Friday, December 15, 2006

Sock Monkey Cup Cozy

This unique cup cozy is for Kelly. It was crocheted out of acrylic yarn making it machine washable. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Fall Catch Up

Though technically it is still summer until the end of this week. It still feels like fall-windy, cool, rainy. Here are some of my recent projects. Enjoy!

amigurumi gremlin named heliodrop

amigurumi gremlin named ishtar

amigurumi monkey named pinky

handmade book

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Odds 'n' Ends

I have been up to a lot, but am lacking in photos at this point to express it all. One project I have finished for someone is a rabbity bag seen here. It is crocheted from handspun yarn that has also been dyed by me. The rabbits were cut from felted wool and felted more after they were attached to the bag. There is even sparkley fiber mixed in with the hadspun that makes it feel kinda like Easter grass.

I thought I would break out these blank book pics I had from about a year and a half ago. They were part of a batch of journals that someone had requested. They have sketchbook paper on the inside and the covers are acid free board covered with my handmade paper. The spines are open so that the stitching can be enjoyed. Additionally there is a treat of envelopes present throughout the little books for storing memories and things.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Custom Shelled Pademelon and Kiwi-rabbit Friend

The assignment: a rodent-like creature with a pouch.

The solution: a Pademelon and to make it more interesting I added a shell. I researched marsupials on wikipedia and was surprised by how many there are. I have to confess that I got the shell idea from a book I was reading this week while I was coming up with ideas for the Pandemelon. The series is that of Abadazad by JM DeMatteis and Mike Ploog. This is what happens when a comic book gets grabbed by Disney and published by Hyperion. No that its a bad thing. It's quite unlike anything else as it mixes diary with comic book. Each page is full of color and exquisitely done.

Anyway...I figured that the little guy could use a little companion so I started him as a Kiwi and though he would be interested with rabbit ears and a fluffy tail. And there you have it, my thought process.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Spiderwing Custom Freeform Crochet Shawl

Alas Sarah's shawl is finished!

I freeform crocheted a shawl for Sarah aka haptotrope on Etsy from some of her grandma's yarn. And here is the end result.

Another fun thing is this cute little traveler I crocheted up one afternoon and then spent another evening crocheting the little platyus for him.

I recently met the authors of Revenge of the Shadow King when they stopped into my bookstore. Derek Benz and Jon Lewis were great and I got a signed copy of their book and a signed poster! Anyway the book is an interesting blend of role playing, templars and fascinating beasts.
Charlie Bone and the Hidden King is the fifth installment in the series by Jenny Nimmo. She keeps you entranced to the very end and leaves some fresh questions in your mind making you ready for more, if there is more...

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Order & Chaos

Here's a little cute bag I whipped up this week. It is a bag about the size of a magazine with a really long strap. The intensely bright colors bring a smile to my face when I look at it. And for some reason the cluster that wraps around the bottom reminds me of embryos. Wierd, huh? Enjoy : )

Monday, April 17, 2006

I have been crafty, though I haven't been good at blogging. Here are some items that I have been working on.

A cute little practical messenger bag with sea-type fabric lining with strong corderoy outsides. This is a comfy bag that slings over your shoulder will to go anywhere. The fishes were a last minute decision that I really enjoy.

This haphazard looking thing is still mid project and is an Etsy alchemy item. It is actually a freeform crochet shawl that measures 4x2 feet and will be 6x3 feet soon. There are great textures amid the mosaic of color.

Handmade book. Ahhh, quite enjoyable. This book is completely handmade from the paper to the string that binds it. I formed all of the sheets of paper and spun up the wool for the string. I dyed it all in my kitchen and the petals are cherry tree blossoms from spring 2005.

Another fun carroty thing I made up after I was inspired by the yarn project was this hat. Not having spun much cotton before, I wanted to know how it would handle being crocheted as a single ply yarn from the ginned form. So here's how it looks. I do enjoy the soft, light feel of cotton yarn. The cotton fibers are shorter than most other fibers which can create their own challenges.


Okay, so here's what I've been reading...Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan--Excellent modern look at a kid's involvement with Greek gods. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak--The tale of a girl in Nazi Germany narrated by Death. Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins--Gregor the Overlander is a great character who accidently becomes a hero in the Underland. Flyte by Angie Sage--Book 2 in the Septimus Heap trilogy. It is a fun story with fascinating twists.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Custom Carroty Yarn

I spun up some carroty yarn for an Etsy Alchemy thingie. It was so fun and the person who requested it says it's perfect.

Spun from 6.5 oz of cotton sliver. 3 bobbins full of orange and 1 of green. I dyed the yarn after I spun it. It is a thickish single yarn for amigurumi.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Now for some pics : )

Some handspun yarn for your viewing pleasure:

Mulberry plied with cotton string. Sorry it's a bit fuzzy.

Another shot of the mulberry and still fuzzy.

Violent Fuzz violet yarn 2 ply.

Here is a freeform crochet bag made from handspun and commercial yarns. Freeform crochet is so fun! If you haven't had the pleasure of trying it you really should. Granted if you are a pattern person it might be hard to break away from that mentality of needing some written guidance.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

wheel and a bit of time

I have my Kiwi and I have been spinning for a little while now. I named my Kiwi Bert after a character in a book. The book is Magik by Angie Sage, the first book in the Septimus Heap Trilogy. Bert is a cat who has been changed into a duck to better handle the marsh environment she lives in. By the way Magik is a great book and I can't wait for the next book to come out in March!

I am going to paint Bert, but I have not decided on how I am going to do it yet. I feel that a regular oil finish would be too boring.

I just finished reading Sir Thursday by Garth Nix in the Keys to the Kingdom series. I thought it really flowed well with the storyline and maybe went a little too fast.

I am hoping to see Kate Dicamillo this week as she will be in St. Paul for her latest book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

For now I'll see what I can do about getting some pics up on this blog.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Step #1 Purchase Spinning Wheel

Well in the world of spinning I can cross step one off of the list. And technically I am not sure if my wheel has been officially ordered yet, but I have asked Detta from Detta's Spindle to order an Ashford Kiwi for me.

If you have ever purchased a wheel I am sure you understand the rush of excitement that comes with first finding the wheel that you want and then placing an order.


I shall post pictures when I recieve it. I just can't wait to spin again!!