Saturday, March 22, 2014

managed to fit it all in this week....

I did do a bit of everything this week. I even got my car washed and arranged for the tree trimmers to prepare the yard for Spring. The trees grow so fast and some are so huge. Need to get some branches cut that are too close to the house.

I pulled out my little weave-it loom to help out one of the residents at the Assisted Living Facility where my bobbin lace and knitting classes are held. The residents sometimes come in to visit and to see what we are up to. One of the newest residents brought in a blanket her aunt had made for her with an old pin loom. She was trying to make some new woven patches but the was using a yarn that was too fine. I brought her some tapestry wool that has been sitting on my shelf for years and now it will get used. I enjoyed making the sample woven patch. I wanted to make sure that the tapestry yarn would work...and it did. She was thrilled to receive the wool and I can't wait to see what she does with it.

click on the images for close-ups.


had to re-read the article in Piecework magazine (2010) to remember how to set up the loom.

the finished patch

I did get some more knitting done on the Downton Abbey coat. The right front is almost finished and there are 2 buttonholes and I've made the 2 buttons to fit perfectly.



The scarf with the leaf edge was causing problems because the graph had an error and the stitch count was not turning out right. It took me a long time to figure out that it was the graph that was wrong and not my knitting....should be easier going now.

2 leaves done...lots more to go

I've been trying to organize all my knitting needles. There are straight ones, circular ones, double points and lots of little accessories. I took some of those clear sheet protectors and divided them by stitching sections on the machine. I think this will work. They will fit perfectly in a 3 ring binder.

stitched sheet protectors  will hold all my knitting needles

Karen Ruane talked about ink transfers in class this week so I sketched a design and played a bit with that.  I transferred my design to fabric and did some stitching but will show you more of this project in a couple of weeks.


...and I did do some more line drawings that I told you about last week. The class has been very inspiring. Check it out here.



That's it for this week. Hope your weekend will be grand and the coming week productive.
See you next time.

17 comments:

jude said...

always a little bit of everything! i have one of those little looms. got it in my stocking at Christmas. a while ago, since we don't do that anymore.

karen said...

it's brilliant that you were able to assist the lady with her weaving, I'm sure she will get a lot out of the interaction she has with you. I love the leaf knitting, there are some wonderful lines in that piece. The art class also looks interesting and it's good to see how that has fed into your embroidery in ''4''.

Anita said...

The line drawing looks great.Are you drawing on a card stock? It's good that you found out about the error in the chart at the beginning stage itself.I too have that little loom somewhere in my shelf, haven't used it for a long time.You have great organizing skills..wish I could be like you!

Nancy said...

Love the leaf knitting and needles solution! The little loom is great, so nice to have materials get used :)

Rachel said...

I think I remember seeing an article about patches like that in one of my grandmother's craft books, but never got around to following the instructions. It's so good to find something to do with odd bits of stash, isn't it..

Anneliese said...

You are showing quite a bit. Most of all I like your buttons for the coat. Beautiful. Unravelling is my experience with my jacket, too. I like your line drawing and the leaves on your scarf are great. I see that they are knitted onto the completed piece - a clever idea.

Peggy said...

A great idea for storing knitting needles, Deanna -- and I love how the Downton Abbey coat is coming along, the buttons are perfection! The line drawings all look so wonderful, will check the class out, thanks. Happy spring!

Els said...

Ooooh you did a lot this week Deanna !
Love the little weave (I think that's what Velma makes !)

Lóóóóóve the buttons !

You do so many different things in Karen´s class, Always interesting to see ;-)

Ms. said...

SOWIE what a great week, what wonderful doings, on my! Loved every minute of the post.

Nanette said...

So productive Deanna, I love those weeks when I can count all the little things I've accomplished, keeps life interesting. Love the little loom and your story of helping out the visitor to your group.

margaret said...

you have been creative again this week with lots of projects on the go, knitting looks really interesting, afraid I cannot knit any more due to painful old knuckles!

Mo Crow said...

love that plain woven square, the buttons work perfectly and congratulations on working out the mistake in the leaf pattern!

handstories said...

Your last drawing reminds me of your porthole work in cloth. The class looks like a lot of fun. Is the loom like the potholder looms from childhood?

neki desu said...

clever,clever girl! the stitched binder page is unbeatable!

Jane Galley said...

Love the woven block, it looks so good when it comes off the pins. That leaf pattern is beautiful, so glad you've managed to work out the pattern

Cherie said...

I do love your drawing. They look like so much fun.

Sweetpea said...

Perhaps you could just move in over here for awhile and advise me how to organize my days so I can accomplish all these kinds of lovely enterprises?!?!?!

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