New Wheel On The Way!

February 18, 2007 at 11:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I really just couldn’t stand it!  I sold my wheel about 2 months ago because “I didn’t have time to spin”.  Well, I miss it so much and the past few days I’ve had my spindle out spinning some Corriedale pencil roving that I got from Crown Mountain, bemoaning the loss of my beloved Joy.  Compounding that feeling of loss, I kept running to the computer and searching wheels on ebay and looking at spinning blogs, all of which made me feel worse.  So I did it!  I ordered a new Joy from Copper Moose, along with some extra bobbins, and some spinning oil (to which I will add my lavender essential oil – to die for), and a Kromski arched Lazy Kate (the Ashford bobbins supposedly fit on this one).  Done deal, mea culpa, mea culpa, and I can’t wait till she gets here!!  I’ll have to make time to spin.  I figure I can alternate my cross stitch with the spinning through the week, and save knitting for the weekend.  Or some such arrangement.  Who CARES?  I’m getting my Joy back!  And stupid creature of habit that I am, even though I considered other wheels, including Majacraft’s Rose, I went with the Joy again.  I taught myself to spin on the Joy, and had no complaints about her at all so I decided to stay in my comfort zone, lol.

Knitting news – I finished my Forest Canopy shawl and am so proud and pleased with it because it’s my first shawl made from my own handspun, hand-dyed yarn.   Two plies of merino and one ply of silk, spun perfectly and wondrously soft.   Forgive the less than artistic shot, but she did need captured in the snow and I know that you can’t see the detail but it’s there.    My only semi-regret is that the lace detail would show better with a solid yarn, so even though this is my precious first shawl, I’m going to make another in a solid color.    Hee, hee, as soon as my Joy arrives!  The merino is ready.   

Forest Canopy Shawl

Cross stitch news:  I’m near done with Believe!  I hope to finish this weekend – helps that I have tomorrow off for President’s Day.  I have the mats and the frame and will just need to stop at the hardware store to get the glass, so hopefully will have a shot of the finished, framed piece very shortly.

Took a run to Teatime Stitchery on Friday finally to pick up the pieces I asked Donna to get at Market.  The Alyssum Scissor Pocket by Cat’s Whiskers, and the limited edition Thread Gathering by LHN.  Also bought a new cutie from Hob Nobb Designs with a sheep button, some 8″ replacements clamps for my QSnap, another 11″ QSnap, and two designs by LHN/Crescent Threads.  The Watermelon piece and the Cherries piece.  These chartpacks feature whole skeins of thread and the watermelon colors are just wonderful. 

I’m off to wash clothes, stitch, and dream of my Joy!

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Just how crafty am I?

February 6, 2007 at 6:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I was thinking today about all of the crafts that I’ve done over the years and how much I treasure everything that I’ve done and learned.  When I get interested in learning a new craft I totally immerse myself in the learning experience.   Even been known to skip work while on my mission to learn, lol!!   I do get obsessed.   Research at the library, visit stores, surf the net – all for hours and hours at a time.  Here are the crafts that I’ve done over the years, some very unique and all exceptionally satisfying: pierced paper lampshades, scherenschnitte (german paper cutting with teeny tiny scissors), ceramics (who hasn’t done this one?), cake decorating, knitting, crocheting, stained glass, soapmaking, fused glass jewelry, glass slumping in the kiln, porcelain doll making, mohair teddy bear design, heirloom sewing, smocking, wool rug hooking, spinning, and I used to own a business designing and producing silicone molds for soap and candles.  When I did porcelain dolls, I poured and fired my own pieces and owned three kilns.  I worked for awhile for Beth Cameron, a renowned sculpture artist from Oakmont, Pa., cleaning, firing, and china painting doll parts for her.  Dolls that she charged $1500/ea for and I made a measly $10 per body part <gripe>.  I miss some of these crafts, especially the doll making and the teddy design, but I fear that with my awful eyesight these days that I just couldn’t see well enough to get a product I’d be happy with.  I still hang onto the hope though and kept my biggest kiln just in case, lol, and I still have tons of stained glass supplies.  Some crafts that I would be interested in pursuing if I ever get the time: throwing pottery, oil painting or watercolors, glass bead making.  I also hope to get another spinning wheel cause I just miss it so.  Crafts have been an integral part of my life – I almost cannot imagine life without them or at least what my life would have been like without them.  They’ve helped me over most of life’s bumps and continue to keep the brain cells functioning and for that I am oh so grateful. 

Stitchin and Soapin

February 3, 2007 at 2:48 pm | Posted in cross stitch | 2 Comments

Made a batch of Moonlight Path soap today. Swirled with gold mica and ultramarine blue.  This is one of my favorite scents.  This soap really set up quickly, even before I stirred up the bits for the swirls.  Hmmm, what to do, what to do?  I wanted my swirls!  So I took the pot, set it on the burner to heat slightly, popped the two bowls with color in the microwave for a minute and a half and voila – soap thin enough to swirl with!  Ran back down to the basement with the soap, did my swirls with time to spare, and popped that puppy out on the porch where it now rests till threat of gel stage is over.  Whew!  I put some titanium dioxide in the main batch so here’s hoping it stays nice and white to provide a contrast with the swirls.  This is a closeup of one bar in the mold:

Moonlight Path swirled soap

Does this look great or what?  Now to wait six week for it to cure!

 I promised pics of my new stash so here it is:

Queen of the Needle

Just Nan’s Queen of the Needle, a bunch of Hobb Nobb Doodles, and a Kelmscott thread winder.  I’m doing the design on SMF’s 28 count Diva.  The directions state to use DMC perle 8 for the scrolly white bits, but I hated it.  Pulled out some white Silk Mori instead and am much happier.  I also got some Whimzi’s by Just Nan, not pictured.  Snow Faces and Snow Bonnets with snowflake frames.  Too cute!

I called Donna at Teatime Stitchery and asked her to pick me up a couple of things at the Nashville Market.  I’d like to get the Alyssum Scissor Pocket by The Cat’s Whiskers and the limited edition piece by Little House Needleworks, Crescent Threads, and Kelmscott Designs.  She’s having market day on Tuesday, Feb 13 starting at 10:00 AM.  I won’t get there till Wednesday night because of work, so I’m hoping the new stuff is not picked over too much.

I worked on Stoney Creek’s “Believe” last night and should be done with it some time this week.  Here’s hoping that the frame comes soon  this week and I can count this as a FO.

 Friggin’ cold here for the next couple of days.  Supposed to get to near 0 for the next couple of nights, so I think I’m gonna hunker down with some chicken soup, some stitching, and some reading.  Stay warm wherever you are!

Reading, reading, and more reading!

February 1, 2007 at 6:25 pm | Posted in cross stitch | Leave a comment

I haven’t stitched but a bit this week.  I bought Just Nan’s Queen of the Needle and started it, even though I haven’t finished Believe and Mermaids of the Deep Blue.  Bad Carol, lol!  I’ve been in the mood to read.  More so than usual.  Must be the gloomy, snowy, cold weather.  In fact, I made my favorite comfort food today -homemade chicken soup!  Just finished “The Thirteenth Tale” and am now reading “Summer of Night” by Dan Simmons.  I read this book back in the early ’90’s when it was first published.  Just found out that Dan wrote a sequel called “A Winter Haunting” so I logged both out of the library to read.  For those of you who love early Stephen King, you’ll love these two books by Dan.  I got some new stash that I’ll take pics of early tomorrow when the light’s better.  Now off to actually do some stitching, reading, and slurping of the soup.  I’m off work tomorrow and looking forward to a nice long cozy weekend.

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