Monday, May 21, 2018

Woven Table Runner

I finished the woven table runner I started last week.

It is about 16"x25" (not including the fringe) and is woven with leftover handspun yarn from my Granny Stripes blanket.

The warp is crochet cotton, but you can't see it in the weaving because the threads are sett so far apart (this is a weft faced weaving sett at 7.5 threads per inch). The crochet cotton does make a great fringe (this one has four threads twisted together).

I also finished knitting another beaded bracelet. This one is long and narrow and wraps around my wrist three times. Made from handspun natural linen with #8 seed beads. I also made the clasp from 18 gauge wire.

The mystery knit along socks are coming along nicely. The last clue comes out tomorrow. This has been such an enjoyable knit, the lace pattern just flows beautifully so it has been very easy. It is a free pattern on Ravelry - SKA May 2018 Mock.

We have had great weather this week, so I have been doing a lot of outside work.

I divided and moved perennials to make this flower bed just perennials for a change.

We did have an unusual storm in the middle of the week - really interesting clouds, lots of wind - lots of swirling dirt and only a sprinkling of rain.

It even freaked out our little visitor!

All the best!♥︎

Monday, May 14, 2018

Knitted Bracelets

This past week I was given a small amount of dog hair from a friend who has Kerry Blue Terriers, to try spinning it. The fluff was easy to spin (the yarn soft, with a nice shine and halo), and since she is not a knitter, I wanted to make her something with the yarn (I only had a little 9g skein).

After a search online I found a knitted cuff from a Craftsy class "Knitting with Beads with Laura Nelkin". The pattern is Pioneer Cuff by Laura Nelkin, a super quick knit, and part of my Year of Craftsy.

I had so much fun making it that I had to make one for myself out of a leftover bit of handspun.

Now I am making myself another beaded bracelet (this one is inspired by another Laura Nelkin bracelet). I am using some handspun linen. Hooked on knitting with beads!

I finished a couple of other things this week - 

A skein of yarn for socks (this is a merino/nylon blend that I had dyed).

I also finished the pillow I made with the piece of embroidery my Dad made.

I put a long warp of crochet cotton on the loom to have something to weave over the summer. I am making this first table runner with leftover handspun yarn from the Granny Stripes blanket.

I just wanted to mention something that happened this week -

I ordered a couple of knitting books (both were highly recommend and I am really pleased with them),

but the box they came in had a big warning sticker. Maybe it is the digital/ebooks age, 2 books are considered heavy now!

All the best!♥︎

Monday, May 7, 2018

Cross Stitch

My Dad made this lovely piece of cross stitch for me -

The pattern is from a Veronique Enginger book (Mon Atelier) I brought back from Japan.

I am turning it into a cushion cover. This week for the Temecula Quilt Company 1880 Sampler Sew Along the block was the same as a previous block (just different way of piecing), so I made a couple of 4" blocks from earlier in the sew along. I just have to machine quilt the top and add a back.

Since finishing my Granny Stripes Blanket I've started a few things but can't seem to settle on a project I enjoy as much as that blanket!

I did skirt and wash another fleece - I just saved a bit of this one because it was so dirty, but it is incredibly soft.

I also started a mystery sock knit along (I usually participate in one a year), the pattern is SKA May 2018 Mock by verybusymonkey. The clues come out on the first four Tuesdays in May.

Since the weather has been so nice (31ºC today) it has really been a time to work outside - cleaning up the yard and washing windows.

Little plants enjoying some sunshine.

All the best!♥︎

Monday, April 30, 2018

Quilt Blocks and Socks

A couple of quilt along blocks this week -

The first is one is the Antebellum Album, Quaker Pride block from Civil War Quilts (12" block).

For the 1880 Sampler Sew Along block there is a 4" Crazy Quilt block - from the Temecula Quilt Company.

I finished a pair of socks - hand spun yarn from fibre that I dyed. I also started another pair of socks (I always have a pair on the go).

