Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ugly, weird, and nice

I'm glad I'm doing the National Crochet Month Freeform Crochet-Along (CAL). I haven't done crochet in a while it feels like, and I'm learning some new stitches (I really like the crochet rings for March 9th).

Only thing is, the scrumble is turning out really ugly.
Scrumble freeform crochet along
Now I ask you, what am I supposed to do with that? There's still 20 more days of the freeform along left, but I'm kind of doubting my ability to make it pretty in those remaining days. Perhaps there'll be a rip-out along on April 1st?

I took another felting class on Tuesday, we did felt pods this time.
felt pod
We're doing 3-d objects next week, so maybe soon I'll have an insect or bird or something to accompany the pod.

The studio where I'm taking the felting classes also has a spinning wheel, so I've been going into the Wednesday drop in hours and teaching myself to spin.
Spun yarn
tah da. This is from my second try at a spinning wheel. Hopefully in two more weeks I'll have a bit of plied yarn to show off.

Two weeks ago I tried to make a cloth headband, but failed completely. I blame it on the fact that I don't wear headbands. I put interfacing on it. That was a mistake because it didn't want to lie flat on my head. I also had measuring problems, and had to sew on more lengths of fabric to make it longer. I also didn't have any elastic in the house and thought I could just use a snap. Nope, bad idea.

Then I made this.
Headband with felt flower
A bit of sheer ribbon, on the back is some black elastic (learned my lessson). The blue part of the flower is wet felted, with the middle needle felted on.

If you're interested in wet felting Felting Lessons has some excellent beginner videos. And check out how she organizes her the wool (in the background)!


  1. I've never had any luck wearing a headband. I think my head is just not the proper shape for it.

    I'm glad you're having fun. Is spinning hard? I can't say I'm eager to try, but then again, I never thought I'd want to learn to purl, either, so you just never know.

  2. Well I'm glad you learned to purl!
    I think I would have considered it to be hard if I hadn't already known the basics of drop spinning. Even then when I went to the spinning guild and was shown what to do I think it took me like 45 minutes to be able to keep the wheel going and draft at the same time.
    I'd recommend you do drop spinning first Suzanne.

  3. Anonymous3:29 PM

    I so want to learn how to spin. I just don't know if I have room in my life for one more fiber-related hobby. That said, I could definitely use another post-apocalyptic skillset. For after the eventual zombie/nuclear/climactic apocalypse.

  4. Speaking of post-apocalyptic skillsets, I've been wanting to learn archery for a while ...

  5. I know how you feel about the scrumbling thing... One thing I've learned from freeform, is that it's a good idea to keep a color scheme, or scrumble together yarn colors that are similar in hue... such as using a lot of greens (blue-greens, lime green, pastel green, etc) You've got a huge chunk of bright blinding pink there (I loooove colors like that) but next to the grey and the green you used, it's sort of an eye sore...

    Well, that's just a suggestion. ^_^;

    Hope you're having fun, at least! I'm still trying to get the hang of this whole scrumbling thing... I wanted to make a pillow case, but freeform crocheting is taking a lot more time than I thought :/

  6. You're totally right about the colors. Next time...
    Yes, I'm having fun!

  7. Wow. You do so much! I'm heading over to ravelry, I want try this crochet-along, too!