This and That

Spring is showing herself in big ways.  We are loving walks (when it is not pouring-Yay rain!) along our country road watching our neighbor’s newborn calves and soaking up all the flowers in bloom.  It is SO green here which is a nice thing to see for this Seattle transplant as we will soon enter the dry, very warm part of the year in northern California.

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Spring has inspired me to start some new projects. I have several in the works, some just completed and other fun plans in store. 🙂

First I must share this little beauty my crafty aunt sent to me. It was in exchange for a bag I made her several months ago. My picture is not the best but the lovely lady says “Beautiful Transparent Wings”. She will fit nicely in my sewing space.

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I finished lining my recent Noodlhead Duffles and sent them off to my nieces with some other handmade goodies. I really like how the lining adds more heft to the bags and it was fun to find complimentary fabrics.

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I also recently finished a sweater for a friend’s child. I made the five year old version in FrogTree Periboo Worsted in Grey and Pink. This yarn is dreamy and I will certainly knit with it again in the future. The pattern can be found here:

Ravelry: Colorblock pattern by Karen Borrel.

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In the embroidery arena, I’ve been doodling a little with french knots again. Loving this handwork and I need to make time to do more!

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I’ve also indulged in several new fabric purchases in the last few weeks. (I am such a bad girl as I am bursting at the seams in fabrics but fabric hoarding is a disease I suffer from).  I especially treasure the handprinted fabrics from Leslie Keating and Umbrella Fabrics.  Australia must have magic in the water that helps folks produce such lovely handprinted fabrics.  I am hooked!

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The last two pictures are of Umbrella prints trimmings.  Every year the fabric company has a competition challenging people to use their trimmings in different ways.  I have several ideas in mind but not sure they will make it to fruition.  We shall see.  Contest details here:

Umbrella Prints: 2014 Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition.

An Addition to My Inheritance

Many moons ago, my grandmother and mother taught me how to knit and sew. Every Christmas and birthday as a child, Grandma LiLa would make my brother and I handmade toys and clothes. When my knitting skills progressed she made me my own knitting needle roll which I use to this day. When she died I inherited her own knitting needle rolls, needles and all. To say I have an impressive collection is an understatement.

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I love these old rolls as they remind me of her and cause me to reflect and appreciate the skills and interest in making things with my hands that she passed on. Even with all this storage, my cirucular needles have been hanging out in a large, beat up freezer bag. After perusing Jeni Baker’s blog (In Color Order: Recent Sewing Projects) I found a pattern (Circular Knitting Needle Wallet PDF Pattern by TheCraftJunky) that was perfect for what I had in mind. This is a great project for fat quarters so I pulled together several complimentary Kaffe blue fabrics and sewed it up. Such a fun and easy project.  Happy Friday everyone.

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Pull Gaspard Baby Sweater

I am slowly making progress on baby gifts for friends. Today I finished a 2 year old sized boy sweater using Malabrigo Arroyo in Glitter.(pattern here:http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pull-gaspard)  This pattern is well engineered and knit up quickly (though it took some concentrating especially around the neck line to get it right).  The big pocket will be perfect for storing toddler treasures.

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Since it is Valentine’s Day, I tried adding one of my handmade linen boutonnieres. (Linen Flower tutorial here: https://entropyalwayswinsblog.com/2013/10/20/linen-rosebud-flower-tutorial/ )

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Only 6 more babies and mommas to knit and sew for.   :-/

Yarn Wrestling

Have you ever has a handmade project that physically abused you?  Last night I finished up a cowl of my own design.  I made Purl Bee’s Super Soft Fluted Cowl for a friend last year which by the way was not abusive at all (pattern here: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2012/11/11/super-soft-merino-fluted-cowl.html).  I had three leftover Purl Soho Super Soft Merino skeins that were beckoning from my yarn stash.  After perusing some lovely stitches, I decided to make a cowl using the Lotus Flower Stitch (pattern here: http://www.craftcookie.com/knitting-stitches/knit-purl-stitches/93-lotus-flower-stitch).  My heart is happy, my fingers are not.

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I was hoping to send a tutorial out there but I’m afraid of all the hate mail that may come my way. So I will just let my fingers heal and snuggle in this yummy warmth and look forward to some more friendly knitting projects.

By the way, the backside of the pattern below I think is so much prettier then the front.  Wishing all a nurturing crafting weekend.

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Seedstitch Cowl/Wrap Pattern

I’ve been a tad bit obsessed with seed stitch lately.  With some lovely natural wool in my yarn stash, I knit up an extra long cowl that I can wear several ways.  This is a super easy pattern that is quick to knit up.

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Supplies that I used:

6 Skeins of Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica naturals in color 702

32 inch US size 17 circular knitting needle

crochet hook

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Pattern: Double up on the yarn so that you knit with two strands of yarn from two skeins at all times to make this an extra thick knit.  Cast on 155 stitches then follow the pattern knit one, purl one across the needle.  Place a marker.  Begin knitting in the round for the next row continuing the alternating knit one, purl one pattern.  Continue until the cowl measures 10 inches, then bind off the last row in the continued knit one, purl one pattern. Use the crochet hook to weave in the loose ends.

DONE!

This extra long cowl gives you many styling possiblities.  A couple that I like are shown below.

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