Monday, July 07, 2014

happy 4th!

my fun banners were finally put to use this past holiday weekend.

i had a fabulous 4th of july!

my friend schmutzie came over in the early afternoon. we spent the day on the porch knitting, and later walked up the street to see the fireworks from the boylan bridge.

the next day, we went to her house so could do my laundry, and hung out on her deck.

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yes … a police car. i live in walking distance of downtown. the police presence is high due to the holiday and all the nearby events.

BUT, notice my bunting hanging across the porch!

over the weekend, i knitted and crocheted. i first finished all the pieces of my insouciant pullover. all's that left is blocking, sewing, and finishing the neckline.

i also crocheted on my tunisian shawl.

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i should had finished this months ago, but i keep getting distracted. once i start the decreases, it will go quickly --- but i have a feeling the edging will be a slog.

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i also knitted some on my socks --- my "mindless" socks --- and i'm on the heel of sock #2.

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so, when we went back to schmutzie's on the 5th, the party resumed on her deck. i took a different bunting to drape across her canopy.

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this one has lovely corals/reds/grays.

and lastly, i started a new project.

so, schmutzie is happily knitting on a shawlette (bandit style). it's so pretty! i ask, "what is the pattern?". she shows me. ugh, i want to do it too. but, she only has a copy of it.

it's from a book. i say, "where's the book?"  … "lost!"

WHERE? … (sigh) (somewhere) … she thinks it's in her bookcase. i think, if it's in the bookcase, then it probably got swallowed by another book.

i found it.

so now, i can start my own.

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the pattern is pogona by stephen west. it's somewhat "mindless" too.





Tuesday, July 01, 2014

♥ love ♥ my new "post-it" flags !

… they're helping me make great progress … plus, i'm mostly following the chart instead of the written instructions.

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… so, i'm about to start round 15 (out of 27 rounds). it is slow. crochet is full of "eyes on project" … chart, written instructions, stitches, and constantly counting.

i just want this one finished by friday --- which i'm now starting to doubt, because my progress has been slow, and as the doily gets larger, each round takes more time.

and, i think it's going to be larger than my little blocking board. that means i'll probably block on one of my foam matts (without any lines or circles). that's fine --- as long as it looks symmetrical when blocked.

Monday, June 30, 2014

my new doily

trust me, i have a friend that constantly (with ♥ love ♥ ) refers to my crafting as "granny crafts" … and when it comes to doilies, i have to somewhat nod in agreement.

but, i do everything backwards.

my first knitting project was a sweater.

my first crochet (chains don't count!) was an afghan.

and now, i'm kinda "hooked" on doilies.

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this is the update of the one i posted yesterday.

i work full-time, and have overtime today and tomorrow, so my crochet is from stolen moments or lack of sleep.

i really want to finish this one by the 4th, but i doubt that will happen.

because … when i'm trying to squeeze in crocheting, i often make mistakes, and have to rip it out and redo.

this pattern is rather simple --- and my book has written & charted instructions. but i'm only on round 12 of 27 --- and there's more to life here than making things (ugh!).

Sunday, June 29, 2014

crafty times!

progress --- YES ! --- so, i'm about to split the neck on my insouciant summer silk tee.

i started a mindless sock recently to keep my head from exploding.

i finished (and started) a doily.

here's the sock …

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i don't remember when i bought the yarn. it's a regia sock yarn though.

on the label says, "made in italy"! i liked it when i bought it. then, i didn't care for it that much. when i cast it on, i did out of desperation to have a sock on the needles … with mindless knitting.

i picked this self-striping yarn because i figured worst case scenario, if i didn't like it, i could over dye it.

but, i really like it! … the colors and how wide the stripes are. it's a keeper.

i'm on the toe now … and will cast on #2 after finishing this one.

next, a finished doily …

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looking at this picture, and photos of the other finished ones on ravelry, i perhaps should had blocked this to be more of a hexagon.

now, it doesn't matter. the last round was a _____ (insert expletive).

i do love crochet, but the instructions are so much different compared to knitting.

in crochet, each row/round is written as a run-on sentence. so, when i'm looking at the instructions, and then work on my thread/yarn … i've completely lost my space in the instructions.

so, today, i got a helper.

post-it notes "flags" !

