Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Mommes Lysedug 5/14/07

I made this doily for my sister, without realizing just how long it would take me to do it. My attention span is not the greatest, so this one would get set down to work on shorter things and so it was a little late for a Christmas present . . . like 3 months late . . .oops. I think it was worth it though, but why don't you decide.

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Yarn: Royale Rave Crochet
Color: Bone
Contents: 96% acrylic and 4% nylon
Needles: US 4
Pattern: Mommes Lysedug
Modifications: No modifications were made intentionally, but I under estimated the yarn I would need and ran out and was unable to get more, so I ended the doily around line 74 of the pattern and added a ruffled cast off to the edges.

Overall, the pattern turned out beautifully, but the yarn was a little bit of a pain to deal with. In the end, I would definitely try to find this yarn again to do something similar.

Teal Lace Scarf 5/14/08

This scarf was made for a teacher that I work with. She was very nice to me all year and was humorous to have around. So I felt compelled to knit her something nice.

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Yarn: Lang Yarns Silkdream (used 3 balls)
Color: 696.0078 - - or in my words, teal
Content: 50% Merino and 50% Silk
Needles:US 6 . . . 4mm
Pattern: Lacy Leaves stitch pattern from the book Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns
Modifications: I didn't cross the stitches on the sides of the stitch pattern because I didn't like the look of it as much, plus I added four stst on each side.

I really liked working on this scarf, this is the best yarn I have ever felt so far. However, half way through the first ball was a knot, which was disappointing, but the other two balls didn't have any knots.

The first picture was while it was blocking, which was interesting to do since I don't really have a space large enough to do that. But the blocking was well worth it.

Mosaic Sample 5/11/08

I am volunteering at this event called Art Rocks the Park and my proposed art lesson was a mosaic with a flower theme.

I had rolled out Sculpey and Fimo #7 thickness sheets with my clay pasta machine. Then cut it into random geometrical shapes and then baked the pieces. Afterward, I used them to create a flower mosaic, using glue on matte board. I loved doing this and am using this material for a handmade book I am working on.

I will get to teach this mosaic flower, but they prefer to use real tiles since it is cheaper. So look for another sample, but with broken tiles.

Crochet, Basketry, and Felting 5/11/08

This started out as yarn . . . that had a ball band that I can no longer find. I believe it was a Lion Brand wool. Any who, I held three strands together and crocheted them into one long strand. I felted the strand and then using a needle and thread coiled it into a basket.

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The Yarn

The Chain (before felting)

The Basket

I actually really enjoyed this process and will definitely try it again. I will post pictures later of it blocked, because my coiling was a little off. I think this might be a little more interesting with a finer yarn and a larger basket.

Double Tychus 5/6/08

After 5 winters in New York State I have to accept the fact that my cheap hats or really old acrylic hats just aren't going to cut it. So I made a double sided Tychus(from Knitty).

I knit two Tychus hats. One with Joker wool black and Lion Brand Wool White and the second one with Moda-dea wool and silk green and Lion Brand Wool White. Needles were size 4.5mm. I love the feel of it, granted I finished it about a month ago and the cold weather is gone now, but I will be prepared for next winter.

First Socks for Me 5/06/08

These are the first socks I have actually made for myself, which was a different type of learning lesson, since I actually had the feet they were intended for near. Everyone else I have made socks for lives on the other side of the US, so it is quite different.

This yarn was actually part of a Louet sock dye kit. I used their dye in the kit to dye the yarn, but didn't actually care for the sock pattern that was in the kit . . . partially because it was written for feet that are smaller than my feet. Definitely not a size 7, oh well. I love this yarn and the colors much better knitted up. I will admit, I didn't really care for the colors when I had dyed the yarn, but I really do love it all knitted up.

Anyways, details:

Content: 100% wool from Louet Gems dye kit
Needles: 2US . . .2.75mm
Gauge: 7st = 1"
Pattern: Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch, 6-stitch Waterfall Rib

Overall, I learned the I like some negative ease in my socks. I made these to fit all of my measurements and they are just a little too loose, especially after they have been worn for a couple hours.

