Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My first attempt at spinning

Meet Caspar and Balthazar, our two wonderful Norwegian forest cats!

These two adorable monsters have a loooot of fur. And every time we comb them I get a fistful of lovely, soft fur... Which I have been saving for some time now, waiting for the right opportunity to spin some cat yarn! And now the day has come; after making my first spindle I felt ready to give it a shot. Since this was my first attempt I kinda... "forgot" to prepare the fibers. (In reality I was just a bit lazy and really felt like getting the spindle to spin, nothing fancy!) So the fobers were tangled and unwashed, but hey it still worked! 
It was pretty tricky to get the yarn relatively even but I guess that will get better as I get more accustomed to spinning. But the result is still rather cute, right? =)

How to make a simple spindle

What do you do when suddenly you feel like learning how to spin thread, but have no spindle? You make one!
Here is how I made mine...

First, I rummaged the house looking for a wooden stick to use as a shaft. I didn't find any. So I snatched two pencils from my desk...

The I got an empty cd and a metal hook, which was really too big but it was the only one I could find. Then, most importantly.... 

(Yes, practically anything can be made from duckt tape. Did you see mythbusters make a boat only out of duckt tape? Well, never mind. Back to spindle-making.)

Voilá, it's a spindle! A bit clumsy, yeah sure. But for a beginner like me it's perfectly fine to start with. =)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

New adventures!

Hi all!
It's been a while now since my last update here... The last couple of weeks I have spent working at an elementary school/junior high, and it's been TOUGH! But lets forget about that and instead talk some crafts! :P

I am proud to announce... that I've finally learnt how to crochet! *happy dance*

It's silly, but I've always avoided learning to crochet. I've done knitting. Needlebinding. Embroidery. But never ever have I even TRIED to crochet! But not any more! I can't say I am good at it, but I'm improving every time I  work on it and I have to say the result isn't too bad. I haven't got a picture for you yet but it'll come, once my first masterpiece (uhm... or not) is done. =)