Yes, I'm a terrible daughter. But it's finally done! My dad likes to "check his eyelids for holes" in his recliner. My mother is also a warm natured person, so the A/C is usually cranked to the point of freezing. He usually has a blanket or something on his lap, so I figured I would make him a quilt for his "rests".
This is a blue and white Double Irish Chain. I did have a little difficulty with the binding, but I think I just need to learn a technique that I like. Enjoy!
Quilting has always intrigued me. I used to sew in jr. high and high school, but never really quilted. Unless you count the four square pillow I did in home ick. So, I had knit, felted and lined a backpack for a friend of mine, which was immediately commandeered by her 5 year old daughter. I had bunches of fabric left over from lining the bag, so decided to make a quilt for Alex to see if we could liberate the back pack. I tried something simple, and I think it worked out. I have to work on my binding technique, but it turned out pretty good I think.
This is nice and neat folded look. You can see the backing and the squares.
The laid out version of the quilt. Yep, that's Strawberry Shortcake. It's what lined the bag I knit.
A close up of the backing and the squares.
I'm definitely doing this again. I've already picked up the fabric for a quilt for my Dad's birthday in December.
Last summer, my friends and I attended Stitch & Pitch; an event where knitters and crocheters could receive discounted tickets and a bag of goodies at a baseball game. The Texas Rangers were good enough to host the event in Arlington, TX. In July. Outside. In Texas.
Which made those of us there wistfully think of cooler temps. Like Ice Hockey game cold. Which got us then thinking, Dallas has a hockey team, and doesn't hockey and knitting just seem to go together? Hmmm? After all, players don't wear jerseys, they wear sweaters.
So, to make a long story short, and with the help of several people, there is going to be discounted tickets available to knitters and crocheters who are willing to actually knit or crochet during the game.
The tickets are going to be $22 for a game at the American Airlines Center, near downtown Dallas on March 18. To order tickets call 214-387-5549.
I'm also going to be posting a link to a PDF of the order form on my blog, so you can go ahead and find it there. Just click on the link and save it to your drive. It won't be there for very long. We'll see how my bandwidth holds up.
First of all, I am incredibly spoiled. My parents gave me two skein (!) of Schafer Laurel in the Sonja colorway for Xmas. It's about 800 yards. I love the color changes, and I love the feel of the yarn. It's a really soft cotton. Well, I found this top from Interweave called Stripes Go Round. I think it was an online bonus. It calls for three different colors of yarn that totals 1650 yards. Now I know that a full sweater can take at least 1600 yards, but I was wondering if there is a lot of yarn let over from this pattern. I was thinking that if the real number was less, I could use the Laurel, since the guages are similar. Any advice?
I am delving into the world of polymer clay for the first time, and I really have a few questions. I am actually going to be making something very particular. My dad made me a table-top windmill style yarn swift out of oak. It's beautiful, lovely, and the yarn tends to creep up the dowels. So I figured I could make some really nice, cool, funky toppers for the dowels that will stop the yarn from going over the top of the dowel. What I need to know is this: When I create the notch/hole for the dowel to go into, will it shrink at all when it's baked? Is there a maximum thickness? Will it explode like I've had ceramics do that were too thick? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I was going to work on it over the weekend.
Or at least know how to read a French pattern? I have found my French is very school book, rusty, and not totally suited for patterns. But here is the sob story. A friend of mine fell in love with a Phildar pattern from one of their magazines. And I must admit, it is a very pretty scarf. So I figured I would be able to puzzle it out, or at least ask one of the interns we have from France. Wouldn't you know, none of them crochet. Any way, the scarf looks like a series of shell type motifs that run one into another. I can get the first motif, but am running into a bit of trouble working the second one. I think I'm reading it correctly, but maybe not. And it's my luck that the first two motifs are not visible in the picuture: http://www.phildar.fr/catalogues/catalogue-interactif.aspx. (It's catalog #440, page 17) So, I'm hoping someone here can help me translate what it is that I'm trying to do. I can get about 80% of it, but it's the 20% that is being a real bugger.
For a visit at least and I was wondering about yarn shops. I've been in Texas for awhile, so have all the yummy yarnness that are the local yarn shops around here, but I cannot remember if there is anything around Mandan. I can remember buying yarn at the Ben Franklin on Main (is it still there?) or at KMart in Bismarck with my mom when I was younger. I don't remember there being any stores dedicated to crocheters/knitters/ everything yarn and fiber. Is there anything yet? I'm visiting the parents, and attending a friends wedding, over the 4th of July. And since I have made it a habit to try to find yarn shops in every city I travel to (Seattle has too many to choose from and Las Vegas only has two!)... I can't find anything on the internet, and Mom hasn't heard anything. So, anyone know? Please?
I've never really sat down and tried to make an original pattern, but I had this Noro Kuryeon lying around and decided a small bag would be fun. And it would be felted, and I didn't feel like knitting, so I pulled out the hook. This is what happened.
I really have very little idea of exactly what I did to make this. I could puzzle it out, and I might try to make another one. What is kind of cool is the bottom of the purse follows the wavy pattern.
I have forayed into the world of my own patterns. I can't lie and say I made this up out of whole cloth. I was definitely inspired by a Multidirectional scarf, (which you can find here: http://douma.net/Karen/knitting/Accessory-Scarves/Multidirectional_Diagonal_Scarf.htm It all started because I didn't like the way the yarn (Noro Shinano) was knitting up. The way the scarf pattern is, you work in garter. With Shinano, it looked messy; unfinished. So I started experimenting. And this is what I got. This is a close up of the stitches.
This is a section of the scarf. It's actually 7 ft. long without the fringe.
So, let me know what you think. And please be kind. I'm working on figuring out how to write down what I did, so there really isn't a written pattern as of yet.