Category: yarn

week 251

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.

crochet shawl or something

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.

quilt squares

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.

start of the third knitted piece

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.

two yarn skeins

week 250

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.

yarn after two finished sections

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.

up close of middle stripes

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.

two finished sections

There will be vertical striped between all four panels, and under the sleeves. That part hasn’t been planned out.

week 247

I started this a couple days ago and just randomly experimenting. The orange bit is crocheted then woven in, couple rows where I chained the yarn then wove that in, then the rest are just woven in. It looks odd but like the texture. I’m going to add a bit more orange then end on more blue. This looks good the way it is but unsure if it will be turned upside down. Depends after I attach fringe at bits.

(In case, you are wondering if I ever will get around to that blocked canvas on the left. I have not finished crushing up the crystals, so whenever I get around to doing that, then I can finally make paint and work on my painting.)

medium sized weaving project

 

The hat isn’t finished but this is nearly it done. I want to add a bit of netting, which should have been applied underneath the bits of flowers.

In case you want to know what I was aiming for, if you look at the corner underneath, is the original pattern envelope, with a picture of what is it supposed to look like.  Instead of leaving the middle space free, I covered as much of it as possible because I like it that way. I’m that bad at following directions especially when it’s just words and limited illustrations. I am not a milliner but have been watching a bunch of YouTube examples. It’s amazing, how once you know what you’re doing, it looks easy, but otherwise it’s just material and questioning at every step what you’re doing with all the material.

hat in progress

 

I had leftover ribbon from making some of the flowers and decided to make a floral bouquet with it. I plan on gifting it to someone I talk to on Twitter. I’m a bit excited it will belong to someone who lives in New Zealand, as I’ve never sent anything to anyone that lives there.

This is just step one, where they’ve taken on the shape of flowers. Basically, you take a bit of thread and thread across the bottom of a bit of ribbon, scrunch it up, sew the free ends of the ribbon together, then gather the bottom with the rest of the thread and tie off the thread. All the sewing is done on one side and you flip it over and have your “petals”.  I need to buy green floral tape before attaching the wire. Am going to attach some green crochet leaves, then that should be done and ready to send to her.

blue ribbon flowers

 

The not so secret block blanket is coming along, but has taken the odd shape. Need to add semi-triangular shapes to the sides, attach a few things and will be done.

This is the back.

crochet blocks blanket

It’s not obvious with this but I layered netting over the velvet. I tried to colour one piece with paint and got more paint on my hands than on the netting. After putting that down, I put two more pieces over that and didn’t bother gluing it down, as the next layer will keep it attached. Do I know what my next layer is? No.

layers on board: velvet ribbon, netting

 

week 238

I actually am a bit proud of myself for almost finishing two projects this weekend. Will get to why only one, and not both are done.

 

This pullover.  Have started working on the round at the bottom, until it reaches a nice length. Being limited in yarn means it might be a tad shorter than I want but can use another yarn to make it up. Which will work nicely if I add the second yarn to the sleeves.

By the way this is inside and the side back seams are less noticeable on the outside.

adding on length to pullover for me

 

Not quite what was expected but Dylan’s pullover is finished. Need to block it but it looks nice enough, even though one sleeve is wonky.

Also, it should have been in a darker colour. Haven’t tried it on him, other than when the neckline was being adjusted so it wasn’t tight.

Dylan's pullover

 

The coat is not finished but looks so nice. The sleeves are a tad shorter than I wanted. Adding the cuffs was more of an afterthought and there would have been wider cuffs if I had cut out the pieces earlier, but gives it a nice touch. I need to fix the sleeves as there is extra inside lining fabric, because of overzealous cutting of extra lining pieces.

The reason it isn’t finished is the original buttons for the coat do not fit through the loops, so spent a little time testing out smaller ones in my button collection. Need to get six because black buttons or anything other than the tablecloth fabric will be too jarring.

I tried on the coat and it fits snugly in the shoulders but is loose everywhere else.

Some of the stitches are off. As what was said before, couldn’t figure out the sleeves but most of it is nice to look at, inside and out. Seams don’t line up on the outside if you look at the shoulders, but it’s symmetrical so not a big deal.

