Knit A Square

Now that we are past the shortest day of the year, I finally need to post again about hope, opportunities, more daylight (well – it’s been super soggy in Oregon, but July 5th is right around the corner!! 🙂

Watch this video and join me if you so desire. I crochet – don’t knit – but here’s to something awesome!! I would adopt every child if I was there where this video was shot.

 

A Spinning Adventure

Intention: To learn spinning. I’ve always been intrigued with it.

Problem: I’m allergic to virtually every kind of animal hair.

Possible Solution: Go to the yarn store, handle all the wool and see what happens, forge ahead.

The real problem: It turned out to not be the wool itself but the drafting process – with fine hairs flying everywhere – that brought on the very itchy eyes and need for antihistamine.

Feeling: Discouraged but determined. I paid for the spinning class and the spinning wheel rental. I want to give this a solid try… and still be able to breathe 🙂

The next possible solution: Wear some kind of eye gear and mask (not practical). Spin with a merino/silk blend – will try it. Spin with organic cotton – my preference, but teaching staff says it is harder and I need to master spinning with wool first.

ANY ADVICE OUT THERE – other than, “stay away from animal hair, you silly girl, and stick with crocheting your synthetic fibers”???

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ADDENDUM: Paradise Fibers in Spokane, WA sells all kinds of cotton, bamboo, faux angora and cashmere!!! If I struggle, skill wise, with spinning wool, why not just go ahead and struggle, skill wise, with spinning cotton? 🙂 Hooray. Feeling hopeful.

Isn't it cute???

Isn’t it cute???

Rainbow Goodness

Calling all artists – we know that we do what we do because we love it. I could crochet till the cows come home – and often, they are long tucked into their cozy beds and I am STILL crocheting. But what do we charge when we sell our goods? If I charged even $5 an hour on labor for the large blankets I’ve made for friends, the blankets would literally cost $1,000. Anyone want to comment – as an artist or as a consumer of homemade, handmade goods? What are your guidelines as someone who is selling or buying?

 

Tie dye, hippie placemat of love. ~20"X12.75"

Tie dye, hippie placemat of love. ~20″X12.75″

 

“Ketchup”

Hey y’all,

I haven’t posted in a long time, so now I am in “ketchup” mode – as in, we’ve got some ketching up to do! 🙂

My 4 hour surgery on May 3rd went quite well. As expected, I had the usual 3 day post-anesthesia honeymoon followed by a huge energy and mood crash. I’m pulling out of it, mood-wise, but the energy will still take a few more weeks to return.

As is my habit with pre and post surgery states (sad that it’s been so often that this has become a habit), I crocheted up a storm. I made blankets for my great nieces and some smaller blankets for their baby dolls. Please note that the Roll Tide gal should get some good karma points for making War Eagle blankets (Bama vs Auburn).

For Anne Marie

For Anne Marie

 

Tiny stitches!

Tiny stitches!

 

Doll not included. "I'm just modeling".

Doll not included. “I’m just modeling”.

 

This turned out thick because of my crocheting with 2 threads simultaneously.

This turned out thick because of my crocheting with 2 threads simultaneously.

 

A blanket for the baby doll atop the "people blanket". I know - dolls are people too :)

A blanket for the baby doll atop the “people blanket”. I know – dolls are people too 🙂