Monday, June 22, 2009

Studying the Old

I have two bags of lovely coloured three-cut beads. They are shade of brown: one is kind of amber and the other is sparkling brown.
Those are among my favourite and have been here around for a long time.
I've wanted to use them with tatting lace. Since I'm lack of creative talent, I've been just looking at them and that's all I can do.

Suddenly, there came an inspiration.
How about making something I've done before.

And I remembered this strap.

Thanks to myself, I can tell I made this on 4 Sep, 2004. This is not my type of colourway, but I still love it very much. It's so sweet.
I believe this is one of Nina Libin's designs and I found on the web, but I can't find it anymore. It's all chains and no rings except at the end I added them as closures. Yes, it was meant to be a bracelet at first.

Mmmh, I think I should try this.
And I've just remembered that this pattern without beads is also in Nina's book.
I must look for it.

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Monday, June 08, 2009

Struggling against Apathy

I went to a craft fair on the end of May. It is held in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture and it's one of the largest and most popular craft fairs in this country. It was my first time to go there.
I bought a tenugui ( a kind of long handkerchief, about a yard long), two bags of cashmere web, and a skein of silk yarn from Avril (you may know it as Habu).

I'm suffering from not-feel-like-to-do-anything feeling for almost half a year. I've done some knitting, crochet, tatting, and spinning, but none makes me feel happier as before. Even going to see kabuki doesn't attract me. How sad.
I've been prohibited by myself to write or say it, but it is time to be honest a bit.
I'm not going to stop doing them. I feel so just because I'm always lack of sleep.

Anyway, now I have some cashmere with me and I want to spin it with long draw method using a supported spindle. I believe that would give me soft and nice yarn. I tend to twist too much.
So, I just pick up my Tabachek Tibetan spindle and started spinning gray merino top. It's so beautiful, and also so soft and fun to spinning with.
Yeah, I still feel fun.