Saturday, December 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
There's wacky Ironstone Circus in there!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
The sticker swap was fun, but I think that I may have offended my partners by sending them 13 year old stickers. The adhesive was beginning to break down. I added them as an extra treat. They were vintage Suzy's Zoo, so I thought anyone would be glad to have them. They still had very good usage left and were hard to give up. I also worked really hard on the Postcard Quote Swap. I collected cards mostly from book stores. But the independent book store Changing hands had the best cards. I already had a few quotes ready to copy, but since I'm such a movie fanatic, I couldn't resist adding a few of those too. I'm going to avoid joining so many swaps at one time. It's a lot harder to execute than I'd thought.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
by Stephen O'Keeffe. The finish isn't as perfect as I'd like. I had to darken the silver so the overall design wouldn't look washed out and flat. I just bought a fine new rotary tool tip that will smooth the lumpy solder mess. Then I'll refinish the dark patina. I'm particularly proud of being able to set an open bezel inside the wire knot.
This ring is inspired by Debra and Marco. jewelry.novica.com/rings/wrap/dichroic-art-glass-ring-blu...
Thursday, August 23, 2007
This is my jewelry worktable. It's MDF and a metal cart that I got at Goodwill for ten dollars. It works for now. I like my caddies and the soldering pan. I'll move it into the garage when it gets cooler. Then I'll set up a real shop. I'll buy another workbench and bolt a vise on top of it. I'll also look into buy a jewelers bench. Yes those are sawed off knitting needles. They are perfect for getting inside ring bands. I have another set for knitting. I also have a big shop fan on top of the counter for ventilation. The white towel isn't hiding anything I don't want you to see. It's covering my bench pin and rotary flex shaft. I'm drying a new project that was just washed. I don't use the kitchen for much cooking. But it's possible. Wine, cheese and raisins don't need cooking anyway.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Hannah asked me to make this scarf as a Christmas gift for her mom. Yep. That's Brown Sheep bulky and look at those nice poms. I used my brand new pom pon maker. It's one of my most valued tools and for a good reason. Believe me.
Hannah and her mom loved the scarf. I felt warm inside. I knitted a few gift items for Hannah last Christmas. I improved my skills in the process. It was a good thing.
Thrift store find for a dollar. Vintage Boye needle set.
It's in great condition. Only the middle length cord is missing. I'm always on the lookout for yarn and stuff but this was still a lucky find. I haven't used them yet but I'm happy to have them when I need it.
Baby Bolero from One Skein. I made this for a coworker and her new baby girl. She pulled my name from the Secret Santa drawing and bought me he book. She was surprised to get the sweater. I just knew she was looked threw the book and wondered if I'd knit anything for little Sophia. But really, she'd never even thought about it. Again, I felt a warm inside :)
Oh well they lost. But Anna, my coworker, was stylin' anyway. I like this scarf it was fun to make. To bad it didn't come with a drop of luck.
I used Brown Sheep Bulky and Lion Brand.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Esty has the cool thumbnail generator. I once tried to build on of the by hand. It was a freakin' pain.
I'm working on more novelty scarves for this winter. I have to say that at least three will be mine to keep forever. The rest will be gifts and such. Most will be made with Trendsetter Shadow and some other cotton/wool background yarn. I just love Trendsetter Shadow, Metal and Crystal Palace Splash and Fizz. I'm also ready to turn the heel on my first sock. I'm using Mega Boots Stretch. I like it but but this will be the first and last time I knit with it. The 2-ply splits too much.
My last jewelry class was last night. I learned so much. I made so many things. I have to take pics of them and post soon. Last night I made post earrings! They're so cute. I'm happy that I finished the class as a success. I was always confident in my ability to do the work, but I wasn't so sure of the terms and definitions. I didn't need to worry. I soaked it all up like a sponge.
New pictures coming soon. Here are pics of my summer vacation tho".