One Crazy Fiber Lady

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One Crazy Fiber Lady

Always Moving

April 12th, 2009 · 5 Comments

If you’ve been around here long enough, you’ve probably discovered that I’m never idle.¬† I just can’t sit still and do nothing, which explains all the hobbies.¬† Well, I’ve added another one!

marudai

I’ve been eying this one for a while now.¬† A long while.¬† Way back at either my first or second NYSW, I saw someone demonstrating the using of a marudai and was fascinated.¬† Last year I bought one of those cheap foam discs to try it one.¬† Liked it but didn’t like the slowness in the foam disc, moving one strand at a time.¬† It was limiting.¬† So when a local fiber friend posted on a mailing list that she was selling one of her kumihimo set for less than I could buy a new one, I jumped.¬† Yesterday I drove out to her house and picked it up.

Love it!¬† Now I need to figure out a use for all those braids 😉

I’ve been off since Wednesday afternoon and have managed to keep myself busy.¬† I whipped out a tiered skirt for Kat in pink quilting fabrics that she picked out.¬† She was able to wear it for the family gathering at the Seder on Thursday.¬† And then she wore it again Friday.¬† And again Saturday.¬† I have no photos as the thing now needs a wash 😉

However, I did manage to finish Alex’s dinosaur quilt.

dino_quilt_done

As with Kat’s, I did in the ditch quilting and machine applied the binding.¬† While my new binding foot arrived, it was too small for the wide binding that I picked up at Joann’s.¬† Sigh.¬† Oh well, maybe the next one will have a binding that doesn’t look like ass.

Another finished sewing object is this:

laptop_sleeve

It is an Alexander Henry fabric, that I lined with the coordinating fabric:

sleeve2

I found this tutorial and made a home for my beloved MacBook.¬† It fits perfectly and I’m quite happy with it.¬† I have more of the fabric and a few plans 😉

I finally finished the Tulip Cardigan for my niece.  I spent a few hours on Thursday finishing the second sleeve and weaving in all those stupid ends.

sublime_tulip_done

While I love how it came out, I seriously hated the yarn.¬† Sublime Cashmerino Baby.¬† It was awful to work with.¬† I also thing if i were to make this pattern again (and I probably will since I bought some 220 in similar colors to knit it for Kat), I’m going to modify so that the button bands aren’t picked up at the end but knit along at the same time.

It isn’t all about finishing at Chez CFL.¬† Oh no.¬† It is time to start something new!¬† I watched Amy knitting this sweater and decided I had to have one too!¬† I had taken advantage of Web’s recent sale on Cascade and stashed up recently.

fair_isle

I cast on a few minutes ago.  The base color is reading purple by the camera.  Which is not how my eyes see it.  In my oddly lit bedroom, I see brown.  But then you look at the closeup at Webs and it is a rainbow of colors.  It is color 4006: Galaxy.

4006

Galaxy indeed.¬† It is a galaxy of colors!¬† I kept Kat busy for a while this morning with the ball winder 😉

Since Dad has the kids off at the duck pond, I’m off to play with something.

Craft on!

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Tags: EZ Patterns · Gifts · Kids · Quilting · Sewing

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 margo // Apr 12, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I do kumihimo too! Gary, aka DH made me the stand and I made bobbins from pieces of PVC pipe fittings. I can unscrew the end and add what ever weight I need.
    Fun. I enjoy your blog

  • 2 Deborah // Apr 12, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I am dizzy just reading about your productivity! The sewing amazes me — can’t do it at all myself. And yah! for Grandpas who take little ones on outings, huh?

  • 3 Tina M. // Apr 12, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    How you get it all done is a mystery to me. Can you bottle some of that and send it my way?

    The sewing looks wonderful, I really like seeing what you’ve been making. 🙂

  • 4 Kim // Apr 13, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Dude, you have been so so busy! What the heck is that thingy you just bought? What does it do?

  • 5 Cookie // Apr 13, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    /dead from all the cute