Pinwheel Sweater 2/2/08

I made the pinwheel sweater from Elann.com for my mother.

Yarn - Caron Simply Soft, worsted weight, bone color
100% acrylic

Needles - size 6/4mm

Size is one size fits all, but I used a smaller gauge and smaller needles and did the math to adjust for my gauge. Instead of the edging in the pattern I used a moss stitch because in all honesty, I am just in love with moss stitch.

In enjoyed making in the beginning, but in all honesty, by the end I was just wanting it to be over. It was a little too repetitive for my tastes. But I loved how it turned out in the end, so it was all worth it.

Comments and suggestions are welcome!

Orange Socks 2/2/08

These socks were made for my niece and her favorite is orange!

Knitted on size 2 needles.
Yarn was Baby Ull. 100% wool.
Color is bright orange.
Pattern is from Sensational Knitted Socks - four stitch ribbing pattern.
Size 12 in children.

I really liked the pattern and most importantly my niece loves them. She calls them her Aunt Jodi socks. So adorable. Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

Garterlac Scarf 2/2/08

A garterlac scarf made for one of my bosses. She saw the multi-colored yarn from when I was making Sheldon from Knitty and loved it so I made her a scarf for her birthday.

I used the basic pattern from Criminy Jickets.

I used size 6dpns. Made with Lion Brand Yarn, Wool-Ease Worsted Weight, Black. 80% acrylic and 20% wool. Lion Brand Jiffy, El Paso Color. 100% acrylic.

I really loved doing the garterlac! It's so addictive! Going to do more stuff soon. Comments and suggestions welcome!

Crochet Doily 2/2/08

This was a crocheted for my sister for Christmas. It is a pattern from a pineapple doily booklet. I ended it short because I really didn't like the look of the pineapples, but liked the center more. It was crocheted with black crochet cotton and I cannot remember the hook size. This is why I am now writing down my info for the stuff I make in a little book, I just forget it too easily. I really liked making it.

Comments and suggestions welcome.

Runes 2/2/08

I had seen a post about someone who made their own runes. Always thought they were a nifty divination techniques so I decided to make my own.

I used polymer clay and swirled red, yellow, and orange together. The disks were baked and then I painted the rune symbols on there with black acrylic paint. Once it was dry I put a polymer clay glaze on them. Kind of annoyed with the glaze because I couldn't find matte at the time and had to use Satin and if I didn't do it right, some of them would peel. Blah, so all is good in the end though. They were a lot of fun to make and will definitely try making more again in the future.

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Comments or suggestions welcome.

Artist Trading Cards - - Pansy Series 12/13/07

Artist trading cards are card size (2"x3") pieces of art that one is not allowed to sell, but to trade with other. These were done for one of my art classes and I intend on doing more in the pansy series. There are still a few mediums that I can make the pansy out of.

Plaster Mosaic


knitted with duplicate stitch in embroidery floss

Similar to Pointillism


Group Picture

Granny Square Scarf 12/8/07

This scarf is a bunch of small granny squares that were crocheted together and then I crocheted a border around the outside. I intentionally did more stitches around the outside to make it have a ruffly appearance.

Yarn:Caron Simply Soft - orange color(not sure of specific color name, lost the ball band)

Pattern: general granny square pattern and then assembled


The darker pictures are closer to actual color.

Basketweave Rib Socks 12/7/07

These socks are for my dad, being the hard person to shop for, I figured everyone could always use more socks . . .

Pattern: Eight Stitch Basketweave Rib from Sensational Knitted Socks
Yarn: Lion Brand Yarn, Wool-Ease in Grey Heather
Needles: US4/3.5mm bamboo dpns
Size: 10 medium

I really enjoyed knitting these. The basketweave was simple enough that it was a quick knit. I definitely see more socks in the future.