Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter Basket

This small but sturdy basket took about 2 hours to make.  Here is the free pattern for it.  I used Schachenmayer SMC Northern yarn and an I hook to make it.  Two strands of the yarn was held together to make this a thick and sturdy basket.  It can hold about 3 eggs in it.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Purple Crying Caps - Baby Hats for Charity

I have been making more hats for Click for Babies: Period of Purple Crying Caps.
I felt like knitting one of the baby hats instead of crocheting one.  I used Plymouth Encore Colorspun and size 5 dpns to make it.  Many people don't think that it is 50% purple, which is what the charity is asking for, but it looks like it to me. Where there isn't purple it is pink and blue, which when combined would make purple.  Maybe it's a stretch, but I really wanted to make some baby hats with this yarn.
  • Long tail cast on of 72 sts, 24 on 3 dpns.
  • 4x4 rib
  • slowly make the first 12 sts knit stitches
  • decrease by ssk first 2, k2tog the 11th and 12th sts, and repeat around until 6 stitches are left.
With the remaining yarn I crochet these 2 crochet ribbed hats. Here is the free pattern for them (and several of the hats below).  This pattern is very easy to make, and after making several I now have the pattern memorized.
This hat was made using Schachenmayer SMC Northern yarn and a size H hook.
This hat used Plymouth Dreambaby DK yarn and a size G hook.  I made some tweaks to the pattern so that it would work using DK weight yarn.
I did not have enough purple yarn left to make a whole other hat, so I added some gray yarn to create this striped baby hat.  Can you believe that I still have some of the purple leftover?  I used Cascade Pacific yarn and a size G hook to make it.  Here is the free pattern for it.
These 2 hats makes 11 hats that I've made so far for this charity.  I used Cascade yarns Bentley color #12  and an I hook to make them.  This yarn was fun to use.  I have some left over, so expect to see at least one more hat made with it.
Here are some pictures of the collection basket at my job.  The charity has already picked up the ones on the bottom already.  It is great seeing how many people are making hats for this charity.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Gray & Rose Cascade Bag

This is the 3rd bag that I have made using this pattern.   I used Cascade Cherub Aran Multi yarn to make it (colors 62 and 517) and size 8 needles.  I love this yarn.  It is so soft.  I want to try lining it sometime so that it will be a good project bag.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Just add some sparkle

I made another Urban Mermaid doll dress recently.  It was for St. Patrick's Day.  The yarn has sequins  in, which adds a nice touch to the dress.
This month I took another class with Judith Durant.  This one was a knitting with beads class.  She showed us how to incorporate beads in our knitting 5 different ways by making this sampler bag.  We spend the first 45 minutes of class stringing the beads onto our yarn.  One row of beads were added with a crochet hook, and another row was on some thread which was added while knitting.  This little purse is just big enough to hold my phone.  I didn't make the strap very long.  It is big enough to go around my wrist.  I have no idea when I would ever use this bag, but it is very pretty.  I was able to make just over half of this bag in class, and then I finished it on another day.  I really enjoyed this class, and Judith is a lovely woman and a good teacher.  The beads were tedious to work with, but they were also easy to work with.  I plan on making more projects with beads in them.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fat Afghan

For my mom's birthday I made her this 61" x 51" afghan.  For most of it I held 4 strands of yarn together at the same time, and once I used 5 strands of yarn at once.  Two strands were bulky weight yarn, and the others were worsted and DK weight.  I used a green Lion Brand's Homespun yarn throughout the afghan, and most of the other bulky weight yarn was also Homespun.  I did use some Wool-Ease Thick and Quick a few times instead.  It was knitted on size 19 needles (cast on 80 stitches - the border is garter stitch and the rest is stockinette).  All in all about 3, 383 yards of yarn was used to make it, 23 skeins, 19 of which were completely used up.  Only a few of the skeins had never been used before, and all except for 1 of the skeins were from my stash.  This was an awesome stash-busting project.  It was thick and soft, and my mom loved it.  My dad and their dog also loved it.  Surprisingly enough it only took me a week to make.  I worked on it every chance I got.  My husband wants me to make one for our oldest son next.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Kid's Sewing Kit

Last month I put together this sewing kit for a friend's daughter.  Her birthday party is today, so I hope that she likes it.  Her mom said that she really wanted a sewing kit, so I knew that I needed to be the one to make her one.  I found the cute little purse at Staples.  Then I bought a mini sewing kit and put all but the scissors in the bag (tape measure, thimble, sewing needles, and mini spools of thread).  The scissors were horrible.  They couldn't cut a thing, so I bought a good pair that would fit in the bag.  I found some decorative felt and made a simple needle holder out of it.  I also bought her some extra needles since the ones that came with the kit were really small.  Then I made her a bottle cap pincushion.  I put a rainbow of pins in it.  The primary colors are butterfly pins, and the secondary colors are flower pins.  The pincushion doesn't fit in the bag, but thats ok.  I hope that she likes it (and that her mom approves).   I included one fun thing to play with in her birthday bag as well.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Spun Wool and Natural Dyes

Last Sunday I took a spinning wheel class at the American Textile History Museum.  First I carded the wool, then I spun it, and then I Navajo plied it (3 ply).  I had a mordant bath going in preparation for a workshop the next day, so I threw it in there.  The next day I dyed it with madder root,  You can see some of the madder root still stuck in it.  I ended up with about 30 yards of yarn.  This was my first time spinning fiber on a spinning wheel.

Earlier this month I dyed some Lion Brand's Fisherman's wool with some natural dyes, after putting it in a mordant bath of alum and cream of tartar.
Madder Root
This was before I realized that it is better to put the madder root in a blender first.  Madder root is normally a pretty brick red color. 
Osage Orange