I've finished an embellished journal, and I think I'm in love. There are several more waiting to be sewn at home, but until they're finished, I'll be lavishing this pretty thing with lots of attention. I can't wait to make more!
A budget analyst by day and a knitter/just-starting-off knitwear designer by night. As a new Mom, I have come to deeply appreciate nap time, when baby-wrangling gives way to knitting and designing time.
I kind of post a lot these days, so I'm keeping my answers in the sidebar. Here goes. 1. How long have you been spinning? What skill level do you consider yourself? I've been spinning since April, so I'd say I'm a beginner. 2. What kinds of yarn do you create (singles/2-ply/3-ply/art yarn)? I spin singles, 2-ply, and some art yarns. I need to get another bobbin before I can try 3ply, and I hate navajo plying. 3. What do you spin with (spindle/wheel/both)? Usually my wheel, but sometimes I pull out the spindle for a whirl. 4. What are your favorite fibers to spin with? Anything you don't like? fine wools, alpaca, and silk, mostly, but I really like spinning just about anything. Except for really, really course stuff. I don't mind romney, but I'm not much of a churro girl. 5. Who are your favorite crack dealers fiber sources (etsy or otherwise)? I like it raw, from whoever's got some good fleeces or blankets. 6. What kind of fiber do you want to try? I'd like to try hemp and cotton. 7. Is there any techniques you would like to learn? spinning from a distaff, supercoils, (am playing with corespun)8. Do you dye fiber? If not, would you like to learn? yup. I use natural dyes and wilton/koolaid. I haven't tried acid dyes yet. 9. Do you have fiber prep tools (and like to use them) or would you prefer ready to spin fiber? Except for the next couple months, I have constant access to a drum carder. 10. What do you do with your handspun? What projects have you completed? I sell some of it, and I knit with the rest. I just finished a handspun baby surprise jacket, and I'm knitting handpsun enclosures for my book. 11. Are you in need of any spinning gadgets (WPI Gauge, threading hook, etc)? A WPI Gauge would be awesome. 12. What colors "fall into your shopping basket"? Any colors you just can't stand? I love deep, rich colors, like dark olives, baltic blues, rust orange, etc. But I also like most other colors. 13. What is on your wheel/spindle right now? some alpaca in the process of becoming 2ply worsted yarn for my sister. 14. What other crafts/hobbies do you have? I'm a book artist. I also like to embroider, sew, and knit. 15. Other than crafts, what are you passionate about? Community education. Both through teaching book/fiber arts and teaching about the value of handwork. I know that's sort of crafts, but I'm (en route to) making a living as a teaching artist 16. Do you have an online wishlist? nope. 17. Is there anything that you collect? vintage buttons, but otherwise, I try not to collect too much. 18. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? Intertwined. A Fine Fleece. In Sheep's Clothing. What magazine subscriptions do you have? none. I try not to amass too much stuff, so I just buy the issues I like. 19. When is your birthday? January 26th 20. What book or movie character do you most resemble in personality? Well, my personality is bold and brassy(say the people who know me best). So I guess whatever character fits that description. 21. What is the climate like where you live around this time (need to know for careful shipments of anything meltable)? warm in the summer, but not too warm. 22. Tell us one weird fact about yourself! I played rugby in undergrad. And I loved it. Favorites Candy: I'm not a candy person unless there are cadbury chocolates in the room. Food: turkey burgers stuffed with spinach and feta. Yum. Drink: tamarind flavored mexican soda pop. TV Show(s): It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Arrested Development, Venture Brothers Book(s): The Secret History by Donna Tartt, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver, Anything by Margaret Atwood. Guilty Pleasure(s): I have no guilt about my pleasures. Is that weird?