I’m a copycat!

The Yarn Blabber

Maybe I’m now on team, “me too!” You see, I’ve been procrastinating on casting on another sock for about two months now due to indecision. Then, one day, the nothingbutknit2 blog, hosted by a very prolific writer and knitter, showed her progress on a sock I just had to start knitting right away. The best part? It turns out the pattern is a freebie, authored by a very generous person who shared her work on Ravelry. The pattern is called “Widsith,” and it features a very easy to knit slip-stitch cable and garter stitch pattern.

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So, you know, the usual: I took the cable pattern from the original and I’m slapping it onto my own vanilla sock formula. I chose this nice green color with a German sock yarn from my stash called “On line” from what they call the “trend collection.” Anyway, I don’t really care about the…

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Unabashedly Nonspecific

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A couple weeks ago I had a comment here on the blog asking that I get into more of the specifics of my spins — wpi, tpi, ratios, etc — when sharing my finished handspun yarns. I’ll admit, I’ve always found myself walking a line here between my knitting readers and spinning readers, unconsciously trying to feel my way to where the right amount of detail is for both groups of crafters. I don’t want to get so specific that I lose those who aren’t spinners, but I do want to share enough detail that spinners can understand easily what I’m doing. I’m likely making a mountain out of a mole-hill, but it has been an issue that I feel like I’ve been dancing around for a good long while now.

After quite a bit of consideration and more than a little of my own special brand of soft-shoeing, I’ve…

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Featured Finished Objects: Wood Warbler Cowl and Ruschia Hat

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After sitting the lovely August pattern out because of moving craziness, I was excited to jump back into A Year of Techniques in September and October.  September’s project was Martina Behm’s Wood Warbler Cowl, which taught garter stitch grafting.  This month’s was the Ruschia Hat, designed by Woolly Wormhead, which featured short row shaping, but also, building on last month’s project, used garter stitch grafting — I know I’ve talked about this before, but I love how the sequence of AYOT designs build on each other, giving you chances to practice and reinforce the skills you learned in previous months!

What was extra fun about these past two projects was that they shared some features — squishy, delicious garter stitch with clever design to keep it interesting — which meant that they were both really addictive (and quick!) to knit and lent themselves to making a non-matching…

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gehaakte caravan/crochet caravan

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Let’s go camping!

My parents recently retired . They had a company of their own for more than 40 years. Now they finally have time for their hobbies and one of it is “camping”.

They are planning a large trip with their caravan through the south of Europe. I wanted to give them a personal gift for this occasion and that is the reason why I crocheted this caravan.

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The pattern I used for the caravan is from the book Let’s go camping by Kate Bruning you can find the link to her blog here greedy for colour

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The idea for a crochet caravan came up quit suddenly so I had to work hard to get it ready in just a few days. Some things I made my own like the way the front panel is adjusted with 2 buttons on the top and the beds inside the caravan. I…

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So exciting!!

The Wee House Of Crochet

I’m just itching for February, @lyndascraftroom and I never thought we’d get so much interest in the The Crochet Sanctuary it was slow to start, but now it’s really booking up! We were so scared we kept holding off signing the contract with Cranage Hall, as it’s a massive financial commitment, We’ve actually sold out of the Day Passes, so we’ve got 10 Day Pass guests coming, which is fabulous, we have booked all of the rooms that we had committed too, so we’ve just booked an additional 5 rooms, that’s the good thing with it being quite a large place, we can book additional rooms. And nice for Lynda and I too, as during the weekend everything is catered for, so the only thing we need to worry about is whether or not people are enjoying themselves and they’re relaxed. We already have our guest designer lined up for…

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A very lucky unbirthday for me!

The Yarn Blabber

It was my unbirthday recently. Out of nowhere this beautiful, quilted and cross stitched bag arrived at my home by post.

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Claire93, author of Claire93’s Blog, remembered my plan to make Halloween-themed things for my living room and very thoughtfully put this together for me, wishing me a very happy unbirthday. It is absolutely beautiful and truly shows off her skills. I’m always very much in awe of quilters. I suppose if I actually attempted quilting I might learn how. But, it’s one of those things that still looks like magic to me. A little bit of magic isn’t bad, though, is it? This piece is so detailed, right down to the little brass Jack O’Lantern sewn on. The choice of colors is truly festive and the quilting detail is really appropriate for the piece. If you check out her blog you will find all kinds of inspiration. Claire…

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Nuno Felted Bark Sample

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Our fiber art group met last week and we were working on paper fabric lamination. I forgot to take any photos while the group was there but can show you my samples. I have been making bark samples for my Level 3 Art and Design class so I decided I would try using paper fabric lamination for a different type of bark sample.

This one is made with 5 mm silk that was dyed with natural dyes and then laminated to a photo of bark. I decided not to do the usual process of removing a portion of the paper but just left it after the first step.

On this sample, I used the same silk and a different bark photo. Once that was laminated by screening with a bark silk screen, I completed the paper fabric lamination by removing the paper that was not adhered to the silk. Then…

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