Saturday, April 19, 2014

Crocheted baby shoes




These are the Mary Jane skimmers ( a Ravelry pattern)  I made them Wednesday.  Serenity needed some "shoes" for Easter.  They worked up very fast, an F hook and the yarn is Caron Simply Soft in watermelon.  Started another pair in black in the same brand yarn but am having issues with it.  The color is hard on the eyes and my row count is off.

Went through my links, deleted some of the ones that are gone, now. Will keep checking on them, after being away from blogging for so long am finding  that  blogspot has changed and I will have to spend some time learning how to do things again.    Tried to change the background and ended up changing the template (?) and couldn't remember which one it was originally so this blog will be a work in progress for awhile til I figure it all out again. 



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Pink shrug and Braided Cable baby sweater



 Here is the braided cable baby sweater, the pattern is on ravelry.  The yarn is Paton's Canadiana in Grape Jelly.  Using Addi Turbo needles which I already had, to prevent yet another trip to the yarn shop for needles.  That happens quite often, it seems like I never have the right size needle for the new project.   (and there are always new projects)  Bamboo is my favorite, the metal ones seem way too slippery but these are working out alright for the moment.  This yarn is also slippery, there was an incident where the cable sts slipped off the needles then laddered down a row.  It was fixed for the most part, and the place where it happened isn't very obvious.  A few sts were iffy, but it looks okay now so that's good enough for me. 




Closeup of the braided cable now that the pattern is established.   Another repeat of the cable pattern and it will be time to divide up for the sleeves.   Very fun project so far.  It is going to be a fair entry then probably go to my granddaughter when she grows into it.   The size was 12-24 months so it looks huge after making the 0-3  and 3-6 mos sweaters.   

 


Here is the finished baby shrug.  Vanna's Choice yarn with size 10 needles made  for a very quick project.   It is a foggy, damp day here, nice to stay inside and fibernate.   Don't have anywhere to be and should be a quiet day around here.  Didn't get the mittens felted yet, wasn't in the mood to do it.  We have a front loader washing machine and while you can felt things in it, it isn't like you can lift the lid and check on things.  My first attempt at felting mittens in it was pure luck.  They were the right size when it was done, had forgotten to pause the cycle and check on them. 

Also we have an on-demand hot water heater and during the washing cycle the water turns on & off so the  temp never got hot enough to do any good.  Luckily the washer has a temp. boost setting which worked!  

Really want to get back in front of my loom, also.  It has a project on it now that I just plain don't like.  Stopped working on it then allowed it to get sidetracked. Maybe today should be about finishing up loose ends.   I'll unweave that project while the mittens are felting.  Both the loom and the washer are in the basement ( the loom was put there temporarily)  so it will work out the way it should. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Catching up on things

It's been a busy winter around here. The weather was awful, below zero for weeks at a time and lots of snow.  The total so far is around 305 inches for the year, and we will probably get another storm before spring finally is here to stay....

Have been doing some knitting, some babysitting for our grandkids and  want to share some photos with you.  It is a quiet Sunday morning  and now is a good time to catch up on here.





This is Serenity dressed up for her Mom's birthday yesterday.  Her sweater is the one entered in the fair last summer.  Glad it still fits her, this is the first time she has worn it.





This is a baby shrug I have been working on for a few days.  A quick easy knit with size 10 needles and aran yarn so it is soft and warm.  It will probably be done today and I'll post a finished picture next time. Just have to find a nice button for it.




Knitted mittens for felting.  They are black although the picture looks purple to me.  The crocheted edging is just holding the stitches for adding a ribbed cuff after they are felted.   Hope to felt these this afternoon, they were misplaced in the house for awhile and just found them today when looking for something else.



This was taken early in the season.  You can't even see the bridge when you are in that spot now, the banks are so high.  It is warm out today, almost 50 degrees so far.  I will probably go for a walk later with my walking buddy.  



Here is my walking buddy, Noel.  She brings so much joy and entertainment to our lives.   This particular day we were making & decorating cupcakes and she wanted to be close to all the festivities in the off chance that something would fall on the floor.  


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sweet little granddaughter

Here she is, little Serenity.  6 lbs, 6 oz.  Born  Jan 30 at 5:35 pm. 


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Finished baby cardigan





























This for our new granddaughter who is due in early Feb.  The pattern is the free Pure and Simple Baby Cardigan, and the yarn is Bernat Baby Sport, Pajama Party.  Glad to be finished with it, time to move on to some felted mittens.  Have been wanting to try knitting with unspun roving and in our house we seem to have an abundance of single mittens this winter. 

So far we have been having a real winter this year, over a hundred inches of snow so far, lots of plowing & shoveling and not enough outdoor activities due to the cold weather.   Good for staying inside and knitting or spinning however.  


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fair Entries 2013


Hand embroidered baby quilt.   




