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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Days 18-22

Ah. Yes.

Well, it seems that this week, Scarf and I aren't too friendly. I've just been busy with other things.
For one, its the end of summer. Usually, I'd be packing away the camping supplies, throwing out the old clothes that were eaten at camp, and find the clothes that I need for school. I'd buy some books.

The past couple of days, I've upended all of the stuff in my room. Yup. All of It. I have three bags of clothes, purses, backpacks, and books to go.

I went out and bought school books.

I had a sleep over with a friend. 
I've been working on a novel. 
I've been studying. 
I've been cleaning.
I've been knitting. 

Thats about it. There's nothing really exciting going on at the moment. 
I think I need a boost, lol. 
Nerf gun fight, anyone?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Days 14-17: and a couple questions.

  If you read through the blog post of doom yesterday, thanks! I'm glad you did. I just had this big idea I needed to work out. So.. here's the photos of the last few days!

So.. as you see, I've started my descent down the stairs. Yup, ran out of room upstairs for it.

here are a couple questions and answers! It is Friday after all..

A while back, ACWMaiden asked: Was there a Guinness Representative there?
Nope. There doesnt have to be an adjudicator there at all, as long as there is ample proof that we are abiding within GWR regulations. I plan on having one there at the end. Still looks like I have 25-30 years left.

ZsaZsa7 asks: "How long is the world's longest scarf and how much more do you want your scarf to surpass it by?"
Good question! The current scarf is sitting pretty at 2.15 miles. Yup. I'm aiming for 2.5, but it may end up longer if someone breaks it before I finish it.

So.. that's about it today. I'll be updating some other places too, don't worry!
Till then,
Stay Crafty!


Thursday, August 11, 2011

¢hange the world: The Knitting Chronicles

For a while, I've made vague hints to my friends about ¢hange the world. I think its high time I explain it, don't you?
Okay, here it goes.

What is ¢hange the World?
It’s an idea.

Really, that’s all that it is. It’s an idea that I had when I was staring at an empty water cooler jug that was in my brother’s room, and now it’s in my room, covered in paint.
The idea behind it is simple. I want to fill it. I want to fill it and give it to charity. I want to do this repeatedly, and I want it to grow instead of burning out. I want other people to take empty water jugs and wonder “Is there something I can do with this instead of getting rid of it?”
Yes, yes there is.

The idea behind it was simple, I would fill the thing. It isn’t going to be as simple as “Hey look, I’m trying to do this… can you fill it for me?” Honestly, that’s expecting a little too much from people. Some of them would- a lot of them would. Yet I know that the easiest way to get people to give is to give them something back. Really, that’s how it works. So, “what do I have to offer?” is the next question. Well, I’ve had two things to offer for a while now.
1. I can juggle. I may not be the best, but a few tosses of the clubs or rings or spheres have caused people to donate before.
2. I can Knit. In fact, I’m in love with knitting. I love knitting, and people love that I knit. I’m not working on the World’s Longest Scarf because I hate knitting.

So, I can juggle, but that’s not going to sustain this project.
No, I realized pretty early on that knitting was going to be the main driving force for me.

But how are you going to get in on the action?
That’s the thing. ¢hange the world doesn’t have to be just me knitting, or you watching me knit, or you only learning to knit and selling those.
This is about what you can do, and how you can use it. 
Can you cook or bake? Find a local food pantry and get in on it, whether through donating food, or selling things that you make to raise the money for them. 
Can you bartend? Work out with your friends how you can do a local fundraising night, and you get to showcase your skills. 
Can you knit or crochet or weave? Then you can do amazing things. You can make hats and blankets and scarves and mittens and clothes, and you can donate them. Or, you can sell them, and donate that to charities that don’t accept knitting. 
There’s a lot that we can do, all it takes is a bit of ingenuity, and a little spark. 
In fact, here’s a little challenge right now. 
Take your purse or bag or tote or whatever you carry with you everywhere, and turn it upside down. Take everything out. Sort out what you have in there, toss out the trash, and find the change. Take the change, and sort it into two piles. Don’t pay attention to what coins go where, just sort out the change into two piles. Now, pick up the one on the left. Look at it. 
Is it that hard to split and give those coins on the left to a charity? 
You know, if 100 people had change in their pockets, and gave a few coins to a charity, that’s a lot of money adding up. That’s the idea. If you see change on the ground, pick it up and put it in a donation jar somewhere. 
That’s the idea behind ¢hange the world. Its collecting the bits that people rarely remember until their bag needs cleaning, and challenging them to do something greater. 
We can all ¢hange the world, I know it. All it takes is one step forward from a few people, and for them to help others move one more step.. 
And that is why I want to fill that jar, so others can fill the jar, and so I can say “Hey- you helped do this. You helped. I bet you didn’t even know you did.”

