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Deciding what to make with a yarn can be a challenging process. My latest hand-spun went through several transformations before becoming a final finished object.  I began crocheting but then switched to knitting for awhile.  Then I decided I didn’t like the crochet portion of the crochet and knit combination because I liked the way the knitting was working up better so I frogged the whole thing and began to knit it only.  I tried two different size needles, 15 and 11 but then I decided I wanted to see how it would look woven.  So I dug around in the house and found an old stretched canvas that would work as a makeshift frame loom.  I grabbed a hammer, nails and a ruler and set-up my loom.  I did my best guesstimate and surprising my measurements worked out pretty darn good! After removing it from the loom I used the extra yarn that I had left at each end to crochet a doubled chain strand for tying it together to form a headband.  I took some pictures but the day is very overcast so here is the best I could get today….enough words! Here are the pictures!

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This is my Craft or Bust update too:

I have been spending quite a bit of time visiting the library over the last few weeks.  There is a “free” box outside the library that offers various magazines.  I have been dipping into the realms of the free magazines and finding a wonderful collection of visual images for my Inspiration book.  You can tell by the picture that I have selected many images to include in my book or journal.  I tend to use both names to call what I do here because I do not limit the book to just magazine pictures. I include drawings, doodles, notes, recipes, pictures and virtually anything that strikes my fancy for one reason or another.

This has been my inspiration for this week and I think it inspired my husband a bit too.  He sat beside me on the couch last night and looked at my pile of images.  A few caught his eye and he commented that it looked like I had found some great inspiration.  I agreed with him.  I have gone through two glue sticks in the last week. Happily I found an extra one while I was cleaning.  Sometimes I work on this book  A LOT! Other times I might work on it once or twice a week.  Right now, I am spending hours upon hours on this Inspiration Book and feeling , well...inspired! I find it inspiring and meditative at the same time.

I have also been working with the hand-spun art yarn I made, trying to make a hat.  I want to make a brim for the hat but so far I have tried three times to design my own but I am not happy with the results yet.  I’ll give it another try next week. Anyone have suggestion as to making a brim on a hat…similar to a visor on a baseball hat? I found one pattern on Ravelry but I need to eek out some more hand spun if I am going to have enough yarn.  I want to make this hat entirely out of my hand-spun if I can.

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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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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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I must be honest and say that I did more meditating than crafting this week. Lots and lots of meditation actually, which is a good thing.

  • Here is a link to my on-line gallery of recently uploaded sunsets along with a few older favorites.  These are the pictures I have been sorting through for the last few weeks.  I feel like I am at the eye Doctor’s office with the phrase “Better like this? Or better like this?” going over and over in my mind. There can be such subtle differences between two shots.  If you like them, please let me know 🙂
  • Read more about lace knitting and am thinking I might be developing a mild addiction love for it.
  • On the Ravelympics front I am working on a Pine Forest Baby Blanket(Ravelry link), which is another lace piece.  For those not on Ravelry I will post a picture on my blog when it is finished.
  • I was awarded to medals in Ravelympics so far.  You can see them here.
  • I made the best Gluten-free flour chocolate cake I have ever tasted in my life!  Yum! Yum!  I tried to follow it up with a GF flour sugar cookie cake but that recipe got tossed after tasting the finished cake.  It wasn’t a bad cake but it paled drastically in comparison to the super-moist chocolate cake.

That sums up the productivity for this week.  How was your week?

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