sarahbird spins

(and does other stuff, too)

Supersize Me! May 6, 2009

Filed under: books,dyeing — sarahbird @ 3:14 pm

I have been buying some GIANT supplies lately! I was running out of Jacquard acid dyes, so I ordered some more from dharmatrading.com, and this time I decided to get a bigger size. When they came I was so surprised – the jars are practically the size of my head! They are enormous.

For comparison, here’s a picture of one of my tiny little old jars next to the mega-sized new jars.

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I also bought a HUGE spool of crochet thread the other day. I don’t know if you can tell how big it is from this picture, but it is gargantuan – it’s over a mile and a half of thread! That’s enough for a LOT of corespun yarns.

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Classes just ended for the semester, and I have a few days before finals, so I’ve had lots of free time lately, which has been really nice. I’ve been spending a lot of it reading, and I’m right in the middle of a really interesting book right now – Bonk by Mary Roach. The subtitle is “The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex”, which pretty much sums up what it’s about. It’s all about different experiments and research that scientists have done throughout the centuries to try to understand all different aspects of sex. It’s also got tons of strange sex facts – definitely interesting, although some of them are not for the squeamish! But overall it’s a really fascinating book, and it’s not dry or overly scientific at all. I definitely recommend that you check it out!

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Books! February 22, 2009

Filed under: books,etsy — sarahbird @ 11:16 pm

I’m currently working my way through this huge pile of books:

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This year, I’m trying to complete the “999 Challenge” from Library Thing. The challenge involves choosing 9 categories, then picking 9 books within each category and reading them all in 2009. That’s 81 books! My complete list can be found here, if you’re interested in looking.

Today I finished Howard’s End, which I was reading for my classics category. I really enjoyed it! I tried to read it a few years ago and just couldn’t get into it, but this time I really like it. I’m finding that happening more and more with classics lately, I had the exact same experience with Vanity Fair a few months ago.

In crafting news, I ordered a bunch of thread for plying with my handspuns.

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I don’t know if you can tell how big those are from the photo, but they are huge! The two bigger spools each have 4600 yards of thread on them!!

I’ve also started making some new yarn tags that I’m really happy with. I got a really nice stamp with my shop information from JLMould a few weeks ago, and I’ve been looking for an eco-friendly way to use it. For these tags, I reused a cardboard cereal box. I cut the panels of the box apart and glued them together, with the coated (outside) sides of the box on the inside, so each side of the tag is a natural cardboard brown color. Then I just stamped each one and hole punched the corners, and they’re ready to go!

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Lorna D. February 21, 2008

Filed under: books,etsy,handspun,inspiration,knitting,spinning,yarn — sarahbird @ 11:21 pm
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I’ve finally managed to get pictures of some of my latest yarns! Here’s the first to be listed – Lorna.

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The name was inspired by the main character in November of the Heart, an excellent book (if you like sappy, somewhat improbable love stories) by LaVyrle Spencer. Lots of pastel colors – pink, lavender, yellow, and baby blue – in a squishy two-ply merino yarn.

By the way, here’s something I found while I was looking for that book over at Amazon. Have you heard of the Kindle?
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What a cool idea! I was a little bit skeptical of the idea at first, but watching that video made me really want one! Being able to keep all of your books on something so small so that you can read them whenever you want, and letting you download new books wherever you are? Genius. And the idea of having the newspaper electronically delivered every morning is so futuristic and cool that I can’t get over it.

Have a wonderful Friday!

 

Sick! November 30, 2007

Filed under: books,etsy,knitting,movies,spinning — sarahbird @ 11:15 pm
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So, after a few weeks of low-grade sickness and total lethargy, I finally got around to dragging myself to the doctor this week. And…I have mono! Perfect, a college student’s worst nightmare – several weeks of debilitating illness right before finals. Actually, strangely enough, I’ve felt a lot better ever since my diagnosis. At least now I know that there’s actually something wrong with me, so I’ve given myself permission to rest and I’ve actually had more energy. The doctor said that I’ve probably already had it for a few weeks, so the worst is most likely over. I’ve actually started spinning again, I have 2 new yarns that just need to be photographed and one half finished on my spindle.

Since I’m sick, I’ve made up a list of everything I need to feel better:

1. A good book – I’m currently reading Alias Grace and The Age of Innocence.
2. A super soft blanket to snuggle on the couch with. This one by eblankies looks very cozy.
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3. Lots of minestrone soup and hot chocolate with marshmallows.
4. Lip balm. I don’t know why, but for some reason I seem to go through it twice as fast when I’m sick!
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by spacemonkey looks super yummy! lip balm
5. Movies!! What could be better than hanging out on the couch and spinning while watching Marie Antoinette and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? Hmmm…I’m pretty sure the answer is nothing!
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6. Knitting. I’m currently working on a blanket to give to my mom for Christmas.

Wish me luck in getting better, and have a wonderful weekend!

 

so crazy it just might work! (but it probably won’t) July 19, 2007

Filed under: books,knitting,quilting,sewing — sarahbird @ 4:44 pm

So for the past week or so, I’ve found myself utterly obsessed with the idea of making a quilt. I’m not sure why I want to do this, it’s not my usual type of project, and I don’t even particularly like the look of quilts. Plus, even if there was a rational reason for me to make a quilt, I’m not sure I would be capable of it, since I can barely sew and I have no idea how to even begin to make a quilt. However, it was an impulse that I couldn’t fully deny, so I went through my room, dug out all the cotton remnants that I’ve been bringing home from work all summer, and realized that yes, I probably do have enough fabric to make a quilt if I wanted to.

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Ha, can you tell what my favorite color is from this picture?

I’m still not sure if this is a project that I’m actually going to attempt. I’d rather just have the pile of fabric sit there and look pretty than actually cut it up and do something with it. Plus, even if I started, I don’t know if I’d finish, since quilting seems pretty hard and I tend to find sewing tedious and frustrating. But on the other hand, I do have lots of nice fabric that I’m not going to use otherwise, and I really can’t get my mind off the idea of quilts, so maybe I will end up trying it. Something simple, probably just plain old squares. Hmm…I guess we’ll see.

Anyway, let’s move away from this crazy quilting idea, and on to more rational things. I recently finished reading Margherita Dolce Vita, and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a very well-written and fun book. I did think it got a little heavy at the end though, much more so than I was expecting when I started reading it. But overall a great book, definitely recommended.

Also, I recently got my invitation to join Ravelry! I was pretty excited, since you have to be on a waiting list before you join now because they’re still in beta testing. I really like the parts of the site I’ve explored so far, everything seems really well designed and intuitive. I haven’t had a chance to play with it too much, but I’m sure I’ll be on there a lot in the next few weeks. I’m trying to figure out if it will be useful for organizing handspun/fiber stash. It’s mostly geared toward knitting/crochet of course, but I’ve heard that they’ll be adding features for spinners soon, which I think would be really exciting. But for now I’ll just use it to keep track of my (very, very few) knitting projects and (very, very small) commercial yarn stash. If you’re on Ravelry, feel free to add me as a friend! (I’m sarahbird there, too)

Have a wonderful Thursday!