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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Spinning a Yarn

March 10, 2008 at 8:15 pm (books, crochet, knitting, spinning) (, , , )

This weekend was a flurry of craziness.  I got a cute new cut to prepare for Rosebud’s birthday party.  We had a fantastic time.  And I didn’t have to clean up or anything.  The party was at Rosebud’s preschool, and her fantastic PE teacher was our party coordinator.  The cake had Pooh bear on it, of course.

This morning, I was the Mystery Reader for Rosebud’s class.  The Mystery Reader knocks on the door and surprises the children with a story.  I read Woolbur.  I’ve been eyeing this book since David Reidy reviewed it for Sticks and String.  The book is just as fantastic as he said it was.  To illustrate the important points of the story, I took my drop spindle, my Ashford Joy, my first handspun 2-ply (pics to come), some roving, and my clapotis.  The kids seemed to love watching me spin.  They kept saying, “Go faster!  Go faster!”  I think even the teachers enjoyed it.  Then, we topped it off with cupcakes.

I’m halfway to the cable on Giselle’s second sleeve.  I would have pictures, but my camera is dying.  And the one I want to replace it with doesn’t come out until next week.  Figures.  I also started the Icelandic Turtleneck, but my gauge is off.  Once I find my G hook, I’ll rip and start again.  I love the foundation double crochet technique.

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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
Calorimetry
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!
Calorimetry

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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