Saturday, July 21, 2007

Once you start.... you CAN'T STOP!

So I received my needle felting supplies 3 days ago, and I haven't stopped since.

This was my first time at needle felting, and it's so much fun! Now I know what to do with my mountains of unused roving.

Here are my first three attempts:

Attempt #1: Spot- the dog (?) with no appendages.
He looks kind of cute this way, so I never added any arms or legs.

Attempt #2: Mini Schnauzer.
Made this one for my hubby, since this was one of his first dogs. The hardest part of making these is the face. It didn't seem right to me, and I gave up fixing it, but looking at this picture, he is pretty cute.

Attempt #3: Bermese Mountain Dog.

This one is my favorite, and the most difficult so far. It's time consuming to layer the different shades of "dog" hair to make it seem natural.

It goes without saying that there hasn't been much knitting or spinning since this new obsession has started.

More doggies to come!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

New Can of Worms

So I went to Borders bookstore today, with my 30% off coupon in hand searching for new craft books to buy. My book collection is really getting ridiculous by the way.

Found two new treasures:

Fleece Dog by Sinco (Nobuko Nakakubo)

A really adorable book full of tutorials for making felt dogs. The likeness is really amazing. There isn't a Maltese in it though, so I think I'll have to improvise to make one of Ronin (my furbaby).

I already have been searching the web for felting kits and glass eyes. I'm such a craft junkie.

This is my favorite: It's the one on the cover. Miniature Schnauzer- Like a little old man!

Second book:

The Cute Book by Aranzi Aronzo

You can make your own little Aranzi Aronzo stuffies. I'm such a big fan of Japanese stuffies, amirugumi etc. This book shows quite a bit of them. I can't wait to start making some. You can make some and add it on t-shirts or totes.

Too cute!

I think I just added felting and sewing to my repertoire. Stay tuned for some stuffies!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Miss you much!

Bah, been gone for a long time- again.

Had a worthy reason! Me and hubby have been trying to concieve a baby. (Try being the operative word).

Who knew it was so difficult? It's been 8 months now, and for the last few months we've just been too frustrated.

Remember when you were in high school sex ed and the teachers told you that you can almost get pregnant just by looking at each other? Apparently that's only half true. hah.

Here's a cute pic of me and the hubs. Wouldn't we make a cute baby? Sigh.

Enough of that.

I swear I have been knitting, but these days spinning just seems more of a stress reducer.

I've been dyeing up some roving and spinning.

Wanna see?

Berries Merino Roving

Bruise Merino Roving

Green Apple Merino Roving

Grapevine Merino Roving

Berries Roving spun up

This one ended up being about 250 yds of soft yarn. I think I'm going to make some socks out of it. So soft. Must eat.

Here's a close up of it:

I also dyed up some yarn while I was dyeing the roving:

I call this one Seabreeze. Blue is my favorite color. Don't know what to knit with it though.

At the end of the day, I'm so glad I have these hobbies to keep me busy. It makes me happy to make things out of scratch.

You know what ices the cake though?

Crafting with a buddy :).