Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Sweatshirt Redux



These are the designs on two shirts I just finished. The green was first. Stitched for a friend's birthday. When it was done I realized the colors were not practical for her. Back to my needle and thread with the same pattern but different background and adjusted design colors more appropriate to her use of the completed shirt. The green is now destined for another friend who likes the paler colors.

And I'm free for a bit to work on a denim "crazy shirt" for moi...

Saturday, March 18, 2006

NEXT!

Update:
Crocheted project for *********
Crocheted project for other ********* <--Both of these DONE! But I forgot to take pictures before they were boxed up to send.
  1. Crocheted spirit bag for E****'s baby (Several rows at a time, bit by bit, coming along!).
  2. Vanna's flower granny squares for a bag FOR MYSELF DARN IT. (Stalled because I got bored, but I'll go back to them soon)
  3. Cross stitch and dyed shirt project for MYSELF (I got the shirt washed in Synthrapol at least so I can dye it later)
  4. NEW ITEM: I'm going to Embroider a shirt for the House Bean with a Celtic knot. (I've got the knotwork almost done on paper and I've ordered the shirt)
  5. Paint the watermelon seeds on the three girls dresses I dyed last summer to look like watermelons. (No progress)
  6. Lazy Daisy shirt (It's sitting on my table now)
  7. Sew the two cute dresses I picked up the pattern and the fabric for last spring (This is never going to happen)

Relping on four feet?


Spring is springing and lambing is well underway. Here is a photo of fiber in the making. The hand spinners are already twitching and our pasture abounds (literally!) with wool sproinging about.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

ARRRRRGH

Just when we thought it was safe - when the crochet projects were getting finished and the list was shortened by one item - THE DHARMA TRADING COMPANY CATALOG ARRIVED IN THE MAIL.

Damn damn damn damn damn!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Relping "Down Under"


This is a picture sent by one of our relping buddies from OZ. Ileah has been learning bobbin lace and recently finished the edging to this lovely hankie.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Counted Cross Stitch

Counted cross stitch is my favorite of the various relping arts in my experience. I enjoy changing the colors of patterns, combining motifs and designing my own graphs.

But by definition counted cross stitch is, well, COUNTED. As in sequential numbers and mathematical thingies like that.

Aye, there's the rub, because lately I find much of the creativity of cross stitch seems to be involved in fixing what my lack of counting caused to happen. When one-two-three fails, there must be a certain amount of ripping out stitches already done. But since I detest UN-sewing more of my ingenuity goes into figuring out ways to mend the pattern without taking anything out. This stimulates a form of creativity with language that makes me glad my grandchildren aren't within listening distance.

Updated list of projects

Cross stitch project for Jessica IS FINISHED!!!! (Pictures forthcoming - Charlie spit up on it before we could get a picture).

  1. Crocheted project for ********* (almost finished - Need to weave in the ends)
  2. Crocheted project for other ********* (Stalled)
  3. Crocheted spirit bag for E****'s baby (started - But I got bored with just double crochets and I've started adding posts and popcorns for texture).
  4. NEW ITEM: Vanna's flower granny squares for a bag FOR MYSELF DARN IT. I did the first two rounds on about 16 of these this weekend and they move really quickly, only then I start thinking about weaving in all those ends...
  5. Cross stitch and dyed shirt project for MYSELF which I will probably NEVER get to, because other projects for other people will intervene and I will keep putting it off.
  6. Paint the watermelon seeds on the three girls dresses I dyed last summer to look like watermelons. I'd better do this before the girls outgrow the dresses.
  7. Lazy Daisy shirt - I started the embroidery and then other projects intervened. Darnitalltoheck, I never get to do something for MYSELF!
  8. Sew the two cute dresses I picked up the pattern and the fabric for last spring, also before the girls totally outgrow the pattern.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Hello!

Hello!

Thanks for inviting me in! As we were surfing Alpha and I found a great site requesting afghan squares, they need to be 12" and in acrylic, worsted yarn. We send them the squares and they assemble them, or we can actually send completed afghans. It's called Squares 4 Survivors for people in the Katrina zone. I think it is another great opportunity!