Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Knitting Finish

I finished my scarf/shawlette!  The pattern is this one (painted stripes shawlette) on Ravelry.  I used a variegated yarn for mine, and knit it on size 8 needles.  I used 2 skeins of yarn, each 210 yards (100 grams), for a total of 420 yards.  If I make another, I will use bigger needles for a looser knit, even though I am very happy with how this came out, and I LOVE the colors and the softness of this yarn.

This was the perfect on-the-go project.  Nothing to count or measure, just knit knit knit knit with an increase at the end of each row until you get to the right size, or to the end of your yarn, which is what happened to me.  It's a little too small to be a practical shawl, but it's great as a scarf!

Yarn used: Malabrigo Rios in the color Lotus (120). So soft and yummy!  I did crochet a single-crochet edge on the slanted sides of the shawl for a neater finish, but it would have been fine without, too.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Cat Toy

Back in the early 1990s I went through a phase where I made little toys from the patterns in the scrap-savers books by Sandra Lounsbury Foose.  I checked the books out of the library, so I have no idea which of her books this little mouse was in.  If you like stuff like this mouse, go find one of her books.  It shouldn't matter which one, since they are all chock full of  patterns for little toys just like this, plus other cute things.

I made this mouse as a toy for my cat many, many years ago. I'm amazed it's still lurking around my house, seeing how it began life at an apartment in Minnesota, survived a 500 mile move to Michigan to another apartment, then made the move to our house where we've now lived for 19 years.  It seems like this mouse should be just a memory, yet here it still is.

That calico fabric still makes me happy to see!

Sandra's books are mostly from the 1980s, and I think the intention was to provide patterns for people to make things to sell at bazaars.  When I was in elementary school in the 1970s, we always had a bazaar at Christmas time.  The moms would make little things for the children to purchase as gifts for family members, and the money went to the school.  I loved those bazaars, and have very distinct memories of the things I bought at them, but by the time I had children of my own, school bazaars were a thing of the past (at least around here).  Such a shame.  I would have loved to make things to sell at an elementary school bazaar!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Sampler Finishes

I have two finished samplers to show for my winter's stitching.  Both are patterns by Alicia Paulson, and both are patterns I've wanted to stitch for quite some time.  

The Eyelet Sampler, from Alicia's book Embroidery Companion, has been on my want-to-do list for a couple of years, but I always had some other project with a deadline demanding my attention, so I kept putting it off.    I am so happy to have it finished now, and I'm thinking about where it will go in my home.  Displaying this may require a new nail hole, which will make my husband grumpy. 

Eyelet Sampler

The Winterwoods Sampler was released last year, and is available from her website here.  I wanted to stitch this in the winter months when it's cold out and the sky turns to that winter twilight blue color even before dinner.  This will hang seasonally, so I won't display it until next winter.  It won't require a new nail hole, much to everyone's relief.
Winterwoods Sampler

Both patterns feature that adorable bunny!  Love him.

I am working on a knitting project and a crochet project, but I always feel a bit lost if I don't have cross stitch in progress at all times.  I looked through my patterns today and felt overwhelmed by my choices.  So many patterns!  I really MUST stop buying patterns until I make a dent in this backlog.

A note about these less than stellar photos:  I am still using my blurry point-and-shoot, supplemented by my phone camera, because I haven't yet taken the time to figure out the fancy-pants camera my husband gave me for Christmas.  Every time I sit down with it I feel overwhelmed.  Combine that with the winter blahs, lack of good subjects to photo inside, and no desire to take the camera outside in this bleak winter weather, and you have me with my camera guilt growing by the minute.