Thursday, June 08, 2017

Sewing and Knitting ... Opportunity Drawing items

 Three Origami bags - made by me for Indiana Lace Day!
 Each bag filled with delightful treasures ....
 each bag looking for a new home.  

Project bags not your thing?    How about these sets, knitted by me - Dishsoap w/dress, dishcloth, soap dish (personally, I'd use for lace pins)  bar soap!   This set in "Jade" 24/7 Lion Brand cotton yarn.

 This set in "Rose", Lion Brand 24/7 cotton yarn.

 Or, this set in "Aqua"?

   I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Fiber Fun

"F"inished -- Leafy Lisa Shawlette.  Pattern by Kelli Slack.   I used Misty Alpaca Chunky.  After the practice piece - the real wrap was easier to knit.   The chunky yarn was my first time using -- i got used to it after a few rows.     Below, practice piece 'wrap' for souvenir doll.  

In photo below, B E E S W A X!   From GF.     Local friend's DH has hives - and I am supposed to keep this sealed up ... yet it has such a fine scent!     I have not had my sewing out (will this week, need to tidy up some origami bags) and will use on my thread.

My progress (sorry, not finish) of the Woolenberry KAL.   Herald by Woolenberry.    The yarn is lovely to knit - Blooming Yarns Cashino.  
... and, Antarktis by Woolenberry.    Sadly, only a few more rows added ...

Radiating Hearts pattern by Evelyn Clark - probably for Lace Day raffle ... I used Lion Brand 24/7 cotton yarn.

Dishcloth dresses, patterns by Debbie Trainor.   

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

yarnie update

 Delightful mail (yesterday).   My name chosen from a Facebook Giveaway.   Gallant Cowel kit (pattern by Meghan Jones) and Plymouth Yarn.

I am participating in a Woolenberry KAL.   I have Herald on circular needles, Cashino yarn purchased with DH last Fall in Bloomington, IN.   It is a lovely pattern by Janina Kallio.   

Here is Antarktis, another Woolenberry pattern by Janina Kallio.  This seems more challenging to me.  Yarn is Cashino Blooming yarns (Bloomington, IN).

 Leafy Lisa wrap needs one more 'leaf' and it will be completed.  This is a pattern by Kelli Slack.   Yarn is Misty Alpaca Chunky.    I found some green yarn in my bag, purchased at an Ireland exhibit held at the Art Institute of Chicago.   I am thinking to try the Irish yarn with this pattern - I think that is is a wonderful pattern, it knits up quickly, and would be fun to have a wrap with green leaves, too.

I removed the goofy yarn mess & started a new 'bottom' of the Mosaic Bag.  (pattern by Cindy Walker).   It is lovely.   I have enough yarn (Erika Knight British Blue Wool) for a second bag.   Then will create the cord/drawstring.    I may have to change the colors a little bit for the 2nd bag.    

 My hat is done!   DD and I bought yarn (Rios, Malabrigo) in St. Charles, IL following a Riverdance performance.   This is a nice spiral knit hat pattern by Ann Norling.

My hitchhiker wrap is a bit longer - still not complete.

 I'm delighted Debbie Trainor has a new book of pattern out.  I'm looking forward to knitting a few dresses for soap bottles.   

Monday, April 17, 2017


I have continued to knit Antarktis (pattern by Janina Kallio).  Yarn is wood rose, BloomingYarns Cashino.   Also a few more rows on hitchhikker wrap (no curent pic)

 News.  In the current Piecework Magazine, 
my knitted Lace No. 10 photo is on pg. 4.  I know.  How cool is that?
more info on the trim, LINK HERE.

I struggled with dishcloths knitted on the diagonal.   GF, Sue, had knit these many times.  She patiently showed me the ropes, and I finally got the hang of it.  Sugar n Creme yarn, size 9 needles.

... and, once I had the 'know how' knit this for GF Amy.  Pattern is Leisure Arts, Love to Knit Dishcloths by Evelyn A. Clark, called Radiating Hearts.  Sugar n Creme. 

... this free pattern was from Yarnspiration web site -- link HERE.  Sugar n Creme yarn.

This is  new-to-me yarn, Lion Brand 24/7, cotton.    Pattern is Leaf Lace dishloth ...  link HERE.

I like to have my fav needles close at hand + worry about ruining the points.   I have been using this wonderful woven pouch + it is perfect. 

Toys -- did you see the sheep shape stitch markers? 

I wasn't sure about the yarn-it, yet, when I saw the sale, bought a pink one.   I hope to keep the "hat" yarn free of cat fur.   oh, the shedding. 

Fusing ... embellishing.   More photos - link here.

My iron is a mess -- a gust of wind blew the mistyfuse into the iron plate.   After cleaning the iron, I am looking forward to making this owl kit w/DD.

and.... if you like contests .... 
if you are in the neighborhood --- 

visit Lace Day!!!   
 details on the
Lafayette Lacemaker blog, link HERE.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

knitting update

EDITED 02/17/2017

This is my bag in progress.  I'm using Erika Knight's british blue wool -- six colors.

Knitting in the round on size 6 circular.

Next - add the circular bottom in the dk teal color.   Not sure about the cord --- pattern suggests an icord, I'm thinking spool knitter!

when I started the bottom, the yarn had a knot!   so, I'm undecided about the 'fix' -- since it is on the bottom, I may pull out the rows and start with yarn without a knot.   Cannot decide if it would weaken the bottom of the bag (which I really don't want to line with fabric).

before the bag - had a few 'swatches' -- here is the linen stitch:
 made with Cascade sparrow, lilac, and (maybe) Gelato/yellow.

 I took an all day mitten class in November.
 I have one mitten finished
& need to start the twin!   This is Plymouth Yarn, Baby Alpace Agrande.  Who knows, probably Winter will be over with before I even start ....

This is my IOLI Convention , class project , in the works:
 Kelli Slack's Class - using Liliput yarn.   The pattern is by Kelli Slack, called
Ilwaco Shawlette --     

Edited 02/17/2017 -- because I have been asked, the ornaments I use are glass.   Came in a box of 12 from one of the craft stores.   (ie JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels ... maybe Hobby Lobby )   Inexpensive as I recall.    

I had fun filling glass ball ornaments (Size 2 5/8")  with itty bitty knitting ...

Yarn used is 100% pure wool from the Shetlands - Jamieson & Smith - from knitting store sale bin.  Says to use size 3 knitting needles.   I'm guessing any lace weight yarn will do.

These were sent to Gracie (blogging at Needles, Pins, and Dragonflies): 

On the left side, "Peace", HD yarn by Marilee Rockley (was a gift).   It is sortof like crewel yarn/wool.    On the right something from the knitting store sale bin called 'dream' Tahki Yarns.   I'm guessing crochet cottons would work, too.

Some Progress made on Hitch hiker wrap:  

Of the projects - this one seems easy to knit.   Would like to finish soon.


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