How lucky am I that one of our community's colleges is now offering a Culinary Arts program?!
In baking class, we learned how to make pate a choux, turning it into cream puffs and eclairs. I practiced a bit further at home, using the recipe in "The Professional Chef" by the The Culinary Institute of America. I think they turned out!
I call it "The Yummiest Yarn I've Ever Spun (Thus Far)." It's 110 grams for Peruvian wool that I dyed with Kool-Aid and then spun on my new Ashford Kiwi 2. There are some places that are a bit overspun, I'm still getting used to the tension (it doesn't seem to work quite like the manual states) but I did manage my highest yardage ever, at 116 yards. Overall, this one is my favourite dye/spin job ever!
It's being gifted to Pinkleo in the Ongoing Wish Swap 101. I hope she's not looking...
These past few years I've been wanting to sign up for a pottery class, it was actually one of last year's 50 projects to complete. It's been a no-go this entire time so this time, I wondered if it was even worth dreaming of the impossible. Which leads me to today... A non-profit I volunteer for, Anti-Hunger Coalition, is preparing for its 3rd annual Empty Bowls fundraiser event by teaming up with the college's pottery class instructor. Participants pay $25 for their ticket and choose a handmade bowl to eat amazing soup (prepared by local chefs) and bread from. There is also a silent auction that takes place at the same time, and we fit all donated items into a bowl theme. With 200 tickets being sold this year, plus the donation items, that's a lot of bowls to make! And today, I got to take part in one of the pottery sessions!!
This is absolutely a new medium to me, I've never done anything sculpting-related before, so I just went with it. It took me about 4 1/2 hours, but here's what I came up with, in the order they were created:
We have Wednesday evening scheduled to sand and glaze but I don't know 100% if I can see my projects through to the end yet. Still, I felt like sharing.
One of my crafty resolutions for 2014 is to learn how to use my knitting machine, which was a garage sale find and offered to me for my birthday a couple of years ago by my mom. I got to taking it out of the box the other day but couldn't use it because I'm waiting on a new sponge bar to be shipped to me.
Who else enjoys machine knitting? Maybe we can discuss here?
Is anyone interested in taking a Beginner Crochet class, using organic, and possibly even locally sourced from a farm, yarn? I was approached to lead the workshop in celebration of National Organic Week and would like to get some feedback before making it official.
The tentative dates are Tuesday, September 24th and Thursday the 26th, from 6:30PM - 8:30PM. The cost would be $50, and includes basic supplies, a manual, and organic tea. To be hosted at Gathered Roots in Timmins, Ontario (outside if weather permits, otherwise in the reception area). Payment by next Thursday would be required to secure a spot in the group.
I had a chance to watch some Game of Thrones and spin...
Here's some Avocado Salad split in two but not yet set (it's been poopy out and I'd rather dry outside). I picked the roving up on Etsy. The base is a superwash merino with touches of silk, seacell, bamboo, soysilk, tencel and banana.
This spinning part went so well but when it came time to take the yarn off the spindle to ply, the yarn broke in one spot. I guess I need to work on wrapping properly as I'm spinning... Anyway, I took the opportunity to try a few different yarns for plying. The first one is the same wool I used for the Icelandic lamb project posted last week (46 yards) and the second is a light green organic cotton (43.5). I like the first one better.
Then I had the pleasure of ooohing and ahhhing over some tussah silk! Yes, that's the fanciest I've worked with. It drafts so easily and smells so good and I just love everything about it! From 2 ounces, I managed to get about 96 yards.
I'm not sure if tussah is supposed to be set like other fibers or left as is?
I got to finishing one of last week's projects yesterday. An Icelandic lamb fleece (purchased from an Etsy shop) plied with a wool yarn from my stash. 52 yards. It's really fuzzy, but much softer than I was expecting.
I'm not sure what I'm going to make with it yet...
I posted my first spinning project way back and now here is the long overdue second!
I spun this roving, which was gifted to me in a personal swap by Zombie_Queen, and then plied it (with some KnitPicks yarn) shortly after that first project but let it sit this entire time. I was without a niddy noddy and let it be an excuse not to set the twist. Well, my birthday is coming up and I decided to buy one along with some more fibers in celebration. That means I got to work and this project can officially be considered done! It's still a bit overtwisted in some spots but I'm working on the second roving of the new ones I just got and think I'm finally getting the hang of it.
So hopefully this will be a board I can hang around more often. Not that I haven't been lurking like crazy but... =)