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feb 14

  • Posted on February 15, 2019 at 10:56 am

the rows are getting longer and now take over a week
feb 14

meg’s new cowl

  • Posted on February 14, 2019 at 2:38 pm

i made a new cowl for meg and i love how this one came out. it was kind of a pain to knit, linen stitch on 1.5mm needles (i was using the wrong length for most of it too) but in the end it was worth it. i like this one so much i want to order more yarn and size it up for me!
megs linen stitch cowl

i’m not sure she was super impressed with me for not clearing the snow off the stump before i had her sit down though
sitting on a snowy stump

feb 5

  • Posted on February 7, 2019 at 4:42 pm

feb 5
got to use some of my colder temps this row

temperature blanket day 3

  • Posted on January 3, 2019 at 1:14 pm

after much dithering and changing my mind on how to do this, i realized that by only recording the high temps, i would have very few squares with my favorite colors- all those represented by the bottom colors, plus we often have wide temperature changes here, and i wanted to somehow show how great the change was in a single day. so i am doing the middle three rows as the high, then a 4th row as the low for the day, surrounded by a sc row of black. the squares with be joined with more black
by crocheting in the ends as i go. that way i should have at most one black end per day to weave in.

here is my final (i think) set of colors and the temperatures they represent. i expanded the range so i could use up more odds and ends of yarn instead of new balls.
28+ tart (prairie)
26-27 ravelry red (malabrigo lace)
22-25 fuscia (malabrigo lace)
18-21 neon pink (prairie)
15-17 cactus flower (malabrigo lace)
12-14 sunset (malabrigo lace)
9-11 sauterne (malabrigo lace)
6-8 butter (malabrigo lace)
3-5 applegreen (malabrigo lace)
0-2 water green (malabrigo lace)
-1 to -2 verde adriana (malabrigo lace)
-3 to -4 sapphire green (malabrigo lace)
-5 to -8 button jar blue (prairie)
-9 to -12 nassau blue (prairie)
-13 to -16 cian (malabrigo lace)
-17 to -19 azul bolita (malabrigo lace)
-20 to -22 jewel blue (malabrigo lace)
-23 to -26 wino forever (prairie)
-27 to -30 jacinto (malabrigo lace)
-31 to -35 periwinkle (malabrigo lace)
-36 and below natural (malabrigo lace)

yarn usages
2 daily highs to 1 gram
3 daily lows to 1 gram.
5 black edgings to 1 gram

here is the first three days, sitting on top of my carry bag. this is my absolute favorite project bag, it is the perfect size and was a prize from a previous eatsleepknit yarnathon.
temperature blanket day 3

a new year a new plan

  • Posted on January 1, 2019 at 6:35 pm

continuing to work on my great craft purge, i’m planning to make this the year of the yarn stash buster. i added a lot to my stash last year. (esk has too many gorgeous yarns) but this year i need to start using it up. i’m still planning to do the yarnathon this year, but only as far as i can adapt the kals to doll knitting.

today i was going through my queue and my stash to get a rough idea of what i would like to do. the first batch of yarn i pulled was 14 colors of malabrigo lace or madelinetosh prairie to do a temperature blanket.
temperature blanket
that will give me one color for every 5 degrees of temperature change…

fishing pole!

  • Posted on December 27, 2018 at 8:36 am

my realpuki gypsies asked for a fishing pole, so they could catch themselves some dinner, so i went looking for supplies.
fishing pole parts
a skewer and some old watch parts, and tiny gold beads seemed like a good start. in addition i got a ruler to check the length, my e6000 glue since i would be gluing metal, a toothpick to apply the glue, and scissors to cut the rod.
the first thing i realized was that my skewers were to thick to be in scale. my ‘pukis wanted a nice light rod, not a heavy stick! toothpicks would have been the right width, but were’t long enough so i went out to the garage to get sandpaper and carefully sanded down the skewer till it was the right diameter. i kept rolling it while i sanded to keep it round.
fishing pole sanded
the rod on the right is the original diameter, the rod on the left is how i sanded it down.
next i applied a thin layer of dark brown to the top, and light brown on the bottom for a handle. when it dried it looked to dark/dull, so i over-painted with red on top, blue on the handle. i forgot to photograph this step, but you can see the colors in the later pictures anyway.

fishing pole reel
while the paint was drying i made the reel. i picked out two gears for the sides, and a small tube-like gear for the center spacer. i glued those all together and added a tiny bead for the handle.
fishing pole reel side
and a side view.

