Monday, September 30, 2013

September Resolutions: And Now Playing Catch-Up

Yes, I must admit, after starting this month so well...

...I got behind.

Vacations will do that to you.  Religious vacations involving a two-hour church service every day for a week will do that to you even more.  So yes.  I did lose it.  And yes, I will be spending the first part of October catching up.

But enough with the rambling: it's time to see the results!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

September Resolutions: Stuff Is Getting Done!

September 15th means it's time to check in on my Monthly Resolutions.

I think I'm actually doing pretty well this month.  Things are actually being accomplished.

Have a peek back at my original resolutions, and let's see what I've done.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Storied Color: Coolest Thing

It's the end of week two, and time to check in!

I think I mentioned before that this is my third yarn, and it's already my favorite.  It's the fastest I've ever spun (I spun as much in the last two weeks as I did in my first month), it'll be the most I've ever spun (my current record is 1/2 ounce), and it's goshdarn the most complex I've ever spun (colors need to be kept in order!).

Recall my progress at the end of last week?  Jara's shaft wound with a skinny cop of reddish-purple singles, only beginning to show the rounded shape of a pregnant spindle?

Friday, September 13, 2013

Little Mischief: The Mischief Is Over!

Anyone remember this little jewel?

That's right, it's Little Mischief!  You might remember my struggles to get the math working, or the fight to cast-on the right size that led to the name.

It's due for its Big Day in just five days, and I'm glad to say that it's finally complete!

I finished the last stitch on Sunday the 8th, and immediately flung the whole thing in the washing machine with just a dab of soap.  Then it went for a tumble in the dryer and came out damp-dry, so I spread it out on the Table Of Terrible Lighting, stretched it gently so the border laid flat, and left it overnight.  But it wasn't until Thursday the 12th that I was able to sit down and trim off all the pesky little ends I'd sewn in earlier, and not until today (the 13th) could I take half-decent pictures.

Ready to see the whole thing?

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Storied Color

Every month the Spindlers group on Ravelry hosts a spinning challenge based on a theme.  The goal is to start and complete a skein of yarn (at least 1oz/28g) between the first and last day of the month.  All entries must, of course, be spun on a spindle, and the "winner" gets to pick the theme for the next month.

Since Jara was free at the end of August, I decided to give the challenge this month a shot.  The theme this month is Storied Color.

This project is an adventure story, the story of my fiber crafting.  I pick something new to try, and then I just give it a shot even if it's considered hard or scary or whatever.  I don't let anything scare me.

So I started with 1.2oz of delicious merino from my Nerd Girl Yarns 8oz sampler pack, that looked like this:

Monday, September 2, 2013

September Resolutions: Balancing Act

Welcome back for another round, folks.  It's time to sit down, take stock, and write up a list of resolutions for September.  If you're a member of Ravelry, swing by the Resolutions Monthly group (where I'm now a moderator!) and let us know what your goals are.  If you're not, you're more than welcome to post them in the comments.  Feel free to check out my past lists for ideas.

This month I'm not dividing by category, but I am limiting myself to one resolution per "thing" whether that be craft or area of life.  Since school has started I have a lot less time, and I need to spread it out pretty thinly.

On to the resolutions!