week 270

Absolutely slow week, as constant interruptions have been popping up.

For the third and final time, drafting a brim for the floppy hat proved to be a success. Stubbornness does pay off when you apply it to practical things.

Not sure why the first try, it’s too small, then the second try is too wide, and the third is between those sizes and fits perfectly.

finished black hat

Most of the week was spent making ribbon flowers. Didn’t realise such a tedious thing would take up so much time.


flowers made from blue, peach and brown ribbon

Do I know what they will end up on? No idea. Part of the peach flowers will be on a hat.

I purchased a few samples of peach fabric off the fabric dot com site and they arrived on Monday and they’re so pretty.

fabric samples

The one I was most looking forward to, the mesh one with the sparkles, will not do for what I want it to be, but would look nice as an overlay for a skirt. This gives me an idea for the bottom half of a dress, and the top would have to be plain. The flowers would look nice on a bolero or a mini-cape. One of these two fabrics on the right would look nice with the flowers on a fascinator.

weeks 268-269

finished hat
another picture of the finished hat

I spent the majority of Thanksgiving week trying to finish this hat and it still turned out not as great as I hoped. Initially the brim was made too narrow inside but then made the brim too wide inside, hence the huge ruffle. It’s lined with the fabric which was what the original hat was made with. The inside is slightly embarrassing because it didn’t occur to me, to sew on the flowers to the inside then sew down the seam binding, so it looks cleaner. The flowers are sewn onto the seam binding.

sleeves attached to pullover body

I detached the sleeves after removing the side seams so everything can be seamed together, then knit the middle panels and put a nice edging on the whole thing. This is taking much longer than it should have, as I’ve been struggling with finding the patience with everything.

another cardigan?

Finally want to make a cardigan with this yarn and started knitting. This one will be random so there isn’t much in the way of planning.

knitted scarf or shawl to be

Decided to combine these two knitting projects into a long scarf or shawl. Originally two separate things but setting them together, brought an idea into my head. Once the softly dyed yarn is at the last row, will put it on a holder. Once the grey and multi-coloured bit is long enough, knit a few more rows.  

self-portrait progress, "shirt "

Finally sewn the second half of the self-portrait shirt. It doesn’t line but wasn’t planned that the two halves are to be exact.

peach coloured ribbon and some finished flowers

After buying a bit of ribbon and making the flowers, I found three more spools and plan to make more ribbons. Have a plan for another hat and actually bought fabric samples from fabric dot com. 

Also, I’m that idiot that didn’t realise the cardboard that holds the ribbon is made in a longer roll and cut to size. I want to use the empty rolls for a holder and playing with two empty rolls and the lines matched up.

various boxes made from posterboard

Had bought posterboard on a whim to make a box and now made several. The two bigger boxes are slightly wonky but the slightly smaller ones are perfect, although closing them without tape doesn’t work. There was one more open top box but I filled it with threads and wires.

Have no idea what to put in them but they will be filled. Should have bought the things to put in them first then worked around that, instead of what can I put in them now.

week 267

The pumpkin dye made for a very pale yellow which is nice. I took fabrics out at different times and the fabric I took out a few days later, look somewhat stained, which I don’t mind. pile of dyed material

Not sure why but using my camera makes them look paler than they do. The fabrics I threw in the washer and put it in the spin cycle then air dried everything.

The yarn I took out yesterday after it’s been soaking up the dark buttery yellow. It came out last because everytime I looked, it didn’t look uniform enough. If I had another dye, this is the point it would get painted or slapped on in some way.

It’s all going to be turned into a shawl.

dyed yarn

This is slowly coming together. These are pieces for the hat, and I feel like I should have made the outside with felt, so it would be stiffer but applied interfacing to the lining pieces so hopefully, that’ll stiffen it a bit. Haven’t cut out the brim part of the hat and don’t have anything to interface it with.

pieces for a hat

The doll body is coming along but have no idea how to attach the head without it slumping over like someone full of shame. Suppose it’s a matter of shifting the stuffing around.

semi-stuffed doll body

Keep adding blocks of colour to this and a bit indecisive over what colour to add next.

crochet colourblocked blanket

And some blurry pom-poms for good measure.

blurry pom-poms

A few more rows on the second sleeve. Not sure why it’s taking so long.

progress on second purple and grey pullover

week 266

Dilemma is either finish one thing or start a lot, so either there’s nothing or trying to balance several projects at the same time.

I should have kept the yarn bought at the thrift store, on the cone. Just randomly thought the yarns would make a nice scarf. Originally was crocheting but frogged it when the stitches didn’t look right. It looks nice and the colours are much more clear.

knitted grey and multi-colour scarf

Did a few more rows of the second sleeve, of the purple and grey pullover, but this part will be taking forever to finish. Haven’t decided on the middle panels on the front and back.

second sleeve of purple striped pullover

It’s not clear but will be using these yarns for a pullover. Two pieces that will be from cuff to center, which half of the center will be seamed together. The bottom of the cuff have bobbles, which will be also in the center. (Not sure why this is blurry, though)

beginning of another crochet pullover

 

This has been sitting in the closet and the decision and desire to make a hat, that would be actually be worn, with the pieces already there, but redesigned and not the mess it had been. Probably won’t use all the wire bits. And, maybe, more blue ribbon flowers.

hat in pieces, to be reworked

 

Starting with the main part. This is the circle to make the top. Purposely covering up the picture I’m semi-following, the brim will be slightly narrow than the picture.

