Sunday, December 27, 2009

A fleece blanket

This was a Christmas gift for my husband, who wanted a longer throw for our couch. I put his ham call numbers on it at work, then sewed it together here at home. It is reversible, gray and navy, with royal blue thread for the embroidery, and think it was melco block font.

It has been awhile since the sewing machine has been used for anything other than mending and sewing rag strips together for rugs. I used to enjoy making footie pajamas, doll clothes and dresses for my daughters, and am thinking about making some things for Matthew.

Haven't made much progress on any of the projects around here, added some links and a few blogs to the lists, and was happy to find a Facebook badge. Have been spending too much time on Facebook, but it is fun to look for people and play games. Feel free to add me as a friend if you are on there.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Baby sweater update

Here is the progress on the Trellis baby sweater. Click on the name to see the pattern. It has been an enjoyable knit. So far knitting all three pieces at once has worked out well. Even binding off for the arms wasn't a problem, am looking forward to trying the sleeves in the round and reversing the shaping. Done in the six month size, and should still fit Matthew if finished soon. Am debating whether to kitchener the shoulder seams, or just sew them when it gets to that point. Wondering how difficult it is to graft the knit and purl sts? Anyone have any suggestions for online directions on how to go about it?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Tension box modifications

Here is my tension box, in action. All the sections are finished now, in a very short amount of time.
My husband added a piece of scrap wood to the open end of the part that is supposed to secure it to the beam, so it can't fall off anymore. It works! No more trying to hold it on there while winding, and all the threads were lined up & stayed that way. Winding on was so very pleasant this time.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


The placemats and table runner were finished up this morning, really hope they are happy with them! The white border was a roll of precut fabric. It was wider and much stiffer than the blue, so it flares out slightly at the ends, but a trip through the washer should even it out. The idea to cut the white fabric thinner came after a couple were already done, so had to keep them the same.

Have some more placemats to do, then can play around with learning new things. Want to try another clasped weft rug, and learn to do a fabric inlay.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black & white car mats

There are two of these, 21"x 25". Finished tying the fringes and dropped them off at 9:30 tonight. This warp was trouble-free, it was so nice to advance it smoothly. My husband modified the tension box so it wouldn't fall off the beam. Will take a picture of it, and how it fits on the back of the loom soon.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Here' s one of the placemats from the fabric a few posts ago. Just finished weaving them and the table runner this morning, and have to cut them off the loom and tie the fringes. Will post an after photo in a few days. It was a challenge in several ways, starting with my tension box falling off the beam repeatedly. I was very tired when doing this, it was late at night, also, but had to see it through.

One of the center sections was badly twisted, and every time the warp was advanced had to pull 5 strands out from under the wrapped warp. At about halfway through the table runner, one finally broke while pulling on it and ended up tying a loop on the end of it to hang a weight.

I am very glad this project is nearly finished, and as always have learned a lot from the process. The next thing to go on the loom will be 2 21" x 25" rugs in black and white for car mats! Will start out by cutting the rest of the twisted section out, rewinding it, and adding on some side sections of warp.

Baby photo

Here's our grandson at 5 months old.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


This hat is going to a local coat drive for a veteran's hospital. It's the Dean Street Hat, made from Red Heart yarn. Click on the name to go to the pattern.

Saturday, October 31, 2009


These are for an order of 8 placemats, table runner and wood box cover. Blue and white always looks so clean and inviting, am looking forward to seeing how these turn out. Just need to fix a warping problem on the loom, then can get to the fun part, the weaving.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fruit hats

A berry hat in a darker purple this time. Red Heart yarn.
An apple hat, seemed appropriate for fall, also Red Heart yarn, except for the light green which is Vanna's Choice baby yarn. These were fun to make, and didn't take long at all.

It's always nice to get flowers

Had a birthday a few weeks ago, and these were a surprise from our oldest daughter. She brought them into work for me, so they had to go out on the front counter for everyone to enjoy.

Monday, October 12, 2009


This is another hat made from the same basic recipe as the multi colored one. The yarn is also Encore Colorspun. Am not sure of the color names, they were on clearance and discontinued, so the tag said.

Couldn't resist adding this photo taken today in our back yard. We have maybe half an inch, but it is very picturesque. Don't mind the white blobs that are snow on the camera lens.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Knitted hat

Finished a kid's hat for our craft table in Nov. Made from Plymouth Encore Colorspun,also picked up another skein in a royal blue with an orange streak through it. The next hat will be made in that color. It's a nice yarn to work with, 25% wool, 75% acrylic content. This is an easy way to finish the hats, with i cord then sew it down in a loop. No threading through the sts and sewing it closed...

