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Two self-striping sock yarn colorways are now available in my shop: Fall Colors (with Plum), which is on the left, and Dark Anchorage Autumn on the right.
For eye candy, I included photos of a tote bag I made in July for a fundraiser for the Alaska Sudan Medical Project The colorful designs were created by printing with food onto white fabric. It was a lot of fun and a therapeutic activity on a dark winter day. The wavy red lines at the top of the tote in the last picture were created by edges of (uncooked) lasagne noodles.
I have just updated my etsy shop with about 20 skeins of superwash sock yarn.
I returned recently from 6 weeks in Europe, primarily in Germany, where I improved my language skills at the Goethe Institute, but also a week in Switzerland. It was amazing, of course. Upon my return a week ago I dove into yarn-dyed and creating memorial envelopes for the local chapter of Newborns in Need. The primary goal of Newborns in Need is to provide a bag of supplies to parents of newborns who have absolutely nothing for their new baby. Usually these bags contain at least one handmade item, such as a knit hat, a crocheted blanked or a hand-sewn changing pad. A secondary goal of Newborns in Need is to provide items for parents of deceased infants, which is my special interest. Currently I am making multiples of the item shown below, an envelope that parents can use to keep birth and death certificates and other small items such as a hospital bracelet, photos, a lock of hair, etc. The primary materials I use for these envelopes come from donated wedding dresses. If you want to put your sewing, knitting or crocheting skills to good use, go to the website to find and then contact your local chapter.
Use discount code “November2016” in my etsy shop for 25% off all merchandise, now through November 18. I’ve been busy ice-dyeing scarves and have added those, along with some blueprinted (cyanotype) scarves and of course have plenty of sock yarn.
As I wind down from dyeing for LYSs, I’ve dyed some yarn from my sadly-neglected etsy shop. I’ve especially enjoyed sprinkle-dyeing, perhaps because the results are always a bit different. It’s impossible to control exactly where the specks of dye will land, and impossible to know which of the specks of moss green will release a little orange, and which specks of lavender will release a little fuchsia.
In some of the skeins, I immersion-dye the yarn first. In one colorway, “Glacier Cruise,” I’ve sprinkled the dye onto a white skein. In my shop, I’ve described the process a bit more in each listing.
The first shot includes Fireweed and Dog Sled Team yarns, hand-painted in the traditional way–well, traditional for me, which involves using a medicine dropper.
I guess “hand-squirted” doesn’t convey the same feeling as “hand-painted,” although no one actually uses a paintbrush.
The final photo shows all the yarn currently available in my shop–the bottom row consisting of self-striping sock yarn.
I needed two baby quilts in a hurry and was thrilled to find the Jelly Roll Race pattern online. The instructions are excellent, so I will not add additional ones here.
Before I found the pattern, I bought two jelly rolls at Seams Like Home, which has a big selection for Anchorage but small for anywhere else. Naturally, there were no “baby” rolls, but I prefer brights anyway. The rolls were “Grunge” from Moda Fabrics (the solids) and Rowan’s Kaffe Fassett Spots.
I used 17 strips. I cut each strip in half, making each strip 21″ long instead of 42″, so that the colors would change more often: After all, the baby quilt is significantly smaller than the one shown. Then I sewed them end-to-end, as instructed. I used the recommended chain-piecing technique, which was fast and fun.
After sewing all of them, I had something that looked to me like prayer flags. I just snipped the threads between each one and–voila–had one super-long strip.
Before beginning to sew the sides together, instead of cutting off 18″ (for the large quilt), I cut off 9″.
I don’t know if it was necessary to change the measurement, but I do know that a cut is necessary: Otherwise, the strips will all start and end in the same place instead of looking random.
This is only the third baby quilt I’ve made–and I’ve never made a larger quilt. A personal lesson I learned is to stitch 3/8″ seams instead of 1/4″. This is because, despite using a 1/4″ presser foot, my seam allowances are not perfect. The following showed up after I washed and dried the quilt.
In fact, after mending this I found a second, similar spot. Aargh! Hopefully a 3/8″ seam allowance in the future will prevent this.
I did use a 3/8″ seam allowance on the binding, where something similar occurred on my previous quilt. I had no problem (such as the above) AND the binding looks better with the extra 1/4″ inside it. I used a shot cotton for the binding and back; its softness made it nice for hand-stitching but it was somewhat challenging to make lie flat on the back.
I hand-embroidered the name before machine-quilting.
The Jelly Roll Race quilt was fun and easy to make; I highly recommend it!
Perhaps it is more accurately called “trapunto;” nevertheless, it is fascinating to view ancient textiles and see how similar they are to today’s: This quilt is telling a story, just like many quilts that we make.
It is also interesting to see what is DIFFERENT: Check out these socks!
In Iceland, travelers are forced to walk through the duty-free gift shop if they are changing planes. I thought, “If they are making me walk through their store, I am allowed to take a few photos,” and I did.
A jacket I’ve seen before at the Desigual store (in Stockholm this time) caught my eye again, because I really want to make one like it.
I could remove sleeves from a thrift-store jean jacket, add sleeves from a thrift-store sweater, add some applique/embroidery–what do you think? I hope to post my own jacket here later this summer.
Of course I did some knitting–free ravelry pattern “Genmaicha” from Kate Gagnon Osborn. I used my own 50-g. ball of gradient yarn, colorway Blueberry; more is available in my shop. The little skein is what was leftover. Naturally if you started with the blue (instead of the pale green as I did), you would have more blue in the hat.
The hat is knit top-down. You need dpns and a circular of one size (to achieve 7 stitches per inch) and also a circular two sizes smaller for the ribbing. The author gives instructions for making the hat out of different colors of yarn; I just continued on with the same yarn. She also advises binding off with “Jeny’s Surprisingly-Stretchy Bind-Off,” which I did. I found these instructions for making a pom-pom; I made the 4.5 cm. size. I inflated a balloon to a circumference of 20 inches and blocked the hat over it.