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these little guys will help me follow my patterns. i've had some before, and they are worth the money.

i started another doily …

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this one is in white thread. my 1st in white thread. this will be my last one for the next month i think … due to vacation and other projects.

i want to finish this one by the 4th --- as a holiday decoration --- with my other blue and red ones.


Monday, June 23, 2014

home sick, but still productive

i'm not 100% today, so i am home. but, i'm still knitting.


yesterday i finished my 2nd sleeve of insouciant, and have since started the last piece (the front).

this is a silk tee. the yarn is made by habu, and i'm knitting with 2 strands held together.

i've never knitted with any of their yarns before -- or even double stranded --- but, i like it. and i can see splurging again and making another 'luxury' garment.

the silk is dry, yet has a luster to it. it's also a little bit tweedy.

i do have to pay attention somewhat, to make sure i've knitted both strands and don't leave 1/2 a stitch hanging.

the knitting is rather mindless.

what i'm hoping for is a big, oversized, sloppy (yet stylish) silk tee shirt.

if it doesn't look good on me, it will look good on schmutzie (she says, "everyone looks good in blue!").




Sunday, June 22, 2014

fun knitting day with schmutzie

schmutzie and i had a good time yesterday visiting, knitting, and then grilling (girl-style).

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even though i took over lots of choices including crochet, i mostly worked on my 'insouciant' silk tee.

i finished the back, and started & completed one sleeve, and started sleeve #2.

i'd forgotten how mindless this kind of knitting is --- which was really enjoyable after struggling with crochet instructions all week.

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schmutzie is working on a linen pullover in a smaller gauge.

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my yarn is pretty fine too (lace weight silk), but i'm using it double stranded.

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and i'm using my "new" bug fabric bag i sewed earlier this week.

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and for dinner, we had beef brats with a macaroni salad -- and we forgot the pickles (still in the fridge!)!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

still hookin' … and sewing ….

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i'm kinda surprised at how few doily books i can find in my local craft store. perhaps they are "out of fashion" ?

i was glad to find this booklet however, as it has written and charted instructions! … better yet, i like all the designs in it.

so, i started a new one, in a shade of (aunt lydia's) thread called "french rose". it's a coral-pink. and i did not take a picture, but you can see all the color ways offered here.

there are loads of free patterns available, but i prefer to work from charts --- and most patterns are written.

i took off early from work (without pay! … but freedom is priceless!) … and was somewhat productive. i finished the project bag i started yesterday for myself, and also made one for a friend.

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on the left is my bag --- made with *patriotic* bug fabric, and on the right … her's, made with ridiculous beefy-man fabric.

last week, when schmutzie and i had spoken, she asked if there was a new "beefy-man-fabric" for the upcoming 4th of july holiday. i told her there was, but i hadn't gotten any because it was lame (no watermelon?! no dripping ice cream cones?! no baseball?! … HOTDOGS! HELLO?!).

so when i was out & about last weekend, i revisited the red, white & blue cotton section of the fabric store, and got a cut of fabric for her.

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she will enjoy!

for myself, i liked the bugs with silver glitter ….

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… thus, 2 new bags.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

2 finished projects --- one sewing, one crocheted!

for the sewing category, i made another set of pennants.

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i picked out these fabrics yesterday when i was out & about. i only got a 1/4 yard of each (all on sale).

i used that same tutorial i posted before, but with 1/4 yard, i can only get 11 triangles instead of 12. so, i spaced them out a bit more.

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i've only made one pennant banner thus far, … i did go ahead and cut the blues and pinned them, for when i feel again like sewing.

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of all the fabrics, this one with the birds is my favorite.

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yesterday, i also got a small blocking board. i do have other surfaces i can block on (for sweaters, shawls, etc), but this small one has a grid with squares and circles --- perfect for my doilies!

this doily is called "peony doily" (this links you to ravelry). i have at least 4 balls of red heart crochet thread (size 10), and i wanted to do something with it. i did a lot of searching on ravelry for doily patterns (free ones). this was pretty. i'm pleased with how it came out, and i started a second in a peacock blue.

tonight, i might crochet for a bit, and then switch to knitting. i downloaded a pattern today to use with some of my stash. the pattern is called "imagine when". it's really amazing --- i'm hoping this will be my mindless project.