Sunday, May 16, 2010

stitch london supplies.

I have what I need to start the doll, as pictured so artfully below:

That, in addition to a few colors of felt. I'm hoping it will be enough for me to make two of me, and one of Paris Emery, one of the fictional characters I would really love to have a mini version of.

The main problem at the moment, though, is that I'm on the verge of a rather long and wonderful vacation, and I feel a migraine coming on. If I miss my train tomorrow, I'm going to kill something.

If I am able to avoid turning into a total berserk mess, I plan to knit myself (or at least attempt to knit myself) Marilyn Phillipi's Tilting Tardis(which shall be renamed This Way to Gallifrey, because it's late, I have a headache, and I'm that way anyway), and a Slytherin rendition of the HP Fairisle Pouch Bag. Wish me luck!

My next post will hopefully come with fantastic images of magically knitted creations. The fact of how many times I've had to edit this post for typos lets me know how badly I need to finish packing and SLEEP. Ug.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Crafty Lightning: Stitch London

Well, I've gotten myself into some trouble.
I saw this over at the Knit Me! blog and, as I title these posts of sudden and electrifying inspiration, I was struck with a bolt of Crafty Lightning.

Picture from the site. Not meh.

From the Stitch London site:

Stitch London has teamed up with London’s Science Museum to create a Stitch Yourself exhibit for the re-opening of their Who Am I? gallery in June 2010. You are invited to contribute a tiny Stitched Self and take part in scientific stitching history.

You can send in your contributions from anywhere in the world.

Those who know me offline...
would it be possible to borrow a set of size 4 DPNs?

Yes, I would get hyped up over something when I don't have all the supplies.
Oh, and guess what?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Article: "Whoever wishes to be a friend of the world..."

from "Blameless and Harmless," by William Sipling.

“You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
- James 4:4, NASB

Have you ever wanted to could go with your friends to that big party? Have you ever been walking down the street, and just wished you could steal another glance at that good-looking guy or girl – even though you know you probably shouldn’t? Have you ever wanted to tag along to that movie… the one that everyone’s going to… and, you know, there’s only that one scene that isn’t really the greatest. (more)

Friday, May 7, 2010

recent projects

And some stuff I actually finished! Hurrah!

These are the infamous Werewolf Mitts, made with my handspun wool yarn. 100% wool. Not 98, not 75, but 100%, handspun, handplied wool. I'm quite proud of them, can't you tell?

This is my first double knitting project with two colors, and I had a very bad time starting it. Maybe it was because it was so late. I restarted it a few(felt like several) times, and now it's going fantastically! The edges are a little...odd, but I don't mind. It's working, and showing up!

The train car charts I'm using are from Laura Chamberlain's "Chugga Chugga". I'd been looking for a good train chart, but hadn't found anything I particularly liked. I call my own work Space Train, after the shiny cosmic train in The Storytellers :)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Blackbird Books Reviews ----

Blackbird Books is my company that promotes clean books for kids(of all ages), and good attitudes toward reading, writing, and art of all mediums.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Crafty Lightning: Etsy and Other Yarn

I made two sales today! *completely lame girly-squeal* The only problem is, it's to a country I never conceived I would need to ship to, and therefore had not adjusted the shipping rate appropriately. Pray for me that the US Postal Service has a livesaving rate to Sweden. Seriously.

But on a lighter note. I guess.
Someone had recently called attention to a mistake in my knitting, that I have now corrected. The problem with that, though, is that I feel the need to go back a re-knit everything I've made so far, which isn't going to be fun, no matter how obligated I feel.

A friend of mine, who is teaching me to spin, let me borrow her spinning wheel! I've made a bit of wool 2-ply so far, but to the left is a photo I took when I was about halfway through. Fun stuff. I plan to spin some light tan and some more dark brown and put it together, for the sake of some awesome, funky-looking yarn. I've been knitting some with my attempt at 2-plying on my drop spindle. The yarn isn't perfectly balanced, but it stays together well enough.

I put my handspun yarn in my stash on Ravelry and, in the long tradition of spinners and other crafters, took it upon myself to name it something vague and artsy. My thick, slightly scratchy wool handspun shall henceforth be known as Bledig, the Welsh word for "like a wolf." This particular colorway is called Wooden, because I've been knitting 1x1 ribbing, and it looks like tree bark.

(My name on Ravelry is Madhat, by the way. Stalk me.)

And give me money in exchange for these(but give me a warning if you're not in America)...
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