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  • knitting1105 4:57 pm on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Craft,   

    How to give Flowers to a Knitter 

    Made by my Stitch and Bitch group for a fellow knitter who has been under the weather.  Not sure where I first saw this, but knew I wanted to make one.





    • Pam Moriarty 8:42 pm on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This was such fun. I hope it brought a smile to her face.


    • Anecia Price 5:09 am on August 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Very clever idea… I’m sure she just loved it! I know I would appreciate receiving SO many wonderful yarns all at once! Kuddos to you and your group for being such a wonderful friends!

      Stichin’ & Bitchin’! Haha! I love it!!!


  • knitting1105 1:30 pm on August 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Braid, Craft, , , shepherd's rug   

    Rug test 

    Having finally found the Shepard’s Rug book, I was anxious to try making one.  I decided to make a ‘rugette” to practice my braiding, felting and sewing.


    First I gathered my roving.  My inspiration for wanting to make these rugs is 3 boxes like this of roving (see this post).  All you newbie spinners, heed my advice and do not randomly take wool from the person who has a friend who has some sheep.  The staple length on this was not great, nor was the crimp, and I was not enjoying spinning it when I tried it.  The wool is from Suffolk and Hampshire lambs.  Options were to give it away to the school perhaps for an art class, or to try to find something that I could make from it, I had paid for the processing after all.


    Start by picking your 3 strands, all should be of different workable lengths, and secure the end with a rubber-band, clamp to a secure surface and start braiding, making sure not to twist.  When you need to stop, secure it with a clothes pin.  Overlap at joints when adding a new section of roving, remember this will all be felted so will become secure.


    Use a chair back to collect the braided roving (my example had a very small amount)


    Braid the  length you need and then secure the other end with another rubber band.


    Put into a bag tied shut and wash in hot water for at least one cycle (I used a pillowcase and added towels to the cycle to help bounce it around).


    When it comes out, sew on a flat surface; you will need a wax-coated lined thread.



    And voila!  I see that my beginning section was sewn too tightly so it puckers up a bit.  This was a great first attempt, and it is pretty easy.  My instructions here are very rudimentary, I would suggest getting the book if you want to try this.  The book has much more detailed instructions, great drawings to illustrate every step of the process, colored photos of finished rugs, and information on several different sheep breeds that they have used.


    Here is everything that you will need to make this project, in addition to your roving.  A clamp, rubber bands, an awl (for hiding the knotted join in the thread), a spring clothes pin, waxed lined thread, a large sharp needle, and a flat surface and a chair back.


    Now on to making a big rug!!!

  • knitting1105 10:59 am on September 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Craft, , sew   

    Color Attraction 


    As if I needed another project!  I was in Northern Michigan with my sister a week ago, and she wanted me to go with her to the quilt store to pick out fabric for a headboard.  I was not on the lookout for a new project at all, but fell in love with these colors, it all started with the large flower print.  Having seen Moda fabrics in other people’s quilts for quite some time, I was drawn to their bright colors and grouping of patterns under a color banner.


    Finding a pattern was the next step, the owner of the store suggested the pattern Take Five, which incorporates 5 patterned fabrics cut together in different square and rectangle sizes.  It is a very simple pattern (says 5 hours to complete), not what I would normally choose, but I am interested in the play of colors more than any intricacies in the pattern block.  I think that I will tackle this in a couple of weeks when I have time alone on the weekend.

    Of course, to make the pattern easy, I needed another tool.  An 8 1/2″ wide ruler to quickly cut the squares.


    • Diane 8:19 pm on September 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Let me know if it really only take 5 hours. I decided to make this quilt too to go with the headboard. Have to go through my stash to see if I can find something that will work. Most likely nothing will work and I will have to go to the quilt store to find some material! It was great seeing you and Dan!


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