2017 so far

I fell behind in posting my projects (as usual) so figured I’d post what I’ve done so far at the end of June. I’m a bit late, but here we go!

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Back scrubber

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Washcloth

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More wash cloths

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Hot pads

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Alpaca blanket

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Added some decoration to my shelf, mostly to keep things from falling of the back.

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Pin loom woven teddy bear

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Back of bear

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Knit shawl of my own design

I have some other things to post, but will put them in their own postings later. I’ve not done too much as I have many hobbies and jump around, but I’m back into a crafting craze, so many more to come!

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Tour de Fleece – Day One

Like last year, this year I am on three teams for the tour: Team Webs, Team Merlin Tree, and Team Loop.

I have a big stash of fiber so it’s always hard to choose which I am going to spin first. Last year I was subscribed to Spinning Box, which is a great subscription based product where you get sent samples from various venders, plus the main vendor Camaj fiber arts. I did a six month subscription but had not spun any of it yet. So I decided to spin up these boxes to start.

The first one I grabbed was from last August which was ocean themed (each month is themed). I wanted to spin the larger colorway from Camaj seperatly, but wasn’t sure about the rest. I decided to just spin them all one after the other and then ply it together and see what I got. I’m not sure what I think of the final product of that bunch, but I love how the Camaj spun up on it’s own.

This is all the others plied together.

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Ocean

This is the colorway “Sea Nymph” created by Camaj. I love, love, love how it spun up!

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“Sea Nymph”

I have not set the twist yet so don’t have a yardage for them right now. Together, they weigh just under 10oz.

I don’t know which box I will be doing next, or if I’ll do a Loop bump next instead. We’ll see!

My First Spinning Box

There are a ton of different monthly subscription boxes out there, which makes me very excited. I was doing one for Japanese treats for a while (Skoshbox) but since I’m trying to lose weight, I did not renew my subscription. Then while on Ravelry (I think) I started seeing ads for a Spinning Box, so of course I had to check it out. I love surprises like this and being fiber related was a huge plus. Not that I really need to add more to my stash, but at least Tour de Fleece is starting soon so hopefully I’ll be spinning up a lot of my stash.

Anyway, after looking at pictures and videos of previous boxes, I decided to sign up for the three month package. This month’s theme is “Galaxy” so I was very excited to see what would be in it. It arrived the other day and my mind was blown at the amount of goodies in that box. I was expecting half that amount!  As soon as I took it out of the box and opened the tissue paper, everything exploded on my bed!

The pictures can speak for themselves:

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So was it worth it? YES! Am I glad I signed up for the three month and am already thinking I’ll extending it longer after that? Hell YES!  If you haven’t already, go check out Spinning Box, but you have to be quick as there is only a limited number of subscriptions each month. If you are interested, sign up for the email.  Also, they do have a Facebook page.

The next challenge will be figuring out what to make with everything!

NY Sheep and Wool a.k.a Rhinebeck

Yesterday I went to the NY Sheep and Wool festival in Rhinebeck, NY. My mother and I went via bus that left from a local yarn store. We left the lot at 7am and arrived around 10am.  There was a sea of cars parked in the lots and I was happy that we did not drive ourselves because trying to find our car after would have been like trying to find a needle in a haystack!

We made sure to pick up the program book that had a map as well as the times for events, workshops and a long list of vendors. There were around 200 vendors there so we saw some of everything.  It was a constant stream of ‘oooh’ and ‘aaahs’ coming from us as well as the other visitors. The vendors were nice and very helpful, as well as some of the visitors if they heard you talking about something.

I saw so many things that I wanted and yet I was trying to be good. I still had a lot of fiber at home waiting to be spun up, so I only got a few items. I also got a Turkish spindle that I’ve been wanting to try. I played with it on the bus before we left to head home. I don’t know how I managed it, but my wallet was not empty when we left!  You can see my haul in the picture, but here is a list of what I got;

1) Turkish spindle (I don’t remember which vendor I got it from. All the cards I picked up went into my bag)

2) 4oz of Merino/Silk roving from Lisa Souza in the Bird of Paradise colorway. This is the first thing I bought. I could have gone crazy in her stall because everything there was beautiful. I did not want to spend all my money in the first building though!

