Tuesday, October 08, 2013


Finally posting some Crafters projects from this year (more in another post). In July we did cross-stitch snowflakes on felt using waste canvas using a pattern (scroll to "Finish an Ornament 5 Ways")  from Cross-Stitch and Needlework
. In August we did felt leaf-shaped coasters from a Create and Decorate pattern.
In September we made felt (yes, felt again) pincushions from a pattern in American Patchwork and Quilting. I liked this one so much I made 2, one to give to my mom and one to keep myself.

Thursday, June 13, 2013


A little late for Easter this year, but I'm now ahead for next year. We used a shaped brick and wood pieces cut out by Jelayne's husband, paint, and a gluegun. All three are different and equally cute. Mine's on the right.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Our craft this month was a "St. Patrick's Day Door Hanger" from Crafts 'n Things for Feb/Mar last year. We used Fimo "Effects" (green and gold) and Premo (moss). They turned out really cute. Here's mine:

Sunday, November 11, 2012

MMario Autumnal 2012 Mystery Shawl KAL

I finished my shawl on Thursday and blocked it yesterday. This is the first MMario Mystery shawl I've finished (I still have 5 in progress)! I used a size 8 circular needle and the yarn from a recycled thrift-shop sweater--a wool medium v-neck, sport/dk weight.
There were 6 clues for six weeks starting the Labor Day weekend. The idea was a "Make Your Own Recipe Pi Shawl". It could be a full circle, a 3/4 circle or a half circle. I chose to do a 3/4 circle. Suggestions for lace patterns were presented and they could be combined or used as is. Everyone did the ist week's pattern the same, but then the selections available meant everyone's is different. Beads were optional. I like beads, so I used them. Clue 1:
Clue 2: Helix
Clue 3: Balanced Bruce
Clue 4: Mrs. Montegue and Lesser Montegue
Clue 5: "K" and "L", split
Clue 6: 6 rows of "Q"--ran out of yarn.
It is HUGE, with the radius 38-40". It didn't fit completely on our double bed, so part was blocked over the edge. Unblocked
If I'd completely finished clue 6, it would probably been a foot bigger. I love it.

Saturday, September 01, 2012


This time I used I Love This Wool in "cream". I made a long skein, then tied yarn around a whole section or around just a few strands at a time, kind of randomly.
I did a first dyeing with Peach Mango Kool Aid.
Then I undid some ties and retied or added other ties and dyed the skein again with orange Kool Aid.
For the third dye bath, I redid it again only using Wilton's copper and brown. The color didn't change enough, though, so I did a fourth round (retying etc.) with Wilton's Kelly Green.
I was trying for sort of flecks of lighter colors and I think I succeeded. To me it looks like fireflies or sunlight filtering through tree branches on a leaf covered forest floor. It, too, will probably become a hat (or a scarf).

Thursday, August 30, 2012


This month's Ravelry What a Kool Way to Dye group challenge was to deliberately keep some parts of the yarn free from dye. The first version I did was using a sleeve from a thrift-shop sweater--white 50% wool, 50% acrylic.
I tied bulls-eyes with rubber bands, like in tie-dyeing, and did the first dyeing with Kool Aid Peach Mango.
I added more rubber bamd ties and took a few away and dyed again with Lemon Lime Kool Aid. Last I added more ties and took a few away again and redyed with Mixed Berries KA.
Unraveled and wound, the yarn is more pastel looking because of the white left because it was already knit. It will probably become a hat.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


I got this kit at a sale and it's just been sitting around. I was kind of burned out from all the knitting and crocheting I've been doing and wanted to do some counted cross stitch to give my hands a rest--and I need another glasses case. this was a good do-some-every-day type of project and there was no deadline. I used three strands instead of two and like the way it looks very much. Now I want to add a lining and it'll be good to go.