Monday, November 10, 2014

Neon and buttermilk

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It has been a craft tornado around here.  A craftnado.  I have got a major case of starting stuff, and I have started about ten new things and there is still a list of things to start that haven’t even been started yet.  Fabric is stacked for auditioning, and there are some knee socks I want, and I think a knit fair isle cape would be so great, must make a few notes on that...  There has been felting and embroidery and painting and metalsmithing (I am not even kidding) and a whole big mess of knitting and crocheting, and the house looks ransacked but I am having a wonderful time.  I seem to be conducting an experiment to find out exactly how many different crafts one middle-aged woman can carry out in one week.  There is a new blanket on my hook, too, the beginning of which is nothing but four skeins of Paton’s Classic in the neon, the glowing, the astoundingly technicolored Lemongrass.  Friends, that much Lemongrass all at once looks kind of terrifying.  Lemongrass can be used in the even of a power outage as an auxiliary light source, did you know that?  I think it will be okay in the end, but Must Get to the Next Color, aaaargh!  It’s melting my eyeballs right now.  Also, My friend Debbie has given me another fleece, and oh mercy me it is so lovely.  Soft and fluffy and the color of buttermilk.  It looks like Santa’s beard.  I was invited to spin some of it at a local fiber festival and church bazaar last weekend, and Ethel took this photo—with her phone--of me in the demonstration room, spinning and yammering away.

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My wheel—an Ashford Kiwi—is a blur!  That fiber is completely delicious.  Nobody, not even Debbie, knows what kind it is.  It is sheep’s wool, and that’s all we know, because her sheep are all rescue animals.  Well this fleece is made of buttercups and moonbeams.  It spins effortlessly, and it made me look like a spinning genius, which, I assure you, I am not.  Everyone, everyone, said “That looks so soothing.  Is it soothing?” and it is, completely.  It is like listening to your mother’s heartbeat while sipping chamomile tea in a warm bubble bath, but then I think knitting is soothing too, and this is so interesting to me, because when I am spotted knitting in public, people always say they think it looks difficult, and that it must be frustrating.  Hmm.  There’s a study in there somewhere.

We are barreling headlong towards the holidays now, which sets my crafty cogs to turning.  I feel bursting with creative energy.  In fact, the yarn is calling to me right now.  See ya!

31 comments:

  1. Hahaha "craftnado" is a perfect description! I would love to bury myself in that wonderful pile of fleece - my goodness- and you're a regular pioneer woman on that wheel! The neon granny blanket has my full attention.

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  2. That is so VERY cool! I've always wanted to learn to spin. ah....someday maybe after i retire.

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  3. A craftnado. I knew there was an explanation for the chaos I seem to be surrounded by lately. So many things to make, so many ideas, so many things started, so many almost finished. It's soooo much fun.

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  4. I love that colour, even if it does burn the eyes! You could wear it in a snow storm and never be lost! I have never had the chance to spin. It does seem soothing, mesmerizing even. Love the word "craftnado"!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  5. I think it's that time of year - my house is full of creative chaos! Funny how teenage son chaos I find oppressive, but craft chaos is relaxing. :) Have fun. x

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  6. So nice to see you can spin yourself on the spinningwheel! The wool looks like a cloud. I never tried to spin myself but my father-in-law spins wool for more than 30 years now I think. He still does...now 96! So I hope you can have craftnado's for a very long time!!
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  7. Very fun, and you do look like a genius at that wheel.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  8. It is definitely that time of year, where chaos prevails. Amazing to see you at the spinning wheel.

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  9. Love your word 'craftnado', that is just what I have too! A lovely picture of you spinning, it does always look soothing to do though I have never tried it. Hope you are soon onto the next colour so the lemongrass will settle down a bit :)
    Happy crafty times!
    Helen xox

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  10. that fleece looks like angelic marshmallow clouds. And you look beautiful and serene spinning it. I started your colour block scarf the day I saw it but amongst the 10 other WIPs its still not complete as an awful lot of life is getting in the way

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  11. That's a great pic of you spinning. I'm very keen to learn and already have a wheel, which is an older Ashford. I'm just waiting for my good friend Ann to teach me, she is the high priestess of all things woolly and yarny. I've actually been a member of my local Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild for some time. I've learnt a lot but not how to spin yet.

