Sunday, November 23, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
face the fact that a lot of crochet pattern are, to put it kindly,
dated. Some crochet fanciers try to sidestep that by being
innovative. Sometimes innovation is just plain weird.
Check out the September 21 post on What Not To Crochet <http://
C'mon pardner.... Draw!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Peruse the last week or so of entries and be glad Grandma is busy with her doilies!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
And a special "thank you" to the weather fairies for a bit of sunshine this morning. I know the bagpiper will appreciate staying dry!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wild Rivers Wool Factory opens at last! If you are driving the Oregon coast you'll have to transit the thriving Metropolis of Langlois - halfway between Bandon and Port Orford. Stop at Wild Rivers Wool Factory outlet located directly across the street from Langlois Market. Not only do they carry "all things wool": from hats, socks, and scarves to sheep skins, felt for crafts, and hand felted bars of soap; but you can view the fantastic showroom rug. This wonder is stitched from individual pieces of felt, each with a different hand-wrought petroglyph design!
The grand opening is 10-6, all Memorial Day weekend - afterwards 10-6 daily through the summer. Come by and enter the drawing for prizes. Meet owner/artists (and relpers!) Cindy Schaumberg and Sandie McDonald. Find one-of-a-kind items and beyond-unique gifts! Shop Oregon and support a woman-owned business!
After shopping at the Wild Rivers Wool Factory shop, step across the street to Langlois Market for the best darned hot dogs on the coast.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Not bad, and only done two days after her birthday.
Next up on the to-do list....the pair of socks that I've been trying to get to since my birthday in March, and then this nice knitted top that I've been wanting to do since the end of March.
A knitter's job is never done.
Friday, May 02, 2008
Thursday, May 01, 2008
My Ewe did a great job this spring, creating some beautiful and unusual lambs!
This is one of the last. I think I will have to take his fleece, card and spin it with out too much picking and see if the pattern can be repeated in a sweater... His name is Patched or Lighting Bug, depending on who is calling him..
However since I don't know where the flower was..It may be safe..
I guess it is true. Some people in Bandon have a total lack of a sense of creativity and mirth..
Must do more to help them find some. (creativity and mirth).
Monday, April 28, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
It's raining again.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
I've sewed since I was in middle school, and just this past year decided to teach myself knitting. I've made a few scarfs, a hat, and even a pair of socks (that fit!). Made a small scarf for my husband's granddaughter (eeew, Disney princess pink).
While on vacation to visit said granddaughter, she expressed a desire to have a "nap blanket" for the summer -- in pink.
So, now, I'm up to my eyebrows in pink yarn, and progress is going something like this:
Attempt 1: Cast on. Debate if it's wide enough on the circular needle. Start to knit. Take with me on the road when husband decides to take photos of Elk. Hit a bump, drop a stitch. Stop mid-way through a row, and forget which side I'm working on. Take a wild stab in the dark, and keep going. Drop another stitch. Decide to randomly tie pink ribbon in the holes -- reject as "Cheating". Decide to unravel it, and start over.
Attempt 2: Cast on. Make it wider. Finish first row during a basketball game. Realize that my eyes are ready to fall out of head, and put aside. Decide that I never want to make anything pink again. So far, no dropped stitches, but it's only row 5. Look at my bag with bamboo/wool blend yarn, and think, "Wow, those socks are calling my name."
Sigh. The blanket isn't due until mid-May (for granddaughter's birthday), but if I don't work on it during the nights, I'll never get it done.
