Brian Dettmer

Check out Brian Dettmer’s work at Haydeé Rovirosa Gallery in New York.


There’s a hole in the bowl, Dear Liza.

This project was doomed from the start. I wanted to try out the larger felted bowl pattern with the smaller yarn/needles. Things were going great until I popped the WIP in my tote bag for the road trip to see Josh Blue. My stitches fell off the needles but I caught it in time before it was a lost cause. One stitch was switched around and I didn’t catch it until about three rows up; I was not going back. I figured that since I was felting it anyway that it wouldn’t be noticeable. Then I began running low on yarn. Then I found a huge knot where the yarn had been tied together in production. I left it because there were no ends hanging out and I was going to be felting it anyway.

Finally I get to the felting process…… and when I pulled it out of the washer to check it, I found this.

Grrrrr….. That hole is big enough to stick my finger through.  I thought I had anchored the end in enough but I guess I didn’t. At that point it was too late to fix so I just plopped it back in the machine and finished the felting. There is so many things wrong with this project that I’m just going to keep it for my own use so I don’t feel like I’ve completely wasted yarn. Maybe I’ll put a clever patch in the bottom of the bowl; who knows it could turn into something completely wonderful. The rest of the bowls will be for sale in the Winter Bazaar at the Appalachian Arts Center starting in November.

Oh yeah, I made this using Knit Pick’s Wool of the Andes in Amethyst.

Oh Brother!

I received an email back from the Brother company.  They just gave me a generic, straight from the operating manual, ridiculous answer.

Gee, thanks for the help.

Anyway, as much as I hate returning things, this is getting sent back – Today.

Sew Much Trouble

So finally after spending weeks searching for the perfect sewing machine that would still fit within my budget and reading a ton of reviews; I ordered a Brother ES-2000 from  From what I had read in the reviews, many people love this machine.  I only read one or two negative reviews and sounded great.

It finally arrived last night.  I took it out of the box, set it up on my desk, and read the instruction manual enough to get myself going with the basics.  I dug out all my thread and some fabric from the craft closet to practice with.  I did a seam row with a basic stitch.  Then another with the zig-zag stitch.

Enough with the basics – I wanted to see those decorative stitches.  So I switched my presser foot to the stitch appropriate one and began with this adorable little cross-stitch decorative stitch (#39).  30 seconds later my needle jammed itself into the needle plate and bent.  Not good.  I’ve been using the machine all of 5 minutes and already a problem.  I figured it was because it was the one the factory installed so I put in a new needle, following the directions very carefully.

I went through a few other decorative stitches and even made a button hole.  I was so impressed.  I was making sure to go really slow with my stitches.   I went on to another decorative stitch (#22 or #23).  Two or three seconds into the stitch the needle hit the needle plate again and bent the needle.

Ok, now I’m mad.  I changed needles, again.  I switched the machine back on and left it in it’s default start point and manually moved the needle very slowly.  It hits the needle plate on the first down stroke.

Now I’m really mad.  I fidget with it for a little while with no luck.  The only way I can make it not hit the needle plate is to move the starting point over really far.  This is just not working out. 

I sent an email to the Brother company and told them my problem.  Hopefully, they will get back to me today.  At this point it looks like I’m going to have to send it back.  If I do, I hope I just get a refund instead of a replacement so I can just go buy a Singer machine (like I should have in the first place).

I’m really irritated with this whole situation.  I’m taking Thursday and Friday off and with Monday being a holiday I was going to have 5 straight days to play with my new machine… but I get the dud machine 😦

10 things I like about myself

I have been tagged by Photobrea! So, 10 things I like about myself……. this gonna take a bit of thought.

1. I can hold a secret so well that I should work for the CIA as a spy. I even hold stupid secrets. So if the words “You can’t tell anyone….” come from your mouth (or keyboard) you can guarantee that I’m never gonna tell.

2. X-ray vision… LOL I’m kidding. I can see really well. I can often see things far away that other can’t and I can work on tiny things. I should join the circus and run the “Your Name On A Grain Of Rice” booth.

3. I try to be really open-minded (but not let my brain fall out). I have my beliefs and they are very hard to budge but I will try see your point of view. The things I just have an idea that I’m running with; I’d be more likely to even try out your point of view.

4. I follow directions well; if it is something I know how to do.

5. Although my husband may argue with this, I’m organized. My third grade teacher told my mom at a parent teacher conference that I was the most organized child she had ever taught. I do believe in “A place for everything and everything in it’s place.” but at the moment I have more “everything” than I have places.

6. When I’m in the zone, I become a workaholic. I won’t stop to eat or drink or sleep until I’m done. But…. getting to the zone is a whole other story… lol.