I moved the pocket to inside and switched it so the pocket has the lining on the outside and the main fabric on the inside.

coat without buttons

 

Spent quite some time undoing this bit of yarn. Thankfully it’s only one skein that I messed up. I need to own an umbrella swift. For a skein of cotton slash acrylic it gets more knotted than necessary.

tangled yarn in the process of being untangled

 

Construction paper houses that I was going to use but they are too thin and flimsy to make stable houses. Need sturdier paper.

orange and black construction paper houses

 

By the way, I finally finished part one of a certain boy’s birthday project. I’ve been slacking and just finally sucked it up and did it. Need to put it in something then can finally send him everything.

week 221-222

Happy New Year.

There’s something refreshing about the idea of starting over with a clean slate. Except, every January involves me trying to finish up as many projects from the previous year. And I have many.

 

I’ve made some progress on the oversized pullover I’m making with the Red Heart’s Unforgettable Yarn in parrot. I’m not sure I’ll be done with the amount that can be seen at the top of the photo.

The shoulder seams aren’t joined and still need to add the rest of the bottom before adding the second colour.

progress on pullover using Red Heart yarn

And, an up close of the stitches for the pullover.

I originally was trying to do a basic spike stitch but instead of using the front loop and going to the one below, it’s back loop and going into a stitch on a lower row. It’s an alternate of hdc/htc and making that spike. It’s colourful and the colours sometimes abruptly end which is I like.

upclose progress on pullover

 

I got bored one night and used up some nail polish to paint with. The pink blob in the middle completely throws it off and looks awful. I’m not sure what I can add to even it out.

quick painting with nail polishes

 

Was quite surprised to get a really pretty yarn bowl for Christmas and just showing it off. I wish I knew the one who made it but obviously my sister-in-law won’t tell me who she bought it from.

yarn bowl in various yarns

 

I don’t think I’ve shared this before but these are the crystals I’m crushing, to turn into pigment. So far, only one has been problematic to turn into powder, because of its hardness. Yes, it’s not exactly free of toxins and a lot of them are much paler than I expected, but the end result will still be worth it.

I’m not exactly so awesome I could charge the crystals with good energy but whoever ends up with the painting (or paintings, depending on how much paint I end up having), I can promise I’m in a good mood while creating.

In a sense, every piece of art, whether it’s a tv show or the glass you see in some doors or whatever that’s been created, some essence of the creator is a part of the end result. We’re constantly leaving behind pieces of ourselves, whether it’s obvious or not.

crystals and containers

 

I cut out the alphabet from the tissue box and was almost worried I would be one letter less because the letter N was a pain in the butt because I kept doing it backwards.

I want to use these letters and for each letter, make something to represent that letter. One of my friends is having a baby in May but I want to make a book for her and her kid out of the end result.

alphabet made from tissue box cardboard

 

It took me five seconds of staring at the nail polish painting and figured out what it needed.nail polish painting

I turned the pink blob into another head and so it’s three ambiguous heads looking outward, into maybe water. There’s no name for it, as of this moment.

week 218

I thought I would have more time to finish a couple things for a friend of mine, but the garland I’m making her is nowhere near being done. I think we promised each a couple things more than a year ago and I’m finally getting around to both.

This is part of the garland. I ended making one huge flower with the separate bits here and put a bead in the front middle.

(The sketch is the blanket I’m making for Dylan’s teacher.)

crochet flowers

 

Only got as far as adding the third colour to this striped pullover. The first two stripes follow a certain way but just want to lazily garter stitch the rest. I’m going for as simple as possible.

Also, I’ve been quite tired lately and can’t be arsed to paint my fingernails. My hands are a bit on the dry side because it’s nearly winter here.

three stripes in pullover

 

Didn’t realise this picture came out blurry until uploading it so the bobbles are a bit blurry on the shawl.

blurry picture of striped purple bobble shawl

 

These are how many strips I have for yet another scarf. The smaller one is knit and I’m only making one on that small of a pair of straights. Need to knit more strips.

strips of scarf

 

This is all the material I’m going to use for another scarf I have in mind.

This was while working on the first part.

I’m incorporating the curling in as part of it and unsure what to do with the dyed yarn, although it still looks fairly white in this picture.

progress picture of another scarf

And this is what the first part looks finished.

The yarn is Lionbrand’s Hometown USA in Fargo Fields which I have been wanting to use since forever. I cast on 12 stitches and went from there, using any combo of the needles of four needles at various parts of the scarf, two of five dpns I rarely use and another pair of straights.

