sarahbird spins

(and does other stuff, too)

Truly Scrumptious January 30, 2008

Filed under: etsy,handspun,spinning,yarn — sarahbird @ 1:25 pm

Check out my latest handspun – Truly Scrumptious!


100 yards of yummy yummy merino, pinks and purples and greens. And yes, I got the name from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

I have one more merino yarn finished, which should be ready to list in the next day or so. I’ve also started spinning up the merino/viscose superwash mill ends from Shpherder over on eBay. This stuff is great! It’s so slippery you hardly have to draft at all, it pretty much spins itself.

Speaking of yummy things, check out this sugar scrub I got from The Bathcream Shop on Etsy! It smells like satsuma, which is an orange-y scent, and I also got a free sample of Haupia cake scent, which is a vanilla coconut blend. So good. And check out that sugar on the top! It was all I could do not to take a bite.


Have a wonderful Wednesday!


Weekend Review – Sweeney Todd January 13, 2008

Filed under: movies,Uncategorized — sarahbird @ 11:05 pm

Today marks the debut of another blog feature that I hope will appear regularly – the weekend review. Every weekend, I plan to talk about a book I’ve read or a movie I’ve seen that week.

This week, the movie on my mind is Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Sweeney Todd

While I realize that this movie is definitely not to everyone’s taste, I personally loved it and have already seen it twice. Part of the reason I enjoyed it so much might be a combination of my love for both Johnny Depp and musicals, as well as the fact that I have a fairly strong stomach when it comes to blood (although this movie was not nearly as gory as I had feared it would be). But I really think that Sweeney Todd was an excellent movie even for people who don’t share my love of Johnny Depp. The music in it was amazing, with a score that captured the mood of the movie and pulled you in emotionally, as well as some really catchy songs (I’ve had “We all Deserve to Die” stuck in my head all day). The movie was full of clever bits of dark humor, which I love, it really pulled you in and immersed you in the story, and above all, it felt very different, original, and fresh – compared to the ubiquitous romantic comedies and mindless horror movies that seem to be everywhere these days. Overall, if you love dark humor and catchy songs, and can stand a bit of throat-slitting gore, you should definitely check it out!


Friday Five – Lockets January 11, 2008

Filed under: etsy — sarahbird @ 9:13 pm

Something I’ve always loved about this blog is the ability it gives me to feature some of my favorite talented Etsy artists. This week, for the first time, I’m going to post something that will hopefully become a regular feature on my blog – the Friday Five. It’s a short list of five things I’ve seen lately that I really love, and would totally buy if I wasn’t a poor college student.

Over the past few days, I’ve been noticing a ton of locket-style necklaces on Etsy. I’ve always loved lockets, so I thought I would post a few of my favorites.

1. necklace

I love the vintage-y style of this one, from Mykonos.

2. necklace

The details of the bird and flower are so beautiful. From luxedeluxe.

3. necklace

Sweet and simple, very cute. From crazy4jewels.

4. necklace

I love how delicate this one is, and the little cluster of beads is just gorgeous! From MiaBeads.

5. necklace

This one, from carolinableu, is probably my favorite. It’s so simple and elegant, and the single bead is a perfect accent.

Have a wonderful weekend!


A post with lots of pretty pictures January 8, 2008

Filed under: dyeing,handspun,inspiration,roving,spinning,yarn — sarahbird @ 2:10 pm

I have a few new things to show off today. First of all, my latest handspun. It’s a two-ply in shades of blue, and it’s 100% merino, which is soooo ridiculously soft. Seriously, I think I’m obsessed with the merino. I’m calling this one Glacier.



To dye the roving for this yarn, I mixed up a bunch of different tones of blue to get a really variegated spectrum of the one color. I really like how it came out, and I want to try it again with other colors.

When I was home over Christmas, I dyed some really nice superwash merino-viscose roving from Shpherder on eBay. Check her out, seriously – her roving is sooo nice, and it’s inexpensive. Plus, it’s all mill-end!


This one was inspired by the colors of the lights on our Christmas tree, but now it reminds me more of a parrot.


I was going for white with a little bit of pale pink and the tiniest tinge of yellow, like a cherry blossom. Didn’t turn out exactly how I pictured it but I still like it.


I looove this one. Hot pink, purple and orange.

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday! I’ll be studying for my Eastern Religions test tomorrow and spinning up more merino!


Back! January 5, 2008

Filed under: celebrations,handspun,yarn — sarahbird @ 7:42 pm

Wow, it has been a looong time since I last posted here. I apologize, I’ve just been so super busy! Here’s a short list of the things I’ve been dealing with in the last month –

*Getting over mono.
*My 21st birthday! Woo!
*Christmas/New Year’s stuff.
*Moving back to school and starting up with classes again. I’m taking a winter term class that started January 2nd – blech.

Don’t worry though, even though I’ve been gone, I’ve been busy! I’ve got lots of new things to show off and tons of ideas for new content for the blog. To start with, here’s my latest yarn – Lush.



It was originally this roving, even though the colors look kind of different.


Pretty, eh? It’s about 157 yards and I reeeally like it. I love these multi-color single plies, they spin up so fast and they turn out so nice.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!