Posts Tagged ‘alpacas’

Once again it is time for the weekly Craft or Bust update.  This might just be my shortest post ever.

Craft or Bust Update:

  • I spent the week happily entranced in the world of spinning. That’s it in a nutshell!

OH! I just saw this giveaway on Silver’s(a.k.a. Our Craft or Bust Capt’n) website.  Check it out at Spin Knit and Life Fibercrafts’ blog. Okay, that’s it for this week!


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With all the craftiness going on in my ‘verse, Craft or Bust (CoB) seems only natural. I got a good chuckle at my list of goals as being described as a “quite organized set of goals”. I do like organization. ha ha! Although sometimes people do not understand my system of organization, particularly those only meant for me to follow! The list below is meant for everyone to be able to follow so I guess I should begin with a rundown of creative adventures from this week.  I will be doing a weekly check-in on Sundays as I participate in the group.

  • I am working on a 12×12 inch square for someone in the RAK group.  There is a  lovely soul there organizing to make afghans, or as she referred to them, comfortghans.  She is honoring several slain police officers. If you are part of Ravelry check it out here. Maybe you have time to knit or crochet a square or two? She is requesting they be made in 100% acrylic. Could be the perfect way to use up that acrylic you want out of your stash….only requirement is they be in red, white, and/or blue.
  • I signed on for my first art card exchange.  The theme is Imbolc and the exchange has been organized by Jen over at Chasing Domestic Bliss.  I have been busily working away on my card and am thoroughly enjoying this process.
  • I prepared(frogged) my yarn for my Traveling Woman lace project.  New beginnings. 🙂  I did get to see how many times I caught some of the individual fibers when making a stitch…hmm need to watch that one more carefully from now on. Largest piece I have ever frogged.
  • Working on some new photography.

I have been continuing with my theme of clearing your space clears your mind.  I have a friend that laughs when I tell her I am cleaning. “You cannot possibly have that much stuff”, she says as she laughs.  I did my best to explain to her that for me cleaning, or better yet clearing, is a process. In a way, it is like a meditation.  Letting go that which does not(or no longer) suit(s) you.  I can feel the difference in my home as I clear my space.  The theme of clearing out the old to make way for the new is in perfect time for Imbolc.  New beginnings.

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I feel like my head was swirling around today but in a good way. Meditation seems to help bring clarity.  Things have begun to click a bit and interweave together in a beautiful way and I am very grateful. I signed on to participate in a KAL on Twitter (aka #twitKAL).  The cast on date begins on January 27th so for those interested in signing up you should visit Spazzy Amber here. She has written up the details about the KAL there.  I was VERY happy to see that the pattern that was chosen(by votes) was for the Traveling Woman by Liz AbinanteLiz’s website features the pattern for free and you can also find out details about it on Ravelry here(if you belong).  I started this same piece in a KAL late last year but did not finish it.  I was so eager to start it as my first lace project and my first piece in Alpaca but I lost my gusto. Perhaps because it was something I wanted to make for myself and I had many other projects to make for other people.  My revised plan was to rip out the section that I did incorrectly and start over in January or February.  Well, while it was slowly making the way to the top of my to-do list I saw this twitKAL and waited with bated breath  to see the voting results.  Now I will be unraveling what I had started so I can give it another try on Wednesday, January 27th. Liz’s design was inspired by two things, one of them being the television show Bones(or if you are like me, the internet show) but I want you to visit Liz’s website to read about her inspiration. My inspiration for making this piece is it will be my first completed lace piece and I am so happy to have a group of people to work with as I go.  I am also very excited as I begin to explore the non-100% acrylic or dishcloth cotton fiber world.  Not that I have anything against them, I just never really knew the other world of fibers existed.  Well I guess in some way I knew they existed but they were not part of my normal realitySO here I am in 2010 beginning to push boundaries within my own reality and that is a good thing. Here is the picture of my alpaca yarn patiently waiting for Wednesday.  I will be ready and open to making these changes in my life.

Ironically, or should I say serendipitously, working on this twitKAL works beautifully with my Craft or Bust challenge.  Gee, do I call this a challenge? Well, Quicksilver Crafter set up the guidelines as “1. Join whenever.
2. Stay as long as you like.
3. Create, check in, be inspired, show off your craftigoodness, feel good.”

