Twofer: 17/52 & Craft Challenge Round-up

This week has been long, short, trying and happy all in the same vein.   I was out all day yesterday which leaves today as the one day I have to get everything I need to get done for the weekend.  So instead of doing two posts I’m going to do my “Blessings” post and my craft-challenge round up together.   Hope you don’t mind.  😳


  • This week brought me two very unpleasant professional interactions that made the second part of the quote below very real and very true.


  • But while those interactions were unpleasant, one thing that I did appreciate was that I  recognized early in both interactions the reality of the second portion of the  quote and knew when to stop talking.  That minimized the level of frustration I could have felt and provided added impetus for me to get certain things done.  I can’t say that I’d like to repeat those interactions but they definitely were great learning tools.
  • Spending the day outside my urban jungle yesterday.  It was a splendidly beautiful day and it was just so refreshing and rejuvenating being away from all the lack of quiet and privacy that exists in an urban environment.
  • Being able to reconnect with a young woman I used to babysit when I was 19.  The trip outside the city yesterday was to attend her baby shower.  It’s been a couple of years since I’d seen her but I recently reconnected with the family.  It was wonderful to see the woman, wife and soon to be mother she’s becoming.  Just heart-warming!  Best to you T!
  • I may not be able to purchase yarn, but I’m not going to lie, the two unpleasant interactions (discussed above) made me want to do some retail therapy.  It was awesome that my two yarn club installments from Oct and Nov of last year piqued some interest (the colours didn’t work for me) and I was able to do two kinda sorta trades.   On Friday, I got two of these babies:


Two Madeline Tosh Merino Light skeins in Magenta.  To replace my yarn club Vishnu and on their way are


  • Four skeins of Madeline Tosh Sport in Gilded for my three skeins of Tosh Mo in El Arbol.  Yes you read that right!  😛  I’m getting four for three since the price paid for the four (bought on sale) is just a few $$ short of what I paid for the three skeins.
  • And, if that wasn’t enough, my friend E, is sending me some undyed skeins (I should get those tomorrow) so I could continue to practice dyeing!  So while I didn’t purchase yarn with my own $$$, these stash enhancements came as wonderful treats without me having to break my cold sheep streak!!!!  How awesome is that?!

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As for my craft book challenge this month, I:

  • had some fun and created some cuties aka my Spring Time project.

All of these projects came from these books below — although I need to tell on myself and disclaim that the Spring Time cuties came from 500 Crochet Blocks which was recently purchased.  😛  Aahhh well.  At least it’s not some random magazine; it’s a learning tool. That means I can catch a break right?  😀

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I still haven’t started Z’s blanket because I’m wavering on if I should use the Red Heart Super Saver yarn or if I should get something softer.

The apt hunting and other changes count-down is on for me so I have to be brutal with my time management.  With all of that however, my goals for May is to:

  • test swatch this project and maybe even start it.
  • learn a new technique
  • start and try to finish my first garment.  I mean, I’m ridiculous with this now.  It’s been on my list for two months.  It’s only a baby sweater.  One that I could supposedly finish in 5 hours.  In May, I have two long weekends, I MUST finish this.  #teamtenacity
  • mess around with my dyepot some more.  I’ve been bitten by the dyeing bug!  😀
  • if I have the time, try to join the #teamsocklovers and at least start my first pair of socks.

Hope you all had a great week and cheers for wonderful happenings in the upcoming week!

Look Ma … I Made Pretty String!

I’m just going to let the pictures do the talking:


Cotton yarn used to make my number 8 ties before putting the yarn in a vinegar soak.


Tied up and waiting for the vinegar soak


Yarn spaghetti!

3:1 water to vinegar ratio


Post vinegar soak.  Waiting for the dye-bath.


Paas Easter egg dye.  I used only one pellet — the purple one.  Of course … 😀 

I had a major score with these at the supermarket.  Got a ton of boxes at .50 cents each!!!


Purple or navy blue?  Not so sure now but I’m about to add something else …


1/3 Special K protein powder mix.   Doesn’t the mixture look like the top of my Clorox wipes can?


In the dye-bath.

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Drying on my balcony …. aka the fire-escape.  😛


Spring Dream. 

Dried and ready to be caked. 

The colour is more saturated in some areas than others but the overall colour on the skein is definitely consistent.  I’ll be messing around with some more food dyes then on to the big leagues — acid dyes.  Dyeing will definitely in my near future; I can see myself becoming addicted to this.

Potential project: Slouched Tuva Hat by Turvid

Yarn used: KP Bare Worsted

Craft book used: Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece by Gail Callahan (I can’t say enough about this book.  A review to follow).  Added to library in 2012.

Hope you are having a lovely creative weekend — no matter what your craft/medium is!!!