Monthly Archives: December 2016

Etsy Shop Ending/ Other Things Starting

Checking this off my December to-do list. 
I finally decided to close my Etsy shop. 

Officially closed the business account with the state, put the Etsy shop on permanent vacation mode, but still need to close with the county. 

  • I LOVED the creative process and problem solving. 
  • I never seriously did the stuff needed to make a successful business. 
  • Started jeopardizing my health. The last few weeks were rough & a bit scary repeat of an old worker comp injury that took 5-8 years of recovery.  
  • Other family priorities are more important. 
  • Time to move on to things I still want to do.

I will continue posting to the blog about the creative process. 

Just found this in an old box of art supplies. Printmaking is one of the things I want to start again. 

Swedish Dalarna horse, 1994 woodcut print by us


Merry Christmas Y’all

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Slow Crafting Week

My arms were better. Not back to 100%. So I’m crafting a little bit more. 

About 30% done hand embellishing the last panel of the A-line dress. It looks the same as the other panels. 

Making progress on the baby kimono gift. Finished all the pieces, blocked and seamed. Only thing left to do is the garter and pivot neckline edging. The pattern is Harvey girl’s kimono from the Natural Knits for Babies and Moms book by Louisa Harding. 

Baby kimono & sock progress


Started the baby socks. 

Only a few more rows done on the Ketterdam shawl. It’s a great easy knit. 

I did visit the WONDERFUL Fiber Optic Yarn shop in a Cincinnati suburb. Kimber let me practice spinning on some travel wheels.  I still can’t decide on which wheel to get next. I like both the Schacht Sidekick and the Ashford Joy.  

Half of the sock yarns

Fireplace in the shop


Of the LYSs I have visited so far, she has the best selection of breed specific fibers and plant based fibers. I forgot to take a picture of the plant/silk cubes and all her handdyed fibers and yarns. 

Wool breed specific top

Camelids top

Polwarth and Bluefaced Leister top


I did drop my fiber/yarn diet while there. 

All of which will fill a shortage in planning. 

  • 5 oz each of Polwarth and BFL top to have enough for the first sweater I attempt. (Already have 12 oz) 
  • Extra bobbins for the Ashford, a dark BFL braid called Once Upon A Time to work with the braids I got at SSK
  • 2 oz Red top for the Wool n’ Spinning fiber club 
  • 5 oz Gray BFL/silk to accompany the paintbox gradient I have. 
  • The only ‘splurge’ was the purple sock yarn. 

See…easily justified. 

Break from fiber diet

Enjoy this time of year. 

December Crafty To Do List Or Not

Spinning:
After discovering I probably over-twisted all previous handspun…..(my spinning enabler, Laura gave me some tips and reassurence)

  • ❌SWATCH: red 3 ply problem yarn (hoping to knit another Ketterdam shawl)
  • ✔SWATCH: black 4 ply problem yarn. I did untwisted this one a bit before it was set. (Hoping to knit a mosaic pattern that looks like Japanese ikat) 

    Hot mess of plied yarn before setting the twist

  • ❌Continue developing a default spin (falling behind now): Wool n’ Spinning Patreon workshop and the December homework on ratios (no clue yet)
  • ❌Wool n’ Spinning Patreon Fibre Club project
  • ❌Wool n’ Spinning Color Theory project
  • ❌Go through the Craftsy class, Worsted to Woolen Yarn by Jacey Boggs
  • ✔️Sweet Georgia fiber (Black Friday sale)
  • ✔️Kimber’s shop Fiber Optic
  • ✔Then get right back on fiber/yarn diet
  • ✔️Gave the Ashford Traditional spinning wheel a spa day. 400 grit sandpaper all surfaces including the new bobbins and 2 coats of Danish oil  
  • ✔️Play with my new tool, Amish style yarn swift

    New Amish styled swift by George Sichterman

Knitting:

  • ✔️Deadline: very soon! Cardigan for friend’s new granddaughter (Harvey kimono by Louis Harding)
  • ❌Deadline: later. Baby booties, another Baby kimono and a baby poncho 
  • ✔Finish Ketterdam shawl by Laura Linneman in the 3 ply red handplied yarn. Knitting with Director’s Interpretation, Soliliquy, by Leading Men Fiber Arts instead. 

    Lovely texture on Ketterdam shawl

  • ❌Swatch cardigan (not even thinking about it)
  • ❌Finish yellow grey socks & start another pair (didn’t touch)

    1st sock almost done

  • ✔❌Hat & cowl with Problem yarn (overdyed Swish DK) Created a hat but not cowl. 

Hand sewing:
If you are on Instagram there’s a tag #slowfashion you might find interesting. 

  • ✔️ Done: 2 back panels finished of hand stitching the Magdalene stencil
  • ✔️Done: Handstitch 1 front panel

    Last bits of hand stitching on front panel

  • ❌Handstitch last front panel
  • ❌Stitch seams & facings of A line dress
  • ❌Stencil next project to start in January. (grey) (new leaf)(long fitted skirt/tank top)

Slanted Stitches Etsy shop:

  • ❌ Momentum has turned into inertia
  • ✔️Officially closing the shop

Or work on these

  • Fortune cookie bag – blue
  • Purple take-out bags
  • Turquoise Japanese knot bags
  • Forest take-out bags

Gardening:

  • ✔️Rake leaves (still haven’t fallen)
  • Finish mulching
  • ✔️care for veggies

Wishing These Magically Get Done:

  • Marbling more fabric for Japanese bento bags. (make wire holders & order Orvis soap) 
  • Create practice Alabama Chanin jacket from Craftsy class. (Grey woven linen) Rethinking this whole project. 
  • Triptych painting in hall way (start sketches)
  • Paint dining room walls & ceiling Step 1: pick colors (Dover white & Sedate gray) New colors on top row, old colors below 
  • Declutter and organize studio, attic and garage 

    Ugly mess of a garage

Or lower expectations and go with the flow of the season and move the list to January. 

I’m starting to like the last idea. 

Chat with you next week.