22 January 2006 

Oh dear.

Starting waaay too many new projects at once here. I'm working on learning perfect binding to make some really snazzy journals--I just got a consignment contract with a store opening up in New Mexico on my paper stuff, and I'm trying to get some stuff to them relatively soon. Then, what with all the new yarn around, I ended up starting two (two!) new knitting projects, besides the two I already have in progress (and that's not even counting my projected stuff for the Knitting Olympics). One is a fairly simple shrug I'm making with our March 14 tickets to see Wicked in mind, and the other is an intarsia bag with an om symbol. I just may hold off on the bag--it promises to be a good Olympics project, really.

21 January 2006 

An addendum to the "I'm a big history dork" post

The Praise of the Needle

To all dispersed sorts of ARTS and TRADES,

I writ the needles prayse (that never fades)

So long as children shall be got or borne,

So long as garments shall be made or worne,

So long as Hemp or flax or Sheep shall bear

their linnen woollen fleeces yeare by yeare:

So long as Silk-wormes, with exhausted spoile,

Of their own Entrailes for man's gaine shall toyle:

yea till the world be quite dissolv'd and past;

So long at least, the Needles use shall last.

JOHN TAYLOR, London 1640

20 January 2006 


Today I discovered Fiberge, an absolutely wonderful yarn store not far from where I live. I was in utter yarn heaven...I got materials to make a few larger projects I've been wanting to do, some excellent bamboo straight US 8 needles, and a totally gratuitous purchase of Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Brush, which I keep assuring myself I'll use as trim on something. If I can stop petting it...

17 January 2006 

Why I dig crafts, and the runestone project

There's something about crafting--especially when it's something really functional--that makes me feel like I'm on a level with some primitive culture. When I make a sheet of paper, I'm in the same place as the first Egyptian to discover what papyrus could do. When I put a book together with coptic binding, I'm working alongside medival scribes. When I knit something, I'm with an old woman sitting next to a fire in a small house on the Scottish coast two hundred years ago. It makes me feel like I'm a part of history, and that I'm carrying on these ancient traditions, working with my hands, bucking the system of mass-production.

Some people do it for art. I do it because I'm a raging dork.

Lately I've been making runestones with Sculpey. The Sculpey I got was white, so I decided to just paint my first batch. Three days later, I'm still trying to get that damn sixth coat on so they actually look covered.

So I tried a different approach--blending the paint in directly with the clay before sculpting. I was advised by the lovely folks at Craftster that it's a good idea to let Sculpey + acrylic paint sit out overnight. The water in the paint needs some chance to evaporate. So I went off to bed last night, after making this:

When I went to mold it today, the clay was super-stiff and I had to knead it quite a bit to get it to be responsive. On the upside, it held shapes much better and it was easier to move it around and not get fingerprints on it. After baking and a layer of Mod Podge, I ended up with these lovely amethyst-looking stones.

16 January 2006 

Welcome to my blog!

I've finally realized that I have so many craft projects in so many different areas, it's high time to start an all-crafts blog. So here it is... Enjoy.