I found some yarn in Michael’s that I just fell in love with. I suppose it would be considered a novelty yarn. All I know is that as soon as I touched it I knew I had to make something with it. That something turned out to be a shawl that I found the pattern for in a small book in the store.
AS soon as I find the label I’ll edit this and put down the yarn I used. I can’t find it right now, (blush). It’s a bulky yarn that is kind of like a chenille on steroids. Fuzzier and much softer but with that sort of look. It’s totally lucious to touch and you really just want to sink into it.
This is the shawl I made. I had to learn how to do a Broomstick Lace stitch. It was a very odd stitch to understand, but once I learned it I loved how it looked. The shawl is soooo warm! The color reminds me of Neopolitan Ice Cream. I love how it came out.
When the van first broke down, as it always seems to be the case, it was during that week that we barely got above 0 degrees even during the day. My poor sweetie was out in that all day trying to fix the van. For 4 days he froze his bits and bobs off, and his face was practically numb it was so cold. I decided to try my hand at a helmet liner, or balaclava.
I found lots of patterns online. I started one and it was going great until I got to the part where the opening is. I couldn’t figure that out for anything, so I found another pattern and used that one for the opening. There was a bit of tweaking, but it worked out. The only thing I didn’t like was how short it is. It looked a LOT longer in the picture, even though I know I measured it and made it to the size they called for. Next time I would make it much longer and do it with a bigger hook so that it was more of a dickie look before moving into the neck part.
Still, it fits the sweetie fine and he LOVED wearing it the other day while spending hours snowblowing after the storm. He said his face was actually hot. yay! The yarn is Cascade 220 washable wool in a dark green.
I’ve been wanting to try learning to make baskets. I’m always looking for something different to make to add to my things for sale at the store. I looked at a lot of basket patterns and got the general gist of how it works and set down to make my first ones. These are made out of tshirt yarn that I salvaged from the sweetie’s old tshirts. I like the rag rug look. I’m going to stiffen them up and put a bowl in them to get the shape to really set, but I don’t want them too stiff. Just enough to add a little body to them. I like how they came out overall. I’m thinking of weaving some ribbon in to dress them up a little.
Since I’ve been making nice warm wristers for others and my hands are always cold at my computer, I finally sat down to make myself a pair. I bought this really pretty pattern for a set of cabled fingerless gloves and a cabled headband. I started them last night and one glove is about halfway done, even with having to rip it out and start over. They are going to be soooo soft and pretty and really warm. I’ll get pictures of those up when they’re finished. I’ll also show you my newest earrings, which are made with crochet thread and look like tiny doilies.
Talk to you all again soon!
A wonderful way to join two yarn ends together!I found this video on http://lllin526.wordpress.com (Crafty Lady). I always struggle with changing/adding yarns together and end up with a knot that is a bit on the bulky side. This method of attaching yarns is brilliant and I cannot wait to try it.
is still a puzzle.
Let us harken back to the days of yesteryear. A young cubbyhole, we’ll call her Jeanie, learned to crochet. She was hooked, pun intended. She made lap blankets, pressies for her new nephew, placemats, toys and granny squares. Finally, picking out some colors she liked she went to Bradlees. (Some of you will remember that store fondly). There she picked out armfuls of Aunt Lydia’s rug yarns. (again some of you will recall that yarn…maybe not so fondly). Armed with her stash she proceeded to make a lot of granny squares with which to make a quilt for her bed.
This project took her a lot longer than she thought it would and eventually she decided to just make another lap quilt and began to stitch all those squares together. It was not really looking too bad on one side, but the other side, the seams were huge and bulky and not very comfortable. She also discovered that AL Rug yarn was not a very comfortable yarn for snuggling.
We return now to 2012 and the unsnuggly blanket.
Yes, it still exists. On top of that, I found at a flea market last year, a whole big tote of…..wait for it…wait for it….AL RUG YARNS! I just had to buy it. It was really cheap and it was yarn. I am so yarn addicted….
Now what to do with it all…. The blanket is still around, but still unsoft, unsnuggly and yuckily seamed. I know they call it rug yarn, but all my rug yarn searches have show that rug yarn is considerably thicker. The colors are not really my favs anymore, although they aren’t bad. I have a lot of “fallish” colors, which I still like, but a lot of other colors, too.
What ideas have you guys got for all this yarn?
(BTW – how many of you remember when no bathroom worth its salt was without some of those gems in them? <grins>)
This was so wierd and cool and fascinating that I just had to post it here. This has to be the king of recycling ideas. Not sure how durable it would be though. Still pretty neat.
I took a short break from my shawl to make this case for my Nook. It’s made out of angel hair yarn and is the same pattern I used for the sweetie’s cookie monster scarf because I loved how sturdy that came out. (did I post that here? hmm I’ll check and if I didn’t I will.)
I don’t like the little red button, though. I’m going to look around for something with a bit more pizzazz and make a better tab loop for it. Also, since the tablet is also in a leather case that bends into a stand its overall thickness is about an inch or a bit more. So I did the body of the case in one long piece then folded it in half. The sides I tried taking a page from sock knitting and I picked up the stitches sideways down the side from top to bottom of the bend. I did 3 single crochet rows back and forth so it looked like a long tab sticking out. I then whip stitched it to the other side and did the bottom to close it. This way it fits the Nook perfectly with a little room to add a cord or papers or whatever. Hope that made sense.