12.25.2014

Merry Christmas SALE!


Merry Christmas dear readers! My gift to you today is a 75% off sale in my Ravelry store! Did you get yarn or new tools for Christmas? Lucky you!!! Now I'll help you put your goodies to use! No coupon code needed. Link below:






12.18.2014

Don't Lean Too Far Over Your Spinning




Just a short post for you dear readers today. Ever wondered what would happen if you got your own hair caught in your spinning?

Right here, right now, bringing you answers to life's greatest questions! This is Drama Queen learning to spin. She was pretty tense, and leaning so far over her work that her hair got caught in her spinning. (Princess is in the background).

Hope you are all having a fantastic week! The girls and I are finishing up our last week of school work before taking two weeks off for Christmas and New Year's. We are all looking forward to the break!

I'm working hard on a design for a magazine, and when I'm avoiding taking a break from that I'm either knitting a design with my handspun from last week's post, or spinning wool from a brown fleece gifted to me by my friend and fellow designer Renee Rodgers.

I am also prepping for my first TNNA trade show. That will be in Phoenix, AZ in mid-January. I'm so excited (and nervous!) to be going! I ordered new business cards a couple weeks ago, and those arrived today (Wed. the 17th, the day I wrote this). I am so pleased with how they turned out! I went with a stylized logo this time instead of my painted one, and had a picture printed on the back of one of my designs so that those I meet will have a little more by which to remember me. I got all the new contact info on it, and even included the URL for my Ravelry designer page. Thank you Ravelry for the awesome tools you have given to designers!

Stylized logo I created using MS Paint, included on my new biz cards


What do you think of the stylized logo? Like it, I hope! Anyhow, hope you all have a fantastic day!

Happy crafting!
April

12.11.2014

Not What I Thought


More handspun to show you!!! I love spinning. I do it when I don't have an urgent project...or when I feel like avoiding my work.

So, I have this Malabrigo Nube in colorway #866 Arco Iris. It is very colorful. When I got this roving I expected that it would produce very loud, bright yarn.


Then when I began to spin it, I worried that the yarn would be really ugly, because I was getting lots of yellowish-brown. I am not really a big fan of brown.


All the way through spinning the singles of the first batt I really was not sure if the yarn would turn out nice. Even though some sections were much prettier than the yellowish-brown, I felt very unsure about how it would look once all the colors were mixed together in plying.

I am pleased to say that this yarn turned out to be beautiful, but not at all what I thought it would look like! It reminds me of the pattern on my mom's china, and of heirloom quilts that my husband and I have from our great-grandmothers. I think if I were going to name this colorway I would call it "Antique Rose" or "Antique Treasure".

Then, I spun up the second batt of roving and got interesting results again. This time the yarn was a little more like what I thought it would be, but markedly different from the skeins of the first batt, even though they are the same colorway and dye lot.


These skeins had a lot more purple and green in them than the first batt.


Here are all the finished skeins. The 3 on the left are from the first batt, and the 3 on the right are from the second batt. I love them all. The pictures don't do them justice. I am excited to make something with these to see how the color story continues to unfold in the stitching. I'm leaning towards an infinity scarf/cowl.

What do you think? Do you like it? Does it seem like a surprising result based on the look of the roving? What would you name it? What would you make with it?

Happy spinning!
April

12.04.2014

A Tour of the Studio


Today I bring you more pics of the studio. No photos of the closet this time, but you can see the rest of it. I have two desks, one for my sewing machine and one for my computer. I have a pile of things to be mended next to the sewing machine, and my spinning wheel handy so that I can easily turn around in my chair and do some spinning when I feel like avoiding work.

See my spifty light fixture? That is especially exciting because this loft was not designed with a permanent light fixture, and for the first 2 1/2 months here, I didn't have one, so my office was not very usable. I really don't understand why one would design a house and leave a room with no light fixture. It does not make sense to me at all. I ordered this hanging lamp and now I can work in here! Really exciting!


I have these three stacking baskets where I keep the things that I am currently working with or are in my queue. On the bottom there are blanket squares I'm making for a donation to Project Night Night. The middle basket has some balls of single-ply handspun that are waiting to be plied. The top basket has...an idea in it.


I have this cabinet for storing my girls' sheets and pillowcases, but on top of it I have my blocking board and rotary cutting mat stored....and there's the vacuum, and a couple of Home Depot bags with towel rings in them...waiting to be hung up in the girls' bathroom.


There is my guest chair (which was made by my mom years ago when she took a woodworking class), and Juliet, sporting a project in progress.


This is one of the drawers in my computer desk with all of my sewing thread on a pegged rack designed for thread spools. I have my color grid by Gail Callahan, and resume paper which I use to print tags for Etsy purchases and design swatches.

This space is still a work in progress, and I'm sure it will change over time, but it's finally a functional work space. The closet in particular still needs a lot of organization.

I don't have anything on the walls yet, besides the clock, but I have plans to hang up crosstitch pictures that my grandma made, and one that I made years ago. I have a painting that I did in college and doilies that my great-grandma made. I plan to hang up all of those things in here so that I will be surrounded by my crafty heritage as I work.

I am SO excited to finally have a space set up just for my business! Do you have any great ideas for how I can improve my studio? Organize the closet? I'd love to hear about them!

Happy crafting!
April