Two weeks later. So many thoughts going through my head. Hopefully, wherever you are, reading this, that you’re safe and sound. Until the beginning of this week, I couldn’t focus on anything. Still can’t focus on anything for long periods of time but am slowly returning to being able to cope in my own way. It’s just an odd time as the whole world is affected.
Some knitting happened. I’m using up the yarns my cousin gave me, and adding a bit of white. This is only half of one of them.
So…spent the last three days, on and off, trying to open a jar of gesso. Alternately used a hairdryer and tried to pry it open with a nail file. Neither worked. Then, finally caved and ran hot water over the container for two minutes. I recorded my reaction because frustration and was so relieved, when it finally opened.
One layer of gesso on the left canvas. Also I applied some of the gesso while it was on the glass. Luckily the dried on gesso easily came off.
I’m starting to return to clothing. Also, I know it’s cost effect for patternmakers to do this for books, but trying to trace the pattern pieces needed was a bit confusing. (The bit of hair at the bottom is Dylan.) Fyi, all the hospitals near me refuse handmade masks and I don’t have anything they truly need to donate to them.
Christmas and New Year’s has passed and we’ve rolled into 2020. I planned on posting on New Year’s Day but between December 30 to January 1 was an emotional rollercoaster. If we’re going to continue into the year, from what was happening at midnight, in two separate time zones. According to Brisbane time, I’m going to be angry and it will be full of misunderstandings, and I will definitely be single by the time the days reset to one when 2021 comes. (By the way, him and his family is safe, away from the fires.) According to California time, it will be listening to music and struggling through emails, and not single, maybe. So, I guess it will start off rocky then smooth out towards the end. I just want to be less stressed out about everything.
I didn’t get much done between that limbo space of Christmas and New Year’s because, really, the rare person does. After the year reset, I’ve decided that I need to do things a bit differently. Every month I will start and finish a project. Instead of having multiple projects going on at once and quite a few unfinished, it will be easier to focus on fewer. Three seems like a good number, instead of indefinite. I also need to finish the various other WIPs. So, instead of starting more, I need to play catch up.
I’ve been wanting to make a tulle circle skirt since my son turned nine. And finally got brave enough to pull out a certain fabric that’s been sitting on a hanger in one closet. The end goal has always been a dress. And I’m nearly at completion. I didn’t use a pattern, drafting pieces using my measurements, and it’s coming out nicer than I hoped. Either way, I’m crying at the result. I didn’t feel like fussing with buttons or zippers, so made it slightly larger so I’m not struggling pulling it on and off, because none of the material is stretchy.
I need to fix the neckline then attach the skirt to the top then fix the six (lace, four of tulle, and lining) skirt layers.
The funny thing is a few times, while it was in the closet, I would whisper to it,”Soon, my precious.” This month I saw a hashtag on Instagram #sewtheprecious which is to celebrate the special fabric you’ve bought and stashed, to actually use it so you can wear it.
The next project after this is the red velvet suit, which I want to wear on my birthday in April. Perhaps with a fascinator. Still want to wear a sequin shirt with it but will most likely be something else.
Not much else beyond focusing on the dress, but in the process of frogging the purple pullover. I didn’t make it big enough for my shoulders, which is the widest part of me. Shoulders should not be four inches wider than my hips but my body is my body. Top down evades me, so always start bottom upwards.
The two studies are finished.
The original intention was what can I make with three materials. I ended up using five. Both are first layered with Crayola watercolours. On the left was just one colour, which was a bluish-green and the left was two mixed together. I wasn’t paying attention and the red-orange and orange-red look interchangeable.
After they dried, I taped up the canvas boards in random order and it just turned out the cool side was squares and the warm side was triangular and circles. Some of the circles didn’t stick on and popped off when I was applying the colours with oil pastels. Smoothing them out with my finger didn’t make them completely flat, but neither did applying poppy oil either. They dried for about a week, taking longer because I left the tape on for an extra day, I had let them sit with thumbtacks so I could lean one against the other.
Before poking holes, I sprayed them with fixative spray and let them sit for half an hour. By the way, if you’re indoors, make sure you have the windows fully open and the fan on full blast, I might have gotten a headache for about ten minutes because the smell was gnarly. Left the room after a couple minutes, but that was enough.
Thumbtacks don’t produce big enough holes but luckily, I made use of a bookbinding awl and poked big enough holes to thread an embroidery needle through and attached the embroidery thread through. I like the openness of cool side, and wish I made the warm side more even.
Now I want to analyse both and take elements from both and incorporate them into a larger scale. I finally used the Michaels giftcard and bought a 70″x72″ (178cm by 183cm) canvas fold and a couple sets of 48″ (122cm) stretcher bars. Still need to get the cross brace for the back and some gesso, then go to town on that painting. I’m going to layer a thin wash of acrylic paint, then oil paint, then use laceweight yarn on the canvas. I wonder if I could attach crocheted chains but we’ll see.
Currently looking to frame the studies together but 16’x24″ (41cm by 61cm) frames is an unusual size. Want the middles to touch but not precious about the other sides.
The weaving is finished and it’s uneven on the right side, because when I tied off the ends, I did it a bit tightly.
A couple of the fringe bits are not even and it just needs a trim but it looks like this. This is what the weaving looks like if you keep turning it around but this looks much better than anything else I’ve done.
Most of my time has been spent doing this has been otherwise taken up with this.
I don’t remember the blue but the green one is from Knitpicks.
This has been sitting in the closet and am finally sucking it up and unwinding it all. It’s not going to be in one piece, obviously, but it will be usable at some point. Wish I didn’t get it in this condition in the first place but laceweight yarn is such a pain in the arse with a mind of its own.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Construction paper houses that I was going to use but they are too thin and flimsy to make stable houses. Need sturdier paper.
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.