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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Random Stashbusting

Mostly Handspun Woven Scarf

Pattern:  Inspired by Deborah Jarchow's class Rigid Heddle Weaving:  Beyond the Basics.  I took both the Craftsy class and the in person class at Stitches MidWest.   Also inspired by urbangyz tutorial which she kindly shares for free:)
Loom:  Cricket Rigid Heddle Loom.  Simple weave stitch.  8 dent reed.

This was a lot of fun.  I paid only a little attention to colors and what to use next.  I love making the bobbles pop out, but also found they were cool just woven in flat.  I wish I had left a little more length on the beginning side for a long fringe.  I may hem this yet as it has plenty length.  This is a great way to use up the short lengths of wonky handspun.  I used leftover sock yarn and a little eyelash stuff in the warp.

Lap Quilt

Another scrap buster.  The backing is some very nice quality Strawberry Shortcake flannel.  Blogless Stevie gave me a whole bolt of the stuff!  The top is some vintage Hawaiian print squares I got maybe 20 years ago when they were already vintage.  These are just a few I have left.  I found a piece of cotton batting, put on the ole even feed foot and free-handed the diagonals.  I went with gray thread and pink in the bobbin.  I wanted to make this bigger but the contrasting fabrics where all too busy.  No not-in-stash fabric was allowed!

Bitty Bunny

Pattern:  A free Ravelry download:)
Yarn:  handspun fine merino and a bit of angora 
Mods:  none
He is a very cut little bunny and cleverly constructed.  


by Phoeny
Yarn:  Various.  The brown is hand spun.  The leaves are Koigu and Lontue leftover from other 
Comments:  The leaves make you a little crazy, but in the end I love how they turned out.  I needle felted on the eyes and mouth.  Perhaps he came out too happy.   

Undertow Wild Card Bling Batt

Fiber by yarnwench.  ”…merino top,sari silk, soysilk, nylon firestar, Cotswold lamb locks, strips of woven silk with raw edges, silk threads, and lots of silk noil. A handful of beautiful curly Cotswold lamb locks"
Single spun on Serenity, my Majacraft Rose with the Wild Flyer.  This was my first real batt to spin.  It was full of little surprises and way fun to spin.  It is very soft.  Oh what shall it be?  Knit Collage has some fun looking ideas.  

Mom and I made the Memorial Day Rounds to remember uncles, cousin and friends at  Punchbowl, the National Memorial Cemetery of the the Pacific , a solemn and beautiful place.  We take this day to visit Aunt Agnes, my dad and mom's dad as well.  The plumeria were is full bloom and the pink shower trees as well. 

Saturday, May 07, 2016

One Woman Senior Citizen Club

I've found that one dishrag pattern that I can do!  Somehow my knitted ones and crocheted ones were all wonky so I gave up.  Perhaps it took turning into a genuine card-carrying senior citizen that inspired me to do something with all the cotton/cotton blend yarns I've collected or harvested from projects.  I have made many and throw them at all my friends.
Pattern:  Tunisian Crochet Washcloth by Poppy & Bliss (Michelle Robinson) from My Poppet
Hooks:  6mm Tunisian Crochet hook and J crochet hook
Notes:  My ends looked pretty sloppy and my corners wonky.  For me it worked best to just cut each color and join the new one.
Yarns:  Bernat organic cotton, Valley Yarns Goshen, Louise Harding Ondine,
Plymouth Yarn Jeannee Worsted, some vintage stuff, Peaches and cream.

Another quick and easy project was the jar opener.  I have two and have used them for many things besides opening jars.  They help my cutting board not slide and I use one when I have to clamp my apply corer/slicer to the counter top.  I read somewhere they are handy under the sewing machine pedal as well.  These are going to be thrown at the walking group.
Supplies:  shelf liner by Contact.  
Hooks:   I used a size D hook for the first row and changed to a size G.  I found a SC, ch1 around decreased puckering.  
Then there is the potholder.  Well so far two potholders.Pattern:  Delores's Scrap Hotpad
Mods:  For a potholder, I tried a 6 inch square and one layer of padding and 7.5 inch square with one later heat resistant padding with one layer cotton batting.  I like the two layers and larger size.  I did not add a loop since I store my potholders in a hanging bag.

More are sure to follow.  

And last but not least, the hanging bags.  I love to use up scrap yarns and handspun. I have three in the kitchen and one in the bathroom (for TP rolls)

Pattern:  Large Hanging Basket by Bekki Bjarnoll from Bekki Bjarnoll: A Crochet Blog
Notes:  I change the crochet hook depending on the yarns I use.  I have used up to 4 yarns held together.   Adding some eyelash yarn is a nice touch!

I went to a birthday party last night for a friend who just turned 50.  That seems very young to me.  I better start channeling my inner 20-something before reaching permanent old fut stage.  Are there pills?  The vitamins aren't doing it.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

FO. Code: Armonika Cowl and Top Down Reversible Beanie

Pattern:  Code: Armonika Cowl, by Rutast Design 
Yarn:  Kathmandu Aran Tweed,by Queensland Collection, Aran / 10 ply, 85% Merino, 10% Silk, 5% Cashmere .  I used 4 balls colorway Sienna.
Needles:  Size 8
This came out about 48 inches long before the 3 needle bind-off.  I can wrap it around twice.  It is quite wide but scrunches up nicely.  I have not blocked it yet.    I love this yarn which is good since I have a lot of it!

