Thursday, April 19, 2018

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I record in a diary what I create each day.  Nothing flash, just the name of the project and FO or FFO when needed.  This week has been all about the dpns, with some hand dyed fabric thrown in for good measure.

These socks were started last year, as a pair of toe up.  I forgot to take the length of my toes into consideration, so they were ripped out and the yarn sat in solitary confinement until a few weeks ago.  Now they are well on their way to meeting their destiny using my vanilla cuff down recipe on four dpns.

The dyeing process on these was a bit of an experiment.  I wanted to see how much overlap there would be if I separated the yarn over light, medium and dark pots of dye, without cutting the yarn.  The two lots of yarn were dyed separately and there are some subtle differences.  I also thought it would be fun to start knitting with the darker end on one and the lighter end on the other.

Frankenbunny (from Easter Knits by Arne and Carlos) has had a hiccup or three....the latest being knitting his head back to front! lol  It was when he started to get a suspicious looking lump on the back of his head that I realised what I'd done!  Some of the body stuffing needs to come out, as he needs a sachet of beads to help him sit.

I'm about 2/3 of the way through "Eight-Petal Rose" from the book 55 Christmas Balls To Knit by Arne and Carlos.  This is the fifth one I've knit from their book 55 Christmas Balls To Knit.  I'm learning how to do color work though making these and having a blast doing it.  They're all going to be in varying shades of (hand dyed by me) turquoise and cream colored yarn.  The plan is to have them all finished, plus the ones from here (these are free), plus a few of my own by the beginning of December, to decorate the tree.

There's loads of freebies and tutorials on their blog, including how to knit Christmas balls.  Watch out, because those are the knitter's version of potato chips.....can't stop at one!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Hello Blogland!

Hello and welcome to my blog and also my first post.  I've been a cross stitcher since before the dinosaurs walked the earth and over time added quilting and knitting into the mix.  This is a place where I share all the creative things...warts and all!  

Woodlands Snowfall by Little House Needleworks is from the 2004 Just CrossStitch Christmas ornaments issue.  It just needs a few beads for snowflakes and a replacement for the moon....maybe a cross and twist stitch, as that looks like a star, then it will be ready to finish.  

Matilda Hornbuckle made her debut in the 2013 Just Cross Stitch Halloween Collection magazine.  I admired her from afar until a few weeks ago.  She is stitched on 14 count aida, which was white until it had a quick tea bath.  I've been looking at the design, thinking something was not quite's the little petals on the flowers!  The broom needs to be outlined so it shows up more.  It needs a border, perhaps feathered chain stitch in the blue of the flowers.

Craft supplies can't travel alone, so the pompom trim was joined by three others (safety in numbers) a couple of weeks ago.  The daisy trim is for spring projects, the heart trim will be perfect for Valentine's Day projects and the one above it is for general use.  These came from a recent visit to Hobby Lobby.  

Another Hobby Lobby find was these jewelry findings which have been made into knitting progress keepers by adding lobster claw clasps.  It's not possible to have enough stitch markers or progress keepers.

Mystery yarn (possibly worsted merino and silk) flat knit as a cowl.  It's waiting for some emergency surgery, as it's just a tad too baggy.  Just enough to be annoying.

This is a close up of the stitch pattern.  It is Fleck, from the Harmony Guide knit & purl stitches.

It was edited by Erika Knight and published in 2009.  I'm rather partial to stitch dictionaries (knitting, embroidery and crochet) and this is one of my favorites.  Each stitch pattern has its own page, with a clear photo and well laid out instructions, with each row on a new line, which makes it easy to use.

Thank you for visiting.  I'm looking forward to sharing the hows and whys of learning to use a scroll saw and also beginning to crochet in my next post.  Hopefully a swag of FFOs, too!

Like Potato Chips

I record in a diary what I create each day.  Nothing flash, just the name of the project and FO or FFO when needed.  This week has been all ...