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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! on: August 25, 2017 02:27:55 PM
Wow!
That is all so awesome and creative!

And wonderfully photographed!!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! on: August 21, 2017 01:09:40 PM
Agreed -- it's beautiful!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! on: August 19, 2017 06:21:19 AM
I wondered how those circles were going to turn into chickens - cute!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Russian Leaves 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!

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! 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!


6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! on: August 15, 2017 08:40:48 AM
You don't have a problem, you have potential!

And now I have inspiration - win-win!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! on: August 07, 2017 09:00:54 AM
I love those oven mitts?  Did you use regular quilt batting, or some special heat-resistant stuff?

Cute bag, too!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! on: August 03, 2017 02:15:22 PM
Maybe you could make a mat that has both message, one on each side?  That way, you can flip it when you're really NOT in the mood to be bothered...

I love the apron - I bet you cook killer food, wearing that!   Grin

If you make the handpies, the filling is outstanding.  I liked the crust, altho, in my un-air-conditioned kitchen it was hard to keep the dough cool.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! 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/)

10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Calhoun Peach & Sweet Basil Jam on: August 01, 2017 09:12:19 AM
Beautiful!  Looks jewel-like, like jelly!
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