11 January 2012

Coffee and crafting cure everything

It's Wednesday and that marks the halfway point in the week - unless you're in my house.  Today isn't Wednesday... for some it is Saturday and for others it is Tuesday... it's anything but Wednesday.  A point that is punctuated by my cranky pants mood due to lack of sleep - I was still awake past 3 a.m. and the alarm goes off at 7 a.m.  Add to that the fact that it's raining, making it a perfect stay at home day and I'm in a state, let me tell you.

I don't like waking up crabby.  My family would laugh and ask if I ever wake up any other way - yeah, well unless there is coffee involved the answer is a resounding no.  It's okay though because I know the cure - besides coffee.  It's crafting... so that is what I'm going to do today.  I spent last night planning and playing around.  Would you like to see what I've been up to?  Okay, I'll share ~

Each Nerd Wars tournament has an optional category called a dissertation.  That is a project which would take the entire three month tournament to create.  I am going to submit a proposal for a dissertation for Tournament 4!  I know, crazy but I have it all scheduled out and even have the perfect pattern.  It's called "Granny's A Square" and I love it.  I was gifted some gorgeous yarn by Cathy a few months back that I was saving for a special project... this would be that special project and here is my color palette, with white for the joining and border ~

All Caron Simply Soft yarns, including White.
I really love how it looks on my screen but I realize that it might be different in person.  The colors always seem a tad off from each other.  I will take snippets of the three I have (Strawberry, Persimmon and Sunshine) and match them up with the other colors before I buy them on Friday.  I am going to need 4400 yards so I'm happy that I can Stash Shop some of this.  After some serious planning in the car pick up line yesterday afternoon, I came to the realization that 64 small squares (3 rounds), 16 medium squares (6 rounds) and 9 large squares (12 rounds) isn't so daunting a task after all.  All I need to do over that three month time frame is make 1.2 small squares a day, 1.7 medium squares a week and 1 large square a week with seaming done as I go along.  Oh yeah, being an anal retentive overachieving uber-organized nerd has it's privileges.

I also worked on my technique for spinning last night.  I read this really great tutorial on plying yarn that tempted me to give it a shot and I must say, it came out pretty cool.  I really like it and I can't wait to figure out what to do with the tiny amount that I have drying in the kitchen.  I didn't want to 'waste' any more roving since I'd like to be able to say "Yes, I did spin this yarn first" and I love the colors in it too.  I still have a "drafting issue" but I'm learning.  I got my tension and consistency to a good place by doing this tutorial and here is the end result ~

What, where else would you dry it but from the hooks on the pot rack?
So today I am going to swatch for my dissertation and play with my drop spindle... but first, I have to go to Physical Therapy and get beaten up.  Joy.

I think I'll break in my Christmas present when it's over... my Starbucks gift card... because coffee and crafting really do cure everything.


  1. love how your pots and pans look like they are floating in air in that picture -- hope you feel better as the day goes along!

  2. Love that granny a sqaure! I think you might need a neutral to pull them all together? And I am thinking the orchid is the color that doesnt meld....altho maybe the country blue is a shade off too....The other 4 colors look awesome together. There is a trick you can use if you have it....too early for me to think straight...some sort of fiber kaleidoscope....

    1. I'm going to pull them together a nice crisp, clean white. I know everyone's computer monitor is different so I can't say which colors will be chose for sure until I go to the store and look at them all together... it's sure to be a sight watching me do that too... lol.

  3. What a terrific pattern! A very worthy project indeed. Can't wait to see your progress on this one.

  4. Good job on learning to spin yarn. :)

  5. Wow, what an undertaking! Good luck...and enjoy that coffee!


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