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Let’s Talk Crafty Christmas…Part 3

Ashley’s presents were all Hannibal themed this year.

Last year, For Ash’ birthday, I had made her a shoe box Hannibal Lecter Playset by modding a few Mini Mochi patterns. It included Hannibal and a stag in Hannibal’s office. I told her I would try and make her more characters. I didn’t realize how difficult they would be. It is hard to make characters that you can actually identify when knitting so small. I tried to get as close as possible, but Will Graham’s hair was a serious challenge for me.

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Like I gave his little tiny soul a fright!

Yes, I put in al the little hairs individually…like a crazy person.

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This is what I ended up.

I also decided to weave her a nice sized scarf with a combination of some of my hand spun singles and commercial yarn I had in my stash.

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A woven scarf…

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…and a really awful picture of the felted stag head detail.

I think she really liked them! Hopefully at some point I will get a picture of all of her little Hannibal characters together!

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I’m most definitely sleep deprived.

You really wouldn’t believe how much I cut out of this video.

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If the loom is a-rockin’…

Thursday, June 20th, 2013 | blah blah blah, FO's, scarf, start to finish, weaving | No Comments

I’ve been doing some major work on the loom as of late.

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Loom assembled! Note: I realize that anchoring my loom with my feet is not the best idea.

I kicked butt on that itchy Nature Spun included in with the loom, and lickety split I was done.

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My first woven scarf.

Much like the first “skein” of yarn I spun on a drop spindle, I hate itI love it…I’m incredibly critical of the workmanship but feel attached to it for sentimental reasons.

As soon as I had the fringe tied off and the ends woven in, I immediately started warping for the next project. I had some bright cotton yarn that David had given me before he moved to the Bay area. It’s been sitting in a bag screaming to be something. I am much more pleased with this attempt at weaving. It helps that I love the bright colors.

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Appealing to my love of 80’s dayglo.

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I’m definitely a “starter”…

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Baah! in Obsidian, Burmese Ruby and Grey Onyx.

It was a busy weekend. Luckily, with no Friday Night Knitting for me this week, I had the extra time to sit and think…analyze…and play Animal Crossing.

I had caked up that Baah! La Jolla yarn in preparation for the LA Yarn Crawl 2013 shawl (better late than never). I decided to cast that bad boy on…I don’t have much done, but it is looking good so far!

I also took some time on Sunday to sketch. Drawing is something I love to talk myself out of. I don’t think it is something I am terribly good at. During my time on the path of art in college, I preferred my sculpture classes to any kind of drawing class. I would rather end up with art I could touch.

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My hand…ugh.

After sketching for awhile, I got the bug in my bonnet to put my Cricket loom together. So I did.

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The loom…pre-build.

Looks like I am back on the multiple project bandwagon!

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The “L” Word

I thought I had a plan. I sat here, days before Stitches West, flipping through Ravelry patterns in my queue and making a list of things I wanted to make and what supplies I needed. I had a whittled it down to a short list of yarn weights and yardages. I was so very organized and ready for just about anything until…

I believe we were on the convention center floor when it happened. Courtney looked at me, and in a tone that clearly conveyed she was unsure that what she was about to say was a good idea, she said “I think I want to get a loom.”

My brain exploded and started leaking out of my ears.

That was all she had to say. I completely went into that “state”…the state I was in my very first year of Stitches when one of my friends from the AV suggested I get a dirty fleece. That story is still told to this day…of me walking out of the showroom, eyes like saucers, talking so fast that no one could understand me. I had gone off the rails.

It was happening again. Saucer eyed…Courtney could tell that Stacy went “bye-bye”.

I think there might have been nodding…and telling her what an amazing idea it was…and that she should definitely get one…AND I MUST HAVE ONE TOO. Yup. It was all over for me.

Then I had apparently mentioned it to David…and he went off the rails too.

Saturday morning it all went down. After David (who had a vendor badge) went ahead of us for some recon on the Slipped Stitch Studios TARDIS project bags, and I had successfully acquired one of those bags and won a smaller project bag at their booth, we made a bee line to Purlescence. David got there before us and was already on the floor practicing on the display loom. We sat and watched, and then all three of us pulled the trigger.

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Now, I had done a little bit of Internet research the night before…and figured out what came in the loom and tried to figure out what type of reed I needed to weave fingering weight yarn. Of course, we are a hive brain and I know I wasn’t the only one that had this idea. When we asked the awesome folks at Purlescence to hold the looms for us to pick up later, I asked for a 12 dent reed.

They held it for me, but it was the only one they had. Luckily, there were other booths that had them too, because I felt like an asshole blurting out the 12 dent reed request as they were putting the looms aside for us, and I know that Court and I both have enough fingering weight yarn to choke a small third world country.

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What I did on Christmas Vacation…Part 2

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 | Holiday, weaving | No Comments

It was a Merry Christmas indeed! Amazingly enough, I didn’t receive a single knitting/yarn related gift. Okay, maybe that is not entirely true…my mom did renew my Interweave Knits subscription (which I haven’t received yet).

I did get Santa to do his part in passing on the fiber addiction to my daughter…

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She loves it!

Santa brought her a loom so she could make pot holders for everyone!

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Her first potholder!

She really likes it.

