Back in January I mentioned that I’ve been using Evernote to organize all of my crafting goals and one of my target areas for this year is my fiber stash.
A few weeks ago, I went back through my goal lists to refine them a bit more, figuring out my overall goal and then outlining monthly and quarterly progress goals. My overall spinning goal is to reduce my fiber stash so that it fits inside the closet and shelves allocated to it in the basement. If I maintain a spinning rate of 12 ounces a month that should help make a reasonable dent by year’s end. This also assume a few pounds spun during the Tour de Fleece. Basically, I need to spin more than the 8 oz of fiber I receive in fiber club every month. Haha. It may be time for me to drop back to a single dose in the next round of fiber club. I just wonder if doing so will lead me to buying tons of extras again when there are colors that I love or push me to do more combo spinning. The second option is clearly the better answer for my wallet and my stash size.
I am currently working on finishing off all the single bags of fiber I have, starting with fibers I haven’t spun before. I’ve been trying to determine if there are in fact fibers I don’t enjoy spinning (Wensleydale may be a contender here) and if there are then destashing them. Also, once I’ve tried all of the fiber varieties I have I’ll be more inclined to let go of the colorways that I am not in love with.
These are my latest spins – two were gifts and one has been in my “To Spin” basket next to the couch for way too long.
FatCatKnits – Merino – New Shoots
A Christmas gift from Martha all spun and ready for socks. :)
Yarnchef – Psychedelic – Superwash Merino
This has been hanging in my “To Spin” basket for ages. So glad I spun it, I love it!
Into the Whirled – Corriedale – One of a Kind colorway.
This was my secret santa gift at my first Rhinebeck.
So far I’ve spun 8 oz in January, 4 oz in February and destashed another 16 oz. I am totally counting the destashing in my spinning goals because it has the same net affect on my stash. So I am ahead 4 oz for the year right now. haha. We’ll see if I can maintain this.
Next up, I have a lovely braid of Jacob that I got from Saz and Ys two TNNAs ago. I really need to make time to spin it. Just finishing one more thing for the Ravellenics first and then I can let spinning and sewing fight for dominance one day each weekend.
What are you working on this year?
Since Google Reader went away I’ve replaced it with feedly but I am not as good at keeping up with blogs through it because it doesn’t have the amazing Next button. I was finally catching up on blogs over the weekend when I found this amazing s’mores dip pin from Knitted Bliss. I found the original blog post and quickly pinned it. Then I showed it to the boy while making our grocery list yesterday and his answer was basically “uh, duh! yes please!” So we added all of the ingredients to our grocery list and actually remembered to make the dip after dinner.
We made a few modifications from the original recipe, we didn’t cut the marshmallows in half, as you can see in this picture. (Although, the next time around, we might, or we may use less marshmallows.)
Instead of a 6″ cast iron skillet we used these cute little 4.5″ crême brûlée ramekins that I had on hand.
Because our marshmallows were full size they expanded a bit with the initial heat so Chris chose to just stand over the oven keeping an eye on them rather than waiting on a timer. Ours ended up only needing about 5 minutes to brown nicely.
Two 4.5″ ramekins of marshmallow dip is a lot of sugary sweet for two people. If we were to do this again, we’d only make one and we’d use the toaster oven.
In reheating my dip toady I found the toaster oven goes up to 450F and takes way less energy to heat up than our giant oven. And it works beautifully. So, unlike my recent pinterest dessert disaster (I am looking at you 2 min cookie in a cup!!!) this was awesome and tasted just as amazing as you would think.
Oh, and while I am here talking about food and dips and such. I made this jalapeno popper dip I found on pinterest for our Olympic Opening Ceremonies party and OMG it was DELICIOUS!!! As long as you like spicy things like jalapeno poppers, you can not go wrong with this dip. I, uhh, may have had Chris pick up the ingredients for this as well yesterday so I can make it for myself again. Sooo good! I apologize for not having any pictures, I didn’t think about it. Then it got scarfed down quickly at the party with everyone exclaiming between bites how good it was.
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Much to the boy’s amusement I take my birthday off every year. If it falls on a weekend like it did this year, I like to take the day before or after off as well. Working a standard 40 hr work week makes it hard for me to run some errands and accomplish things at businesses that are only open during the hours I am at work. (It’s surprising how many places – especially crafty places – I can only ever visit on Saturdays – it makes the time between my visits very long since so much is left until Saturday.)
Yesterday I took the day off so I could get my hairs cut and swing by a few shops for my birthday. I haven’t cut my hair since I chopped it off to donate back in May – yeah so it’s been 9 months. Woops. It’s grown back nicely and I just needed to cut several inches back off. I was trying out a new stylist and we decided to play some with flat iron curls (a favorite trick from my last stylist who moved away). The look is very different on me but super fun. I kind of feel like I look a bit like one of the ladies from the Bomb Girls series I am watching right now.
