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A Little Wet Wool…. Anyone?

I’ll just say it once.  “It’s been a while”.  I’d like to say that without any apologies, but  I do feel that I’ve let down whatever readership I had.  Key word: h-a-d.  I’m in a hard place right now and a lot of things are overwhelming my brain.  Not that I was disciplined by any means, but I just can’t seem to get out of this haze I’m in most of the time.  I do have my moments of clarity, but they are few and far between.  I’ll be writing more about this particular aspect of my life in our parent blog, Dragonmommie’s World; but for right now, I want to show you all some of the things I’ve been doing in Yarnworld.

The most latest is this blackish/purpily/robin’s-egg bluish stuff that is hanging over my kitchen sink.  I think I’ll name it… NO, I’ve already named it “Dragon Jewels”.  The blue part was spun on a drop spindle and the rest on a spinning wheel my friend, Lisa, let me borrow.  I am really loving the wheel and hope she doesn’t ask for it back any time soon…. hint… hint.  I’m hoping to  get my own wheel sometime in the future, but I’m not holding my breath.  I can’t, really.  Not for months, maybe years, so I’ll just keep it on the back burner of my To Do List.

My freshly washed handspun

Isn’t it beautiful?  I can already feel the bounce coming back into it.  I think that I’ll be able to take it down tomorrow as it seems to be pretty dry.  Now, what the project to be done with this yarn… MY yarn… very exciting.

This was Navajo plyed and there is 295+ yards here.  There is a “+” for the fact that when you wind yarn, you must get extra inches with every wrap because the niddy noddy was measured right on top of the surface of it, 67″ per wrap.  Now, when you wrap the yarn around, the layer gets thicker and thicker and the length between wraps gets longer, not by much, but it’s something.  I’m pretty sure that I’m doing something wrong here because I never heard of anyone having to take those extra inches into consideration.

This is kind of thin-to-thick stuff and I had wanted to showcase it in a shawl.  So, while  not really enough yardage for a shawl, might be perfect for a shawlette.  I specificily plyed this stuff to go from one color to the next, so I’m going to start off with the thinnest part, the blues, into the purples, into the gray/black stuff.  Funny, when it was fluff, it was definitely black, but when spun, it turned into grays and very dark grays and very little actual black.  Ravelry Pattern Search, here I come!

Getting back to my Home Depot niddy noddy.  There is a great post here that gave enough instructions for me to go out and make my own.  However, I had my pvc cut at the store, which was pretty darn convenient….Thanks Home Depot Guy!  I can even go back to have the rest of my pvc pipe to make a different size.  Next will be the two yard size.  The one touch I didn’t think of was getting those caps to close off the ends… oh, and I did not use pvc glue, which I really should.  Still, it was pretty functional without that stuff, and I was able to disassemble the thing to make it really portable as is.

Bottom line is that I love this spinning thing and can see myself giving up the knitting and crocheting to do more of it… well, not altogether, of course.
“Somebody’s” got to knit up the stuff.

DRAGON JEWELS......This pic was taken before washing.

Strand of yarn...

Friday, August 6, 2010 ~ Posted by | Crafts, Spinning | , , , | 5 Comments

Never Run With Needles

Coffee… check.  Keys… check.  Project bag… double check.

Back pack….  Back pack….?  BACK PACK?….

This is NOT good…. The other morning I was running around the house looking for my sons’ back pack.  Upon remembering that it was on top of my bed, I swung my body around and flew towards the bed.  Ouch!  I bumped my leg up against the foot board.  That smarts… Wellllll my friends, it was a little bit more than that.  I felt a little (just a little) weight on my thigh and realized that my canvas project bag was stuck to it.

Needle puncture in my leg.

Needle puncture in my leg.

Yep, that’s right… STUCK to my leg.  Surrealistically, I pulled it out and realized that I had just stuck punctured myself with the knitting needles, sized US 9, that were in my bag.  Yep, there is a hole in the bag, but not big enough to show in a picture and not very big, either… which sort of tells me that it didn’t go in too far.  At the time, I didn’t have a chance to even look at it.  I thought that if the blood wasn’t gushing out, it was okay (not so)… apparently, the fat on my leg plugged the hole up for just enough time to get my son off to school… wow, I’m Super Mommie! As soon as I got home, I rushed into the bathroom and took a peek.  Looked okay and there was some blood.  I poured some hydrogen peroxide over it and nothing happened.  No white bubbles… I guess that was a good sign.  Must have shown that my knitting needles didn’t have any germs on them.  I threw a band-aid on there and was good to go for the rest of the day.  My last tetanus shot was a few years ago, so I knew I didn’t need to get that.

