Thursday, December 26, 2013

2013 in Review

This year was a difficult one for me. Very busy at work and at home. Life events took place, difficult to deal with, now unpleasant things belong to the past and I move on.

I have some accomplishments in weaving, knitting, machine knitting. I did not document much. Shawls are unblocked, things were finished and sent away before I took  pictures. Other things got made and unraveled. I knit three cardigans, two by hand, several by machine and ripped them all. I love the yarn but I hated the results so out they came and the yarn re-purposed. I also ripped Flying Geese, I had knit it several years back, I love the yarn but the sweater was too large and bulky. The yarn was skeined and washed and is now ready to start another *more project.

I also knit Viajante, a huge shawl/cowl type thing with Mountain Colors Lace yarn, all 1200 yards got ripped after I tried it on and it felt like a straight jacket. Out it went to the frog pond right then and there. The whole knitting/ripping process felt like undoing mistakes, maybe it was a message I was sending myself to set things right in my world.

Ripping and regrets are over, now I move on. Optimistic with a lovely light shinning ahead for me. There is nothing new, but there is hope in my heart, projects to complete, shuttles flying, wheels spinning and needles clicking.

In all I worked on
Shawl with mercerized cotton and Tencel.
Towels with unmercerized cotton

Not much in spinning other than a few skeins of silk on the wheel and few yards on the spindles.

The above mentioned cardigans, and shawls that now live on the other side of the frog pond, and also:
violettes et muscaris
Gwendolen Drops Jacket with cables and shawl collar
Olga's Indiski (Indian) Shawl

Machine Knitting:
All the ripped stuff that is now back in skeins
Sideways T

The shuttles are out , several edgings and necklaces were finished and sent away. I have a fan in mind with thread and fan sticks ready to go.

On the needles:
Reversible Cabled-Rib Shawl

I have yarn for several projects, lots of weaving, and spinning.

As we  move on, I am looking towards 2014 as a more productive year. I might even get back to the embroidery machine.

Knit On! Spin Happy!  Full steam ahead!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Wool Quilting Batts Part 2

Remember the wool batts? I thought about them for a while. What to do, what to do? I don't like the looks of tied quilts and sewing by machine or hand through all the thickness was just not going to happen. It finally struck me! Duvet Covers! Some surfing and soon enough I came up with flannel Duvet covers and with sheep! of all things sheep all over!
I ordered two twin bed size knowing that the batts are lapsize but maybe two would fit in one? or I could always cut them down to fit. Here are the results, excuse the lousy phone pictures and the blur on the second one:

I stretched out one cover on the floor and the two batts on top, perfect fit...sideways but who said they had to go in lengthwise?

The tricky part, or so I thought, was getting them inside with no wrinkles, it was really easy holding the corners of the cover and moving my arms towards the opening:

Here it is! the two lap size batts in one cover folded in four. If they shift, I can always tie them ...I know I said that is what I did not want to do, but a girl can change her mind, we always do. After everything was set and done, I crawled under it on the couch to read and nap for a while. Wonderful!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Slouchy Hat

I have been working on samples for the kids to knit at Knitting Machine program down in Colombia. My 13 yo nephew saw the hats and wanted one in yellow and navy blue. I explained to him the hats were not mine to give away but that I would knit him one to his liking. I handed him a box of cotton/silk blend yarn that I had in stash and left him to decide on colors.
Quite a surprise awaited me when I came back to find him with 5 colors! He said it would look cool....OK....says me....lets do it!

We did the math and he stood by me handing the yarn over in the color order he wanted, and the number of rows that would give the thickness of stripe he wanted.
Here is his creation:

I have to say I love it! Turns out the hat matches his Nike running shoes!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wool Quilting Batts

Sometime back I dyed a beautiful wool/silk blend with Indigo. It was great fun and the colors came out lovely. I was going to card it myself but decided to send it to a mill .... the name I will not mention here.
The carded fiber came back and into a bin it went....several months later I discovered the fiber had been shredded, a horrible carding job, the only way to recover some of the fiber was to comb it and see what I could save. In the bin it went again, with a firm thought of 'Never again will I use the mill'. I tried to spin it several times, the resulting yarn was lumpy and horrible. I was going to throw it away when a friend said she had heard that Zellinger Wool Co. would card wool to make quilting batts!
A quilting batt made out of wool/silk blend?! Now that would be warm. Since I had nothing to lose at that point and maybe lots to gain, I called, made arrangements and off I sent 5 lbs. I ordered 2 lap size blanket quilting batts. I had no idea what to expect because I could not find pictures of anything similar anywhere.
The batts came back a couple of weeks ago, I am beyond delighted to see the results!
Thick wool batts enclosed in cheese cloth, nice seams , and nicely tied to keep the wool in place!
Here they are, a couple of pictures to give you a good idea of what they look like. The pictures are a bit dark...but so is the world these days.
If you have any wool that has gone beyond the recovery/hope edge, I suggest you consider this alternative.
Now I have to come up with the top and backing for the quilts. I will probably tie them, there is no way to machine quilt these batts, they are too thick,hand quilting is not something I will do just because I don't have the time.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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Saturday, November 03, 2012

Project Bags

I love bags, and boxes and anything that will hold something else. It seems that I have a bag/box for each thing and a thing for each box/bag. If you have visited my Etsy shop you have seen what I make. I also love embroidery and the embroidery machine. Out of all the embroidered bags I have made, of course there was yet to be one for me.

Most of my bags are my own pattern, adaptations from things I see. But when I saw the 241 tote pattern, I knew it was perfect to embellish with embroidery. I set to make my own version and make my own denim bag from recycled jeans.

It has a magnetic snap inside, I might make another one with pockets inside.

I debated if I wanted embroidery in the back, rubbing against the body might not be the best thing on the embroidery, but we will see. I don't plan to walk miles with it.

I am in finishing mode, you might see more things show up around here soon.