Friday, January 27, 2012

Milk and Cookies

I'm on a milk and cookies break from weaving.  What kind of cookies you ask?  Peanut butter... YUM!!!!  Oh, and are you surprised that I'm weaving?!  Well, this week was pretty darn awful, so tonight is the night to relax and embrace the fact that its the weekend!  So, I warped the sampler I've had planned (which took FOR-EV-ER!!!), and now I'm working on weaving it.  Here's a pic of the warp.  I decided to use electric colors so that I could really see the patterns.  And, though I chose to use cheapy acrylic yarn so that I wouldn't waste anything expensive on a sampler, I can't help but hate myself a little because its so stinkin' difficult to work with.
So, I don't want to depress you with my bad week, so here's a highlight.  ***SPOILER ALERT:  If you don't live in Florida, you may not want to read any further!!!

This morning I walked outside into the perfect spring morning.  The air was just that temperature where you walk out and rejoice that you don't have to wear a jacket, and there was a wonderfully cool breeze blowing off the water.  It was the absolutely perfect (except the fact that I was on my way to work)!  Love.

Oh!  And I ordered some new stuff today!  I'm really, really hoping it will get here next week so I can play with it.  But, you'll just have to wait until I get it to find out what my awesome new toys are!!!  He he he!

Happy weekend!!!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Pshaw... Who really needs to breathe?

Busy, busy, busy... And not the good kind of busy either.  I'm busy with junk... work... boo...

Anyway, here's another of my Christmas presents!  Can you tell what it is???
It's a double heddle kit for my loom!  So now I can do double-weave stuff... Honestly, I have no idea how you do anything related to double-weave, but I've got a great book, and hopefully, I'll have some time in the next 50 years to figure it out!

Also, here's a little update!
A teensy bit of yarn on the spindle!  The other 95% of the roving is mounded up on my craft table waiting for me to pay it a little bit of attention... fat chance this week!

Anyway, not much else crafty going on at my house.  I would LOVE to get a sampler woven... I've got it all patterned out for the different designs I want to try, but I keep putting off warping it hoping that it will magically warp itself!  Lol.  Anyway... back to work!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Take THAT Time!

Rachel - 1; Time - 0

So, somehow, tonight I found the time to finish my houndstooth scarf!!!  But first, here's another one of my Christmas gifts that I missed about the other day...
Yay!  10 inch shuttles!!!  They were so great and convenient this project!

Now for the finished Houndstooth scarf!!!  It's super duper long (over 80 inches) and amazingly soft and fuzzy!!!
I really like how it turned out!  It's bold and different from anything I've done before!

Unfortunately, I spent my evening doing this instead of working... oops.  Oh well!  Fun is better!!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Inspiration... A Curse Sometimes

 Here is one of the highlights of my weekends.  Along with spending unlimited quantities of time with my husband, baking breakfast before church every Sunday, and sleeping in, I absolutely love the quiet afternoons when the sun shines in the windows illuminating the room with the pure light that can only come from one source.  However... the light in my brain is not so peaceful.  :)

Right now, I feel like my inspiration is a curse.  I have so many projects on my mind, and so little time on my hands.  Now that Christmas break is over, its back to my normal, crazy schedule.  But, I still haven't gotten to enjoy most of my Christmas gifts.  So, what's a girl to do?  I know that the situation is usually reversed with too much time, and not enough inspiration and materials, but the opposite is almost just as bad.  I have all these great ideas bouncing around and a plethora of materials to use, but no time!  So, as I am greatly enjoying this three day weekend, I'm trying to get my thoughts in order.  Maybe I will share some of my ideas with you in the near future, but today, I have pictures of some of the aforementioned Christmas gifts!!!
Behold, my brand new Turkish Drop Spindle!!!  I didn't buy a Turkish spindle for my first one mostly because I really had no idea what they actually were.  But now that I know what they are and have played around with mine, I am super excited!  The two things that I haven't really liked about the spinning process is that my spindle doesn't hold very much yarn and that I have to unwind it into a skein or something when I'm done.  And this spindle will solve both of those problems!!!  I've experimented with it a little by spinning two yarns together (I wanted to get the hang of it a little before I tried some roving.), but now I'm really excited to start spinning one of my other Christmas gifts!
 Voila, next gift!!!  This is some gorgeous electric blue roving that my husband picked out ALL BY HIMSELF for me!  Isn't he amazing?!  It's super soft, and I can't wait to see what it looks like as yarn!
And lastly for today, this is some beautiful roving that my parents-in-law got me!  So, I have some great projects to start spinning... so little time!  :(

Happy long weekend!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Just a Little Pinch...

So, since I have thoroughly neglected the blog recently, here is a little pinch of several different projects, etc.

Here's the scarf I made for my mom for Christmas.  It turned out well, if I do say so myself!

And here's the scarf I made my mother-in-law for Christmas.  It's funny because I bought both of these yarns months ago, knowing that eventually, they would go to these two specific people.  People really do have colors that match their personalities in my opinion.

 And, as you can tell, the photos are not high quality because I took these right before stuffing the scarves into a suitcase and flying to Missouri to visit said families for Christmas!  I'm lucky I got both of them finished in time, so good pictures were pretty much out of the question!

And finally, here's a pic of the current project on my loom!  My parents got me this fuzzy, soft yarn for Christmas, and I'm trying out the Houndstooth Plaid pattern (partly just because the name of the pattern is awesome).  I'm liking it so far!

Well, that's all for now!  I'm sure you will see some pics of my other Christmas gifts soon!

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