All I’ve been doing is knitting, for the past week, because knitting takes forever. Have no want to learn to speed knit.
I finished the panel with the cables and decided to make a cardigan with it, using up the yarn bought off yarnbox and the one from at a thrift store bin.
It’s a bit floppy right now but it’ll be nice once it’s finished. It’s wide enough that I’m knitting up until the part where it will be separated for the fronts and back. Haven’t decided for the sleeves, yet, but haven’t gotten to that point yet.
Have absolutely no idea what happened to the time last week, as everyday was spent running errands for whatever reason.
Most of the time was spent working on the fascinator, which is finished.
What the hat looked like on top with just one row of flowers added. It looked like a fancy cake.
I took a bunch of pictures, with this camera and the cell phone, and most of them were of me making a silly face, because there’s a certain amount of deliriousness that sets it when you’re finished with a project. And because my hair looked like trash.
This is the inside of the fascinator, and the comb alone just made it flop around. The elastic was taken from a mask that was lying around, unused.
There are leftover flowers, as twenty-four of the flowers were used for the fascinator. My stubbornness is insistent there should be a couple or three feathers hanging out to the side opposite the veiling.
Also, this needs a matching dress, or a dress in the same colour family.
I made several book blocks and had several of the cases already made, and just need to attach the blocks to inside the cases, then have several more hardbound notebooks. On the left, are the two already finished and just added to the pile, even though they’re already done.
I frogged the two parts and will just knit everything together, although the yarns will end at different points, but will keep knitting until all three yarns are used up. Have no idea what it will turn into, though.
Here are some jewelry bits, as I want to make myself several pairs of earrings. Hasn’t gotten very far, as other projects have put this on a backburner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Life gets in the way of getting things done sometimes.
Spent a good chunk of time shredding paper and had a few days where I had my little work area filled with clear bags filled with shredded paper. There were fifteen piled on the table, and more on the floor. Unfortunately, I transferred them into garbage bags but feel like I have to transfer them back into the clear ones.
Also, San Diego isn’t clear what you’re allowed to do with shredded paper. I called and they said it has to be in a paper bag, but someone else called and they said it’s okay to be put in plastic bags.
This is what my desk looks like now. It’s still messy as I have that red bin left full of stuff.
So, this is all I’ve been able to do over the past week. A few rows on the first sleeve. I’ve written down the amount, and most of them are half of the main body rows.