Anyhow, glad to be here, and happy to be an associate member of the relping society.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
The white shirt gained a layer of dust sitting in the basket,
untouched. The crocheted shawl, thoughtfully dubbed My Shroud, is so
far from completion I will be dust before it is large enough to cover
a single shoulder. It hasn't gotten even a single crochet in weeks
My daughter, a high school teacher and mother of three, recently
shared her resolution to attend to her crafts, in her case
crocheting, on a daily basis. "I will do at least one stitch every
day" she has vowed. That has inspired me to emulate her. I now sit
with my embroidery or crocheting each day. One stitch often leads to
another. At least progress is being made.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Want another shock? Are you sitting down? I looked at my crochet basket too. Don't get too optimistic. No crocheting happened. But the subject was considered. And now that the flu is history and recovery nearly complete I may even make it to relping this week. If I survive the morning of whale watch duty. Think sunshine everybody. And pray that the grandkids are germ-free when they visit!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
How Do You Say
“Superwash Wool”, Orlon, Dacron, Polyester, Polypropylene, Mylar, Polyamide, Acrylic, Resin, Tencel, Angelina, Firestar, Trilobal Nylon, Microfiber, Spandex, Lurex, Soy Silk, Acrylan, Pashmina, Rayon, Ingeo, Bamboo Silk, Nylon, Lycra, Wintuk, Viscose, Elastane, Sayelle, Latex, Antron, Taslan, Modacrylic, Acetate, Saran, Aslon, Nytril, PLA, Glass, Rubber, Vinal, Metallic, PBI, Anidex, Novoloid, Aramid, Sulfar, Elastoester, Melamine, Elasthane, Fluoropolymer, Cupro, Ceramic, Polyethylene, Grilon, Smartcel.
* as defined in Federal Guidelines for Regulating Fiber Labels,
This is a poster on my wool factory wall, designed to make a point about superwash wool... which is a wool fiber which has been stripped of it's outer cuticle and scale layer by alkaline chemicals, and then coated in resin plastic. Gee, how many of wool's wonderful natural properties are preserved using this technique? None? You get a cigar.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Ok, here's how you felt with acrylic. Grab your acrylic yarn, then find 100% wool yarn that complements it and is at least as thick as it is. Knit them together. When you felt the resulting project, you get an interesting boucle effect, and it DOES felt using the usual methods. Label the resulting project "wool blend". It's a great use for bits and pieces of acrylic, work them into a continuous strand of contrasting wool.
Now on to instructions on how to make handspun wool yarn: First you get a ram and a ewe....
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The scull cap was easy, first try was slightly too small, second try was just right..
The Beret is still giving me fits of sorts. First try with the original pattern turned in to a cute porkpie hat. Not what I was expecting but cute, thick and fuzzy, like all good felted hats should be.. After the addition of a new crocheted brim it has become a thick fuzzy and most important, a usable cap. Second try, same yarn, larger needles and different pattern. Well it looked like a beret, it was fuzzy. Looked good when on the head..
But seen from inside it was a very light and airy bit of fabric.. in otherwords it was a very holy knitting project.. I swear it was thicker before the felting process..
Now I'm on beret number 3. This time I'm using 2 ply,a nice solid dark charcoal gray and a gray varigated, yarn. It is working up into a nice thick beret. The prof will be in the felting. I have this horrible feeling that it will become a beret best used in sub-zero weather...
Wish me luck!!
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Old patterns. My enthusiasm ebbs and flows not at all with tidal precision but with the same come and go. It is just more in geological scale these days.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
The zafu on the right is for comparison, we bought it at Mt. Madonna years ago. The one on the left is mine, and it's so flimpy because I ran out of stuffing.
This was: 12" diameter circles, rectangular strip 7.5" x 59".
Notes for next time: smaller diameter circle (will use 11" Winnie-the-Pooh plate). Need to adjust the arrangement of the pleats on the strip so they come out more evenly at the opening and so there's more overlap. And add the handle! (I had cut one out and got it ready for this one, but when pinning it in I realized - duh - that it needed to have been made longer than the width of the pleated rectangular strip to compensate for the pleats bulging it out on the side. I think I needed about another .5").
I've got enough denim to make one more (maybe two) before I have to start buying material, and I just ordered 10 lbs. of kapok fiber. Don't know how far that will go (yet). Could get it cheaper if I had a retail license.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
2. Complete the washtowel set I'm crocheting for a friend's birthday. My arm aches from taking up crochet again. What, am I nuts?
3. Continue working on the new Bigg-Ass King-Sized Comforter.
4. Complete the painted Jizos-on-rocks.
5. Postpone anything I might make for myself, ever, because of the lack-of-time-ever-approaching-birthdays-holidays-etc. Feh.