Tuesday, December 4, 2007

WINTER BREAK!

I am officially done with school for over a month! I am so excited about my break and I am totally done at my old college and I will be starting at a brand new school when I return.

I am going to craft my brains out this month! I got invited to earlier this week and I absolutely love it! It is a really great place. I am going to get so much inspiration there. I also got a new drive band for old wheeley. I haven't been able to spin since my demo at the alpaca farm when some kid broke it.

I need to do some xmas knitting. I am not making things for too many people this year. I think I need to spend more time knitting for me. I am going to make my boyfriend the argyle scarf and one of the hats from Son of Stich and Bitch. I'll probably knit some small items for my niece and nephews. I am giving myself a gift this year. I am spending my precious knitting time on myself and I am making a central park hoodie!

Oh- I almost forgot the most exciting news! I got offered a really big scholarship to my new college for 'academic excellence'- my parents are so proud of me that they are going to give me all of the money they are saving from the scholarship. So I have alot of money now! I am going to buy myself so much great stuff. I know I want a drum carder and a really nice knitting machine!!!

There have been some major haircuts this week. Me and Willow. I cut off/brushed out my 3 year old dreadlocks. It took so-oooo long. They will be missed but I am really excited about being able to style my new hair in all sorts of ways. I think I lost about 10 lbs of hair. I filled up a 2 gallon freezer bag with the dreads and another with hair that came out in the brushing process.
Before and After Pictures-



Ryan gave willow a haircut. It looks so silly!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Learn to Knit. Arrrrrgh!!!!

I need to vent here. I am making a wishpot list for christmas (I know I haven't made a christmas list since I was a kid- its SO fun!!) But anyhow, I am asking for a bunch of knitting books and I have been browsing through them at the bookstore and on amazon.com. Something is really starting to annoy me about all of these knitting books. Why must they all devote so many pages to teaching the reader to knit. I mean come on seriously. Is it too much to ask for people to buy a knitting instructional book seperately so they could squeeze more patterns in or lower the price. Sorry, but it jusy erks me.

In other news, I really want to write a bunch of knitting pattern books in life. I've decided my first book is going to be a dog pattern book. I better start learning to design patterns. I have the cutest idea for the name! By the end of 2008 I want to have 20 patterns and then I can start figuring out how to get a book published.

Speaking of adorable dogs in clothes- here are some pictures of willow's halloween costume.



Continental hats :)

I don't think I will be knitting english style ever again. I have been wanting to learn continental style for quite some time now because it looks much faster and I finally forced myself to complete two hats using it. I normally start trying to learn but give up after a few rows because it is akward and I grow impatient. This time I did it and I LOVE it. I am already knitting faster than I was before and I think I will continue to get quicker and quicker. These hats are Banana Republic knock offs. I found the pattern on craftster it was a really fast and easy knit and I would recommend it to anyone. I still need to find some pretty buttons to put on it :)







Pattern- Banana Republic knock-off (FREE)
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=197572.0
Yarn- Moda Dea Tweedle Dea- in Thunder (#8903) and Surf & Turf (#8919)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Litterbox Cake and Revelations <3

I went to a halloween party last night and I made a litterbox cake. It was SO realistic. It was a huge hit and everyone got a kick out of it- but no one wanted to eat it. They were too grossed out by the way it looked. I guess its like green ketchup. I am not complaining though- I brought it home and Ryan and I are really enjoying the leftovers. It was german chocolate cake and white cake with vanilla pudding and topped with vanilla oreos. YUM! I found the recipe online and modfied it to be a little healthier.


1 spice or German chocolate cake mix
1 white cake mix
1 box premade sugarfree vanilla pudding packs- 1 lb
1 large pkg vanilla oreos
Green food coloring
Tootsie Rolls
Eggs
Apple Sauce


1 new kitty litter pan
1 new pooper scooper

1. Bake both cakes seperately according to directions. Substitude the apple sauce for the oil called for on the box.
2. Crush the oreo bits up in food processor.
3. Take 1/2 cup of crumbs and add some green food coloring and run it through the food processor.
4 Now mix all of the crumbs together.
5. take the cakes and crumble them into the litterbox together.
6. spread pudding over cake crumbles
7. sprinkle with crumbs
8. put tootsie rolls in the microwave for 10 seconds or so. take them out and use your hand to shape them like cat poop. then place them in litterbox.

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Last night I had an incident with some drunk guy who kept calling me 'bitch' and 'cunt' and rubbing me and stuff because I didn't want to share my beer. He ended up getting a drink in his face and then he freaked out and tried to fight all of the males at the party. It was really bad but it made me realize something. I don't like partying. I don't like the kind of people I meet for the most part. I don't like the scene. I like to be creative and make things. I am not going to go out to parties anymore just because I am 20 and that is what I am 'supposed' to be doing or because that is what my friends are doing. I am going to start doing activities that are actually GOOD for me. Like learning new crafts and skills. I am really excited!!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Hello Fall!!!



The leaves are changing colors. The weather is cooling down. It seems like its fall. I welcome it after the summer where 100 degree temperatures were normal. The only downside is that my two week summer break is over soon and I am starting back at college for autumn term. I start school on wednesday. It should be an exciting and interesting quarter though.

The decorating of my new house is coming along very well. I am still working things out, but the living room and bedroom are pretty much completely done. The dining room wall is being fixed and my craft room is set up but needs some cool design elements.

Willow (my dog) and I have been working on learning some tricks. I am AMAZED at how well willow she is doing. As of this week she has mastered- 'sit', 'bed', 'down', and 'belly'. I am so proud of her. We are going to keep training every day. This week a want to work on 'crawl'. We are taking an obedience class together starting mid-october. I love learning tricks with her. It's good quality time for us. I made willow a little silk bandana to wear over her collar. She looks adorable in it!



