Monday, January 29, 2007

Weekend Rovings

Wingardium. I actually spun this last night as it was dry. It’s twist setting today.


Planet, Schmanet, Janet

Leader Of The Pack

Cocoa Mint

Psychotic Peacock (Named by my sister)

Special Project, title forthcoming

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Yarn, Yarn & Yarn, there is nothing else.

Fawkes is 235 yards, merino(85%)/mohair (15%) blend.

Scutterbotch is 160 yards, 100% Bluefaced Leicester wool.

Real Teal (unlisted, reserved for a coworker) is 100% merino, 275 yards.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

More New Yarns

Madmartigan. Yep, still on a Willow kick. Never kick Willow though, that’s just mean. 253 yards.

Embers & Cinders, 165 yards.

Sweentess November End, 280 Yards

Tanqueray, 275 yards

Slipsliding Away, 275 yards

Sherbet Lemon, 230 yards

Monday, January 22, 2007

New Yarns for Etsy Store

Elora Danan, 275 yards. Why yes, I did watch Willow recently. What’s it to you?

Cherlindrea, 204 yards.

Experiment Gone Happy, 275 yards.

Cranberry, 105 yards.

Blue On Black, 130 yards (with wonky camera color. *grumble*)

Special Order for coworker. 275 yards.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Hot off the Etsy Press...

I Despise My Former Boss Sale

How ironic that a year after the worst experience of my professional career I find myself listing these beads.

Backstory: A year ago today my husband and I uprooted our lives and moved several hours away to begin working for a lady (and I use the term loosely) who lured us to her company by promising us a plethora of things (health insurance, amazing salaries, travel, profit sharing, food on the table) that never materialized.

Let this be a lesson to you: If it sounds too good to be true, it definitely is. Oh and contracts. VALID contracts! Do as I say, not as I do!

In the middle of the summer my former boss knew I had a big collection of beads on hand and asked me if she could “borrow” some of them to use to entertain her granddaughters. At the time I gave in, thinking it would be a nice thing to do despite the fact that I was miserable, we were financially ruined and my family was starving to death. I’m kind of crazy like that.

A week later the trays of beads were returned picked over and virtually empty. Instead of compensating me monetarily for cleaning out my supply, she gave me this lot of beads.

They are pretty, beautiful even, but I can’t look at them without breaking out into hives and wanting to swear uncontrollably. Since I’m trying to set a good example for my son I’m going to skip the swearing and crazy raving about my past and list them here.

21 wood (maybe bamboo?) handpainted beads with a leopard print pattern. Rawr!

30 round wood handpainted beads with a daisy pattern. Sweet!

3 decent sized packages of E beads. One package of pink, on light blue and one gunmetal/rainbow. More than enough to mess with.

4 jasper and agate heart focal beads, drilled from top to bottom. 9 white opaque glass beads with bands of red and blue. 2 millefiori focal beads.

6 chevron beads.

Oh, for the record? I totally landed on my feet. Moved myself and my family back home and my husband and I found awesome jobs working for people who have a conscience, aren’t pathological liars and/or complete sociopaths.

Yay for us! Yay for beads!

It’s been suggested to me that I take a hammer to the beads to aid in my therapy and healing but that would just be insulting to the beads. Won’t you give them a decent home? I promise to use the money from the sale of these beads for something entirely frivolous because I can afford food and can heat my house now, no thanks to her.

I'll even ship them for free! Please, just get them out of my sight!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Felted Beads Experiment

Before I forget, if any of you have made anything (and I mean anything at all) with my yarns I’d really love to have photos of them to add to my online Flickr gallery. Please? :)

I spun four bundles of roving last night. I am much pleased. Once they twist set (after the move) the listing will begin!

I’ve been wanting to make felted beads for a while now and whenever I spin I occasionally have little bits of roving fluff that end up sitting on the side.

*hangs head*…Usually I throw the bits of fluff away. Or give them to Smitty to molest. But no more I say! Last night I thought I’d give the beads a try and lo, it worked! And fantastically if I do say so my self! I made eight last night in all different colors, none much bigger than a marble. Oh and a tube shaped one that kind of looks like a blue joint.

Hm. Anyway.

I brought them in this morning to show Dr. H and she said “Make more! Those are gorgeous! If you put those together with silver spacers in between for a necklace I’d buy it immediately.”


It gives me that much more ambition to really branch out with my Etsy store.

These are the beads I made last night. They aren't completely dry yet, but when they are, they will be easy to push a sewing needle through.

New Year, New Yarn

Originally Posted January 1, 2007

Slipstream roving to yarn (155 yards):

Sugar Spun roving to yarn (222 yards):

Steelers roving to yarn (180 yards, this is for Hurricane Katie!):

Callay roving to yarn (204 yards):

Roving Reporter

Originally Posted December 31, 2006

Now I’m off to spin as some of the rovings from the night before last are dry.

Weekend of Roving

Originally Posted December 30, 2006

And now I need to go do some more, I have to get as much dyed before I leave to up my spinning supply.

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