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1  Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! in Craftalongs by yofi on: January 09, 2019 01:57:41 PM
I love the cards, cinnamon; the watercoloring is beautiful and your handwriting is lovely.  Isn't it nice to have cards on hand?

And the earwarmers are beautiful, jennie.  So practical, but the yarn makes them very luxurious, too!

One of my biggest areas of disorder is my yarn stash.  I've gotten a start on that.  I cleared out a lot of bins and baskets of isolated bags and skeins; these door-hung shoe storage bags are still to be sorted:

Here's the bulk of the yarn, sorted by weights:

I actually inventoried the yarn as well, so I kinda know what I have!  Still have to figure out how to store it all though; I need to sleep on that bed...

I have started using some of it up.  I delivered a load of hats, cowls and gloves to an area homeless shelter last month, so I started a new bag for next December.

I also found a fair amount of wool that wasn't secured in ziplocks and had gotten kinda moth-y.  So I wound it into large balls and felted them in the washing machine.  And - presto! - I now have my own set of dryer balls!

One of the WIPs from 2018 I need to finish is this full-size blanket.  I set is aside last summer, because it just got too hot to hold.  Then more immediate knits took precedence.  But I'm only a few squares away from finishing.  Well, and weaving in the ends.  And deciding whether to do a lining.  Sigh....

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2  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by yofi on: January 07, 2019 12:44:08 PM
Some of the directions I've seen for dryer balls include knitting a cover that goes around the core, then the whole thing is felted. That would take care of the flyaway yarn, but I was in too much of hurry!
Lovely sunny weekend here gave me a chance to do some.cleaning and purging, which included an opportunity to get rid of papers.  Hence:
#3 notecards

A couple of half price blank notecards, some Shutterfly prints, used calendar pages, holiday cards, and - hey, presto! - 3 dozen pretty cards ready for any occasion!

(They're right side up IRL...)
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3  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by yofi on: January 07, 2019 05:58:03 AM
That's the story, MistressT. I've only used them twice and there was no static, despite the high heat setting at the laundromat. Static is the point for me, too; if these don't control that there's no point. (Well, okay; it is fun to toss them i to the dryer like  basketball free throw, too!)
The ones I finished are pretty big (worked great on a load with a comforter and a stuffed animal) but I wound the last of the yarn to make smaller ones that I hope will felt down to baseball size.
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4  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by yofi on: January 06, 2019 09:43:54 AM
I've been away from Craftster for a while, but I came back, in some measure for this thread. For years it nit only helped me keep track of what I did, but also encouraged me to try new things. And helped remind me - when i didn't necessarily feel it - that I'm pretty creative!

So, pending an official 2019 craftalong, I'll park this here.

I never make lists of specific items, but I do outline a few projects I hope to tackle over the year.  The big one this year is my house. This summer I will have been here 10 years, and while I have done some things I'm proud of,  a series of family issues have lead to me spending 2-3 weekends every month 100 miles away all this time. (That's a lot of frequent driving miles!)

So this year is the Year of the House! Painting inside and out, repair, light remodeling, and organizing out of chaos. Which also means destashing. I'll be thinking of ways to give away either finished projects or raw materials until I have enough clear space to *do*. And sice this going to be an on-going project, I'll make this ...
#1 Donation hats, gloves and winter wear
Sorting thru the excessive Mount of yarn I have, I discovered a bins worth of inexpensive but still nice feeling acrylic yarn. I've done a lot of knitting for the area homeless shelter,  so this year I'm statting with knitting up all these partials and mostals. I'll count this as one item on my list, and just keep adding to it over the year, beginning with these two helix hats knit from the leftovers of last years blanket project.

In the process of sorting thru the yarn stash, I discovered a bag someone had given me of old 100% wool that had unfortunately produced a few moths. (Inside a sealed ziplock, luckily!)  I hate to throw tuings out, and I like the idea of using dryer balls instead of fabric sheets, so (after some freezing to kill any eggs) I would up a few ....
#2 Felted Wool Dryer Balls

I was sure that the would shrink significantly, so i tucked them in some old panty hose onee highs and ran them thru the hot cycle in the washing machine a few times.  While they didn't shrink as much as I thought - they're still about softball size - they turned out pretty well, and I'm already using them'

I think I might try injecting some lavender essence into the core, so it's a sort of time release, very subtle fragrance.  We'll see.

But... I'm on my crafting way for 2019!
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5  Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! in Craftalongs by yofi on: January 01, 2019 11:32:24 AM
I'm in!
I've been away from Craftster for a while, but I'm back, and trying to get my house/supplies under control.
Already started this morning before going to work. Some resolutions include donating more things to particular causes, and being more frugal, so....
Starting the first hat for the Open Shelter in the fall, and using some of the scraps left from a Christmas blanket!
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6  Russian Leaves in Knitting: Completed Projects by yofi on: August 17, 2017 06:06:22 PM
I discovered knit designer Katya Gorbacheva on Ravelry, and after I did a KAL of a small shawlette of hers, I thought Id try something a little more ambitious.  Since I dont really like tiny needles, I went with the Forest Haze shawl.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/forest-haze-shawl

I wanted something that looked like sun-dappled leaves, but I couldn't find or afford the right yarn.  So I bought two skeins of Cascade EcoWool and dyed it myself.  I soaked the yarn in vinegar water, then laid it in a large disposal aluminum pan.  I mixed up several shades of green and blue Rit dye, and essentially painted it on the yarn .  I weighted it down then popped the whole pan in the oven for about 20 minutes.  I cant find the pictures I took of the dyeing process, but heres one of caking it.  That was quite a process, too!

