Sunday, May 27, 2012

Nose, meet grindstone.

Okay, with less then 1 month before school I've got to pull all my workbook stuff together and send it off!  It's (almost) all there, just sitting in a basket.  I'm going to haul it all over to the shop and pull it all together.  And hopefully make it look pretty too.
I will leave you with this pretty picture of nature dyed BFL.  This is the final final project yarn.  (I'll post about my headache with that later)
Final final project yarn. Dyed with logwood, alum mordant
Yup, that color came from nature!  Isn't it pretty?  I used an Alum mordant and a log wood bath.   I played with a few other natural dyes too, but again, save those for a nother post (I don't have pictures of it all yet)

So, off I go to gather all my workbook stuff and get ready to go somewhere quiet with a lot of space to organise it all!


Thursday, May 10, 2012


I hate words. Plain and simple. Even writing this blog is difficult at times.  I thought if I started writing, it would get easier.  But it doesn't.  Or, at least it hasn't yet.  See, I've read over that bit before this 3 times trying to get the words in my head out... This is becoming a problem as I try to complete my workbook.  All the skeins are done.  The final project yarn is done. Edit: okay I lied.. I still have to dye it, and there doesn't seem to be any time in the next 2 weeks...  The essays, the paragraphs, the write ups...  not done.  Because no matter how hard I try, what I write doesn't sound right.  It's choppy.  I'd do better in point form, but it asks for paragraphs, and pages.  And proper form when indicating where I got my information from. good gracious.  I've never taken anything above grade 12 english.  edit: that was 11 years ago.... This essay stuff sucks.
I'm gonna throw myself a little pity party here for a bit, and then hope that tomorrows a better day for the putting the words together in the thingies they call sentences.....


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

QuirkieCraft: Giveaway Time!

Check it out!  Sheep Blue from QuirkyCraft is giving away some fabulous things on her blog.  She's just opened an etsy full of great things, and to celebrate, she's spreading the crafty love!  Go check it it out! :D

QuirkieCraft: Giveaway Time! Come one, come all!: I've been wanting to do another giveaway to thank all my followers for their unending support and comments and what better opportunity than ...

Friday, May 4, 2012

Almost There

Firstly, has it really been 10 days since I last posted?  Sorry about that!  Here's a pretty yarn picture I offer in apology.

bamboo art

Now on with it!
 Yesterday I set out to ply my beautiful BFL singles in the sun.   Now, that looks like very close to the same amount of yarn on each bobbin, right?  The one maybe has a little less, but not much right?

BFL singles, ready for plying

WRONG!  After  a while (when the sun began to hide and supper needed to be cooked, I moved inside) I looked down and noticed this:
I hate when this happens
Really?!  There was that much more single left on the bobbin???

This is how it ended.  With one bobbin nearly 1/2 full, the other completely empty.
One bobbin half full, the other empty. WTHeck?

I hate when that happens.  But I ended up with 640yards!  Now, how much is left on that bobbin?  Probably another 200.  That's a lot of yarn!  Look at how pretty it turned out!  A little thicker then I had intended, but hopefully that doesn't make a crazy difference in the Belinda shawls second layer...

BFL 2 ply

Speaking of the Belinda shawl, I finished off the first layer!  It still needs to be blocked, but I'll wait for the second layer to be finished.  Look how much more yarn I have left!  Matching hat?  Mittens?  Fingerless gloves? Leg warmers?  Who knows.... Something though!

Belinda Shawl, layer a

Now just to figure out this nature dyeing again! That beautiful white wont be white for long!