Friday, January 31, 2014

Felted Dryer Balls ~ DIY

Recently i checked out this page(blog?) regarding dryer balls( It was intriguing since they have a list of positives(no negatives? maybe the price of yarn) and they seemed pretty fun to make. In simpler terms; wind up the yarn into a ball, throw it in the wash to felt and dry....ta-da!...end of story.

I made a vid on my process(of course) where i dyed the top layer of 5. I added a 6th ball to finish up the partial skein i had left. It used up quite a bit of yarn, i haven't put them to use yet but

These are said to replace fabric softener, decrease drying time and help increase fluffiness while reducing static among other things. You would throw them in the dryer and while bouncing around with your clothes that would help the hot air circulate cutting down on drying time. As with most things, the more the merrier(and the bigger the better i assume lol).

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Magfest Recap!

Magfest was pretty great this year. It ran Jan.2-5 at the Gaylord National Harbor in MD(where's it's been the last few times if not longer). I attended all days except Sunday and it was pretty tiring. Taking pictures was also something i gave up on; so many people/cos-players and so little time plus all the couldn't be done. But if you guys want to view there's plenty of other videos/pictures out there you can find(via youtube and other means).

I got to see the 2 performances i was mostly looking forward to; the Guitar Bros and the Triforce Quartet. Got some vid. of both(all tho still haven't uploaded all of them up to my about putting it off), all pretty amazing and inspiring. Here's the one i managed to upload thus far, the LoZ Medley(pretty long).

I also got some gaming goods. I found there wasn't as many vendors with Japanese licensed merchandise as i recalled in the past(or perhaps i'm thinking of another con?) which was a little sad since that's what i like to collect, but did find some awesome stuff. I made a video as well(with some stuffs i'm not showing here) which i probably already threw in here someplace. 

For those who always attend and/or plan to next year, i'll definitely see you there! And please remember your antiperspirant/deodorant; don't let the stank of this year repeat itself.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Crafty Goals 2014!!

I actually have some yarny goals this year, thanks to a fellow crafter's inspiration. They're not too many and from what i see pretty attainable; i'm actually excited to start this productive year!

The easiest way i can share them with you is to make a list~ so here ya go:

-Expand and update my shops( &
-Make vid.tutorials
-Increase blogging and make it something others want to read :)
-Make 1 large project a month(anything as small as a pair of socks)
-Learn/practice making socks(lol) the more the merrier
-Make 2 sweaters by the end of the year(one for me, one for the hubs)
-Use up my yarn stash(specially on those said sweaters)
-Make 2 projects a month with a stitch i don't use much(if at all) and/or learn a new stitch.
-Get back to dying some yarn!

If you'd like the video version, feel free to watch.

I did miss one i later realized i had on my list but skipped for some reason or other. I would also like to keep my ravelry updated(which is not at the moment); that's where i get a lot of ideas/inspirations as well. You can find me there( as 'malonb'....of course lol.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Yarn Un-Crimping *~*

I purchased these awesome 'skeins' of yarn during the black friday/cyber monday sales. The yarn itself had been knitted up in panels and then dyed..and sold this way! Via the instructions/directions they recommended working straight from the panel, meaning no re-skeining and/or cake making...of course they also recommended blocking your project after it was complete. I started to make a scarf/shawl and during the process it was obvious the crimp/kink of the yarn just got in the way. It was hard to manage, not to say the crimp made the yarn shrink on itself and even tension wasn't at all possible. And so began my journey...

I can't say i'm 100% satisfied with it, but it's a major improvement. I'll be making one into a cake in the near future and test it(if all is good, the 2nd will follow). I probably won't be going for the shawl i was working on earlier, all tho i may just try the sock pattern this came with.