Monday, September 26, 2022
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Hopefully it looks like little leaves, since I think much of the decoration will be flowers made from felt, fabric, beads, whatever. A bit of tatting perhaps. I've hemmed four so far but am aiming for eight.
By the way, I've just spent a pleasant few minutes trawling through my previous posts about food covers or tea showers. Like this one for instance. I'd forgotten that I'd made so many!
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
We had a lot of power cuts last week, which meant that I had a lot of time for spinning. So I was able to fulfill a new yarn order in double quick time. My sock-knitting customer sent me a picture of a pair of socks and asked if I could dye the colourway. I think so. A bluey purple, grey and a bit of light.
Monday, September 19, 2022
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Thursday, September 8, 2022
I dyed this wool this morning for an order. It's going to be a very bright pair of socks! I used my microwave to set the dye. I dyed the blue for the mittens in a coffee tin on the stove, but it wasn't quite big enough, so the dyeing was a bit uneven. An ice cream tub in the microwave worked better. The microwave is quicker too, which is an advantage when dyeing five different colours.
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
And then dyed it. The colour is darker than it appears here, though not as dark as I'd like the final product to be. When the skein was dry, I took the cotton ties off:
And rolled it into a ball for knitting:
The customer says that's just what she was looking for, so that's fine. I have another order to complete and then I'll spin yarn for this order.
Monday, September 5, 2022
I've been wearing these mitred square socks that I knitted in 2020 and they're really comfortable. So I thought I'd knit another pair, using wool, which should be more flexible than the cotton I used last time. But when I was following the links I'd saved on my blog, I rediscovered Melody Johnson's mittens and decided I'd knit those first. I'm really pleased with how they turned out, though they're on the small side. I think my yarn is thinner than the yarn Melody used.
My customer sent me a photo to show how the yarn I showed in the previous post is knitting up:
Looks good, doesn't it?
Thursday, September 1, 2022
Monday, August 29, 2022
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Monday, August 22, 2022
In 2016, I worked my way through the Tatted Artistry of Teiko Fujito, tatting all the patterns from beginning to end of the book. You can read here what I learnt in the process. I've given away and used some of the motifs, have a few on display, but most of them are in a packet in my kist. I took the packet along on Friday as one of many possible ways of decorating milk jug covers, like my sample one. Well, the members of the craft group latched on to them with alacrity and put them to use. Here are some examples
Friday, August 19, 2022
Thursday, August 18, 2022
A few weeks ago, we made these mug rugs in the craft group, using a pattern from another group. The pattern came with instructions on hemming the round part of the rug, the part that forms the back of the mug rug and is folded over to the front. I used the same method to hem the milk jug cover yesterday.
Sew a running stitch right round, close to the edge of the fabric. Put a circle of paper in the centre and then pull the running stitch up so that the fabric gathers around the paper:
Press it and then remove the paper:
Aha. I remember struggling to hem the milk jug covers neatly when I made them in 2013. (See previous post for links) I sewed beads onto the hem to hold it down, and then trimmed the hem.
With the addition of the Endrucks-derived hearts, the milk jug cover is complete:
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
I'm a big fan of the Endrucks project. I think it's wonderful that many people around the world are collaborating to modernise and publicise the work of a designer who worked a century ago. Muskaan and Ninetta have put in a tremendous amount of work. I'm not participating in the project, mostly because I'm busy with a number of other things at the moment, but also because the Endrucks style doesn't really float my boat. But to show my appreciation of the project, I thought I'd participate in muskaan's pretty me heart fun.
The timing is good because I was thinking of tatting something small for the next project for the craft group I run. My plan is for us to make milk jug covers. I made some elaborate ones in 2013, and these. The group will do something much easier, but I thought that a bit of tatting on my sample wouldn't go amiss. I've added beads to the hearts to pretty them up and to add weight to the edge of the milk jug cover to keep it in place. I'll be making at least two more before putting it all together.
Monday, August 15, 2022
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
It's a long weekend here. I haven't done much crafting, barely made a start on the sock I dyed wool for during the week. We watched some sport - rugby on a big screen and horse jumping for real. On Saturday I helped man a stall at a market to raise funds to support seniors in the community. We didn't sell much but it was good publicity. The raffle was very successful. Looks like a good route to people's pockets! I read a library book on Sunday, Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler. Anne Tyler is one of my favourite authors. I was really lazy on Sunday because we had a braai in the afternoon and Jack did all the cooking. Yesterday I cooked up tomatoes with onion for the freezer. Today I've made date loaf and coffee biscuits to fill the tins. But this afternoon I must get back to my sewing machine and make some bath puppets. The next market is on the 20th. I have no puppets in stock and need to make 10 or so before then.
Thursday, August 4, 2022
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
I've just spun a double batch of wool, ten skeins altogether. I've left most of it unwashed until I know what it's going to become. I just washed and dyed these skeins - two full skeins and two half skeins - for socks. The sun is shining, so they should dry pretty quickly.
I'm busy preparing cards and envelopes for the craft group to decorate on Friday. I was a bit shocked at how I'd forgotten how to make the envelopes! I had to consult Pinterest again. Admittedly, I did grasp the details much quicker than when I made them a couple of months ago.
Monday, August 1, 2022
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
The pansies that I bought at the market a couple of months ago are flowering beautifully. They turn out to be difficult to photograph, but here are a few attempts: