I guess I have really taken a lot of time of from this blog. I have been creative though. I has been snowy and cold this winter, so I guess that I really was hybernating. Gained 10 lbs. So I am happy that Spring it on its way.
So Here is some of the work that I have been doing.
I knit another had during a wresting match, but don't have a picture. I donated two of them to the raffle at the team banquet. So people bought tickets and won them, the teamed raised money for next year.
I finished the sweater that I wrote about earlier. What a lovely picture of me.
An Ear flap hat.
Hat and scarf set in a basket weave pattern.
An Entralac scarf and matching headband. I like the entralac pattern and love to knit the headband.
Now I am making mittens. These are from Natural wool. Grey, White and Brown.
This mitten has a braid down the back. Its mate is still being knitted.
These hats were made from one skein of commercial yarn.
I have several other projects planned with my handspun. People always ask 'Who are you making that for'. We know the answer. Whomever. Maybe I will keep it, maybe I will give it as a present, Maybe I will sell it. It is the process that I enjoy. The product is just Extra.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
What a concept! Knit something for your self. I tend to either give away as gifts or sell the items that I have made. So this year I decided I needed to make something for my self. So I have a book that has patterns that are knitted from cuff to cuff.
Really nice patterns, and variety of designs all knit from cuff to cuff. So I picked the following. I wanted to use Noro or something like it. Our local yarn store is going out of business so I thought I could get some there.
Well they did not have enough balls of Noro, so I bought the following instead. I got 7 or 8 different colorways. A couple the same that I will use to start and end with so the sleeve/cuff has the same colorway. And the neck edge and bottom will also be the same colorway.
So you knit the cuff, it has a rolled edge and some ribbing, it makes a nice edge.
Then you knit the sleeve. When I ran out of one ball I tried to find a similar color in a different ball of a different colorway. So far it has turned out nice.
Then you cast on for the front and back and knit for a while. Then knit just the front making the neck edge.
And then go back to the back and catch up with the front. That is where I am now. Working on the back. I need to knit the same number of rows that I did for the front when I knit the neckline. Using all those different color ways is really turning out nice.
I was hoping to have it done by the end of Wrestling season, cause there is not a whole lot of excitement when you kid is not wrestling during a match. I can get a lot of knitting done. But I have been knitting at home also. So I should have it done within a couple weeks.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
I got my sewing area set up and electricity to the machines on Saturday so I had to make something. I bought Layer Cake of Moda Cherish Nature a while back. I used a pattern called Ashley's Journey in the book Piece of Pie, Layer Cake Friendly Quilt Pattern. I finished cutting and sewing all the blocks on Saturday and cut the borders and sewed them together.
I added the borders today. The pattern only has two borders, I added the third. I also added an additional row of blocks, 8 instead of 7. I have it hanging from the second floor balcony, the wall is in the dinning room. So I made the quilt in two days. It is 66 by 94. A nice size.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Yes. That is my word for the new year. Relax.
For quite a while, to many years really, I have felt rushed. Always playing catch-up. Over extending myself, over committing, eyes too big for the stomach, the whole 9 yards of that. Even driving, I time travel to the latest minute, I try to sleep in to the last minute and then find that I am rushed to get where ever.
So, for 2011, I will relax. I could elaborate on all this with what I will or will not do to allow me to relax, but I think that that is all I will say. I will relax.
I looked back on my word for last year. Sensation. I will say I lived my year with many sensations. So this new year I hope to learn to relax.
My wonderful sister sent me Jamie Ridlers' Wishcrasting Journal for a Christmas gift. It is so appropriate for how I feel. I need to make life go right for me. I am tired of things going wrong. Maybe right and wrong are not the best words, maybe positive instead of negative would be better. I know that we all have what we can handle, but I would like to handle positive stuff. I have proved that I can handle the negative stuff. I want to be that person who people say, 'Wow! what a break for her, she deserves it after all that she has been through! Good for her!'
So the Wishcasting Journal is a way of asking for what I want to happen. It is just a variation on praying. Asking Spirit to help. Asking the universe for help. Self fulfilling prophacy.
2011 will be a great year.
My wish is that you have a great relaxing 2011 also.
Monday, November 1, 2010
I had to do some more screen print. Since I only have the one thermofax screen it is the same, just a different color way.
Again I used a piece of fabric that I over dyed. You can see the original design in the picture below. It was cream base with a leaf pattern. This light aqua dye didn't cover the leaves as much as the other one. I let the screen go off the edge on to the cover fabric on the board that I use.
I used the flower screen and the 5 colors of paint. I let the paint dry between colors. It looks like the other piece from yesterday. I wash the screen after eash color. This time I was a little rough with it and ruined it after the last washing. So No more printing with this screen. I probably will buy it again. I have some ideas that I want to used on. I am really happy with both, this and the one from yesterday. I probably will make a bag or some sort. I think that the fabric will still look good when it is cut up.