A Few Weeks In Pictures

January Recap: Wooly Mastadon

I’ve been gone for a while once again. Truth be told I am learning to juggle some new things and not always succeeding but that’s okay because in January of 2016 I was reminded that I not only have an amazing network of friends in different states but I have also made some wonderful friends in my own hometown once again. I have had so much fun at a best friend’s wedding, at a work party that turned out to be amazing, and just with everyday goofiness. It was a pretty good first month of 2016 and if the rest of the year continues this way it’s going to be an amazing one. Since this would be an extremely long post if I explained everything I figured I would just include photos of what I have been up to here. I’ve been knitting and spinning, not near as much as I’d like but it’s a start. I’ve been working on other projects in the letterpress studio. It’s been fun. I’ll be back to share an awesome FO quite soon (still need to take those beautiful photos, haha) so watch for that. It’s the middle of the week, halfway there to the weekend!

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A Holiday Yarn and Book Haul

Holiday Yarn/Book Haul: Wooly Mastadon

Yes, my friends, another yarn and book haul (plus). It is well known in my family that I do indeed knit, crochet, and spin up a storm so this holiday and birthday I received some lovely gifts of yarn, books, and even some pencil roving. Here’s what I got.

Holiday Yarn/Book Haul: Wooly Mastadon

For starters yarn. My aunt and mother know I have a love of yarn and enjoy testing out new things. I received three types of yarn as well as two different colors, purple and turquoise, of crochet thread (not pictured). Here we go. First off are these lovely skeins of Lion Brand Yarn Hometown USA in the color Key Largo Tweed. I love the depth to the yarn and it’s softness. I have enough to make a bulky cowl, I think that is exactly what it will become.

Holiday Yarn/Book Haul: Wooly Mastadon

I also received several skeins of Premier Yarns City Life in the color Hostas (# CL – 08). I’ve never seen a yarn like this before so I will be excited to test out it’s limits. Seems to me jewlery might have to be knit.

Holiday Yarn/Book Haul: Wooly Mastadon

The final yarn I received was several skeins of Red Heart Boutique Sashay Team Spirit in the Red/Grey colorway. I think a fluffy cowl might have to be knit up out of this as I test the limitations of this yarn as well.

As for books (beginning picture), I am excited to say I am now the proud owner of Wendy Bernard’s Up, Down, and All-Around Stitch Dictionary as well as Crochet One Skein Wonders by Judith Durant and Edie Eckman. I have paged through both books but haven’t given them a thorough look yet. I am really excited about both, but I think the stitch dictionary might be my favorite. I am so excited to do some design work in 2016 and this book is definitely going to help. Even better, there are a few sweater patterns included. As for the crochet book, my favorite patterns I have seen thus far just might be the amigurumi animals, they are so adorable.

Holiday Yarn/Book Haul: Wooly Mastadon

Yes, I am almost done but I saved perhaps the most thoughtful gift for last. Spinning was not left out this year, as you can see I received a lovely ball of pencil roving. It is alpaca! I’m so excited to spin this as I have never spun alpaca before. The best part is this is from a friend’s family’s farm, so I know the fiber is coming from animals that are loved and treated well. The color is perfect too.

Well, that was a book, but that was my November/December stash acquisitions. I think I’m set for a while, now I just need to knit/spin/crochet/read all of this. On a different note, I hope that 2016 is proving to be an amazing year. It is for me as I spend this weekend celebrating the marriage of two of my closest friends.

~Stay Inspired

A Test Project: Knitting on a Sock Loom

Sock Loom Knitting: Wooly Mastadon

Because Christmas is now over and the new year is here I decided to test out a new to me product, a sock loom. Truth be told, the idea of using a loom to ‘knit’ socks didn’t really appeal to me. Thus I decided to test it out in another way, why not attempt to make baby hats. That is just what I’ve been trying. I’m not going to do a full review here at this point, but lets just say that if you know how to knit decently well, then this loom might be annoying for you. I am only barely out of the ribbing of the brim and it has taken me several hours. I still don’t have the hang of it but I am determined to figure it out. At this point I know this hat will be way to large for a newborn or baby, perhaps it won’t even be of use to anyone, but at least I am trying a new skill. On the positive side, the colors in the yarn are perfect for babies and it is 100% acrylic so no allergies will be set off. The loom is built well and once you get into a rhythm it is kind of soothing to plug and chug. No it won’t replace my knitting needles any time soon (not ever) but I am enjoying trying something different.

