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.

 

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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″