11 December 2008

A life in blankets

A blanket takes a long time to make. Invariably it will end up encompassing a time in your life that will be remembered whenever you snuggle up in it.

So far, I have made a blanket a year, more or less, since I learnt to crochet. They rarely stay in my possession long after they're finished. I don't make blankets for specific people; they take too long to get through, but I like to imagine that each blanket finds its new owner itself.

So far,
"Diagnosed with Diabetes blanket 1998" is in my couin's hands, on the back of her couch.
"I've finished secondary school blanket 2001" - unintentionally in my uniform colours - has cozied up to my aunt,
"Underground Student Movement blanket 2004" went to a fired tutor in need of some support,
"I have a boyfriend blanket 2006" - unfinished 'cause I was dumped, is now on my bed,
"Horrible heartbreak 2007" found its home with my then friend, now boyfriend as a thank you for his support through a lot of madness.


I have a boyfriend blanket 2006


Horrible heartbreak blanket 2007

Funnily enough, though, through all of the ups and downs in my life it appears sad times produce the more cheerful blankets, the happy times produce more sedate ones. Maybe they're my form of therapy.

I am a nincompoop

nin⋅com⋅poop
/ˈnɪnkəmˌpup, ˈnɪŋ-/ [nin-kuhm-poop, ning-]
–noun
a fool or simpleton.



I'm almost finished Nana's Sock number two, and what do I discover? I've knit a SECOND RIGHT SOCK! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, even the smallest mental knitting acrobatics are beyond me! I completely forgot to move the cable part of the pattern over to the other side of the foot.

So, the question hangs in the air, ever so ominously:
To frog, or not to frog?

09 December 2008

Patterns For Sale















Oxidise - pdf pattern - $2.00












Penny Feather Gloves - pdf pattern - $2.00













Patrick The Bear - pdf pattern - $2.00













Beyond The Sea - pdf pattern - $2.50












Spring Picnic Hat - pdf pattern- £3.00










Typical!

It really is.

I have arm-warmers, half a sock, a pixie scarf and a felted poinsettia left to do before Christmas dawns and what do I spend a precious day off work doing?

Combining the first season of this:


with 50g of this:


and 100g of this:


From these lovely people.


To create 150g of this:


Productive day, and I now have about 180/190 metres of 3-ply fingering-weight merino I've dubbed "Russet Rise"... but nothing from my Christmas present list has been ticked off.

I'm not sure why I did that...

08 December 2008

05 December 2008

Rock On!

It's funny the things that can come out of a sore head. (No, I don't mean brain goop...) I added a new pattern to my portfoliotoday. The drum cozy idea came out of a night when I had a horribly sore head, and my friends were "trying to play Rock Band quietly"; turning the sound down did nothing to muffle the *%^Thwack!&* of the drums, so I resolved to make cozies.




I like to provide patterns for people to try out, and I truly get a kick out of seeing people's finished projects, but I also think it's important to give people the opportunity to say thankyou for the work that has gone into creating the pattern, if they so wish.

So, I have the pattern written out below, in UK stitch names, but if you'd prefer an easy-to-print pdf of the pattern, with both UK and US stitch names catered for, then please, click below, give whatever you feel is appropriate, let me know your email address, and I'll happily email the pdf on to you.

Thanks!








You Spin Me Right ‘Round
RockBand Drumkit Cozy

This pattern is written with UK stitch names

Artist’s Name:
Aoibhe Ní Shúilleabháin
mise_5@hotmail.com

Materials:
1 ball each of green, red, blue and
yellow. Scraps will do fine.
1 big ball of black yarn, split into
three smaller balls (all will become
clear), or...well, 3 small balls to
begin with..

3.5 mm crochet hook

Finished Size: Rockband Drum pad

Method:

1. Taking 1 ball of black yarn (Black 1) ch 4 and sl st into furthest ch from hook, making a loop.
2. Ch 2, tr 7 into loop and sl st into 2nd ch to close off.
3. Still using Black 1, ch 1 & dc 1 into same st, then tr 2 into next st. Don’t cast off.
4. Using Black 2, cast on to next available st and ch 1 & dc 1 into same st, then tr 2 into next st. Don’t cast off.
5. Using Black 3, cast on to next available st and ch 1& dc 1 into same st, then tr 2 into next st. Don’t cast off.
6. Using Colour, cast on to next available st and ch 1& dc 1 into same st, then tr 2 into next st. Don’t cast off.