Here’s to trying new things in 2016.

~Stay Inspired

P.S. The yarn is Bernat Sox in the Hot Tamale colorway and the sock loom is from Boye.

A Project Fail…Sort Of

Mitten Fail: Wooly Mastadon

So, in a post I shared last week, I hinted that knitting, yes knitting, made me procrastinate and not knit. You might say this is madness, and it kind of is but yes, December was the month when I guilted myself so much over Christmas knitting that I just didn’t knit. Granted, this should never be the way I go about things when it comes to knitting but I just couldn’t stand knitting the project I chose on repeat. My project, knit what felt like four million pairs of mini mitten ornaments to give away as gifts. The kicker, I started this in July…July!

Mitten Fail: Wooly Mastadon

When I started to knit these mittens, I fell in love with the pattern. It’s a decent pattern, simple, and creates an adorable FO. I knit the first pair in a striped sequence and loved it. I cast on another pair of striped mittens, and they sat, for months. Fast forward to November and I realized I better start knitting again if I wanted to get all the mittens completed in time to give them to people for Christmas. I didn’t’ want to do it and decided I had time to put it off, only knitting about two pairs. Then December rolled around. I didn’t want to knit the mittens, but knew full well I had to if I wanted to meet my goal. Thus I didn’t knit anything, not my shawl, not my socks, not my afghan. I felt guilty working on any other projects so I simply didn’t knit. Then came the week before Christmas, and my needles flew. I frantically tried to knit at least 5 pairs of mittens in part of a day (which simply could not happen). I failed. This is the first time I have not completed my Christmas knitting/crocheting/crafting. Every other year I have been on top of things. This year, only a select few people got a hand-made gift.

Mitten Fail: Wooly Mastadon

The moral of the story, don’t procrastinate, and if a project really isn’t as fun as you had hoped, just don’t do it. Pick another pattern you can love and move on. Note to self, don’t knit mini mitten ornaments as Christmas gifts again. On the bright side, the two people who got striped mittens are very lucky and 10 people did get mittens (I knit 10 pairs people!), and I am back to knitting all of the things once more.

~Stay Inspired

Letterpress for the Season

Christmas Letterpress: Wooly Mastadon

December is almost over but hey, it’s still technically the holiday season so I can still share this here, right? My latest letterpress creation was a holiday card my local community arts center could sell to promote the studio. I really had my eye on the wood type and this fantastic S and the design just fell in place around it. A bit of fiddling and the text was spaced just right. Tis the season after all. I hope that this last bit of 2015 is filled with many blessings.

~Stay Inspired

Wow, December 24th

 

 

Christmas with Wooly Mastaond

So, it’s been almost a month. A whole crazy wonderful annoying month. Where did it go. Today is Christmas Eve Day, the day my family celebrates Christmas. Tomorrow is Christmas day. To change things up, I thought I’d recap the month, but just in a few pictures. This year December hasn’t really felt like the holiday season, we hardly had any snow and yesterday it was raining! Still, I spent most of my month working, knitting on mittens (or more like procrastinating knitting on them), and generally running around. I had a birthday the end of November, and that lead to a lot of thinking, and a lot of considering what I want for the future. I turned 24, so that means next year I’ll turn 25…yikes.

Enough chatter, onto the pictures. December is always a cozy time of year, warm, inviting, full of joy. As I prepared for the season I snapped some photos along the way. Enjoy.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving: Wooly Mastadon

I just wanted to wish you all a wonderfully happy Thanksgiving (for all of you that live in the States, the rest of you I hope just have a wonderful day). May your day be filled with blessings of family, friends, and things that mean the world to you.

~Stay Inspired

Thanksgiving Place Cards

Thanksgiving Traditions: Wooly Mastadon

Last week I ended the week sharing my most recent watercolor project (fiasco?). Well the end result was to cut apart the paper and turn that watercolor explosion into Thanksgiving place cards for my family’s Thanksgiving dinner. I ended up keeping these really simple but I think they look nice. I wish I would have taken the time to do some fancier handwriting, but alas, these will do fine. What are your Thanksgiving traditions (if you celebrate Thanksgiving). It’s almost here!

Thanksgiving Traditions: Wooly Mastadon

Thanksgiving Traditions: Wooly Mastadon

P.S. Part of our tradition is to include the dogs in the place cards…they’re family right?

~Stay Inspired