My quilt info…
Our color choices… Avery was nice enough to help me pick out the colors… Although they don’t show very nicely in the pic… I hate my camera.
The pattern I’m using…
We wanted to keep it simple. We liked the clean lines and the fact that the whole quilt is made with solid colors… No fussiness, modern without being pretentious….
Loopy, as ever…
So, I got a ton of roving and the book, Color In Spinning, from Forestheart Studio near Frederick, a little over a week ago. It’s been dyed and drum carded, but it is still a little on the rough side with some VM in it… It’s scratchy and fun. I tried spinning it as is, but decided that I really needed to card it again. So, I went out and bought a set of hand carders. Boy, that is FUN!!! I am mixing colors and carding rolags and spinning like mad!! I made two singles, each of about 6 different colors…then I plied them together to make this yarn… It’s really pretty, and really scratchy…. I’m thinking it’s a small bag or desktop basket or something that doesn’t really touch skin!! LOL It’s a good, steady worsted weight…. A nice 10 WPI… The yardage isn’t great…only about 73 yards… I’m thinking that I will spin a complementary yarn for it… Maybe something with more yellows and greens….. Hmmm……
Avery wants me to name it “Catch of the Day” because it reminds him of a tropical ocean… But it reminds me of a Monet painting…one of his water lily paintings…. What do you all think?? “Monet in a Blender” or “Catch of the Day”?? Or something else entirely… What say you???
I also had a little bit of one single left over and decided to play with Navajo Plying… That is a wild and wicked method!! I love it. It will be perfect for the next single I am spinning, because I made each rolag with the same base colors, and then added more of one of the colors to make that color dominate…So there is a bit of striping going on in the single… I want to use the Navajo Plying Technique (NPT) to keep those stripes true. Problem is, I need to spin a butt-load of the single… NPT takes 3 times as much single, because it makes the single into a 3 ply yarn… Bloody hell.
I’m also working on a felted bag from Noni Bags….
I am not putting the flowers on the front of it, tho. It’s a wonderful Tiffany blue. I am going to put little belt loops at the top and then make a black felted belt for it with a “bow”…black handles…a magnet closure, lining and little feet… Can’t wait until it’s done!! AND, I want to make one just like the one on the pattern (yes, I actually want to USE a pattern, Chris)…I love the subtle stripes charcoal and black with the huge red flower… I love this pattern. I love the shape of the bag… It’s wonderful!!
I’m off to West Viriginia this weekend to start working on my quilt…. I can’t wait!!
Have a great weekend everyone!
I decided to make the Fat Bottom Bag from The Happy Hooker this past weekend. It’s awesome!!! It took me about 8 hours total…
I used a JoAnn Sensations yarn, I forget which one at this moment… But I doubled the strand and used about 4 balls of it. I am gonna line it, I think… My keys and pen likes to stick out….pretty unsightly! lol
That’s it for now…. Gotta go to work!
Charlotte, seen here today wearing a stunning shade of mahogany…
It’s not the best stain job in the world, but it’s MY stain job. I love the way she looks, I love how the wood took up the stain just a little unevenly, some area’s are lighter, got some nice even middle tones, and some really dark places. It’s very interesting…unique. I love it. I can’t stop looking at her. She’s beautiful and dry and I can spin again!!! YAY!!
Happy weekend, everyone!
I haven’t been spinning this week. >sigh< But, for a good reason… Last Sunday I started staining Charlotte…she’s in the process of donning a beautiful mahogany dress… It’s a gorgeous color and I can’t wait to show you all, but not until she’s done. She needs a 2nd coat and a rub down with a finishing wax, then she will dance upon the red carpet for you all. :-) I haven’t had much time to work on her, unfortunately… I am going to try to put the second coat on tomorrow night. Then finish it up Saturday afternoon…hopefully.
I hope you all are having a good week.