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As I continue stash busting, also known as doing my damnedest to work with supplies I have in the house, I spun up the last of my silk, cotton, sparkly, and I think llama fibers.  I am SO happy with it I couldn’t even wait for it to fully dry after being wet set before I took pictures.  Here is a little photo gallery of some fun images from this week so far:

It’s funny because I am not one that is usually so happy with the things I create but I love the yarns I am making! I feel confident enough to actually say so and that is really a great feeling! Confidence is a good feeling.

The other pics are of my second hand-made journal and an acrylic painting I am finishing.  The second journal attempt I am going to call a learning process and scrap as I tried to do some different fabric and the glue won’t work on it to my satisfaction so I will make another one and stitch the top layer to a secondary layer before gluing.  The acrylic painting, so far so good.  The top layers are drying as I type and will be ready for the preliminary sealing tomorrow.   The whole piece should be ready by Sunday.  I am hoping I have a small enough frame in the house or garage….time to start searching the storage bins.

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I am happy to share my news of completion.  I have knit and crochet in my very own hand-spun yarn two projects! Yeah!  VERY exciting stuff for this newbie to spinning! Remember this yarn that I spun? Well I knit that hand-spun into a finished object(FO) I am calling the Bitchin Headband, nuff said. My description from Ravelry is “This is my first two ply spindle spun art yarn with explosions of colorful Colorbomb fibers. I knitted this into a headband that can double as a cowl(collar) to keep my head/ears or neck warm. It is soft, fuzzy, sparkly, and colorful. I am super happy with this FO.” See the pictures:

I have also posted a picture of my Granny’s hook gone bad boy hat(Ravelry link but I am posting all the same info here for those not on Rav). Here is my brief description of this hat: So this little bad boy gave me quite a time with the edge of the hat. I kept trying to get a lil’ visor going but to no avail….but I worked it up with a nice little edge in the end.
Made with spindle hand-spun arty yarn made by me. All the colorful locks are from Colorbomb Creations!

Just thought I would keep you all updated 🙂

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Sunday again….that means a Craft or Bust Update. I am going to attempt to keep this post short and sweet.

  • I managed to do several more repeats of the pattern on the Pine Forest Baby Blanket but I discovered that those lace knitting muscles were still in need of some recuperation from Ravelympics.  Must need more red wine and massages!
  • My big news is that I finally tried spinning on a spindle.  You can scroll down a bit on this page to see the post & pics or just click here. I am so very grateful and so frillin happy too!
  • Joined in the ColorBomb Spin-a-long on Ravelry(under COLORBOMBers group on Rav).
  • Took my first batch of photographs of some polymer clay pens for my Artfire shop….but that was as far as I made it on that project.  I am proceeding very slowly on the Artfire shop but I know it will happen when I am fully ready to make it happen.
  • I also ordered greeting cards with some of my art on them.  I wanted to see the quality of the cards from Fine Art America, the on-line company I am using for prints.  I am very happy with the quality.

I was also having some major withdrawals from the ending of Ravelympics.  I found I really missed it in a way I had not expected.  The Spin-a-long helps though.

I want to express my gratitude for Craft or Bust. EXTRA BIG THANKS to Silver for organizing all of us and also thank you to everyone participating. I am finding great inspiration being part of this group.  I am expanding my horizons in ways that I had not expected.  Knowing that the updates happen on Sunday has enabled me to give myself a nice little kick in the @ss when I need it! I love seeing what everyone else is doing or, as is the case some weeks, not doing. The fact there is no real pressure, other than self-imposed, is truly freeing.  Time for those massages, red wine and a good book!

