It’s been a slow week as I’m trying to catch up on the piles of reading material and going through my closet, weeding things out, so it slightly cuts into doing other things with my hands. I tend to do that after a semi-huge project, where one thing is complete then sort of putter around then start another project.
I’ve only done a couple things.
One. These red beads have been in a container with other beads and they’re so pretty. I turned most of them into a necklace.
The clasp isn’t neat but it looks fine to me.
And two. The other thing is just making a scrap thing, after finding a whole bunch of yarn bits in a container in my closet.
I’m not going in any colourway, just literally going “Okay. That one’s next.” The end product will be poo, but the process is always more important the result.
Currently, I’m trying to figure out a way to make holes in a canvas board, because the want to experiment with Dylan’s watercolours, some oil pastels (which I’ve had forever but never really use) and some embroidery thread.
Bit of a slow week as I’m reorganising personal items and it’s taking up space and time. Have only been able to focus on a few things. Well, two and another one, just wanted it done.
Yesterday, I undid the yarn on the neckline on the striped sweater and made the shoulder seams longer. Have yet to make a sweater closer to personal size, but oversized roomy jumpers are so nice to put on. This was sitting there and just wanted it finished, but need to put on some edging all around.
Okay. Remember how I got indecisive about the knitting of those two Yarnbox yarns?
It started off crochet, then was knitted. It’s crochet.
I love the way it looks as it does now, and not sure why I didn’t originally go with this. Started with the green then the purple with pink and white bits. It’s not clear in this picture because the light is washing out the shawl.
Also, didn’t realise but this may have taken a couple days to make.
So, the top using the sloper. My stitches are messy but it’s almost done.
I’m somewhat proud of this top although using white lace on a dark fabric shows the stitches and is a bit annoying but unavoidable. Originally the hem was going to be just lace but it made it so the top felt like a sweatshirt which wasn’t fun. I mirrored the hem with the top although the puffy side of the lace is reverse of the top front. Need to topstitch the hem and fix the cuffs then it will be finished. The lace was from an open jacket sitting in my closet, bought at Kmart, and the heavy silk floral fabric was bought at Joanns. Both purchased on a whim.
This is the first post of the year. Between the weekend before Christmas and New Year’s Day is this period of time that somehow becomes longer than it really is, where your focus isn’t really on any one thing, except just existing. It’s like the week before your birthday.
I was able to do a couple things, starting a few days back.
One is making a top. Drafting a top sloper seems fairly easy, if you have basic math skills and an extra long ruler. And if you take your time and actually measure yourself.
I was somewhat successful, after making a second sloper because the first time I didn’t measure the space between the bust and my waist. Four inches was the difference between the first sloper and the second one. Also forgot to measure between my waist and hips but added that to the second sloper. There’s something to be said for the quote “measure twice, cut once”.
Didn’t measure right but I’m making a top. Originally wanted something with a pleated angled bib in front but after making a mockup bib, and being indecisive about the number of pleats, decided to save that for something else.
Using lace for a bib, then for cuffs. It looks nice and not sure why I put inch seams all around, but get the feeling more will be cut away on the sides. Especially on the oddly cut sleeves.
(Also, not sure why the picture turned out blurry. )
This began crocheted of don’t remember the stitch count, then knit a few rows of 110 stitches, then this is crochet of 120 stitches again. Have done a bit more rows than this, and the markers are solely for counting, so haven’t moved them because the number of stitches haven’t changed. When I change the colour and the number count changes, they’ll move.
The two yarns bought off of yarnbox are becoming a shawl. It probably won’t be as long as I hope, but it’s going to look nice when done. I tend to usually avoid mixing green and purple, because it’s not the greatest colour combo, but only one them is a solid colour while the other is varigated.
I do have one more project in the works, as there is a dress waiting to be made. It’s this beautiful golden lace fabric overlaid mint.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keep adding blocks of colour to this and a bit indecisive over what colour to add next.
And some blurry pom-poms for good measure.
A few more rows on the second sleeve. Not sure why it’s taking so long.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
So..about Gertrude. Not sure if she/it had a name last post. But…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Having a bit of fabric leftover and decided to make a doll body. This is the lower half and it’s not stuffed yet.
And the top half is not sewn together. There is no head yet, which probably should have been done first, but oh well.
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.
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.