Tuesday, July 28, 2015

More Knitting and Felting

I don't want to post repeated befores and afters of the same vessel, so I'm combining two here. These are about the same size as my others. I plan to add beads and charms to some of these. I've given away some, and  I can't keep a lot, so maybe I'll add some to my Etsy shop. Felting these gives the "surprise element" I love so much, thus I'm addicted!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Before and After...again

This time I knitted-in-the-round with 5 smaller needles. I changed the amount of stitches on each row to achieve a pot-like shape. It's about 2" tall by 2" diameter at the opening, but the bottom is 3-1/2" across. Then I fulled it with hot water and agitation. Having a tighter weave, it fulled so completely that it's very sturdy and doesn't even need shaping. The secrets of fulling are to use only 100% wool yarn, and *LOTS* of agitation. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Wet and Needle-Felted Wee Vessel

Hand-dyed Merino wool roving was wet-felted on a pink rubber ball, dried overnight, then needle-felted for sturdiness. It's about 1-1/2" tall x 2-1/2" diameter.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


This craft has come and gone in our family for decades, and recently our youngest son decided to try his hand at it. He cut up an old jacket and these attractive yet useful pieces are the result. Except for saddle stitching, I don't know the steps in his process, but I am sure these will all outlast me! ;)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

First I Laughed, Then I Cried

My daughter has a colorful blog. It's on my right sidebar of Bogs I Follow -- "The Running Story". I'm sharing it with my friends here because her latest post touches me deeply. She lives 3 states away, and I miss her so much! Although no one could feel the things I do, I hope you will click on it and enjoy it. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Swap Quilt for June

"Patriotic" was the theme this month, and this 22" x38" mini-quilt was sent by my partner. It's wonderful with all the hand quilting, Sunbonnets, and kiln-fired hand-made clay buttons. Just sharing. :)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Bigger Vessel

Here's my newest knitted-in-the-round vessel. I've learned the correct name for the process of knitting and finishing with hot water and agitation is "fulling", not "felting". Felting is done with fibers, and fulling is done with woven cloth. Using 5 needles with more stitches makes this one larger, so it's a bit less "wee" than my last one (3" diameter x 2-1/4" high).

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tee Shirt Update

Knitting the strips cut from my son's tee shirt (see "Upcycling" post below) was challenging because they were stretchy, but I like the way the light shows through the weave hanging on our bay deck. I embellished it with fabric and yarn strips tied edges. If nothing else, it's one of a kind!


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wee Vessel Done

Thankfully these small projects don't take long (1-1/2" high x 2-1/2" diameter). This was knitted in the round with 100% wool yarn (last post), then felted with hot water in the washing machine before shaping. I might embellish it someday, but for now I like it as is. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015

Wing Warmer

I like this pattern for knitting cotton dishcloths, thanks to Gene for sharing it. I hate to use them when done though as their soft fluffiness fades over time. Until then, it can keep our blue heron's wing warm.  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Northeastern Storms

We had the worst storms last night I've ever seen in south Jersey including a tornado warning. I was home alone and went to the basement. The power is still out 20 hours later, and I heard it will take 2-4 days. That's the downside. The upside is I am now at our bay place (after driving around trees in roads) where I brought our perishable food this morning. It stormed here too, but power stayed on. Today is beautiful, and we are lucky to have this place. I'm just sharing a peaceful photo I took while enjoying the quiet at home last night after the storms passed. The only sound was my bamboo knitting needles. There's something very pure and peaceful about knitting by candlelight. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Paper Making

This is the mold I use for making paper, ordered from Arnold Grummer Paper Making web site. It comes with instructions, or watch a YouTube video. 

After pressing things from nature, I embed them in the process, and this is a typical result. I made these yesterday, top to bottom, L to R: plain lavender paper, weeds and seeds in white paper, baby's breath and weeds in light lavender paper, wild violets in white, rose petals and leaves in white, onion skins and weeds in white, and rosemary leaves with rye seeds in pink paper. 

Finally, this blank note card (with the onion skins and weeds) is what I have done with most sheets of homemade paper. With blank envelopes it can be written on as is, or another sheet can be inserted for the writing, see last photo. 

Tracing or vellum paper works well for adding a writing sheet (thanks to Kathyinozarks for that tip!).

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Quick Bling

I found this cute charm in AC Moore and knew I had to somehow add it to our birthday gifts for our almost 3 year old grand-daughter. All it took was some stretchy cord and beads. I'll size it when I put it on her cute little wrist. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Rust Dyeing Again

This fabric sat overnight with vinegar and various sized rusty nuts and bolts. They came from our neighbor who is refurbishing a boat and who knows I'll take anything rusty. The result is the puppy dog front and center in my Rust-dyed Critter Gallery (second photo). I'm giving this one to my neighbor because it wouldn't exist without his help, and he has a very sweet Goldendoodle. I even embellished it with scraps of curly mohair left over from my ongoing teddy bear project.  It reminds me of his curly fur.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

New Jersey - The Garden State

I took this photo on my evening walk tonight. We have lived in this NJ neighborhood for 35 years, and this annual scene hasn't changed over those decades. With the help of her two sons, our aging neighbor Martha can still be seen off in the distance tending her fields. We benefit from her harvest every year! 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Patriotic Theme for July

This month's mini-quilt swap theme is "Patriotic". I made this 16" square mini for my assigned partner in Iowa, and I used Betsy Ross for the center of a crazy quilt block. I was determined to learn crazy quilt as I find it confusing!! Am I the only one???

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Just Received

This mini-quilt is from a swap partner, received today. It goes perfectly with our little place on the bay where we are starting to spend more time for this year's boating and fishing. I love the design and fabrics. The red middle square is the finishing touch. I can't picture it without that splash of color!

Friday, May 29, 2015


QMy son recently gave me a wool tee shirt that had gotten snagged and ripped. His thought was I might do something creative with it. I cut it into 3/4" strips to use for knitting. Hope I get something neat! 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Snowballs in May

Blooming NJ Pinelands mountain laurel bushes in our back yard. Some years are better than others, and this is a banner year. They are everywhere! 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Back at the Bay

The Blue Heron on our deck was happy to model this newly knitted cotton yarn dishcloth. It's been awhile since he was asked! 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

"Red Jack" Rhododendron

This is our front door today, identical to the way it looked when we moved in 35 years ago. We have tried to buy more rhododendrons this blood red color, but they are difficult to find. It's hard to believe something this pretty is poisonous!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Doll Quilt Swap

Is it a light center square with 4 rectangles on a dark background? Or is it the "Churn Dash" block? I see both in this 15.5" square mini-quilt. It's off to my May swap partner in Indiana.