Crafting Bee

I know this space has been filled with my former job woes and the like then silence for the last couple of weeks but behind the scenes, crafting has kept me sane and out of jail!  😀  Every project has a story but there’s been so much going on, I’m going to skip the stories and just show you the proof.  Plus there’s the inclination to just post to Instagram immediately then forget about it,  but I’ve missed this space so I’m back posting here.   Since my last crafty post I’ve been:

getting jiggy with natural dyeing.  Tumeric, coffee, red cabbage leaves have all been my mediums.  I wish I lived some place where I could go foraging for plants and nuts that I can use for dyeing.  Or even grow my own plant dyes in a garden, but until I can do that, I’ll make do with the mediums I have access too.   I have my eye on this Earthhues Natural Dye kit.  It’s a little pricey but it’s worth it as a kit.  If I had to pay for dye from each individual plant, nut or root in the kit, I’d spend a lot more.  Maybe this could be a Christmas gift to myself.  💡   In the mean time, the results of what I’ve been doing have been amazing but I’ll let the pictures do the talking:

Tumeric Experiment II

Dyed with tumeric/chile powder 1:1 mix, this is the perfect yellow!

Reducto I

The dye bath for this project was made from red cabbage.  I over-dyed a skein of Pearlescent Tonal from Knitpicks and got this amazing grey lilac shade.

Island Spice

And this skein is dyed with coffee.  The fiber is pure merino so the sheen on it post dye job is amazing!!!

All the fibers used are natural fibers — mostly merino and merino blends.  They all turned out so splendidly I can’t pick a favourite.  Can you?  The experience has been amazing with quite a lot of learning opportunities.  I think I’m going to have to start making notes while I do what I do so I can replicate the dye jobs if I need to.

In other crafty news, while my friend Sudana and I were in CT at Stitches East, I took a weaving class.  I have to say, SE didn’t have a lot of vendors but the classes I took and experiencing Hartford, CT definitely were worth the trip. As for weaving, I’m totally hooked!!!  At the end of the all day class, I ended up with this scarf:

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Not exactly the best woven scarf ever seen by mankind but I am very proud of it.  I found the process of weaving very calming — you get into a kind of rhythm that’s just so meditating.  I can’t wait to do more weaving soon.

I’ve also done my first set of cables; not that I thought they were hard, I just never did a project with them.  This one was a quick, easy one made to cover up a not so pretty mug.  I love the end result.   How luscious are those cables?!!!!  Now I want to make all the cable thingz!!!!!  😀     I’ve already started a cable hat!

Cabled Mug Cozy
I’ve also done washcloths for myself

Dishcloths

A hat designed by Bethany Hill called “Drips”.   This is a really lovely pattern, perfect for a person beginning colour-work.  My big head and hair however didn’t fit the hat but Bethany was great on IG and gave me the modifications to make it in a bigger size.

DaDa or Incendio

And on top of all that, I’ve been spindle spinning:

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There’s a not so nice story about how I actually started spindle spinning but at the end of it all, I’m glad the end result of that day was me learning a new crafty skill.  Especially one that I’ve been butting heads with for so long.  I’m not done the second braid yet … well half a braid.  Both samples were about 2 ozs each.  With the first, I ended up with 40 yards of worsted weight yarn.  The fiber spun was 2 oz of Coopworth I got in the Craftsy spinning kit for the class “From Fluff to Stuff” and the second is some Targhee fiber from “Into the Whirled” I got from a friend .  I’ll have to document my spinning adventures in separate posts but for now, that’s what I’ve been working on spinning wise.

So see … I haven’t been a slacker.    😀    I’ve just bee n delinquent in posting what I’ve been up to craft wise.  Now that it’s Fall aka nesting time, you’ll be seeing much more.

So … now that I’ve shown you all that I’ve been doing, the question is — what have you been working on?  😀

P.S. Paula, this crafty update is dedicated to you!  Just so you know your friend is not a slacker.  ❤    😀

Crime & Punishment

It’s time for me to come clean y’all!  I mean really clean.  Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Let me tell y’all what has happened to me.  😳

A few weeks ago, I had the audacity to respond to Andi’s post “Thoughts on Finishing Things” and stated that I’m now a monogamous crafter.   I even went on to say that my “Mood Blanket” project was keeping me on the straight and narrow and that I didn’t suffer from cast-on-itis anymore.  I absolutely didn’t plan to tell such lies!   I was so proud of myself with my  … errrr … alleged …. one Mood Blanket project.  But then my W.I.P (work in progress) basket started to mock me.  I mean — it showed absolutely no respect!  Called me a liar!  Had projects all up and through my apt — on my work table, on my couch, on my night stand and even in my bed!   Taunting me like “monogamy, what is that m’lady”?

Then exposed me it did:

Laurie's beanie

It showed me the beanie I need to add 1 inch of stockinette too, then decrease for my friend Laurie.  Plus it reminded me of the purple pom-pom I need to finish it off with.

Socks

Then I got slammed with two at a time socks that’s been sitting in my yarn bowl for the last three months.  I’ve been promising to make socks since last year. 😳

Mood Blanket Progress

I tried to hide, but was accosted by my mood blanket that’s stuck at 2.5 rounds behind.  Oye vey!!!!   She’s a demanding beauty that one.  Le sigh!

Julian's Blanket

Then I got blasted with the fact that I started Julian’s blanket last week after the Tax Office tried to sandbag me with a crazy bill, but I don’t like garter stitch in Stylecraft’s DK yarn so I hauled out some worsted in sea blue colours, only to have them sit there waiting for a start date.    This blanket was supposed to be done since last year; he’s going to be 1 in August, in a mere few weeks.  Bigger Le Sigh!

By this time, I was whimpering, asking my WIP basket not to charge me with treasonous lying behavior, to give me another chance and I got one.  I got my sentence lessened based on the fact that I actually finished a project  this week.  It was my HPKCHC project for my Defense of Dark Arts class.   This project is the “Big Lace Scarf” which was perfect for newbie lace knitters, but let me not digress.

HPKCHC DADA Spring 14

Although I had that project to help me out a little, the fact that I had a mojito then cast on my first colourwork hat on Monday night and worked on it up to midnight ended any graciousness my WIP basket had for me.   An alcohol induced cast-on!  Treason!!!!!   In my defense, I had tried to start this project on the train earlier in the day, but my needles separated while I was doing the ribbing so I waited until later.  What?!!!! That’s the truth!  With all that drama and the fact that I had the nerve to cast on yet another project — woooo Nellie — not even the sweetness of the colourwork gave me favor.

First Colourwork Hat

My sentence: Finish all these (except for the mood blanket) and make progress on my sweater before Stitches East (October 9th 2014).   Finish them or be sentenced to the Monogamy Tower with no chance of parole or leniency.  Without opportunity to start new projects or practice new techniques .  Finish them and showcase each of them in their own F.O. post by or before the deadline or be forever known as a starter, never a finisher!

That’s too heavy a price for me to pay for not being monogamous.  I have a day off on Friday; I intend to get up early, put on pretty pjs and designate the long weekend as time served for these projects.  Will any of you be in the cells above, below or next to me?  I know I’m not the only one.  Maybe we can commiserate through the walls?  😦