I had a few last minute knitted gifts to prepare for the day. I started this thing I call the “prize box”. I figure I could knit the hell outta my stash and for those things that I don’t need to keep, I can throw in the “prize box” and if I need a gift or something….I can whip out something I made. It might just make next Christmas easier for me. I don’t want to deal with hand cramps or knitting ennui.

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A washcloth with soap...

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My very first weaving project!

Monday, December 5th, 2011 | blah blah blah, weaving | 1 Comment

I hit the loom full speed and started working on my very first weaving project a couple weeks back. I had all of my squares done on by Thanksgiving Day and in some downtime after the turkey made it in the oven, Mallory and I sat down and started weaving in the loose ends.

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End weaving

But I was far from done. I still had to attach all of these things together…and quite frankly, I was WAY behind deadline on this one.

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All pinned out...

See, this is supposed to be a gift for a friend. A friend who celebrated their birthday before Thanksgiving. Oops!

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Blocking...

I got it finished, however late it may be. I had a real hard time with this one. I wasn’t originally intending to crochet it together, despite everyone I know telling me that would be the way to go. I am still not convinced it was the best route to take, even though it did turn out nice. I think I need to practice some nice sewn stitches for a flatter fabric…ya know…in all that extra time I have…Hehehe.

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All wrapped up and ready to go!

Edit:  And NOW I can post this because this gift made it safely to Juline. Hope you enjoy it!

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Passing it on…

Monday, November 21st, 2011 | blah blah blah, weaving | No Comments

Lately, I have felt like it’s been difficult to get time to myself to get things done. I have a full time job and there are only so many hours in a day to craft, so I heavily rely on my weekends to get things accomplished. I also have 6 year old twins, and they like to be busy too. Unfortunately, I am not sure they are at the age where I can start teaching them what it is I do. I don’t know that they have the attention span to learn knitting or crochet. They will sit at my wheel with me sometimes, but not much gets done when they do.

This weekend though, my daughter said she wanted to see what it was I was doing. I had her sit on my lap and I showed her how to warp my loom. I am not sure she could do it herself, but she was quick to understand what pegs the yarn needed to go around. She seemed pretty interested in learning to weave.

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Warping my loom.

And since Christmas is coming, I think maybe Santa might bring someone this:

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Maybe she can make mommy some very much needed potholders.

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Blanketeers Thursday! 11/17/11

Friday, November 18th, 2011 | Blanketeers, fiber, spinning, weaving | No Comments

Wendy and I met with our folks for another Blanketeers Thursday. Work on our blanket has slowed a little because we are all in full swing trying to work on Christmas gifts. I am super late in starting my holiday knitting this year…and I am sure I will pay for it later.

I had intended to spend half my time working on my own stuff and half working on the blanket, but I ended up just working solely on the blanket and just showing off my new weaving stuff to people passing by.

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My weaving stuff...

We have some of the most fascinating conversations just chatting up the folks that stop by our area. This time we had a guy from upstairs talk to us all about raising chickens!

After chatting and watching Wendy do some spinning on her new “work” wheel, she pulled some fiber out to show everyone.

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Wendy!

How beautiful is this? It’s something called a “spinning bell” and she ordered it from Sheep Shed Studio. I can only imagine what yarn spun from this might look like. It’ll probably be gorgeously mottled! I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Wendy said she is planning on visiting Sheep Shed in February…and I asked her to pick one up for me. I guess I had better start spinning down that stash!!

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Trying something new…

Thursday, November 17th, 2011 | start to finish, UGH!, weaving | No Comments

A couple of weeks ago it arrived. I didn’t even know it had gotten here because we only have one mail key and my husband hadn’t checked the mailbox in over a week. I thought it might have been lost in the mail, but it was stuffed in there…my brand new Hazel Rose hand loom.

I have wanted to try weaving for awhile, but all the crazy surrounding me lately has had me a little preoccupied. I opened the box and set it aside…I had other things to work on.

Finally this week, I did a little stash diving for yarn that might work on it. Not for big projects, but for small things. Maybe I could use it for a few Christmas gifts or something, but I needed to teach myself how to warp it first. I spent a little time looking at the internet to see how difficult it might be to use. I read all sorts of pages about warping and patterns and how to store my loom so I wouldn’t screw up the pins. I decided to dive in.

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A tea box I commandeered from my last place of employment.

First things first! While I was stash diving it occured to me that I would need a good rigid box to keep my loom in.

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Maybe in its next life...

These were the Charkha instructions I downloaded ages ago. I had planned on making one with this tea box. I have no real tools at home, so THAT didn’t happen.

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My loom's new home.

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Some patterns I found on eLoomaNation.

I was able to fit everything I need in the wooden box so I could carry it in my knitting bag without crushing anything.

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Warping my loom.

I started warping my loom, so far so good right? I start weaving happily along and catching up on podcasts. I kept looking at it to make sure everything was going right. I was following some written instructions with black and white photos that were included with this loom. I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right, but I was feeling pretty confident about it.

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Hmmm....do you see the problem?

Now, let’s pause for a second. Take a look at the above photo. Can you spot the problem? I didn’t see it. Maybe it was because I was tired and it was getting late…but I was about to learn a very valuable lesson.

The last rows help “lock” the weaving.

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First attempt.

FIRST ATTEMPT FAIL! Oh well, now I know better.

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Attempt #2.

I started my second attempt. I “ran out of real estate” toward the end so I figured I would just add a different color yarn instead. I am not sure if I need to tie the ends so I haven’t popped it off the loom yet. Stay tuned…

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