Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WOYWW 412

I turned 60 recently and decided to join the local senior center : D. We had a lunch and then for $1 we could get a bingo card for some lively games of bingo. But before and after lunch I managed to get a bit of spinning in.

This is a silk cap after it has been separated by layers, predrafted and rolled into a ball (on the left) the spinning is easy peasy (on the spindle).

I finished the shawl I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, and now have cast on another (much simpler, but on size 2 needles). Apparently 60 is when I tend to have fewer projects on the go at one time???? Who said old dogs can't learn new tricks : D.

Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground for more crafty goings on.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WOYWW 410

What I have mostly been doing for the last month and a halfish. : D. My first ever knitalong, mesh stitch, seed stitch, BRIOCHE stitch (that one almost did me in), marled knitting, full size shawl amongst other firsts I've forgotten. It's by WestKnits the pattern is Marled Magic.And I am making the medium size. It's a rare thing to just work mostly on one thing when it's a project for myself. I've managed to squeeze in some of my handspun pet skeins (spun just for spinning sake) and some Christmas knitting leftovers.

I've made notes for the mini album or scrapbook pages that are in the works to document this lol.

Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground for more crafty peeks : D.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WOYWW 406

The booties are finished (see post below for the glamor shots) and next on the list is a basket made with the Favor It #9 die set (Papertrey Ink).  It's been snowing and snowing, thankfully I don't have to go out the drifts make it difficult to tell how much snow we've had, but some of the drifts are about 3 feet high.

Behind the die are some very shiny mylar tape... this must be cut though, so no fun torn washi edges, still it is very very shiny. I also found some tiny clothespins/clothes pegs.

I finished the redo of section 1 of West Knits Magic Marled Mystery Shawl Knitalong and am forging ahead with section 2. I am running way behind as sections 3 and 4 came out last Friday. But onward I knit : D.

Head over to Julia's for more crafty fun : D.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hello Baby Booties

Papertrey Ink is celebrating it's 10 Year Anniversary with a Stitching Inspired Challenge. I was inspired by the Smokey Shadow coaster set.

These are for my spinning guild's annual auction. I used Papertrey Ink's Baby Bootie Dies, the flowers from the Quick Stitch: Sewing Staples kit, and the hello from the Quick Stitch Sentiments set. The booties are cut from Smokey Shadow and the flowers are Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice and Raspberry Fizz.

The idea of embellishing the soles came from the crafty genius, Betsy Veldman. I added a second sole cut from a thinner felt in my stash and it peeks out more in some areas than others but I like the effect.

 I added the flowers to the heel piece before stitching it on.

I don't know anyone expecting or even planning on expecting, but these baby booties are so fun to make. They make excellent purse projects too.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WOYWW 405

Oh.my.bug. I have done something I have never done before. I am participating in a Knitalong, not after the fact, in real time.... well snail time but still. The Marled Magic Mystery Shawl KAL to be precise.

So here I am happily knitting along around row 32 of the first section... when I look at my piece and then look at the designer's picture of this section, and about 50 other people's pictures... and that's when I realized I was doing it WRONG... so very very very wrong.

So after a blue streak had filled the space above my house, I ripped IT ALL out and learned that the term yarn OVER means you put the yarn UNDER the needle... and apparently this makes a difference. So here is my rebooted project. Now it looks like it's supposed to look! Apparently I am tenacious AF XD or the knitting embodiment df Sisyphus: D.

On a less frustrating note, I made a ballerina robot get well card : D. Stamping Up Lots of Bots, with Papertrey Ink Background Basics: Retro on the card base background and various colors of Stickles.

Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground for more crafty peeks : D.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink February 2017 Blog Hop

Today is Papertrey Ink's February 2017 Blog Hop. The laurel and sentiment are from the Make It Market: Lovely Laurels mini kit heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I also sprinkled embossing powder across the background and on the edges. And two edges of the card base are inked with Raspberry Fizz.

 I started with Vintage Cream cardstock as the card base and blended Saffron Spice ink across it (spritzed with water). I wound up covering most of it with the focal image, but I love the effect.

What is barely visible (just enough to break the starkness of the solid cardstock) is the bow from Lovely Laurels stamped randomly with Fine Linen.

And because Simon Says Anything Goes, it's there as well : D.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Experimental Stitching

I got to pull out my purse project container while my car was being serviced. I had this bit of perforated paper that I had spritzed with dylusions ink.

The thread is a ply of unknown naturally colored gray wool (probably romney) plied against a ply of white corriedale (from a Ewe named Eugenia).

And I have to say as I've gotten older, it's become much more difficult to thread a needle. I've spent as long as 20 minutes on a bad day. But this beauty is thread in 3 seconds at most. It's called a Spiral Eye Side Threading Needle and can be found at www.SpiralEyeNeedles.com (no affliation or anything, just thrilled to bits).