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  • knitting1105 2:49 pm on April 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: braided rag rug, mindful mending   

    Mindful Mending 

    A couple of months ago I participated in a mending workshop offered by Maggie Leininger of Considered Cloth at Compound Yellow here in Oak Park.  I was trying to think of what to mend, and then I knew exactly what it had to be, my beloved braided rag rug that I made with my mother when I was about 12 years old.  This rug went with me to college and has travelled about with me.  In recent years, it has been worse for wear, but I kept it nearby knowing that I somehow wanted to repair it.  When I was working on it, and we were all looking at it, I remembered the double-knit fabrics that I had used on the clothes that I sewed for myself.  It is definitely a snapshot of sewing in the 60’s- 70’s.  Working on it was a lot of fun, and Maggie, the group leader gave me some great ideas.  In the areas where the fiber had disintegrated, I wove in new T-shirt strips.  During the couple of hours there, I made great progress, and vow to finish this up over the summer.  I had originally intended to put it on my front enclosed porch, but was convinced not to put it in such a high traffic area (that may have contributed to excessive wear in the past), so it will go in the small guest bedroom that I am planning on redoing into a guest/TV room.


    A couple of weeks after that workshop, I was in Boulder with my DIL at the cutest fabric store, Fabricate.  You should visit it if you find yourself in Boulder, CO; the staff is wonderful, and if I lived in the area, I would definitely be taking classes.  They have tons of beautiful Japanese fabrics, and other unique items.  My DIL choose several beautiful fabrics to make clothes for Izumi (and she has already sewed most of them up!).  The Denver/ Boulder area is rife with fabric shops, some more trendy, and some focused on quilt making.  I cannot figure out why the Chicago area does not have a good fabric store selection.



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    While she was looking at fabrics, I chose to mull around the store and see what else was there.  I found this book on mindful mending, Mending Matters.


    So, of course I had to get the book, especially after the recent afternoon of mending and discussions about mending and preserving clothing as opposed to throwing them away.  This is precisely what my mother and grandmother always did.  In the book, the author uses a special Japanese cotton thread, and Sashimi needles.  I got a few colors of the thread, and a package of needles, to try out the techniques in the book.


    Much of the book focused on mending denim, but there were some really good and inspiring ideas in there.  It is a great read, that I highly recommend.  It takes the repair of clothing to a more artistic level.  My only critique would be that many of the projects are similar and the set-up and techniques were repeated where they did not need to be.



    The author had several references int he book, the most intriguing to me being Tom of Holland and his visible mending.  I am now following his blog, I love how he has painstakingly repaired many otherwise lost or abandoned items.



    And, wouldn’t this retreat in Italy be fascinating to take?!

    • Barbara Mayer 5:29 pm on April 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I love this story! You are always such an inspiration to me!

      Sent from my iPhone


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  • knitting1105 1:12 pm on April 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    My favorite model 

    If you have been reading my blog over the past year and a half, you know that I have a special little one that I have been knitting for.  Here is a review of some of the items being lovingly worn.

    The baby surprise jacket was knit with handspun yarn, I think that she has gotten good wear out of it!

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    I made this sweater prior to knowing if we were going to have a grandson or granddaughter, thinking that it was a good gender neutral sweater, although it looks so feminine on her.

    And for her 1st birthday I gave her this sweater which she wore to her 1 yr old checkup.

    I also made this poncho for her birthday, it is a Dale of Norway child’s pattern, but a heavier gauge yarn than the Baby Ull.  The beauty of this is that it can be used for quite some time as it is a loose fit.  I really like how it turned out.

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    And for her birthday, I gave her the Butterfly sweater, hat and dress.  Butterflies have special meaning in our family, so this was not only fun to make but evoked many memories.  The dress is a bit large.


    Now, I am trying to decide what to make next.  I have this lovely cotton yarn that I recently got, and thought that it would make a cute summer coat.  Need to look for a pattern.




  • knitting1105 8:40 am on April 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: KonMari, Marie Kondo, Organizing stash   

    Kondo-ing my stash 

    Mid January I found myself home alone while my husband was on a business trip, and it was nasty weather outside.  Marie Kondo is all the rage now, so I binge watched the shows while I cleaned up some of my crafting area.

