Goddess of whimsy

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back I really like the jewelery making from beach treasures! This is a bit of shell, I found, carved, then tinted a little goddess figure  in it. The tiny red dot is a home grown ruby crystal! (My daughter’s science experiment a few years back)

I really, really like this one! I plan on making a simple crochet-chain necklace out of my bamboo yarn and put a few stray beads on it. I might have a hard time parting with this one! But part I will! EDITED: I won’t! I can’t! It’s mine! For I AM the goddess of whimsy! (It’s true! Just look me up on Ravelry!)

If anybody is interested in having it, please leave a comment here, or Dm me on facebook! (link in the sidebar! )

I also made some temporary art on the peach itself! :) One for my husband. I call it “rock solid love”.

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And one for the people… just a pretty! :)flower

March!?

Time flies by when you are having fun! The shop is going to be one year old on March 31st! We are going through prep for the “birthday party”. At the same time, we are working feverishly on the shawls/patterns/photos for the LYS tour (Local Yarn Shop Tour) that will be happening in May (but the patterns have to be done by the 23rd of this month! Then I have a custom order to finish (knitting a dresser scarf and night table covers!) and a custom spinning order to finish, not to mention teaching classes in between!

Oh boy! I do know what I am tired of at night!

Pictures? Sure! Hang on.. The shawls can’t be shown until the yarn tour, but the rest I can put here for you all to see :)

A new shrug! Pretty and happy in orange!

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A new hat! WOOT WOOT! I really love this hat!

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I don’t think I have shown you the cable wrap yet! That got done as well and is getting tested now!

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I made owls (the pattern is already available! )

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I re-fahsioned a turtleneck into a tank-top:

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I sewed 5 pillowcases (well I cut an pinned, my daughter sewed) and then crochet around the edge:

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I made a headband inspired by the one in French girl knits:

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I wrapped cardboard letters in yarn together with my daughter (these were for the shop window in February, I knitted little banners for this month and Callie embroidered “happy birthday” on it, I will show you that one soon):

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The dresser scarf won’t be shown until it is done as well and the spinning will be shown in a future post. It’s for a giveaway for the shops birthday and a custom order of sock yarn! (you didn’t think I had forgotten about you, did you, Alice?)

PHEW! All caught up! :) What do you think?

Nest up: another book review! So stay tuned!

Review: The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Design, Techniques for Creating 80 Yarns

The Spinner's Book of Yarn Design, Techniques for Creating 80 Yarns
The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Design, Techniques for Creating 80 Yarns by Sarah Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As you know, I don’t often give 5 stars… but this one deserved it and then some!

What a read! I absolutely loved every minute of it! Soooooo much information! So much new stuff I hadn’t known yet. So many things I already knew, but it never hurts to have it all in one place together!

I LOVED THE BOOK!

I think even non-spinners could get a lot of use out of this book, as it really explains fiber and it’s manipulation. Knitters and crocheters, that might not really want to spin their own yarn (although I have no idea why one wouldn’t) will still learn so much about the yarns available to them and how to use them to their full potential!

This is definitely a book any fiber enthusiast should give a try. Spinner, crocheter, knitter, it does not matter. You will fall in love with the wonderfully easily understandable instructions.
Nothing was forgotten or shortened! Everything from the way fiber behaves (drape, crimp etc.) through carding, to the best methode of spinning with projects in mind!
The information given in such an engaging manner and the tutorials/pictures help a great deal to really make the information accessible and easily understandable even to someone that has never spun before!

Well written and (specially if you are a fiber enthusiast) captivating book and personable! I missed my bus-stop, because I was too engrossed in reading it! :)

I wish there were more “user guides”, instruction books like this one!

Thank you so much, Mrs. Anderson, for all this work you did! It is fabulous and greatly appreciate by this fiber-holic!

 

One more time!

Since the other skirt worked out so nicely, I thought I could do the same to a pair of short-ish jeans I had. They were not really shorts, and they were not really long.. they stopped right at the ankle. I call them high-water-pants. *snicker*

Needless to say I never wore them..

I opened the seam, pinned, tried it on and sewed this morning. Now I have a new skirt! YAYYY! Lookie here:

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I made the seams purposely lighter in colour then the original seams, since they are right middle back and front. I did want to keep that “DIY” feel though and left the little “point” up front in the middle… The back has a slit and the the bottom hem will fringe out nicely after washing it a few times, I only zigzagged the edge there. I think it works.. specially with my hand knitted top! :) I’m liking it and so does DH. (Specially the rear view! hahahhaaha

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I have one more pair of pants I want to do this too and then it is on to tops! :) Wish me luck!

I like how you can have a totally new wardrobe with just a few seams! :)

Call me Doctor Frankenstein

My Friend has a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Sweetest dog you ever meet. She LOVES toys and playing and ripping them up…. So we were talking about it the other day and she asked me if I could make her some new ones that maybe hold a bit better up then the bought ones.. Oh yes I am sure I can try…

She went and got new fabric, squeakers (toys must squeak.. that makes them more fun) and stuffing, and I went and gathered some of the used toys up and took them home. Today I took a few out and started to tool around. I snipped and sewed. Reinforced all the existing seams and made new ones with a tight zig-zag stitch, so they are nice and sturdy.

Here is the carnage before I started:

CARNAGE!!!!! MWUAHAHAHHAHAHA

and here is what came of it :)

Just a little rectangle with a chewing rope which I to re- coiled and trimmed the ends off :)

I made two toys brand new (no before pic of the first one. It really just had all the feet ripped out and the seams opened and no stuffing)

I turned it inside out, fixed the seams and made it into a “ball with a face”, rather then back into the sheep it was. I also added a “handle” for a nice tug of war with the doggie. :) It holds like iron…Of course there is nothing I can do when the fabric goes lol.

Looks as good as new! :)