I know I said this on Instagram, but the colour reminds me of Aquafresh toothpaste and/or candy canes.

finished scarf part one with knitting needles

 

My cousin wanted me to make my aunt a beanie so with help from one of the booklets, I made one for her. Caron’s Simply Soft Party is so pretty, but the shiny bits do come loose at times. I spent most of last weekend frogging knit mess-ups. It took me a few hours to crochet this, which was a relief because I was hoping not to be up at all hours, restarting it over and over.

crocheted red beanie

And now she wants two more for her mum.

I misunderstood her and thought she only wanted a purple one for her, but told me today, she also wanted a black velvet for her, also. I have no idea where to get velvet yarn on such short notice, but decided there’s soft buttery fabric I can use, that was used for RJ’s vest, after tearing it into strips and making one long bit.

Also, my annoyance at not being able to replicate something I’ve already done comes into play here.  I got bored every few rows and changed the stitch.

purple beanie

 

By the way, I never could find my I/5.5mm hook that Dylan tossed so ended up buying myself another one.

week 210

My mother’s birthday was late last month, and one of my brothers gave her flowers. I was taking out the rose petals as they were slowly wilting until they were all slightly worse for the wear.

Yesterday, I finally purchased a stock pot and boiled the petals to remove the colour. Unfortunately some edges had already lost their freshness and had some pale brown bits. Also, I’ve never made dye from nature before so this is a whole experiment in what ifs.

I boiled the petals in distilled water for an hour then let the petals seep in the water overnight.

water with rose petals and without petals

I let the rose petals sit for another hour until I took out most of the rose petals. It turned this beautiful amber brown colour.

yarn being weighed

I have a postal scale that I use on occasion and have to re-calibate it because it kept changing the weight, so it’s somewhere between 50-85 grams.

(Just for your amusement but my brain somehow assumed packages weighed in other countries goes kg mg, and have no idea why I skipped over grams. I changed it to pounds and ounces but am trying to retrain myself to also consider things in metric.)

yarn in liquid

I let the yarn soak in the leftover distilled water, but didn’t think too much about alkaline and acidic when I felt it needed more water and just added sink water, then weighed it down by filling the empty gallon container with more tap water.

I let it sit in the bucket for a few hours then squeezed out the excess water. Most of it is one of the fingering yarns from Knitpicks and I’m not sure what the other small bit is from, but probably also from that website.

I added about a half tablespoon of alum and the same amount of cream of tartar to boiled water then added that to the liquid. I made the mistake of taking out some of the liquid post adding those, for another project, but I doubt alum and cream of tartar would affect being used as a watercolour coat on canvas.

After boiling all of it for about forty minutes or so, the water turned more brownish and less amber.

I somehow expected the yarn to be dyed darker and with a bit of red, but the yarn looks pale brown. I’m letting the yarn sit in the dye overnight, but doubt it will get much darker than it already is at the moment.

I’m not sure what I will do with the end result but it’ll become something.

 

progress on parrot yarn top

I made the top part seven inches in length and broke the yarn, then started working on the main body.

For some reason, I calculated that I started with 180 stitches, but recounted and started with 160. I was going to make the main body 120 stitches, but had to frog that and make the main body 60 stitches. At this moment, it’s around four inches or around ten centimeters, in length. The sleeves will be seven, with something between them, then the main body will be fifteen inches, or thirty-eight centimeters, then an extra bit at the bottom.

 

first part of weaving

I’ve been wanting to weave again for the longest time and actually made two looms, but sticking nails in an empty frame didn’t hold up. I was successful with cutting out notches in the cardboard. I tried to line them up but I’m not sure they do, but it’s not a big deal in the scheme of things. I don’t mind things on the wonky side. I am used to small scale but wanted something bigger.

I’m going to use the frames and attach muslin to them and use those as canvas.

So far, I have only one part down, as I’m currently indecisive over the rest of the colours. The layout has already been determined, it’s just what colours.

 

fabrics for constume

One of my older brothers is dressing as Chewbacca this year. (And the picture proof cracks me up.)  His son’s son, my great nephew, is going to be dressed as Hans Solo. I’m sure you can tell which version by the fabric.

I took some basic measurements on Monday but basically will wing it.

 

progress on this knitting project

And did a few rows of this project. I know it’s blurry. I was going to take another one then had to charge the camera battery.