Online Admission of Guilt

I went to the yarn store today and bought some yarn (www.purldiva.com).  It was not an impulse buy however.  I had gone previously when I had the first inkling that I’d like to try scrumbling.  I fell in love with a certain yarn there called Koigu.  I thought long and hard (for almost two days!) about how I would attempt the scrumble and in what way that I would use the finished product, i.e. scrumbled cuff, wall art, brooch…I finally decided that the Koigu was a comin’ home and that a piece of wall art and/or some rockin’ brooches will be made (at least for now!).

I have great amounts of guilt for purchasing yarn but I rarely do it and I plan on making some amazing 10 x 10 art which will hopefully sell at the Brunswick 10 x 10 this fall.  So I can make some of my investment back…eventually!  This is the rationality that I hang on to.

 

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Freeform Crochet, whaaaat????

Every time we take a trip I must take something to work on.  If I didn’t, I might implode or self-combust.  I generally reach for the knitting or crochet, and lately I’m way more inclined to crochet.  It’s easier on my body (more comfortable) and I see faster results. Also, you only have one hook to worry about as opposed to two, and sometimes four, needles.  Since we have an upcoming trip, I quickly decided that crochet it is.  But I needed a new project.  I began searching through magazines and online.  (Etsy, Ravelry, etc.)  I came upon a fabulous gem.  An amazing art form.   Something I must at least attempt at some point in my life: Freeform Crochet (also called scrumbling).  Check out this profoundly superb and perfect thing:  http://stringamajig.blogspot.com/2008_07_01_archive.html

This stuff is amazing.  I am especially drawn to the cuffs that I saw on Pinterest and the Maine Coral Reef Project.  Holy cow, I’m simply without words.  http://themainereef.blogspot.com/

Instead of narrowing my search and finding a project, I just can’t decide!  I have two days to figure it out.  The yarn store is calling and I’m leaning toward a freeform cuff.  I found basic instructions on how to begin a scrumble: http://www.crochet.nu/scjwc/workshops/index.html

Hopefully I will have something worth reporting when I return from my trip.

 

 

 

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The Easter Bunny Cometh

I have finally some time to post.  I’m caught up with most things on my immediate “to do” list.  It’s been an insanely busy, multi-faceted sort of week.  First to report, I finished that Amy Butler Cosmos bag, and here she is:

 

Her name is Crocus after my (now gone by) crocuses that bloomed recently.  To give you an idea of just how big this bag is, here she is next to my sewing machine.  I think my entire sewing machine could fit inside!

 

I actually did make another Amy Butler bag too, a zippered pleated clutch but have yet to give it a photo shoot.

Second to report, my drawing class has ended…While I’m a bit relieved to be done with homework for a while, I’m going to miss it and can’t wait to start the next class this summer.  Kathy Boldt is such an amazingly skilled and lovely teacher.

Third to report, Jenn Mason asked me a couple weeks ago to participate in Feed Me: The 7x 7 Show (http://www.facebook.com/FeedMeThe7x7Show ).  I got busy making this little 7 x 7 piece of art:

 

The participating artists’ work will be sold at $49 each and all sales will benefit Meals on Wheels.  The theme is anything food related.  This piece I’ve titled “Up-Close Picnic Study” and it’s made on a primed, 7″ x 7″ wood board.  I used acrylic paint, table cloth paper, ink, ant stamp, Mod Podge, and a backwards wallpaper photocopy.  (I photocopied one of my drawings onto the backside of vintage wallpaper, cut out the image and adhered it in place.)  This celebrates the fact that picnics are on the way…

Fourth to report, we are getting ready to take a trip to see a our new and only nephew.  Only a few more things to wrap up before we go-  A project or two, clean the refrigerator (barf), Frontline the cat, laundy, pack…Oh!- and the Easter bunny cometh.  That’s always fun to watch the kids find and tear through their baskets.  I do greatly enjoy “helping” the Easter bunny design and fill Easter baskets.  Fun fun fun!

I’ve been thinking rather sadly about my empty Esty shop.  It’s that time again when the listings have all expired and my shop looks desperately barren.  I have ideas, I really do, I just need about two more hours in each day and my shop would rock.

Last to report, here are a few of my latest jewelry items that will be on sale at Wyler Gallery:

 

 

 

 

 

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Workshop with Red Hatters

Five fantastic ladies (four of which where Red Hat Society members) made some gorgeous bracelets last night at one of my workshops at Bath Adult Ed.  I was quite impressed with their abilities.  They were quick learners and fantastic company.  Here are only two pieces that they made as the other photos I took turned out too blurry to post.

 

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T-Shirt Dress

For a while now I’ve wanted to make Sophie a T-shirt dress.  I’ve seen them all over Pinterest and they seem so easy to make.  I found a fantastic pattern but made one significant mistake;  I began with a T shirt that was much to large for the dress pattern, resulting in a somewhat wonky dress that would fit a ten year old.  My daughter is four.  So now we have an great addition to the dress up clothes, but I learned a valuable lesson…When the pattern is for a size 6/6X, do not use a size 10/12 T shirt!  I’m always learning lessons!  She still looks pretty cute though!

 

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