Monday, September 30, 2013

Crocheted Beads



Yesterday, I made crocheted beads and/or ball buttons.
I used some cotton crochet thread that I dyed a good while ago in Rit Dye.
They are about an inch in diameter. I will use them for something,
but I don't know what.

I like having a selection of things I have made to use for trim.
Looking around, I see:

a large glass vase full of twisted cords that I made from naturally dyed fabric,
a glass jar of felted shapes made from left over wool roving,
an old velvet watch box full of fabric beads,
a small wooden box full of paper and fabric toggle beads,
a jar of fabric puffs,
a pile of Tassels,
a basket of free-form knitted and crocheted motifs

and that is just what I can see from here! Want to come play?
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Cross Stitch Knitting


My daughter Bonnie, posted a link on Facebook to a tutorial about Cross Stitch Knitting. She suggested it as a weekend project. So here it is. Not quite finished. It is a cool stitch, a bit confusing at first, but once you get it, there is no problem. Now I would like to try it in about a dozen other yarns! I just cleaned up my WIP's so I have room to start more. Right?
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Saturday, September 21, 2013

New Sock

I started this sock a couple of days ago. It has been raining day and night here, Nothing major. Just wet. Good knitting weather. The sock is in a pattern called Jeweled Steps. You can read about this project on my Ravelry page
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/saradise/jeweled-steps---sidestream
if you are interested. I like the little three stitch wrap stitch that is traveling up the sock. I will use that stitch again somewhere. But most of all, I like the name of this yarn. It is Zombie BBQ by Lorna's Laces.
 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Memorial

 
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Rainy Day Knitting


It is cloudy and rainy here, making me feel like it is already Fall. That means it is time to finish some knitting projects so I can start new ones. I mean I don't have to wait. I could start something new right now, but things were getting a little out of hand in the knitting basket and I was having trouble sorting out one project from another. First I finished the Log Cabin Washcloths; then the red sock and the pink sock that would finish out the three pair of Fishnet Socks; then the second sock of the Van Gogh socks. After trying to remember where I had stopped knitting, I found my place and reached the final stage of the Red and Cream Garter stitched shawl (only four inches to go). And yes, I did start something else after all, the white Les Miserables scarf. Don't laugh about the holes in the knitting. They are supposed to be there! Once it is knit, it will be felted. To knit this, I am using some Vintage yarn. By that I mean some old yarn I found in my Mom's stuff!  It is Virgin wool yarn and so it should felt (but will it? I should have sampled it) and the felting should take care of any weakness in the old yarn. By that I mean the places where some little insect has eaten through the yarn. Why don't I just throw this yarn away and use some of the other "healthy" yarn that I have by the box full?  I don't know. I think it is because I believe it belonged to my Grandmother--a third generation stash yarn. My Grandmother made gorgeous knitted bed spreads on tiny needles. She certainly didn't knit anything that was distressed before it was even off the needles. I wonder what she would say about this scarf pattern. Did I mention that the red and cream yarn is Vintage too? I bought it in the 70's to use on my knitting machine. Do I ever throw anything away? I will let you know how it all turns out.....
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Sunday, September 15, 2013

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