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It’s been a while since I last updated, so let’s get started!

School:
I’m in the second week of the semester, and I’m enjoying it so far, but of course my fibers class is my favorite!  My professor – Jean B. Laman – is so awesome; she gives us complete control over our creations, but is still ready to give us advice and help when we need it.  Our first project is fabric manipulation – meaning we’re creating a soft sculpture of sorts.
Even though this is my major, I’ve been have a little bit of creativity block.  I’m not really great at sculpture, I’ll admit, because I’m more of a surface design nut.  Though today I did come up with a project that will be felted.
Enough of that for now. . .

Spinning:
I have been spinning up a storm lately!  I finished my first 3-ply yarn as well as my first month of the Spunky Club fiber.

Fiber: Midnight by me
Yards: 309
WPI: 17  (Sport)

Fiber: Spunky Club – Jan. ’09 – “Twilight”
Yards: 178
WPI: 11 (Worsted)

Knitting:
I’ve been knitting away on a scarf that I promised my mom for Christmas, yeah, I know.  It’s in progress though!
I did finish a pair of socks that I started in October, as well as the star to the Texas Blanket.  FINALLY.  Sorry for the poor babe that was supposed to actually receive the blanket in November.  It still needs to be sewn on to the blanket, and I need to block the whole thing, but it is technically finished!

Okay, here’s the socks:

Ravelry
Pattern:
Spring Forward by Linda Welch
Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Silk Print- Buttercup

Job:
Job?? What job? I haven’t really been to my “real” job in about a month.  I would stop in every once in a while to do some filing for my grandma, but other than that, I’ve had quite the long vacation.  It’s good though because not only did I get to spend a lot of time with the boys, but I got a lot of dyeing done!  The store is fully stocked right now, and I also have some stock waiting for its place.  (My store is limited to 25 items right now).
So, I’m in a bit of a predicament right now though, because I need money, but I really wish that I could just put all of my effort into the store.  Ho hum.  One of these days, right?

By the way, that little segment was brought on because I will be going to work tomorrow. :(

I hope everyone is doing great!

Love,
Steph

Bringin’ In the New Year.

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I’m taking the time to reflect back on my year and the changes that I have been through in this post.  I think it’s healthy to just sit and reflect on the events in life because I believe that learning from your experiences help you grow as a person.  Hopefully I become wiser with each passing year!

~~ The biggest project of the year was definitely my self portrait project, properly named The 366 Project.  Lucky me, I got an extra day due to it being a leap year an’ all.  This project taught me to really stick with something and finish it.  I’m not scared of commitment or anything like that but, as my dad says, I’m very “flighty”.  I’m constantly changing my mind, and if I “see something shiny” I feel as if I have to give it a try, but at times I fail to complete my tasks.
All of my project’s photos can be found on my flickr page, but here was my last day of 2008:

~~ The next event that has importance in my life was changing my major to Art.  I am a much happier person at school now because of it – despite the amount of projects I have in one semester!  I still worry a lot about the future (money-wise) with having an art degree, but in the end I think I’ll have a lot more pride with what I chose to graduate with.
In just one semester my art has grown tremendously; going from elementary looking to somewhat decent and creative.  I hope that it only gets better from here!

~~ 2008 is the year in which I started Spinning Colors with all of my hand dyed goodies.  I have had online stores in the past, but didn’t feel as passionately about them as I do Spinning Colors.  I have tons of fun dyeing yarn and fiber, and I’ve found out how much I just enjoy doing it for workmanship and creativity.  I dream that in the future that it can grow into something really successful.

~~ My knitting and crocheting has grown a lot this year, and here’s a photo reflection of all of my completed projects.  There are a few that I failed to take a photo of before they left my hands, but that’s something that I learned to make sure I do with next year’s projects.

What I didn’t include in that bunch was my handspun yarn, which I feel deserves it’s own category.  I’m so thrilled that I learned spin yarn this year!

~~ I suppose that’s all of the “big” events, but I would like to say that this has been one of the best (and busiest) years of my life.  I’ve made friends who make me laugh, my kiddos are happy and healthy and I’m one year closer to graduating.  I’m really quite torn between holding on to 2008 and embracing 2009!

Happy New Year to everyone!  I hope it bring LOTS of joy and peace into your lives.

End of Semester.

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School:
Today was my last day of school; critiques went well, but I need to tweak my last 2-D design project and turn in my portfolio by the 16th. Totally fine. I can tweak it in about 10 minutes. :)

I will be sad to not have my 2-D design teacher next semester, but I plan on taking a painting class with her in the summer, she’s just awesome. Here’s her website if you’d like to see her work: Jill Pankey.

Needless to say that I am so thrilled to have a break! I keep telling everyone how excited I am about knitting and crafting and internet surfing without feeling guilty about the homework that I should be working on.

Knitting:
I’ve started #5 of the 12 scarves, and hopefully I can crank out a whole bunch of them between now and the 20th! I’m workin’ on it! :)

Spinning Colors:
Oh, and there will be a shop update in the next few days with fiber AND handspun! Woo!