 11:10 am (farmgirl) ()

I grew up in a small town in NC.  My grandparents would take me “to the country” just about every weekend.  We’d visit family all over the county.  I remember wandering in the woods with Granddaddy looking for grapevines to make wreaths.  Granddaddy also had the greenest thumb around.  We didn’t have a lot of room for gardening, but we always had cherry tomatoes or tommy toes and the occasional cucumber.  He spent most of his time growing flowers and plants to sell at the local flea marcket.  I learned to cook with my grandmother and even sewed a bit as a kid.  

My return to my inner farmgirl began with learning to knit in grad school.  Crochet followed a few years later.  This spring, I’ve taken sewing classes.  All with an aim to make my time meaningful for myself and my family.  I like to stay busy and have something I love at the end of the day.  

Having two girls of my own, I want to make sure I’m teaching them the right things.  Fruits and veggies aren’t magically grown in those bins at the grocery store.  Playing in the mud and digging for earthworms is fun.  Making something with your own two hands is one of the most satisfying things you can do.  

Miss Violet of Lime and Violet has created the Plurkette Hencircle, a chapter of the Farmgirl Sisterhood.  The goal is to create a supportive community that shares ideas, projects, and even works for merit badges.  The inner Farmgirl is delighted to know I have more fun ways to learn new things and keep creating.

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