This will give you 4 active yarns, three black and one colour. Building these up simultaneously will give the coloured yarn a spiral effect. Every time a yarn change is called for, I suggest you pull a big loop in the yarn you’ve just finished with (or add a clip to stop it ripping).

7. Black 1. tr 2 into each of 4 sts available on top of Black 2. (8 sts Black 1 added)
8. Black 2. tr 2 into each of 4 sts available on top of Black 3. (8 sts Black 2 added)
9. Black 3. tr 2 into each of 4 sts available on top of Colour. (8 sts Black 3 added)
10. Colour. tr 2 into each of 4 sts available on top of Black 1. (8 sts Colour added)
11. Black 1. *tr 1 into first st, then tr 2 into next st available* repeat 3 more times. (12 sts Black 1 added)
12. Black 2. *tr 1 into first st, then tr 2 into next st available* repeat 3 more times. (12 sts Black 2 added)
13. Black 3. *tr 1 into first st, then tr 2 into next st available* repeat 3 more times. (12 sts Black 3 added)
14. Colour. *tr 1 into first st, then tr 2 into next st available* repeat 3 more times. (12 sts Colour added)
15. Black 1. *tr 1 into first 2 sts, then tr 2 into next st available* repeat 3 more times. (16 sts Black 1 added)
16. Black 2. *tr 1 into first 2 sts, then tr 2 into next st available* repeat 3 more times. (16 sts Black 2 added)
17. Black 3. *tr 1 into first 2 sts, then tr 2 into next st available* repeat 3 more times. (16 sts Black 3 added)
18. Colour. *tr 1 into first 2 sts, then tr 2 into next st available* repeat 3 more times. (16 sts Colour added)
19. Black 1. *tr 1 into first 3 sts, then tr 2 into next st available* repeat 3 more times. (20 sts Black 1 added)
20. Black 2. *tr 1 into first 3 sts, then tr 2 into next st available* repeat 3 more times. (20 sts Black 2 added)
21. Black 3. *tr 1 into first 3 sts, then tr 2 into next st available* repeat 3 more times. (20 sts Black 3 added)
22. Colour. *tr 1 into first 3 sts, then tr 2 into next st available* repeat 3 more times. (20 sts Colour added)
23. Repeat sequence until it fits the diameter of the drum pad.

For Red and Green Drum Cozies:

24. Black 2. tr 6, dc 6, sl st 6. Cast off and weave in
25. Black 3. tr 6, dc 6, sl st 6. Cast off and weave in
26. Colour. tr 6, dc 6, sl st 6. Cast off and weave in.
27. Black 1. tr 72 sts. ch 1, turn.
28. Black 1. tr 72 sts. ch 1, turn.
29. *tr2tog, tr 1* repeat over all sts (48 sts) ch1
30. *tr2tog, tr 1* repeat over all sts (32 sts) Cast off and weave in ends.

For Yellow and Blue Cozies:

24. Be aware that the orientation of the cozy pad is important to get all your spirals spinning correctly.

04 December 2008

The sock



I finally get a decent shot. It's so cozy. Until now I had no idea how socks were supposed to feel. Now I know that the shop socks just don't hug your heel as lovingly as they should. I'm converted. I love hand-made socks.

Its partner is also coming along nicely. I've just turned the heel with minimal complications.

This is the pattern I'm following, and I love it! Noro Silk Garden Socks. Nom nom nom!

03 December 2008

It's amazing how...

...one single laugh can make the difference in a day.

Today in work is "the usual". No time, mistakes needing rectifying, last-second text changes, demanding customers and even more demanding deadlines. It's usually enough to ruin what could have been a perfectly good day.

But. Today has quite literally been saved in the space of a few seconds.

We have a gentleman in at the moment, speaking to our customer service about printing stationery. I had occasion to walk up to the counter as he asked "So, you really can print on anything?" Paula nodded agreement and I said "If it sits still for five minutes, we'll print on it" He laughed this deep, genuine belly laugh that truly sounded like happy thunder. The timbre of his African accent just added to the moment.

His first name apparently, is Triumphant; And truly, he is.
Nice going, sir.


I've also spun 80 metres of this on my wheel. It's 3-ply (my first) and was spun from shetland roving.

01 December 2008

A visit to Co. Clare

My sister and I took a trip this weekend, to visit a very elderly relation on the other side of the country. My great aunt is 96, was one of ten children, worked as a nurse in Egypt during the second word war, and has a hugely devoted family. Those of us who have lost our grandparents - her siblings - have fairly adopted her as our own, leaving her to remember countless children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren... not to mention great-nieces and -nephews, the group I belong to. It baffles me how a lady of such advanced years can, despite her frailty, remember who my sister and I are, who our father is, and would remember to ask after our part of the family.

