Saturday, April 11, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015

Did You Think That Was a Lot of Ornaments?

There are MORE.  A total of 36 in progress, to be exact.

Every time I cut fabric for something, I cut a strip or two for my kimono ornament box:
which allows me to play around with matching fabrics and makes for less ironing (ALWAYS a consideration in my life).  While this has many good aspects, lately it has also meant that the box was getting very, very full.  THEN I got the idea for these,
 because so many of our friends play music (I think the clasp stitching needs to be in gold on the next ones, don't you?), and while I was getting the music fabrics out, I ran across the silver fabric
which really looks good with two blue and silver fabrics...........and by the time I stopped pinning I had 36 ornaments in progress.  And not a huge dent in my kimono ornament stash.  Ahem........

I think one of the things that added to so many ornaments in progress is that I had my craft table to myself.  This is the official sign of spring around here.  While Theo is still willing to join me for his latest game,
(catch the stick through the laundry basket), outside is much more exciting than inside.  And as many of my spring plants are still in the kitty protection program,
this works out well for all concerned.  I am even considering getting something else cut out while I am without kitty assistance, but want another stab at using my new mini-iron now that I have these:
One set will go in the nifty little side pocket our ironing board cover has, and the others will remain in the sewing room for when I use my iron and possibly that darn glue gun.  You would be amazed at all the things one can't do without using the index finger.

Yesterday was a pretty bad back day, so I spent a lot of time with the new scarf,
which turns everything it touches purple.  It's an acrylic, which I thought were more color-fast, but the new purple tinge to my bamboo needles is even more pronounced than it is in the picture.  I'll see what a vinegar rinse does for this scarf when it's done.  Otherwise, it might be turning homeless people purple soon.......

Friday, April 3, 2015

And On To April!

I managed to squeak both both scarves in under the Mad Dash wire, giving me
2090 yards for my Mad Dash team (which luckily had some faster knitters, so we made the 12,000 yard mark) and 34 projects for the year! 

Of course, what I wanted to do was immediately cast on more lace, but I would REALLY love to see a physical reduction in stash this year, so I cast on a one-row scarf instead:
The yarn is an acrylic that I've had for a while, and generally I only use acrylic for baby clothes, but I really like this colorway.  AND it's been in my stash probably 9 years, and this scarf will use it all up--and hopefully make a great gift.  THEN I can revisit the lace thing..........

The two runners with fleece for a backing have been finished and washed,
 and while they turned out okay, I'm not overly thrilled with the bottom one with the decorative ties.  The stippled one was certainly the bigger pain to actually MAKE because the fleece was so stretchy, but it certainly looks best.  I'll have to think about this before trying it again.  The next ones,
are being stippled with the regular batting sandwich.  The first one I used bits of fusible webbing to baste, and the one in progress now used basting spray and pins.  Honestly, I prefer fusible fleece to both, but it's not practical for all projects and I am trying to learn to do this.  The final one might get the fusible fleece just to make it easy on myself, but I am getting better.

Now that the weather is warm, Theo has better things to do, but Calisto is enjoying the "cleaning" of the sewing room:
More than I am, to be honest.  I am trying to be really good about cleaning off my crafting table at least, which made it easy to start cutting some new kimono ornaments last night:
I even ironed the next strip sets for the second spicy spiral runner.  The first one has been laundered and the fusible fleece with no quilting worked beautifully, so I'm almost ready to tackle the next two.  Almost..........



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ways To Celebrate April Fool's Day in the Knitting World - Part VI

*  Publish a free pattern on Ravelry, and the next time someone asks you for a chart, make one using Roman numerals.....

*  Walk into your local knit night and announce that with Global Warming, soon no one will need knitwear at all.

*  Take a small ball of yarn with you when you go out for sushi, and start knitting with your chopsticks while waiting

*  This:
* or this:
* Call your local police station to report a tip on a local yarn uni-bomber, but specify that he does occasionally dabble with acrylic 4-ply

*   Confront the local quilter's guild for encroaching on your craft-store turf--if possible, with a catchy background score by Bernstein.

*  Take your knitting out in public, and the next time someone says, "I would never have the patience for that," tell them the doctor says it will keep you off the medications and maybe the shock treatments....

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for your kind words everyone!  I am SO in love with the new shawl!!!  And to give credit where credit is due, this is the Raverly link to the Begonia Swirl shawl, which a lovely knitter has chosen to share for free.  Aren't knitters the best?

I've had a bit of an up-and-down (literally) week with the back, so only a tiny bit of sewing:
which was trying single decorative stitches in variegated thread as ties on a table runner with fleece as a backing.  Not bad, though not my favorite.  And the limit of this week's sitting.

Since there's been a fair bit of laying on the heating pad, I took the opportunity to try out the size 17 needles I just bought,
and made half a scarf before having to stop
because I couldn't find the second ball of yarn.  My organization "skills" are just truly frightening sometimes.  I liked the pattern, so I started a second scarf with slightly smaller needles (10) and some of the oldest yarn in my stash:
which has to be at least 12 years old and has long since been discontinued.  It's chenille worsted, so it's a pain for most things, but this loopy scarf is just perfect for it.  This morning I managed to FINALLY locate the second ball of yarn, so with 4 days left in the Mad Dash, maybe I can finish both of them????????????

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Knitting on a Knitting Blog?

Really????????????

So while it would have made sense to stick with big needles and big yarn during the Mad Dash, I became obsessed with the Begonia Swirl shawl (because I'm me and must complicate everything), but I am pleased to announce that I am at the bind-off:
I already added the first 600-yard ball of yarn to my tally, so it's not going to go up by much and I'm nowhere NEAR my 3000 yards, but I am going to have a beautiful new shawl for spring.  The knitters who are knitting 12,000 yards by themselves are multi-stranding, which is great if you end up with lace yarn and decide you don't like knitting with lace yarn, but I wasn't even slightly tempted.  The reason I have so much lace yarn is that I like knitting with it, I like how it looks, I like the softness of the projects, and it would be stupid for me to take yarn I like and waste it on a project I don't like.  So, I'll probably won't even make it to 2000 yards, but that's fine.  I'm knitting something I love.  And it could be finished by the end of the day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!