Scenes from last week

Starting the week off with a teaser. These odd handles will make more sense in a couple of weeks! #ceramics #mugs #mugshotmondayWhen I first started looking over last week, I didn’t think there was too much I could show anyone – it feels like most of my week was spent at super-secret dye pots, and at the computer working on things (I spared you a photo of me doing quarterly sales tax… you’re welcome). But in looking over my photos for the week, I do have some things to show! Even if most of them are teasers… like these mugs. Many of you who saw this earlier in the week guessed correctly; the grooves and cutout in the handle is to hold a teabag from falling into your cup of water. I’ve glazed these and they’re in the kiln now, and I’ll have them up when I finish glazing a few more things and can fire. I didn’t make too many of the because I wasn’t sure if there’s a call for them — after all, I do already offer about 50 or so mugs… but I just fell in love with the idea and had to make a few.

Handspun HatIf you’re a yarnie, have you looked into the joint 15-in-2015 I’m doing with String Theory Colorworks? You can read about it here on Ravelry. I finished my first project, a handspun hat. I didn’t use all the handspun, though, and I’m already making another one with the leftovers. And I have my eye on two more skeins of handspun, because y’all, this pattern is like popcorn. I CAN’T MAKE JUST ONE.

New colorway coming soon (next week, if it's all dry by then). "Ranger Baby", because my pregnant sister-in-law, a Park Ranger, needs some baby stuff knitted and it better not be pink or blue.I had lunch with my sister-in-law “Ranger Amy” this week, who some of you old timers may know from her old blog, Through the Eyes of a Park Ranger. Amy and her husband are expecting their first child soon, which means I am in full baby-knitting mode… but neither Amy nor her husband are into the main choices of pink and blue. But! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaay back when I was dyeing the club color Yggdrasil, the test skein didn’t come out exactly like what I wanted for that color, but I thought I might be able to use it in the future. I can, for Ranger Amy’s upcoming Ranger Baby – hence the name of the new colorway I’ll be listing next week. Amy is an amazing photographer, by the way, and has recently begun selling some of her work — you can see her stuff here.

Play. Practice. Produce. Mostly practice.  #stitchmarkersI mentioned in my yearly review that while I liked making stitch markers (and they’re definitely something many of you have mentioned wanting), I wasn’t happy with making them from Fimo clay… so I fell down in the Fire Mountain Gems website, and am working hard on my wire-rapping (and headpin length guestamating) skills. Expect to reap the benefits of this later in the spring.

So, this happened.  Slip casting since I was four years old. Picked up hand building a couple of years ago. 2015 is when I learn to throw. Expect six weeks of ultra-derpy pots. #ceramics #neverstoplearningWednesday night I started a six-week ceramic throwing class. OK, here’s the funny thing — I grew up a slipcaster, and never wanted to throw. I didn’t think there was anything I couldn’t get from slipcasting, and besides, all the people I knew who threw had kickwheels and bad knees. I honestly didn’t know – and you can laugh at me, go ahead – they have these things called ELECTRIC WHEELS. One thing that I want to make that I’m just not able to do what I want to with slipcasting… are yarn bowls. I’m going to need to throw them. So I’m taking a class… and I love it. I’ve been looking up prices for and reading reviews on wheels, and I’ve got my eye on a Brent Model C, which is going to run me about $1200… plus about another $200 for a good ergonomic stool (for the hours I plan on spending in front of it)… and then of course a run to Ocala for a few hundred pounds of clay…. all in all I’m looking at about $1500. I’m wondering what my chances would be for doing a Kickstarter campaign (“Kickstart my electric kickwheel!”) would be. You know, considering that the things I’d offer for incentives would be things like “$50 for a yarn bowl I don’t know how to make yet but I promise won’t look like I had palsy when I made it!”… uh, yeah. Maybe I should keep my eye on Craigslist, instead, to see if anyone is unloading one any time soon.

Movement #handdyedyarn #yarnLastly, this is mostly how I spent last week… dyeing and winding yarn. International club yarn shipped Friday, Monday will see the release of Ranger Baby, and Domestic club ships Friday (barring any horrific yarn tangling issues)!

That was my week. How was yours?

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