The Show Grows

Here's the show notes for my first video podcast!

I will get better, I promise!



WiPs:

Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder, size US1 Chiaogoo circular needles (I got mine at Tuesday Morning for $2.49), yarn is Patons Kroy Socks in Bramble Stripes colorway


Worsted Weight Tube Socks, by Kathleen Taylor in the Big Book of Socks (I used the Hand Knit Socks book by Threads that has the same patterns but doesn't show them as in the book in Ravelry) size US 5 Addi Turbos (I think) in Patons Classic Wool Worsted Forest colorway.

Socks on a Plane by Laura Linneman, aka LalaKnits on Ravelry, size US 1.5 Deborah Norville circular needles (purchased at Tuesday Morning for $3.49) in Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Yarn in the Violas colorway.

Campside Shawl by Alicia Plummer, size US 6 Knitter's Pride Dreamz ciruclar needles, in Cascade Cherub DK in the Ruby Colorway. This is part of the PlumDandi Ravelry Group Campside KAL that's going on right now

$5 in Paris by Anna Maliszewski, Size US 7 and 8 Clover Takumi bamboo circular needles, and knit in Caron Simply Soft Black and Neon Green Colorways

Flax by Tincan Knits, Size US 6 and 8 Clover Takumi bamboo circular needles in Patons Classic Wool Worsted in the Navy colorway.

Sewing Projects:

The Van Gogh bags were made with:

Keepsake Calico Fabric in The Starry Night Print
Fabric Quarters Fat Quarter in Green
Fabric Quarters Fat Quarter in Yellow Dot print (I cannot find a link online for the specific print)
Pellon lightweight interfacing
Attempted to make it a drawstring bag using the instructions found at the pattern linked below.

The Drawstring bag was made with:

Basic instructions from this pattern for the Lined Drawstring Bag tutorial found on In Color Order
Two Fabric Quarter Fat Quarters in blue and turquoise
a needle
thread
later, bottom was squared off with a sewing machine using the instructions in the linked pattern.

Red Paris bag was made with:
Red Paris Print from Waverly  Fabrics  purchased at Walmart (lots of different colors were available at my Walmart store; blue, green, purple, yellow)
Red Dot Print from Waverly Fabrics purchased at Walmart

My T-shirt bag was made using this tutorial I found on Pinterest. I didn't use the hand stamped idea, because I used old t-shirts with characters on them. For closing the bottom, I used a small safety pin and a length of mason cord purchased at Home Depot.

Then I modified the pattern in the tutorial slightly, when I made my bag out of my old tank top.  I just sewed the bottom closed, and squared it off, and am repairing the tear in the strap.

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So, Hey

I sort of fell off the Earth.

Just kidding.  I've been meaning to get on here and blog, but it's always really late at night and I'm worried that if I start a post at that time, I'll end up doing something that seems really brilliant at the time but ends up ruining people's lives or something.  So then I don't.  Then the whole cycle starts again.

However, I have been looking into just doing a weekly video segment to at least get something out there.  I know in the beginning it'll just be me talking to myself, but I hope that it'll at least get a few views.  The thing is, when I bought my webcam, I just got a cheap-o one from Walmart, and the one that's built into the laptop, well, I can't figure out how to get the picture un-inverted and it's just really odd to watch myself upside down.

Also, I reserved my Windows 10 upgrade and that should be happening in a few days-probably when I'm at work (I hope!) and not wanting to use the computer for anything life shattering. It SAYS my computer is ready and compatible, but the webcam isn't always attached (and the other one just makes me look like I'm floating upside down).

So, Tour de Fleece is ending today.  I have not spun in weeks. I finished the yellow, and started on the blue on my home made spindle, and damn if that doesn't keep breaking on me.  I have never had fiber break as much as this one is.  So I decided to use my good Schacht Spindle and I barely got any fiber one before it broke again.  I put it aside.  I'm doing lots of knitting that has to take precedence over spinning right now.  There are so many things I've started.

