So, Craftstravaganza was yesterday! Katie, Lizzie, and Terry (with Mocha) came over to have a Day O’ Crafts with Travis and myself. It was A Hoot. There was a lot of dog angst, because Mocha wanted Bela to be his girlfriend, and Bela was all, “Get out of my butt, Mocha!” (Katie: “No means NO, Mocha!” I died.) Mocha is the cutest dog ever and he is impossibly cheery. He’s one of the happiest dogs I’ve ever met. Plus, his head is perfectly round and he has big bunny feet.
We stuck with a lot of fibery-related crafts for the most part (knitting, spinning, carding, and combing), but Terry managed to whip out her first chainmaille bracelet:
Travis and Lizzie each got a skein of yarn spun, and Terry spun a bunch, too. Fortunately, Terry brought her drum carder, and once that was busted out, things started to get crazy.
We had all brought fiber, and combined it together to make a ton of batts. While Terry was in Chainmaille Zen Concentration mode, everyone else wound up playing with the drum carder at least a little bit. I have a huge Hefty garbage bag full of junk fiber (weird endy bits and chunks of roving and miscellaneous fibers), so I brought that out and we used that as a base for a lot of the batts. Here’s Lizzie digging through the bag:
Lizzie and I spent a crazy amount of time making batts – we were like a fine tuned fiber sweatshop. I’m not positive of the exact count, since Lizzie and Travis spun some of the batts during the course of the evening, but I’m pretty sure we managed to produce over 50 batts yesterday. It was absolutely insane. I can barely move today (I was standing up for a lot of it, and Lizzie was cranking, so her crank arm is probably like twice as big as her other arm today).
Lizzie and Terry took some of the batts home with them, and I was still left with this:
I started spinning them this afternoon and I have one huge bobbin full already.
Anyway, it was a lot of fun. We had some really good food (Travis’ Stout Cake was awesome, and Katie brought over some homemade apple raisin bread that I kind of can’t stop eating). I made a pumpkin pie, which was okay – not as good as last year’s pumpkin pie, for some reason, but still, a pretty good pumpkin pie is far superior to no pumpkin pie at all. We also had a lot of apples:
I think our apple to batt ratio was about 1 to 6.
Terry and Mocha stayed overnight. Mocha is so funny! I’ve always had big dogs, so this was my first experience ever hanging out with a little dog (I think Terry said Mocha weighs about 4 pounds, which made his quest to check out Toby and Bela’s butts even more comical). I completely get the appeal now.
Katie brought me some of her kick ass self striping yarn (she also brought some fiber, but I spaced getting a picture of it):
I’m considering knitting up a stocking hat out of the Naughty Elf. I think that would be festive and cool for the holidays. Vegas Baby is destined to become socks, tho – I’ve never knit with self-striping yarn before, so I’m really looking forward to it.
Anyway, Craftstravaganza rocked. If you weren’t here, there’s no way you can appreciate the sheer insanity of Batt Madness, but it was pretty intense. Once Ellie and Bela recover from the Great Mocha Invasion, we can start figuring out Craftstravaganza 2, Electric Boogaloo.
(Oh, and Lizzie – I didn’t find out until this morning that Travis wanted to Shrinky Dink! So bring those next time, too 🙂 )