    Jean
    x

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  12. Ha ha haaaa!! Oh, enjoy that :-)
    Would love to see the final glow-in-the-dark

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  13. so many projects, so little time hey. Jealous of your 'craftnado'

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  14. You are CRAFTNADO LADY!!!!! Go girl! xxx

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  15. Love the craftnado and it sounds just like here. I try and cram as much crafting in as I can this time of year, but I am always rushing to get knitting finished in time for Christmas!! I have always done this and always will do this I'm sure of it. That roving looks dreamy! You look like the spinning guru. :) It reminds me of merino or maybe Blue-faced Lester, maybe it's a blend:) I tried spinning, made a ton of art yarn but just couldn't get the hang of it, but oh I will knit your homespun or weave. I am learning that too. So I can understand your pain all too well. ha ha. I made a dog sweater out of that same kiwi green yarn and it looks great felted and on a brindle Boston terrier. You are right, it glows ;)
    Loved reading your blog, you are witty and fun! Look forward to your next "adventure" with the crafts! Oh I am into paper too! Cards and paper, cards and paper! Addicted to Pinterest also.
    have fun
    Victoria, BC
    Canada

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  16. And you spin, too! That is very cool. I bet some of that rescue sheep yarn would look great with your lemongrass.

    One very overworked, stressful day a friend and I decided the most satisfying, peaceful life we could think of would be to raise sheep, goats, and llamas; to spin their fleece; and knit blankets from said fleece. As a fantasy, it sounds wonderful, but I'm sure in reality it is incredibly hard work. Kudos to your friend for rescuing the sheep.

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  17. Oh Kristen, your craftnado made me laugh!!! You're fantastic, just go with the flow (or the turn of the wheel even!!!) I hope you are ready for your next colour for the blanket - I picked Neon yellow for you, hope that's ok??? ;)
    And are you sure that you are taking advantage of every single pattern and idea on the internet as what to make next??? (Hope the computer memory is sufficient!!!) I also seemed to have upped my craft output since spring this year, it's like having a creativity power surge. If you find a cure for it, please let me know. Can't stop either, must knit a row whilst reading blogs... bye for now!!! ;)
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  18. Your posts always make me laugh. You are terribly funny. Thanks!

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  19. I, too, love your blog. I have an Ashford Kiwi on my Christmas list. Do you like it? Have you felt like "upgrading" at all? Did you learn to spin on it or by using a drop spindle? I'm full of questions! A questnado!

    Laura from beautiful West Michigan

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    1. I love my Kiwi, and haven't felt like upgrading it at all. I learned to spin on an antique wheel that was missing a bunch of pieces and had to be kind of rigged--if I went too fast, the treadle fell off! I think in that comparison, any wheel with all it's parts a-working would drive like a Cadillac, but I think it spins great and I don't feel a need to go any bigger. I hope Santa is good to you this year--fingers crossed! :)

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  20. I really enjoy visiting your blog. Your writing is very interesting and entertaining. I was an empty nester many years ago. It does get easier. I am a knitter and crochet some love knitting more...only in the winter months. thank you for sharing.

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  21. I also wanted to add I have worked with Paton yarns and find them a bit itchy. Do you do anything to treat the yarn.

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    1. Yes, Patons can be a little bit rough. I find the blocking process (again, with the blocking!) helps quite a bit, and if a yarn is particularly rough or sheepy, I might even dump a blob or two of conditioner into the soak water. It is hair, after all, right? :)

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  22. That does look so soothing! I am just the same - crochet, knitting and sewing are so soothing and therapeutic. In fact, in my knitting mag which arrived today, there was an article about the therapeutic benefits of knitting and it's been used over here in the UK in hospitals and care homes as a means of giving those involved a distraction, a project, and improves the joints for some with arthritis etc. Pretty good stuff! Love the uber bright yarn! Really you should be making 80s style leg warmers with that colour! X

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  23. This is a fantastic post!! If it hasn't encouraged tons of people to up and start their own craftnado I don't know what will!!
    That fleece look like a buttery pile of softness that I would so love to bury myself in!

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  25. Wow Kirsten ... You made me feel so normal now ... I'm always trying to make lists of what I'm making and trying to put the projects in order of what I should make first , second and so on .... Now I feel more normal knowing that somebody else also has a case of "knitting add " and that it's perfectly normal to live our lives and go on with 10 started projects at once ... And it's even ok to not finish all of them .... Life goes on and creativity is on us to be release, right ?
    Great post. Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving .

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  26. After almost a year away from lovely old blog land, it has been a delight to pop by and see all the fabulous things you've created. You are an utter yarn legend! I especially love your spinning wheel (anything Kiwi has got to be great!!!)

    Have a fabulous Christmas hon.
    Leah

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