Sorry Savages, life’s been crazy so I haven’t been able to get a new post up. However I’ve been thinking about you and all the new stuffs I wanted to update for you. I had my spring break for two weeks and I got a lot done while also coming up with some great new ideas. I also moved into a new apartment in downtown Olympia and it’s fabulous! I have a huge space with great tall windows and so much sunlight. My living room and front porch are the perfect space for knitting and spinning. I set up my craft armoire in the living room. I built two years ago in schools wood shop. Check it out! My living room is basically becoming a huge craft studio.
…and soon savages, very soon I will be interviewing the dangerous knitter known as Leathal!
She’s living in Portland and makin’ some wild knits that I just love.
Most of what I’ve been making I haven’t finished, ugh, but I have been doing a lot of sewing since I got my craft armoire out storage. It’s a great set up to quickly stitch something I want to immediately wear out of my closet. Which by the way, is huge. My new closet is the size of a small bedroom. I feel I’m famous every time I walk in there and am now shopping even more accordingly.
There are many things one can buy to make themselves feel wonderful. Recently I have purchased some cozy lingerie. A set of satin shorts and v-necked top. I got them from dumpster values down town and they have a classy vintage look them. I’ve also purchased an antique mini dress that is reminiscent of something form Breakfast at Tiffany’s. All I need is my cigarette
extension and a martini. Next on the purchase list was a little dress that I was willing to die for to own since I nearly was hit running across the street to be the first in the shop to have it. It’s made out of cellulosic fiber and looks like I’m wearing a flower over my butt.
This past week has been the nicest weather here in Oly-andia since August and I haven’t been able to do much else but get outside to enjoy it. With my boyfriend in tow we’ve been hanging out in the parks, playing fetch with the dog and yes, knitting.
Yesterday he decided he wanted to try it out. I handed him my current project and what do you know, he’s a natural. We quickly headed to the local yarn shop and got him some colours he liked. Soon enough he started on some of my circular needles making his first cowl. I couldn’t have made it better myself. The colours he picked worked well together and the pattern was simple but brilliant. He worked all day on it till sundown and then some and finished by about mid-night. It’s super warm and looks great on him. I think if he keeps up with this he’s going to be teaching me something things in the future.
So here is a cowl that looks great as is but not on or around anyone’s neck. Why! Why can’t this cowl be the raddest one I’ve made yet! I made it from a sarong I bought overseas that I never wanted to wear because of the pattern of elephants on it.
So I decided one night to tear it into pieces and tie the ends together. I found an adorable pattern on line and just started making it. I love the pattern and knitting it was pleasurable. However it may only look good on the dog as far as I can tell.
Moving on, I’m finally reaching the end of a project I made for working on in class lectures because it’s a very simple knit and I don’t have to think about it while I’m making it. I love the yarn . It’s lambs pride and the colour reminds me of somewhere between a penny and yellow curry paste.
Now I’m really not a fan of corporate craft shops but I wanted to find the price on a knitting machine and so headed to one of them the other day. Whilst there I found a great deal on some cotton yarn. One dollar a skein! Jeeze! The brand name is Sugar n’ Cream. Now who could argue with a name like that? I love the colours and I do like working with 100% cotton yarns. I figure I will make underwear out of them…
That’s it for now Savagaes. I have a lot more to share with you including an interview with one my favorite people and friend: Julie. She lives in Wisconsin, in a yurt, on forty acres where she plans to practice perma-culture and raise her own food. She’s a great knitter and spinner. Last year she stayed with me for a few weeks and taught me how to spin yarn and about three years ago opened my mind to possibilities beyond just making scarves. She’s a real d.i.y. person and I just love her for it. I’ve missed you all and hope you stay in touch. See you in two weeks!