Monday, October 5, 2009

Another placemat

The reason these have been shown on the loom is because I don't finish them here. Its a group effort! A ladies sewing group cuts and sew the rags, recycling polyester pants, then tie the fringes after they are woven. T.P. filler between placemats, and drop off for the women to finish at their church sewing group. The finished products go to a few of the local consignment shops around here, or to individuals who wanted special orders. A nice project, helping quite a few people. Then it will be time to cut and sew rags for an order of blue and white placemats and table runner. Then rugs for a Christmas craft sale.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

finished the hat

Had to leave the earflaps off, it just barely fits our grandson! He seemed to like it when we tried it on him, typically he won't leave a hat on his head. The blue wool is Cascade 220, and the grey is Patons Classic Merino.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Warped, and a helper

Talk about a photo op, Jimi likes to be involved in the activities that go on around here. Wonder what he's thinking right now, he looks so eager.
This is 22 yards of warp on the beam for the rest of the placemats. When winding, finally realized how the last one came up short. It takes two turns to make one yard, so last time, instead of having 20 yards, there was only 10.

Windy weather

There was a high wind advisory Monday, so we went for a ride along the coast to check out the waves on Lake Superior.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Weaving frustration

Is there anything more frustrating than running out of warp before the work is finished? Am not sure where my math error was, but instead of 4 placemats, there was only enough for three of this color after weaving the gold and black ones. You know where to find me tomorrow, warping and threading....

This is the table runner to go with the placemats posted a few weeks ago. You can see the pin and ribbon used for measuring. The runner was supposed to be 2 1/2 times as long as a 14" placemat, so it was moved up as needed.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Garage sale find

Found this swift yesterday,can't wait to try it out, will be great for handspun yarn. Didn't want to stop at this sale, but my husband wanted to. It was the find of the day, or summer in our case, we don't go very often.

Baby sweater, revisited

After finishing the back and two fronts of the Trellis Baby Sweater, found that the decreases for one of the front pieces was in the wrong place! Decided to start over on a circular needles and do all three at one time. You can see the new row counter, it was the best $3.24 ever spent.
This is the first attempt, am much happier with the circular knit one so far.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Fair entries, 2009

This is the only photo not on here already, a doily from Magic Crochet magazine named Variety from the Dec. 1996 issue. It measures about 26 inches across, thought it would never get done! Had 4 entries this time, next year will enter more.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Finished this one last night, there is an order for 8 total, and one table runner. Measurements are 12" x 15". Sure would like to see the kitchen they are going to!

Saturday, August 8, 2009


This is a cedar waxwings nest. One of the parents are there, but no sign of nestlings yet. It is so late in the season, hope they do okay.

Rainy day flower pictures

Have been wanting to take pictures of this rose in bloom for a few years, never catch it when the blooms are at their nicest, for some reason. Like the way the misty rain looks on everything today, behind the rose bush is a garden phlox that a co-worker shared with me last summer,and a new one bought from Pamida this year. The older one isn't blooming as well as I was hoping for, maybe it needs a while to establish? The trellis you see was supposed to have sweet peas and morning glories growing on it, but before they were planted, the wind blew all the pots over and scattered everything. Am going to put a jackmanii clematis on that trellis next year and start morning glory seeds in a hanging basket near the back door instead. It will cascade down near the back steps, and get the strong afternoon sunlight til late evening so they should do well there.
This is a side view of the round garden in the front, it isn't as dark out as it looks but I was determined to take flower pictures today, so this is what we get. With our long winters, it is nice to have these photos on here to go back and look at. Also hoping to document some of the perennials that are just starting. The large zinnias and marigolds came from Good Will, and are crooked due to their late planting. Will buy them again next year!
Here's a front view of the round garden in the front. It gets mixed sun & shade throughout the day, due to the big birch tree in the middle of the yard. The impatiens are doing well, they were planted late, also.
Am not sure where these pansies came from, I didn't plant them! They are nestled in right next to the big center rock.
This new rose bush was a Mother's Day gift, and was surprised it bloomed this year. The flowers are single,the color is pretty accurate for once, and the fragrance is wonderful! You can see the pulmonaria to the left of the rose.
This is a pulmonaria, just planted this summer. It is a shady perennial, so wasn't sure how well it would grow in the front yard, it gets morning and late afternoon sun.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Radio beams

My husband ( a ham radio operator) put these together and built a nice system for raising and lowering the tower to the ground in case of bad weather or need repairing. If anybody is wondering where the fiberart content is: soon there will be rug and placemat photos, my loom is put back together and the warp wound on, just need to thread the warp through and do the prep work for the fabric.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Car Show photos(many)

Spent the evening at a car show in Copper Harbor,with 200 cars, and this was the musical entertainment: a local band named U.P. Rising.

This was my favorite car, and it wasn't even in the show, just parked in the parking lot! Maybe it was the color,(pink) or just the style. They don't make them like this anymore, do they?

They were all in near perfect condition and spotless, so if you notice what looks like scratches or dings, it is my camera.

This won the best of show, and was built entirely from scratch, not a kit. Certainly deserves the title and more.