Meaningless cake, dreads

Hello out there in Internet land!

I told myself I wouldn’t blog when I had nothing to say, and I guess I’ve found even myself to be terminally boring for the last month or so, because I haven’t posted. Well, here I am! I’ve been starting to knit again, and I have a photo update of my 2 month old dreadlocks. Perhaps you wonder why I post dreadlock updates. Dreads undergo tightening and shrinking, looping and straightening, all the time, but especially through the first year, and I thought it would be neat to track it in a sort of timeline.

Two Monthsish

Two Monthsish

Two Monthsish

Two Monthsish

Two Monthsish

They’ve been so much fun for me 😀

I accidentally bought cake mix instead of brownie mix the last time we went and bought groceries and I was kind of upset, because Alex has always claimed to hate cake and I was stuck with a whole box of the stuff. I pressed onward! and baked a two-tier devil’s food cake without having anyone in mind to eat it, the poor thing. I offered some to my wary husband and he tentatively tried a small piece and liked it, thank goodness. We’re both of the opinion that typical store-bought cake is wholly unpleasant but this denser, home baked stuff (even out of a box) is quite pleasant. In short, we OM NOM NOMMED it.

Cake

I’ve felt like I’ve been in kind of a creative rut lately that I’m trying to bust out of, and this helps, some. 🙂

This weekend is our 2nd wedding anniversary and this fact makes me happy. I’ll post a wedding picture on the 23rd to commemorate it. We’re planning on driving out of town to find ourselves iPhones and have a nice dinner and just get away for a little while. It should be great. ❤

Ideas and guns!

It’s been almost two weeks since I posted, and I’ve been cooking up some ideas.

I’ve recently been in touch with a couple sweet ladies on the internet about starting a new collaborative blog-project-resource for fibre artists and the like. I’m really ridiculously excited about getting involved in something new and I hope this takes off as well as I think it will.

Keep an eye out!

I learned how to shoot a rifle the other day! We went to a gun range off in the woods and I did some target practice.

I had so much fun, and I think I did well 🙂

Dreadlocks

I’ve had them for a month now, and they definitely feel like an extension of my fibre-artist-self. I love the way they look and feel and whip around. I can’t wait to see how they change and grow.

One Month Dreads

One Month Dreads

One Month Dreads

First BFL skein



First BFL skein, originally uploaded by Gaminelle.

So soft.. 48 yards spun from combed top, out of the lighter colours of the fleece.

Navajo plied. This is going to be the main colour of the sweater body, I’m really excited!

Ch-ch-ch-ch-chaaanges

Holy whirlwind!

These last couple of weeks have been awesome. I did the Olds Fibre Week thing, the Master Spinner level 2 thing, the dreadlock my own hair thing and the absorption of inspiration thing.

First things first – my new dreadlocks!

Pallor

Dreadbabies

I backcombed sections of my hair and then used a small crochet hook to basically needlefelt it and hold it all together. I’ve been washing with some Neutrogena Anti-Residue shampoo and using some aloe gel to help keep them soft and hold them together. It’s been awesome so far, they’re 2 weeks old and holding together really nicely.

Here’s my beautiful Katelyn and I, enjoying our time in Olds.

Suparmodel!~*~* Oh gosh.

The weather was crappy a lot of the time, lots of rain and thunder storms and it was quite cold, but we still had a fantastic time! I hardly bought anything at all during my stay, despite our having spent much of the time in the merchant mall. I resisted! I caved on some gorgeous Louet top I just had to have, and a silk scarf for my hair.

First Combed Top

I blended the separate colours of the top on some hackles and came up with this beauty.

.. but we knew there were better things on the horizon for us…

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FLEEEEEEEEEEECE!
Pardon the crappy pics, I was shaking with excitement!

We won our first ever fleeces at the fleece show/auction. The top photo is of a magical glowing, bright white alpaca fleece I saw and HAD TO HAVE ABOVE ALL OTHERS. The second fleece is our Blue Faced Leicester which won second place in the coloured long-wool category. It was eyed up by so many people, but we won it! It’s 2/3 light slate blue with blonde tips, and 1/3 dark slate blue with brown tips.. from one sheep! Just stunning. I started combing the BFL fleece, keeping the different shades separate and the results have been AMAZING. They were both so worth it.

I’m thinking I’m going to design a Fair Isle pullover or cardigan spun and knit from the fleeces. I want the main colour to be the light gray, one of the secondary colours in dark gray and the other to be the white alpaca, nature dyed some other color. If I pay attention to my book requirements for my 25hour project, I can make it count for that, even if a sweater, scoured, hand combed and spun from raw fleece takes longer than 25 hours.. I’m sure my teacher wouldn’t mind 🙂

All the people at Fibre Week were amazing. I was floored by the amount of people who I recognized, who I picked up with where we left off. Everyone was so kind to us, and a few even drove Katelyn and I into town the few times we needed provisions and such. I felt even more welcomed than last year and I can’t wait to see everyone again next year!

I created a flickr pool for other people to add their photos to. There are some already uploaded from the fashion show, the fleece auction, our classes and the merchant mall, go look!

Dreads



Dreads, originally uploaded by Gaminelle.

I dreadlocked my hair and I love it.

I like changes. This is a good summer.

RIP, Bill.



RIP, Bill., originally uploaded by Gaminelle.