I've been prepping for a little preschool project the kids will be working on this week. I've been crocheting these little hanging baskets into the wee hours using rough hemp cord. Love the way it smells and love the look of the texture, but it's tough on my hands. Only nine more to go...
I finished two of those scarves I mentioned that I've been working on for the silent auction for my son's school, but then I decided I had to make a third one. Frantically, I stitched away on the above scarf and did finish it in time to submit for the fundraiser.
I also couldn't resist making another pixie hat to add to the three scarves.
I was a knit and crochet maniac in November/December, but failed to photo or post most of my projects before they went to their new owners...you know how it is. Here's where I left off on my scarf making. I've moved into the world of cowls. It was this free pattern from Lion Brand that got my attention...something about the texture that I really loved. I'm not an experienced crocheter but I settled into this simple single crochet, double crochet rhythm quite easily.
I also fell in love with the alpaca/acrylic blend...so soft, yet so warm, and not itchy like wool can be sometimes. So I went back for more...
...and made a few.
The pink one shown here is the fourth one I made...I sold several at my Preschool Holiday Fair in November. Oddly enough, the green one in this photo IS quite scratchy and not fun to wear...how does that work? It's the exact same blend. Oh well. I'm thinking of maybe lining it with fleece but am not quite sure how that would work out.
I made more cowls for teacher gifts...
This time using a lovely wool/silk blend from Noro that is so lovely to work with. And just look at the texture.
Up next: I'm trying to squeeze in more scarf making for a silent auction fundraiser at my son's school and thought this would make a pretty scarf.
While traveling to and from Boston earlier this week I managed to stitch up a few squares. Just as the taxi pulled up to my house, I quickly grabbed a few random balls of yarn and a hook and threw them in my bag. I like having a simple project in my hand when flying and this took up no space at all. I used mohair, wool and cotton for these squares, alternating between single and double crochet.
Each will eventually become a bunny or a kitten, and will likely find it's way into the loving arms of a child someone. (Although, I'm not too sure about that rainbow one....)
It didn't hit me right away, but after a long conversation with my sister on Sunday night it began to really sink in...her boy is starting college this fall. In fact, he leaves on Saturday. She has been a bit of a wreck all summer. Her baby, her first born will be leaving home. He is the oldest of all his cousins so first to take this giant leap. It came so fast. In the blink of an eye. Being eight years older, my sister has always paved the way for me. I have had the opportunity to experience things in her life, before my turn comes to live them. So it didn't hit me right away. The enormity of a child moving away from home...it takes a big gulp to hold back those tears. Watching my boys on Monday morning, I was reminded I need to hang on to each day of the next ten years...because my oldest will be moving on then. Now I was a wreck and the without really thinking about, I grabbed two skeins of wool yarn and began to crochet a scarf for my nephew. I don't know if he'll ever wear it, but I felt I just had to make him something to take to college. The North wind blows hard here in the fall and I imagine him needing something warm around his neck for the walks across campus.
For this scarf, I used two skeins of Patons Classic Wool in dark grey Marle. I chained 30 then worked each row in a simple double crochet stitch until I had used all the yarn. Here is Julen modeling it.
It took me only two days to make this from start to finish. I think that is a record for me. It was a good way to work through the tears of saddness/joy of realizing my nephew's next step in this journey of his. I wish you well, little i. xx,Tia
I boiled beets for dinner shortly after reading Lisa's post on dyeing with black beans, and before tossing the thick red water out, I thought...why not? I had some white silk left over from my preschool dyeing project, so torn a piece off, pushed it into a jar, poured the beet juice on top of it, added salt for good measure, sealed the jar and set it on my windowsill.
The next day, with great anticipation, I rinsed the water out of the silk and was quite surprised at the result...pale pink? I don't know why I expected something deeper...perhaps because when I peel beets, the juice always stains my hands a deep crimson. Then I spotted the (almost empty) bottle of red wine. Again...why not? Another piece of silk gets pushed into the jar, wine (Malbec) and salt added, and back to the windowsill. This time when I rinsed it out the next day, I got the deeper red I was expecting with the beets. Both shades are quite beautiful.
Wanting to play with the silk I cut quarter inch slices into the ends and tore off several strips of each color to get this nice batch of silk ribbon.
And now...I'm playing.
Not sure where I will go with this but it sure has been a fun experiment.
It was a week ago that Anna and I jumped into my car with the kids and spent three marvelous days at my cabin. I love this photo Anna took of our kiddos. (thanks Anna!)
It still amazes me that it was our blogs that brought us together. Looking through my archives, I found the post on our first meeting...more than three years ago already!!
We spent alot of time in the water and my little stone gatherer, Julen, was finding me some choice rocks. With a crochet hook and thread of some sort always in my bag, I began playing with crocheting stones again.
There was a smallish one that made a nice necklace.
In my last post I was feeling the frustration of trying a new craft and failing at it. After hours of crocheting/ripping/crocheting again, with no result, I had had enough. I walked away from the project for a day or so but eventually found my way back to the hook and needle and just began to play. I had no pattern, but just started working the stitches I could do and before I knew it I had covered a stone. It got easier and more fun as I went...as long as I kept track of my counts I could repeat my stitches and eventually create a small piece. I love how they turned out.
No two were stitched the same, I don't think I could have done so if I tried. I used a different color of vintage crochet yarn for each and the back of each stone has it's own unique pattern. Some have a star shape, others were stitched over completely and on one I made a heart . No picture though...guess I was too eager to get the already late swap into the mail.
I added the word PEACE to each stone...it's one of my favorite words. Ever since I was a child I can remember the effect of holding a cold stone in my hand...waiting until it was warmed by the heat of my palm...energy passing from me to the stone and back again...and how that brought me such comfort and peace.
I joined Gardenmamas artful stone swap with the idea it would give me the motivation to try out Margie's crocheted pattern for covering stones found at the Purl Bee. After all...who hasn't seen all the beautiful stones she has transformed? Gorgeous, right? And impossible to get as they sell out so quickly from her etsy shop. Well, it seemed easy enough. I know some basic crochet stitches. I was ready to learn...but for some reason I could not get it right. I tried and tried and tried and each time resulted in something completely different than the previous one. I know this comes from being too distracted and unable to focus on the pattern as it's pretty basic and straightforward. But I'll have to save that tutorial for another time. The swap is meant to be mailed out today. I'll have to go for plan B. Hope I get it right this time.