Thursday, March 15, 2012

How to make a note pad holder

Well Kiddies, it's DD's b-day and so we are all chilin today.  Will continue shipping yarn and all that I normally do just more laid back.  It's supposed to snow by Sunday so her little picnic hike is off unfortunately.  Some of her friends are still coming over though.  Just wanted to take a half a mo to show you a bit of crafting.

 I had this note pad and I was ending up needing to find a pen and then there were the scraps of papers ripped off but not trash to deal with so I made this great little note pad holder.  The pad is 5 x 8 so I cut 2 pieces of cardboard just a bit larger then the pad.  Cut 2 contrasting fabrics out about 11 x 12ish you want to do what works for you.  Right sides together, sew all the way round like a pillow slip.  Turn, press.   Slip one cardboard all the way in, sew shut, slip the other in then add a piece of fabric for a closure on the right center and a loop of elastic to hold the pen.  You might want pins for this part as it's a lot of stuff to hold.  Last minute I added the above pocket, just sewed under the edge then sewed right over the cardboard in some areas!  Worked great.  Course I didn't take into account the slit for the pad until it was too late.... 3 pieces of fabric would have worked better with some bias tape to cover the slit.  Check back next time for a pattern keeper for the Knit Sibs.

 Here's my Shalom Cardi, I know doesn't look like much right now.  I was playing with fiber and dye mostly.

 Why? because I can mostly... and I LOVE IT!  Below is the one on the wheel currently.  I made up about 1/4 of it so far and it's been done into a 3 ply Navajo long strand.
It's really lovely.  I will probably use the one top right to alternate with unless I can find the solid turquoise I dyed for the wedding bag as that's a better match.  I learned a lot during this sample dyeing, it anyone is interested in any of the other pieces PM me.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

DD's B-days coming

Our little Pixie isn't so little any more.  She's turning 15 here on the 15th!!  I can hardly believe it, she's a treasure.  For her birthday she's got a couple of friends coming to stay the night and have a picnic.  Meanwhile I got DS to knit!  I can hardly believe it - right!  He's not picked up sticks and string for years.  Anyway here's what we did together.  He c/o and worked about 4" then I put the beads on and finished up the other side.
 I'm working up a pair of socks to match... always toe up two at a time and here you see them inside out as I work all purls on the sole so that they make nice not rice inside of her shoes. 
 Want some of my hand painted sock yarn but can't find a use for it?  I found THE BEST pattern for multi colored hand paints.  This is Parallel Twist by Jeannie Cartmel which I purchased from Loopie Ewe she refunds the shipping and will e-mail you the pattern.
You all have not seen many of our hand paints the one on the right would be AWESOME in this pattern. So many lovelies!
Lastly I wanted to share a new to us base yarn... see the shine!  This is our Pixie Silk it's a 2 ply 100% Tussah silk yarn that's just to DYE for!!! PIN!  LOVE IT!  We will be working with this on Monday when we do our monthly dye party so if you want some PM me and we can chat.  It's 1000 yards in 100 grams and I have a very limited quantity of this nummy stuff.  We hope to run a KAL for a lace top on this in the future a lovely large flower with a hex background... but that's a ways down the road as I have to get more stock first, we have only 19 skeins and 3 of them are toast already.  :-)  One's a prize for my 2nd place TKer on the SHS shawl and 2 for me!  LOL and that's the way it goes round here.
Hope you all have a great weekend planned, me I'm going to knit!  ;-)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Dolce Vita

Dolce Vita is finished blocked and ready to go to DD for her 15th b-day shhhh don't tell her.  ;-)

 This is a fairly large shawl... at least LONG it's 90 inches along the top and 35 from neck to edge.  I changed the edging a bit and like the little loops I created.  I thought it was going to curve more but it's pretty straight across the top.  My advice would be to cease increasing in the center when you get down in clue 3 with the pattern beginning there in the center as I have a pouch there which no amount of blocking can relieve.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Newly c/o shawls

I'm loving life and enjoying my crafts as are my peeps.
 Fur Ball on My Dolce Vita which is b/o and soaking before blocking.  Photos of finished shawl to follow.
 Some fiber I have been collecting for years now... all natural everything from Yak to cashmere, silk, cria and other natural lovelies as I have long wanted to work in natural colors.  Thought for this lot, a fair isle yoke sweater EPS style.  If there's any interest I will write the pattern and chart the yoke.  Does anyone know how to spin the shortest staple here?  The Chinese Yak?  It's like 1" long and I'm ad odd here to spin it. Below we have some sampling of a few of the fibers, some 2 ply and the last bit Navajo which I'm beginning to really enjoy as it's very professional looking.  DD said looks store bought, I consider that high praise indeed.

Here we have The Persian Star, lovely thing on sticks and string.  This work is through 1/3rd of chart D
The Sugar Plum Fairy half way through Chart 2... loving both of these as they are worked in 2/28 on size 2 needles which I ADORE. Enjoy your knitting or else.  :-)