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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The Month that Wasn’t

May 27, 2008 at 11:42 am (knitting, sewing) (, , , )

So, where did May go?  MDS&W was fantastic.  But somehow I never quite recovered from the adventure.

Prime Alpaca

As far as the fest haul, I got 2 skeins of Prime Alpaca at the Misty Mountain Farms booth.  These are so soft and cozy.  I can’t wait to find the perfect wrap pattern (not clapotis, but something else).  I also got two braids of roving, but I haven’t posed them for their close-up.

The rest of May I spent making this:

Crafty tote

I’ve been learning to sew in my already busy week.  The pockets took forever!  But I love my new crafty tote and find excuses to use it everywhere.  The fabric is a home dec and the pocket linings are a coordinating purple.  The colors just spoke to me.

If you had any doubts about that, check out my new project:

Separated at birth?

Pattern:  Mockery Socks from Live2Knit
Yarn:  Tasha from Ruby’s Daughter
Mods:  CO 60 (and managed to mess up the ribbing by doing a 1×1 rather than a 2×2, but I don’t like to think about it)

This yarn was ordered for me by a secret pal when I sent her my fave colors.  That was almost a year ago.  And here are the same colors in my new bag.  At least I’m consistent.

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