I made the hat to match, and wrote it up.  If anyone would like to try it, be aware it has not been tested.  I call it Top Down Reversible Beanie.  I hope this link works.  It looks similar to some hats I've seen, but not exactly.  Unless noted, for each row, repeat the pattern stitches for the whole row. (google drive document updated 3/24/2016) 3/28/2016 updated line 16 to read: 

K f&b, P6.  PDF is updated

3/30/2016  A green hat, same yarn.  Modification, 4 inches of ribbing.  


After trying this on, I made that appointment with AC man.  It's supposed to be another killer summer.  Hopefully my sister up in the frigid north can use it next winter to go with her thrummed mittens

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Retail Possibilities

Gift cards for THE birthday. Yes, I'm a card-carrying member of the senior club.

The family has given me gift cards and I can't decide how to spend them.

1.  Bigger wool cards.  I have the smaller ones, so perhaps bigger ones will make life go faster.  Or am I just going to get my fiber already prepped and dyed like I told myself before.  Wool cards can be used for blending as well.  I have excellent cotton combs already.  And if I get cards, curved or not?
2.  Blending board.  This was not on my radar before.  It looks like a good alternative to the spendy drum carder for smaller projects.  Most of my projects are pretty small.  But will I actually make art batts.  That would necessitate increasing the variety of my fiber stash.
3.  Drum carder.  Spend-y.  Will I actually card $600+ worth of wool in the future?
4.  Wool Combs.  These look like weapons of mass destruction.  Based on my current level of klutz-i-ness, I could do myself or a loved one bodily harm.  However, watching the videos I can definitely think of times combs would have come in handy.  But, will I every process raw wool since I was leaning toward buying only processed/dyed fiber?  I used pet brushes to flick my locks before, but that really doesn't separate out the shorter fibers and neps/noils very well.

Speaking of cards, I took The day to seek out my bus card and my senior club card from Zippy's.  I found out I just have to flash my medicare card to ride TheBus one way for a dollar.  No need to buy a senior ID card.  I feel like the Zippy's card should be free and not $20/year.  But after doing the math I suspect it will be worth it.  My son dearly loves their chili.

I'm leaning toward the wool combs.  I'm trying not to make a snap decision.

I finished spinning my Irish Cheviot and knit a Totoro.  I can't decide on his face.  This is my first attempt.  Alas, the black for his nose and mouth do not show up well on the dark blue.  The Cheviot was a bit rough but had a wonderful sheep-y smell.  It was very easy to spin and would make a wonderful beginning fiber for a neophyte. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  The "real shamrock" plant from the blogless Karen O are all four leafs.  I will have to ask her what it is. ('ihi'ihi lauakea)

Update:  The blending board is on order!

I changed Totoro's eyes and nose.  No mouth so far.

I used my Sizzix to cut out eyes and glued (gasp) the pupils on.  I also embroidered some whiskers on.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Organizing Tote

I loved the tutorial posted for this bag at

One can never have to many project bags and this one has pockets for knitting needles and the pattern.  I decided to make this from fabric stash.  My modification was to add a second end pocket with slots.  I made the denim one first and used a piece of lightweight denim from who knows where that was just lounging on the sewing table.  The contrast was from my aunt  who is destashing her "good" stuff.  The straps and binding I made long ago so I tried to use it up.

You know that feeling you get that you are forgetting something.  Well when I got to the lining, haha, I had stitched the bag together without it's interfacing and though the little voice in my head kept saying you can't put it on the lining, I didn't let that stop me.  So the bag is usable, but the lining does not fit too well.

For the second attempt, I used some naturally dyed cotton from a class I took.  I also had some indigo shibori scraps.  This time I tried fleece.  It made the bag too floppy.  The lining was a cool piece of fabric of unknown fiber content.  It was ravelly and unforgiving.  So number 2 has baggy lining and is a bit floppy, but oh well, still usable.

I don't know if I'll make another, although I think a longer one would make a splendid spindle bag.

I'm already dreading the end of Downton Abbey even though I suspect it will have a happy ending.

My senior fit class is going well.  No personal injuries.  The next step in this race to Medicare age is to sign up for my senior bus pass, although most family and friends can't see me riding the bus.  I'm waiting for the Silver and Fit info so I can join the YMCA.

I'm finishing up the Winter Mystery KAL by Susanna IC of Annis fame.  It will be the last in my shawl series, I think.  Then it's on to cork people/shrooms, since I've acquired a stash of champagne corks.  Also spinning up my Ireland Cheviot.  Plan a 3-pl worsted with some Totoro in mind.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Rare and Illusive Rainbow Minion

Two ply, handspun cake-dye Romney locks.  Spun and plied on Bosworth spindles.  Could have used a bit more twist.  The second ply was merino singles from my Hansen E-spinner retreat, spun on the Hansen.  I wanted to try out some reverse thrumming and used this video tutorial from The YellowFarm

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

Knitting FOS, Shawl Pins

Details on Ravelry

Tutorial for Shawl pins by Abby Hook, Etsy purchase.