First off, though, let me say what a mess my knitting area has become!  It's so crazy, I can't find needles.  Yesterday I started going through everything and putting the circulars back into their packages just so I could make sure I had everything, and of course, I found some were lost.  When I go out, all my stuff stays in it's individual project bag which when I'm not knitting are sitting in another larger bag. I think I have four project bags in my big bag currently.  One project I may end up frogging.  I have been thinking about it a lot. Here's what's currently on almost all of my needles:

$5 in Paris-though it cost a bit more here in Arizona. Doing size small with Caron Simply Soft in Black and Neon Green

Flax- XXL size in Patons Classic Wool in Navy

Hermione's Everyday Socks in Patons Kroy Socks in Bramble Stripes

Hitchhiker in Gherkin's Bucket Spring Step Sock in Dream Coat colorway (this is the one I might frog, just so I can make some GB socks)

Campside in Cascade Cherub DK in Ruby

Socks on a Plane in Deborah Norville Serenity Sock in Violas

Wool Tube socks in Paton's Classic Wool in Forest

Malt in Red Heart Super Saver in Cornmeal

I'm test knitting some socks

And there are two other pairs of socks that are somewhere in limbo, one pair will get finished if it kills me, the other I believe one sock will have to be frogged completely because I stole the needles to make something else.

Then of course there's something else I was looking to make that needed a size 8 needle for and I couldn't find...and I don't remember what it was, but of course I found the size 8 needles.

I've been practicing my sewing.  I'm still awful.

Life here is great.  School started last week (Thank you, Sweet Baby Jesus!) I'm glad for it.  Because of wanting to do stuff or hang out with the kids we've been slacking on actual grocery shopping, and it's mostly been popping into the store every few days to get something we need.  First day back at school, I went shopping and I have only been to the store twice this week and I think one of those was for something that we had in the pantry already but didn't remember was there. So, another trip to the store tomorrow.  It's nice to sit and be able to make a list and think about what I'm going to buy instead of just grabbing a few things to throw something together.


That's it around here.  I will probably be recording Mondays or Tuesdays, most likely Tuesdays since Mondays are going to be shopping days and I'm hoping to get a better camera to record with and to quickly figure out the editing side of making a video.  I may end up giving production credit to my 13 year old.  We'll see how that goes.

Have a great Sunday and happy crafting!



Le Tour Begins!

So, we're 4 days into the Tour de France, and because the crafty community is completely awesome, someone thought of having a big spinning extravaganza during the tour and calling it Tour de Fleece. I don't know when the Tour de Fleece started, but it's HUGE.  Just about every podcast/videocast I watch is participating.

I've been watching posts for years talking about TdF (as in Fleece, not France (no offense, France)) and thinking, "wow, that's crazy that people are spinning their own stuff.  I'd never be able to do that!"

Joke's on me, I guess, because I'm shopping around for a wheel to bring home.  Daily, I get discouraged, because DAMN they are expensive! It makes me crazy, and it also makes me want to see if there's someone that's made their own.  Of course someone has and of course I've found one that's within an acceptable price range for me, but it's not what I thought it would be, as it's a spindle wheel.  I think that would be OK though because I've only really spun on an actual wheel twice, so I'd still have about the same learning curve.

I am however, getting pretty awesome spinning on the spindle.  My home made spindles aren't that awesome, but they'll do.  I sanded, stained and sealed one of them- the top whorl and have been using it for my second color for my TdF spin.  I found that while the whorl part is pretty big, it probably could use more weight on it.  Of course, this has been discovered AFTER I've gotten a bunch of fiber spun on it.  It's about 2 oz though, so I think adding the weight of the fiber to it should make the spin better soon.

My 'goal' for TdF is to spin for as much as possible each day-at least 10 minutes a day (which I did today...exactly 10 minutes, I'll explain).  Each day of the tour, I've done at least 30 minutes, with yesterday being an hour long spin (I'm getting faster, though so I'll be able to do more each hour, I hope).  The thing is, my house can get pretty warm in the room I am spinning in.  Even with the air conditioning on.  During the day, we have the ceiling fan running, but if I spin with the ceiling fan running, I hate myself, spinning and the entire world in general, because things get ruined for me.  Spinning without the ceiling fan on, though, also makes me hate the world.  Honestly, I should just bring all my stuff up to my room.  My room gets the warmest, but it also gets the coolest.  That's why I get to frustrated.  Because I'm up in my room, freezing my butt off, laying in the bed actually considering putting the second blanket on my bed before I get up for the day.  Then I come downstairs and it's like the Sahara compared to my room.

