Monday, February 22, 2010

No Skein Left Behind

This is the thing about me:

I am an extremely organized, anal-retentive person trapped in the body of a complete slob.

Mess and clutter stress me out, but I'm also too lazy to prevent them from happening. Like, really lazy. So my apartment/laundry/stash/crafting projects get completely trashed and neglected until they finally reach a point where I absolutely can't handle them any longer and do a complete overhaul.

Inspired partially by the Yarn Harlot's self-made sock club and partially by a feeling of suffocating disorganization (in this case regarding my stash, though I cleaned the apartment and did all the laundry first), I have done this:

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Each one of those bags contains a skein (or several) of yarn and a slip of paper or sketch dictating what the yarn will someday become. Most of them are design ideas, but a small handful are other people's patterns. Many of them may not work out, but it makes me feel better in the meantime. I took this picture before I was completely done...but in the end, I assigned fates to about 90% of my yarn. I still have two smallish plastic tubs filled with orphans (and handspun). I can handle that much purposeless yarn, I suppose. One of these days I need to go through all my yarn scraps and match them up for striped projects and little things, but that will have to come later.

I am in the middle of a bazillion things and as such have finished pretty much nothing. I keep toying with various ebook ideas and changing my mind part way through... but I think I know where I'm headed now. Heh.

Sneak peek? Don't mind if I do.

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Damn I'm glamorous. Can't imagine why that modeling career didn't take off.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Where we live now

(No pictures of the apartment yet, I need to...er...clean it...again...already.)

This is the bridge that lives out our window:

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And here are pictures from our walk halfway across it (there's not much on the other side but traffic, and plus it shakes and makes you all dizzy, so I didn't really feel the need to push through :-P ) Obviously taken on a gray-er day than the above. Portland, go figure. At least it's not blizzarding.

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(yeah I got a little creative with the color on that one. Eh. I get tired of gray.)

Vivian and I did some dyeing (well, overdyeing) the other day, and the plan was to skein it up and photograph it and post it, but the skeining starting turning my hands red soo...new plan. Soak all the red stuff in vinegar and rinse it again and let it dry for a week again. Awesome. But I have been doing some spinning (much of it on my new fancy schmancy Jumbo Flyer: big yarn, big fun.)

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Still coming out a little uneven since I'm not used to it (she says as if her yarn was even otherwise.)

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I'm selling a lot of it through Twisted now, so that's exciting! Stop by if you're in Portland and peruse- Vivian's got a lot of her handspun there too. I made a super excellent hat out of some stuff I bought from her, which I will post as soon as I steal the pictures she took of it. Earflaps for the win. And pompoms. Gotta love the pompoms.

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