Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The busy knitter

This busy crafter has also been busy knitting. I know I have not shown any finished projects in awhile. But a few things are underway.

 First we have a series of strips I started to knit in Canada. I have about three or four of each colour. The stitch pattern is a ruffled edging called Bell Edging I from one of the Walker Treasuries. Here's my idea. I am going to join the strips and mix the colours up. Then the long strip will be sewn up in a spiral fashion (maybe to a base tube) to form wristlets. I feel like going very dramatic and make them long to go over the elbows. If I have enough strips I want to make a Victorian ruff collar and even maybe a muff. These are wool yarns and all scraps left from other projects.

This blue yarn is a silk and wool blend. I started this at camp too and what you see is the back of a pullover. It will be for me, in a very mermaid friendly colour. I am partway up the second torso piece.

Up close and personal, this is a mohair lace piece I am currently working on. The project is for a guild class in February. It is a cowl and the pattern is a lovely Circle of Love Lace Cowl, by Evelyn A. Clark.  I am using a brown mohair/silk yarn and you might be able to make out the heart shaped motifs in it.

It really is very lightweight and will make a good accessory piece.

This grey piece is the start of a shawl using some handspun I made. It is a really luxurious grey mohair boucle. It was one of the most fun things I ever spun and I thought I better get busy and make something out of it. And since I sold a bunch of my boucle handspun, I wanted to have a piece for myself with it. At first I was knitting something up which was going to have a mix of yarns in it, and including this boucle. But I changed my mind and just want it to shine on its own.

Over to the spinning wheels and there is some dyed Polwarth on the Lendrum right now.  It is shades of teal and bronzy brown. I am looking forward to making a three ply and then weaving with this yarn. I want to make a cushion cover for my rug loom bench from this.

And back to weaving....some bookmarks that are happening on the Little Dude. There are more projects going but for now I've shown you enough.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Belt Loom

Introducing "Little Dude" the Harrisville Belt Loom. I purchased this sturdy little loom used from a Ravelry friend. It arrived at the same time as it's big brother, Bright. I put a light green linen warp on, the other day, and have a third bookmark going. I grabbed some bright tones of wool and I am having fun with these beach colours. The middle bookmark or strip is just some handspun yarn left over from something else.

Here is the project at the very start. The four little bobbins were custom made by a talented woodworker in Wisconsin. His name is Norbert and a group of us at Ravelry have taken to calling them Norbobbins. So far I think they are excellent for band weaving.

The third shot shows a bit of a close up of the random striping. It is like playing with sunshine. The day I started on it was a grey day and I think that is why these colours jumped into my hands.

This young beauty took up residence across the street from my studio. I believe it is a female but I have not been close enough to ascertain this. I need to go and speaker with the owner of the property first. I think you would call this colour roan.

At times in the past there have been horses in that same pasture and I have to say how enjoyable it is to look up from my crafts to see a horse or two grazing, drinking water or moving about. When I was a little girl I often wished for a horse. Although I never did own one, I can now enjoy the beauty of one, up close.

Friday, December 23, 2016

The Christmas Tree

I believe that trees are vital to my happiness and the health of my surroundings. I am starting a new tradition, or maybe it is underway already and I am just formalizing it. I plan on planting a new tree on my property every year around Christmastime. Last year it was the Mexican Buckeyes. Thankfully they are doing very well. Right now they are going into dormancy. Thus no pictures of the naked little trees at this time. I doubt they will flower this spring, being fairly small. But if they do - pictures for sure.

Now the shot above is what the live oaks look like in the winter time. They basically are green all year round. They will drop leaves in the late winter but replace them very fast. The tree grows about 1-2 feet per year and they are natural and plentiful in this region.

The seedlings I harvested today, from a ditch that gets routinely mowed, are now happily transplanted into two spots on my property. I have surrounded them with a few rocks for a little heat and shelter. Plus it will demarcate them for the Mad Mower.

Wish me luck. I am incredibly happy today.