Sunday, February 28, 2010


I love watching the Olympics on T.V. and i love fiber arts so when i heard about the Ravolympics i was immediately in love. even though i started three days late i think i accomplished alot for the thirteen days i competed. all in all it was fun to have an excuse to crochet non-stop. i think i watched more of the olympics than i thought i would because i had something to keeo me busy during those quarter and semi final runs :)

but now for the medal...i mean finished project count:

1 Pair of knit socks (my first knit project since i started to crochet in aug 2009 and my first pair of socks ever!)
5 shawls (two southbay shawlette's one eva's shawl and two ostrich feather fandango shawls)

while crocheting the shawls i pushed myself to go even faster and succeeded in making a shawl in 2 hours and 30 min. then i knit my way through two socks in less time than i ever imagined i could :)

I'm sad the olympics are over :( but i had a blast during the entire two weeks :D

Friday, February 19, 2010

Friday :)

well it is friday once again and i am looking forward to this weekend just as much as i alwyas do. however today is an even more special friday since i finished a knit sock (my first attempt). i couldnt believe i had actually done it and now i cant wait to sit down and get the other one going. this eneded up turning into a ravolympics project, along with a crocheted cahwl and i think i will add two more shawls to the ravolympics queue.

other than that i think my spinning wheel arrived today, i have yet to go home and see, but im excited :)

happy crafting

Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday :)

It's friday, yay! just like this entire term this week has flown by. i was busy catching up on sleep from Reenactorfest and then the amazing Blackhawks game on tues (we won). then the next thing i know its friday once again and i have a fun weekend to look forward to. i am having a sewing day with the bf, hopefully we will have some reeancting costumes! on top of that valentines day is on sunday (i still need to finish the scarf for the bf).

but my most exciting thing this week was the fact that i found a small spinning wheel for about $46.00 on ebay and bought it YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! this means that i should be able to spin through all of my roving rather quickly once i figure out the wheel itself, good thing i have the alpaca and lama fiber saved up so i can practice and not use all my beautiful wool. should be fun!

happy crafting! i'll post some pics of the outcomes of our sewing party :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


This past weekend i attended reenactorfest and it was amazing. Basically it's like walking through a history book, everyone is dressed in period dress, and they all stay in character. i wanted to faint, it was like a dream come true. on top of all that, there was a large selection of yarn and roving since they are both nice compliments to a woman's outfit no matter what era she is from so i went yarn crazy. i got 16 balls of roving (at a very cheap price mind you) and two skeins of yarn, plus another drop spindle (which i love more than the first one but dont tell it i said that).

Hopefully i will actually get into reenacting sometime soon, i dont think i could handle a year away from it. Elizabethan, renaisance or the american civil war are my top three choices, and we already have some good connections with some romans and greeks in case we want to do that route :)

Hopefully i'll remember to post some pictures here in the near future :)

In other news, i finished shawl #7 of 2010 (and #5 of the South Bay Shawlette pattern though mine are hardly shawlettes any more since i've been using worsted or aran weight yarn to make the pattern not fingering weight) which just happened to be the two skeins i purchased at Reenactorfest. it is the most amazing color of lilac-y purple and it is now sitting on my shoulders keeping me toasty while i write this and look outside at the potential blizzard :p and i finally have a shawl pin in which to pin it together, which is awesome because all of my shawls used to fall off unless i used a safty pin which i didnt like the look of.

oh yes, of course, the reenactorfest ball on saturday was fantastic! everyone was in their period ball gowns or suits (or what not) and every song the dj played was from a different era (renaisance, civil war, swing...) so we danced some renaisance dances and watched some civil war dances, it was all great fun and hopefully next year i will have a gown to dance in not just a sun dress.

Thats all for now i suppose. i am going to a hockey game tonight for a friends b-day and i'm going to wear a team shirt but i am so happy with my shawl that i am wearing the shawl over a turtleneck to class then i will change before the game, how could i deny myself the comfort of a huge wool shawl when we might be hit by a blizzard?

Happy Crafting :)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Loom Loom Loom

Yes! It is true! my brand new loom arrived today in the mail. in my addiction to the fiber arts i decided it was high time i tried weaving and i love it. i have already woven a good amount of fabric and the only reason i stopped was because i ran out of warp thread :P Speaking of i am going to warp it again and perhaps try out a scarf...hmmmm

but back to weaving, i love it. it goes so fast and the way the fabric works up is beautiful! i tried out a black and red houndstooth pattern which came out really nice as well. perhaps i will make some place mats or something. either way, weaving is amazing. i figured out the warp pretty easily and everything else was fairly simple. plus the loom is small enough so that i can weave in the car or in front of the tv (though its not something i'd take with me to school to work on during classes). i'm going to show my sister this weekend and see if i can get her hooked.

in other news, i finished a project for rita's birthday and i made myself a shawl today in record time. its huge and took me about two hours, i think i was speed crocheting or somehting. i started and almost finished in an hour, it was amazing.

Now what colors to make my next project?

Happy crafting!