Thursday, December 13, 2012

To frog or not to frog?

Some projects I'm just not sure about - frog or not frog? Some projects, although they languish for months, I eventually finish. Some projects, I might have finished almost all the way, case in point, my Picot Edge Cardigan by Debbie Bliss. I had bought the book probably more than 15 years ago and always wanted to make this sweater and finally started it. I struggled through all the cabling and bobbles and had everything done except for the sleeves. Here's how it looked:

The fabric was so stiff and tight and it finally dawned on me that I was not going to enjoy wearing it. I finally frogged it after probably more than 30 hours of working on it and didn't regret it at all. I eventually repurposed the yarn into the Brise Soleil Cardigan and I've gotten compliments everytime I've worn it.
Well, here's another project that's been sitting in a bag forever. It's not a big one and I really am not sold on it, however, I'm not sure what else to do with the yarn. I have 2 balls of it. I've started a ruffled scarf:

It's not very wide, 3 inches at the most, so not very practical.

So, my indecision keeps this in limbo for now.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hexagon template reboot

Later that same afternoon..... Ugh! - well, I tried the 4 cm hexagon and it's too large so will go back to the 3.5 cm size instead. It was too much of a stretch and then the polyfil started peeping out between the stitches. Luckily I saved my original template, but wasted 4 sheets of cardstock with the larger size. 

Hexipuff Geek-out

So to help with my hexipuff production, I made a hexagon template in Word so that I can block all my puffs to the same size. I think if I block them larger I won't have to make as many - in theory anyway. My template has worked out to be 4 cm in length per side. I printed a page of 6 on manila cardstock and if I print 4 copies, I can fit 24 on one blocking board.

I was going to just keep moving my template over after pinning the 6, but found my pins blocked the paper, so the puffs will just have to dry with the templates in place.

There's my template, simple as it is :)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Craft Room?

What elements comprise the perfect craft room?

Since some of the kids have moved out of the house, there is a bit of extra space to work with. Unfortunately, my husband likes to hold on to stuff, so even though there's room, there's also stuff stuff and more stuff. (I can't call it JUNK in front of him).

Anyway, one of the spare bedrooms has my sewing machine set up on a desk. Into this room I've now placed my dressform (name still to be determined - I'm leaning towards "Daphne"). Today we just moved up the table from the laundry room which will be perfect for blocking and cutting fabric.

How to describe this room? It was a back bedroom onto which the former homeowners knocked out the rear wall and extended it. The back portion has vaulted ceilings and bay windows. Unfortunately with the house settling from this addition, the seal on the double glazed windows has broken and now the window panes cannot be cleaned since moisture has seeped into the inner core. However, natural light does come in.

One or more of the boys has used it as a bedroom/playroom over the years. There is a sliding glass door leading onto a back balcony at the back portion of the room where the vaulted ceilings are. My husband got the brilliant idea of installing a climbing wall over and around the sliding glass door. Yes, a climbing wall with hand holds. You can climb up one side, across the top of the sliding glass door and come down the other side. Don't ask me how often the boys have done this - not as often as dh thought they would, obviously.

Another playroom addition? The lovely vaulted ceilings have trapeze bars installed. My husband found those in the children's area of IKEA one year and thought the kids would like to swing from them. Anyone want to come over and use the rings and do an Iron Cross?

There is also a woodburning stove smack in the middle of the room. So there is firewood and cardboard boxes waiting to be burned all stacked around - not so neatly, most of the time.

So this is the room where I will be crafting. I hope eventually to clear out the extraneous items, repaint the walls and install shelving for my fibre. I also want a photo corner. I don't think I will ever be able to afford to have the windows replaced.

Once that's all done, I may be brave enough to post before and after photos. Right now, the sight is not fit for public consumption.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Another Dyeing Experiment

This is a second over-dyeing attempt with some very ugly orange yarn I bought on sale - Rowan Felted Tweed at 70% off. I bought 23 balls. I dyed 9 balls of it for this project.

This is close to the actual original colour.
Getting ready to over-dye
I wanted the final colour to be more greyish than brown. The first over-dyeing with this yarn was a brown colour (I'll show that project another time.)

I think it's turning out pretty well.
Here are pics of my project in progress - Rosamund's Cardigan

Happily, the tweed characteristic of the yarn was retained. It's also my first time knitting reversible cables. Project is almost done. I just haven't been working on it because it got too large for purse knitting and at home I seem to pick up other projects.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hexipuff Update

Sorry for not posting for a few days - got sick, an unusual occurrence. I pride myself on staying healthy and don't ever get the flu shot, but last Monday I woke up chilled and nauseous. However, it was short-lived and I was only down for that day and Tuesday morning I was feeling much better after my fever broke.

Knitting during this time was minimal. However, I purled 5 stitches on my Kaleidoscope so as not to miss a day.

So my only knitting news to report is my Hexipuff production.

Total days  = 31
Total # = 63
Daily average = 2.10 (it has dropped down but I'm still above 2 per day :)