Why couldn't this have been going on LAST WEEK when I was in DC?? How cool would that be to see this cruising down the National Mall??
I think I'm going to sit here and pout for a few minutes. Heh.
Well, it's back to grind. Making beads.
There's always SO MUCH LESS than you think for four hours of torching time! How many beads do you think are there? I'll wait while you think about it......lalalaa..................I just tallied it up and it's 55 beads exactly. So now you know. (It's probably not fair to try and guesstimate from a picture as I do simple spacers four at a time on a mandrel, which you can't really see from this angle.)
My Cookie A sock club package for April came in while I was gone. Very pretty yarn in a new-to-me sock yarn by the name of Sokkusu. I only finished ONE sock of the February club package so I should probably get back to that. The pattern is so chart heavy on that one it's definitely not 'tote around town/car' material though - it needs a chart minder and all that so, while it's not DIFFICULT to knit, it is a lot more time consuming.
I got a big piece of evenweave from Joann's right before we left and decided to 'muck it up' a bit with a little tea-dying. I used a loose leaf tea that I had that I didn't particularly care for, and let it steep in a dish pan for awhile. I like the final look of it here but I actually had to tea-bomb it TWICE to get it to this point. The first try was much too light so I dyed it again, ironed it mostly dry and then splatted the mostly dry fabric with extra strong tea to make the blotches. Let that sit for a while, ironed it to set it and then gently rewashed it to get any remaining tea out it.
Interesting project and you can't complain about getting a 20" x 27" piece of hand-dyed linen for $4! Will have to remember that next time I'm in that area and have some more 50% coupons for Joann's! (Or I guess Michael's too.) Maybe I'll get adventurous and try some of those natural dying methods that you use on easter eggs, like using onion skins and beets. OMG NEW OBSESSION COMING UP. Heheheh.