Beads, Knit and Playday

This is the latest necklace, that I have added to my collection. It is called the Button Collection and is by Connie Wright from Bowen Island. I love wearing it. Each little bead or button is a real treasure. She also knits incredible sweaters.

The two hats are for the homeless, the dark wool was given to me to use, but the first hat is more child sized, so I added some sock wool which picked up the colours in the dark yarn. The pattern is from the Purl Experience by Sally Melville. The pattern is Canadian-Winter Hat.The dark yarn is Windsor Tweeds from Tahki, and the second hat I added Indigo sock yarn. Project Spectrum 3 is now in the water element and the colours are blue, black and purple.

Two weeks ago, I got together with 3 friends to play. We made some creative embellishments from the book by Sherrill Kahn. So we stamped on fabric, wrapped pipe cleaners, made some UTEE beads, wrapped some fabric beads with yarns and made an embellishment using page protectors. I haven’t photographed the small stamped doll or the air dry clay buttons that we had rubber stamped as well. Click to see close up of the beads and pipe cleaner. So far this group is too much of the same value of colour, so still thinking of the next move. I will be combing these bits into a journal.

A pink hat

This is Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora, it is lovely and soft to knit.
A baby hat for a one year old.

Eden in Blush and Seduce in Cinnibar from Webs are my latest purchases, probably sleeveless tops will eventually be knit.
The sock yarns below are Vancouver, I managed to knit a pair of socks while I was away on vacation. I knitted opn planes and trains, the first sock had a sloppy cuff and was tight through the instep, so a few changes were made on the second sock. I have yet to start the one sock over but I will now that I have some free time in the evening and don’t have to work on the dolls. I am hoping to graft the new top half of the sock to the first one I made. I must admit I am not that crazy about grafting that number of stitches.
The new dark ball of Regia is the Skein of the Month from Webs for May, once again serendipity strikes. 5 months of yarn has arrived, each ball has fitted in with my Project spectrum. Now the element is air and the colours are grey, white and yellow. There are a mulititude of grey tones in this ball, I think it will be socks for my husband.

It’s Spring, it’s green

My first project spectrum 3 Earth has been completed, I used the Valley Yarn Stockbridge and made another pair of Fetching wrist warmers. I think this yarn is really good value and I am tempted to buy more, Webs is having a sale.

This top has had an extension made for it. I felt it was a little too short and landed at my widest point. So I knitted another few inches and then hand stitched it where the original ribbing joins the garment. There is a slight difference in colour. It still needs a little steam and then I’ll try it on and see if it looks any better.

I have made a few things on my sewing machine and will try to post pictures of new clothes tomorrow.

Something Special

The scarf is blocked, it is 52 by6 inches. Swoon, easy Drop scarf in Pink Champagne.

The bag is from Sew ? Magazine, I tried to find a link, but can’t so I must have the name wrong, it is 3 inches smaller. The pattern called for 22 inch square, I had some lining which was 19 inches square so I went with that. I didn’t like the closure so took it off, but I will think of something.

Inside, silk charmuse lining and filled with the various knitting accessories. Silk brocade on the outside, interlined with felt. That has made it quite stiff.

New finds

My latest fashion mags in a foreign language, Portuguese from Brazil. Love the clothes and the different aesthetic from the different countries. We can get several editions of In Style and Elle locally but usually just UK, France, Australia, maybe Spain or Germany. Each one is different.
I don’t think I will be the least bit fluent in Italian, French of Spanish for my upcoming trip, I am just not disciplined enough to study. I’ll be packing my Spanish and Italian language books on the plane and hopefully my high school French will be enough to get by, I am willing to do charades much to the embarrassment of my friends.

My yarn from Skein of the month has arrived for March, Web’s own brand Valley Yarn, Stockbridge, which is Alpaca and Wool. Pretty lux, dark green, the colour of the next phase of Project Spectrum which is green, brown and metallics for April and May for Earth. These are destined to be wrist warmers.

Play time

I had a play day at my house on Monday, two of my friends came over to play with rubber stamps with faces. We stamped out a whole bunch to use in future projects.
We painted brown paper bags, my first attempt is going to be a couple of journal covers. We used a variety of paints and the hardest part was waiting for the paint to dry inbetween appplications.
Sue Bleiweiss
had both the brown bag and the padfolio techniques in the FibreandStitch3.

This blue effort was using a thin lunch bag, the other was a heavier grocery bag. This time it has been made into a Padfolio. The paper was ironed onto felt and I added a cotton lining. I stitched the whole thing on the machine with rayon thread. I made one big signature with about 20 pages, hammed a nail through it to get all the holes lined up and threaded it through with waxed linen thread in the same colour of blue. The pen holds the closure together.

Canada Post was a little better this month, my yarn from Webs arrived in 13 days, alot better than the 31 days of the month before. This month’s Skein of the month is Swoon. Silk and wool, my absolute favorite and this is the first time I have used the EasyDrop Scarf pattern. The colour is Pink Champagne. Pink is the right colour in Project Spectrum 3 for fire.

click on photos for closeups.

Socks and Yarn

My socks are done, my 17th pair in total. The weird tube thing worked out. I did both heels after the long tube was finished and then cut the tube in the centre and added on the toes. One thing I am not sure about with this method is that there are a lot of ends to work in, which is not my favorite way to make socks. It was an experiment, which I thought might work out well in making socks for children. I have a lot of partial balls of sock yarn. I worked these on my Addis and I love working with them, my tension is tighter and I’ll have to swatch next time. I read about someone, maybe on Knitting Daily, that just knits a long tube with her favorite needles and adds little tags, to the never ending swatch tube, with the number of rows and stitches to the inch and the size of needles used. Sort of a visual journal, a unique keepsake!

The new yarn is a late Christmas present, I feel like I have been waiting so long! It took a month to get to my house. I got a gift of the Skein of the Month from Webs. So this is the first of 12 deliveries. It is super soft, 70% wool and 30% silk, my favorite fibres. I don’t usually work in this colourway, which is spectacular, lots of shades of red, pink and orange. It certainly fits with Project Spectrum 3 and the theme of fire. There was also a new scarf pattern and a tape measure included. Click on the photo for a good close look.

Paper Collage Dancers

These are the little dancers, I worked on last weekend. Not my usual colours. That was all predetermined by picking a number out of a hat, and going to my assigned work table. I quite enjoyed this little project.

BTW, this is post 100.

sock experiment

The tube part of the socks is done. There is a cuff at each end and I have started the first of the afterthought heels. It was a little awkward to pick up the right stitches but after a few dropped stitches I finally was on the right track. I am a little further along than the photo but not much. I am at the stage now where I hope I have enough yarn for the heels. The toes I haven’t cut apart yet but I think I will be looking for some yarn to finish them off. The experiment continues.

Today, I was in a class making collaged paper dolls, I am doing three and will post pictures on my next post.

Things come together.

I found another book.
This time it is the Spectrum, all about a new approach to good health, the receipies look good. I’ll have to try a few. Lately, I ‘ve been on a gluten free diet. I feel really good and not deprived.
The jitterbug sock saga continues and for now I am knitting a big long tube with a cuff at each end! Then I’ll add in afterthought heels and then the toes. There is nothing like a little challenge.

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