Saturday, January 31, 2015

Eleanor's ballet wrap

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Eleanor's ballet wrap is starting to look like an actual top! I started late, but think I am making decent progress.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dyeing Yarn

I have also been dyeing some yarn.

Here is a recent batch.
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This one is teal blue, pink, and yellow-green.  It is not self-striping but it spirals.
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This one was an over convoluted experiment.
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It started out as a long loop that I tied off in about 16 places and dyed each space separately.  It was way more difficult to dye than I expected, even though I like how it turned out, I would never do it again.
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This one had almost no planning and it was my happy accident!
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It's mostly blues, but has pinks, greens, purples, etc in it.  Definitely one of my favorites.
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Dyeing Punis

I started learning to spin cotton, but the punis that I purchased are white and I love spinning color. So I tried to dye some of the punis with dyes for cotton. I soaked the punis and then painted them with colors.

Here you can see the ones that I painted.
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However, when started to spin it, the dye was only surface level. It didn't soak further into the puni.
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Here you can see it clearer, how the inside is still very much white.
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Here you can see, kind of, how the single is barber poled.
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I am next going to try immersing the punis in color to see if I can dye them through or at least more than surface level. I just need to get some more cotton dyes.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mini Batt - Part 3

This is the most recent one I did, working the other way where each strip torn off would be worked from dark to light or light to dark. So it is kind of a striping effect of light to dark to light to dark, etc.

I was kind of thinking ice . . . yes, I am tired of this winter! :)
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This is random wools in pink and a few different colors of purple.
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Mini Batt - Part 2

It was so much fun, I of course had to make more.

I blended this one to work from blue to purple to pink, or at least to be spun like that.
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This one is also random wools, but in purple, blue, and variegated pinks.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mini Batt - Part 1

One of my Christmas presents to myself was a blending board!

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The process of my very first batt.
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This one is made up of random wool in blues, greens, and yellow-greens.
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It was so much fun and I love how it turned out!
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Knitted Doll Clothes

For Christmas we got my nieces, Eleanor and Vera, 14" baby dolls. I knitted up some doll clothes to go along with their dolls and will be making more in the future for them.

These were their little packages.
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A close-up of the green socks.  I do adore making these!
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The little hats were frustrating, I had to remake them 4 times. The dolls have so much hair that they hats needed to be so much bigger than the heads.
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This is the first sweater I made and I am still working on getting the measurements and structure to the sweaters down.
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This sweater vest was so much easier since it didn't involve sleeves! :)
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This sweater hasn't been sent out yet.  I love the way this turned out.  I have yet to figure out what type of closures to put on it, if any.
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I have definitely enjoyed knitting for the dolls, it is not only a challenge, but a little more immediately gratifying. I will be doing some more in the future. I plan on doing some sewing and crocheting of doll clothes too.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Torren's Hat

This is the handsome Torren in the hat I knit for him.

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I forgot to take a picture of the finished hat before I gave it to him, but here it is in its wip stage.
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Sunday, January 11, 2015


Well, it has been a while. Sorry about that, Wookie is doing much better now. A bit of a mixed blessing, when we took him to the doggy dentist to make sure he didn't have any further teeth or jaw damage from the attack, we found out he has periodontal disease pretty badly. I guess this is fairly common in small dogs, even young ones, according to the doggy dentist. He goes in tomorrow, they are going to put him under, pull a few teeth and doing a serious cleaning. Only another $1,200 - 1,500, but we want him to be healthy so it is a must.

So some adorable Wookie pictures, because he had to be shaved when he was attacked and it has been so cold and snowy here that I got him a coat. It is adorable, but he doesn't like it.

Isn't he a dapper young man?
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In the car on the way to the doggy dentist.
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Investigating the snow.
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It's still short, but you can see his hair is growing back.  It's about half an inch long now.
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