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I made a thing the other day to celebrate the death of DOMA (you know, in case there was any doubt that I’m liberal as fuck).

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Loom: Easy Weaver (don’t buy this loom; it’s a pain in the ass)
Reed: 5 or 6 dpi or thereabouts
Yarn: Scraps, mostly. Recycled wool and wool/acrylic blends. The weft is a recycled 50/50 wool acrylic

This scarf was warped… creatively. I used as many of my tiny scraps as I could, resulting in a lot of spit splices and tying the ends together to get a long enough loop. This resulted in a bunch of warp threads breaking, which was a pain. Mostly the yellow threads since that yarn was the weakest.

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The intent was to make this scarf for myself because I like rainbows (especially gay rainbows) and I like scarves, but I may change my mind if a gift-giving situation happens and the person happens to like (big gay) rainbows.

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The scarf came out pretty long. Longer than my wingspan and long enough to wrap around my neck twice, so, y’know, at least six feet. Cause anything longer than my wingspan is “pretty long” in my book. Tales from short people. Anyway.

Tour de Fleece is happening! My goal was to spin every day but I’ve already failed that (wasn’t feeling well the other day and went to sleep at a ridiculous hour). Still trying though! I’m not really on a team since I’m only tangentially participating. Plus if I joined a team, I’d probably be tempted into buying all the fiber and I really am (kinda) making a concerted effort to work down the stash and also I’m poor. So there’s that. More spinning stuff later.

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I did, you know. That’s the only explanation for why I’ve taken up card making in earnest. It all started with these books I got out of the library. Cardmaking books. About card making.

And it was all downhill from there. I gathered as many supplies as I could find in my house: Construction paper, elmer’s glue, ribbon, a magazine, scissors, fabric glue, buttons, and water colors. Plus these books I got at a sale at the Fredericksburg library, one in German and on in French. At the time, I figured they’d be useful in some sort of papercraft. Anyway, I spend several hours with the supplies and the books, and this is what I came up with:

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My favorite is definitely the one with the pink bow and the panties (or I guess it could be bathing suit bottoms), but I am really quite fond of the wine glasses too. They’re not perfect by any means, and I am definitely more crafty than artsy, but I rather like them. I would prefer to use cardstock and I would eventually like to get better supplies/better quality so I can sell them in my artfire shop (in the sidebar). At the moment, I’ll work on my technique and use them for friends and for swap packages. These are definitely a lot prettier than a sheet of notebook paper. : ) Also, I’ll include a note that they can just glue a sheet of white paper over my note to reuse the card. Eco-friendly! I mean, they are already because of the books and the magazines, but still.

In knitting news: Climbing Vines is DONE and all sewn together. Pictures soon. I also just finished a tank top out of Cascade Sierra, so that’s coming also.

So I recently participated in the Rainbow Swap on Craftster.org. Unfortunately, my partner seems to have flaked on me, though she has until Friday to contact someone before the organizers of the swap get an angel (someone else on Craftster to make me a package and in return, they get Friend of Crafster status for a year).

Since I am sure she received my package (which I’m kind of bummed about) I’ll go ahead and show you what I made for her:

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Fingerless mitts using Peaches and Cream in fiesta and some black Simply Soft

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Crochet bracelet that took me a while and I liked, so I’m pissed I gave it to someone who flaked on the swap.

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Little pouch I wasn’t using anyway.

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Shrinky-Dink jewelry, which I’m really pissed about because I love how it came out and the ring was a bit of a PITA to get right. Rawr.

I also sent her a couple of extras, like shoe laces, the rest of the Peaches and Creme yarn, an a flashy light up thing. Hopefully I’ll get an awesome angel and I won’t feel quite as bummed.