Monday, March 14, 2011

Weekend Shenanigans!

So, believe it or not, the radio silence you've been experiencing on this blog has not been intentional. It's not that I haven't wanted to write to you, it's just that I've been so damned busy DOING things, you know? For example, right below here, I've included a picture of some yarn I just finished spinning. It's kind of washed out because I took the picture in full noon sun, but it is a cool dark maroon. It's also a little on the thick and thin side and full of veg matter. The damn thing fought me the entire way, but not as if I was spinning against it - just in that it didn't want to be too easy. As a result, thick and thin, but it plied nicely, and damn is it lofty!
I've got three huge skiens of it.


I also did some knitting. This is a french press cozy that I designed on the fly (its hard to mess up when you're doing it in ribbing). This roving (roving?) was given to me by Tika (Tikabelle). It is all sort of pastels that melt into each other. That wasn'y by accident. When I spun it, I didn't have too much - about half of what Tika had left, and so I navajo plied it for practice and to try to maintain/keep control of the color changes. I think the cozy turned out nicely. It's open a bit on the back for the handle and I'm debating putting a button on it to bring in the sides underneath the handle. I'm wondering if it will fit on a teapot as well. I suppose I could take it off the french press and try it, but I get so happy seeing those Eastery pastels. It is, afterall, the right time of year for those colors.

I also engaged in making fancy sandwiches this weekend. You know, some turkey, some tomato, a toasted bun, fresh ground pepper, fresh basil, a little mozzarella, and a touch of vinegar and oil. What could be better than that? Well......maybe if I made my own bread?

 Looks kinda good, doesn't it? That was my first loaf. Technically, this loaf wasn't from this weekend, but a couple of weeks ago. I made my 4th and 5th loafs this weekend - one with some added cinnamon and sugar and another with sun dried tomatoes and garlic. But here is where it all began - with this little guy. Well, maybe not so little. The loaf was huge and more than the Fiancee and I could eat in one week. The recipe (and this is super simple) can be found here, on the breadotopia website. Trust me, if I can make it perfectly the first time, so can you. And don't worry about it saying you need a dutch over - I did mine in my oven and it was great.

Those weren't ALL the shenanigans from the weekend - but I have to save something to blog about about during the week. I will, however, tell you that I am going to the Harmony Sweeps this weekend to cheer on my Fiancee in his a capella group: Brass Farthing (my guy is the one in the maroon top hat). And I had the delightful group of them over this weekend for an early dinner before we headed out to a local radio station to talk about the upcoming Steampunk Convention and where the boys even got to sing a bit. I keep meaning to play some of their stuff on my podcast and then forgetting. Ah well. At least I get to hear it on a regular basis!

Alright, take care, my bloggies. I'll be posting again soon!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Finiuary Round Up!

Alright, there has been some silence from me lately.

Well, that's been for a lot of reasons. I've been trying to get a lot of the initial stuff for the wedding straightened out, for one. And, well, like it or not, I am very well employed in this crappy economy, which is incredibly lucky. I try to make sure that I don't squander this luck by not doing my job - and let's face it, I have work-a-holic tendencies.

But do you want to know another reason why I haven't been around? I've been too busy DOING my crafts instead of writing about them!

So, here's what I did in February, with pictures of the things I didn't previously post:

  • 2 pairs of baby booties
  • 1 sweater (tangled yoke - and I DID wear it to Stitches!)
  • 1 weaving project - a scarf
  • 3 hats (cotton)
  • 2 bumps of crown mountain (they were both half bumps) plied and set
  • 1 cowl
Total: 8 finished items, 2 finished yarns.
sweater and scarf were for me, so that's a selfish index of  25%, up from last month's selfish index of 14%. We're going the right way!

    And now, the pictures!

    First, the hats:

    Then the finished yarn!