Wow.  The whole idea of having that happen.  I really can’t even remember the details of that moment.  I am thinking it only went in about half an inch.  I figure that was deep enough for me to feel the resistance when I pulled it out, yet not deep enough to penetrate down to the muscle, though, I did feel sore for a couple of days, and still just enough to know that it happened.  You know, just a couple of minutes before this happened, I was thinking that I “could” put those needle tips on those very same needles as I had an extra idle pair laying around.  I didn’t want to go an look for them because I was in such a rush… and I had never made it a practice to use them before, but had gotten them in a swap.  A few weeks ago, I cracked open the bag and used the other set… which is probably why I didn’t get stuck more than once!  Ah, what lesson can we learn from this?

mental

I’ve got to apologize to my readers for not posting more often, but things are more busy now than before Gabe went off to school.  I’ll never be able to commit to writing on a more regular schedule… well, unless somebody decides to pay me for it… ha..ha.. One thing that has been keeping me busy is the distribution of the motherload, from-the-mother-land, of yarn from my MIL’s house.  She has recently moved down to Florida, and we’ve been cleaning out her house.  DH found a literal truckload of yarn in the attic… and is STILL finding it here and there.  I was totally surprised because my MIL never talked about her stash, though knowing that I had one and that I’m an avid knitter and crocheter… and all out crafter.  I was totally shocked that she had so much of it.  I knew that she did do some crochet work back in the day… around the 70’s, but I also knew that she was not currently working with yarn.  Well, let me tell you… or better yet, let me show you:

Was I right? Was I right? eh… eh?

Moving along.  Here are a couple of updates on projects that I’ve completed… Well, the most recent are the three (four) shawls I’ve done for some home bound parishioners.  All patterns were free and a pleasure to work and very easy.  One is a simple lace pattern that I was very happy to find.  Also, almost forgot the first one I made, the Angel Wings Shawl by Julee Reeves…

Angel Wings Shawl, LB Easy Crocheted Triangle Shawl, LB Easy Knitted Triangle Shawl, LB Lace Triangle Shawl

Angel?  Bat?  Works for me.

Angel? Bat? Works for me.

Love this pattern.  Next time I want to make it larger; which is very easy to do. Just keep going.  This is on my Ravelry projects page as are all my projects.  Ravelry?  Check out article in Vogue Knitting, Fall 2008.

Please note that the Easy Crocheted shawl and the Easy Knitted Shawl patterns on the Lion Brand site are both the same pattern, one crocheted and the other knitted.  Sorry, no pics on these yet.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 ~ Posted by | Crochet, Knitting, Patterns, ravelry | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Wow… Here I am Again!

ell, thought I should at least list some of my FO’s since I last posted. I’ve finished many, but I’ll try to just remember some from memory, and post some pics. What I am the more proud of than the actual objects is the fact that I’ve learned something new that was required for each one. That is what I believe this craft is all about; and that is growth. Maybe I’m not growing in a conventional way, but I am expanding my knowledge of technique and fiber. I love how each little thing overlaps onto the next new project that comes along.

My first cotton market bag.

My first cotton market bag.

Okay, the most recent FO is what I call my Cinnamon Bag. This is the Fantasy Naturale Market Bag, by JoAnne Turcott. I used Sugar ‘n Cream Confectionery Colors in Cinnamon. I just LOVE this color, and all of the Confectionery Colors. I purchased, just for this project, Knit Picks nickel plated circular needles in US 13 and US 15. I simple adore this pattern… I am looking at it as the precursor for starting lace work. I set it on my kitchen scale when completed and it weighs in at 6 oz. It turns out I can actually make another one from this same ball of cotton… which I’m so happy about because I had decided to give this one away to my sister-in-law, JoMarie… don’t tell her! I don’t know if it was the tension of my knitting or if this is just the size of the bag, but man, this is some kind of gigantic bag!

Cinnamon Bag pictured with deodorant for visual scale of size.

More often than not, I’ll get my patterns from leads I get from Ravelry. AmAzing place. If you ever have the inclination to open yourself up to all there is to offer for the fiber community on the internet, you’ve GOT to sign up for ravelry. At last check, there are well over 150,000 members… and that is in just about a years’ time. There is nothing that I can add to what’s already been said about the place, but I can tell you that I love it over there. I just ordered a couple of pins and a teal blue T-shirt from their mini store and I should be receiving it in a couple of days… I’ll post a pic. Really. I’m surprised that I even got to order one as merchandise flies in and out of their store in a matter of no time at all.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 ~ Posted by | Crafts, Knitting | , , , , | Leave a comment

Respect the Red Heart… AND the Art of Crochet

edited 1/18/08:  Just realized that the caption from the article did not print here, so here it is:

” Nancy Hilton and her husband, Mack, of Athens, stand Thursday in front of an American flag she crocheted by hand. The flag is 24 x 13 feet, weighs 43 pounds and contains more than 20 miles of yarn.”

Just a quick note. I came across this article first on Ravelry and really want to share it with the world… so here I am. Nancy Hilton of Athens, Texas crocheted an over-sized American Flag in honor for our people overseas fighting for this country. She did it with Red Heart acrylic yarn.

Please read the article and hopefully it will get to the attention of some of our military risking their lives to serve this country…. just to let them know she is thinking about them and appreciates what they are doing.

Link to the article below:

Tyler Morning Telegrah, Sunday, Jan. 06, 2008

Crocheted American Flag

Monday, January 7, 2008 ~ Posted by | Crochet | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment