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what’s blooming in my garden right now

  • Posted on June 28, 2016 at 5:53 pm

i’ve spent most of the month working in my garden instead of on dolls or crafts. it’s been a major overhaul, since the garden was badly overrun with grass and other perennial weeds, and had choked out most of my flowers. a lot of work, roundup and dozens of bags of mulch later it is getting under control and my roses are flourishing again. most of the rest of the plants had to be replaced so it will be a while before i have anything to show for them. today i took some quick cellphone snaps of some of the prettier roses in my garden.

never alone roses
What's blooming in my garden right now
What's blooming in my garden right now

campfire roses
What's blooming in my garden right now
What's blooming in my garden right now
and some older pink roses that for living trellises for my clematis’
What's blooming in my garden right now
What's blooming in my garden right now

that’s what faith can do

  • Posted on June 8, 2016 at 12:24 pm

“What Faith Can Do”

Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes
And make a new beginning

Anyone can feel the ache
You think it’s more than you can take
But you’re stronger
Stronger than you know

Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason
For someone not to try

Everybody’s scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
It’ll be alright

Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

Overcome the odds
You don’t have a chance
(That’s what faith can do)
When the world says you can’t
It’ll tell you that you can

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
That’s what faith can do

Even if you fall sometimes
You will have the strength to rise
kutless

easy tube sox

  • Posted on June 5, 2016 at 11:55 pm

Progress

i needed a pattern to make socks for this months kal from eat,sleep, knit. i couldn’t find exactly what i was looking for, and the patterns i tried just didn’t seem to work, so after ripping out several attempts at following a few patterns, i just gave up and made my own. here’s what i did if anyone is interested.
since these socks were being made for charity, and i had no way of knowing how big the recipient’s foot would be, i decided to go with a tube sock, rather than putting in a heel that might be in the wrong place.
the socks were knit on two circular needles, size 2.75 mm
they were knit with fingering yarn (blue moon fiber arts bfl fingering in the barbie in space colorway) i was pleasantly surprised at how nicely this color stripes, since i have had back luck with variegated yarn in the past, and usually prefer tone on tone colors instead. however this came out so nicely i am considering getting more to make something for me this time!

now for the pattern
you will need 2- 2.75mm needles
1 larger ball of fingering yarn (mine was 400yds/ 4.5oz)
gauge st/inch
divide your yarn into two equal balls (i used a kitchen scale to divide mine) or knit 1 sock from each end of a center pull ball.
on two circular needles held together cast on 24st for each sock using a magic cast on you will end up with 12 stitches per sock on each needle. video of magic cast on , a printed version or here
from now on i am going to give directions for one sock, and just assume that you will repeat it for the other 🙂
round 1 knit all the way around on the right side.
round 2 knit one, make one, knit till one stitch left on needle, make one, knit one, repeat on other side (30 stitches total/14 per needle)
repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have 60 stitches total, 30 on each needle (you can make the socks wider or narrower by working to more or less stitches)
work even for until sock is approximately 12 inches from the beginning. this should go to the lower ankle of an average foot. again feel free to adjust the length here if you know you want them to fit a bigger or smaller foot. if you don’t want to just do stockinette, you can also add any pattern stitch you like starting right after the toe increases, but i thought the stripes of this yarn were pretty enough to leave plain.
switch to 1×1 rib. work at least 3 inches of rib or till you have only a couple of yards left. cast off using a stretchy bind off. i used this one

this should fit an average woman/teen girls foot

Finished!

we interrupt your regularly scheduled knitting for a june kal

  • Posted on June 2, 2016 at 9:36 am

taking a break from doll knitting for my (probably) last kal of the year. this one is my first ever pair of human socks. i’ve done laceweight msd ones before, but never wanted to put the effort into making full sized socks when they seem to wear out so quickly. this was free yarn though and i’ll probably donate the socks to charity.

i’m using a skein of barbie in space that i got as one of my prizes from eat.sleep.knit. i spent yesterday at the doctors knitting bubble sock. after knitting three inches of 1×1 rib and finally getting to the pattern, i decided i didn’t like it and started over today with scatterby so far it’s not going super well, i’ve had to rip them out twice because i used the wrong end :sigh oh well at least i can now apply for the wrong end badge…..
June kal space socks

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?

realfee houndstooth dress

  • Posted on May 19, 2016 at 5:23 pm

i saw a picture of a black and white herringbone knit blanket with a red ruffle and it instantly inspired me to make a dress using the same colorway. i decided to do the bodice and sleeves in solid red since the increases in the houndstooth would look kind of “smooshy” and then do the skirt the plaid and add a narrow band of paid near the cuffs to tie it together. doing the ruffle on the skirt the same as the neck/sleeve ruffles caused the skirt to curl too much so i ripped it out and did a mock pleat using a 3×2 rib instead…. much better!

the bodice and sleeves are knit on 1.5mm needles. i switched to 1.75 mm when i started the houndstooth skirt, to add fullness and counteract the natural tightness of the slip stitch pattern.

Herringbone dress
i had all 24 ends sewn in and the sleeve seam sewn, when i suddenly decided i didn’t like the cuffs after all.. too floofy! so i carefully cut the right one off and re-knit it in the round, since i didn’t want to even try and unstitch that whole seam without wrecking it. now i like it much better. i will be doing the same to the second sleeve.
Re-knit cuffs
and here it is with both cuffs re-done. the pile of yarn at the top is all the bits of cut off/unravelled yarn from the original cuffs.

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?