She's a wonder. The last of her generation.

The trip there and back was taken up with sock-making; my first sock ever. They'll be for Nana for Christmas. Last year I gave her a pair of black-and white spotty wellington boots and she loves them, so I know she has a kookie enough mind to appreciate hand-made socks..



You will excuse me the crappy image until I have a good shot of the finished masterpiece I have tucked away in my wardrobe beside the Dé Danann Arm-warmers for Danielle, and the Beyond The Sea hat for Ciara.

24 November 2008

I have come to a conclusion...

The following is an announcement from the Society of Lazy Designers.

"The reason I like designing stuff over following other people's patterns is that when I design, I don't have to do a swatch."

20 November 2008

Craft-related injuries

We've all had them, right?
You accidentally stand on an up-turned pin cushion in socks,
Sit with knitting needles in your pocket,
Yarn-burn from holding tension too tight,
But the most common injury must be RSI, Repetitive Strain Injury. We all know it; that dull ache in a joint that tells you you really should stop making that shawl right now or you're in for trouble. We all battle through with the type of justification that would make a three-year-old seems silly "Just going to finish this line..." "I just want to see what a full leaf pattern looks like in this yarn..." "If I stop know I won't remember where I am in the pattern".

The next morning, you're searching, one-handed for a sling; or some sort of tape to buddy your sore, strained finger to the one beside it; or you've got a hot water bottle perched on your shoulder.

And still your fingers twitch. They remember the glee they had felt playing for hour after hour with that gorgeous yarn. And they want more.

This happened to me. Again.

And I'm only about an inch into the sock pattern that caused it.
Death by knitting? I'm starting to wonder how there aren't more cases each year...

It's not as bad as the time I managed to seriously pull a series of ligaments in my right shoulder from one, small session of hand-carding. The physiotherpaist I saw about it said she hadn't seen so injured a shoulder in ages, and she volunteers at all the local sports events, and is a Gealic Football team's on-site doctor.

Go me!?


In other news, Dizzy Hat is coming along well.
Arm warmers are all but done,
and I have a plan for the Swallow's Tale Pixie Scarf.

15 November 2008

It is done.

Well, here it is, ladies and gents.

After much spinning:


And much plying:


After intensive crochet:


I present, the Beyond The Sea hat:

13 November 2008

Wheee!

I had a moment of pure glee yesterday. I went from super-grump-work-lady to happy-fairy-glee-girl in about the amount of time it takes to check your email. I sold a pattern on etsy!



It's given me a forward momentum that last night lead to me starting a new hat when I should have been tucked up in bed. Still, I love how it's turning out; the yarn is quite thin, and I'm using a small hook, so it looks and feel very dainty; the dusky, misty blue of the kid mohair looks really pretty in daylight when contrasted against the raspberry red.

I still don't know what shape it will end up, but I'm going to stay away from the average beanie shape. I'm looking to make something with a little more "poof" to it, maybe a beret, or a snood-type hat.

10 November 2008

Ah, fudge!

There comes a day in every crafty lady's life when hooks, needles and fibre just aren't enough to nourish the soul. There comes a moment in the pattern of time when a person realises is won't be possible to give everyone she knows a hand-made present for Christmas.

That moment happened to me this weekend. Epiphany, moment of truth.

And in this moment I decided how I was going to garnish my presents this year; novelty-shaped fudge pieces. So, I tried my paw at it.

All went great for a while. Using this recipe, converted to European measurements, I made a good stab at playing with sugar and chocolate. Course, the conversion still kept with the US penchant for volume over mass, so I had to measure out my butter in mls, instead of grammes or ounces. I suspect this was my undoing; instead of delicious, creamy chocolate fudge, I got delicious, creamy chocolate fudge sauce.

Still, it was awesome on ice-cream, so all was not lost!

Next time, I'll try and use a recipe designed for the European brain. I may have better luck with this, or this. I should stop searching for sweet recipes now.


Butter Fudge


Chocolate Candy


Turkish Delight.



Also, the Beyond The Sea hat is done, complete! I've got the pattern written out and I'm just waiting for a fair-weather weekend day for photo-taking activities. Once I have that sorted, I can make the pattern available on Ravelry. Wonderful!

