Saturday, November 26, 2016

Knitted a Monster Chunk

I'm creating quite a large knitted monster gallery. Here is my latest, he's about 3" tall. They all make me happy!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Last Vintage Quilt Restoration Photos

This utilitarian quilt was stitched entirely by hand as evidenced in this first photo. Every scrap of fabric was used, nothing was wasted.
Finished quilt!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Vintage Quilt Restoration

I picked up a tattered, torn, and dirty quilt at a flea market a few years ago. After talking to the seller to get its story, then researching the info myself, I was able to make the nameplate in the first photo for the quilt back. The second photo shows a part of the quilt that the nameplate describes. For some reason, my iPad is balking at posting additional photos, so those (including one of the whole quilt) will come soon in a new post. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Center-Pull Egg

This is double-plied handspun yarn from my drop spindle. I'm getting better at winding it but instead of a ball, I always end up with an egg. 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Using Hand-Spun Yarn

I've tried numerous knitting projects with my hand-spun spindle yarn, but the only successful ones seem to be critters and vessels. Here is the first knitted and lightly felted vessel. Since I hadn't done any beading lately, I use some to embellish it. I've decided making apparel like mittens and scarves is just not my forte!     

Sunday, November 6, 2016

An Afternoon's Labor

I wanted to use some yarn, and I had recently received a link to a cute hedgehog video. So I went on a hunt for a pattern to knit one. This little guy is only 1-1/2" long. I'm not sure if I will put him with my other critters or give him to my kitties to play with. He is the same size as their fake mice!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Assembly Line Yarn Making

Here are two separate drop-spindle yarns going through different stages. Once spun, the yarn is soaked on a Niddy Noddy and left to to dry. Complete drying can take a couple days.
After drying, it's stored in a hank, then wound into a center-pull ball before using (my balls look more like eggs). Anything that works can be used to wrap the yarn around. I happened to have an old wooden machine spindle that works great, but so does a cardboard toilet paper tube!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

I'm Staying Busy

At the risk of boring my non-spinning and knitting friends, here is what I've been doing, and I love it! The little vessel is from drop-spindle handspun merino wool roving, and the Niddy Noddy has my latest batch drying. It's also merino roving, but with some silk and a sparkle added. I look forward to knitting with this! 

Monday, October 24, 2016

My Daughter's Work

My daughter cut out the triangles long ago, then assembled this wall hanging yesterday. I love that she kept the dark diagonals but went with random overall triangle placement. That gives it more interest instead of a static symmetrical look. She tied it in a traditional manner, definitely my daughter! 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Getting Better!

This is the yarn from two posts down, now off the spindle and drying. It measures 66 yards, and I need to decide what to do with it! 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Between Spinning Sessions

I've been spinning a lot lately but need a break now and then. This little kitty, knitted of commercial "Downton Abbey" yarn, was born during those breaks. I added her to my critter managerie, but she somehow appeared on the table overlooking my spinning. ;) Perhaps a friend for her made of hand-spun yarn will be next.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Drop -Spindling a Lovely Roving

I bought hand-dyed merino wool roving by "Malabrigo" at my local specialty shop. It's so soft, and I liked just looking at the beautiful colors, so it took awhile to pull it apart and start using it. I'm only about half-way through, but I'm pleased with how it's going. My spinning has improved with this roving!

Monday, October 17, 2016

October Swap Received

The theme was Fall, and this is what my group swap partner sent all the way from Washington state to New Jersey. We changed from making a mini-quilt to a table runner for this month, and this is over four feet long. It's shown on my dining room table, for Thanksgiving! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hand-spun, Knitted and Felted

What's left of my hand-spun drop-spindle yarn after knitting and felting the scallop-edged bowl below (4-1/2" x 2-1/2")

Saturday, October 8, 2016

October Group Mini

My swap group decided on a table runner (instead of a mini-quilt) with a Fall theme for October. There are a lot of pumpkins, leaves, and fall colors in the finished ones I've seen so far. My stash has little orange, so my swap partner is getting something different. I put together a random design with 3 of my favorite fabrics -- old fashioned toile prints of family celebration, bare trees (my all-time favorite fabric), and embroidered mums on batik. No pumpkins, and little orange!