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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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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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I used some BIG @ss needles (Susan Bates 35) and knit up some of my hand-spun art yarn.  Here is an in progress peek.

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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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  • 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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Ravelympics is well under way and I have now received medals in two events!  GO TEAM COLORBOMBers!!  Woo Hoo!!!

I received this as my first medal.  I completed my first evah lace piece.  I am excited to say that I learned several knew stitches to make this project.  This piece of momentous occasion is destined for a very special recipient so pictures on this blog will have to wait a little bit longer. 🙂

This was my second medal for my speedily ripping out of a project abandoned many, many moons ago.  The yarn has been reclaimed and will be used in another project, possibly before the completion of Ravelympics.

I have been reading The Lacy Knitting of Mary Schiffmann by Nancy Nehring.  Well, I write that I am reading it, but it is full of patterns.  I am familiarizing myself with reading charts and patterns.

In short, my world is full of fiber arts through the end of Ravelympics.  So be prepared for more fiber related posts for the next two weeks.  For those not part of Ravelry, I will be including some pics for you too in the upcoming posts.  Keep an eye out.

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