06 November 2008

Etsy Peasy

Well, I did it. I put my first ever item on sale on etsy.com The photo quality isn't great, but that's because I did it myself. Hopefully, this weekend I'll be able to rope a better photographer than me into helping me, in exchange for home-made chocolate fudge.

Homespun, silken crochet flowers. I know there is a demand out there for this sort of item, so with luck I'll get to sell these three little pretties. It's just a test, really. If they do sell I'll feel confident enough to fill up my listings with other flowers, other colours, set of flowers and that sort of thing. Who knows where it might go from there!

05 November 2008

Just when you think you're the bee's knees...

...life steals your socks!

I remember once, years ago when I was a wee lass, scampering across a ploughed field. I remember marveling - rather narcissistically - at how well my ankles were suited to this type of travel. I recall thinking that all those non-country kids in my class at school would be lost trying to get across such an uneven field. To prove my point I skipped and hopped to the next furrow as gracefully - in my mind - as a fairy ballerina. I know you can see what happened next... The furrow crumbled beneath me and I tottled unceremoniously off balance, and landed on my ass, with my hand in a big, sludgey, mucky puddle.

I'm sure that's the moment I learnt about both humility and irony.

So, it shouldn't have come as a surprise to me this morning, while crocheting on the bus, feeling like everyone must be marvelling at my ability to conjure little flower shapes out of nothing but a slip of metal and some string when, with a flourish I cast off. It was my undoing.

Pinga-ling ting-bing! The crochet hook went flying across the bus floor.

Yep. Humility. Sometimes I need a bit of a reminder...

03 November 2008

Somewhere... beyond the sea...

So, The Knitting and Stitching Show 2008 in the RDS, Dublin was great. I stepped into the hall and the smell that greeted me was wolly, silky and incredibly fluffy. I went in knowing full well that I may end up coming out with light pockets and a bulging bag, so the fact that I bought a good lump of beautiful silk roving, two balls of lovely yarn from my new favourite shop This is Knit, a skirt and having attended a very charming lesson on spinning with silk, did not leave me reeling any more than expected.

I'm sure the shock will hit me when my Visa bill comes in, but it's not as if I spend money on tonnes of drink, or have an unhealthy addiction to gossip magazines, so I think I should be allowed to splurge now and then on crafts. I'm writing it all off as "Christmas Present Shopping", anyway. I'm giving it all away, so I don't have stash-guilt.

My sister's Beyond the Sea hat is coming along nicely. I have affixed the top to it and
added some shape. All I need now is to add a small, not-overly-fancy motif to the side and I'll have a finished piece. "Somewhere Beyond The Sea" hasn't stopped ringing around in my head, either. Luckily, it's not annoying me at all... yet.

01 November 2008

Beyond The Sea Hat

Yep, its name keeps changing. I hope my sister likes this. She has a thing for kookie hats and I hope I'll eventually get this pattern available, too... unless I eat it first! I'm proud of the wavy look, though, and I think it goes very nicely with the turquoise/blue of the homespun.

31 October 2008

Knitting and Stitching Show 2008

I'm going! Well, that's not too amazing, I guess, but I won the ticket from these lovely people and it is my first crafty show since my Mam took me to one when I was a wee teen. That time, I was just starting out in crochet (wow, can it really have been 15 years ago?) and I thought I knew it all... which I patently didn't.

Now, at least I think I know how little I actually DO know. I won't be trying to show off, I'll just be there to enjoy the loveliness of yarn and the millions of ways people are using it that I'd never have thought of. I know I'll come out with several new hobbies to pile on top of the ever-increasing lump of projects. It's going to be exciting!

I have also started on my sister's Christmas present; a hat crocheted out of my own homespun. I'm taking a chance creating a hat out of such precious yarn without first testing the pattern on junk yarn, but I can't help myself. I'm calling in the Perfect Wave hat at the moment.

30 October 2008

I felt like a flower

First thing this morning, on the 7.30 bus into town for work. No better time to do a bit of experimental felting, I say!

I tell you, nothing wakes you up faster than the prospect of getting a dirty great needle stabbed through your finger! Luckily, that didn't happen, and this is the result of my first ever foray into needle felting.

28 October 2008

Teaser

Do you have a problem with cranky neighbours who just can't stand the sound of you rockin' out with your socks out on your make-believe drum kit? Are you kept awake at night by your boyfriend/son/father/husband/local squatter thrumming away to Freebird? Do you just happen to think your Rockband drumkit looks a bit cold now that the weather's getting freezy?

Well, you're in luck!

