Nothing but crafts

The blog’s been silent because it seems that every second of my limited free time has gone to crafting lately. Besides knitting and spinning, I’ve been bitten by the sewing bug (which intimidates me). I’m also dabbling in some upholstery for beginners by making a headboard with my hubby. The headboard (pictured below) has now been covered by industrial grade glue and foam. It’s ready for the final step once we verify that the foam isn’t too thick at the bottom to fit up against the bed.

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The tree print will be a skirt.
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The flowers will be a sleeveless top if I figure it out. I’m working without patterns.
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Viva la fleece!

The Tour de Fleece is in full swing now. Participating spinners set a goal and set out to spin every single day of the Tour de France. My goal is to spin the 6-ish ounces of purple tussah silk/merino that I’ve had sitting around since January. I also decided to try using my spinning wheel in double drive. I didn’t do any research to see if this is better/worse for this kind of fiber. I just wanted to try something new. Double drive seems a lot less fiddly in all honesty, but the fiber gets drawn a little faster than I was used to in single.

I finished two projects last week, but I haven’t taken any photos yet. One of my projects was too small before blocking, one just right. The one that was too small blocked out just like I’d hoped and is now fine. The one that was just right blocked out much bigger and is hopelessly large. I’m so disappointed because it was perfect before being washed. I loved it so much. I wish I’d taken a picture first. Since it was a relatively quick knit, I think I’m going to disassemble it and try again once my will recovers.

My backyard got a face lift last week. Now that the extraneous trees are gone, we’ve got to look at replacing two of the fences and the lame patio.

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