I love to be busy. I hate just sitting and doing nothing. I think I must drive CR and BugBug crazy sometimes. I cannot just sit. My hands cannot be empty.
I believe the germ of this came from the days way back when I worked for T.G.I.Fridays (waaay back during college when they were privately owned and had that menu that was like a dictionary. Remember that? We took 2 full weeks of training to learn that menu and a 25 page essay exam at the end of those 2 weeks to secure the job.), when one of the top rules was, “never walk through the restaurant with empty hands.”
To that end, I’ve been working hard on some new jewels:
This is a newish style I’ve used for small things, like earrings, but finally decided to expand into a full-fledged neckpiece. Since this shot has been taken, the little moonstone briolette at the bottom has been replaced with a super flashy and big ole juicy, gemmy labradorite. I absolutely love labradorite. I think it’s my number one favorite gemstone to work with. Anyway, this piece is actually pretty different now, and I’ll be taking some new pics tomorrow after I oxidize this puppy. And I have lots of sketches of new goodies to make. Top of my list are my shawl pins, and special “yarn” necklaces. More to come on that!
Meanwhile, I happily finished a special giftie for one of the many brides-to-be in my life. I really enjoyed this pattern, the “Biscuit Blanket” by J. Fleckenstein of “I live on a Farm” (see my favorite stores/blogs right), and love love love the KnitPicks Simply Cotton Organic Yarn (link below). I used nearly the entire skein, with a comfortable amount left over. I must note, however, that I used a size 5 needle with this yarn, which was close to what was indicated for the pattern; however, the ball band suggests size 7 or 8, and IMHO, that’s way too big. Even at the smaller size, this yarn was soft and even a little drapey. I plan on getting more to make a sweater for Bug, but I sure won’t go above a size 6 needle, no matter what. Here’s the yarn link: http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Simply_Cotton_Worsted_Yarn__D5420186.html
I took an idea from another Raveler and put the biscuit recipe on a pretty card, and tied it to a pretty bottle with a cork stopper that I’d filled with the dry ingredients. I loved how it turned out! I was so excited that the little card I had mounted the recipe to matched the wonderful Kaffe Fassett “Paperweight” fabric I used to cover the cork stopper and satin ribbons!
I hope the bride-to-be likes it! I sure think I’ll make a few more, and one for me, too. 🙂
Well, tomorrow will continue to be busy. More jewelry-making, more knitting–I think on my Something Red…or my silk shawl. I can’t wait to wake up tomorrow!