Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
O man! Today we saw a sheep shearing! It was awesome. It was actually like a mile and a half from my house. The farm is called Sheepie Dreams Organic Farm. They were shearing and selling wool, honey, and beeswax salve. They don't seem to have a website.
On to the shearing. First they would grab a sheep by one of the back legs and pull it towards them. The sheep struggled a bit as it hopped towards the shearer but once they were in position, they seemed resigned and sat there fairly patiently while being sheared. They really lost an amazing amount of mass from the shearing. Hedgerose will post pictures when she gets home.
Then we went to Luminous Threads, a yarn store in Felton, at the recommendation of the farm owner, who is friends with the owner. It was a very nice store. It wasn't just yarn, there was also cloth and buttons and such. There were beautiful quilts on the walls and a wonderful display in the window. The owner was very nice and chatted with us about all the things that we do and were planning to do. We actually saw her briefly at the sheeping, so we talked about that too.
On the way home, there was a cop following us with its lights flashing. We pulled over and it passed us and then about a mile later we passed a horse trailer that had veered off of the road. We thought that a woman stopping traffic was trying to get a ride to the town, so we turn around and ended stuck for about half an hour. The horses were fine as far as we could see and Hedgerose and I discussed how we could expand our etsy store and eventually getting some sort of physical location or something. Very far in the future, with me still in school and the economy the way it is, in addition to Code Monkey discussing possibly moving to Seattle in around 5 years. Hedgerose wants to make sure that we are legally sound, with permits and such as well. Getting fancy. However, for the time being, I'm going to work on Christmas knitting and finish all my school work.
Monday, December 1, 2008
A few weeks ago, my friend Laurel semi-commissioned me to spin her a skein of black and green yarn, which should get done soon: I have to dye and spin it, so we'll see how it goes.
(ACoD: my mom had the idea of making a 3-D advent calendar for this year, so we are in the process of making it. We're making it essentially the same way you'd make a jewelry box insert, with lots of small sections forming one big box. It's both insane and awesome; this one will be *sure* to get pictures, as I got my dad to take pictures while we were working. It's about 13x19; the smallest boxes will probably end up being about 1.5x1.5, and the largest about 3x3. I can't *wait* to finish it!)
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Hedgerose and some other friends came over and we watched movies and chatted and worked on our crafts.
Hedgerose and I spun in the morning and dyed in the afternoon. We also had people there sewing, and crocheting, and drawing.
Kathleen took lots of pictures for us! Therefore there is also a massive update on our Etsy store. We now actually sell yarn, imagine that.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
However, I was struck last night when I combed my stash for sock yarn and finished socks. I have almost enough socks for everyone and an entire Trader Joe's bag full of just sock yarn. This post a 80 day yarn diet. Sheesh. It looks like there will be more yarn dieting. I cracked a few days ago, intending to only get yarn for a pair of socks for a friend (he wanted a particular color I didn't have) and suddenly there was a lot of yarn. It was like when you take a spoon of ice cream and then the carton was gone. I would blame it on the wool fumes, but you can't do that online.
I *have* been working on socks: I have about three socks in various stages of completion scattered around my room. I forgot to bring them with me to LA this weekend (I was at a linguistics conference-- yes, the mild-mannered teacher is Just a Disguise), so they're not as done as I'd like them do be, but hey! socks! There's no bad there. I'll try and post some pictures soonish.
While I was in LA this weekend, however, I did go to PaperSource, that Store of Vile Temptation. I picked up an awesome awesome swingtag kit, which I then proceeded to hammer together on my brother's table. I also picked up some book blocks and some really nifty paper for making some more hardbound books. Again, pictures will be up when I, er, magically gain a camera. My plans for House Christmas this year involve making lots and lots of books, so we'll see how that goes.
And now, I go to make dinner. Mmmmmmmm, pasta.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The copper project is going nicely. The vinegar is noticeably blue and I think that Hedgerose and I will try out some dyeing on Monday, as we both have the day off and will be
In other news, I had to reset my "days since bought yarn" count back to zero. It was all the way up to 90 days. Because I bought the yarn to make socks for a friend, I briefly debated letting it keep counting, since it was so close to 100, but felt that the joy and glory would feel ill gotten at that glorious moment. O well, it will make the real 100 day feel all the more exciting when it does get here.
Monday, October 27, 2008
So I had an idea. I read somewhere that by soaking copper in vinegar, you get an interesting blue dye. Needless to say, I had to try it. It will b a while before I can actually add the yarn, as I am still spinning and the copper is still vinegaring, but for now there is a jug of slowly blueing vinegar on my deck, confusing my room mates. I am trying a bunch of pennies in one jar and a copper coil in the other. I'll be interested to see what the difference in color between the two jars is. I actually do a lot of craft shopping the hardware store. My weights are fishing weights, the copper wire, etc. They must think that I am either doing something really cool or that I am crazy.
Friday, October 24, 2008
It has been a week of dyeing! Over the last 5 days I managed to get 11 skeins dyed! And I dyed all of them with kool aid and food dye! Ok, enough with the exclamiation points. I experimented with a few new ways of dyeing this time around. I am a fan of the dunk and boil way of dyeing. You mix up the color of Kool Aid that you like, put the yarn into it, and boil it until the color is out of the water and into the yarn. Seriously, it is enough to make you never want to drink Kool Aid again. You can use the same water over and over again. That is just wrong. (I actually drank some Kool Aid last night anyways. I bought several packets of Mexican Kool Aid, which for some reason has sugar in the mix, in addition to having to mix in like a cup of sugar, it's weird. So I have about 12 packets of this drink mix to drink or pawn off on people. Digression).
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
My current fiber project is to make a bunch of single, coordinating socks-- I am one of those rather unfortunate people who get sidetracked waaaaay too easily, but hopefully knitting one sock at a time will help cure that. I've also been making crocheted lace trim; I need to dye it before I put pictures up, but it's pretty awesome.
I do other crafts as well; most recently, I've been doing a lot of bookbinding (I finally learned casing in!) and spend time in front of the T.V. mindlessly making paper flowers.