Archive | January 2009

969 Yards!

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I think I have enough for my sweater. LOL, now if only I can fit it in, time wise! I found a really nice pattern already written which is exactly what I had in mind…and will work very well (I think) for this handspun yarn. It’s really thick and thin in spots so I’m planning to work with that!

A close up…

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Now, I’m back to cleaning…it’s SUPER CLEANING DAY here, lol, ’cause I have been too busy quilting and spinning and whatnot to get anything done these last few days. Doesn’t everyone include washing their newly spun wool with their cleaning day?!

I really need some cleaning elves…

A Bit Of Searching…

I was searching for freeform crochet links and found these…I wanted to put them here so I have them later when I may want them again!

http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/flowers.php

http://home.comcast.net/~gandal195/freeform/freeformtutorial.htm

http://www.myrawood.com/pages/demo.html

https://home.comcast.net/~gandal195/3dpuffflowermedallion.htm

http://www.healmyhands.com/how_to/bullion_stitch.html

http://crochet.about.com/od/learnmorestitches/a/bullion.htm

http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa052398.htm

http://crochet.about.com/od/freeformcrochet/Explore_Freeform_Crochet.htm

Working On The Quilt

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I’m quilting this freely, deciding exactly how as I go. I don’t know if you can see in the pictures but I’m changing embroidery floss colour each time I add a new thread – it’s interesting I think, to the eye.

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I’m going to decide what to do with the background and add more beads and buttons on a second go, once I finish quilting the applique pieces. I think otherwise the beads and such will get in the way of the hoop too much.

Should have more pictures later on… :)

Completely Freeform…

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The entire quilt top was cut freeform, without patterns and appliqued the same way. This quilt is like a giant scribble :) I’m using, entirely!, material, beads and buttons which I already had in my stash. Another stashbuster.

All set to add some quilting!

I’m always so amazed by how the stitching brings the quilt to life. It’s exciting! :)

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I’m using different shades of embroidery floss for the quilting itself – two strands – and some beads and buttons for fun.

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I LOVE my quilting hoop, btw, purchased in Ontario from a local craftsman, with a lifetime warranty. I’ve once had to replace a part and there was no problem at all.

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Quilting

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For my daughter’s birthday…I’m working on the back, building it out of strips of fabric, then on to layering and quilting! I’d like to add texture, maybe some embroidery or buttons or something, on top of hand quilting it.

Then, and all before Feb 22, I’m doing a baby quilt. Have yet to figure out exactly what it will be like but I’ll be thinking :) Boyish and bright, maybe themed, maybe geometric, maybe with some flannel (babies love flannel and I love flannel for babies)….

Since it’s late (and my back is sore from sewing!), I’m off to sneak in some knitting and watch tv!

Spinning Again!

Now that I’m finished the lovely knee socks, I felt like working on my spinning for a couple of days…it’s a nice break and I’ve been dying to get to it since I got all that beautiful (superwash merino) fibre at The Black Lamb for Christmas!

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I’m mixing these two colours (shell pink and a pink blend) by plying them together. I’m purposefully making the shell ply a little thinner than the blend – a little experiment.

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My finished product – the first skein – is approximately fingering to dk (by looks) and is about 14 wpi – probably 12 wpi in the thicker sections. I’m going to spin it all in a row to help ensure that the yarn is pretty much well matched. I know, I know….yes, I SHOULD just spin all the singles, wind them onto toilet paper rolls and then mix them to make the weights similar later.

Pfffffft…I don’t swatch either, ever. Don’t tell the knitting police!

I have a project in mind as I spin but it’s definitely a little into the future!! I’m thinking of designing an open knit sweater – done on larger than suitable needles – that is bottom up, as one piece as possible, with a simple seam finish and a v or some such neckline. It’ll be perfect for over a camisole. With this in mind, I chose the pinks because they are as delicate as the intended project.

I’m pretty excited about all of it :)

Flowering Orchid

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I’m so impressed! This is the orchid that my husband bought me last march, as a housewarming gift when we moved here. I haven’t done a thing to it but keep it watered and throw it some fertalizer every couple of months. It’s going to flower for a long time…I have many buds ready to open. :) I’ve always heard orchids are hard to deal with, which is why I’m so pleased :)