Come-on!  How can you beat those guidelines? Feeling Good sounds fab to me! Keeping with my desire to follow where my heart leads me, I had to really think about my personal guidelines.

Here is what I decided: 1. To craft, or better yet, create in the physical form the visions residing in my head and dreams. 2. work on various knitting/crochet/sewing/needlework projects that are in my storage bin in particular a twenty year old cross stitch(that I want to finish for someone that I think will love it). 3. Actually upload pieces to my Artfire store.

Seeing it is now the wee hours of the morning I will call it a night and hopefully have time tomorrow(or Sunday) to fill you in on a few other things that fall within the realm of Craft or Bust.

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Even though I have been blogging frequently I feel so far behind in my blogging.  So that being said, here is a bit of a rundown of what I want to share.

  • I am still involved in NaNoWriMo and working towards 50k words this month.
  • I have had several requests for more polymer clay pens so I have been busy working on a new batch of them.  Still deciding on if I should put some up for sale here or start an etsy shop. ANY THOUGHTS????
  • My follow-up to my afternoon in  Torrance… I met a wonderful couple from Rancho Borrego Negro in Fallbrook, California.  These super friendly people took the time to answer all my questions, and BOY DID I HAVE QUESTIONS! Kathy Lambert has an etsy shop that you can check out here. I love the pay-it-forward principle and I hope she doesn’t mind me listing her shop here but I am asking those of you that read this blog, please go check out her store.  When I find kind people, not to mention the fact that the  fibery goodness at her booth looked awesome, I like to tell other people about them.  There really needs to be more kindness in this world. At their booth they had a few large baskets of assorted roving, which they were more than happy to identify for me as I kept pulling them out and inquiring what type is this? One thing that I also thought was fun is the fact that they told me the name (the name they gave them because as you will read on her etsy site “every fiber grower has a name and many have a story as well”) of the animal from which the various fibers came. I walked away from the booth with my only purchase of the day, my first ever roving purchase!

Pics to come…..

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Happy father’s day to all the dads out there.  Thinking of my Dad today makes me need to write some more about this event at Kenyon Corn Meal Company. I did get to speak to my Dad on the phone today but the last time I got to visit my Dad & Mom we went on a little adventure.  When I get to visit Rhode Island I usually try to do things that bring back wonderful memories and also to have new experiences. This last trip provided adventure, reminiscing, and new experiences.. I asked my Dad if he knew if we could go see the Kenyon Grist Mill.  We sat and looked at the kenyon grist mill website together and watched video from when Martha Stewart Living came to the mill(go to the media room link on the Kenyon site). We also noticed that there was going to be an open house with free tours of the mill and free Johnny Cakes!!  How can you beat that?! Instead of charging admission, they asked for a donation of non-perishable food or  a clothing donation. Especially during challenging economic times, I am so grateful to the Drumm family for hosting such a wonderful event.  Many families are looking for ways to enjoy a day out.  I noticed they were offering more tours  throughout the summer for those that might be interested.

When I spoke with my Dad today he brought up the previous Kenyon Mill post and mentioned that he really liked the pictures so….here is another post of images from that day for all the Dads out there and to the Moms too!  

During the tour Paul Drumm III was describing the various equipment where the corn is ground including the wooden spindle  known as a damsel. While we were on the tour my Mom asked Paul a question.  “If the damsel has problems spinning around do they call it a damsel in distress?” People got a good chuckle out of that one!  She’s a quick witted lady!

I hope more people take the time to share special memories with the ones they love.  We can all make a difference in the life of someone else.  Even a small act of kindness can go a long way.  Random acts of kindness can multiply and we can change the world…one life at a time.

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Kenyon Corn Meal Co, located in Usquepaugh, RI had a festival featuring free tours of the mill and free johnny cake samples too!  You should check out there website here. When I checked it out I saw that Martha Stewart had done a segment on them.  I had checked out the website prior to going to the festival and got to meet some of the folks from the segment.  What a fun group of people! I am posting some pics of the event and will write more when I have more time…so for now enjoy the pics!

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