3) Three little felted wool sheep to add to my mini flock

4) Two bags of Cotswold curls to spin with. I’ve always wanted to try and they are very pretty. From Solitude Wool.

5)  One back of mixed rainbow fiber to card with so I can make my own batts/rolags. (I’ll be getting a blending board this week) from loop.

6) One pair of Addi knitting needles

7) The Granny Square Book by Margaret Hubert. This woman was at the table with the books signing them. She signed the copy I bought for me. She also gave me a mini lesson as I am a beginner (just talking, not showing since neither of us had the supplies for it). She is extreamly nice and pleasant. She also said that if I had questions on anything that I could email her and she’d help me out. How many people do you know would do that? So yeah, she’s a sweetheart.

8) I contacted Dave at The Merlin Tree where I got my Roadbug. I wanted to get a jumbo flyer and bobbins because the normal ones are too small (fill up too fast). He said that they were currently discontinued because he is working on a new model which will be out the end of January. He then said that he had one left of the current one and said that he would bring it to Rhinebeck for me. So I purchased that and an extra bobbin from him (because I don’t want to wait until Jan!) and he was, as always, a pleasure to deal with.  If you are looking for a great wheel that is inexpensive, then I highly recommend checking out The Merlin Tree.

I saw beautiful African baskets and the man who was making them. I really wanted to get one but I do not have the room for one at this time. Someone was kind enough to give me a link to the online shop where I could buy one later. I already have a few picked out.

The crowds were insane and some of the booths had long lines waiting to pay for their purchases, so we skipped some of the booths. We also skipped the wine and cheese tasking because the lines there were just as crazy. All in all, I had a fantastic time with my mother at Rhinebeck and I would love to go again next year.

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12 Hats for the 500 Hat Project

12 Hats for the 500 Hat Project

In two weeks I have managed to knit up 12 childrens hats to donate to the 500 Hats Project charity! I did not let myself work on any other crafts because I knew that if I stopped knitting, the chances that I would go back to it were slim. I wanted to donate more than two or three hats. I finished with twelve in total and five of them were made with yarn from my stash. So I stash busted and made something for charity. Double win!

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Baby blanket

I finished the baby blanket that I have been working on off and on for awhile now. It will be for my brothers baby who is due at the end of this month. They want the gender to be a surprise, so I figured that cream was a nice  neutral color. This blanket is loom knit and just uses the basic stitch, nothing fancy.

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Last weekend I played with a new kind of resin. I found some bottle caps to test it out with to see how it worked. You can’t really tell there is resin in these, but there is. Only two of them messed up. The powder floated to the top a bit. The hart still needs to be polished. It has silver dust through it, those are not air bubbles. 

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I currently am working on knitting a hat to go towards the 500 Hats charity I posted about the other day. They are collected hats up until the end of this month. I will post a picture closer to the end of the month to show what I made. Hopefully I won’t get distracted and will have more than this one to show off!

Results of Stashbusting

I am finally getting around to posting pictures of the projects I have finished. All of the yarn in this picture:

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Is now gone! This is all acrylic yarn. Actually, the only yarn I still have that is in this picture is the blue mohair on the right in the back. Here are a couple things I have made with it. I don’t have pictures of everything I did, but at least I have these:

1) Pillow

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2) Doll blanket

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3) Yarn doll. This is the first one I’ve ever made.

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4) and the biggest, a stashgan using up all of the rest of the yarn. I did not plan it out, I just grabbed yarn as I went. I should have put the white between each color, but I thought I had more of the colors than I did. Either way, all the yarn is gone and I have a blanket.

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I currently have another blanket in progress. It’s about halfway done. Pictures to come when I get around to finishing it.

Now I just need to start working on my small stash of cotton yarn. Still not quite sure what I’ll be making with that yarn yet. Next month I am going to the big Sheep and Wool festival in Rhinebeck, NY. It will be my first time going and I am super excited about it. It is also why I started working harder on trying to use up my current stash. I know I’ll be bringing home more fiber to spin and yarn!

I have also been playing with resin again. I found a couple of new molds to work with. I still need to do the finishing touches on them, so no pictures yet.

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