Sunday, November 8, 2020

Finished Cowl

I knit a cowl from some yarn that I spun this summer.

The pattern is The Shift by Andrea Mowry (a paid-for pattern on Ravelry). The pattern was really nice to knit - enough variation to keep it interesting, and an easy to remember pattern once established.

I spun the yarn from a local fleece that I cleaned, combed and dyed,

Then drum carded into batts ready for spinning.

The finished yarn.

A close up of the stitch pattern.

I knit it the cowl to go with the coat I made - all finished now that the buttons are on (I don't know when I will be able to wear it since we are supposed to stay home, but I'll be ready when things get better).

I have also been weaving mug rugs - I am participating in a free online weaving class from Warp and Weave, called Discover Colour Weave-Along. I have learned a lot, not just about colour but also weaving.

My Mom made a wall hanging called 'Friends and Neighbors', from the November/December 2020 issue Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine (we see them free online at RB Digital through our local library). She did all the work, just wanted me to do some free motion quilting in the white background.

Something else that was finished recently is a bench that my son and I made.

He designed the metal legs. Each leg is made up of two tree shapes cut with his plasma cutter, with strips of metal welded between to make them thicker, but light weight. They are powder coated a dark bronze colour (a powder coating oven is something new he recently made for his business).

For the top he chain sawed a slab of wood from a tree that he had cut down for someone - it is Russian Olive. I finished the wood using an electric hand planer and electric sander (I was lucky enough to have power tools from my Dad!). Lots of hand sanding, plus lots of coats of wax. I am so happy with how it came out. 

I had been wanting a table in the window for some plants, but it is perfect for the cat too. 

Photos from around

Yesterday the sun dogs were amazing,
the top one had an extra rainbow (all the photos had the orb in them).
A Great Horned Owl has been hanging around (we can get quite close, another one just flies away when we come near).
A fox,
and a coyote caught on the trial cam.
Molly loves to carry the biggest sticks (this one a small tree).

All the best!♥︎

Friday, October 23, 2020

Baby Quilt, and Some Other Things

This week I finished quilting a baby quilt that my Mom and I made.

My Mom pieced the tiny thimbles, and I sewed on the borders and machine quilted it. It is a gift for a family member.

The quilt is 33"x42". 

I free motion quilted it with regular cotton sewing thread in the top and bobbin. It has a 80/20 Cotton/Poly batting, and a flannel backing.

Other recent sewing is that I made my first coat!

It is made from a camel coloured wool that I bought as a remnant from a fundraising sale at the Costume Museum of Canada ($30 for over 3m). I am just waiting for buttons to finish it up. It looks like another 'artisanal burlap sack', but that seems to be what I sew for myself.

The pattern is from this Japanese sewing book.
The pattern was for a much lighter fabric, and so I had to line mine (with lots of advice from my Mom!).
All the patterns in the book are very straightforward.

Since I don't seem to blog much anymore I have had a few more finishes, this time spinning and knitting.

I finished a pair of socks, made from some handspun Merino/Nylon.
I also spun up some merino that I dyed.
To make a 3 ply, about DK weight yarn.
I used it, along with a strand of mohair/silk to knit a hat.
The hat is so soft and warm. I added another section of increases to the pattern because I was like a beanie of my large head at first, and I wanted it to be a beret.

The hat is finished just in time for the snow-

Molly was amazed by the snow - I guess she doesn't remember last winter.

All the best!♥︎

Monday, September 28, 2020

New Wallhanging

This month I made a wallhanging using more pieces of cross stitch that my Dad stitched.

The wallhanging is about 28"x35". 

I made this one for my parents.

I free motion quilted it with Essential Pro thread from Connecting Threads.
I used a layer of cotton and a layer of wool batting so the wallhanging would be flat but puffy. I just stitched in the ditch around the pieces of embroidery.
The cross stitch designs are from the book Repertoire des Motifs by Valerie Lejeune.

Photos from around-

No wind.
Fall colours.
A couple of Yellowlegs in the pond (right edge).
Wrong end of a skunk
We scared a fox.

All the best!♥︎

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

An August Finish and a September one too

I made a new bag-

This one is for the game Rummikub.

The bag fits all the tiles and the stands.

Plus it is very easy to pick out the tiles when playing.

The pattern is one that I have made before from this Japanese magazine. 
The fabric is from Japan too - my son picked it out on our last trip.

This is the bag with lots of modifications. My modified pattern is basically a 7.5" circle, and an 8"x23" rectangle, plus seam allowances. For the lining I cut the rectangle 17"x23". 

This gnome is something I made in August. The pattern is Nice to Gnome You by Sarah Schira - it was a mystery knit along. I used leftover commercial sock yarn for this one, since the yarn was all held double and I wasn't sure it would work in handspun (I thought my uneven spinning would be more noticeable). Like the other mystery gnomes I have made this was lots of fun - something to look forward to every few days.

Since it has been so long since I last blogged there are lots of photos from around-

There has been amazing storm clouds.
The canola field around our property was cut (then harvested).
Still lots of canning! All those little jars are 16 pounds of tomatoes.
Some pasta sauce, pizza sauce, and ketchup (for the first time and it won't be the last, I don't think I could eat commercial ketchup again - it's amazing recipe link I made a half recipe).
Misty sunrise.
I think she is lecturing her on how to behave.
Molly is 11 months old now.
Miss Maggie.
A dewy spider web.

All the best!♥︎

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