It’s hairstyle picture time!
I decided to take a few shots of myself in the mirror instead of setting up the tripod and using the self timer. Let’s talk about how hard self portraits are and how the camera will only ever focus on your head if you’re making some kind of ridiculous face. So without further ado I give you several ridiculous pictures of me. Enjoy. Consider it my birthday gift to all of you. Also for everyone’s sake I deleted the scariest of the pictures, haha, no one needed to see those two.
Where’d my body go? Oooo nice ceiling fan!
And then you pucker up your lips like this. Thanks Sebastian!
Crazy eyes? I can’t unsee them. haha.
No, no, a little more to the right.
Hope that was fun for you! Cheers! Also what’s that lurking to the left?
Have you had fun with self portraits lately? Do you have any fun pictures to share? Or maybe tips on how I can not look ridiculous whenever I take my own photos?
Remember the NASCAR themed baby quilt I was making last fall? Well a happy, healthy baby boy was born to our friends December 16. I’d been told there wasn’t a rush on the quilt so I put it aside to finish Christmas crafting and to sneak in a last-minute request from someone for a handmade gift.
I’d been fretting about laying out and pinning the quilt and then quilting it and how so ever very long it was going to take me. I am really good at that, building things up into a huge hopeless matter than can never be overcome. So, Saturday since I wasn’t in the mood to even so much as leave the house (I spent all of last week in Dallas) I kicked myself in the dupa and got Chris to help me layout the quilt to pin it. We started to pin it when I realized that the plan to quilt from the backside meant I couldn’t pin from the front side so I put on proper clothes and rushed out to buy some spray basting. Best invention ever. When we got home Chris and I basted the quilt in 10 minutes flat.
Sunday morning I woke up at 8am (as usual, because apparently I am now old) and went straight into the office to quilt. By just after 10am I was finishing the last bit of quilting to ensure I had no more than 5″ or so gaps in the quilting and rushed off to yoga. Which, was kind of amazing to do after being hunched over a sewing machine for 2 hours. After lunch I cut the binding and attached it – finishing attaching right as my in-laws pulled into the driveway for a visit. This was perfect timing because our dear friend has a dog allergy so we were sending the quilt home with Chris’ parents to be washed before gifting, because it’s impossible to protect against dog hair in our house.
I bet you want to see some photos?
I love it. We delivered the quilt Monday night and the parents were quite pleased. I am quite chuffed that it was only a month “late”. That’s a better record than some of the other baby blankets that uhh were never even given, that I, uh, may still be knitting for myself as lap blankets now…
This will be a perfect play mat with the little race cars we gave him. He’ll be able to race around on his quilt while his parents watch NASCAR races. Oh and as for the final dimensions it’s not quite a twin size quilt. It just covers the top of my full bed with no overhang. So it should do nicely on a twin bed.
I have two large quilts lined up for our home this year – the 1080 quilt (1080 – 2.5″ squares sewn together) and a Farmer’s Wife quilt. The Farmer’s Wife quilt may end up being a 2 year project. we shall see. It may just be that I need to just get out of my head and in front of the machine so my projects can produce themselves.
I’d also like to find a couple quick quilt projects as well for throw quilts.
What are you working on this year?
Christmas is mostly wrapped up around here, just one more person to exchange gifts with. I’ve been working on some projects that went by the wayside while I was finishing up Christmas. New Year’s Eve and Day were spent finishing up and redoing some spins. In the fall at some point I talked with my friend Martha about some of my handspun that seemed to be very off in appearance from its grist. It turned out that while I was spinning to a particular WPI I was twisting the fiber to the thickness I wanted instead of drafting it to the proper thickness. So I had very very dense yarns that would knit up at aran weight but looked like fingering weight. haha. Woops! I finally sat down and took some of the twist out so that hopefully the yarn’s appearance would be closer to the grist.
These yarns look soooo much better. They may now only be off one degree of thickness from their grist.
This is my most recent spin – some Hello Yarn fiber club yarn in the color Patchwork. It felt really good to get back in front of the spinning wheel and knock some things out. I want to try and keep up my spinning this year and see if I can’t make a dent in the fiber stash.
Just before the new year I started creating ALL of the lists to figure out what knitting, sewing, quilting, spinning and household projects I’d like to work on in the upcoming year. I finally created an Evernote account so that I could I track my lists from any device and anywhere. It was really calming to finally get so many thoughts out of my head and into a spot where I can find them and reference them. I am hoping this will be really useful when I find myself with a chunk of free time and no idea what to work on.
This weekend I also sat down with the basket of worsted yarns I pulled together last fall and paired 10 of the yarns up with projects so that I can hopefully crank those out by spring time. I managed to knit up one skein into fingerless mitts already this weekend.
Here’s to a new year and lots of awesome crafting! Do you have any plans?