WIP times three on Thursday

The Yarn Blabber

Yet again the stars did not align between work schedule and hobby schedule to allow me to post on Wednesday about my works in progress. So, just before Spanish lunch time, I can report on my progress.

I really want to get my Thanksgiving decorations done soon. I thought I would tire of my cornucopia in favor of the biscornu, but this has not been the case. They have each received equal time.

To the left we can see my cornucopia and to the right my pinwheel biscornu. The biscornu would be more done than it is if I hadn’t messed up and had to restitch the blue pinwheel.

My “Sidwith” sock now has a complete heel and the beginnings of a foot.

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And that’s all for today!

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Friday Favorites

fiber and sustenance

Phew, it’s been ages since I’ve gotten a Friday Favorites post up — though I’ve certainly not been wanting for material!  It seems that not a day goes by without the release of some glorious new yarn or pattern — what’s a knitter to do?!  Without further ado, a quick list of things that have caught my eye recently!

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  • Have you seen these beautiful, colorful sheep pins?  They are gorgeous and a fundraiser for a very good cause: shepherds in Portugal who lost their flocks during wildfires this summer.  One might be winging its way to me to join my “flock” of sheep-y enamel pins!
  • My love for pretty much everything Kate Davies done is well-documented on this blog, and her new yarn, currently available as part of her West Highland Way club, is no exception.  It’s currently taking all my willpower to not sign up for…

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October 2017 wrap up

Emma Crafts Design

Happy Friday!

I hope you’ve all had a great week. Because it’s the beginning of the month again I thought I would share my makes from October with you.

On the knitting front, I’ve finished my Colour block jumper and my Hermione’s Everyday Socks and I’ve been loving both so much!

I’ve done quite a bit of crochet as well, mostly amigurumis, and I’m in the process of designing another ami for the amigurumipatterns.net contest. I’ve shown you Wiley the Wisp, my cute dolls and all my Halloween makes.

And of course, now that I’ve finished moving houses for a while, I could participate in our Fantastic Bake-along once again!

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I have plenty of things planned for November! For one, I have joined a Hand Quilt-Along hosted by the beautiful Kathy from Sewing etc. I’m super excited about this as it will give me the opportunity…

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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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project :: all wound up

Folk Lore

Early this summer, I was happy and delighted to be asked to knit some samples for my favourite yarn shop All Wound Up. I joke that’s my local LYS even though it’s in another country.

I had to keep these projects under wraps until the Christmas showcase that happened last weekend, and so now I’m going to highlight what I got to work on.

Brittania Toddler Sweater. The pattern is by Tin Can Knits and this pattern, as with all of their patterns I’ve worked with, was a delight to knit. The yarn is Berocco Vintage DK.

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A simple cable pattern up the centre with diagonal eyelets and garter stitch. It was interesting to knit and got me back into some cabling grooves.

Modular Christmas Stocking. This pattern is by Nona Davenport, one of the owners of the shop. In her pattern she offers many different design…

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Dyeing yarn, aka the secret fiber project

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I wanted to bring some presents to Wisconsin to share with my fellow Ravellers when we met in September, but most everything I could think of was a budget buster when multiplied by the expected number of attendees.

Eventually I decided that the best thing to do was to buy undyed yarn and dye it myself.

I scoped out their Ravelry profiles and projects and stashes for inspiration as to colors.

I sourced the yarn (many thanks to Debbie at the Purple Fleece for being willing to sell me undyed yarn!)

I loaded up on a few new colors of dye from the Purple Fleece.

I went online to look for different ways to dye, and then I got started.

It was a little nerve wracking because I wanted this yarn to be perfect (which I knew it would not be) and be something these ladies would enjoy using (which I…

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My design in ‘Simply Crochet’ Magazine…

Coastal Crochet

Well this is a happy blog post for me and a bit of a celebratory moment… because I have a design published in this months ‘Simply Crochet Magazine’! 🙂 🙂 🙂 I love this magazine, having bought the 4th issue back in 2013 and then every issue since… so to have one of my own designs featured is a little dream come true! 🙂

For those of you lovely people who have followed my blog since day one you’ll know I was on a journey with my crochet and this feels like a pretty monumental  milestone on that journey! 🙂

I feel that I can really call myself a crochet designer now!

So here’s my ‘Rough Diamonds’ tote bag which is in the bag supplement…

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Designing for magazines is very different to designing for myself…

For starters there’s the timing. My design proposal for this bag was submitted back in…

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