Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Spinning Yarn

The First Attempts....

Hello!
I'm back and here to show you my first 3 skeins of handspun yarn! =) My first skein of yarn came out pretty horrible...hahaha. But! I'm learning.... The first time I used my wheel was amazing, I knew right when I started that it was going to be an addiction.

There's not much to say about each skein that I've spun, only that with each skein I can see improvement, which is exciting for me! 
 
Once again, my first skein is NOT good, but I'll share it anyway...it's actually kind of funny... =)
I didn't bother figuring out the yardage when I wound this on my niddy noddy, I'll never use it, but I'll keep it just because it'll be fun to have!

K

My next skein is semi-usable, I even counted the yardage! It's approximately 64 yards, and will work ok for felting =)

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Lastly, my third one is usable but far from perfect! However, it's by far my best yet! I have had SO much fun spinning, I've done very little crocheting since I got my wheel, but that's what happens when you get a new toy =) 
I really like the color of this skein I spun, it reminds me of autumn...it is approximately 120 yards and is probably more of a worsted weight yarn. I have a yarn gauge to find the weight of the yarns I spin, but this skein isn't perfectly spun up, so worsted weight is more of a guess =) I was actually pretty happy with this skein, I didn't think it was terribly bad considering it was literally the third time I had ever used a spinning wheel! =)

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My next project is definitely going to be kool aid dying, it looks so fun! =) That'll be my next post for sure! I may take some pictures of some new fiber I ordered as well! =) That's all for now!
Have a good day!



Friday, September 5, 2014

Aurora


Hello!
It's finally time to tell you about my most recent crafting purchase! About a month and a half ago I decided I wanted to look into getting a spinning wheel! My first thought was to wait a couple of years before I went ahead and bought one, however, after finding out that I can put one on layaway and make payments, I knew I had to do it now! =) It only took me about 4 weeks to pay it off, and now it's sitting here at home! Her name is Aurora.... She's a single drive, double treadle, Ashford Traveller, in a walnut finish, and is absolutely beautiful!

I spent about 5 days tracking my wheel on the internet, after it shipped, to see where it was while it made its way here.... I think I drove everyone crazy! hahaha

The day my wheel arrived was VERY exciting, I could hardly contain myself! I was so excited I almost skipped taking pictures as I went along!

Wheel

Opening the box was way too fun! However, it was also slightly overwhelming because I had to assemble it...there were a lot of pieces and I was scared to death to break something on it!


Here's a picture of all of the pieces spread out on my bed...I was nervous, but very excited at the same time....






Wheel


The first couple of steps took no time! The instructions were pretty clear, there weren't any written instructions, just pictures with arrows and what not....I found it pretty easy to follow though!



Wheel


Nearly every screw and the tip of almost every piece of wood had to be dipped in candle wax in order to fit in the correct spot, at least that's what the instructions told me to do...so I followed them so I wouldn't mess anything up! After spending money on a spinning wheel, it would have been heartbreaking to mess something up!


Wheel

About 2 hours or so into the assembling process I realized there weren't very many pieces left...which made me SO happy!

Wheel

Originally I expected it to take me a few days to assemble my wheel, (I'm not very good at assembling things! lol), but it ended up taking just a few hours! It came in around 1:30pm and I was finished by 5:30, I even took a coffee break in that time! I was SHOCKED with how easy it went together, but was also very glad and thankful for that! It had to have been God putting it together for me, like I said, I can't do things like that! =)

Now it's time! Here's Aurora, all finished and looking beautiful! I had to taker her outside to get pictures!


Wheel



It looked so pretty in the grass, I really love it! I've been using it A LOT, and am slowly getting better at it....just takes a while to be consistent! 


Wheel

That's all for now! My next post will be my first attempts at spinning on a wheel! I'll probably throw in a few more pictures of my wheel too...just for fun! =)  I'm happy to say that my third skein of yarn is actual pretty usable! Can't wait to show you!
Have a good day!

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Wagon Wheel Afghan


Hello!
I can't believe that it's already been over 6 months since I last blogged! Since then, I've crocheted lots of things, but this post is about only one of those things....my "Wagon Wheel Afghan".
I bought the yarn SEVERAL months ago when there was a great sale and a coupon at A.C. Moore.  The pattern I used is called "Old Time Charm", and once again, it's out of the same book as my "Log Cabin Afghan", "John Wayne Afghan", and my Springtime Afghan! I love most of the afghans in this book of mine, which is why I've now made four of them!
Anyway, for the fun part!

