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Jun. 5th, 2008

I bought this absolutely gorgeous 80/20 merino/angora fiber batt at the NH Sheep and Wool Festival last month, and couldn't wait to spin it up. In the batt, the primary color was teal, but as I spun it, the purples and whites became more prominent, which is always a fun part of spinning. I plied it with some metallic thread ended up with about 430 yards of yarn, which I have titled "Mermaid's Kiss"



Sunlit

I forget who I bought this "kitchen sink batt" from, but I've had it for a long time. Primarily a light yellow green, there is also a lot of grey, and a bit of pink, white, purple and other colors. It's also got some angelina for sparkle. As I started spinning it, it looked pretty hideous, but I loved it anyway. Plied together, the green became more prominent and the effect came out rather pretty, I think, though I wasn't sure anyone but me would like it.



But it's gotten a lot of views already, so either it's not too bad...or everyone else is as weirdly drawn to it as I am.

Thanks to lunaarcana, who has featured it in her treasury, I can kill you with my brain, which expires tomorrow night. Check it out. =)

EtsyFAST May Challenge: Flowers

In an attempt to prove to myself that my sewing mojo was not lost; I made this crochet hook case. I decided to try something that would fit in with the "flowers" theme for this month's EtsyFAST challenge. But we all know that I have a love/hate relationship with the plants, due to the fact that they make me utterly miserable right around this time of year.



The outside is a soft sueded fabric, embellished with floral embroidery and shiny sequins.



The inside is a mix of black cotton and a black and gold brocade.

Look! It multi-tasks and holds double-pointed needles, too.


My fellow Big Damn Crafter, Siarh, featured the crochet hook case in the treasury, I Got Heathens Aplenty Right Here. I encourage you all to check out the shinies.

May. 22nd, 2008

I completed my first upholstery project last weekend. The seat that goes with my sewing machine was in desperate need of a makeover:



Armed with a hammer, batting, fabric, and a staplegun, after about 2 hours of work, I had turned it into this:



I am pleased.

May. 22nd, 2008

I made this knitting needle case last week:







I am not entirely happy with it. I like the way that it looks, but I found the fabric difficult to work with, and I didn't decide to do the ribbon edging until I had already sewn the seams, and so the edges are bulky and not as nice as I would like.

So...anyone want a slightly wonky needlecase?
I am having a good week, craft-wise. Last weekend was my first open studio in the new space. I got to hang out with geekpixie for a good chunk of both days, did a bunch of spinning, and made 2 sales. Woo! I also made 2 more sales through the etsy shop this week. GO ME!

I treated myself by buying these really beautiful hair sticks from fellow Big Damn Crafter, Siarh.

Let's see. I have plans to go to the NH Sheep and Wool Festival on Sunday. I tried to convince my dad and stepmother that it would be a fun Mother's Day event, and my dad actually seemed interested in it, but the timing didn't work out.

And now, to satisfy the need for pictures, here are some new-ish yarns

Hero of Canton:


Dragon Skin:

Apr. 24th, 2008

Thankfully, after about a week and a half of rest, my back felt much better, and I was able to continue work on some other projects. Here's what I've been up to.

First, I had a custom order from my Etsy Shop, from someone who really liked my "Starlight" yarn, but wanted something in worsted weight.


Then I worked on 2 coordinating yarns from a beautiful batt of Mardi Gras inspired merino, 2 laceweight yarns (handspun merino and commercial mohair), and some metallic threads, and beads.
The first is Carnivale:


And the second is Tryst


In an effort to utilize some of my other crafting skills, I also whipped up this little sketchbook/journal:


And these hair sticks:



Yeah, I really missed crafting when I was injured. :) In other news, I am in the process of moving into some studio workspace, which I will be sharing with geekpixie. I am very excited about it, but will be glad when the moving part is done, and I can just go play in the studio. yay!
Before my back pain put me out of commission for a while, I finished up these two yarns. The first is called "Tempest" and is for the EtsyFAST April challenge: Storms





The second one is unnamed, so I welcome any suggestions you might have.

Just found out that my "Starlight" yarn was featured in a treasury by spawnofflame, who sells some very cool lampwork beads. Pretty, pretty.

Was happily working on some new projects, but am out of commission for a bit, as my back started spasming last night. Throughout the day today, it got progressively worse, so that at this point I am barely mobile. *sigh* Speaking of which, I am going to go rest now. G'night.
Yay! "Diamonds and Pearls" finally sold. After being featured in at least 4 treasuries, and getting more than 215 views.

In other news, I joined the "Big Damn Crafters" Street team on Etsy, so you should expect to see some Firefly related crafts popping up soon.

And now, just because I am bored, I give you the "what knitting needle am I?" quiz:







What kind of knitting needles are you?




You are interchangeable.Fun, free, and into everything, you've got every eventuality covered and every opportunity just has to be taken. Every fiber is wonderful, and every day is a new beginning. You are good at so many things, it's amazing, but you can easily lose your place and forget to show up. They have row counters for people like you!
Take this quiz!








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