Thursday, August 28, 2014

The teeny tiny cross stitch.

There you are.  So tiny. ( penny for scale and what used to be a penny and is now a Bear Mountain souvenir)

Here's a regular 14 count with Bear Mountain penny

In both pictures you can slightly see the hoop marks. The same sized hoop was used for both. I believe it is a 6" hoop. 

I love how tiny it is but the thing is well stitching it made me feel my age.  My eyes are not what there were ;)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Not bad for three weeks

Three weeks and I have 4 finished cross stitches. That makes 5 total with 2 being worked on. Pretty cool :). These are what I would consider normal cross stitch(14 count). One that I am working in now is on 28 count (that's 28 stitches per inch). It's so tiny. It's also an ornament hence the small ness

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A change

With the RA flare I have had to change things up a little. I can't do much more then a row or two if knitting and I am still trying to figure out why. But I still need my sanity so I spun (a lot) and my hands said that's enough and it hurts to do that now. So onward to something else. Thank goodness my mom taught me a bunch if different crafts when I was young. 

So next up is ..... Cross stitch

I am in my 4th in the past month. Here's a peek
Dr Who inspired. I spent hours surfing etsy and oh boy the patterns out there. Lots of fun ones are lined up. :)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

What I've been up to

Way back in 2007 I was diagnosed with RA. I had a great doc and I went into remission. Remission so long I started to believe I didn't have it. Well it's starting to flare and well it's hard for me to knit. My fingers and toes are so sore and painful it's hard to do much if late.

What I can do is spin :)
These are the latest. The white is the spindle spun from the tour. I finished spinning it and then 2 plied it on my wheel. Over 600 yards of soft squishy fingering yarn. 
The next one is the last of the black merino with silk and angelina. This one has green. This is chain plied. 
The next is the CVM (it's an American sheep breed) that I started during the tour. It's very squishy. It will be interesting to see how it washes up. 
The last one in line is bamboo. I tried to get color repeats (dark brown light brown and red) in the chain ply. It mostly worked. Bamboo is so soft. 

Now I have a tote bag full of spun yarn that needs to be washed. Washing helps set the spin and cleans the yarn of dirt and any processing oils. 

Oh and I taught my girls how to spin on their own spindles (thank you mom). 

Kris's is on top Ang's is on the bottom. My friend Karin sent them some roving to play with and that's what they are working on now