    My yarn had been organized a couple of years back, although it does need some more tyding up.  It works well with the tags at the front of the fabric baskets as I don’t have to pull everything out to find what I am looking for.  In theory.

    First I went through all of my fabric. I organized the fabric in a way that I could find it, taking it out of the plastic tubs, and put fiber into the plastic tubs instead of the vacuum bags that it had been stored in.


    My new method was to store the fiber at the top of the shelves that hold my yarn bins.  These are the larger groupings of fabric.  A lot of them are batik that I purchased a few years back, holding for a project.

    Next, I have these beautiful antique Japanese woven suitcases.  I love them, and they were sitting on the floor as decoration with a couple of items in them.  I decided to use them for my smaller fabric pieces.

    I tried to organize by color, and folded them with the fabric standing up so that I can easily see what I have on hand rather than sifting through everything.  Many of these are vintage fabrics that I hope to one day make into a Trip Around the World quilt.

    Next I went after my sock drawer.  Incredible how rewarding this was. It is so much easier to find things, and the method of storing socks works especially well for the hand knits as it does not stretch out the tops.


    A few weeks later was our Polar Vortex, where I did not leave the house for 3 days.  Instead I continued my organizing.  I took my husband’s hand knit sock drawer apart and reworked it.  Between what he had here and in the wash, he has almost 30 pairs of hand knit socks.  I told him that he wasn’t getting anymore for a while.


    I don’t have photos, but then I went through my drawers and then his one by one.  At one point he was getting a bit upset that I was dumping out all of the contents in his drawers. We went through each item and gave away what he would not wear, and organized them according to the Kondo method of folding.


    Now he is a convert, loving that he can find everything.  His closet has bugged me for years, and I knew that he would never organize it on his own.  He is wearing clothing that he had forgotten that he had!  And we both know that we do not need anymore socks or underwear.

    • Diane 11:04 pm on April 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      WOW! That is a lot of organizing. I have been trying to organize my craft areavtoom. I’m glad you are enjoying the Japanese cases, they are so pretty and you never see them anywhere. I need a couple of days off and work on my closet!

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  • knitting1105 12:49 pm on April 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: YarnCon2019   

    Yarn Con 2019 

    Last Saturday I went to Yarn Con with some friends from my Stitch ’n Bitch group.  The venue had expanded to the first floor which was really nice, and a lot more people were there.  The line to get in was the longest that I had seen it, but it went very quickly.

    Here’s what I bought:


    Nothing stood out to me at the event, many of the vendors were selling the same things: mini skeins of gradients (the snob that I am likes my hand spun versions better, as the transitions are smoother) and various hand dyed sock yarns in gradients of plays on color.  Last year I was burned with the eye candy that knit up horribly and I was very leery this year.  Very little in the way of lace yarn, there was some on sale if I had brought a plan with me, and even less in the sweater weight section.  I am tending towards purchasing locally sourced and milled fibers these days, and I did not see much that there.  I was happy to look around, but really want to go to a market where it is more than just shawls and socks featured, I realize that is where the market may be, just not for me.

    Upon entering, I decided to purchase a dozen raffle tickets to support the event.  Admission is free, and I want to support this effort so that it continues.  My friend Pam, who wins every knitting raffle known to man, was not there so I thought that my chances might be good.

    And I won a prize on the first drawing!  Being one of the first winners, I was able to choose from a vast array of items that were donated by the vendors.  I opted for this project bag that you hang on your arm.  It was admittedly one of the few things that tempted me at the sale, so I was happy.

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    The bag is from Beautiful Syster, and is called the Heather.  It received the seal of approval from my friend Barb who makes the most beautiful bags.


    After YarnCon we all went to another friends house to look at some donated stash yarn that she has.  The money form that was going ot purchase formula for the orphaned kittens at the Animal Shelter in Chicago.  Good cause, and I have some ideas with what to do with some of this yarn.  Common color these for me isn’t it?

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    • Diane 11:06 pm on April 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Good job on refraining on buying something. Glad you won a prize, you deserve it!


  • knitting1105 11:45 pm on April 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    I have not disappeared 

    In the meantime, here are some baby goats running.   Thanks to my sister Diane.

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