Archive for October, 2009

Is it possible? I learned something new.. again??

Posted in Adventures in Dyes, Life, Other Crafts, Spinning with tags , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2009 by sweetnightmare

Photos are all at the bottom in the gallery.

Yes it is! I can’t believe I picked up something new..a new obsession… I need more space because soon I’m going to have a new kind of stash… in addition to the yarn and the fabric lol! I have thought about doing it for months and finally, I did it. I bought my first spindle and roving. It’s pretty awesome. I got a nice little top-whorl with 4 ounces of beautiful wool fiber. Hubby doesn’t get it, and DD wants to naw on it lol I started off just using it to put twist back into that reclaimed yarn that I wrote about two or three posts back (in the photo of the mini skeins- the first one has the loosest twist, the second is better, and the last is perfect.. that one has so many tails because that was my ball of tied together scraps). It turned out pretty good. I figured out as I went along how much twist I needed and you can see the progress in my mini skeins 🙂

Today-er.. yesterday, I finally split, drafted and even if it is almost the thickness of thread lol! There are a few parts where it is thinner than I wanted and a few bumps here and there but I like it, it’s kool. I can’t wait to ply it. I think it will turn out nicer. Monday I plan to order a bottom whorl and another top-whorl spindle from Bohemia Fibers. Check out her shop, she has a lot of scrumptious items and she is just  lovely person. I also plan on getting some yummy fiber from Sheep Shed Studio.. actually the roving I have is from there. I can’t wait until Monday!!!

Oh yea! My kool-aid dyed yarn that I wrote about in my last post finally dried. It turned out beautifully. Isn’t it the most fantastic shade of red? Awesome.

Soy Escuchando: The Devil Wears Prada / What’s your name again?

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Finally a decent one!

Posted in Adventures in Dyes, Free Patterns (from other sites), Knits, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2009 by sweetnightmare

Ugh, there’s nothing I would rather be doing (aside from being with my loves) that I would rather do than knit and crochet (and now spin!!). School is driving me crazy, last week I had five papers to write and two math tests. It was insane, I barely had any family or me time.

While I read my text books I worked on another baby hoodie. A few posts back I wrote about a baby sweater I made that turned out disastrous. Well it turned out way better time, I’m so happy I concured that pattern! I added three of the cutest little Ladybug fabric buttons to it. It’s adorable, a total shame it doesn’t fit my daughter. I am planning to sell this one once I open my Etsy shop. Once again, the pattern is free and available at Lion brand.

Success! This hoodie turned out great!

Success! This hoodie turned out great!

I recently bought some natural wool to dye myself. I bought it from Etsy seller Mamajudes. She has a lot of beautiful hand dyed yarns, I am also lucky enough to own one of her hand dyed yarn. I wanted to dye the hank I purchased and since I have never done it before I decided to try the Kool-Aid dye method. It was fun to do, I found some good instructions from Wool Festival.com. I used the stove top method.  I used three packets of Black Cherry first but I got a gradient that went from red to a lighter shade of red so I redyed it and it turned out so much better. I found it interesting that when you leave the yarn in the pot it sucks all the color up and you are left with just clear water!

Mama Judes hand dyed yarn, Merry Go Round

Mama Judes hand dyed yarn, Merry Go Round

My hank of fishermans wool before I dyed it.

My hank of fishermans wool before I dyed it.

Right now the hank is drying over my heater, so I will post a picture once it’s completely dry.

My daughter is turning one next week, I am so happy! I feel accomplished, it’s hard to raise a child and this is only the first year. She is such a joy and growing like a sprout. She has six teeth already, six! She has grown so much it’s just amazing. I can’t believe how fast it’s all going by.

Soy Escuchando:  The Dead 60’s / Just another love song

Reclaimed!

Posted in Charity <3, Crochet, Knits, Precious Awakening, sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2009 by sweetnightmare

I started my courses almost three weeks ago. Wow, it’s so much harder than I thought it was going to be. It’s only hard because I have my little BB girl to care for who still needs me so much. Oh she is just growing way too fast. I can’t hardly believe we are in October!!!! My princess is turning 1 this month! Time has just flown by. I’m so excited to celebrate it. Expect birthday party crafts soon!

So my grandmother every once in a while will send me some hand-me-down clothes from her church clothing swap. She sent me a knit sweater that had a large collar that could be buttoned up to be a turtle neck and a thin cable pattern. I didn’t like it mostly because my head is round and it just doesn’t look right on me. Turtle necks make my head look bigger and rounder. It was a Cherokee brand shirt (one of those brands from like Kmart or Walmart or something) and man was I surprised to see that it was HAND KNIT! I got super excited! Finally, I could reclaim some yarn!! Woo hoo!! I suck though, I never think until it is too late to take a before shot. It took two or three days but I got it all into balls. I should have only had 4 balls but ended up with 7 because I had some problems trying to figure out how to unravel it. It was pretty complicated.

Reclaimed yarn

Reclaimed yarn

So I am now the happy owner of reclaimed 60% cotton 40 % acrylic yarn. It’s made up of two strand of light and a darker blue. Each strand is a 2 ply so I guess it’s a 4 ply ???. I  I have 2 large, 2 medium, 2 small, and 1 small ball is purely scraps I tied together. That ball is going to be wound into a magic yarn ball I have been making with all my yarn left overs. It is mixed with different weights, fibers, colors. I don’t know what I will make with it but it will be funky! I plan to show that off the magic ball next post I have a bunch of leftovers to add to it.

Projects that I have just finished are another hoodie made with Jiffy yarn. No picture yet. I am waiting to finish another one that I am working on with Bernat Softee Chunky. I want to compare results. I also (believe it or not) just finished last week my first two basic granny square blankets. I added a picot edge to it. For one of them I had enough yarn to make a matching hat. I love it, it’s so cute. Both blankets are to be donated to my hospital next month.

First granny square blanket with matching hat

First granny square blanket with matching hat

In other crafts- Last month I sewed my first messenger bag. Isn’t it awesome? I love the fabric. It inspired me to make the tentacle appliques. The are carefully cut from solid fabrics and I used some heavy weight sew-in interfacing for the backing. The details are hand drawn. I love this bag so much. I use it to carry library books. I wish that I had used some thicker fabric. The entire bag is made of cotton, I would have had more use out of it had I used  some black cotton twill or something like that. Flip the flap and you’ll see I made pockets have room for a wallet, pocket notebook, and cell phone. There are also pockets for pens, pencils, knitting needles or crochet hooks! Inside the bag I made one large pocket with snaps to close it and snaps for the flap too. It’s large enough to fit my 14″ laptop so I put it there to take the pictures. I’m so proud of it!

Front of messenger bag

Front of messenger bag

The pockets under the flap.

The pockets under the flap.

Soy escuchando: Wojciech Kilar / Mina/Dracula