I'll soon be making the pattern for these fun drum cozies available.


the loooong weekend

The weekend has been busy so it's a good thing indeed that it was a long weekend over here in Ireland. Bank Holidays; is there any greater gift a government can give to its country?

The following have been taken off my to do list.
Macramé - make net to hang Ppiderplant from window hook.
Knitting - start into raspberry cable jumper for myself
Knitting - learn a new stitch (Irish Moss)
Spinning - finish up the last of the turquoise merino / silk blend roving to make into a Christmas present scarf.
Cookery - learn a new dish - Colcannon
Being a kick-ass girlfriend - make brownies for the guys in bf's work.

The aformentioned Spiderplant:



The roving in question:



The Colcannon was a success. The bf hates cabbage with a vengeance that seems unnatural at times, but he tried this Irish traditional meal and declared it to be quite tasty, indeed. Colcannon is more widespread towards the north of the country and it's something my family has never made. I found it in a cook book over the weekend and decided it was time to delve into the murky depths of traditional cooking. Plus I love the taste of cabbage, so it was win-win for me.



I improvised the recipe to reduce the number of pots used, but it's essentially the same.

1 lb curly kale/dark cabbage, well washed with stalks removed.
1 lb peeled potatoes (preferably a floury variety, they make better mash)
6 scallions (spring onions)
a large knob of butter,
milk.

1. Peel and chop potatoes, and prepare cabbage by shredding.
2. Boil potatoes in a pot of salted water, and boil the cabbage in another pot until both are tender. Drain both pots.
3. Add a good knob of butter to the potatoes, a dash of milk, and mash together well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Strip and chop scallions into small discs. Add to potatoes.
5. Add cabbage to the potato, and mash again.
6. Leave to sit for a few minutes and serve with a well of butter in the middle.

It's great on its own, but also works well as a vegetable accompaniment to a main meal. Colcannon is usually made around this time of the year when cabbage is readily available and it's lovely and warming on these cold days.

Enjoy!

23 October 2008

Spinning: The virtues of the nettle

Waking up this morning brought home to me that it is truly winter, and I smiled with glee! I love dark mornings, I love the wind, the rain, the cold... and the occasional need to bring a hot water bottle on the bus to work.

It's also, oddly enough, got me thinking about what lovely fibre opportunities I may be missing at the end of the growing season; notably, the untapped uses of the stinging nettle.



Nettles used to be a well-used source of spinning fibre, similar to flax. Apparently its preparation is the same, too. The fibres in a nettle are very long and strong. Nettles, I have learnt, have been used for over 2,000 years as a clothing fibre, only losing popularity in the 16th century thanks to the surge in cotton growth. Cotton, however, appears to be a nasty plant, guzzling water and requiring intensive spraying to control weeds and insects. This naturally end up in local water sources. Nettles on the other hand grow in abundance, provide food for wildlife without damaging the crop, grow in temperate regions and produce a soft, silky fibre.

For the record, they're also an excellent source of vitamin C, and make a very tasty tea. I found this great page and this one while having a root around the net.

Who could ask for more from their local demon plant?
I'll have to experiment with some over the coming months.

22 October 2008

Knitting/Felting: I can cable/I can't felt

So, usually this time of year has my mind spinning with "great ideas" for presents to make for people. But! Usually, I find that the things I already know how to do just aren't special enough, so I end up taking up new crafts to make a particular style of thing for someone.

This year I'm determined to learn how to knit properly, and thanks to Rogue's Yarn Vomit scarf, I'm on my way to learning the ins and outs of cabling. Knitting has been my Everest for several years now. Fear of Dropped Stitches being my primary reason for staying away from the needles. Recently, I decided to give it a go, with the support of The Anticraft people. I don't really intend to make a full, usable scarf, as I don't use them as is, myself, but still, maybe once I get a look at all that lovely cabling falling away from my needles (and no dropped stitches, please?) I'll change my mind. Learning cabling is top of my Christmas-Present-Making list, so, we'll see.


But, I also saw this wonderful hat by Presents on Ravelry, and now I have ordered felting needles online.



I'm a sucker for things I can't do yet...

21 October 2008

"Look, I can eat my own nose!"

The boyfriend has started to make a puppet; so last night was spent mostly watching him carve little triangular bits off a block of upholsterer's foam. This is his first, so we're both learning as we go. Hand position was an issue, and the poor test-head ended up more full of holes than foam. Still, after much searching online, and with very little actual practical success finding real, good instructions (I assume the making of puppets is a reasonably well-guarded secret) he found a very informative page that, in conjunction with his efforts to make a pose-able head, gave us a few very decent pointers.

