sarahbird spins

(and does other stuff, too)

Busy Busy… October 1, 2008

Filed under: celebrations,etsy,handspun,knitting,spinning,yarn — sarahbird @ 10:58 pm
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I’ve been knitting like crazy the past two days! My yarn for the Hooded Baby Blanket arrived on Tuesday, and my cousin’s baby shower is this Sunday. So that gives me five days to knit a whole baby blanket! I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish – so far I’ve got about six inches done.

Here are the colors I picked out. Both blankets are going to be pink, one with green edging and one with white.

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I’ve also been tossing around a few ideas for art yarns lately. I found some pretty fake flowers in the clearance aisle the other day, so I bought them and stripped the fabric flowers from the stems. I’m thinking about spinning them into a green yarn with little green felt or ribbon leaves.

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And last but not least, here are a few new yarns I’ve listed in my Etsy shop over the past couple of days.

Nice Melons (because it’s got all the colors of melons in it – gosh, get your mind out of the gutter!)

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Candy Girl (another bulky single ply)

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Keen (this one is my favorite!)

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Grapes of Math
(I know, it’s a dumb name. If you can think of a better one I’d love to hear it!)

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Exciting News! March 25, 2008

Filed under: celebrations,etsy,handspun,inspiration,spinning,yarn — sarahbird @ 8:40 pm
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Wow, I’ve been away from this blog for quite a while! Now that spring break is over and some computer malfunctions have been resolved, I’m back. Don’t worry, I haven’t been neglecting all things fiber-y while I’ve been gone – in fact, I have super exciting news to share – I GOT A WHEEL!!!! Yep, it’s true, after a year and a half of spinning on a drop spindle, I finally have a spinning wheel, thanks to my parents giving me the best birthday present ever. I ended up with a Majacraft Suzie, after trying out pretty much every wheel at The Fold, a really nice little shop in Marengo, IL, that sells spinning wheels, fiber, yarn, and all kinds of fun stuff. I looove looove looove everything about this wheel – how pretty it looks, the smooth way it treadles, the delta orifice. But what I love most of all is how darn fast it is! The day I bought it, I broke it in while watching Casino Royale and spun a skein of yarn in about 2 hours that probably would have taken me 4 or 5 days on my drop spindle. And that was the first time I used it! Here’s a picture of the wheel – this isn’t mine (I haven’t taken a picture of it) but it looks exactly like this –
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Gorgeous, right? The only sad thing is that it isn’t at school with me right now – I have a roommate and a little tiny room, and there just isn’t space. So I won’t have it again till May, which is very depressing – I just can’t wait!
Anyway, on to something happy. Here’s my latest yarn – Holiday Lights. I dyed it with all the colors of the lights on my Christmas tree.
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Well, I’m off to spin more yarns! Have a good night!

 

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!

 

I get by with a little help from my friends… November 5, 2007

Filed under: etsy,handspun,knitting,spinning,yarn — sarahbird @ 2:14 am
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Midterms are over! I survived! And I’m pretty sure I passed everything with flying colors, with the possible exception of astronomy (also known as the bane of my academic existence). Man I hate astronomy.

Anyways, in spite of midterms, I’ve managed to get a little crafting done lately. I finished a scarf that I’ve been working on for a while – and by finished, I mean I finally wove in the ends on a scarf that had been done for about two months.

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Doesn’t it look nice though? I think I’m going to take a few better pictures and then list it in my Etsy shop.

Speaking of Etsy, I looked back at my October goals that I set at the beginning of last month, and I don’t think I was too successful in achieving them.

October Goals
*List 20 items – nope, only listed 6.
*Create 4 new yarns – spun two yarns, but only got around to listing one.
*Sell at least one yarn – nope.
*Sell at least 4 items total – nope.
*Blog at least 8 times – only blogged 4 times.
*Write a bio/shop announcement – hey, I did do this! Hooray!
*Keep up with 30 Days to a Better Shop – partially, I’m a little behind but I did OK.

I know I’m not selling a lot on Etsy, but I realize that’s because I’m not listing/promoting enough. I’ll try to work harder at it this month, so my November goals are going to be the same as my October goals were (minus the bio/shop announcement thing). Hopefully this time I’ll get closer to achieving them.

November Goals
*List 20 items.
*Create 4 new yarns
*Sell at least one yarn.
*Sell at least 4 items total.
*Blog at least 8 times.
*Keep up with 30 Days to a Better Shop

On to happier things – here’s a not-really-new yarn. I spun it a long time ago, and I’m pretty sure that I posted it a while back, but I took new pictures of it and listed it on Etsy so I’m going to blog about it again. It’s called Sea Glass.

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This is actually one of the earliest yarns I spun, and I’m amazed that I created such a balanced, lofty single with so little practice! I’m not even sure I could do that now! I haven’t spun many singles lately, and I’d forgotten how much I liked them. I’ll have to start doing more. Anyway, I love this yarn a lot, and I’m hoping it goes to a good home.

I’ve spun up two yarns from some superwash merino mill ends that I bought a while back, but I think I’m only going to end up posting one because I really don’t like the color of one of them. I’m setting the twist on the pretty one tomorrow, so I’ll hopefully be able to take pictures and blog about that spinning experience in the next few days. I also have a brand new method of making paper beads that I’ve been experimenting with, more on that coming soon!

Have a wonderful week!