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Another week has passed as quickly as the blink of an eye.  My main project this week has been learning to use a spindle.  I began my adventures into spinning by a trip to the library to check out Intertwined by Lexi Boeger and Color in Spinning by Deb Menz.  The Boeger book I have already renewed once.  I have to admit that so far I have really only been flipping through these books and my intention is to actually read more of them before they need to be returned.  I was ready to make my own spindle and watched several tutorials on ideas for making them but then I received a surprise from my Sis-in-law Velma(three cheers for Velma! Hip hip hurray!I can’t thank you enough!) and now I have my very first spindle! What would a spindle be without fiber?  Well Velma also took care of that and sent me a beautiful bunch for fiber(see pics).  I was tad reserved about jumping in and using the beautifully colored fiber so I dug out the small bag of fiber I picked up at the Torrance festival.  Next I watched several You Tube videos. This one and this one by Abby Franquemont got me started with the spindle. You can see my first single ply in the pics below. Next I re-watched this video Velma made for YouTube. This gave me the courage to try my ColorBomb creations fibers.  I also joined up for the Spin-A-Long for Colorbomb Creation fibers on Ravelry(you need to be a member of Ravelry to see this link). After watching this video by Megan LaCore, I plied the two strands together, thus giving me my first two ply art yarn. I know I watched another video but I can’t seem to find it now but they gave a tip about running the single ply through the handle of a coffee mug to help with the tension.  Look through some of the other videos on YouTube and you might find it.  There is SO much information out there just try a few searches.  Now I just need to figure out how to set the twist and I’m good to go! There is a lot I still need to learn and I am looking forward to the journey. So I don’t get too wordy I am going to stop here and show you the visual yumminess of yarn now in my home.

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  • Ravelympics is drawing to a close(less than an hour).  I have been pushing myself to finish the Pine Forest baby blanket that I have been working on for the eventgiantslalomghan. Most of my time this week has gone into trying completing this piece.  The time has come to put down my needles and officially call my games over.  I still hold my head high as I gave it a great effort to get done before the deadline but alas, it is still a work-in-progress.  I am confident I will finish this piece in the next few days.
  • I have had a blast being part of Velma’s (my sis-in-law)   Ravelympics Team COLORBOMBers.  Her main theme for our games was to “Have fun!” She makes beautiful, textural and colorful hand-spun art yarns.  Check out her Blog to see some pics from her projects(scroll down a bit on her main page).  Check out her Etsy shop to see the goodies she has for sale.
  • I am happy to say that my Mom loved the lace scarf that I made her 🙂
  • I want to pass along a special tip regarding that awesome chocolate cake recipe that I posted last week.  I froze several pieces(to prevent eating the entire cake in a few days) and thawed them in the refrigerator overnight.  It is still just as yummy!

That’s all for now as my hands are ready for some down time……I have put the needles away and am ready for some R & R.  What a fun experience this has been!!  Thank you!

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The holidays here were quiet, which I don’t mind at all. Just the three of us. The cat was very excited because she had been very good all year hoping that Santa would give her some great presents. Which he did! You can see the much anticipated Turbo Track that she had asked for last month.

She also managed to get a brand new stash of sparkly mice and balls that make a rattle noise. SO exciting!

Two years ago I started to make a scarf for my niece. I am proud to say that I finished it this year in time for the holidays. I am also thrilled that she received the package on Christmas Eve! What perfect timing! She had told me that her favorite color was black and her second favorite was blue. I had a vision of what I had wanted the scarf to look like two years ago. I had wanted to finish off the ends with metal shark teeth beads. I have been looking for the last two years and have not been able to find what I was looking for anywhere. With time ticking away I decided to put skull beads on the ends. Why skull beads? I like skulls, doesn’t everyone? Ha! Turned out to be a good choice because she loves skulls too!

This year I also made a whole bunch of cozies. The cozies were modeled after a pattern I found in Ravelry. If you are part of the Ravelry Group you can access it here. I did my best to follow the pattern but I am still learning to follow patterns and to be honest I tend to like to wing-it. I plan on January being dedicated to finishing my first lace piece so I am prepared for the challenge of buckling down and following a pattern to the letter!

The ones that I sent to my sis-in-law & brother-in-law worked great for their beer bottles! Here is a link to see one modeled on her beer….looks like a perfect fit! Love! She is a super talented gal that creates Handspun Art Yarn. You can check out Velma’s(my sis-in-law) Etsy site here.

With only a few days left in this year, I am anticipating this being my last post for this year. Perhaps I will have something pressing to announce but if I don’t, I want to Wish you all a Happy & Wonderful New Year!

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