Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Knitting and Yarn

When I was in third grade a spinner visited our class at school. She brought carding combs and a spinning wheel and showed us how to process the fleece and how to spin.
I was fascinated, and my whole life I have been waiting for the time when I could afford my own wheel and learn to spin.
A couple of weeks ago I found what may have been a decorative spinning wheel at a yard sale,
though I think I may be able to make it work. I posted about it on the facebook and a delightful former co-worker was amazing enough to lend me a spinning wheel that actually works

and since then I have been working on my spinning technique. It's not too easy, but I am loving it.
She also let me raid her fiber stash and gave me almost a pound and a half of roving.
I love it so much, I think I will try to make a sweater from it. I have to keep practicing on something not so gorgeous as this Blue-faced Leister silk blend before I attempt it, so first I practiced on some fleece from my farmer friend (Lydia's Flock on instagram)

The yarn is pretty inconsistent,
but I was able to knit from it. In fact I made an ear warmer from a three ply bulky.
(Someday, in the future, I will learn to take not silly selfies...)
In other non-spinning and yet still knitting news, I have almost finished my first sleeve on my Twig and Willow sweater.
I finished up the body a few days ago and found some perfect buttons in my stash.
What's on your creative plate lately?
Joining Nicole for KCCO

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Snapshots on a Tuesday Night

Tea and cookies for Colbert-watching

Knitting away on a new sweater.

Great score at a garage sale this week.

After some small repairs I think it might actually spin some yarn.

These things are distracting me from the big project of the week: removing the old grubby carpet from our stairs.
It's been slow-going. Each stair takes about 30 minutes because I have no experience or skills.

Hopefully I will finish in the next few weeks.
Maybe I need to have a carpet-pulling-up bee.

Monday, September 26, 2016

This One's for You, Aunt Judy

There's a local florist here called Bachman's and a few times a year they decorate a house on their property for the different seasons. 
These are some highlights from this year's Idea House, as requested by my Auntie.
The craft room was my favorite. Very bright and so organized! I could see doing some of these things in my own crafting space. 

I especially loved how they used this collection of random cabinets and bookshelves to make a wall of storage. Look at the one leg they used to prop up the brown cabinet on the right, so inventive!
 Those valences are aprons, so sweet.
 Outside in the back yard shed they built a bar, complete with a beer bottle wreath.
 The brick is wallpaper, it really gave a pub-like feel to the place.

 A red and white bedroom (which didn't do much for me, honestly)

 Since Halloween will soon be upon us, there are silly little surprises like this one scattered about.
 A neutral cooler toned bedroom. I loved that tree painting.

The wallpaper in the office was charming.

 This desk was a huge shadowbox, with different books and things under the glass.

Outside in the garage they had a bunch of cute Halloween stuff, though I didn't get many photos of that for some reason.
 Here's my adorable mom in her adorable sweater, which she knit.
 And here we are trying and failing to take a selfie.

Oh well, here you go Aunty Judy, I know how you love updates from the Idea House!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Keep Calm and Craft On: Back to school edition.

I have three kids, as you may know, and I have made a tradition of sewing them a first day of school backpack.
I use the same pattern each time, Butterick 5054.
It's a little smaller than your average backpack and just a little bigger than a teensy person needs, but they can grow into it.
The Elder's is here.
The Younger's are here and here

She was in quite a rush to get to the bus this morning!

The first day dress was a pattern that I made for The Elder for Kindergarten: The Birthday Dress from Oliver + S.
(I know, same photo twice in two posts, but how cute is she?)
I may have gone a little overboard, and coordinated her first day dress with her backpack.
In my defense, she loves purple...

The First Ever First Day of School

The Youngest started school today. 
She is quite excited to meet her new classmates, and learn math, and dance, and work on letters, and oh, everything.
The world-weary 5th grader with his favorite little sister.
She's so ready!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I'll Take Manhattan

The Hubby and I went to New York City last week on a vacation.
I can't really find any appropriate words, so here's a bunch of photos

 Columbia University
 View from the Central Park Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir
 The Guggenheim
 Selfie at the Met on our 17th anniversary
 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
 View from the top of the Empire State Building
 Lady Liberty
 Central Park Boat House for lunch
Mosaics below the Museum of Natural History

 The Flatiron Building
Street art
 Katz's Delicatessen
 Nathan's Hot Dogs (didn't love the dogs, but the fries were amazing)
 The Wonder Wheel
 The Wonder Wheel in sand
 View from the beach at Coney Island
 Gorgeous farmers' market in Jersey City
 View of Manhattan from the market
 More lovely street art