Working on this afghan was pretty fun, after a while I was ready to be done with it! I originally planned on making 70 squares, but as I made them, I realized 70 squares was going to be bigger than I wanted it to be, so I changed it to 35 squares.

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After working on this afghan for a while, I took a long break and made other things, then last month I pulled it back out and decided it was time for me to finish it! It's not like me to put afghans away for a while!
Each square took a little while to make, I really love the pattern though! This afghan got it's name because I thought the center looked like a wagon wheel! The funny thing was the name reminded me of a song called "Wagon Wheel", it made it that much cooler! :)


Afghan

A few nights ago I got super anxious to complete this afghan, so I stayed up late one night and finished the rest of my squares! As you may be able to see, I watched "Tangled"" while I crocheted that night. :)

K

The next day was Sunday and, when I got home from church, I finished my afghan by putting a very simple border on it...just double crocheted around it a couple of times to give it a more finished look! :)
Now for the really fun part!!! The finished product!!!

Afghan

I love it and am super happy to have it finished!

Wagon wheel

Taking pictures of my projects is always so fun, it's one of my favorite parts!
Now it'll be time for me to get a head start on Christmas gifts...and make another afghan! :) KnitPicks.com had an amazing summer yarn sale and I couldn't resist! I'm trying to save that yarn for the winter though. :) My next blog post should be coming pretty soon, it'll be about my most recent crafting purchase! Can't wait! :D
Have a good day!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Springtime Afghan

Hello!
The weather here finally seems to be warming up, praise the Lord, and I've made yet another afghan, this one is much smaller than my last, it's still a decent size throw though! I absolutely love it! It worked up pretty quickly too. The pattern I used is called "Earth Awakens", it's from the same book that I used for my Log Cabin  afghan and my John Wayne  afghan, it's one of my very favorite afghan books, there are so many beautiful patterns in there! I had gotten a while back at a nearby alpaca farm, I actually got it for only three dollars, which was a blessing, especially since I've used the book several times now.
Anyway, although this afghan worked up pretty quickly, I took breaks on it too do other projects, so it still took me from February 28th to March 27th.


I bought the yarn at A.C. Moore back in the middle of February, I bought Caron Simply Soft. I absolutely LOVE this color too, it's called "Woodland Heather".
The way this yarn looks after it's all neatly wound on my ball winder is amazing, I loved looking at it!
This yarn wound up really easily too, it's so soft!
The pattern was very easy and a lot of fun to work on! When I first started it I knew I was really going to enjoy working on it. It was a good afghan to work on while talking, listening to music and watching movies, specifically North and South, all of which I did! =)



I still can't believe how much I love this afghan, I'm not sure if it's the color that I love so much, or the pattern design, perhaps it's a bit of both!
Here is the picture of my finished product!




There are about 2,750 yards of yarn in this afghan, about a mile and a half! I love the way it drapes over the chair, it looks so pretty....this yarn is great for that!
Here are some more pictures, I'm kind of obsessed with taking afghan pictures, especially when I can take them outside!

I really liked the way it looked folded on the back of this chair, it shows off the design really nicely!



It's actually another mile a minute pattern, just a different style.











Lastly, here it is on the rocking chair along with some of my leftover yarn! I love when there is leftover yarn!

Now that my afghans are all finished I have no idea what I'm going to be working on next! It's such an odd feeling. Well, that's all for now!
Have a great day!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Baby Ripple

Hello!
Our bit of warm weather was wonderful while it lasted, as I told you, I was able to crochet outside and enjoy the warmth God gave us that day, a lot of our snow has melted. We were actually able to see the ground in most areas, there were still patches of snow all over though. We're getting some flurries right now, but I don't' think it'll amount to much. It'll feel nice when spring is officially here!


Anyway, in my last post I mentioned that I had started a baby ripple afghan. I had started it on a Thursday night and finished it that Saturday, it worked up super quick! I made this one for our etsy shop. I hope to get it up there soon.

Here is the afghan in progress, as you can probably tell, this is the day I was able to work outside. It was so refreshing to be outside and enjoy the pretty day! One of my favorite types of afghans to bring outside are ripples, so that made me extra happy and excited!


I'm still super excited that I was able to bring this outside to work on!
Here is the finished product! I tried my best to be random in my order of colors,I just made sure that I started and finished with two rows of black. I have a very difficult time being random with my projects, I always have to have some kind of "order" when it comes to my color patterns. This one really has no pattern and I was very happy with the way it came out!





