Friday, October 24, 2014

trying to give each project a bit of my time....

I started a new scarf this week that will be a gift. Just love using Noro yarn. This is the Noro Silk Garden Lite, color 2090. The pattern is the Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf found for free on Ravelry. It can be made any width or length you choose and is quite easy to accomplish.

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Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf

The shawl I showed you last week now has a crocheted edge and has been blocked. I steam blocked it and it was quick and easy. I used one of those fold out cardboard cutting boards. I covered it with a large bath towel and pinned the scarf down, one half at a time, and just hovered the steam iron over it. I let it sit for an hour or so before removing the pins and then did the same to the other half. It measures 18" x 72".

blocking the scarf one half at a time

crocheted edge...measures 18" x 72"

I decided to put together the scraps left over from the hanky stitching into a crazy patchwork block. There will be lots of seams to embellish and there are large sections for some embroidery. The block measures 12½" and I'm thinking this might become a 14" pillow by adding a border.

hanky scraps formed into a crazy patch block

started embellishing with a flower inspired by Karen Ruane

I still struggle with learning bobbin lace. It's the only craft I have not been able to master I have repeated this pattern several times in different colors and learn something new each time. It will probably become the edge of a small pouch.

bobbin lace edging. measures 9" x 1.25"

The weather has been so pleasant the past couple of mornings in the 50s and 60s and warm afternoons in the 70s and 80s. It's delightful to be outdoors.

No matter what you believe, I hope you will go out to vote if it is that time of year in your part of the world. A nice reminder here.

Friday, October 17, 2014

finishing up....

The pouch is finished and I made a matching pin cushion.

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lined with an old hanky and crocheted an edge

front of pouch

matching pin cushion with leftover hanky bits. measures 5" square

...and the knitted shawl is almost finished. i've decided to add a crocheted edge and then it can be blocked. Right now it measures 18" x 72". Not a great picture but I'll take a better one when it is completed.

18" x 72"... will get a crocheted edge and then can be blocked.

We've been having cool mornings in the 50s and 60s but it still gets hot in the afternoon. Enjoying the delightful mornings. Have a great weekend.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

the drizzle stitch...

I played with the drizzle stitch this week that I learned from Mary Corbet's blog needlenthread. It is fiddly to do but I love the result.

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beaded drizzle stitch

I showed you some hanky blocks last week....well, i was not happy with the way they were looking so I took my rotary cutter and cut them all into 4½" patches. I played with some of them last night and have almost finished a small pouch.

cut up hanky blocks

a few stitched together for a pouch

front of pouch

back of pouch

The pouch  (5" x 8") still needs some finishing touches and the side seems need to be stitched together. Hope it will be completed by next week....and there are still more patches to play with....maybe a needle case.

I'm about half way done with the shawl I showed you last week. It looks like the width will be about 18" when completed using the Amazing yarn (yarn name)  and a 9" needle (for those of you who decided to make one).

at the half way point

The sleeves of the Downton Abbey coat are finished and I'm working on the little tab that goes on the back at the waistline which is done in double knitting. Next will be the collar. The challenge for me will be in the wet blocking....can't wait to finish.

A cold front came in last night and it was 58 degrees this morning....just delightful.

Have a great week.
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