I dyed the fibre-

and spun the yarn this week -

The start of the socks -

Both pair of socks are made with a Superwash Blue Faced Leicester/Nylon (80/20) Sock Blend from The Fibre Garden.

All the best!♥︎

Monday, April 23, 2018

Granny Stripes Blanket

I am so pleased that I have finished the Granny Stripes Blanket!

Lots of firsts for me with this project (major project from raw fleece, blanket, major crochet project...).

I started this project at the beginning of the year, and I thought it would take me all year to finish. Cleaning and combing the fibre became faster with practice, so did crocheting (at first it would take me about an hour to complete a stripe, but by the end they took about a half hour). I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process of this blanket, and not once wished that it was finished.
It is about 130cm x 180cm (50"x70") and weighs 1225g (2 lbs 11 oz).

I have about 300g of yarn leftover.

I have been combing another fleece to spin, just one bag left to fill ;-)

Here is my 1880 Sampler Sew Along block for this week (from Temecula Quilt Company).

All the best!♥︎

Monday, April 16, 2018

Appliqué Block and Yarn

This week I made a block for my 'orphan/leftover/abandoned projects' quilt. It is invisible machine appliquéd, and 16".

It is an Oak Leaf and Orange Peel block from Barbara Brackmans' book Encyclopedia of Appliqué.
I decided to make this block because I didn't want to make last month's block for the Antebellum Album Quilt Along on Barbara Brackmans blog Civil War Quilts - the block involved templates and Y seams, which although lovely just aren't for me.

Here are all the blocks I have so far as part of this 'leftover block' quilt project I am working on for the year.

This is the latest block from the 1880 Sample Sew Along from Temecula Quilt Company, to add to the other blocks (a 4" block).

Last Manitoba Fibre Festival I bought a little bag of sari silk (bottom in the above photo), and thought it was about time I try it out. I blended it with silk, kid mohair locks, merino wool (50/25/25 percent) and a small amount of gold Angelina (for sparkle).

The finished skein is 90g and just over 400 yards of fingering weight yarn.

The sari silk threads add nice pops of colour, and some of the kid mohair locks are still visible. It is so soft with a bit of a halo.

The next big spinning project that I will be working on will be spinning during Tour de Fleece (an online spinning event held during the Tour de France), July 7th-29th 2018. In anticipation, this week I skirted another raw fleece and started washing and combing it. This one is quite clean and amazingly soft. I'll wait and see how much spin-able fibre I get before I decide what kind of yarn to spin.

The Granny Stripes blanket is progressing nicely - it is now a square (50"x50") - I am hoping to have enough yarn so that it reaches 70". Thanks Sally - it really is a blanket now!

All the best!♥︎

Monday, April 9, 2018

Handwoven Tunic

This week I finished sewing a tunic with a piece of fabric that I wove a few weeks ago -

The warp is all yarn that I had spun and the weft is mainly commercial yarn with some handspun, woven in a Soari style.

It is a very simple pattern,

from a Japanese sewing magazine (Amazon link). The tunic is so nice to wear! Sewing something with handspun, handwoven fabric is very rewarding.

~1967 England
I had a similar outfit when I was little (red shoes too),

so did my twin brother (our Mother made these - how she found the time to sew with 5 young children I have no idea!).

I made a couple of coasters with some leftover fabric.

A tip that I have about sewing thick fabric is to use a piece of wood when pressing the seams to really flatten them.

I know that there are fancy tailors clappers, but I just use a piece of 2x4 with a steam iron. After a burst of steam the piece of wood is pressed on the seam for a few seconds.

I also use a piece of 2x4 in front of the pedal for my sewing machine. I find it easier to control the speed of the machine when just my toes are on the pedal (really important when free motion machine quilting).

This is last weeks 1880 Sampler Sew Along block from the Temecula Quilt Co.

My Granny Stripes Blanket has reached the half way point! Just over 36" and about 650g of yarn used, so I should have plenty of yarn.

All the best!♥︎