Friday, October 27, 2006

I subscribe to the Berroco e-newsletter primarily to ensure that periodically I get a good laugh.

Only the last few KnitBits newsletters actually contained patterns for things I want to make..

That's just wrong.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

So, yeah, more yarn. Got to play with the wheel a bit on Fri night before my plague overwhelmed me. I learned that trying to make yarn when feeling very tired and ill is not necessarily a good idea, unless you intend to make novelty yarn. That being said, I thought some of you (that aren't geekpixie) might like to know what my wheel looks like.

Here it is in all of it's glory:


Pretty, huh?

So my yarn experience started with this very autumnal bundle of wool:


Which, because I wanted to experiment a bit about how I prepared it, I split into 3 sections, which wound up fitting almost perfectly on a bobbin apiece.
The first one looked pretty good:


The second one, while very different, also looked okay:


The last one, well, it's definitely more of a novelty, lots of overspun/underspun bits, tufty things sticking out and whatnot:


The plague pretty much hit me full force halfway through this one, and I completely lost the ability to do more than one thing at a time.

As a side note, I tried to ply this yarn with some pretty gold stuff, which looked really nice, except when it got all tangly and made the yarn develop buboes, resulting in it being painstakingly unwound by me, and my lucky roomie, who gets to witness most of my crafting disasters in person. =/

Should probably stop playing with the yarn and focus on some of my swap things which need to get done. Heh.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

So, in addition to my adventures in spinning, I am also working on other crafty things.

Finished up everything for partner #1 of the Miyazaki swap:
There was the stenciled tote bag seen earlier, though I did clean up a couple of the sploochy parts with cream colored paint to match the background fabric.



A Nausicaa themed journal:






And a little Jiji stuffie:


There was also a Jiji magnet. There were supposed to be more magnets, but they met with an accident, and only the one came out okay. Oh well. That stuff is all on its way to its new owner.

I also have been working on this fall themed bag:




The back is still plain, but I think I am going to consider this baby done, and get it out the door. I have other things to do.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Second attempt at spinning, completed. With some plain wool, that I dyed with kool-aid.


There's still some over-twisty bits, but it's better than my first attempt. The lack of boozahol probably helped some.

Gwydion is ready for his spinning lesson.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Oh yeah. I received a box of zombie goodies from the girl I made Bub 2 for.


A domino pendant, with creepy b/w zombie image.


A Dawn of the Dead tote bag, and the movie Zombie, which, according to the blurb on the back, "set new standards for eyeball violence, arterial spurting, maggot infestations, topless skin-diving, and zombie table manners." I look forward to watching it.
Look. Yarn.





I made it myself. =)

Saturday, October 14, 2006

I made yarn!

Okay...so it's a little over-twisted, and wonky in bits, and varied in thickness...but still...I made yarn.

Cool, huh?

Friday, October 13, 2006

I made my first bottle cap magnet yesterday. It came out pretty well. I'll post pictures when I finish the rest of the set. My office at work is starting to look kind of like my living room...with crafting supplies everywhere. I have a bag that I am working on, a bag full of felt pieces for a tiny animal I am making, a box of stamping stuff that I'm using on the magnets, my self-healing cutting mat, and several projects in various stages of completion strewn about the room. Heh.

In other news, someone picked me for the birthday swap, so I'll be getting a surprise package in the mail soon. It's not even someone I have crafted for, but of course, I had to go check her out, and she's posted some pretty cool projects, so I am looking forward to see what she makes for me. =)

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Help, please.

So, I am making this tote:



I made the stencil based on a screen shot from the movie Kiki's Delivery Service. Here's the problem. The freezer paper did not adhere as well to the tote bag fabric as I would have liked, so there are lots of splootchy bits where the paint went outside the lines. Am debating whether I should handpaint the outlines to cover the mistakes, using regular paint, or dimensional fabric paint, or some other medium, leave it the way it is, or scrap it and start over.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

I am such a slacker!

A couple of people flaked on the skeleton/skull/bones swap that I was in, and because I had become friendly with the organizer (who was also the recipient of my crafting), she asked if I would help out by being an angel for the person who sent me the awesome package. I agreed, but said that I didn't have a whole lot of time to work on things for a couple of weeks, 'cause I'm busy with other swaps, but that I would get to it as soon as possible.

Because she is awesome, extrajoker volunteered to help out and make something. The next thing I knew, she had done this:


etched glass bottle w/ secret note.


Why IS the rum gone?

and this:

An address book.

and this:

A Memento Mori Mirror. Hooray consonantal alliteration!



and I had done:

nothing.

What a slacker I am. So, because one of the things she specifically asked for was some sort of bag, I whipped this up at work yesterday:

Tote bag with stamped skulls


my favorite skull

God. I suck.

However, at least the person who made a completely awesome swap package for me is getting some good stuff in return. Thanks so much for your help, extrajoker. You rock.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Fingerless!

Mittens that is.


I don't think I posted these before, but these were the first fingerless mittens I made, in white sparkly wool-ease. Impractical? Yes. But oh so pretty.


Hand-dyed superwash wool. You can't really see in the pic, but I used a spiral rib pattern. And I reversed the pattern on the second mitten, so that the spirals go in opposite directions.


Most recent mittens. I finished these last night for a swap. The yarn is a marled, self-striping acrylic, but it's quite soft and nice.

Monday, October 09, 2006

This weekend we had a crafting day outing - lordavon, ladygwyn and I attended the Webs Knit for Hope event on Sunday. It was loads of fun. I was very good and only bought a little bit of yarn...and 2 knitting pattern books.

Lordavon won pretty laceweight yarn:


More pictures can be found in the Knit for Hope Gallery.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Bub 2, and the knitting needle case have both made it to their new homes, and seem to have been warmly received. Yay! I am always glad to hear that people have liked their gifts.
I received the most awesome package for my Skull/Bones/Skeleton swap.

So, here's what I got:


A pile of stuff.



Pez, playing cards, stickers, etc.



Soaps. With skeletons in them. Love it.



Fabric, clay skull, and sculpey magnets. Yay!



Book thong. Like a boomark, but sexier.



And the most awesome picture frame ever.

I also got a CD of skull themed music, which is pretty cool. I have been extraordinarily lucky in the swapping, as my partners have all been truly excellent.
I made this bunny last week and forgot to post pics. He's keeping Jack company on my keyboard now.

Monday, October 02, 2006

When I wasn't sleeping this weekend, I was working on this:


It's a knitting needle case.

Here's the inside:



I wanted to use some black pleather I had, but it kept breaking my sewing machine needles, so I went for the skullfinity print instead. I am mostly pleased with how this came out, but I think my sewing would be much improved if I had a nice big table where I could spread the fabric and stuff out to work on it. It's difficult to work in such a small space.