Sunday, May 29, 2011

There was a goat....

that came to see a group of PreK kids.  This little lady stopped by Friday afternoon to round up farm week and I had to go and check her out.  She was beautiful!  I want one!!!

But His Majesty reminded me of the "nothing else that eats, breathes, or poops in the house" rule.  :(

I've been pretty much glued to the Memorial Day weekend Spin Off over at Dizzy Sheep this weekend and haven't gotten as much knitting/sewing/spinning done as I had planned.  I was able to grab up some Malabrigo Lace, which I haven't tried before.  I'm hanging in for the batts...where are they????????????

I have decided to use this KnitPicks yarn for casting on the 198 yds of heaven shawl on Ravelry.  It isn't a worsted, but I didn't have one in the stash that would work, so going with this pretty, purpley fingering weight. 
And I have been reading up on the Book of Wool, which I picked up at the library.  It has a WONDERFUL chart on wool that I believe will help me in deciding on which types to purchase next for spinning.  (branching out from a little!)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

And the winner is.....

the random number generator gave me comment number 51, which is WREN!
Wren said...
My pets have been given supervisory jobs in my craft room. ;-)

My current favorite thing is making totes.

Your project bag is great. I can think of a million uses for it!

Congratulations to Wren.  I have sent you an email, just let me know your choice and address and I will get your new bag in the mail.

Thank you all so much for stopping by and participating :)  I enjoyed it!  If you like stitch markers...keep coming back.  I plan to do a few stitch marker giveaways in the next few weeks.  Who knows, I may pick up a new craft after reading all of your comments and throw something else up for giveaway!  (I feel like Bob Barker)

Giveaway officially closed last night :)...

I will be using a random number generator to pick the winning comment and post this exciting!!!!  I will be in touch, thank you so much to all that have left comments and I will tell you that I have read some new crafty obsessions I want to try....I'm doomed!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I've joined the giveaway day!

I have joined the exciting giveaway fun over at Sew, Mama, Sew blog.  I am a giveaway host and so glad to be here!  I'm glad you clicked my link and came by to see me.

So, what do I have up for grabs?????  I am offering a lined, drawstring project bag to one lucky reader.  If you are like me, you have too many projects and not enough bags to store them in....or is that just me?

I will be using a random number pick to determine the winner from the comments.  Entries are open until May 25th, so join in the fun! 
The winner will choose between the Dogs on Hogs (blue lined) bag or the Sunny Fun (yellow lined) bag.

I love to sew and have started making project bags.  I hope to start putting them up for purchase on my blog or the future, so please keep coming back.  The bags are sturdy, roomy, washable, flat bottomed, and just darn cute!
Dogs on Hogs bag, lined in blue (10.5 in x 11 in)

inside view, knitting not included :) just there to give you an idea of the roominess

Sunny Fun bag, lined in yellow (12.5 in x 13)
I am a smoke FREE home, but I do have pets, though they are noncrafty. Plus, until they learn to take care of their toys, they are not allowed to play in mine! :)

Please leave a comment....any old comment will do, but I would love for you to share your crafting obsession of the moment...that would be interesting, but could prove dangerous and get me wanting to start a new craft!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Dug through the stash...

So I was having a fiber pity party and wanting some fiber to love on....and decided to go through my stash before I spent money.

I found this lovely 8 ounces of BFL that I had purchased from Dizzy Sheep the last time they had fiber.  (I want them to have some more fiber up for the daily special!)Anyway, I couldn't remember the name of this colorway, but I am calling it Fire Roasted Lasagna :)  The pictures do not do it justice.  It is full of rich yellows, oranges, reds and brown (almost black) and has a little salmon stripe too.

with flash

without flash
I love it!  I'm so happy with the colors coming from this fiber.  What I spun is a little bit that I did to show a group of 4 year olds what a spinning wheel can do.  I was invited to go and talk to a Pre-K class about wool and spinning.
I love doing that.  I took 3 spindles and let them each have a turn at spinning.  We played with raw fleece (that was hilarious...the looks on their face when they smelled the lanolin), we played with locks, I demonstrated hand cards and knitting.
We just had a wonderful time and hopefully at least one will keep that spinning spark in them!

Now....I'm still going to have to buy some fiber to quench that need :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wishful Wednesday...

It is a chilly, dreary day here and it has me wanting to go play in fibery goodness to warm my spirits.  So, I'm looking at all of the gorgeous things out their that make me smile....

FibersToYarns has this gorgeous Army Camoflauge superwash BFL fiber that is screaming for me to buy it!  I realize I have no green fiber and I really need this, really I do !  So thinking I may have to get one of her greens by the end of the day.  She has some beautiful colors in her Etsy this one called Spring Garden.

Christinamariepotter always has beautiful things in her Etsy shop and this yarn is one example.  It is a sock yarn called Fruity Oaty bar and I love it, it is a happy yarn.
FiberFancy is another awesome shop I have discovered and added to my list.  This is Playing in the Kettle and I WANT it!  :)  I deserve it, right?  Since I don't get to go to the fiber fest in NC this weekend, can't I order some roving?????  (Tell me yes!)
FiberFancy also has this SAL going on and it makes me giggle with glee.  I love this movie (if you haven't seen it, get in the car and go find it now) and seriously want to order this fiber.....aaahhhhh self control.  I hinted to my husband that I really needed this, but he didn't bite.  :(  He just doesn't understand my needs....

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Rainbows :)

We have had major storms in our area for several weeks, including yesterday.  I had an outdoor bellydance performance that was stormed out...but after the rain we had a beautiful double rainbow :)
We had a performance practice this afternoon and the clouds rolled in, causing worry.  But all turned out well, the rain held off, and we were able to practice for an upcoming performance in a horse show!!  Oh it will be so cool!!!!!  I will post pics in a few weeks.

On the knitting front, I am making decent progress on the socks.  I am working on getting to the heels and finally understanding the toe up heel directions.  However, I have decided to try an afterthought heel on my next pair.  If you have done an afterthought heel, please give advice!!!

And on the reading front, I am loving The Zombie Autopsies :)  I love zombies, I have a fascination/obsession with them and this is the latest in my zombie reading.  I recommend it!
I also want to join the Shaun of the Dead SAL in FiberFancy's Etsy shop.  Go check it out :)  and tell me to do it.  I need permission to break my "no fiber/yarn" diet....I need permission :)

Sunday, May 08, 2011


henna drying...lovely glitter sparkle in the mix

side view of the design

no that isn't mud at the top....that is where the henna is dry and starting to flake off

next morning...all flaked away revealing the lovely design

I love my henna tattoo :)