Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Playing with a new photo app and this WIP while waiting for some work to process. Taking it easy while my back heals up. Doctor's orders. I'm hoping to make some progress on this Amy Pond scarf for the shop. Got bored working on the Pond scarf all day, so I finally cast on my Loki socks. Pond scarf progress. Sock progress! Made a little business card wallet thing. First chance I had to use my clearance sale rainbow thread. :D Cast on a simple sock in a self striping yarn to be my Event Sock this season. These are the socks that will come with me on long car rides and fairs. Patons Kroy Socks in Rusty Stripe. Made some progress on my event sock yesterday at the NY Renaissance Faire. Read more about my trip at! I think today's book weeding will leave me with 1.5 empty shelves! AMAZING. I ran out of this particular yarn that isn't carried by my local stores any more, so I turned this Amy Pond scarf into a cowl for the shop. Which resulted in some creative blocking. Finished one funky looking Loki sock! Working on Loki sock #2. Toe-up socks still feel a little weird to me. Progress on my Event socks. My mom bought me a present! Thinking about making another quilt and I like these 4 patterns from The Weekend Quilter. Which one do you think I should do first?


Monday, August 18, 2014

Under the Sea Handspun

Under the Sea Handspun

I finished some handspun a while back. This was spun from some alpaca wool I bought from Green Paca at the Coventry Farmer's Market last fall. I bought 4 oz of the white wool and 1 oz packs of purple, green, and blue-green.

This was the first time I tried blending the different colored wools with my wool combs. The green and the blue-green blended wonderfully and really worked as a gradient transition between the two colors on that ply, but the purple and the blue-green didn't quite work out the way I planned. The resulting color was a little too dark to really work as a transition, but the color still looks good plied in there. I'm pleased with it overall.

This will be in the Etsy shop in the next major update!

Under the Sea Handspun


Saturday, August 09, 2014

Weeding My Bookshelf

I think today's book weeding will leave me with 1.5 empty shelves! AMAZING.

I spent most of today so far weeding my bookshelf. It's a necessary chore every once in a while. There's only so much room to put books and I am a product of my environment. My parents never get rid of anything, so breaking myself of that mindset has been something that I've been actively working since college.

A while back I found out about Paperback Swap, which is a service that I really enjoy. I know someone is looking for the book I'm sending out and I can get some really interesting books in return. It feels better to me than just generally donating books. Also, most of the time, there's a period between listing the book and sending out the book that I can get used to the idea that this book is no longer available. I shut them away in a cabinet so that they can't be seen and I get used to the book not being a part of the bookshelf. It works for me.

Here is a link to my profile on Paperback Swap so you can have a look at the books I have listed. I think you need to signed into an account to see the listing, but that's a quick sign up. Feel free to order any books from me!

I also have three series up on Ebay for sale. Two of them are complete series and one of them has most of the books in the series. I felt like it would be easier for folks to get these all at once on Ebay instead of one by one on Paperback Swap. If they don't sell on Ebay, I'll list them, but I know it's annoying to get a series one book at a time if all the books are available.

Here are the listings:

Remnants (Books 1-5, 7-12) by K. A. Applegate

Deltora Quest Complete Series by Emily Rodda

Deltora Quest: Shadowlands Complete Series by Emily Rodda

Feel free to grab these, folks. I'd really appreciate you taking them off my hands.

And here's a clean bookshelf!

Weeding success! The very top shelf is mostly empty and the shelf on the left side of the room is just crafty books and Game of Thrones, which doesn't fill the shelf. :D