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Drawing Personality Test

Today there is just a fun test.

The first line of the personality test results, describes me perfectly.  Can we say easily distracted?
Also, don’t ask me why I drew flowers while the tree is leafless.

drawing personality
What does your drawing say about YOU?

You tend to pursue many different activities simultaneously.
When misfortune does happen, it doesn’t actually dishearten you all that much.
You are a thoughtful and cautious person. You like to think about your method, seeking to pursue your goal in the most effective way.
You are creative, mentally active and industrious.
You have a sunny, cheerful disposition.

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Yesterday I went into my sewing/craft room studio, I’ve decided studio sounds better, pulled out my wool, wool felt and new needle felting supplies.  Then proceeded to play.  This is the result:

cardinal1

The needle felting is finished but now I’m embellishing it with embroidery and beads.  In the end it will be a needlebook.  The colors are truer in the above photo than in the scans.

cardinal2
Detail photo

Needle felted applique sure is a lot faster than the traditional sewn down method.  The only thing you have to watch is to not overdo the needle punching, or you could end up with all of your fiber on the wrong side of the fabric.  This is especially true with the wool yarn, a little work with the felting needle goes a long way.  The picture below shows how the wool fibers are pushed through the bottom layer of wool, locking the layers together. 

cardinal3
Back side of project

On the weekend knitting front, I have cast on and knit 4 chain repeats on the second Chain Link Sock.

Today I am planning on starting my garden plants from seed.  I’ll be starting violas, parsley, thyme, tomatoes, jalapenos, squash, burnet, lemon basil, cinnamon basil, and spicy globe basil.  I’ll also be starting some hanging geranium seeds, they remind me of Germany because they are the type of flower, along with petunias, that you see growing in flower boxes all over Germany.

Most houses have window boxes with geraniums.

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After reading the post mentioned in yesterday’s blog, I wanted more information.  So I googled – nanofibers, knitting yarn.  I came across this site for a conference held last fall in Atlanta by The International Association For Textile Professionals.  Just reading the lecture descriptions is very interesting.  After reading information on this site and several others it seems that in the future we will possibly be wearing clothes that can automatically adapt to temperature changes, store energy, and be ultra violet as well as antibacterial resistant.  Chitin (fiber from crab and shrimp shells) is a nanofiber found in TOFUtsies yarn and has antibacterial properties.

They have even come up with a fabric that remains soft and flexible under normal conditions. But, under high-impact force, it instantly becomes rigid to both absorb and distribute energy. When the force is removed, the fabric immediately returns to a flexible state.  Tests showed that this fabric outperformed standard, hard armor. Because its performance is unaffected by heat, humidity, or moisture this fabric offers virtually unlimited application opportunities far beyond apparel.

The medical applications of nanofibers is even more varied and interesting.

Now you know more than you ever wanted to about nanofibers. 

 

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Not really.  But I was reading an interesting post on this blog, about a new fiber being made out of carrots.  The carrot fiber is good for the environment because it is carbon neutral and a renewable resource.  Initially the fiber will be used in fly fishing rods, but with other sources such as soy, bamboo, crab and shrimp shells already being made into sock yarn, can carrots be far behind?

What’s next?  Turnips?  Rutabagas?

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I had a good time at the quilt show on Saturday.  Got to visit and catch up with old friends and acquaintances, see some beautiful quilts and of course, visit the vendors.
I miss all the people in the quilt guild and stitching groups I attended while living in Lawton.  With the moving and not feeling well I haven’t gotten out to find any groups in this area.  I have the Skrappy Ladies spring retreat to look forward to in April.  For retreat I need to get busy cutting more fabric strips and make some snowman blocks to swap.

There was a vendor at the quilt show with a good selection of Angelina Fibers and many other “art quilt” supplies.  Lots of inks, dyes and paintsticks.  I bought several small packs of the fibers in different colors and a set of rubbing plates.  The plates can be used for rubbings, for adding texture to polymer clay and probably a few other things I haven’t thought of yet.  The color of the Angelina Fibers changes according to light reflection and the amount of heat used to fuse them.  There are two that look Dk Blue in the picture, but one is actually Dk Purple.  Of the two Lt Blue, one is crinkle cut instead of straight and it picks up the light differently.

angelina

Again, I had a great time Saturday, but I paid for it yesterday.  Woke up tired, ate breakfast, took meds and went back to bed until about 3:30pm.  Back to bed at 10:30 (early for me).  At first I thought I was coming down with something, but I really think I just overdid it.  Today I feel a lot better.  The sun is shining and the temperature is supposed to be in the 60’s, a good day to sit on the patio for a while and get some fresh air.

 

 

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… And I’m not talking about the mini quakes we’ve been having around here lately.  I actually stepped foot in Wal-Mart on Wednesday.  Anyone that knows me, knows that I only go to that W place as a last resort. Of course one of the few times I pay the place a visit, they are rearranging the store, and I have to search high and low for the items I need.

On Wednesday I also paid a visit to Carol’s Knitting Studio.  Went in with the intentions to only purchase some Tofutsies yarn, but Carol had to show me all the new yarn she has.  So besides the Tofutsies, a set of dpn needles and 2 skeins of  Cascade “Di Vé “Autunno” yarn followed me home.  I think I was the image of restraint, considering all the new yarn Carol has gotten in.

dive-Tofutsies

di.vé Autunno – color #34916  100% Merino Wool
Tofutsies – color #731 Ten Foot Tall

Tofutsies yarn is:
50% Superwash Wool
25% SOYSILK brand fiber
22.5% Cotton
2.5% Chitin (made from
shrimp and crab shells!) 
The Chitin is naturally antibacterial.

I bought the Autunno with the intentions of making a rolled brim hat.  Then while sorting free internet patterns I came across Calorimetry by Kathryn Schoendorf on Knitty.  Yesterday afternoon I cast on and before I went to bed last night I had this:

calorimetry  

Bad picture.  All I have left to do is weave in the ends and attach a button.  The picture doesn’t show the subtle shading of the yarn.  The Calorimetry only took one skein of yarn.  So I’m left with one lonely skein, maybe I will make another one for someone else.  For me the Calorimetry will actually work better than a hat because I usually wear my hair up.

Tomorrow I’m going to “For the Love of Quilts” quilt show in Lawton.  Plan on spending the day and catching up with everyone.  Haven’t seen a lot of the guild members in well over a year.  Also hoping that one of the vendors has some Angelina Fibers.  I’m in the mood to play with fabric and fibers.

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Another arctic front has come through and it is freezing outside.  Windchills in the low teens. If we get any ice or snow with this, it better be gone before the weekend.  Saturday I’m going to Lawton for the Wichita Mountains Quilt Guild’s “For the Love of Quilts” show. The guild holds a quilt show every 2 years, and for a relatively small guild, they put on a really good show. 

It’s been a while since my last post.  I’ve been working on the sewing/craft room and doing some knitting.  But due to retaining fluid, especially in feet and ankles, I’ve been keeping my feet up.

My friend Ann came by on Sunday and brought me a belated Christmas present of some yarn that she picked up in Tennessee.  The yarn is Luna Park by Ornaghi Filati of Italy.  I like the bright colors and it will knit up into some fun, wild and crazy socks.

Luna-Park-yarn

Steven’s red London Beanie now has an opposite.  The black beanie will be going to my son-in-law Jason.

Twin-hats

That’s all for today.  I hear that Carol has gotten in some Tofutsies yarn.  So I’m getting ready to brave the freezing cold and snow flurries to go and check it out.  Also need to get the hats in the mail.

 

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