Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thick and Thin

A little while back I found some yarn hiding in a drawer. It looks like this:

It's some of my very first handspun yarn and it's so crazy. It goes from super thick lumps to weak sections that are thin like thread.

I guess I spun this yarn about a year and a half ago and I think it's fun to see what a better spinner I've become. Spinning was really hard for me at first. When my wheel arrived in the mail I sat down at it and couldn't get the hang of it at all. I couldn't get the wheel to move continuously or at an even speed and I didn't draft the wool at all which made it even harder (definitely self-taught...). I seriously might have cried that first day... Rage tears... Just a little.
I'm certainly still not perfect but I've improved a lot.

Thank goodness.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Remember how I mentioned I was going to a Beer Brewing class? Well I went and it was super fun! It was held at 3rd Ward here in Brooklyn and taught by the folks behind Brooklyn Brew Shop. I was so into the class and really trying to listen and pay attention that I didn't take any photos. Then as I was looking for beer recipes through the BBS website I stumbled on this photo:

That's me on the far left. As you can see, I was being a very astute pupil. haha
This is Erica and Stephen. They were very nice teachers.

My friend Irina and I are going to go out and buy supplies today so hopefully we'll start brewing tonight!
Also, did you know that a new a new Textile Arts Center has opened in Brooklyn? It's in Park Slope and I think it's technically already open but they're having a Grand Opening and Premier Gallery Exhibition on September 17th! I think it's going to be really fun. You can find out more about all of that here.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


I watched too many episodes of the This American Life tv show a couple days ago and felt bummed out... Then I watched this and felt better. Maybe you need to feel a bit better too?
I promise there will be proper craftiness around here soon. I've been knitting like crazy on a new cardigan it's just so slow going...

Friday, September 3, 2010

Oh, Hine

I've blogged before about how much I love the needle felted work of Hine Mizushima.
This video only makes that admiration grow stronger.
I've been making stuff lately but none of it seems interesting enough to share here... Mostly I've been trying to enjoy these last few hot days and nights while I can. I think that's okay.

p.s. If you click the link to Hine's blog, the image she has in her header is three octopi. I almost bought the green one at a show at Gallery Hanahou last year and now I'm wishing I had... Oh well.

p.p.s. I'm taking a beer brewing class at 3rd Ward this Wednesday night! I'm super excited. I think there are still spots open but the registration deadline is today. Maybe I'll let you know how it goes...

p.p.p.s. Is my craft blog becoming a crafts-and-beer blog?

p.p.p.p.s. I'd be okay with that.