I’m using Eugenia Kim’s book about hatmaking. Half the book is buy a hat then add an embellishment but it still has easy enough directions to make a simple hat that an idiot like myself can follow, that it’s worth the money. Then again, I have not been able to make a cloche the right size for my head, because I’m not making the pattern piece the exact size needed. Also, since I don’t own a hat block, I’m trying to make do with pattern pieces and bowls. And stubbornness.

circular pattern piece

 

So..about Gertrude. Not sure if she/it had a name last post. But…

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I’m about to cut into Gertrude #goodbyepumpkin

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If anybody questions what sort of humour I have, this is the video to be used as an example.

(Forgot to take pictures for this bit.)

The pulp was scrapped after popping it into the oven and roasting for about 45 minutes. It’s all in bags, in the freezer.

For the past few days, since Sunday, I’ve spent trying to extract dye from the rest of it. Couple days I would boil all the contents with extra water for an hour or so then let it sit outside. Yesterday, filled a bucket with hot tap water and added vinegar and alum powder and a bit of salt and had various fabrics and lace and let it sit for around an hour then added everything together, having to dump out some of the water onto spaces between plants in the backyard, and picking out the pumpkin bits and putting that in the material to be recycled for compost. I boiled the fabric and the dyes and such for an hour then have been letting the dye and such soak into the material, since yesterday. From time to time, have been taking a peek and most of it has been taking on a pale buttery yellow. The lace isn’t changing colour, only because my dumb ass forgot it’s not cotton. Polyester and acrylic material doesn’t soak up the colour.

The plan is to use the material to make a scarf or shawl. I also plan on texting one of my friends a lot of pictures of the material after taking it out and properly laundering it.

 

week 265

I haven’t had much time to do anything because my son’s been shuffling from being sick and not sick, between mid-October and this week. Two weeks ago, he had a fever, then last week a doctor diagnosed him with Hand, Foot and Mouth, then earlier this week he had bad constipation then, yesterday, he had a fever of 103F. An hour ago, I took his temperature within ten minutes of each other, of each armpit, and it’s much lower than yesterday. It got to the point I don’t even bother doing a walk-in to the usual doctor, but just take him to the local urgent care.

In the meantime, I was only able to do one thing.

Whatever this thing turned out to be.

crochet jumble

I made rows of crochet circles then attached one end to the longest green row, then the other loose ends were chained, then the loose ends attached to the brown bit on top. They look a bit like veins.Should have made them the same length but it’s okay as is.

googly eyes and wig on a pumpkin

I haven’t cut into the pumpkin yet to toast seeds and make pie and other goodies.

The googly eyes were a joke and it was bald, until the wig. After trying on the wig and deciding it was too unruly to wear. Just wanted to see what I looked like with short hair for one evening, but it wasn’t staying put. It’s a bit comical that a $6 wig looks amazing on a pumpkin, but is a hot mess on me. I don’t look good with short hair but the temptation to chop my hair is there. Last time I chopped my hair shorter than collarbone length I looked like Tina from Bob’s Burgers.

My friend saw the pumpkin on Instagram and texted me, “Why you making stylish pumpkins” Because I want to use it for food and didn’t want to waste a perfectly good pumpkin. Duh.

week 263-264

Not sure if I had the worst output for the past, it’s been…two weeks. (hehe) On the plus side, I spent a disproportionate amount of time shredding a stack of paper and every bit of it was bagged, while watching playlists from the Victoria and Albert Museum channel. That, and I had wanted to spend free time cooking rather than doing any bit of crafting.

I literally only finished the other earring and didn’t do much else. Need to attach wire mesh, usually used for door frames, to a plain wood picture frame, so there’s a place to hang jewelry, but just lazy and it’s convenient to hang everything on the wall with thumbtacks.

bracelet and matching earrings

Scaling a pattern out of a book seems to not be my forte as I’m out of practice with scaling things, up to a certain percentage. I swear the hat on top was scaled up 20%, but it’s too small and fits Dylan’s head. The lining underneathe is a hood. The perfect size is somewhere in-between.

one hat finished and the other just the inside lining

 

Having a bit of fabric leftover and decided to make a doll body. This is the lower half and it’s not stuffed yet.

bottom half of a doll figure, unstuffed

And the top half is not sewn together. There is no head yet, which probably should have been done first, but oh well. unsewn top half of a doll body

 

This crochet block is done, and it’s obvious where I connected more yarn, as I didn’t make it smooth. Now have no idea what to do with it. Probably will make more blocks and connect them all together.

semi-rectangular block of crochet

Finished this bit and was going to connect it to the other striped one, with almost the same colours, but the first one is too wide, or not tall enough. So, two separate blankets. Now, I’m running out of space and need to…start clearing space.

small green and white striped blanket

week 261-262

I found it impossible to post anything last week as my energy level dropped and patience was almost non-existent.

This part was finished some time last week. I originally connected the sleeve where the seam was on top, but fixed it so both the side and sleeve seams are in (almost) one line. Still have to knit the other sleeve then the middle bits, connect everything and then block it all.

half the pullover

I frogged a project and will reuse the yarn for something else, that I have no idea the end result. There have been sketches done that shows a starting point, but things rarely finish as it looks in the preliminary sketch. Starting with the green then use the blue. Can’t remember the yarn name except it’s not been made in a really long time, and that the website it was bought on, doesn’t exist anymore.

start of another project

Finally getting around to sewing the final pattern pieces for the dress. Most of them were drafted from measurements and constant trying it on, but the skirt was traced from a Simplicity skirt pattern piece. Depending on the result, might make the skirt more a-line. The sleeves might change, and will probably be longer.

dress pattern pieces

This bracelet has been in pieces, sitting in the desk for the longest time, so finally just put it all together. Took two tries as the first one was too wide, and would have easily flown off my wrist during sudden hand movements.

bracelet and earrings