Probably, I just don't notice it.
November is Art Every Day Month, over at CreativeEveryDay.com. I won't update the blog every day, that's just unrealistic. But I am shooting for twice a week. Fitting blogging into a already packed week will take some finagling.
Well, today I discovered that those mini pumpkins that are everywhere this time of year. And usually used as decoration...are edible!!
Here is some easy recipes from Gingerbread Snowflakes Blog!. Enjoy.
Hey, adoring fans and strangers!
I joined a ATC Swap yesterday which prompted me to come update the blog. It helps your swap partner get to know you a bit which makes the swaps more fun. In the past 2.5 ears not much has changed here. I still knit, crochet, and handspin. I picked up kumihimo braiding last year which is enjoyable and easy to transport, easy to transport is a big PLUS with me. I especially love beaded kumihimo, they remind me of beaded crocheted ropes which I've always loved but they are hard to make, at least to me they are hard. and kumihimo is super easy and fast.
And last month I made my first recycled book journal. Yes, I tore pages out of a perfectly good hardback book, and I glued a bunch of the other pages together. It was fun, you should try it. Now I am gradually, painting and collaging over the remaining pages. Now before you start throwing rocks at me, I have a house FULL of BOOKS! I love reading! That book came from a library sale, I rescued it, read it, stored it in my house for a whole bunch of years and now I'm reusing it. And it encouraged me to go through the books that were in my bedroom, I donated 9 books to a nearby Little Free Library. Do not feel bad for this book, it is having a very long and fruitful life.
What's a ATC swap you ask. ATC is short for Artist Trading Cards. Think baseball trading cards, but more creative and pretty. In fact ATC are the same size as other trading cards. But ATCs can be made of any material; paper, plastic, fabric, wood, or metal. I joined the swap on Willowing Arts and it is an international swap, so if you don't want to swap internationally, you can find swaps in your own town or region of the country. Just google 'atc swaps in your town'.
Here I am. Did you miss me? I've just been busy. I do manage to squeeze in some amount of yarn time every day, be it knitting, crocheting, or spinning. So we left off with combing Border Leicester wool. I combed out most of the curl, but not all of it. I wanted the yarn to have some texture.
And then I spun 2 samples. The first sample is loose, fluffy and full of texture. The yarn looks overspun, but that should mostly if not completely, correct itself after a relaxing hot soak..
The 2nd sample is spun from the same fiber, but spun as a fine sock weight and 2-plied. it still has some of the texture, but most of it was 'tamed' during the spinning.
Border Leicester and the other English Longwools are not next to the skin soft, but they are versatile, easy to spin, durable, and shiny.
First up, the Rhubarb colorway of corriedale wool. I wish I could capture the copper, peach and green in this yarn. And I wish you could feel how squishy it is.
Next up is Border Leicester wool. Border Leicester is one of the British Longwools, originally developed in 1760's in England, near the Scotland border. And they've been a documented breed in the US since early 1900's. It is a great new spinner wool, because while it is shiny, its not slippery.
The signature curls will be combed out before spinning.
Its been a good weekend. First Up.....311 yards of rhubarb colorway of Corriendale Wool, dyed by Spotted Circus on Etsy. Its still drying after its relaxing bubble bath, so I'll try to remember to show you a before and after bubble bath pic. This is the before bubble bath.
Next up is 2 samples of Bue Faced Leicester (pronounced: lester) wool. Better Know As: BFL. BFL is one of the old English Longwools. The longwools are known for their luster, strength, ease of spinning, and totally gorgeous curly locks. The BFL I have is commercially combed, I don't have any in its naturally curly state, but you will get to see other longwools in their curly state before I comb all the curls out and spin it. This wool is actually a blend of natural browns, even tho' it looks gray. The gray look is just the lame cell phone camera.
My superpower is creative problem solving. And when there are no problems that I need to solve, I find ways to be creative anyhow.