Friday, August 26, 2011

My first handspun!

I've got so many things to learn.. so many things to try.. but, so little time to accomplish all of them! Spinning has been on my radar for a long time and I purchased a drop spindle spinning kit on Etsy on a whim. It arrived promptly and I gave the spindle a try.. Oh! why-oh-why did I do that?! I've been enjoying it immensely..so much so that spinning should be made illegal! ;-) Remember the spinning in progress I showed you here? What happened to it, you might ask. It became this positively fugly yarn..



I don't think I'll use this yarn.. I'll keep it as a reminder of how far I've come in spinning as time goes.. I spin for minimum of half an hour every evening to get more practice and I can see the improvement in the consistency of my drafting skills. I've got a long way to go before I can spin the yarn I want.. but, I'm getting there in baby-steps.. I have started spinning the hand-dyed roving that came with the kit and here is a sad night-time photo of the progress..



Then, I made some quilled cards to send with a few packages.. I love how simple and easy this craft is.. definitely an easy way to personalize your gifts and mails..




I have a few more cards to make before I can mail those packages out.. :-) I've got a busy day tomorrow! Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

-Josie

This post is linked to FO Fridays hosted by Tami's Amis. Go here or click on the image below for more FOs on a Friday.



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

100th post giveaway winners!

Guys, we have the winners of my 100th post giveaway. A big thank-you to all those who participated in the giveaway..  Here are the winners.. 

Anuradha C P 
Stitched together 
Vikki 
Lyndee
Karin C 


Congratulations, all of you! All of you will be contacted via email for snail-mail addresses and your prizes will be on your merry way! I am not revealing here which of the 5 prizes each one is getting, just to keep the surprise element intact. ;-) I hope you guys like your prizes.

-Josie

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Last day of the 100th post giveaway!

Today is the last day of my 100th post giveaway.. Do enter if you haven't done so yet.. Here is the 100th post with the details or click on the image below to go to my 100th post!


We went on a trip to Yercaud again..this time with my entire clan of in-laws.. It was almost as fun as the previous trip.. but, the season has changed so much in a month's span.. July was spring season and the place was filled with flowers of all colors.. and, August brought in the monsoon and there were hardly any flowers to be seen in this trip. sad face


Alvin had fun playing with his cousins..


We played cricket..


Spotted a monkey family...


It was a fun trip and we came back refreshed! So, how did you spend the last weekend? Hope you had a lovely weekend too!

-Josie

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Is there hope for me?!

In an impulsive moment of online retail-therapy, I ordered a spindle spinning kit.. which included both a top-whorl and a bottom-whorl spindles and 5 ounces of fiber to spin.. I got the package yesterday and I had to try it immediately.. Here is my first attempt at spindle spinning..


The kit comes with 1 ounce of undyed fiber for practice and 4 ounces of hand-dyed fiber. I am using the undyed fiber to get a hang of the technique.. My favorite yarn weight is lace-weight and fingering weight(sock weight). So, my aim is to spin yarn in these weights.. I think I am getting there in small baby steps..


My Hubster was very gracious about it when I told him that I have a new hobby. He is a keeper! :-) now, I'm doubting my intelligence in picking up a hobby for which I'll most definitely not get supplies here in India. Is there hope for me?!  I hope I get the hang of this craft soon as I am enjoying it immensely. This post is linked to Our Creative spaces. Go here to see more creative spaces.

My 100th post giveaway is still going on.. Do enter the giveaway if you haven't.. Go here or click on the image below for a chance to win some goodies.


-Josie

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

100th post and a giveaway!

This giveaway occurred in the past and is closed for comment!

This is my 100th post on this blog and I am excited about it. I've been a blogger since December 2005 but, I started this craft blog only in Dec 2008. I started this blog as a place to share my crafty escapades and it still remains the same. It started as a knit blog and evolved along with me as I dabbled in many other crafts. Its my happy place in the interwebs! :-) So, to celebrate the milestone of my 100th post, I'm hosting a giveaway.. here are the stuff that can be won.. 5 people have a chance to win the giveaway.. let me show you the goodies..

A project bag if you are a knitter/crocheter.. perfect for a sock project... or a travel kit if you are not a crafter..



A box bag for a sock knitter or a travel kit for the non-knitter!



2 fabric trays.. you can use it to organize your craft table or your office table.. excellent clutter-keepers to have by the door to throw your keys into..




and, last but not the least.. a zippered prism pouch perfect for notions/cosmetics..


You can be anywhere in the world reachable by India Post. You have to do 2 things to be eligible for the goodies..

  1. Follow this blog via any of the options available on the sidebar.
  2. Leave a comment and let me know which of the goodies you'd like to win and why.. do leave a way for me to contact you in case you win.. an email address/Ravelry profile/a blog link
not so difficult,huh? If you are already a follower, just leave a comment. This giveaway will run for a week till 23rd August. The winners will be picked via a random number generator and the names will be announced on 24th August. And, you need not be a crafter to enter the giveaway.. The winners will be contacted for snail-mail address, so its imperative that you leave me a way to contact you. One person can win only one item. Its only fair, isn't it? Do share with your friends and spread the word about this giveaway..

I hope you like the goodies and like my blog too.

-Josie

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Minimalist progress!

I am still plodding along on my minimalist cardigan and I am happy with the progress. I have completed more than 8 inches from the bottom ribbing.. another 7 inches more to go before I separate for sleeves.. The mindless moss stitch makes for an easy TV knitting project..


This is my 99th post on this blog.. which means the next one will be my 100th post! duh! So, I am going to host a small giveaway in honor of my 100th post.. I'll give more details in my next post! So, keep watching this space to know more on this..


This post is linked to WIP Wednesday hosted by Tami's Amis. Click here or on the image above to see more WIPs of a Wednesday.

-Josie

Thursday, August 4, 2011

My blog has been featured..

I'm thrilled to let you all know that my blog and I have been featured by Charlotte of  The accidental knitter . Go here or click the image below to go the the interview.


Its my first time giving an interview. So, I hope you like reading the interview. Can I call myself a celebrity now?! :P

-Josie

Rotary cutter info

This post is for a reader who left a comment inquiring about the availability of rotary cutters and cutting mat. While moderating the comments, I accidentally rejected your comment instead of publishing it and, you didn't leave an email ID for me reply to either. So, I am posting the info here in a hope that you would see it.. We get rotary cutters and self-healing cutting mats here in Bangalore. Here is the shop details.



Reliance Stationery Mart. 
#55 Commercial Street, 
Bangalore 560001
Ph No: 080- 25587783/ 25587766.
Do call up the shop and find out if they have it in stock and if they'll ship it to your location.
-Josie

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