Two weeks!

I have roughly two weeks to get it together and make more stuff for the two festivals I have coming up! I had been thinking all along that they were on different weekends (one after the other) but I recently discovered that they are actually the SAME weekend. So now I’m trying to figure out how to split up my inventory…Most likely what will happen is knitted items will go to one and woven items will go to the other. But I have no idea which one I’m going to on what days…Why haven’t we figured out a way to be two places at once?

My plan is to finish a few more hats, sew up the rest of those messenger bags and weave at LEAST one more scarf. Ideally I’d have more than that, but I’ve been a slacker and now I’m out of time. Perhaps I’ll have time to put on some quick-y scarves. We shall see. Now if only I didn’t have to work…
~JoAnna

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Project ideas…

I think I need to make out a list of projects I want to do…I can’t keep them all in my head.


Weaving Projects
First I need to finish the scarf currently on my loom.

Tie on one last painted warp scarf.

Sample blanket using knitting yarn. (Gotta see if this idea will work)

Silk shawls/scarves? (Since I have all this silk…)

More placemats (That are actually long enough this time…)

Table runners (red/white overshot?)

Bath mat (yarn needs to be dyed first)

Boucle scarves (they shoot out so quick!!)

Canvas weave something… Ohhhhhh! Lauren made a BEAUTIFUL canvas weave scarf in a natural wool.

Knitting Projects
Star crossed berets using ANY worsted weight non-wool yarn I have. 🙂 …Obsess much?? umm yes.

More felted hats to sell.

Leg warmers. 🙂 This is something my sweet sister-in-law has been wanting to do. I’m hoping we can do the project together when we find her some circular knitting needles!

Mittens

Oven Mitts

Fingerless gloves

Felted house shoes! Completely determined to make this happen SOMEHOW!

I’m sure I’ll think of more…But at least I got SOME ideas down somewhere. If only I could get mom’s kiln running then I could add ceramic projects to this list…
~JoAnna

Cabled Beret…My new favorite accessory

I found the pattern for this lovely little hat on Ravelry.
I have yet to take pictures of my own version, but here’s the original.
View from back
View from top.

I have already made two of these! In just a weekend! I made one in a lovely tan/cream color and another in black. I used Caron yarn’s Simply Soft which is, amazingly, soft. I find it amazingly soft because I usually expect acrylic yarn *shudder* to be nasty and itchy. Anyway, I’ll try to post pictures of my own version. 🙂 I am in love with it. I wore it for two days straight after I finished it. Ben thinks I’m a leetle loony, but that’s okay. I’m planning on making two more in a gray and a gray-ish blue. I am completely determined to memorize the pattern for this hat so I can knit a bunch up really quick and possibly have them to sell at some point… Urrghh…probably not before festivals next month though.
~JoAnna

Oops!

Oops! I haven’t been blogging much lately. I’ve been pretty busy though. I started back to work (even though it’s completely temporary) yesterday. I’m back at my dad’s office sorting out all the billing/collections stuff. Everything has to be in order by October 1, so I’m working the rest of this month and through September.

I seriously dislike office work because it’s really boring. About the only thing that keeps me entertained is office interactions (aka drama) and hilarious patients that are completely ridiculous. My mother-in-law said she’s glad I’m going back to work cause she misses hearing all the stories about office drama. lol. I love her. She cracks me up.

Anyway, the upside to me being back at work is that since I only work part time, I can be home to work on more crafting stuff. I seriously need to get some scarves together before Fun Fest. And I really should probably finish those woven bags I started. I have all the liners matched with the fabrics, now I just have to decide which bag design I want to go with…ugh…Sometimes I hate making decisions.

Ohh! I finished one of the painted warp scarves. Remember this warp?? Well it’s a scarf now. And it’s LOVELY!! I did plain weave and used 8/2 black Tencel for the weft so that it would visually blend and keep the dark tones rather than lightening it with yellow, green, aqua or white. It looks really good. 🙂 I’m quite pleased.

I had originally thought I’d just tie on another painted warp (I have two more to weave up) but now I wonder if I should weave up some boucle scarves?? I don’t know.

I could never understand why anyone would want or need more than one loom, but whenever it gets to be fall and I have Fun Fest and now this pioneer festival thing coming up, I think, “Why oh WHY don’t I have more than one loom I can dress?!” lol. Maybe someday my dream of owning a Baby Mac in addition to Mac will come true.

