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.