Well, our mini market on Saturday was very mini indeed, but the dinosaur towel has gone to a new home, along with a hand towel, so that's fine.
Monday, June 28, 2021
Friday, June 25, 2021
I love getting feedback from blog readers. When I made the first washcloth bear, I was puzzling how to do the ears without small elastic bands. Margaret designer cards and muskaan both gave me suggestions. I used crochet cotton to make small bows so that they can be easily undone to turn the bear back into a washcloth. I think that with some of Sarah's handmade soap, they'd make a really nice gift for a new baby.
Apparently the collective noun for bears is sleuth or sloth. So here we have a sleuth of bears.
Thursday, June 24, 2021
I think I have enough unraveled yarn to knit Jack a vest, but Jack is larger than I am, so I'm not absolutely sure. I decided to knit the vest from top to bottom. If I have to add in other yarn, it will look better at the bottom of the garment rather than the top. I'm going to do the main body of the garment in the round, so I don't have to guess on side one whether I have enough yarn for side two. Right, those decisions made, I knitted a swatch and then did a lot of scribbling and calculations and wrote myself a pattern:
I'm using my favourite mistake rib, which is simply knit two, purl two rib worked on an odd number of stitches. I'm using a circular needle for the top parts, even though they're worked back and forth, just so I use the same needles throughout.
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Monday, June 21, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021
Thursday, June 17, 2021
His mum was very surprised to collect a cat where she'd left a small boy.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
I undertook to make 40 little calico bags to put bath tea in. What bath tea is, I'm not absolutely sure, but calico bags I can do. It could be a trifle tedious to work on such small bags individually, so I spent some time working out a production line method. The dimensions of the bags were length 9 or 10 cm, width 5 or 6 cm. I drew a grid of blocks on my fabric of 22 cm by 8 cm and cut just the long side. I hemmed that on both edges:
I then cut the short sides to make rectangles. I folded them right sides together, with a piece of ribbon between the layers:
After sewing the right hand seam, I tucked the ribbon right in so that it wouldn't be caught by the left hand seam:
When I had a whole lot of these little parcels, I took them to a sunny spot for finishing off - snipping threads and clipping corners before turning them the right way round.
Monday, June 14, 2021
I bought this book many years ago, second hand and inexpensive because it has some water damage. It spent many years in storage and I've never really used it. So I thought I'd make knitted lace for the hand towels and use the book!
The green one is a very clever pattern. When I started reading the pattern and it said 'cast off 3 stitches', I thought uh-oh, it's going to involve casting on stitches, which will mean constantly turning the work. No, not at all. To bridge the gap, a yarn over is done in the following row, and then knit one, purl one, knit one into the yarn over on the row after that. So there's no turning in the middle of rows at all.
I sold the owl towl and the hippo on Saturday, before they even got to the market! A friend of mine bought them for her grandchildren. It may be just as well because a new lockdown was announced today and I don't know if there are going to be any markets for a while.
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
I've just finished another 10 masks for an order. I wonder how many that is? I haven't been keeping track. I don't always blog about it either, so the blog doesn't form a record in this case. Must be over 100 anyway. You'd think everyone would have a mask by now. What happens is that people leave their masks at home and then aren't allowed in to the shop without one, so have to buy another one!
Monday, June 7, 2021
At one stage I thought I might finish the Spring doily with one ball of size 40 thread. No. I ran out on the final row. It's no problem, I have another ball, just interesting to see how far one ball will go. I'm slightly behind where I planned to be, but getting there.
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
frog pattern . I felt that the original wasn't froggy enough. Have you noticed that I mostly avoid the cross eyed look? The patterns all show the eyes crossed. I thought I'd go with it for the hippo.
As soon as I announced I'd given up on beads, I had an enquiry about beadwork. Of course. The lady bought a key ring, but said what she was really interested in was earrings. She sent me a couple of pictures for inspiration. I used finger tatting for the very dangly pair, so that I could put the thread through the beads without removing shuttles.
The other picture was very interesting. I realised that I've been thinking about beaded earrings wrongly. I couldn't see a good way of attaching hooks to beaded crochet rope, though a tatted ring might work. But how about knitting a flat beaded piece? I started with a size 10 thread, thinking that would make the work stiff enough. My first design was a series of zigzags, which really didn't show up well. Something bolder was needed. The second attempt was a better design, but the thread showed through too much. This is the third attempt, using size 40 thread and 2mm knitting needles. I think the idea has potential.