Celtic cables dishcloth ( 7th place? )   tatted snowflake, sewn pillowcases, woven placemats.



Hydrangea, utensil basket, baby sweater, handspun yarn and more celtic knitting in the mittens.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Of all things, a dog sweater?


This is the Biscuits and Bones pattern on Ravelry.  First started the large one in the round for Noel, but got confused by the pattern.  Ripped it out and started over flat as the directions have you do, and with the xs size to get the hang of the pattern.  I am more confident about making the larger one, now and am really enjoying the textures and cables. 




Here's a photo of a multicolored rug  that was made awhile back, from t-shirts ( leftover strips) and is quite short.





This one is made from sweatshirts.  When I started it, was also putting red in there, but it seemed too patriotic for a rug, as the light grey looks more white than grey.  The one below is the denim/camoflaug rug I talked about in an earlier post  that was remade from another rug that was hemmed and came apart after washing.





Friday, January 4, 2013

Some placemats

Just finished these place mats yesterday.  It has been an eventful project.  First I tried to make 4 place mats side by side, out of t-shirts to use up the last of the warp.  The left side got tangled and snarled and I didn't have the patience to mess with it. 

So it was taken off and the loom rewarped for the last two place mats.   That went well, for once and then I realized that I didn't have enough material to finish them!   So a trip to Good Will and the other thrift shops with one of our daughters commenced. 

Well, we couldn't just buy the t-shirts to finish up, could we?  We found books, fashion boots, a jacket, and many clothes for my little grandson.  In Good Will it was an adventure, scouring the racks  holding the fabric strips to compare.  We did match the colors, amazingly enough.  And here are the end results.  Hope the next adventure is easier and less costly.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

A new sweater project and another rug



This is a sweater for my grandson, size 4, made from Plymouth Encore Colorspun and there isn't a name for the color, I just think of it as Camoflauge.  It's a blend of 75 % acrylic,25% wool and machine washable.  Matthew picked the style of sweater, he wanted a pullover, and it had to be green.



The pattern is from this book.




Here's my latest rug, finished tying the fringe this morning.  Not my colors, but  someone will like it.   Started another one tonight which is a remake.  A few years ago I made a hemmed rug with colored warp and denim/camoflauge canvas fabrics.   Well, it didn't hold up in the washer, and the hem came apart.  It seemed easier to tear it apart and redo the rug. So today was the day to get going on it.http://karensfiberarts.blogspot.com/2007/12/yooper-rug.html  is the original rug, if case you want to see it.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Some pictures of a cat



This rug was finished this morning. 




 It measures 24"wide by 22"long.




 Made from 4 t-shirts, a nice scatter rug size, or just right for in front of the door.




With no tension or selvedge problems.   It was made by laying the strips in the shed and no sewing.  Was in a hurry to get weaving, and didn't want to spend  the time sitting at the sewing machine.   Yes, that's a paw, she had to get the last word in.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Wool, wool, everywhere



 This is the raspberry fleece just back from the fiber mill, Stonehedge. It was mixed with a darker purple and some of the wool ended up a pale rose color, all blended together at the mill.   It will probably turn out a heathery color,and there is a pound and a quarter,so that should be enough to make several small projects.



This is the Cypress, and it is much darker than it looks here.  It is under a pound, probably 1/2 to 3/4 of a pound, but plenty there to keep me busy for awhile. 




This is a columbia/shetland cross white fleece from a sheep named Marshmallow, traded from a friend for some Spin-Off magazines.  The dye was Grape Juice, and you can see the reds in there.   The dye didn't exhaust so they threw some more wool in the pot, and ended up with a deeper purple with more blue in it.  It still hadn't exhausted after that, so they threw in more wool and ended up with an ice blue.    




This is actually the first one I dyed that day, it is Seabreeze and the same columbia/shetland cross fleece.   It exhausted, and I used the recommended amount 3/4 T.

 


There was some purple on the bottom of the  fleece when I dumped it out of the dye pot, residue that wouldn't come off the pan from the last time they dyed.   Don't know if you can see it, but I probably won't leave it in there to send to the fiber mill,there isn't enough of it to disperse throughout the whole thing.   Will get out the hand carders and see what it looks like.   All in all, it was a wonderful day with friends I haven't seen in awhile, knitting, spinning, lots of interesting conversations about fiber and the sharing of ideas and common interests has renewed my spirit.  Thank you Joyce and Kim, for more than you will ever know.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Getting some spinning done, anyways





Now that the cool weather is here, it is time to start working with wool again.   We had a very nice, warm summer, but fall is here, along with some sleet and lots of rain.   This is a Finn/Rambouillet cross roving that I just finished.   I plan to make these mittens from it, if the gauge works up right. http://dailyskein.wordpress.com/2008/11/25/cruiser/





This is a roving a friend and I worked on last summer, then had it sent out to Ziellingers to be carded. The colors are raspberry, orange, purple and a dark blue.   





