My class ended a couple (okay, three) weeks ago, and I'm starting to feel like I can get my own projects going. I have a big list of things I'm trying to do over the summer, with lots of new things thrown in there.
This is the fabric and pattern for a handbag I'm making my mom for Christmas (finishing up 2008's presents this week has convinced me of the wonders of starting early). I do sew, so this isn't totally a new thing, but I mostly tend to hand sew, or sew with felt, or just redo all the seams on my vintage dresses. I'm excited about getting all the pieces together and making something carefully and precisely, not a skill set I generally use.
You may have noticed the tuft of white fluffy wool in an Ashford box in the corner of the picture. The box is for the wonderful handcards that Brian got me for my birthday last year, which is almost a whole year ago now. I put them together and tried them out on Monday. I started with some light blue merino roving from Lettuce Knit and tore it up into a pile of fluffy, and some dyed corriedale locks from Louet which I opened up.
The idea was to make a nice tweedy blend for some fluffy yarn to make my dad a hat that may actually fit his bizarrly large/round head. Hats in the past have just popped right off the top of it. I'm working on that. You can see my first couple of rolags in the first picture, and here's all 18 of them next to my aging cellphone for size comparison.
I spun the first half of the batch on my large handspindle, semi-worsted draw on some fibres that really want to be woolen. I then navajo plied the singles. I'll post some pictures once the second batch is done.
And did you notice? No more cellphone photos!