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persian dreams kal

  • Posted on March 4, 2017 at 5:46 pm

i’m in a esk kal and adapted it so i could make dresses for my girls instead of a blanket (i know it’s a stretch, but trust me it worked ;))
i still want to do a proper photoshoot when i am done, but meg tried on one of the dresses to day and i took an (embarassingly poor) cell phone picture of it.
persian dreams kal dress

iā€™m not sure whether to sew solid color underskirts for the dresses, or just make coordinating leggings. what do you think?

yarny goodness

  • Posted on January 16, 2017 at 10:06 pm

yarny goodness
got a lovely parcel from eatsleepknit today. mostly laceweight yarn for doll knitting. the hedgehog fibres yarn and the juniper moon “findley” (lower left) are closer to cobweb weight…bonus! they are perfect for knitting for the smaller dolls, or light enough to crochet for the bigger ones. i plan to get more colors as soon as they restock them!

the bright pink is the only one that is for me, i plan to make a hat to brighten up the dreary winter days. just have to wind it all (ugh!) then i’ll have lots of fun knitting this winter

back at last?

  • Posted on January 14, 2017 at 9:35 am

please forgive me for my long absence, these last few months have been challenging to say the least. my middle child has had some serious health issues that have taken up most of my time. we are hoping/praying that he is stable right now and i may be able to get back to making doll stuff and checking in to my various forums on the net, at least a little bit, anyway.

so one of my favorite yarn stores eatsleepknit is having their yearly yarnathon, and this year looks like a winner as far as i’m concerned. they are allowing us to add projects together for the kals, cals and booster club prizes, so i can work on my doll stuff and actually have it count! šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

i’ve started a new blanket for the girls couch. i’m only being cautiously optimistic ’cause i started a christmas one O_O. and i’m working on some shawls that will hopefully get done in time to wear before summer hits. everything is being done in malabrigo lace so far. its the softest lace yarn i know of that doesn’t have cashmere in it, and eatsleepknit has tons of colors!

here’s a sneak peek at my christmas blankie.
snowflakes on a snowy road
i worked on it over the holidays, so took my “on the road” pic already in hopes that they have that badge again this year. if not it seemed appropriate anyway to do a snowflake afghan in the snow.

a long haul but i’m finally done….maybe

  • Posted on May 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm

i’ve been working on this afghan for a couple of years, including a stop when i ran out of yarn and had to order more! i really wanted to do at least one blanket in a really fine scale, so this is done in cobweb weight yarn using a 1mm hook.
Cobweb weight afghan
now i’m just trying to decide whether it is done and can be blocked as is, or do i need a border to really make it look finished.

what do you think?

may cal complete!

  • Posted on May 18, 2016 at 8:24 am

i finished up my may cal. it went together pretty fast in spite of being laceweight, probably because i loved the colors and couldn’t quit working on it.
here is meg lying under it for scale on my bed.
May Cal done
can you tell those are some of my favorite colors?

do you crochet when you travel?

  • Posted on May 12, 2016 at 7:19 am

i am a somewhat obsessive crafter, so i always have a bag of stitching to take with me on a moments notice. we went on a day trip to jasper and banff and i took along my current cal to work on in the car. here we are stopped at abraham lake where i a took a “beach shot” on the shore line. i love the contrast of the bright clear colors against the misty background

At the beach

a new cal for may

  • Posted on May 11, 2016 at 4:22 pm

just in case i didn’t have enough blankets for my girls, i decided to make another one for the may cal. i’m using three colors of malbrigo laceweight from eat sleep knit – azul bolito (dark blue),jewel blue (light blue), and sauterne (yellow) i just loved these three colors together so couldn’t resist. it took a lot of crocheting and frogging, but finally i decided on the design. here are all the centers done and a few of them put together.
New kal/cal this one is for my dolls
i love the way the colors go together. what do you think?

buttons!

  • Posted on May 9, 2016 at 8:12 am

at someones suggestion on ravelry, i added buttons to the “wrong”bunny and made him look like he was wearing a vest. i used crocheted circles instead of real buttons, just because i wanted it to stay child safe (the same reason i crocheted the original eyes instead of using beads or buttons as i would normally do) Buttons! anyway i think he looks much better now. what do you think?

we interrupt your crafting….

  • Posted on May 8, 2016 at 12:05 pm

there has been a horrible wildfire raging in the fort mcmurray area. almost 90,000 people havve been evacuated and are waiting to find out if they have homes to go back to. included in that number are my brother and sister in law who don’t have to wait to find out… they already know that their home is one of the over 2000 structures that has gone up in flames so far. we would have helped out anyway, but with that personal connection i wanted to do something just a bit more special. so along with other things i made up a few crocheted bunnies to send to children affected by the fire.
here’s the first
Bunny for fort Mac evacuee

and all three together
3 bunnies ready to go

if you want to help you can give to the red cross or samaritans purse and designate it for the wildfire relief
the alberta and canadian govts are matching all donations made to the red cross by canadians through the month of may, so your gift will multiply!

thanks

cal dyed and blocking

  • Posted on March 14, 2016 at 9:26 pm

i mixed about three different shades of blue in a dye pot. no idea of how much. just kept adding till i got a deep royal. i started with dylon ocean (light blue) and blue jean (dark blue) then added a whole bunch of blue food coloring to brighten it up. white vinegar and salt as mordants. vinegar because i was dying wool, and salt because the dylon dye called for it. simmered it on the stove for about 45 min. periodically pulling the swatch out to check the color. then rinsed thoroughly in cold water once i was done. the result was that the red turned to a gorgeous deep plum color and even the purply black seems more purple, so i ended up with a deep tone on tone purple. it was even better than i had hoped. i thought it would be purple with black but the black seems to have lightened up and the toning is much more subtle. overall i’m thrilled and hope my niece will like it too.

Dyed and blocking

when i took this picture i realized i had made a mistake down in the first pattern repeat so had to very carefully clip it out res-stitch it. now i’m really glad i made a swatch and had a bit of extra yarn in the right color!

Close-up of new color
this was as close as i could get to the new color.it’s showing up a little redder than it should be, i just couldn’t get the true color. it is about that dark , but is a tone on tone blackbery purple. the pattern really shows up now and i love it!