Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mint Choc Ice

 Or Camouflage? I'm knitting 'Mistake Stitch Mobius', designed by Daniel Yuhas, published by Interweave Press. Actually, I've finished knitting it, but my grafting is not up to scratch, I'm going to have to 'go around again'. I downloaded some notes from Interweave Press about grafting. I will have to study them and try to understand what I'm doing, instead of blindly trying to follow Daniel's instructions on the pattern. I've grafted toes of socks many times, but that usually involves plain knitting, unlike this off-set rib, where some of my knitwise stitches should be purlwise stitches.

Monday, July 28, 2014

3-Ply

3-ply in this case doesn't refer to thickness, but to the fact that the yarn consists of three strands plied together. I spun brown, green and natural wool separately onto three bobbins, with the spinning wheel moving clockwise, then plied them together with the wheel moving anticlockwise.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Spinning in Colour

 I dyed some of the wool before spinning. Brown and green. When I've finished the green, I will  have a full bobbin each of natural, brown and green and will then ply the three together to give me one multicolour yarn.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Broomstick Cowl




Broomstick crochet, handspun wool. I did consider making the cowl a moebius one, ie twisting it before joining the ends, but for that you really need a reversible fabric. Crochet definitely has a right side and wrong side. The cowl drapes well. I rather like the idea of a cowl, that keeps your neck warm without dangling in the soup as a scarf is wont to do.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Turn

 Yesterday it was my turn to do a demonstration for the craft group I belong to. We made bread. First I plaited dough into a loaf, and then Amanda had a go. Here are the loaves when they came out of the oven:
We all made bread rolls from scratch after that and then sat down to a meal of bread and home made jams, pates and other tasty goodies. Apparently the results were well received in homes around the district, so we may be under pressure to make bread instead of buying it!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Usha's Braid, Explained by Muskaan

 Usha Kota invented this tatted braid, after looking at a macrame video. I have to say that it boggled my mind for a while, but after rereading Muskaan's tutorial many times, I eventually had an aha moment and 'got' it. Muskaan's tutorial is in two parts. First you must learn to twist work , that is, make a reverse stitch (unflipped stitch) that has the caps on the left instead of the usual right. Then you can start on the tutorial for the braid. When I started off, I stuck labels on my 6 shuttles to help me keep track:
Once I got the hang of the pattern that was no longer necessary, but it helped at first.
Muskaan and Usha both put a  lot of work into this project. Thank you. It's one of those techniques that is easy once you know how, but difficult to explain. Muskaan created a number of different versions. Anyway, I'm here to say that the rest of us can grasp it with a bit of effort and it's well worth the trouble. I used 4-ply cotton knitting yarn, which is clear and gives a good size to the braid. I plan to make a bracelet, but need to practise a little longer to get my tension right.

Homework

The women's group I belong to tries to learn something new each month.  It's not always possible to complete a project in the two or three hours of a meeting. The theory is that we go home and finish it off. I confess that I don't always finish the project. But I have finished last month's bedsocks:
And this morning I finished the month before's rope mat:
The easiest way to explain it is to show a picture of work in progress:
A strip of material is wound around the rope, and then the rope is coiled into a mat and zig zagged with the sewing machine. It's possible to make bowls  by curving the sides, you can see a little bowl that was my first attempt. But I want a mat to put my teapot on, so I kept this one flat. My sewing machine didn't really like the task, it had a tendency to skip stitches, but I kept on regardless. Homework done.