I finished a skein of light worsted weight navajo plied alpaca recently. Its the skinnest yarn I have made yet. I haven't taken it's picture yet, but I'll share some of the yarns I dyed at the dyeing workshop held at the Alpaca Bella Suri Farm. Ryan and I drove past the alpaca farm last night. I love those alpacas. They are so chill.





Friday, September 7, 2007

Long time, No update

I have been so busy lately. I haven't had time for any crafting in months :( I had a very busy summer term at school and moved into a new house.

I will update soon with before and after pictures of my decorating projects on my house.

I have a big fenced yard and my dog is coming to live with me starting on monday! The season is over, but I am going to start planning to plant an organic vegetable garden.

I am also really trying to reduce my carbon footprint and live a more environmentally friendly life.

I have a chest freezer in my basement and a million times more storage room for food and I am going to really start cooking again in bulk and freezing.

So I will be posting pictures soon :)

Monday, July 9, 2007

Days 1-3 Tour de Fleece



^^^I am still working on this- bamboo singles^^^



^^^I navajo plied this skein. I hand painted the roving with acid dyes^^^



^^^ Here's some of the fiber I'm working with^^^

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Tour de Fleece Approaches

The tour de fleece begins this saturday! I am really excited. The guidelines say that you should spin every day that they ride. I think I am going to modify the rules so I can really push myself to learn new things. I am going to complete at least one skein per day. I am also going to try out some new fibers- I ordered 3 4 oz bags of hand dyed bamboo. I also dyed some roving with acid dyes. I weighed out 9 4oz bags. I also feel like I spin without a project in mind too often so I want to spin yarns for specific projects. I am going to do something productive every time I spin. Either watch a documentary- or listen to a book on tape. I will finish 2 books during the tour- 1984 and Walden.

I'm really excited!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Hand Dyed and Spun

I did some dyeing over my short summer break. I spun up the some of the rovings I dyed this week.

Below is natural colored singles- the roving was dyed with wiltons




The yarn pictured below was spun from roving that I just splashed with dye in random order. I was amazed at how different the final product looked from the roving. I plied it with sparkley thread. Yummy. It reminds me of a cream saver.



This is my first time really handpainting roving. I did it with kool aid. Then spun up two bobbins of singles and plied them together. I think that it turned out very cool.





Oh and I saw the funniest movie trailer EVER on craftster. This movie is real. They really have run out of things to make movies about. haha. I can't figure out how to put it on my blog- so here's the link- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZzZEUtdnqY

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Final grades

I just got my final grades for spring quarter and I made the Dean's List!!! Yay!!! I start school again on monday, then at the end of the summer I have a month off. I am going to take next summer off... maybe.

I did tons of gauge swatches with that purple handspun for the two tone shrug and I am WAAY off gauge. I think I have decided to make a winter set from all those skeins. Some convertable fetchings with fingers, a scarf, a hat you know. Maybe I could do the two tone shrug in cascade 220 in a matching color and put the ribbing on in my handspun... That might be cute... I need to take some of my yarn to the LYS and see what goes well with it.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Sparkley Goodness + 3rd Silk/Merino Skein

I am seriously obsessed with plying with thread. So quick, Yet so BEAUTIFUL!!!! Here's what I made tonight- blueish purple sheep shed studio superwash- plied with shiny metalic thread- YUMMY!




I also made another one of those delicious silk/merino skeins that I have been working on with the plans of knitting or crocheting a shrug. I think after I make one more skein I will get started. I am really leaning toward the two tone shrug from fitted knits- expect with all the same color. Hmmmm....

I really need to force my boyfriend to take a picture of me wearing my finished crystal lace bolero. I wore it to a party on friday and this girl came up to me and said "I love your shirt! I have been looking at it all night thinking about how cool it is". She didn't even know I made it! I was really happy :)

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Technicolor Dream Yarn

I made some really cool yarn today. My wheel is acting weird, but I think I have identified the problem and it's easily fixable. Anyhow, I decided that plying with thread looks amazing, so I got a few different cool looking threads from michaels the other day. I got rainbow, white sparkley, and silver sparkley. I spun up some sheed shep superwash and plied it with the rainbow color and it looks amazing! I love it!!!! I need to figure something out to make with it. hmmmmm... Any suggestions?






I also finished my second crystal lace bolero. It is SO cute. I am going to frog the first one and make it in a size small like the second one. I have to wait and get someone to take pictures of me- because I cannot get a good shot of it by myself. I really like it alot though :)

Saturday, June 2, 2007

A few new skeins...

I have been really busy with school this week- writing my final papers and studying for my exam, but I spun up two skeins. The one below is from the green singles in the last post. I hand dyed the roving green and spun it up then plied it with some plain white sheep shed roving. It reminds me of one of those swirly mint candies that they give you after a meal. I like plied yarn- but I am starting to think I think singles or plying with thread alot better. Plying takes so long and I think singles can look just as cool. I will continue to ply though because I enjoy the results! This yarn is heavy worsted to bulky and the skein is gigantic!





Below is one of my favorite skeins I have ever made. Its a silk merino blend. I really love the way the white bits of silk stand out against the merino. The texture is awesome. It's so silky and nice- I can't stop rubbing it on my face. I plan on making either a crystal lace bolero or a shrug from happy hooker. I love it!!!






I have been working on my crystal lace bolero UFO this weekend and I am making great progress. I really like the one I am working on ALOT better than the first one that I made.