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Yesterday a friend invited me to her house for a group craft day. Bring snacks, show up with your portable art/craft, and share with others. It really was a great way to talk about what we’re working on, learn from others, and spend an afternoon.

Since a couple of them are interested in steampunk, I stopped by Surplus Tool and Commodity in Denver for supplies. Saturday’s haul for $5 and some really dirty hands:

Hardware Store Glory

Upcycling Wonder

Currently reading: Abarat Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker. A warning to those of you who order this book online: this thing weighs a ton. Barker is also a talented painter and many Abarat-related paintings have been included in this volume. The whole thing is printed on shiny art paper, more commonly used with your average coffee table book.

Current audiobook: Continuing the steampunk theme of this post, I’ve just started the audio for Goliath by Westerfeld, performed by Alan Cumming.

“Darkness always had its part to play. Without it, how would we know when we walked in the light?” – Abarat series, Clive Barker


Every year I promise myself that I’m going to get to the National Western Stock Show to see the wool and spinning judging. It is mostly a cattle show but other stock do get a little bit of time.

The wool and spinning was last Thursday. I didn’t realize until Friday that the Stock Show had already started. One more year where I’ve missed the fleecy boat. I keep hoping that one year they’ll have one of those great Sheep-to-Shawl competitions, but it never happens. I don’t think we have one at the annual Weavers sale either.

One of these days I’ll be industrious-enough to try to organize one. It took me five years to finally remember to put something in our County Fair weaving category, but it did get done (one of many second place ribbons, but hey, it is something).

I went out to the Michaels sale to try to find more of the Discovery drawer pulls. Instead I found these mildly-steampunk coffee mugs for $0.43 each which are part of the same line. Not crafty but very fun.

Steampunk Mugs

Steampunkish Mugs

The Michaels sale was great – two-for-one on all kinds of things – I just couldn’t find anything I needed to make my crafting life complete. (Two weeks from now I’ll be back to purchase beads at full price for a knitting class, but since I don’t have the instruction sheet yet, I didn’t know what to purchase.)

“I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well.” – Johannes Sebastian Bach

“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” P.J. O’Rourke

I headed back to the yarn shop yesterday, to sign up for weaving classes – Pick Up and Doubleweave – two things I am incapable of learning from a book. I returned the yarn I bought Christmas Eve, which I was going to use to knit more hats for the troops. The program seems to have ended and there will now be military-issue only hats. Don’t get me started.

The black alpaca/silk weaving yarn I ordered also came in, so I can finally pair that with the Cascade Alpaca Lace Yarn in Red Wine Heather I bought in the spring at Tangle in Grand Junction. This stuff is really tiny, which means a much finer weaving than I’m used to doing. I like weaving with knitting yarns that disguise my mistakes. We’ll see what happens when I try weaving with this thread-like alpaca.

I also picked up a giant pile of holds from the library, since a lot of my requests seem to have come in at the same time. I can usually listen to audiobooks while weaving, as long as I turn the volume up loudly-enough to cover the sound of the changing of the weaving shafts. Unfortunately, most of these titles weren’t available in audio, so I’ll have to find time to actually sit down and read. If you look closely, you can see the Steampunk influence to my reading and a few resolutions hiding near the top of the stack – resolutions which involve moving not sitting around. I don’t personally know Syne Mitchell of WeaveZine, but I think she’s a great inspiration.

Reading - Decembr

Gotta Love the Library!

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” – Oscar Wilde