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

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

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

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    • 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!!!

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  • knitting1105 4:05 pm on June 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Crafts, rigid heddle,   

    My new Hobby requires a few things… 

    Taking on a new hobby is not without some equipment and supplies.  I found these at Architectural Artifacts (led there by Kim and Jane), and got a great deal on the cones for warping my loom.

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    Luckily they fit nicely in my yarn closet, at the front of the baskets holding yarn and projects.

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    For my second project I tried direct warping, and although I had to do it twice, it seems to have worked really well. I did not have a clamp to hook to, so brought one of my dining room chairs down.  Essentially you have a large cone of yarn sitting under the wheel and keep wrapping it over or under the back bar and then to “peg” that you have set the distance away to get the length that you want.  Because you are not tying down individual strings, except when you want to change colors, it seems to go much better.  My new weaving hook helps a lot too, tried the first time with a crochet hook, and that was really cumbersome.

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    This is the video that shows how to do it, much better than I could describe.

    And here is my 2nd project, over 1/2 way done.  Not sure what it will look like…  It is quick and fun though, and I have found a good location in the basement that was an unused area, and I can watch TV while working on this.

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  • knitting1105 1:23 pm on August 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Feeling Crafty 

    I have been on a binge with new crafting ideas (inspired by my sewing /knitting room which is coming along nicely). My latest trials were making soap with felted wool around it. Easy peazy.

    First find a nice bar of soap, I used some handcrafted ones, and some colorful roving. Note it cannot be Superwash, and must be wool to felt properly.

    Next wrap the soap tightly with some of the roving in one direction, not too thick, not too thin but making sure to overlap the edges.

     

     

    Using as many or few colors as you would like, wrap the other way around (i.e. turn the bar 90 degrees and wrap).

    The first time I tried instructions which stated to hold the roving firmly, have hot and cold water drizzling, add a bit of hot water and some soap. Rub vigorously with the finger on your other non-holding hand, and it will start to felt. Alternate between hot and cold water sparingly and rotate around the bar. Squeeze out the excess water and set to dry.

     

    Then I tried an alternate method. Wrap in the same manner, but put the roving wrapped soap bar inside a nylon, and I used my Grandmother's washboard. This is an all wooden one from WWII that she had, note the V for Victory, not using any metal. My dad was flying over Germany when she washed her clothes on this. I can only imagine the fear and anxiety with which she scrubbed her clothes. It is worn and well used.

    Just scrub vigorously under a bit of hot water with soap for agitation, rotating the bar around. Squeeze out the excess and set out to dry.

    These are my first few trials, Sofia is being my product tester.

     

     

     
    • Joan 6:53 pm on September 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I hadn’t seen the washboard version before. I love felted soaps!

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  • knitting1105 12:57 pm on June 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Crafts, Mason jar   

    Blueglass jars repurposed 

    A few years back (before I had Pintrest to keep track of my inspirations) I saw a photo somewhere online showing a string of lights made out of old blue glass jars.  If you have seen my kitchen, you are familiar with the shelves holding all of my beans and grains as the end panel for the refrigerator.  The majority of these jars were from my parents farm, they used them for canning many years ago, then when the new & improved Mason jars came out, these were relegated to storage in the barn.  They were almost tossed out but for my creative sister Anita, who wanted to store grains in them and I latched onto that idea.  I can remember sitting with her on the patio at the farm divvying up the collection.  When the kitchen was being designed a few years ago, my husband came up with the idea of a shelf just for the blue glass jars, this also acts as the end panel for the refrigerator, and is the first thing you see when walking down the hall to the kitchen.

    This lamp was made for me by Ethan a few years back with one of the jars, it now holds their unwanted childhood rock collections inside.

    And, in my soon to be finished craft room, I have repurposed some of the jars with glass tops for miscellaneous buttons and such.

    So, last weekend, my wonderful son put together this string of lights for me.  I was short on the quart size jars, and had purchased these last year expressly for this purpose.  He made this while I was away at my spinning classes, and said it just took a couple of hours.  The porcelain cap in the zinc top had to be smashed out to allow the drill to go through to run the wiring and hook up the sockets.  He also added another hole to string a wire through so that the weight was transferred to the chain and not being carried by the electrical cord. Now I am on the hunt for a few more to have the string extend across the entire back porch.   Love the theme throughout the house.

    And this big one (about 2 feet tall) I found years ago at an antique mall.  Must have been a store fixture for display, now filled with yarn scraps.


     
    • Diane 5:43 pm on June 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I love the way you use the jars in your house and what a great way to keep the memory of Anita fresh in your mind.

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