fishing pole loop guides
next i went to my craft supplies and got some very fine wire. i would have preferred brass/copper to coordinate with the reel, but all i had was silver tone, and since i am on a craft purge, whenever possible i am using what i have instead of buying new.
i wrapped the wire a couple of times around the rod, twisted it around a toothpick to form a loop, then wrapped it twice more around the rod, and cut off. i did this 4 times to get four loop guides. when i had them all done, i spaced them evenly along the rod, and added a touch of glue to keep them in position. then glued the reel on near the handle and let the glue set. from a small scrap of the wire, i made a fishhook shape.

fishihg pole reel finished
once the glue was set i tied a piece of invisible thread to the hook with a surgeons knot. a dab of glue made sure it wouldn’t come undone. the thread was then threaded through the loops and wrapped several times round the reel. another dab of glue kept it from un-winding. i left the ends intact till the glue set, then trimmed them as close as possible. you have to look really close to see the thread, since it is, more or less….invisible. but the scale looks perfect in real life.
tumnus approves his new rod
tumnus agrees!
tumnus approves his new rod

plant stand 3

  • Posted on December 23, 2018 at 1:00 am

i have a mini candlestick for the third one. it’s about 3 inches tall. i planned to do the top as a 1-1/4″ wood disk with a tile mandala, so it would coordinate with the first two.
plant stand 3

plant stand 3
it looked good that way, and i may come back and make another like this, but…

then i found this charm in my stash and decided it would look better with the furniture, and be more unique.
plant stand 3
i glued it on with e6000 glue, it’s my favorite for glueing metal to things.
plant stand 3
top view,
plant stand 3
side view, it’s coming together now.

after the glue set,a much longer wait with this glue than with my trusty white glues, i sprayed the metal with white paint. the paint i have is a paint and primer all in one and the same one i use as a base coat when i paint on plastics. normal acrylics just peel off without the primer. i sprayed it lightly as i wanted some of the dark metal color to show through.
plant stand 3
the wood was painted with more normal acrylic paint. since i was painting it white as well i didn’t have to worry about overspray. if i had wanted to do the bottom a different color i would have had to either do an even coat of the spray on the whole thing as a solid base coat or else paint the top separately before gluing it on.
plant stand 3

plant stand two

  • Posted on December 22, 2018 at 7:31 am

this is a repeat of the plant stand that i made for the little sunroom. the only difference is which mandala i “tiled” it with
i started with a tall tall skinny spool and a wood disk ( both from michaels) the spool is 2-3/4″ (7cm) tall x 1-1/8″ (28mm) wide. the disk is 1-1/2″ (35mm) in diameter
plant stand 2
glued on the top
plant stand 2
painted it white and picked another mandala for the “tiled” top
plant stand 2
plant stand 2
it’s funny how long i took to decide which mandalas to use on these first two. i wanted to be sure they looked good together and with the floor tile, even though chances are most of the mandala’s will be covered with the plant pots when the scene is done. at least i will know that they look good under the pot 😉

plant stand #1

  • Posted on December 21, 2018 at 2:38 pm

a conservatory needs lots of plant stands so that all the plants aren’t just sitting on the floor. i don’t have much time this close to christmas, but these are pretty quick so i figure i can get one done every day or so. once i get them all done, i’ll see how they fit in the greenhouse and decide which ones to use for this project and which will go in the box for future use.

the first one is just a simple wooden spool for the base and a disk for the top.
a greenhouse needs a lot of plant stands.  here is the first
to give you an idea of size, the disk is 1-1/2″ in diameter

just like the plant stand in my mini sitting room, i glued the disk on with wood glue, being careful to center it, and then let the glue dry
a greenhouse needs a lot of plant stands.  here is the first
and the side view
a greenhouse needs a lot of plant stands.  here is the first

once the glue dried i painted it with the translucent white paint. i still can’t get the paint to show up in the photos, so didn’t bother posting a picture of that step.

i picked another mandala “tile” from the pile of remaining mandalas – you can fit a LOT of 1 to 1-1/4″ circles on a single piece of card stock, so i had plenty to choose from! – then modgepodged it on top and brushed with a thin coat to seal. quick as that the first one is done.
a greenhouse needs a lot of plant stands.  here is the first

a greenhouse needs a lot of plant stands.  here is the first

starting greenhouse #2

  • Posted on December 19, 2018 at 3:35 pm

it’s time to get to work on the second greenhouse. this one i believe was from homesense. it’s a little bit bigger, so i can do a bit more with it.
greenhouse

once again i picked a tile from my collection, printed it on cardstock and sealed it before cutting.
greenhouse tiled
i’m going for a more outdoorsy look this time. more like a greenhouse, rather than just a sunroom.

for furniture i am using the other two pieces from my garden set.
greenhouse furniture
this will allow two or three ‘puki’s to enjoy the room.

greenhouse tea set
and apparently the puki’s think that is enough work for today, because they got the tea set out already! i don’t see them around so i expect they may have gone to get some cake…