With four little ones every day is a bit chaotic. And that's okay. Because somehow I'm able to craft amid the chaos.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Year Old T-Shirts and My Newest Obsession

 Actually, the shirts are older than a year. I made them in January of 2009 as part of my birthday present resolution. They are simple iron on transfers, though I believe I manipulated the images a bit first before printing them off.

 This first one I made for my brother. I don't know if he ever wore it or not. I had a hard time figuring out what I could make and send to him. I figured you can't go wrong with a t-shirt (although maybe you can, I probably got the wrong size or something). He really likes Monty Python so I thought I'd do a "Search for the Holy Grail" shirt.

The writing says: "First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shalt be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out! Once the number three, being the third number be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thou foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."

This one was for my brother-in-law. I know wears it because I've seen him wear it. Also his wife told me he wears it.

And my newest obsession. Yarn or fiber in general. I've yet to become a yarn snob, and have no problem purchasing acrylic. I have yet to find a store that sells anything but acrylic or acrylic mixes anyway. Well okay, I've seen one 100% wool yarn, but the acrylic is softer. Plus, it costs a lot less, and we don't have a lot of money so . . .  I have heard of a local yarn store though that I want to go check out. I read online about how wonderful LYS's are and I'd like to see for myself.

Why the obsession with yarn? I've been crocheting for little over a year now (self taught with books, the internet, and occasional help from my MIL). I'm pretty good at it and I usually enjoy it. (I say usually because there was a stretch there where I seemed to mess up everything I tried to crochet.)

Also, I've recently acquired a Cricket Loom. It's kind of fun to weave scarves on, and my 4 year old loves it. She even has a project of her own set up on it.

To go along with this, about a year ago I purchased a drop spindle to learn how to spin my own yarn. Just last month I finally picked it up and gave it a try. (All have a post about that later.) Since then I've been going online and oggling yummy pretty fibers.

Lastly, the last week or so I have been listening to knitting pod-casts. I started with my friends podcast Baubles and Purls and she directed me to The Knit Wits. Listening to them has made me want to learn how to knit. So I went out and got me some needles and with the help of the internet am going to learn how. So far, it's not going 100% great. I can cast on, knit stitch, and purl stitch, but somehow I keep on picking up extra stitches from somewhere. Not sure how that keeps happening, but hopefully I'll figure it out.

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