Here it is on the bobbin,and the plan is to ply it with a denim blue, because when it's plied with the same yarn it is too busy. With the blue, the colors stand out better.  There is quite a bit of blue roving left over from the blue sweater coat that is almost finished,you can see it in the older posts.  It is too small, so for now it's  waiting in the knitting bag until I can figure out what to do about it.  

Monday, August 27, 2012

2012 Fair Entries

This one just needs tying, it got a 1st place anyway.  Has train fabric on the back


Kitchen towels in a vintage pattern.  Bought this as a kit on ebay.

Hand spun yarn, think it's Romney.  Only three entries this year, will have to get busy for the next one.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Cute or what?


 Here is Alice, our kitten.  She is about 9 months old, now and not so little anymore!

She gets along with everyone, even the queen, Muffyn...

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Stamped quilt blocks projects


It has been a long time since I have done any hand embroidery, but here are two sets I bought in Branson Missouri last year when my Mom and I went there.   When we travel  I try to find a yarn or craft shop.  These two sets were in a dime store, and just had to get them.  I'll do another blog about this subject soon,and show the finished blankets.  So far the cross stitch animals embroidery is finished, just have to find the right fabric and backing and sew it.  There will be fabric strips between each block, and it will probably go to my grandson.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Back at it

 Here are two top down raglan baby sweaters I ended up making for my friend's twin grandbabies. 

They needed to be gender neutral and this is what I found, the yarn is Plymouth Encore Colorspun. 

 It's nice to be blogging again, we changed computers, and had to learn how to post pictures, etc. all over agan,as well as blogspot has made some changes.   I will be catching up gradually.   Lots to talk about with these fiber hobbies.   It was also a surprise to see that this blog has 4 followers.   Thank you so much! 

Saturday, December 31, 2011

what I have been up to lately ( pictures coming later)

This fall has gone by so quickly! I have been working a lot as a home health aide, and a CENA also for home care & hospice, filling in when the regulars have days off. It is going well, but working every other weekend is something I will have to get used to.

Our daughter brought home a new kitten a month or so ago, and she is growing fast and getting along with the other pets around here. I wasn't sure about keeping her, we already have 2 cats and a dog, but she has become part of the family already. Our other 2 cats don't get along very well with each other, but both of them like the kitten, who's name is Alice. The dog even plays with her, although it was frightening at first to see the tiny kitten rough-housing with the dog who is so much bigger and stronger. But so gentle with her and our grandson, we are lucky to have her in our lives.

Alice chewed the drive band for my spinning wheel, so it took awhile to fix it. It's a poly band, so after reading online how to repair it, just melted the two ends back together, and now keep my wheel in a safer place! Am working on some coopworth now that is practically spinning itself, it's so easy to spin.

During the time the wheel wasn't usable, started working on some hand embroidery. Bought these stamped quilt blocks in Branson when I went there with my Mom last spring. I will post pictures later, we had a hard drive crash a week ago and I can't edit & save photos, it goes to paint instead. Will have to wait until my husband wakes up to help me.

My husband surprised me with a tablet for my birthday, and am enjoying downloading e-books. The internet on it isn't very fast, but it works well enough during a hard drive crash to keep me in touch with facebook, sparkpeople and email.

We had lots of fun with our Grandson this Christmas, he had fun opening presents, and spending time with family on Christmas Eve. He recently rode on a dogsled, too.

Wishing everyone a healthy and prosperous new year, I am making a resolution to be more organized, and keeping in touch more regularly with friends and family.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fall 2011


Here are Matthew and Lori at the Ghost Train event. We rode in the cab, thanks to my husband, who volunteers driving the steam locomotive on weekends!


This is the purple/pink wool dyed last fall, picked and ready to go to the the fiber mill. The plan is to blend the two together, and see what comes back.


More picked wool dyed with the color Cypress.



A friend's daughter is pregnant with twins, so this will be one of two baby sweaters. The yarn is Bernat Softee Baby, and the color is Soft Fern. Click here for the pattern.

White wool yarn hand painted a few weeks ago. Hope to make some kids socks or hats out of this, very colorful and cheerful.

Monday, August 29, 2011

End of summer blues

Finished Matthew's sweater coat, it got a 4th place in the fair last weekend. Hope it fits him. Also received three blue ribbons, for the pink and yellow handspun, a blue green handspun medium wt, and the miniature african violet was blooming, so entered that.

Ended up passing the state CNA test and got hired as a home service aide. Am not using my CNA training much but right now it is working out well, and best of all no midnights! Am not sure where this will take me, but it's time to see what is out there and what path I will follow next.

A friend came up for the weekend to visit, and we spent some time spinning, she was very interested in learning about fiber, and I was more than happy to oblige....