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.
So much closer to the finish line for this project.
I’m going to do the middle part with circular needles.
All this yarn for finishing the pullover. I have a bit less yarn to work with, although there was exchanging of the Yarn Collective bit with a bigger ball that was for another project, that’s temporarily stalled.
The four knit panels are finished and have been attached to each other but need a bit of steaming to make it pretty.
I tried on one side and the shoulder seam hits my shoulder in the right places, but that’s before adding the narrow middle and everything is altogether, so it’ll probably be closer to cap sleeve. Not sure what I want to do about the neckline, but we’ll see how much yarn is leftover at that point.
Friday, I finally frogged the Mandala yarn I was knitting with, as it just sat there for the longest time. I had two balls, so crocheted them together and let the colour changes happen naturally. The end isn’t as flat as the beginning, but it’s not that big a deal. As long as they mirrored slightly, which they do. I wish the colour changes were more staggered, though.
I used the next size up, on the recommended hook size on the label. By the way, this colourway is Pegasus.
Restlessness is a strong distracter. I didn’t get much done at all last week. Most of it was spent on reading material and I’m in the midst of reorganising. Books and other things tends to migrate to other places, and trying to figure the best configuration to solve that problem. A shelving area, plus a desk, so I can spread everything out, instead of on the floor.
The crochet thing I was making kept curling, so after four tries, I gave up. It gave me an idea for a mixed media painting, so when I give that the attention it deserves, I’ll post about it then.
The only progress I made on anything was the fourth panel of the knit pullover.
I’ve got five rows of stripes left, then have twenty live stitches before making the shoulder seam. Seam the side, then it’s the front and back panels to be knit.
After making the last five rows, I will have roughly this amount of yarn left to use to make the two panels and two sleeves. I have more Yarn Collective Bloomsbury DK in Soot so the panels are not an issue. Haven’t decided if they’ll be wide or narrow.
I’ve been knitting for about three years or so, after so many stops and starts.
When I first learned to crochet, I did the scarf route and gradually learned more complex things. I don’t think I’ve ever knit a scarf, and started with shawls or wraps although my first project was a pullover that I did both knit and crochet in, but it’s sitting in my closet for reasons. I’ve only made three pullovers or cardigans that I have worn, two of them on a regular basis. I’ve made way more, obviously.
The funny thing is I realise it’s easier to go top down when I crochet, but it has to be from the bottom when knitting.
That said I am starting another top down pullover, not sure about the sleeve length at the moment. The crochet thread mixed with one of the bits of yarn not successfully dyed that one time and so far, so good. Just going to use these until I run out then use the one bought at the thrift store, to finish the top.
I originally knit the beginning, but it didn’t feel right, so frogged the yarn and started off with a 3.75mm hook.
The pullover I’m most focused on at the moment, is on piece four.
I messed up on binding off the third piece by binding off at the end of a row, and not at the beginning. So, this totally happened.
This is the current progress on the fourth panel.
In the meantime, I did bind off the shoulder seam, then sew up the sides of the first two, leaving a space for an armhole. For armholes, I always leave eight inches, or about 20 cm, of space, because it leaves ample room.
After finishing up this panel, I will bind off the shoulder then sew up the side, then it will be time for the two middle panels.
Didn’t get so far.
(Hello from the same blog with a slightly changed url. I officially own the blog now and there could be slight changes coming to it, but it’ll mostly stay the same.)
Another slow week. It’s hard to do anything when it’s over 26C and humidity is past 65%. I go into nap and wake up covered in sweat and disgusted with myself for sleeping all the time mode.
I’m slowly knitting the third piece of the pullover. It seems each piece is taking longer than the panel before it. First took four days, the second took a bit longer and this has taken even longer.
I’ve only reached the eighth stripe out of twenty-one. Still think there should have been less grey stripes but eh. Too late now and it still looks nice.
For the quilt, I was shuffling things around and realised the leftover squares should make up the middle of the back, rather than add them to the sides. After the middle is done, add squares of the fabric originally meant to make up the back as planned.
This is the quilt top in all its glory without the edges altered.
I measured the top and it’s roughly 54″ by 47″, or 137cm by 119cm. Not sure how much I will lose when I attach all three layers together. It’s puckery, because there is material of all sorts, and because my sewing sometimes went in non-straight lines, but once the top and batting are together, I’m hand stitching over the top, so it’s a bit smoother.
It’s kind of nice to finally getting around to projects that were just sitting in my to do pile. And, I will be very happy once this thing is done as it’s taking an unnecessarily long time to go from cut pieces to a usable quilt. I don’t know how many pieces were cut before Dylan was even conceived. It’s been that long.
For the longest time I had this project in a pile of WIPs. I finally just wanted to finish it.
It’s almost finished as I want to add random pom-poms all over.
This is the frogged yarn from the cardigan I knit and somehow made one side way too wide to be comfortable to wear. The yarn is doubled up, and when I was at the last yarn cake, I crocheted with both ends.
For some reason I didn’t feel like continuing the actual pattern planned out so made it on one side. especially since I wasn’t exactly paying attention to the holes made.
The more I look at it, I want to sew armholes and turn it back into a cardigan.
It’s a bit blurry, but the quilt top is coming along.
After sewing the side pieces, noticed the middle part was too long, so needed to make it wider, rather than longer. Removed several rows from the bottom, and will attach them to the sides.
When everything is finally sewn together, going to sew over the rows, on the outside, firmly attaching the batting under the top, before making something for the back and attaching that.
And I roughly measured length and it’s 4 feet, or about 122cm. I figure it’s just as wide as it is long. If not, I can sew two pieces of batting together.
Started the third section of the pullover.
My straights are no15, Japanese needles, bought a long time ago. For the inside pieces, when I will pick up the stitches and attach them to each other, I wanted to use a circular needle.
Unfortunately I guesstimated and bought 6.0mm needles. I need 6.5mm. It’s a tiny little difference, but half mm does matter because the stitches could be a wee smaller.
Yarnbox is selling off skeins of yarn before they completely close up shop. I bought two and they are both so much prettier in person than in this photo. They’ll probably be forever in the stash but that’s normal.
I wasn’t project scattered over the past week. But, even with focus, things are not exact. I am not worried about running out of yarn for the rest of the main body, but not sure about the sleeves. It really depends on the sleeve length. Deep down, I feel it’s just the right amount.
This is what I have leftover after finishing two sections, after rewinding most of the cakes.
I wasn’t paying attention but managed to knit two rows less than I had planned. It oddly enough isn’t that huge of a difference between the sides. I’m going to make it so the two rows less are the front panels, and the normal amount are the back.
I wanted to finish this yesterday, but Saturday prevented me from doing anything as a migraine snuck up and made it impossible to do any bit of crafting. I only get migraines once every other month and for a while, they didn’t happen.
These are the two panels. Should have put more stitches on the holders but going to make the neck wider so when making a collar, I won’t have to worry about it being too small to work with.
I also need to get more stitch holders.
There will be vertical striped between all four panels, and under the sleeves. That part hasn’t been planned out.