Wednesday, April 11, 2007


Got the handspun today!!!! After a really long day that included a root canal to start things off and a nonstop barrage of really time-sensitive work, this was just what I needed to see. Especially since my patterns are taking so fricking long to get here from New Hampshire.
It's sooooooo soft. It is true Dreamsicle colors and the variation is texture is really beautiful. I still don't know what I am going to use this for but I want to plan carefully. I have a little under 150 yards total of bulky-weight handspun and I want to use it wisely. I was thinking about using it in a bag, but this is way too soft to waste on that-- it needs to be used in something that I will wear. I think this absolutely would make a beautful hat but I don't look very good in hats and I want to show this off...

Sunday, April 8, 2007

You Should Get An Asian Inspired Tattoo

Mysterious and expressive

You like to show off, but you also like to keep some allure

Not a bad guess-- I am planning on getting the "Zoso" symbol from Led Zeppelin IV when I eventually get a tattoo. So, really more of a Nordic/Celtic inspired tattoo. But at least they didn't suggest a naked chick or Anime character or "Born to Kill" or something else totally off the mark.

Your 80s Theme Song Is:

Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard

This is funny because I was in middle school when this song came out, and I loved Def Leppard back then, so in a way this really IS an 80's theme song for me. Although I would have picked "Welcome to the Jungle" over this song.
Strangely, the hardest part was identifying my favorite current/modern day song to take this quiz. I don't think I really have one. All of my favorite songs predate 1997, pretty much.
Oh, GOD. I'm getting old. That was 10 years ago.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Advance squee from Etsy

I just bought my very first handspun yarn. It is from JenniferJoyCreative on etsy, and it is a three-skein set called "DrEamCiclE". Hopefully, since I am linking to her seller's page on here, she won't mind if I post the pictures of the yarn I bought from her, so you can see how gorgeous it is. Her handspun creations are for sale at the site linked below:
If she happens to Google herself and see this, I also must mention the way I found her etsy store: I am a contributor to the No-Sheep KAL (although, obviously, I do knit with wool) and one of the other bloggers on the KAL posted a link to the Fake Sheep blog about vegan knitting, and when I visited that, there was a post about Jennifer's fiery red bamboo handspun. So, I went and visted her store, and this is the yarn I ultimately fell in love with.
I don't have a specific project in mind, but this yarn is so beautiful that I couldn't pass it up. Besides, I have recently hit the point in my relationship with knitting that I need to start pushing the envelope, and that includes forcing myself to stop depending too much on patterns. I modify almost every pattern I use, but I am still pretty nervous about straying too far from the basic blueprints.
Frankly, I have been wanting to start designing for about a year now, but I have been too timid to start the process. However, I'm tired of waiting for myself to get past the fear, and I have decided that I am going to start pushing past it anyway. This will be a great opportunity to design something where I am initially inspired by the yarn and only the yarn-- no patterns.