Thursday, January 17, 2008

What's Been Going On?

Not much really.....first off, thanks for all the compliments on Elena's Hat-I have plenty of testers now and hopefully will have the pattern up on the site shortly (freebie, of course).

I did actually crochet something:

Ta-Da! Hold back all your excitement now-it's a scrubbie for the kitchen-I can hear all the oohs and aahs right now.
Easy pattern, only uses about 1/2 a ball of Sugar N Cream (Country Brown Ombre for those wondering what I used for mine). It's a pretty cool site for free patterns simple patterns, once again found on Ravelry.

I am also testing a pattern for Amy, whose patterns I always love and she is seriously a genius when it comes to easy patterns that look so darn good and look like they would be so hard, yet she simplifies them. (Can ya tell I'm a big fan of Amy?). She's being published all over lately-Tilli Tomas, O-Wool, Blue Sky Alpacas, Crochet Today!, Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution, , just about everywhere you look. In fact, her the next issue of Crochet Today! will feature a vest design of hers on the cover. Kudos to Amy!

I also FINALLY picked up two enamel pots for dyeing wool on the stove versus microwave so I can start using the acid dyes and not worry about poisoning my family! I stopped at Goodwill today and got two nice sized pots, in white (which is what I wanted so I could see if the dye has exhausted itself. $3.99 for both-whoot! I bought this duo-tone merino about 1 1/2 years ago from Stick Chick over on Etsy I have been wanting to dye up. It's a two ply spun in such a way that it takes up dye at different rates giving it a two tone effect from one dye bath. I also bought some kid mohair I wanna try and handpaint.

I also am helping Elena's class make bath salts for Mother's Day gifts. This made me realize I have to go through all my supplies now and put them in order. My spare room is a terrible mess (think "throw and go") and I have a huge tote underneath a pile of soap making supplied that needs cleaning out so the soap making supplies can be put in the tote, as well as the pots I bought, crock pot for dyeing, mason jars, steamer for when I steam dye roving, etc. It would make things so much easier, however where to put all the other stuff is unknown. I have been tossing a ton of stuff, which I am sure I will regret later, but right now, I just want it gone and to be able to find stuff. The yarn purge went well and now it's time to purge other stuff-I really can't stand it anymore. What Elena doesn't know is the "toy purge" is coming next.......she has toys she doesn't play with, but is at that "in-between" age where she wants them, but doesn't play with them. She also is a packrat and gets attached to clue where she gets that from at all (I am serious about this-I am just a "throw and go" person, don't really have any true attachments to any material things-maybe just a few, but definitely not a packrat like my daughter. Mike, has nothing that he collects or really would care if I got rid of-okay, maybe the TV or something, but seriously, the man isn't one bit materialistic at all).

Oooh, my Spindolyn should ship out on Tuesday-I am so psyched about that cause I plan to play a bit and then down comes the wheel.............

Too many things I wanna do (and you noticed housework wasn't listed, didn't you????). I have babbled on enough here.


KnitXcorE said...

housework is overrated!
when you're all finished can you come organize our spare room? it's horrible!

April said...

Cute scrubbie! Let us know how it works out. I have a few teflon pans I would like to give a good scrubbing to but I hate sponges because they're just so germ infested.

Cindy said...

Yes, I also have some organizing to do with my craft stuff. I want to go through my fabric and yarn and figure out what I have.

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