sarahbird spins

(and does other stuff, too)

Internet! Hooray! May 27, 2008

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After a recent move that left me without internet for a few excruciating weeks, the Comcast guy finally came this morning and hooked up our wireless connection! Hooray! That means that I’ll finally be able to update my Etsy shop again, and I’ll be able to show off all of the wonderful yarns I’ve been spinning with my brand new wheel! Get excited, I have lots of stuff to show you over the next few weeks!

Enjoy your Tuesday!

 

Fun with Felting! April 15, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarahbird @ 12:21 am

I’m the kind of person who hates to throw anything away – this is probably part of the reason I love using mill end wool for my yarns so much. As a consequence of my inability to throw away even the smallest bit of fiber, I have a ziplock bag that’s full of all those little tiny odd pieces of roving that you end up with when you spin yarn. I’ve been thinking for a while that I should get hand carders and card them together, but that’s not really in my budget right now. So instead, I’ve been playing around with making felted beads.

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Kinda cool, right? I actually really like making these now, but it took me a while to actually make beads that looked decent. I finally figured out the trick though – you have to start out rolling the bead really really really softly, like almost not even touching it. If you put too much pressure on it at the beginning the bead gets cracks in it and basically falls apart. I haven’t decided if I’m going to list these in my Etsy shop or just keep them to use in my own projects.

Have a fabulous Tuesday!

 

More Roving! February 17, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarahbird @ 6:47 pm

I’m currently working my way through a pound of superwash merino/viscose mill end roving. I’m really liking it so far – it’s super soft and silky, and drafts really easily. I already have one skein finished, which I should have ready to list in the next few days.

In the mean time, here’s some hand dyed mill ends (from Sheep Shed Studio). This is what I’m going to work on once I finish the merino/viscose. I’m planning to spin some nice squishy singles – I can’t wait!

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Yummy!

Have a wonderful week!

 

Weekend Review – Sweeney Todd January 13, 2008

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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.

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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!