Saturday, April 29, 2023
Thursday, April 27, 2023
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
When the roving was dry, I split it lengthways into about 8 strips, because I didn't want the colour sections to be too long. I spun the wool, starting each strip at the same end so that the colour changes would be in sequence. And then I navajo plyed it. What does that mean? Normally I spin two threads with the wheel turning clockwise and then ply them together with the wheel moving anticlockwise. In navajo plying, you use one thread and with the wheel moving anticlockwise, loop the thread in a large chain, like finger crochet, but loosely. It creates a '3-ply' yarn and doesn't muddle the colours as much as normal plying would.
Monday, April 24, 2023
Saturday, April 22, 2023
I'm still going along every Friday to a retirement home to run a craft group. Yesterday we covered cardboard boxes with fabric, inside and out, to make a bedroom dustbin. Or a box to hold knitting yarn perhaps. I found this tutorial via Pinterest to help me prepare.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Monday, April 17, 2023
We're still having long power outages, but our son has made a cunning plan and installed solar power for us. It's absolutely wonderful. I can't use the electric stove when the mains power is off, but other than that we can carry on pretty much as normal. The sewing machine makes no impression on the system, so I can sew whether there is an outage or not.
Thursday, April 13, 2023
I just used yellow yarn to close up the hole. I was a bit puzzled by the original knitters method of working single stitches for the ears etcetera:
It looks as though she has used a separate bit of yarn for each stitch, tying it in a knot at the back. Very laborious! I left them as they were, though I suppose I could have undone them and used duplicate stitch instead. I think it looks alright from the right side. Teddy Bear Sweater, designed by Gill Theokritoff, is now ready for winter.
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Or my computer is. Sort of. The computer people had to put a new hard drive in. They saved my photos and documents and things, hooray, but all my passwords have disappeared, along with things like my image resizer. I had planned to put photos of what I've been doing in the last couple of weeks on here, but I'm rapidly running out of patience as I try to set things up again! Here's one:
My neighbour asked me to make a cover for a baby seat for her expected grandchild. I used cotton yarn I had on hand, which gives it a cheery look. Granny will have to attach the straps needed to keep baby in place, my part is done. Now, back to finding passwords in notebooks and exploring to see what else I need to do to function as before....
Thursday, April 6, 2023
Turns out there’s such a thing as being too patient. When I called in at the computer repair shop they said don’t call us, we’ll call you. So I waited patiently until yesterday. When I phoned, it was clear they’d forgotten me and my computer. They promised to have it ready today. I phoned this afternoon (no more patient waiting) to be told they were still working on it. So I won’t have it for Easter.
On the other hand, I took my sewing machine to be serviced this morning. It was done in a couple of hours and is now purring along as I finish sewing a blouse.
Saturday, April 1, 2023
I took my tatting along to the morning market yesterday. I did get some comments. The stall holder next to me said she has a shuttle but needs to revise her tatting skills.
The market got off to a slow start, but eventually I sold enough to make it worthwhile. I sold several jars of pickles as well as wool and gloves. I only sold one puppet, which is unusual, they usually sell well.