my most recent addiction

May 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Posted in projects | Leave a comment
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I have made six of these so far, and I fully intend to make more as soon as I find more balls of yarn that deserve to be covered in bright colors.  I really enjoy needle felting, and these are especially satisfying because of the spherical shape.


more practice needlefelting

September 13, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Posted in craft tools, learning | Leave a comment
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I got some more needles in different sizes from etsy recently.  I haven’t really tried out their different effects, but I did finish a project I’d started before that had broken two of my first set of needles.  I think I got a little too enthusiastic…  It was a green cardboard berry box thingy that I decided to cover in felt, but stabbing directly into the cardboard obviously wasn’t a good idea!  When I learned my lesson and slowed down a little, things went much more smoothly.

A favorite book from childhood and the handmade yarn inspired by it

June 9, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Posted in projects, selling | Leave a comment
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I liked the whole enchanted forest series, but I read this one first and it was definitely my favorite.

And here is my enchanted forest yarn!

I thought it would never stop shedding excess dye–I had to rinse it about a thousand times–but it’s finally dry and in a skein and for sale on etsy!


folk art chicken

April 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Posted in gifts, other people's awesome crafts | Leave a comment
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This is what I made my daddy for his birthday!  I mailed it off today, but I took a picture before I taped the box up, because I think he turned out rather cute.

The chicken is made from a wool thrift store sweater that was already sort of felted, and which I felted more in the laundry.  And the nest is made out of those “jersey loops” thingies that we used to make pot-holders out of as kids, and long chains of finger weaving.  My mom used to make us more of them from old tights.  I found a package of them at recycle north a while back, and now I finally found a fabulous use for them!  And I put chickpeas in the bottom of the chicken to add a little weight and to help him sit nicely, and it really amuses me that they are CHICKpeas.  So I had to share that with you.  Heehee.

Finally, the cute card with the chocolate chips came from etsy photographer Heather King.  I traded for it.  And it’s lovely, so you should check out her shop.



vinegar and wool

November 19, 2009 at 11:20 am | Posted in yarn stash | Leave a comment
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I dyed four skeins of yarn yesterday!  One of them is grapefruit-colored, because I was inspired be learning that pamplemousse means grapefruit in French.  Isn’t that a cool word?  The other three skeins are just whatever colors I felt like dropping into the crockpot at the time, which is my usual dye process.  I think they all turned out lovely!  I’ll have to wait and see when they’re dry whether I want to keep them, gift them, or sell them.  Also, S gets dibs on any that inspire her.

an honor

March 3, 2009 at 10:21 pm | Posted in blogging | 1 Comment
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The snake I pictured in my creature post a few days ago has been featured on a blog all about recycled wool!

Check it out!

Sheep and Wool

September 7, 2008 at 9:01 pm | Posted in learning | 3 Comments
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Yesterday, my friend L and I went to the Vermont Sheep and Wool festival.  It was quite fun!  We got to see alpacas, llamas, angora rabbits, goats, and (of course) many sheep, including ones with curly horns, and little ones bleating pitifully while being shorn.  We held some of the bunnies, and took pictures of ourselves.

There were also lots of vendors with every fiber-related product and supply you could think of.  It was raining outside, so it got a little steamy-humid inside the convention buildings, but it wasn’t too bad.  And there was so much to look at!  L and I got to have a little lesson on how to use a spinning wheel, but neither of us had much success.  I kept managing to make my wheel turn the wrong way, which tangled my infant yarn all up, and L’s yarn kept breaking.  We enjoyed ourselves, though.  Then we decided that maybe drop spindles would be easier to start learning on, so we each bought one, plus some roving in various pretty colors.  And then when we got home last night, we gave it a go, with the help of some youtube instructional videos.  It was a little hard at first, but eventually we both got the hang of it.  I’ll write another blog post with pictures of my learning yarn as soon as I charge my camera batteries.

I sort of wish I could keep a sheep in my front yard.  There were some really cute ones for sale there with a big sign next to them about how they would normally cost you 300 dollars, but their festival price was only 100 dollars.  They ran away from me when I tried to pet them, though.

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