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Mom has been a busy beaver with her destashing projects.  In the midst of that goal she began reading the newest book in one of her favorite series, “Gone with the Wool” by Betty Hechtman.  In this installment of a quirky series about a woman that inherited her Aunt’s  knitting retreat business they are exploring loom knitting.  Mom wanted to explore in more depth what they were talking about in the books.  Fortunately one of the crafting motto’s we live by is “If you see it, get it, you never know when you’ll see it again.”  Yes, I know.  This sounds like a wasteful motto, but thanks to this motto we happened to have some knitting looms on hand.  (Okay so we have the whole set except sock and afghan looms because I had a coupon and they were on sale at JoAnn’s a few years ago).  I had a project already started on one and Mom has gone to town ever since!  She made these six hats in 3 days!  One of the white hats has a bit of a problem since one of the rows seems to be a bit looser than the rest but all of the other hats are lovely.  We are currently debating if these hats are going to go to Paradise FIbers for their donation contest or to the local knit and crochet group for the local hospital instead.  Either way!

Go MOM!  Happy Crafting!

Using Up Stash

Mom found a couple of patterns in one of her Plastic Canvas Books and wanted to see how they would turn out!  Without buying anything new, these are the patterns she found and they are made up to be magnets.  If you excuse the shadows of my hands trying to aim the camera, these are just beautiful.  The Celtic Knot on the left and top right is made out of two shades of green with a white background using long stitches.  The heart on the right and bottom right is made from pink, red, and gold using a combination of long and regular stitches on a heart shaped piece of canvas.

They both turned out great, Go Mom!

Happy Crafting!

Progress, or not

So spinning every day was a great idea.  Unfortunately it did not take into account my being sick enough that dragging myself to work was about all I could do.  Therefore my spinning has fallen off track a bit, not irreparable though.  While I will not actually get 365 days of spinning this year, my goal was to take each month as it comes and deal with it that way.  January is sort of shot, I missed about 3 days, but I will finish strong and start up with February.

Speaking of starting up, Mom is almost fully recovered from her previous illness.  She has decided to see how many crafts she can finish with the supplies we already have laid in.  Essentially she has declared this her year of Stash Busting Crafts!  So far this month she has crocheted up 2 cowls from yarn she had on hand, I will put up pictures of those in my next post.

I have decided to accompany her on this quest, though for my major tapestry project I will need to purchase more wool in periwinkle, though I will admit to a desire to see how much of that project I can get done with the supplies I had already laid in.  (Warp threads, white weft, and some singles spun in periwinkle, with an addition of gold silk I hope to use to accent a particular portion).

I must freely confess I fear I am already making excuses for not following through, since my next thought is that I wanted to purchase some white wool to test dying techniques.  I suppose the best way of doing that would be to dig out what white wool I already have (alpaca, sheep, etc) and plan on using that to dye with until I have figured out which, if any, of the natural dyes get me the colors I want.  If the natural dyes don’t work the way I want then I will have just used some of my wool-stash anyway.  My next experiment is probably going to be centered around washing the batts that I carded containing ‘sticky wool’.  I am hoping that there is some lanolin or other processing oils contained in the batts that is making them sticky.  If that is the case then a good hot soak should loosen up the oils enough for me to wind up with a fluffy batt.  If not then washing with Dawn, if they start to felt then I might try to spread it thin and experiment with felting.

I am sort of excited to let the wool speak for itself and decide what it will become.  I am still spinning thin with the blues, now that I am feeling better.  So many exciting things going on!

Happy Crafting!

Working with my Spinzilla Yarn

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I decided that my second big project of the year, or third depending on whether I am counting Spinzilla or not, was to make a half-granny shawl for my mother from my Spinzilla yarn. I remain completely amazed at how well my chaotic riot of colors works together.  This was started while I was waiting for my mother to have a minor surgery, it was supposed to be half and hour and wound up taking two hours, thank goodness I had my crochet with me.  Fortunately mom came out with flying colors.  I enjoy the ruffled edge (alright it wasn’t supposed to ruffle but it’s cute anyway) seems to tie the entire piece together.

Happy Crafting!

Christmas Projects (2015)

Before I start in on what I have done so far in 2016, I wanted to post about the Christmas ornaments Mom and I made for the Christmas season!

One of my workplaces has a display of homemade ornaments that the staff have contributed.  I used my new Zoom Loom to make 3 different ornaments and mom created a plastic canvas cardinal.

Needle Sushi

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I am thinking of getting into bobbin lace.  One of the main supplies is a lot of pins, it really is an interesting craft that I hope to learn sometime when I have more time and patience.  To that end, I needed a pin cushion.  Since I did not have a pin cushion but I do have a lot of acrylic yarn I decided to look up patterns to create a pin cushion.  I regret to say I do not know where I got the original pattern from, but I did modify it anyway.  This really simple pattern created a visually interesting pin cushion with as many different colors as I could imagine.  Mom thinks I should make these to sell, and I wonder how they would go over.  As you can see they hold a ton of pins, and are really sort of cute.  Oh well, I enjoyed making it and will love using it once I get around to learning Bobbin Lace!  The Joys of a completed, practical, project!

Jungle Rug

Jungle Rug

Sorry it has been a while since I last posted, some things have been happening and I have not found the time.

This is the project that I spent the summer working on.  It is a latch hook rug, the seams are sewn with rug thread, a rubber backing was painted on and it was finished with a non-skid backing glued on.  The latch hooking took over 85 hours, and about a week of sewing, painting, and drying time for the finishing.  It was a lot of work but a lot of fun as well. This is the first really big project that I managed to complete.  I purchased a finial rod to finish things off and gave this as a gift.  Mom is holding the rod up behind the rug.

Witchy Bit of Plastic Canvas

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These are why my mother was looking for magnetic strips.  While these were originally considered coasters, we both think they are way too cute to put coffee mugs on!  The horizontal photo was taken by my mother, all by herself, it turned out really well!

Plastic canvas, from a kit, August/September 2015.

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