sarahbird spins

(and does other stuff, too)

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!

 

busy busy July 12, 2007

Filed under: celebrations,handspun,sewing,spinning,yarn — sarahbird @ 7:49 pm

Wow, I haven’t updated in a while! Oops. The past week or so has just been crazy. Between work and summer school, I’ve hardly had any free time. It should just be one more busy week, and then my summer school class will be over and I’ll be working less, so hopefully then I’ll have gobs of free time to get back to my projects.

Nathan (the boy) turned twenty last week! Exciting. It was a very good day, starting off with birthday cupcakes.

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We also went to the zoo, which I haven’t done in years. It ended up being a lot of fun. The butterfly garden and the dolphin show were highlights, but we also saw tigers and penguins and giraffes, and we even got to touch a live stingray. Crazy. It felt kind of like a wet mushroom.

Here’s one of the butterflies from the butterfly garden. It was really amazing, we walked around and the air was just full of butterflies floating around and landing on us. Very surreal, but beautiful.

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I was also excited to get a picture of one of the dolphins at the dolphin show. It’s hard to take a picture of a dolphin! I finally got one after the show, when we went down to those underwater window things.

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And of course, the requisite self-taken, rather disheveled picture.

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On the crafting front, I’ve bought more fabric to make another skirt, despite the fact that I’ve made absolutely no progress on the first skirt I was intending to make. But I really love this fabric, and I can totally see it as a skirt that I would wear all the time. I think the little white polka dots on the black are just so cute.

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I’ve also been spinning a little bit. I experimented with plying with thread for the first time and made a little mini-skein. I thought it was pretty successful, the texture of the yarn is really cool. It wasn’t actually supposed to be such a little skein, but I pulled too hard when I was plying and accidentally broke the thread. Oops. I’m going to ply the rest of it soon hopefully. It’s a pink, yellow and orange thick and thin single, dyed with Wilton’s, that I plyed with yellow Sulky thread.

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And a close-up.

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I’m definitely going to try this again, I think it’s really fun and different. I wonder what it will look like knit up…

Oh, and I had an idea for my very first art-ish yarn! I’m really excited to get started on this, hopefully what I’m thinking of turns out how I picture it.

Enjoy your Thursday!

 

Obese spindle alert! June 26, 2007

Filed under: sewing,spinning,yarn — sarahbird @ 10:37 pm

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Isn’t it cute? It’s so fat. I think it’s adorable. Right now it’s holding 4 oz. of freshly plied yarn. Here’s a closeup that gives a better idea of the colors (they’re Wilton’s):

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Wow, that is blurry. I need to learn to take better pictures.

Check out what came home with me from the fabric store yesterday.

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I really love this fabric. I think the color is gorgeous, and you can’t tell from the picture, but the fabric has a slight sheen to it which is very nice. I’m going to try to make it into a skirt. I’m not much of a sewer, but I think that even I can handle a simple A-line skirt, right? I think when it’s done I’ll use metallic thread, either silver or gold, and embroider some kind of a border near the bottom edge. Because I actually can embroider, but it’s a skill of mine that gets very little use, because, frankly, I don’t seem to have too much stuff that needs to be embroidered.

Anyway, I think it’s time for me to take a nap, because I had work at 4(!) this morning. Seriously, 4 a.m…blech. Oh well, at least I was done early.

Have a lovely Tuesday!