Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Electric Eel Wheel

A few weeks ago I recieved this awesome little gadget in the mail: 



It's called the Electric Eel Wheel, and it's a very light and quiet electric spinning wheel! I helped fund it through Kickstarter. If you've never used Kickstarter (and I hadn't before this) you can make a monetary pledge to support a project that you find worthy. If the project doesn't get enough support, nothing happens and you keep your money. If the project is fully funded they build it, and supporters get the thing they paid to support! In my case I got the wheel, 11 bobbins so I can really spin a lot of yarn, and all the handy tools that go with it! It comes with a wall adapter and one for the car (which I will only use if someone else is driving, I promise) but my friend bought a rechargable battery pack on Amazon for hers and I am thinking I might get one too.

I won't go into too much detail about the wheel because I am not the manufacturer, but if you want to learn more about it the website is here. All I can tell you is I like it a lot so far and it was very highly recommended to me by my friend, who also had the previous generation.

Stay tuned for future spinning projects!

-Assunta



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mermaid Tail Blanket

As a child, one thing I always wanted to be was a mermaid. Since I am also always cold, I couldn't resist getting in on the mermaid blanket trend. It seemed like the perfect way to keep warm while feeling like a magical creature!

I used pieces of a couple of different patterns to create my ideal mermaid tail. What do you think?




I posed with is by the pool for fun, but it's really just for feeling cute and warm while I read or craft. I don't think it would do too well in the water!

Just keep swimming until next week...

Assunta



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pussyhats Galore!

This isn't a political blog but I don't think most people would be too shocked to discover that I support women's health care. As a knitter, making a bunch of Pussyhats for the Women's Movement seemed like a great way to show support!

So far I have made 11 of the iconic Pussyhats for friends and family. Some were paid requests, some I gave as gifts. Now these hats have finally made it to my Etsy shop! I know they are in high demand, so if you knows someone who is looking for one, please encourage them to stop by! 


A special thank you to my Momma Cat who just sent me two more giant skeins of pink yarn to continue the crusade!

-Assunta



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Rapunzel Cowl

Some of you may remember that last year for Christmas I recieved some gorgeous merino wool from my sweet and thoughtful in-laws.


After a couple trial runs with other wools on my drop spindle, I felt comfortable trying to turn it into yarn.


I came up with a 2-ply DK weight, and the colors in the yarn reminded me a lot of Rapunzel's dress in the movie Tangled.




After several more months of thinking about what the perfect crochet or knit project for this yarn might be, I finally settled on this modern re-telling of Rapunzel's outfit: a cowl in the shape of a thick braid like the one she sometimes wears in her hair!


I chose a button with a sun-like shape because the symbol of Rapunzel's kindom in the movie is the sun.


What do you think? Is is fit for a modern Princess?

-Assunta

PS- If you would like to knit a version of this cowl, the pattern is now available in my Etsy and Ravelry shops! 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Pretty, New Carpet

We finally got both of our bedrooms painted a cool, calming gray after the color explosions that were there before, but before we were actually able to sleep in them, we had to do something about the horrible, dirty old carpet that covered the floors of both rooms. Last Friday, we had beautiful new carpet installed. I can hardly believe how much better the bedrooms look, feel, and...smell! Now we can actually sleep in our bedroom.

Before:



After:












Happy to be sleeping in the bedroom at last,

-Assunta

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Edison Bulb Jewelry!


This is what you get when a lighting designer makes jewelry...or when a crafter works with light fixtures all day. When I found these tiny glass bottles, they reminded me of perfect little Edison lamps. All they needed was a filament, a metallic base, and a chain or ear wire to display them properly. I gave them all those things and I love the way they turned out! 


Everything you see here is now in my Etsy shop, except for the round earrings on the right. My mom ordered those as soon as she saw them. I plan to make more soon, so don't despair if those were the ones you wanted too. All of the metal is hypoallergenic: the necklace chains are sterling silver and the ear wires are surgical steel. 

Happy weekend!

Assunta

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A Busy Weekend

This past weekend was fun but busy, with lots of painting and crafting!

First things first: the sun finally came out again and I was able to take a picture with my rainbow sweater!

Next, here are some pictures from painting this weekend. I still haven't found my good camera in our moving boxes or figured out if I can take a wide-angle picture with my cell phone, but you can at least see that our bedroom walls are now a cool gray with white trim, as opposed to many different pastel colors with hunter green trim. I'm so happy with how much better they look, and we're almost ready for new carpet! We also hired someone to scrape the popcorn ceiling a couple weeks ago, and that was also a huge improvement.

Master bedroom after:


Guest bedroom after:


Closet and bedroom doors to hallway:


Master bedroom before:


Guest bedroom before:


Isn't it amazing what a little paint can do? 

And, just because I thought it was pretty, here is a picture from Newport Beach on Sunday night. We made it down their for a quick walk right after sunset.


I hope you had a great weekend too!

Assunta