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oversized purse of just a large tote?

  • Posted on January 11, 2020 at 10:00 pm

i tried to make nandi a new felted purse.
oversized bag
unfortunately it didn’t felt down as much as i expected (nandi was busy so meg is modelling it for size)
oversized bag
it is too big for a purse, but not bad for a large tote bag. i’m trying again with different yarn that i know felts really well

pink seed pod basket

  • Posted on January 5, 2020 at 1:45 pm

my first seed pod basket is done. i think it is going to look great hanging in a corner of my craft room. the only thing i am not thrilled with is the unfelted tassel. the yarn changed color when i felted it (got lighter and softer looking) and the tassel looks like it came from a different yarn. 🙁
pink pod
i think for the second one i am going to try doing a bunch of felted feathers dangling from the bottom instead.

crystal’s new hat

  • Posted on November 9, 2019 at 1:10 pm

crystals stocking cap
crystal wanted a really bright stocking cap to coordinate with her jacket and boots, so she picked out a bunch of yarns and i knit them up in random order
crystals stocking cap 2
back view
crystals stocking cap 1
full length

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

and another one done

  • Posted on November 25, 2018 at 7:08 am

got up this morning and finished the pom pom for the last hat. since this one was so bright, meg let me go just a little smaller, so it didn’t overwhelm the hat.
last of the hats done
and a side view
last of the hats done

megs new hats.

  • Posted on November 24, 2018 at 12:10 am

i hat a little bit of yarn left over from my lost and wandering socks. i figured there was just enough to make a couple of hats for the girls. turns out i had enough to make 4 with less than 30cm of yarn left over when i was done! they made cute beanies but meg insisted she want BIG pompoms on them. we went through the stash and she chose 4 colors to coordinate with the hats. while watching tv i managed to make and trim down the first three, and she happily modeled the hats for me as i finished. it was actually the perfect activity to do while huge flakes of snow fell steadily outside.
she picked gold to go with the first of the purplier ones
megs new hats
navy with the other
megs new hats
and purple with the first pinker one
megs new hats
i still have one more pom to make. but i ran out of time.
i think she did a great job of picking colors, but i’m not so sure about the size of the pompoms. i think they look a bit big (in spite of my trimming) but she assures me that they are right on trend, and just what she wanted! she’s going to wear one tomorrow when we go out and wrap the others as gifts for nandi, ember and shaelyn… as soon as i get that last pompom done…

another mini project

  • Posted on September 11, 2018 at 10:04 am

so here is the scenario
i am knitting merrily along, when the tiny jump ring i am using as a stitch markers goes flying. it hits the floor and disappears into the netherworld, never to be seen again. growling i declare there has to be a better way….
a week or so later i am happily wandering around michaels trying to remember what i came in for when i spy jump rings on sale. ooh, i need those, i’m always losing mine. then i spy a string of tiny beads already on little loops, no idea what other people would use them for, but i immediately think they could be added to the jump rings to make stitch markers that are easier to find when i drop them, so into my basket both items go. i arrive home and deposit them on my sewing desk to finish…later.
weeks go by, i wander into my craft room, spy these strange beads on my desk, have no clue what they are for and prepare to put them in my give away pile. suddenly i see the jump rings beside them, and say “oh yeah, the are for stitch markers”, put both back on my desk and wander out….
weeks go by, i wander into my craft room, spy these strange beads on my desk, have no clue what they are for and prepare to put them in my give away pile. suddenly i see the jump rings beside them, nd say “oh yeah, the are for stitch markers”, put both back on my desk and wander out….
weeks go by, i wander into my craft room, spy these strange beads on my desk, have no clue what they are for and prepare to put them in my give away pile. suddenly i see the jump rings beside them, nd say “oh yeah, the are for stitch markers”, put both back on my desk and wander out…
weeks go by, i’m cleaning out my craft room for real this time, spy these strange beads on my desk, have no clue what they are for and prepare to put them in my give away pile. suddenly i see the jump rings beside them, and say “oh yeah, the are for stitch markers”, grab my needle-nose pliers, whip up a couple of dozen stitch-markers, but them in a neatly labelled box and stick them with my knitting supplies. (then give the spare beads away 😉 )
stitch markers
case closed 🙂 🙂 🙂

hue shift done

  • Posted on September 4, 2018 at 8:26 pm

it’s been a long time since i’ve had time to write here on the blog. life, and particularly my kids, seem constantly conspiring to keep me away. i’m hoping to have more time to blog and work with my dolls this fall, but we will see how it all plays out.

in the meantime i realized i never posted a picture of my finished blanket
hue shift done
it actually is square, the picture is just cockeyed…

the red and black one has all the squares done, but i haven’t quite decided what to do with the border, so it is on hold for now.

eatsleepknit yarnathon

  • Posted on February 7, 2018 at 5:25 pm

every year i say i’m not going to do it, and every year i do anyway….. join in the eatsleepknit yarnathon that is. erin and her team of knitting kitties keep coming up with such fun new challenges that i can’t resist. though true to my quest to keep as much as my crafting as possible bjd related, i try to adapt the challenges to doll sized whenever possible.

this years year long challenge (or kal if you prefer) is to knit a hue shift blanket. my girls really don’t need any more blankets, but i couldn’t resist this pattern – with all its possibilities. done in laceweight on 1.5mm

i played with the color picker and came up with two different blankets to try. one is a 3 color shift, and each block of 9 squares will rotate to give it a more abstract feel.
red shift 2 9x9
i’ve done about 2/3rds of the squares but because i am doing all of the same squares at once, only one block is completely finished
red shift block 1

the second is more like the original and reminds me of a tropical sunset with the bright pink/orange/yellow hues fading into the green/blue/purples of the water
carribean sunrise
carribean sunrise progress

the pink row isn’t attached since i am adding an orange row in between the yellow and pink to make it flow better. it was really hard to find the right orange as the laceweight yarns weren’t quite the right hue and the one that was perfect only came in heavier weight. unfortunately it turned out to be a yarn that was impossible to separate into single plies, without the yarn calling apart :sigh so i am doing it with an orange yarn that is just ok (especially since i’m not a fan of orange to begin with) but i think it works well enough, and the progression really needed an orange to smooth out the gradation between yellow and the peachy pink

it’s a very addicting knit, since the squares go fairly quickly and it’s it keeps changing so there is always something new to see.

christmas in march?

  • Posted on March 1, 2017 at 4:37 pm

i started my christmas projects early this year with a cozy hat for the lovely lady who looks after my middle son. my camera colors are a bit off today. this is more of a true red with a black haze, rather than the plum it looks like. i wanted to use the whole skeing up, so when i got to the end and still had a bunch left i ripped it back to before the increases and added another set. this time i was left with a mere couple of yards left over. success!
esthers hat
esthers hat
the yarn is wonderfully soft and thick. i’m going to make a coordinating cowl in rios ravelry red later.