Monday, May 2, 2016

7 Day Lucet Challenge: Day Five

Today's lesson taught me the No-Turn-Cord. It looks the same as the Basic Cord, but is done without turning the lucet (now that wasn't hard to figure out, was it?) I had a harder time with the tension on this one as I was holding the working thread too tight trying to keep my loop from slipping off, that it wasn't allowing the thread to slide to make the stitch. I did get the hang of it, but it still was a lot harder on my hands and left them more sore and achy than the previous lessons. I didn't do a long enough cord to add to my bracelet collection and it looks the same as Day Two, anyway (only not as neat.)

Sunday, May 1, 2016

7 Day Lucet Challenge: Day Four

Today's lesson involved adding beads to my cord again, only this time, the beads were prestrung onto the yarn/thread and added as needed. There were a couple of alternate configurations of adding beads for "extra credit" that I wanted to try out, but with it being Sunday, I didn't have the time.

beads all ready to put onto the thread

beads added (I used a floss threader to add my beads)

1st set of beads added

all finished (the lighting is wonky, sorry)

adding to my collection

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Month in Review: April

I got almost twice as many backlogged reviews done this month as my goal, but I still didn't write anything at all this month (other than blog posts). The hat I knit was a more time consuming one than normal with loops all over.

  • Backlogged reviews 7
  • Days exercised 27
  • Bible read 29
  • Clay dolls sculpted 0
  • Hats knit 1
  • Words written 0
  • Cross bookmarks tatted 0
  • 7 Day Lucet Challenge: Day Three

    I didn't get to do my Day 3 lesson as soon as it came in today since it was a rather busy, run around kind of day. Today, I learned how to add beads to my cord. I used the crochet hook to pull the thread through the hole in the bead and then made the cord the same as I did yesterday. In order to keep the bead in the middle, the stitches following it are done with looser tension. I found that using my hands for adjusting the tension on this part worked better than the crochet hook.

    I really like how the beads really add some pop

    I found out that I won a Wool Tree Mill lucet!! I am so excited for it to come and looking forward to how nice it will be for making cords. I am getting the Fine size in walnut (the first one in the picture).

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    7 Day Lucet Challenge: Day Two

    I anxiously waited for my email to arrive with the details for Day 2 of the 7 Day Lucet Challenge. When it finally arrived, I pulled out my fork-turned-lucet and got to work. It was really easy to learn and quite addictive! It is nice that I can hold the yarn/thread the same way I do for tatting, crocheting, and knitting. I wasn't sure how big of a cord would be able to fit in the hole I drilled in my lucet (I used the biggest drill bit I could find on my husband's work bench) so I started with crochet cotton. I decided to try making some cord using the worsted weight yarn I'd just used to finish a slipper right before my Day 2 email came in. It was REALLY fast to make a cord using that and is super soft.

    After about 5 minutes of working

    It fits through the hole okay

    My 2 cords. The brown one only took 5 minutes to make!

    You can see the varying tensions, but not bad for a first try.

    I tied them on my wrist as bracelets.
    And because I mentioned my slipper, here are a couple pictures of my finished slipper (and my cool R2-D2 socks)

    Thursday, April 28, 2016

    7 Day Lucet Challenge: Day One

    I discovered a 7 Day Lucet Challenge today (it started April 1st). I've been wanting to learn to use a lucet, and although I don't think it will be difficult to learn, I haven't taken the time to learn previously. I figured the challenge was a good time as any to start! The first day was just to gather supplies. I don't have a lucet (yet) so I went through  my kitchen drawers and found a couple of options of things that might work. Both options aren't the greatest, but I decided to go with altering a wooden fork rather than the plastic fork as the plastic one's tines are quite wobbly.

    My supplies. The two possibilities for a lucet are on the left.

    I put everything in a little container for ease of use.

    The lucet doesn't fit, but I could shorten the handle so it can if I decide I want it to.

    Time to alter the wooden fork

    Center tine cut off

    Right side shaped and a hole drilled

    My finished lucet. Not perfect, but it should work.

    Here is a "real" lucet:

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    Book Review: "A Daring Sacrifice" by Jody Hedlund

    The Cloaked Bandit has been robbing the nobility for the past three years. No one realizes that the thief is none other than the rightful heir, Juliana Wessex, who is stealing to provide for the peasants her uncle has taxed into poverty. 

    When a couple of urchins rob Collin Goodrich, he is surprised to realize one of them is actually a woman. He trails them to find out who she is and is surprised to discover it is someone he knew from childhood, Juliana Wessex. He finds he wants to protect her and get her to leave her thieving ways so he challenges her to stay at his house with his sister and him for a week and return to her former identity as a proper lady. Will Juliana overcome her dislike of nobility and find love with Collin?

    I didn't realize at first that "A Daring Sacrifice" is the "sequel" to "An Uncertain Choice" as there is no series name given. It could be read on it's own, but it would be a little clearer what they were talking about with the "contest" from "An Uncertain Choice" if you read them in order. I didn't really pay much attention to Collin in the first book as he wasn't the hero that I was rooting for to win the contest. 

    "A Daring Sacrifice" is a teen romance but I enjoyed it. At first, I was wondering if it would be too similar to Melanie Dickerson's "Huntress of Thornbeck Forest", but other than the heroines both being "Robin Hood" characters who provide for a band of poor people, they each had their own storylines, which was nice. With this story being geared for teens, the romance isn't as deep as some books, but I didn't find it childish, either. I was originally going to let my daughters read this, but there were two phrases in the book that changed my mind. They were: "In fact, if I'd been someone more sinister-a lusty man without any regard for her womanhood-what would she have done tonight?" and "My blood ran cold at the thought of what Lord Wessex might do to her, of the torturous ways he'd violate her." At 11 and 10, they wouldn't understand these and I don't think they need to know what they are talking about. I will wait until they are older to let them read it. There are some mentions of torture, but not really too graphic. Unless the reader is already familiar with what being drawn and quartered is, it wouldn't mean much to them. There are a few mentions of bloody or mutilated bodies, but I didn't really find them overly repulsive. I liked how the parts of the book for Collin were a different font than the sections for Juliana. It made it easier to follow who was talking since the book was all in the first person point of view.

    "A Daring Sacrifice" is available in paperback:
    • Paperback: 224 pages
    • Publisher: Zondervan; Gld edition (March 1, 2016)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0310749379
    • ISBN-13: 978-0310749370
    • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches

    and in Kindle edition:
    • File Size: 1337 KB
    • Print Length: 222 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
    • Publisher: Zondervan (March 1, 2016)
    • Publication Date: March 1, 2016
    • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B012E02MVS

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through their zblogsquad program in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.