Monday, February 27

New Drop Spindles up!

Yellowheart Whorl with Walnut shaft:

Yellowheart Whorl with Cherry shaft:

Saturday, February 25

So, I had a suprise for my knit group today...

No, it wasn't that I showed up early (although I did). I've been late the last couple of Saturdays, mostly because of dyeing or the aftermath of dyeing. No dyeing this week, though. I was out of yarn to dye. *sigh*

But I did work some this week on CrazyMonkey stuff. For starters, I made this beautiful spindle out of padauk and walnut (and brass 3/32" rod and 'zap it' cyanoacrylate glue). I think I surprised a few people because they thought Ben had turned the whorl. Nope! It was me! :)

See this pretty along with the other stuff I have at my etsy shop. If all goes well, Ben will replace the damaged drive belt tomorrow, and I will be able to finish turning the yellowheart pieces that I started tonight.

I brought my small swift and my ballwinder to knit group this week, and Brie got to wind all of her yarn that was in hanks. I kept looking at "my" yarn, and saying "Those are pretty colors." I said the same about MJ's socks that she was knitting from one of my yarns that she bought. I really don't plan to dye any specific color or pattern when I start dyeing, usually. I love to play with colors, and sometimes put colors together that I don't think will work, but they usually do.

It all makes me happy, though. Whether turning yellowheart or dyeing yarn, or making bags or quilts, or even spinning, it's all part of my drive to create. It's what makes me really happy.

Edit: The spindle sold! In record time! More to come, I'm sure. :)

Friday, February 17

Guess what day it is!

It's DYE-DAY! Yay! You'd think it's Friday, or February 17th, but no. It's Dye-day.

I'm up with the dog (or Ben's alarm clock -- the most annoying clock on the face of the planet with a 4-MINUTE SNOOZE), and preparing yarn to dye. I've got stuff to mail (my first etsy sale), a check to deposit, and a massage to receive.

We spent all day yesterday doing 'stuff'. We got tires for the car, and bought Benny a lathe. He honed the tools, and then taught me how to use the new 'toy'. He even laminated some wood and started turning a bowl last night.

Tomorrow, knit group, but today... hands in the dye! :)

Thursday, February 9

This blog is useless without pics!

So, I've been busy. Here's my Coronet and Danica... my stairs look like they're ready to go out, right?

Danica and Coronet

And I plied the purple silk that I spun last week at knit group. Mmm... purple silk.

The Purple Silk, Plied

Last night, I spun up some blue alpaca, and the rest of my purple silk, and wound them on the ballwinder. They're ready to be plied, maybe tonight.

Blue Alpaca, waiting to be Plied
Purple Silk, waiting to be Plied

Work has been awful. I've not had much time to knit, although I have finished 2 projects this year, and have another Danica on the needles that's almost done. Small projects, I know. But I don't really feel like starting a large project right now.

Tomorrow, I plan to dye some yarn, and to create some bags, and possibly an etsy store. Looking forward to working on stuff that isn't computer-related, and not thinking about work. :D