Thursday, July 31, 2014
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
My current project list is a bit, um, scary. And it does not include books to be read or job stuff. Perhaps this is why blogging has fallen by the wayside?
- Mitered Square Shawl
- Alpaca cardigan
- Northern lights scarf
- Zaurball shawl
- Emerald sweater
- Cover for lumbar cushion
- Lace vest from takli spun cotton
- Kitchen table
- Cabinet knobs - Kitchen
- Knobs hall
- Earring frame
- library boxes
- Library stool
- Plant stand table
- Laptop tray table
- Bat house
- Vintage box with metal strap
- Box for interchangeable needles
- Camp stool
- Mirror frame for master bath
- Rock wall
- Move remaining rock to back yard
- Dig out grass in NW corner
- Plant white lavender along wall
- Add yarrow and another lower plant along front of house
- Move leopard plant to back yard
- Terrace upper end of back yard
- Build small deck for tea house
- Prune dead limbs off lilac
- Prune mock orange
- Dig out grass in backyard
- Lay out path in backyard
- Acquire and spread mulch in backyard
- Prune shrubs under porch
- Install drip in backyard
- Terrace lower end of backyard and install pavers
- Repaint back porch
- Buy bench for lower end of back yard
- Paint mural on back fence
- Acquire and install rush fencing along chain-link
- Repair gate
- Repair concrete front steps
- Repair concrete back steps
- Plant solar lights
- Repair and reinstall broken siding piece
Inside big jobs:
- Finish scraping kitchen floor
- Paint kitchen walls, ceiling, cabinets
- Replace hall bath sink
- Prepare walls and paint hall bath
- Tile hall bath floor
- Replace master bath sink
- Tile master bath floor
- Paint master bath
- Replace light fixture in master bath
- Wash all windows
- Replace cracked garage window with stained glass
- Outfit picnic basket
- Sew picnic blanket
- Sew and block print canvas slipcover for couch
- Make duvet cover for bedroom
- Rehem bedroom curtains
- Make slipcovers for library chairs
- Organize Yosemite pictures and format book
- Organize fiber room
- Finish tweaking Country Craftsman Wheel
- Mount niddy noddies on wall
On another note, I am testing out Blogsy iPad App, so just ignore the picture and link:Purplefuzzymittens.blogspot.com
Sunday, June 09, 2013
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Kelp Bed Scarf (aka One-Row Pleated Scarf)
Materials: any yarn you would like to use. The crisper and/or stretchier the yarn is, the better it will retain its accordion pleating. For the orange scarf shown I used "Fibra Natura Flax" linen in Tangerine.
Needles: Not too critical, but sized to knit your yarn somewhat loosely (I used U.S. 7)
Cast on a multiple of 5 + 1 (For my orange scarf I cast on 31ss.)
EVERY ROW: *K3, YO, P2tog* repeat to last stitch, K1
Continue until you reach desired length, get bored, or run out of yarn. (Mine is fairly long at 80 inches.)
Cast off loosely.
Note: Do not stretch to block, unless you want to remove the pleats.
I am super thrilled with the way this scarf feels and drapes. Despite having a closet-full of scarves, this is now my favorite.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
The yarn is 2 strands held together - one of KnitPicks Crayon cotton, and the other KnitPicks Peruvian Highland Wool. The resulting fabric feels fabulous and has a great weight and drape. I bought the "Bare" version of these yarns - not only are they ready for dyeing that way, but they come in larger skeins (fewer knots). I knit each of the rectangles in basic stockinette, throwing in an occasional purl row to suggest ripples in the water. Not the most exciting project to knit, but more portable than knitting a blanket in one piece.
After all nine rectangles were complete I mixed up the dyes. I used acid dyes, specifically counting on the cotton strand to NOT take the dye the way the wool would. The result, so I hoped, would be a heathery look with the boucle cotton providing a hint of frothiness or sparkle on the water. I hand-mixed several shades of blue-grey-green, then added touches of bright yellow to suggest sunlight. I practiced several methods of applying dye on a swatch, and settled on using a sponge to pat it on the presoaked rectangles. Then I rolled them in plastic wrap and steamed them. I am really pleased with the result. Each "pane" is different, maintaining the abstract feel.
The next step was to pick up stitches along the edges and knit the pieces together. Then I picked up stitches all the way around and knit the border with mitered corners. I don't think I ever counted the total number of stitches around the thing, but it was A LOT. I had to link together about 5 or 6 Options cables, and broke several in the process due to the weight. To create a neat stretchy edging I bound off with a mile or so of applied I-cord. It wasn't until I got the thing off the needles that I could see that it turned out about 40% larger than I planned. The original lap-blanket-for-two ended up large enough to almost cover a queen size bed!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The yarn is Filatura Di Crosa Golder Line Superior, 70% cashmere/30% silk, and is gorgeously soft and so light it feels as if it is floating in your hand. (Happily it was also on sale.) Its only drawback to work with was its color. Fuzzy laceweight mushroom tan yarn becomes almost invisible in anything but very bright light. I look pretty hideous in that color, too, so after it was complete I mixed up a pot of dark purple dye. I was shooting for a little lighter color, but the cashmere sucked up the dye in record time. Happily the dress I will be wearing it with has darker purple accents to match.
The Citron pattern is really designed as more of a neck scarf. I added a few extra sections to make it much larger. I don't think I would have had the staying power to add a ninth ruched section - that's a LOT of stitches per row!
Monday, July 09, 2012
I knit and embroidered these mitts in record time (for me) for my niece, Jess. One week after graduating from the University of Missouri with a degree in Biology, Jess' car was hit head on by a drunk driver going the wrong way up a divided highway. Jess suffered from a broken collarbone and bad burns on her wrists. Amazing girl, she went through surgery and having a plate put in her shoulder, then within a few weeks started her summer job as a research tech at the San Diego Zoo. The mitts are to protect the fragile new skin on her wrists. Jess is doing great!
The mitts had to be really soft, yet not so warm that they couldn't be worn during warmish weather, so they are made from BeSweet Bamboo. The yarn has a great hand-paint look with subtle color gradations and is so soft and smooth that it is a pleasure to work with. Be Sweet is made in South Africa and supports job creation programs and educational development projects in economically depressed areas. The bamboo is listed as "eco-friendly, anti-bacterial, and machine washable". Perfect for the busy young scientist.