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A few more firsts

Copper necklace with amethyst pendant

Copper necklace with amethyst pendant

With school out for the holidays, I’ve been both more and less busy, if that makes any sense at all! Everyone gets to sleep in now, but I’m finally able to

spend a little more time in the things I want to do, as opposed to what I have to do. So I’ve been trying to finish off Aneira’s throw blanket, which now only awaits a border that I’m trying to figure out how to do, since I’d like the border to be Tunisian crochet. I had fun learning how to do that. I mostly finished the necklace I was working on for my jewelry class. The pendant is completely done, the chain nearly so. The chain was made using Viking wire knitting, then pulled through a drawplate several times to both compress and lengthen it. That was awesome. And I also got to use my nostepinne for the first time. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to wind up a ball of my homespun yarn. I frogged Bryony’s throw blanket, because I didn’t like how it was going, and used the nostepinne to wind up all of the frogged yarn. I think I made a passable yarn ball with it.

I mentioned the homespun yarn. Disaster. The yarn kept breaking on the spindle, and I had enough yardage on the spindle to make a mini skein, so I figured I’d take it off and wind it up. It got so fouled up on the hook at the top of the shaft, then the twist kept coming out of the yarn, and it became such

Frogged yarn on nostepinne

Frogged yarn on nostepinne

a mess the more I tried to fix it that I eventually wound up having to cut the whole mess into pieces in order to free up the spindle. As you might imagine, “thrilled” and “success” are not words I would use anywhere concerning this fiasco. I’ll be trying again though!!!

I still haven’t completed the stained glass box I was making for class, but that is slated to be finished soon as well. Since hubby allowed me to buy the grinder, I’ve got everything I need to continue doing stained glass at home.

Obviously, my studio is going to have to be re-organized again. With all the tools and supplies from my classes returning home, I need places to put them. I’ll be nagging hubby about shelves once the woodshop is done!

Nostepinne and yarn ball

Nostepinne and yarn ball

 

Swatches of Tunisian crochet. Top: crossed stitch, bottom: basic stitch

Swatches of Tunisian crochet. Top: crossed stitch, bottom: basic stitch

 

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