Monday, February 26, 2007

You Are a Golden Retriever Puppy

Tolerant, fun-loving, and patient.

You are eager to please - and attached to your frisbee.

Seaming Tape...

OK, I am not sure that I will use seaming tape ever again. It took too long and was very difficult to get into the corners with. Of course this is the first time I have ever used it and the first time I have ever made a lining for a bag. Probably not a good idea to combine two first time things. Luckily, the lining turned out just fine and is now stitched safely in the bag. I wanted to add a pocket to the lining, but putting the pieces together was not working out. So, I opted to finish what I had and skip the pocket. It turned out very nice if a little lop-sided. Will post a photo before I mail it off to my partner in Hungary:)

ON to a more interesting topic. Here is what I posted on the ITEIII:

WooHoo...... I am done! The bag is complete with a black lining. I used the seaming tape, which I probably would not advise using to make lining for a bag. It made construction a touch on the complicated side. But, the lining did turn out good:) Guess I just need to break down and get a sewing I woud show you the inside, but that is a suprise....hehehe It is packed with all sorts of fun and useful goodies! It will either be put in the mail today (keeping my fingers crossed) or tomorrow! I sure hope my partner likes it as much as I have enjoyed putting it together!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

New Bag Update...

I really like how this bag has turned out. I fulled it and thought it looked pretty good after being shaved, but the strap just did not fit because I knit it flat. So I stitched it up using leftover yarn to make a rounded strap..........

After making a trip to get the button, which I love, I saw the cute lace trim and said to myself 'that is what the bag lacks!' After stitching it on, here is the end result.

The red round dot is actually a bobble type thing on the top of the hand strap which I covered with the lace. Now, I am working on the lining. I haven't decided wether to use the seaming iron on tape or stitch it by hand. Will probably use the tape!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

International Tote Exchange

I have a partner in Hungary for the International Tote Exchange. I am so excited and am really looking forward to sending the bag to her. This bag is not going to be a large one, so I am including another bag that I will not be posting pictures of until it is finished. I always enjoy a good suprise! I hope she does too!

Working away at the bag. Have spun and dyed. So far so good. Am letting the yarn tell me what it wants to be. This one is going to be fulled and not felted. I think it will turn out great once I am done. I'mnot sure if the closure will be a tab, zipper, or flap though. Any thoughts on this? I am planning on a shoulder strap, so maybe a tab with a horn button closure would look best.....hhhhmm......

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Spinning yarn & Kool Aide!!

Well, Monday started out as a long, long day. It was becoming longer by the minute. I was so frustrated as I was going home that evening, that I was about to cry. But there it was! A huge box on my porch! I knew what it was and I ripped the packing open not even caring where the shreds of news paper and cardboard landed. It was my new but used spinning wheel! Ever since that moment, I have been using up those idle seconds of my day spinning away. This is my first skein of corriedale sheep yarn spun on my wheel!

And this yarn is the first yarn that I dyed! And lets not leave out that I also spun it! Dang I am so proud of my self! It was remarkably easy to do too boot! You wash your hank of yarn and let it rest in the rinse water. While the yarn is resting, fill a container/jar with water leaving room to add your yarn. Pour in a cap full of vinegar and add your packet of kool-aide (with out the sugar). Gently add yarn.

Place jar (with yarn in it) in the microwave and heat on high for about 1-2 minutes. MAKE SURE TO WATCH THE YARN IN THE MICROWAVE. Do not let the water boil as this causes the yarn to felt. I watch the yarn until I see a single bubble rise. I then immediately stop the microwave and remove the jar. Leave the jar and yarn along until the water is clear and it has reached room temperature. Then water can be washed & rinsed, spun in the washer and hung out to dry! The fun thing about kool-aide is that you can do this one with kids. It is safe and non-toxic. Not to leave out that my yarns smell like cherries and oranges!!!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Angel Puffies Received!

I have received two great packages! One being my exchange package with Adriane and the other being my Angel Package sent by Maile. The first one from Maile has two sets of markers, a note pad and the kewlest charms! The charms read: 'I love knitting' and 'I love Beading' and I absolutely love them! I do hope that Maile got a giggle out of the cloisenete markers that I sent her. I received her package after I sent mine and I got such a giggle that we both sent almost the same

The next puffie is from my Exchange partner Adriane and wow! I got a huge homespun ball of acrylic yarn, two sets of the cutest yarn markers, a dish cloth, bath snow flakes (what a unique idea!), and a HUGE chocolate bar! Yummie! I am not sure how long I can hold out before I devour the chocolate bar. hehehe

Other Fun Facts..................

I taught myself to knit by watching a woman while on a flight from Scotland to the USA in 1996.

I taught myself how to spin yarn Feb 15th, 2007. I think I've done fairly well:)

'Lunabud' is a combination of two dogs' names I was loved by, Buddy and Luna:)