I have so much fun taking pictures of my projects, especially when I'm able to take pictures outside! Taking pictures inside is fun too, it just seems harder to get good ones inside.


The baby cradle my mom has worked really well for getting pictures!
Finally, here is a close up picture of my color combination! I really like these colors for a baby boy.
Now that this afghan is finished, I'll be working on my green afghan again! I'm hoping that I'll have that one finished by the end of the month.





Well, that's about it! I'm really trying to get better about posting often, I only really post when I have finished projects and I can only finish things so fast! I could try posting about some other things besides my crafting, perhaps I'll do that.......at some point! =)
Have a great day!




Saturday, March 8, 2014

Cross-Stitched Pillowcases

Hello!
I was looking at some of my finished projects the other day and realized I never wrote a post about the pillowcases I cross-stitched back in the beginning of January!

This is my first stamped cross-stitch project, it was so much fun to work on! When I first started I thought for sure they were going to take me FOREVER to finish because I'm not fast when it comes to cross-stitching, but I was pleasantly surprised when it took me less than a week to complete one.

These pillowcases actually look pretty nice with my "John Wayne Afghan" , which is a definite plus! I'm going to be cross-stitching a dresser scarf as well, but haven't gotten around to working on that yet, there are SO many projects that I want to do.....it's crazy!


Anyway, here are the pictures!


cross stitch

They were really easy to do! I absolutely love them! These pillowcases actually have a bit of a story to them, which I'm excited to be able to share.
I had been wanting to cross-stitch some pillowcases for a little while, but stamped pillowcases aren't very cheap, and they aren't easy to find in stores. On New Year's Eve day we went to A.C. Moore and they had just gotten their stamped cross-stitch and embroidery back in, I was SO excited! I had a 40% off coupon, PLUS $10 in rewards money, (which is money earned from shopping there), and between those two discounts I was able to get the pillowcases, plus all the floss I needed for FREE! =D Praise the Lord, I couldn't have been more excited! It was really wonderful!


cross stitch






In between working on the two pillowcases I also crocheted a doll sweater for our Etsy shop, it was also enjoyable to work on, something different for a change!

The sweater is crocheted using sock yarn, I love working with sock yarn! I couldn't believe how quickly it worked up, I was pleased with how it turned out too.
Doll Sweater by Justgirlswithyarn on Etsy, $8.50





Right now I'm taking a small break from my green afghan and making a baby ripple afghan to sell on etsy, I'm hoping to finish the baby ripple soon so I can post about that, then continue with my other afghan! It's a GORGEOUS day here today so I was able to bring the ripple outside and work on it there, it was SUCH a blessing to be able to get outside and enjoy a bit of warm weather God gave us today.
Have a great day!






Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The "John Wayne" Afghan....(Mile-a-Minute Afghan)

Hello!
It is still cold and snowy here, PERFECT for crocheting afghans! My most recent afghan is a mile-a-minute pattern, it has been a lot of fun working on it, the name is deceiving though...this afghan took me  a little while to make. It's MUCH larger than I expected though. I've actually been calling it my "John Wayne" afghan because it's the EXACT length of John Wayne's height! =D The width of it is my height, so the size of this afghan is.... 5 feet by 6 foot 4 inches, (60in. by 76in.). So, in other words, it's "Me by John Wayne" =D

There are fourteen strips that needed to be made, I started the first strip at a Super Bowl party we went to and came close to finishing it while we were there. I probably would have finished it, but there were lots of distractions so it took me a little longer.

Anyway, I bought the yarn at A.C. Moore, (a local craft store). I bought "Caron One Pound" which is a softer acrylic yarn, it worked really nicely for my project! I'm super happy with my finished product!
I worked on it all the time, we got several snowstorms and it was a lot of fun working on an afghan while it snowed.






I never make afghans that are pink and, obviously, this one is pink! I really love it though, it's nearly big enough to fit a queen size bed.


The time has come for me to show you the finished product! Yay!!!!







It has 2 miles worth of yarn which is 3545 yards, and it weighs about 5 pounds! I'm so excited that I finally finished this! It took me from February 2nd to February 25th.





I love this pattern, it was so much fun working on it.


Here it is all laid out! It was hard to get a picture of this afghan because we still have snow on the ground so I couldn't bring it outside to take pictures...I didn't want it getting wet.







Well that's about it! I'm going to be starting ANOTHER afghan very soon, this one will be green! =) I'm in a major afghan mood this winter!
Have a great day!!!