Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Woo hoo! Blogger trouble all week, but I'm in now.

I've reached the second set of decreases on my BNS. I'm using a very short 24" circular so I can't really tell if it's even going to fit but I think it will.

Made soap last weekend with Julie and Janette. The stuff she had premade that we milled does not seem to be turning out the best. We added 2 oz. of extra smelly stuff and oil to 7 oz. of basic soap. Now it's liquidy inside and I wonder if curing will help it set up to a usable consistency?

I haven't felt like home crafting lately. We finally decided I'm "pre-nesting:" I'm hoping to move later this year and I'm trying to divest crap I may have to move. I don't feel like spreading out and digging in on anything and I can't concentrate on anything non-portable. I guess my knitting will have to serve all of my crafty needs until I feel like I'm home.

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

The Crystal Palace Breeze came out to about 5/7 per inch on #5 needles so I can use either Chicknits' Boat Neck Shell or the Curvy Tank from White Lies Designs. I think I'm going to go with the BNS so I don't have to deal with that curvy hem which I'm sure is really cool, but way over my first timer's head. I guess I'll start this weekend after I pick up a circular #5 needle. That way I won't have to purl or turn or seam so hopefully it will go very quickly. I'm also planning on doing a v-neck.

I don't know how to do any of the things I'm planning to accomplish on this shell, so if you have any tips or things I should watch out for please leave comments!

Thursday, June 12, 2003

At long last, here's a picture of my fancy pillows in our booth. So lovely, but nothing sold. Too bad, so sad. I'm still out of the quilting biz and ready for new and greener crafty pastures. Of course I'm taking the week to decompress. I'll be swatching some of the avocado Crystal Palace Breeze tonight. I'm trying to figure out if I can get in on some of this shell/tank top frenzy without having to pay for more yarn.

And look what I did while no one was buying anything. It's really a sock, and Simon's trying to party while I take the picture.

this article thrilled me!
I've been known to play some pretty mean air guitar while driving the Bay Bridge. I am constantly inspired by Air Supply's "Making Love Out of Nothing at All."

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

The Story of the Schmoogle and the Beene:

Once upon a time there was a Beene who lived all alone in a tower with only a single caretaker to talk to and play with. She was happy enough in her way, but she was very lonely with only the caretaker for company. The caretaker did her very best but after all she was just a caretaker and not much for conversation or diversion. After going on together for many years in this way, the caretaker and the Beene received a visitor. The visitor was a Schmoogle and he had come to stay. Now when Beene met the Schmoogle, she was not at all sure that a Schmoogle was right for her. For although the Beene had been very lonely she did not take well to change. The Beene booed and hissed at the Schmoogle and tried her best to frighten him from the tower.

And here's how I hope it will end: The Schmoogle would not be deterred and over a season the Beene became accustomed to the Schmoogle. She let him into her heart and she wasn't lonely anymore. The Schmoogle and the Beene lived happily ever after and they let the caretaker hang out too.

Schmoogle and the Beene

Sunday, June 01, 2003

I've been having the worst spring fever/weather got way too hot way too fast/kitten's keeping me up at night time lately. Really, I just feel like a zombie. Now that I'm done whining I'll also disclose that very little has gotten done around here.

The good news is that the last batch of pillows for the show is almost done. I was sewing together completely finished fronts to completely finished backs when my needle hit a pin (yes, I sew over my pins with only occasionally disastrous results) and broke. I decided to call it a night. So that's everything for the show, the grand finale of my professional quilting carreer. Oh, I am so excited to start the next phase of my crafty presence.

Just in case anyone's going to be in Trinity County, California this weekend, I'll be showing at the Peddler's Faire in Lewiston.

On a personal note, last weekend, I received very clear signals that I should tone down my hippie side and this weekend I got very clear signals that I should really get back into that side of my self. I wonder which it is?