It seems that the foam he's using is known as "junk foam" in the industry, but as this is an experiment in puppetry, that's not an issue right now.

Still, having him turn to me and ask me what shape muppet nose I think he would have, left me giggling a little. Any answer to that question is going to be insulting, you know?

20 October 2008

Spinning

OK. I have got the handle on this, now. My poor drop spindles lie idle as I sit, watch (or rather listen to) BBC's show, QI and spin away on my Baynes Wheel. It's funny just how soothing it can be when it goes right. At the start I was spinning a mess akin to the bed-head of an ill-kepmt Rastafarian, but now I'm gaining skill at it and only end up with the occasional moments of panic as I spin too thin and the string breaks.


I got this lovely merino / silk blend roving last week from this lovely seller on ebay. It took a while to get used to spinning with silk as it spins very differently from the merino rovings to which I had become accustomed. I can't seem to get the handle of long-draw spinning with it (though is it the method I most prefer when I have fleece that behaves itself); it bunches up too often, so I have reverted to a much shorter draw, and a slower spin of the wheel. It seems to be working and is producing a most lovely, soft plyed yarn.

Ideally, I'd love to be able to spin enough yarn to work into Christmas presents. I guess, starting in October gives me a decent amount of time... but who, I ask you, deserves a homespun AND homemade gift? That stuff's like giving away a kidney!

10 October 2008

Ravelry- here I come!

I have myself set up as a designer on Ravelry. I've managed to get one design up so far, and it seems to be going down well, which is very gratifying. I decided to make it free because, as my first design, I can't be sure how up-to-scratch it is. Last thing I want is people demanding their few bob back because I failed to tell them to add a slip-stitch at the end of a row!

I present; Strips of Bacon, an adventure in ribbed crochet!

20 May 2008

Corset Skirt of DOOM

Note to self:
If a jumper has lost its shape, it'll be shapeless no matter what you do with it.

Verdict: Fail!

19 May 2008

A jumper: yet to be named

I discovered the other day that is it, indeed possible to do cable in crochet. It's a very different looking animal, from what I've seen; more rough than the smooth texture you would get with knitting. But since I am a hopeless knitter, I have decided to play with crochet cable. I am confident that I can run off a top, with cabling and a nice, small cockle-shell pattern.

Maybe in a nice moss green. I have my eye on some lovely yarn in my local Ye Olde Yarne Shoppe.

28 April 2008

Jumper Corset Skirt of Joy!

I'm finally making that skirt I have been planning ever since my green-and-black stripe jumper started to lost its shape.

I have that one, and a plain black jumper, both light knit, that I don't mind cutting up. I'm behaving myself on this - no messing. This is going to be a project I can wear to work, or on a night out. I will (repeat) not rush it; let my sewing machine run away with me; and I will use an iron to flatten my seams before I hem.

This, I swear!

24 April 2008

Nostepining!

So, I bought myself a nostepinne for winding homespun yarn. Rolling yarn into an average, everyday ball - wrapping around and around puts stress on the yarn, and leaves it stretched in a way that will ruin its elasticity - and with homespun, the last thing I'd want to do is mess it up after all that work. Plus, the yarn'll look quite groovy wrapped properly.



I got it on ebay.ie from UK Collect who I have also bought carders* and merino roving from in the past.

* A note on carding: If you haven't done it before, I would suggest you warm up your muscles first. I know, sounds lame, it's a craft after all, hardly the most energetic of past-times, but still. I carded for about half an hour my first time, and I did a right job on my pectoral and bicep muscles as a result. I'm currently seeing a sports therapist to fix the damage. She was baffled at how much of a mess I'd made of them, and she works for three Gaelic Football teams.

23 April 2008

The AntiBear



I have discovered this great site, called The AntiCraft, full of crafty (in every sense of the word) people. Check out the forum for some intelligent, well spelt discussions covering everything from beetle jewelery to making your own spinning wheel.

Damn, they're talented.

A small revolution

I have recently discovered just how much fun spinning yarn could be (albeit a difficult thing to do while relaxing, watching telly*). I'd seen it done on telly before but had never quite been able to figure out how those magic women made all that fluff stick together into string.

I'm glad to say, now I know!



This is my second ever skein of yarn, spun on a drop spindle with merino roving from the lovely people at Kraft Mania on ebay.ie
using a warm orange and a russety brown from their colour collection. I then plyed the yarn I had spun and got this lovely two-tone effect.

*Other people in the room may get annoyed with all the movement...

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