I have considered lowering the temperature on the air conditioning, but then I run the risk of freezing the teens out of their rooms, and that sort of defeats the purpose of me spinning early in the morning alone, where no one is diverting my attention and focus with questions about who would win in a fight Superman or Wolverine.  (Which I have been getting a LOT lately.)

OK, onto everything else:

WIPs:

There's a billion of them, it feels like!

Flax for Men:  Still going strong.  I have separated for the sleeves and am now at the tedious part of knitting the body.  BORING!  It's the worst.  I think I'm close to halfway done, though, so that's something.

Hitchhiker:  I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do last night, so I knit a few rows on this, finally.  I'm not sure how many teeth are on it now.

Malt: this is sort of on the back burner, just because I've been spinning and I started something else so I've been ignoring it, though I did knit 2 rows of it watching a movie.

Campside: I started this, then found out that they're doing a KAL in the designer's group, which worked out well, because I screwed it up anyway and had to frog the entire thing and start over. I'm using Cascade Cherub DK in the Ruby colorway (25 is the color number)

I also am starting on Christmas/Birthday gift knitting/crocheting. First up are some birthday gifts for a couple of kids that are having birthdays soon.  I'm doing the Kid Hero buddy patterns from Mary Smith.  I haven't exactly chosen all of the ones I'm going to do, but right now I'm doing the "Arachnid Buddy"  who happens to be my least favorite hero, simply because we don't need to have that many movies about that guy. For reals. So I want to get him out of the way because I don't want to look at his face.  The other thing is, the Hulk.  His particular color of green is Red Heart Super Saver Tea Leaf Green.  Which is just very ironic to me.  Hulk Smash does not remind me of tea at all.  But, I must get some.  A little girl told me her favorite was The Hulk.

FOs:

I finished 2 oz of yellow merino on my Schacht 3 oz Spindle.

Then I started on the blue.  It's gorgeous, and while I'm spinning each piece up faster everyday, today I just gave up.  It's too warm and I was too lazy to go upstairs and change

Movies!

We actually went to an actual movie theater!  We saw Terminator Genysis.  It is excellent!  And Matt Smith!  YAY!  I heart him.  He had a larger role than I had anticipated when I heard about him being in this movie.  

Then we got two movies from the RedBox.  Jupiter Ascending and Chappie.  I liked Jupiter Ascending, though I didn't pay attention to a lot of what happened in the beginning.  I was assisting with cooking dinner and then eating dinner.  Chappie, I had no interest in watching at all, and since that got put on last, I went to bed.  Hugh Jackman's face and those damn shorts just really bothered me.  


Books:

I haven't really read anything at all, not even the stuff that I had already been reading. But I did download something onto the Kindle.  Oh, I got There's No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige.  It's a Dorothy Must Die Novella that's a prequel.  I finished it fast and I'm going to get the next one this weekend.

Also I downloaded Dark Places by Gillian Flynn onto the Kindle.  It was like $2.99. My iPod is in dire need of a charge, I keep forgetting to charge it and currently have no idea where the hell it is, so I figured I'd just read the damn thing.  Also, it's playing in the theaters and on DirecTV ($12.99!!!  Are they bonkers!?!)  I want to watch it, but I'm thinking I will just go watch it in the theater for $7.50 by myself.  Hopefully, it won't scare the crap out of me.  At the point I have gotten to in the audiobook, it hasn't been scary, just sort of weird.

OK, the husband will be home soon, so I'd better wrap this up.  It's Wednesday, so I'll be at work today, but I'll still be working on projects.  Mostly, I'll try to get some pictures up onto my project pages so you guys have something to look at besides my project notes which aren't that good to begin with.  Have a great hump day and Happy Crafting!