This past week has been an absolute blast of creativity as well as work ‘stuff’. On Tuesday I mailed out 4 applications for Civil Service Tests for Librarian positions in the larger county to the north of me. If I get a job there it will be a 90 minute commute each way, however I will be able to stay in my home for a couple of years and save up a down payment on a home there. I also re-interviewed for a position at one of my current jobs, I am not saving this as my only hope right now. There is a job in Philadelphia I will submit an application for this afternoon. Since my skill level is quite high, it really is a matter of which library will obtain me. Enough about work, let’s talk about crafts!
Since I’ve gotten home I have been forcibly reminded why I need to make time to craft. The weekend was amazing, and just in time since this past Saturday was the first anniversary of my mom’s passing. I had a lot of fun, and this creativity stuck with me when I came home. I have quite a few projects, KALs and more, that I want to be working on. I took the time to finish the two soles for my knitted slippers for the Jimmy Beans Wool October-December project.
They are the width of the large, however when I went to measure my foot, I decided to go with the length of the medium. There seems to be enough yarn left over to create a pair of kids slipper soles, however I want to make sure I am not going to need this yarn for anything else before committing to that project. I will confess that when I really got into ensuring that these were done they took about 2 days of knitting each.
I received the crochet project and have begun, though I have not gotten very far yet.
I did manage to learn a new stitch, that is foundation single crochet. This is going to be the basis of the slipper sole, I planned on working on this, however I managed to forget a stitch marker. While the pattern does not call for any stitch markers I feel that it will be easier to keep track of where I am supposed to join the round using a slip stitch if I have a marker there. Each sole is a total of 9 rounds, so even with the rather extreme number of stitches I will be working with toward the end these should not take too long.
The crochet hook I am working with is a Furls hook in an attempt to stave off carpal tunnel syndrome as early as possible. With my extreme interest in all forms of craft, I need to keep my hands in tact as much as possible. You may also notice underneath my project bag and hook is a colored piece of paper, that is my first experiment in ‘art’ since college.
This is a simple wash with watercolors on a special pad of watercolor paper with cheap Walmart watercolors.
I actually don’t think this turned out too badly, I plan on using similar techniques in the near future, though I believe I will have to work much harder to obtain clear color results. The pigmentation does not layer very well at all when wet. I hope to try and improve this when I next have a stretch of time not occupied by crochet or spinning. It is entirely possible that I will have better results if I try to work with Tube Watercolors instead of the hard palette, also if I try to wet the pigments more thoroughly.
The final crafts I managed this week were started at EGLFC. The first is to knit a lace sample with handspun Shetland yarn. I love how this turned out, and fully intend to knit up the grey and black samples of yarn I have available. The other craft was to create stick-on sheets that can be applied to linen for crewel embroidery. I found some sheets that I can print onto as well as several designs that were labelled on images.google.com as available for reuse.
I believe that these are going to be very difficult to spin the samples for and stitch, I really look forward to the challenge. The D&D Dragon on the bottom left is certainly going to be a project for when I am a very good stitcher, until then I have plenty to work on .
Remember to Live Life A Little More Abstract!