Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Glue that Binds

I recently mentioned that work has begun on the craft/laundry room.  All the cabinets are up, but we are still waiting for the countertop to arrive.  In the meantime, I have been arranging and rearranging.  Sorting and pitching and gathering decorative touches.  Something I am working on for the room is shown below.  Hopefully, will be able to reveal the final format on Friday...

They are antique wooden spools of thread that belonged to my Mother, Grandmother and Great-Aunts.
This is gonna be so freakin' cool looking when it is done!!!

The Poppy Sweater is plugging along.  One sleeve, a minimal amount of seaming, and some finishing touches to the neck and hem and it will be done.  This is the first time I have worked with Noro.  As of yet, am still undecided about the yarn.  

Norman thought it was a bed for him.

The newest endeavor in my bag of tricks...spinning...has started.  Started with some roving that I was not particularly attached to for use in practice.  Now, I know there are video tutorials out there, and I did watch a series of them, but I'll be the first to admit that I have a problem with following directions.  I'm not known for making smediums for nothing!  I figured, just how hard can this be?  It is going pretty well.  This first attempt is rather rough, but I am getting used to the feel of the spin, parking and drafting, and just plain trying to keep the cats from pouncing on it all!

My opinion...not bad for a spinning virgin.  Am anxious to get it all spun up, measured out on my niddy noddy, soaked and knit up into whatever I have enough of to make out of it.  I am not very consistent with my drafting which is resulting in varying degrees of slubbiness.  

Maybe a spinning wheel in my future?

Go over to Tami's to see what kind of mischief everyone else is up to.  BTW, keep meaning to add the cute little button thingy she has for WIPW, but can't seem to figure out how to get it to work for me.  (Translation...I tried to add it, didn't work, I got frustrated and ate chocolate instead) 

As today is the first day of December, I can now officially report with pride that I participated in my first NaBloPoMo...National Blog Posting Month...where you are challenged to publish a post every single day of the month.  I did it!  Now, let's see if I can keep the momentum going.

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!  I plan to spend it in Cincinnati indulging in a little retail therapy. 


  1. The sweater looks great! I'm a big fan of Noro... I hope you'll eventually decide that you like it :)

  2. Can't wait to see how your craft/laundry room turns out!

  3. I've no idea what you're planning on doing with the thread, but I'm in LOVE with it already. They're so beautiful on their own, and the history of them is fabulous. Now I can't wait til Friday!

  4. Looking forward to seeing pictures of your room.

    It's in the cat's rule book that all things yarn are a cat bed.

    Great job on your first spinning. Practice for a little bit every day, even 10 minutes. Your drafting will get better with practice, practice, practice.

    I'm glad my cats weren't interested in making my spindle into a cat toy while I am spinning with it.

  5. Your first-spinning looks great to me! (Gorgeous colour, too.) I have yet to try spinning, but it's on my list. And I can't wait to see what you're doing with those spools. I love vintage spools, I have some from my grandmother's house that I'm trying to figure out the perfect use for.

  6. Holy smokes, I can't wait to see your craft room. I love the spools of thread!

    The roving is such a beautiful blue. I think what you have so far looks great. Spinning has always interested me, but for now I will stay away. I don't need to take on anything more at the moment! LOL

    Is your blog on Blogger? If so, you can add the button in the sidebar through the "design" section of the blogger dashboard. You can add it as an image, which gives you an option to add a link to the imagine. Just paste in the URL and bam, you're done!

  7. I just sent you a message on Ravelry with html code to use to post the WIP button.

  8. Can't wait to see the finished craft room. I'm a bit jealous, actually. And yes, compuer crapis irritating as all get out. Hubby just fixed something for me. personally, I like the 'eat chocolate' solution

  9. That is just too bad of you....leaving us hanging in suspense over that mysterious craft project and those intriguing spools of thread! Hmmm.
    Your sweater is coming along nicely. The colors really work well together.

  10. Your spinning is making me jealous :-) I've had a wheel for a few weeks now and have nothing nearly as nice as you've done (but I am making progress). Good for you on posting every day for a month! I did that over the summer & it was a great experience. Can't wait to see the thread project in its final version - the photos are intriguing.

  11. What a great idea! I love the crafting you are doing with the thread spools. It's so nice to make a great use of something so special!



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