Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Our homework was to disolve the fabric and we're to bring our results to class tomorrow. I took mine over to Granny's where my Aunt and Cousin and I all got stuck in disolving the fabric which turned into sticky snot. Here's Granny having a go:
It's turned out beautiful and lacy (but it's still got the snotty stuff on it-I need to disolve a bit more) and I want to do more!
I've also been working on a custom raglan cardi
It's worked up really quickly in Fleece Artist Boucle and Slub...not sure where it's going to go from here though. I've worked on it some more and had lot's of great advice from the ladies at the loop and at SnB so we'll see!
Soundtrack: "United States of Whatever", Liam Lynch
Friday, November 18, 2005
In the mean time I have loads of WIPS.
This subfusc photo shows my attempt at the errata-filled Saxon Braid from "Knitting on the Edge". It should turn into the cuffs and collar for a jacket. The next photo is a neckwarmer in Noro based on an antique lace pattern (I used the same for some gauntlets a while ago.)
I'm also trying to finish up my version on R2's "Drawn on and Dinky", but it's not going too well. Any tips on machine sewing onto loose knitting????
Thats it for now, I bought some beautiful Baby Alpaca from The Loop which is waiting to become a capelet.
Soundtrack: "Honey Hi", "Take the Skinheads Bowling", Camper Van Beethoven
Friday, November 11, 2005
The Show is over! ahhhhhhh. But now all those things I put on hold (from xmas knitting to cleaning out the fridge-yuck) are looming large and I must relax. It is okay to relax. Need proof? My nerves were so haywire I had to go to emerg. Chest pains, breathing problems, the lot. We tested for Everything and it turns out I've got myself into quite the state and need stress treatment. I was upset that I had gone through all these tests for that diagnosis but then a different Dr came in and asked me what I'm studing. "ummm I'm just doing some niteclasses at nscad right now." "what kind?" "textiles" "do you spin?" "OMG Are you the SPIN DOCTOR?!?!?!?"
You see, there is this dr who works in emerg and to calm down, his hobby is fixing spinning wheels. Someone told me to take my wheel to him but I had put it off. There he was in my little cubical giving me tips on organic purple dyes! I have taken it as a great omen. My first step towards destressing has been to pick out some patterns that need my full attention. Lace and cables. No more making 5 hats while I watch Golden Girls.
Back to the show...there are better photos, but I seem to have messed up my computer downloading too many alpaca photos. The show went really well; you can still find the website here. We got press this time (which was really strange....the interviewer asked me what kind of stuff I make. We were standing in front of my stuff. sigh.) and lots more people. I made double what I did last time ($$!) and I might even have a job (!!) A lovely lady came to talk to me about running crochet workshops. I don't want to get into it too much just yet as nothing's really confirmed. Still, to all the people who said crochet was a waste of time and that you can't make money in fibre arts...ummm.."na na na na boo boo." (this is a family blog you know.) I'm sure I'll be blogging MUCH more about this in the next little while, and maybe even asking for advice.
My Fibre Manipulation class has started up. Last night we did free motion embroidery, but last week we did needle felting and I kind of went crazy...Meet my new pet cat, and my new mascot *blank*. See, it was meant to be an alpaca, but I couldn't get the neck stiff enough and now it looks like a beautiful pony; like rhiannon when she turns into a horse, I think. Either way it needs a name.
So with my little felty friends I am calming down; everything is right in pomoboho land. You can make money crocheting, and trips to the Dr can end in more help than you even imagined. lol 'Spin Doctor'. Only in the Maritimes.
Soundtrack: "99lbs", Humble Pie
Thursday, November 03, 2005
I've been doing the swaps at
PurplePinkandOrange and October's theme was 'snacks'. It didn't even occur to me to do halloween, but I got the most amazing treat bag from my swap pal and it arrived on the 31st to boot! Thank you! I got a package from Mum on the same day! Good snackn and good knittn. Note all the crazy japanese candy, and the cans of candycorn pop! Who knew?
In between munching on things I can't pronounce, I've been crocheting cat ears:
Edit:I forgot that I was going to mention how amazing the Holiday VK is! I almost wet myself! K, end of edit....
We had a lovely time at S&B tonite with 2 new ladies! I hope they keep coming. I showed off my 'sweatshop'ish speed at crocheting and decided to post it so that you can all enjoy (and/or be freaked out; even I didn't know I'm that fast). Take that Lily Chin! Here's a movie in two parts showing me making the flower described in the last post. It's really silly. These movies go out to the guy who was taking photos of us at uncommon grounds tonight. I hope you enjoy.
Soundtrack: "Paganini's Moto perpetuo", Bella Fleck