I wouldnt call it a quick knit, but its a lovely pattern, very simple and intuitive.  (And very forgiving of the occasional mistake!)

This is the unblocked shawl spread out on a double bed a better look at the color, altho you can also see the second skein got a bigger hit of blue!

And just for scale, heres me holding the shawl; its over 7 from tip to tip!

Its so big I can wrap it around me on the outside of my coat!

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7  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by yofi on: August 17, 2017 05:41:44 PM
What lovely pillow cases!  A great use of the fabric, and I imagine you'll have colorful dreams.

Beautiful journal covers, Always.  You have a real eye for pulling together those disparate elements!

I have a few things to add before the weekend.  these are both from earlier this summer, but I'm slow to post!

27. Russian Leaves shawl

Another Katya Gorbacheva pattern from Ravelry.  I envisioned something like sun-dappled leaves, but I couldnt find any yarn like that or at least that I could afford.  So I dyed my own!  I started with two skeins of Cascade bulky EcoWool, a few different colors of Rit Dye in green and blue, and a huge disposable pan.  I cant seem to find my pictures of the dyeing; this is caking the yarn after it dried.  

The pattern is lovely and very intuitive.  I wouldnt call it quick it took me about 6 weeks but it certainly was pleasant!  Heres the unblocked shawl spread out on a double bed:

And for scale, heres me holding it out.  Its a good 7 from edge to edge!

28. Plum cakes

Im not a bad baker, but I take lousy photos of food.  So, in exchange for some road snacks, I got my niece to take an artsy pic of some of the plum almond cakes I made.  I made several sizes; these 3 ones were the perfect size to share if you're generous, or gorge if youre not!

I got stalled this summer with family needs, so I have a bunch of projects that are just a step or so away from completion.  I need to get them done and clear the decks -- fall is moments away, and that's always when I feel the most creative!

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8  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by yofi on: August 02, 2017 12:49:33 PM
The most important creation in my family these days is my nephew and his wifes new baby, Zoe, the first of her generation!  In my new role as Great Aunt, I had to contribute something.  I sent a diaper pail to the baby shower, but that was for the stinky part of the baby.  So, of course, I had to make something for the sweet side...

24. Crib blanket and sheet

I took my color cues from the things on the baby shower registry; lots of coral, salmon, reds and oranges.  I made a simple crib sheet (hemming and elastic at the corners even I can do that!) then embroidered a rectangle of quilted white fabric with bands of  different embroidery floss.  Hemmed the edges and voila!  I think it has a pick stitch look.

25. Peach knubbelchen
As someone once observed, even human babies need chew toys, so I made a little nisse to go with the blanket.

Heres the link for the pattern if youd like to make one yourself. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knubbelchen  (I got a custom order from a young friend for a ballerina nisse, so I may be posting that effort sometime soon.)  

My niece has gotten me started on the King Arthur Flour monthly bakealong.  This was Julys effort:
26. Blueberry handpies

(Heres a link to that as well!  http://blog.kingarthurflour.com/2017/07/03/blueberry-hand-pies-bakealong/)

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9  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by yofi on: July 27, 2017 01:12:47 PM
And that's the best reason to craft, isn't it?
I love those little pompom animals, especially the cats. So expressive!

And I agree - those fabrics are beautiful, TheMistressT!

I have more food to report...

22. Chocolate and pistachio babka

A former New Yorker friend of my has often bemoaned the fact that she can't get proper babka in the midwest, so I thought I'd give it a try.  She said it was not bad for a gentile, which is pretty high praise!

23. Dog snacks
I didn't get a picture of this one, but it apparently has gotten a more enthusiastic reception.  (Less discriminating audience, I suspect!)  I made dog treats to accompany a swap package for a friend who is carefully about what the dog eats.  Made with baby oatmeal, jarred veggies and meats, plus some extra broth, these were really easy.  I made a carrots/beef version and a spinach/chicken version.  They atually didn't taste bad to me!
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10  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by yofi on: July 19, 2017 02:15:17 PM
...still catching up on posting some of my activity from the second quarter!

16. Meeting In the Middle shawlette

This cute little shawl was a knitalong from free pattern provided by a Russian designer, who sees a growing divide between ordinary Russians and Americans.  She wanted to design something that could bring people together, even in just a little way.

There were at least 100 people who downloaded the pattern, and most went on to join the KAL.  It was a lot of fun, and I was able to use three skeins of a lovely alpaca blend yarn that have been waiting for just the right project.

17. Fruit kabobs

Because party food should be pretty, even if its good for you

18. Just Peachy dress

A birthday gift for a young friend.  

19. Birthday cupcakes/cakes

And whats a birthday party without cakes?

While they all got eaten, I think theres something about knowing your audience.  The girls mother and I thought strawberry and lime would be wonderful summer flavors, with a tangy cream cheese filling.  They turned out great, but for 6-year olds, I think vanilla and chocolate with the same whipped Crisco frosting you get at the grocery store probably would have been a better bet!

20. Picture Frames

A couple of years ago I got printed several pictures from an artist I really loved.  I always intended to make some rustic frames for them.  I finally got around to doing it.

I had seen frames like this at Hobby Lobby that were surprisingly expensive and not very well made.  In the process of making these I realized neat, mitered corners are not as easy as you might think.  But Im really pleased with how they turned out.

(Now, of course, I cant find the folder with the prints for them!  Karmic justice for copyright infringement, no doubt.)

21. Peach Upside Down Cake

Ive had a bounty of wonderful peaches this summer.  Lots of jams, syrups, pies, and upside down cake! A little brown sugar and butter in the bottom of the pan with the peaches, topped with a basic white cake recipe.

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