Still no progress has been made towards converting Mac to an 8 shaft loom. What it comes down to is I need both looms in the same room (a feat in itself) so that I can go back and forth between them to figure out what I need to do. As it is now, it’s a bit difficult to run down to the basement and look at the parts loom and then run back up to look at Mac. Not to mention that because my mom’s loom is in the same room I have to move everything around just to be able to get to the front and back of mine. If only we would have moved the couch first…C’est la vie.

We celebrated my sister’s birthday yesterday. 🙂 Yay!! Pizza, cake, and a good movie: Cold Comfort Farm. I love it. 🙂 Anyway, I didn’t have time to go out and BUY her something because I’ve been at the farm and Tuesday was a horrible day (we didn’t get home until 9:00pm (Having left the house at 6:30am). Well anyway, I was trying to think what I had on hand that I could give her. I decided on one of my wool hats since she’s most likely moving to South Korea next year. My cousin was stationed there for a year or so and he said it gets COLD. I have to say, the hats I make are ridiculously WARM. Like it has to be FREEZING for Ben to even be able to wear his. I had no idea they would be that warm…seriously. This is not bragging. I was in shock. haha. So I gave her one of those and then I crocheted some quick pot holders and a hot pad to make a three piece set. They’re cute and she liked them. I love watching the different patterns develop when using a variegated yarn. One of them looks almost like a houndstooth and another looks like it has an X shape on it. Same yarn, just the variation in the yarn. Awesome. 🙂 Oh she also loved the hat.

I supposed I ought to go work on something. I have 4 or 5 more hats to felt and I need to tie onto that warp!!
~JoAnna

More Kool Aid Dyeing

I did quite a bit more this time. 🙂
This was my favorite flavor. Berry Blue.
Black Cherry.
Strawberry.
Berry Blue. (I HAVE to get more of this stuff!!)
Great Blue Deeni (sp?)
Great Blue Deeni + Berry Blue. (on yellow yarn)
Berry Blue + Strawberry

I LOOOOOVE dyeing with Kool Aid!! It’s SO much fun! And it’s really easy too. I’ve felted two hats that have Kool Aid dyed yarn in them and the color didn’t bleed or fade at all. I was kind of expecting it to. So now I have two more hats in my bag that need to be felted and another one about 2/3 of the way done. I gotta get weaving some scarves! I may try dyeing some of my boucle yarn so I can use it for quick scarves but with a bit more variety than what I have at the shops. Also…I think I need to change up my inventory. Perhaps mom and I can do that sometime soon.

*sigh* I wish we could get the pottery wheel up and running. I should have been working on that all summer. Well…Since we’re apparently not moving for a while still, perhaps I can do that this fall. It’s still REALLY weird to think about not going back to school. I told Ben the other day it’s like I’m not allowed to go back to Neverland or Narnia or Hogwarts or something because I’m not going back to the Craft Center. haha. I definitely miss the studios! And all the people! Last semester…well…last school year…was really the first year that I actually felt like I was a part of the Craft Center. Before that I just felt like an outsider. I’m so happy I decided to change majors after two years of school so I could take art. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. 🙂 Now if I can just figure out a way to make money….haha.
~JoAnna

Winter weather gear

I have lately been trying to knit like a crazy woman!! We’ve been at the farm a lot lately due to family being in town and other stuff going on. Since I cannot weave unless I’m at home I’ve been knitting. Why? Because I have the opportunity to participate in the fall creek falls annual pioneer festival. Ben’s family will have a booth there and asked if i wanted to put anything in. I said I thought it would probably be a good market for my hats. The festival is juried and so on the application you have to put exacty what you plan on having in the booth so they said hand knitted hats and other winter weather gear. 🙂 this way I can include woven scarves too. I would like to get some more boucle yarn so I could weave some up really quick before the show. We’ll see. I’ll have to talk to Ben and see what he thinks. They say something like 15,000 people come through this festival every year. I’m excited about it. I need to talk to my mom about fun feat too since it’s looking like we’re going to be here. I feel unprepared for all these craft shows! But hopefully I can buckle down and get some inventory built up for them. This happened last year too. But I think I have more stuff built up. It’s gonna be a busy month of preparing!!
~JoAnna