Felting With Viscose Tops

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I was tidying away some felt the other day and remembered that I’d planned to make some felt pieces like the textured nuno pieces I made, but with different fibres instead of fabric. I laid out a couple of pieces the same way, but different sizes. I laid out two layers of dyed viscose fibre, then 4 fine layers of 23 mic Merino. I felted and fulled the first piece, then got my bead board out to full it more. I fulled until it was quite firm, but not stiff/rigid:

I got the texture I was expecting:

Considering the textured nuno, I didn’t expect so much migration, probably because the soft/fine pieces I’ve fulled really hard with fibres before were using white 18.5mic Merino, I thought it’d be less obvious this time:

I changed my plans when I got to the felted stage of the first piece, it looked…

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WIP Wednesday – Chunky jumper

Emma Crafts Design

Happy Wednesday lovely readers!

In view of my move to Melbourne in a couple of months, I have decided to start crocheting and knitting more winter wear (it’s really cold down there compared to Brisbane). I haven’t knitted a full jumper in a few years and I though it was about time to get to it again. My nana recently sent me a parcel with some lovely aran weight yarn, so I decided to go with a chunky jumper. The pattern is the textured jumper with stripes from Isabell Kraemer, and I already have my eyes set on other patterns from her (I honestly love most of her patterns, I’m going to have a hard time choosing the next one!). Because I haven’t knitted anything big in a while though, I decided to go with one of her free patterns first, just to get back in the swing of things. Also…

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Generous knitting and selfish crochet

The Yarn Blabber

The brown crochet top-down sweater I made up all by myself is drying. That one is for my partner. I want one, too, so I got going on it straight away, using Cascade fingering in the color way Jack O’Lantern. I’m very happy with this shade, which will show off the texture of the stitch patterns even more. I’m also happy with how the yarn feels. It’s very soft and drapes even better than the brown yarn does.

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I’ve also cast on the Zaria shawl for my mom, which I should have started months ago. It was going to be her birthday gift. I’m sorry, mom! I started off making a shawl from another pattern and it wasn’t right, so I searched for another one. I’m very happy with Zaria.

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Right now I’m still in the garter stitch part of the pattern. The yarn is Malabrigo Sock in the color…

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Geek blanket 

LucyAnn &Luna craft

During my recent big tidy up I found some large double knitting squares, form a KAL a few years ago, I can’t remember who hosted it, but I only completed a small number of squares.

Mum very kindly crocheted around the outside for me & made up the ‘geek blanket ‘ . Thanks Mum😁. Stephen thinks it belongs to him, but I’m sure Luna has been eyeing it up for winter.

The squares are Cathulu, Dr Who, Harry Potter Huffelpuff, Marvel agents of shield, Batman, Harry Potter Ravenclaw, Star Wars, hitch hiker’s guide to the galaxy, Buffy.

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Knitting and Crocheting for Charity Delivery

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A delivery to the oncology department.  We send hats, scarves, lap blankets or shawls.  These are given to the patients, care givers and nurses in the chemotherapy room.  They also are given to inpatient cancer patients to make their room a little more personal with a gift of a hand made little something.  They can look forward to taking their gift home at the end of their stay.

Note the blue and orange hat, GO BRONCOS!

And the cerveza box has magazines and books.

What did I manage to personally include?

A hand knitted lap blanket.

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Put a fork in it, it’s DONE

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The Yarn Blabber

The brown crochet sweater I invented is finished. Its owner is unavailable for modeling, so I decided to don it and photograph myself. We must keep ease in mind to appreciate it to full effect: on me it has about 1 inch of ease but on the wearer it has 4 inches extra. With less roominess on me it seems to have a mysterious slimming effect on the view from the front even though the stripes are horizontal. On the back it has no effect. I look the way I do, a little too much so to my liking.

Honestly, I don’t like how this sweater looks on me with 1 inch of ease. My instincts were correct, which is nice to know, because I began the orange one for me planning on having 4 inches of ease. The wearer tried on this brown one before I washed it and…

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