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dreaming of summer

  • Posted on March 13, 2019 at 5:29 pm

while looking for crochet hooks at michaels’ today i spied these cute metal chairs in the spring decor section. since they were buy one get one free i figured we should snag a couple. with the sale they were only $9 each, quite a bargain, since they are pretty much a perfect size for my minifees and i think, my littlefees, though i haven’t shown the chairs to the ltf’s yet.
dreaming of summer
there is still snow on the ground, but they have meg dreaming of summer!

march 7 temperature tracker

  • Posted on March 8, 2019 at 3:37 pm

and another row done
march 7

feb 28

  • Posted on March 1, 2019 at 5:35 pm

not the end of a row, but here are the first two months done
feb 28

feb 24

  • Posted on February 26, 2019 at 9:14 am

another row done, i’m running out of interesting things to say about this project..
feb 24

monumental

  • Posted on February 22, 2019 at 11:07 pm

i needed to take pictures of a monument in my hometown for the esk yarnathon but i don’t live in a town, and i didn’t want to post where i actually live, so i am starting a series of pictures within driving distance instead.

in all these pictures meg is wearing a hat made from esk yarn last year, a cowl made this year and a jacket made from one of my first orders made back in 2010…

here are the first three…
milk river
milk river ab
commemorates the fact that many dinosaur fossils were found in this area, digs are still going on

vulcan
vulcan ab no explanation needed i trust? this is my dh’s home town!

stage coach robbery
this is a stagecoach marking the site of the only stagecoach robbery in alberta history

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

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

cricket and the christmas lights

  • Posted on December 26, 2018 at 7:58 am

cricket posed by the tree to wish you all a merry christmas
merry christmas
then she discovered the fairy lights!
fairy lights
wishing you all a christmas filled with magic and wonder

merry christmas from our gang

  • Posted on December 25, 2018 at 9:37 am

merry christmas from our gang