So.. Here we go, this is what’s on the blog today. 
I have a few bugs to work out, but the idea is there. Its solid. Its what I want. 
So, if you’re reading this, please comment. Please message me or email and say “Yeah, I get this.”
I’m not asking for you to donate, or to help out with my own jar. I just want to know that you read this, and you thought about it, that sort of thing. 

Thank you, 


Monday, August 8, 2011

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Days 11, 12, and 13~

I went to the festival!
It was exciting. It was fun. The "queen" bowed to me, and I got complimented by the "prince" and I got kissed by a sword swallower. Yes, it was awesome. Instead of talking, here's some photos.

because I shouldn't always have to use words. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Days 7,9, and 10, and... You've got Questions, We've got Answers!

Yes, I know that Day 8 is missing. I accidently unformatted Day 8. Not that I managed a lot of knitting on day 8. Seriously, I have other things going on too! And I even almost had a photo! Not that I know what happened, since I unformatted the last four photos.

Okay, we'll start with Day 7. The First of August. And boy, did I like August First. It was a day split between spinning yarn, making fish, and starting my camp NanoWrimo novel. Horror novel, of course! I love horror. I one day wish to be a Master of Horror, like Stephen King. 
DAY 8 : The Invisible Photo!!

Yup, that's about right. 
Yeah, I was spinning yarn that day, as I didnt have enough homespun. That's where the majority of the work went. I may have managed a couple inches of knitting instead. 
Day 9 was similar, except.... 
Thats right! Six feet! I have completed the first six feet, so now I'm getting out of the handmade yarn and into the machine made. I never thought I'd miss acrylic, but hey, I dont have to spin it before I knit it! 
Which leads to day 10. Can you guess the color scheme I'm using?

Yes, that says I made a costume. Still working on it too! 

Now.. how about the Q&A?

FlyKytten asks: How many stitches did you cast on, what weight yarn, and what size needles? ;)

Size 6 US, 33 stitches, with something similar to worsted weight. I made the first two yarns, so I'm not sure what the weight actually was. 

Wren3447 asks: Where do you keep The Scarf when you’re not working on it?

Wherever it fits! Right now, it still fits in my purse or backpack. Later on, it has a nice home under my sewing desk, once it gets to big to carry. After that.. well, we don't use the guest room! 

 Txfish wondered: are you (for your own personal tastes or for world record regulations) tied to any particular type of fiber for your donations, or will this be a who-cares-what-it’s-made-of-it’s-AWESOME thing?

WHO CARES WHAT ITS MADE OF ITS AWESOME THING!!! personally. I take all types of fibers and colors. I tend to be drawn toward variated yarn, it makes it more interesting. I do have a ton of solids, so Its getting stripes! What? I have to figure out how to keep it interesting. 

And.. for the final question this week....

What are you doing with the Finished Scarf?

Honestly, I'm not keeping it. There may be a few sections I keep, but its not staying in one piece. I'm selling it to charities, and donating what isn't sold within a year of it making the books. Because what am I going to do with a 2.5 mile scarf? 

So, thats all the time we have for this week! I'll see you Monday, with fun filled photos of where I am going this weekend, and, of course ThatScarf. Which is now on Twitter! Dont ask, lol. 


Monday, August 1, 2011

Day 4,5, and 6.

Hello There! The  last time you saw me was on Day Three, where I admitted that once again, I ran out of yarn.

Its okay, if you know me, this isn't a surprise. Hat day, anyone? Both times?

Running out of yarn halfway through things is the story of my life, I think.'s the catch up for Days 4-6.

Day 4 was the day that I really had to push the fact that I didnt have yarn. I spent some of Day Three spinning- the blue/grey was new. As for day four, it was the bright shock of color from an Amy batt, who makes the batts in Bohemia Fibers.

Day 5 was also spinning. It was more of blue. There's a lot of blue involved. I've been spinning blue a lot.


Day 6? More blue. I own a lot of blue and grey. 

So, here's some more stuff. 

I've been working on other things too, like spinning yarn for The Scarf, working on a baby blanket.. and.. you may have guessed it was coming. 
Here we go. 
Its a Ravelry Group.