7. When I say I’ll do something or be somewhere – I mean it. If something is gonna prevent me from doing whatever it is – you’ll know asap.

8. My nails. I inherited my nails from my mom. They are strong, grow fast, and are shaped nice. I’ll never need acrylic nails. I don’t even use nail polish on them.

9. I pick up on how to do new things really fast. Show me once or twice and I’m good to go. This could almost go with #4 but I’m viewing them a bit different.

10. I laugh with no regrets. And boy, it can be loud!

I’m tagging Jox at the The knitted blog and Sandy at Livin’ Life SandyStyl.

Another Interesting Site

I read through this entire blog today called Confessions of a Closet Environmentalist.  It was a great read.  It is written by Alina who lives in the Netherlands so somethings are a little different from US ways of doing things.  I would truly love to live somewhere where I cold bike everywhere and have many options other than Giant-Chepo-Mart to get my groceries.  There is a very handy guide for recycling, the trial and error of changing to a more eco-friendly kitty litter, and many useful tips on organic foods.  I’m loving this blog right now.

Also, I called one of our local sanitation companies today (not my town sani. dept. but one that takes care of most everywhere else in the area) and a very nice lady told me where the recycle drop offs are located in my town and what can be dropped off where.  They do not have a drop off for paper but told me that I can bring my shredded paper from my office to them and they would take care of the recycling for me 🙂  They have a on-site shredding service but we do not need something that elaborate;  I’m talking maybe three or four bags a month.

I promise….. I’ll be posting more craft things soon.  My new sewing machine should be arriving in an hour or two.  🙂   And… I started a new crochet class last night.  My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was six.  It was mostly just the initial chain for a long time (she would give me yarn to keep me out of her breakables and other mischief).  Later, when I was around 8-9, she taught me the more grown up stuff (lol).  She even gave me my own set of crochet hooks which I’m very sad to say; I think I’ve lost them 😦  I haven’t crocheted in over 10 years and I’ve forgotten many things; I’m really looking forward to re-learning all that my grandmother taught me.

Interesting blog….

I just stumbled upon this blog – Green as a Thistle.

This is a quote from the side bar about section of the site to kind of tell you what it is about… “I decided to take on a bit of a challenge: Spend each day, for an entire calendar year, doing one thing that betters the environment. The idea is that everything I do, I keep doing (so if I switch brands, it’s a permanent switch; if I turn down my thermostat, I keep it down), so that by day 365, I’ll be living as green a lifestyle as it gets.”

I have some issues with many things that are used day to day that we give no thought to.  I’m really looking forward to reading this blog from start to finish (she’s up to day 179) and following her through the rest of the 365 days.  I do plan to adopt some of the things for myself.  I want to do my part to better the environment but sometimes feel like I don’t know where to start or if I’m really making a difference.  I’ve already cut many things out of my life (such as plastic wrap – There is still some in the house but I don’t use it; I should probably just give it away but that’s another issue all together) but I wish I could do more.  Many of the things that I’ve cut out are due to my growing sensitivity to fragrances and other chemicals.

Go read more of Green As A Thistle for yourself!

Josh Blue

Me, my hubby, and two of our friends went to see Josh Blue last night at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, VA. We had front row, dead center seats. Excellent seats.

We had such a fun trip. Just a note: If you are traveling I-81 in VA…. there is nowhere to stop and eat unless you want fast food. We got lost and missed all but the last 5 minutes of the first guy that went on. Since we were the front & center people, of course we are the people who are picked on during the act. I laughed so hard that at one point I thought I was going to either bust a vocal cord or pop the vein in my forehead.  If Josh Blue is going to be touring near you; go see him!  He’s sooooo funny!


Jox from the knitted blog tagged me…. this is my first one 🙂

The rules of the game: list 6 weird/interesting things about yourself and then tag a further 6 bloggers (by going to their blog and telling them to check out your blog post related to this) to keep the momentum going. List your 6 tagged bloggers at the bottom of your post.

1.  I hate chocolate.  – I get a lot of “*gasp* How can anyone NOT like chocolate?”

2.  I also do not like ice cream.  – I do however like Popsicles.

3.  I collect Fiesta Ware and have a few pieces that are worth several hundred dollars.  (though I didn’t pay that for them).

4.  I have a fear of escalators.  1500 people are seriously injured each year on escalators.

5.  I taught myself to knit.  I used the wonderful instructions from Stitch’n Bitch.

6.   I can fold my tongue back on itself.  I tried to find a pic of someone doing this online but all I found with my Google search was of shoes.

There it is…. 6 weird/interesting facts about me.  I’m tagging:

1.  SKDR

2.  Pirates Vs. Cowboys

3.  subu, inc.

4.  Papermusings

5.  Book Girl

6.  Brea Black