Archive for January, 2009

A study of texture

…texture, shape and light.

This one below was inspired in part by the beautiful photographs of knitalatte‘s crocheted stones.

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In Petal Gray cotton twill with rosy red lining, available now, and in limited quantity with this particular color combination.

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More and more I find myself really enjoying knitting! The number of projects I would like to tackle is growing : )

Last night I knit one of a pair of booties for a friend who had a baby a couple weeks ago (if you have seen the the little shoes on my flickr page – they are for a different, much bigger baby). Well, as soon as I finished this I realized it was much too small, even for a newborn! grrr. I foolishly opted not to gauge my stitches. Tonight I will begin again, with bigger needles. The pattern I purchased here, and it is very easy to follow and very well written, complete with instructions on the basic techniques used to make these.

As an extension to, and an expansion upon knitting, I am super excited to try some felting this week. I have always had a soft spot for felted and fulled wool, and am finally going to give a try at it myself. My first project will be small, maybe a set of coasters; though soon thereafter, I plan to try this vest. I wish I had a group of crafty girls to get together with for a wool-felting party!

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Well, pretty much in line with how the rest of the day went, right as I began to update the shop yesterday morning, our wireless network went down. Totally. We finally had to leave to run errands and hoped that by the time we got home it would be back up and running, but it wasn’t. So, after tweaking around with the router, turning off and on our antennas, rebooting our computers, etc etc, for half the evening, we finally let it go. It did turn out to be kind of nice to do something other than compute for the night (knitting happened instead), but it was sort of disruptive and somewhat frustrating. Thankfully, today, it has been resolved (turned out to be a wiring issue on the roof), and I do indeed plan to start refreshing the shop this evening. Probably somewhere between 7 and 8pm west coast time. Thanks for your patience : ) Hope your day has been wonderful and technologically flawless.

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… is a little later than I projected, but projections are just that…

Organic Bamboo + Organic Cotton

Organic Bamboo + Organic Cotton

It’s been a great week or so experimenting with shapes and fabrics and trying new things. I didn’t complete as much as I had hoped, but I am brimming with ideas and in addition to what has been completed, I have a number of other pieces in the making. Today we photographed much of what was needed, so I hope to get them posted in the shop by Wednesday. I’ll post an update here when I know for sure!

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Morning Encounter…

with a photogenic snail.

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Thrifty Finds

Cloth Basket

Thrifting is an all-time fav for my boyfriend and I; something we do weekly on our visit to town. This week I found a few things I felt inspired to share. I am pretty excited about this handmade cloth basket. I found it in an unusual place, in amongst a bin of slippers ? I guess someone changed their mind, which I didn’t mind! It was so carefully and solidly made and was clearly used for a long time by someone. I love all it’s soft, worn edges. I also found some vintage doilies and napkins (I really can get obsessed with digging through the vintage table linens and have to refrain from buying too many!). The yellow fabric is a large vintage linen table cloth. My boyfriend found the wooden pin, thinking it would make a nice hair stick.

Lace, Wood and Linen

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After a long stretch of stormy days, the sun broke through! This photo was taken last night, just after sunset, from a cave near our house. Posting more pics in my flickr soon. This was such a spectacular evening.

If you have visited the shop lately you will have noticed there is not much there. I have slimmed my offerings down while I work on some new things. My plan is to re-stock the shop with a fresh selection of items (tentatively) by January 19. Woohoo for new!!

Have a most excellent day today!

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A bit of excitement over here. Our new camera arrived yesterday and I wanted to tell you about it. We have had a Sigma SD14 for a while now, after owning a Canon 20D. Both are professional quality cameras in the thousand dollar plus range. I haven’t been that happy since purchasing the Sigma, as it doesn’t do well in low light, plus it’s big and expensive so I often opt not to take it with me in situations where I normally would really like to have a camera. This hasn’t been much fun.

I like to take photos of anything and everything on the spur of the moment. I haven’t been taking many photos since owning the Sigma, and it fails miserably in a lot of common situations where lighting isn’t optimal (like indoor craft fairs, my niece and nephews birthday parties, family gatherings, etc…). The photo below (hi from Abby and Steven) was taken in a dim room in the early evening and I didn’t tweak it at all, other than reducing it’s size. Under the circumstances, we were pretty excited with the result.

So I must say, I am REALLY EXCITED! It is small (it fits in my purse and even my jacket pocket!), it does remarkably well inside on dark, cloudy, rainy days (like above). It even does high definition video! I will be able to take it with me EVERYWHERE : ) and photograph all kinds of things and experiment and play and make goofy videos. It does super well with both macro (my favorite – I love zooming in on the detail of things) and yet it is a wide angle lens. The functions are easy to navigate and it is pretty intuitive to figure out. I think we have hit it.

image of camera is a stock photo, property of Panasonic.

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One of the most exciting Christmas gifts I received this year was quite intangible and lasts a whole year (and beyond!).

My sweet, thoughtful, wonderful and amazing boyfriend set me up with web hosting for infusionfibers.com : )

I purchased my domain name back in June, but have simply had it forward to my etsy store as I wasn’t quite ready to buy hosting and set up a site. I would probably have waited forever. Infusion Fibers is now hosted by DreamHost, a super awesome company that provides super user friendly hosting (believe me, we have definitely worked with the not-so-user-friendly) AND they are 100% carbon neutral! I can’t help but add that they also offer a kickback if I refer any new users, so if you decide to sign up with them, CLICK HERE to get there, and I will receive a monetary reward. You can then refer others and receive your own monetary rewards. It’s really great. I have never worked with a business that makes so many efforts for both their customers AND the planet.

Within the super easy to navigate panel I can pay my bill, manage my domain, manage my email (and more). They also have “one-click installers” meaning in one click you can install blog software, a forum, a poll, an online store, or even a wiki. You also get unlimited bandwidth and unlimited disk usage. It really is dreamy.

I set up my one page site in one evening (with a lot of help from my web developer boyfriend) and for now, I am quite happy to have at least my own independent online presentation.

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