Monday, September 26, 2005

A simple scarf

I couldn't resist this beautiful wool. I misplaced the label and of course can't remember what it is. I really understand how someone (would that be me?) becomes a yarn snob. This scarf originally spent a short life being a pair of fingerless gloves.

Kaffe Fassett grannie squares!

Yet another unfinished project. The wool is from a Kaffe Fassett sweater kit I bought before I even started knitting. I wasn’t planning to attempt the intricate sweater. That was and would still be way beyond my skill level. I used to volunteer as a docent at The Canadian Craft Museum in Vancouver here, and they had the kit left over from an exhibit of his. It was one of those deals I just couldn't pass up! There's my girl cat, Shadow.

Forays into Felting

Since I’ve been knitting for about eight months now, I have a few projects that I’ll post all at once. Of course I jumped on the felting bandwagon when I saw so many people doing the beautiful bags and such, especially Leslie at Whimsy , who became one of the first of my favorite knitting bloggers. I’m not completely thrilled with my version of the French market bag, the way it shrank in height opposed to width, and I gave up in frustration on the few kitchener stitches needed to join the handles. I persevered in this respect when it came to my socks though and am I proud of myself! I figure this if nothing else has got to be good exercise for the brain.

Now the Sophie bag I love, but It’s saggy if you carry anything more than your wallet and an issue of Home Companion, so I plan to line it with fabric as well. I have a few more felting projects in mind, all neatly lined up on the back burners.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Mission Accomplished

I had a couple people encouraging me to go ahead with this apron. I appreciated the comments, especially since this blog is new born, and I'm not sure how many people have seen it. Anyway, here is the finished product. I like red and yellow in a kitchen.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Tie One On

Will this become an apron?
Will I join Tie One On ?
Will my daughter get sick of me asking computer questions?

I Say Bring on The Yo-yo's

I'm moving away from this style, (whatever you might call it) in fabrics and decorating. I still like the colours but it's not really me anymore.

I have always been attracted to vintage (fabrics, kitchen ware etc.) and seem to be more so than ever before. Vintage to me means 50's and earlier, where as vintage means 70's to my fifteen year old daughter. Of course the 70's were thirty five years ago! Anyway, I'm really liking quilts from the 30's right now. The yo-yo quilts were all the rage then, and I predict they're making a comeback!

I have a few started, they're easy as pie and a nice little interlude from other projects and oh yes, very portable!

A Quick Crochet

Mohair from a thrift store. I liked the colour. When was this turquoise so popular? The doilies will probably become facings for apron pockets, once I come across fabric that will do them justice. I wonder about some of the hand made things I find. The person who made it has no idea that I now consider it a little treasure.

My lovely model.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Quilting time

Here are a couple of my unfinished quilt tops. After pulling them out of storage to photograph them, I realized how much I still like them and how it's a shame that I've neglected them for so long. The creative act of choosing colours is over. The excitement of watching the quilt grow is also over. The rest of the work needed to finish them is well, work. Having this blog is giving me motivation to finish these projects. It feels good to have others see and appreciate our work. By the way most of the fabric in these two quilt tops came from thrift store clothing. The pink in the above piece is not quite that pink

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Thrifty aprons

Last year at this time, I had big plans to make a lot of aprons. I finished one and got halfway through another, and then some how those plans fell by the wayside. Just after Christmas of 2004 I discovered knitting blogs and of course, that led me to all of these incredible crafting blogs, and people who also love aprons! Yes, I’m a greenhorn. Needless to say the excitement I had for my aprons has been renewed. I completed the apron from last year and made two additional ones in these past few weeks. Here are the fruits of my labour modeled by my beautiful and talented daughter.
And what do you do when you get your hooks into a new hobby? Why, go shopping of course! I’ve been somewhat obsessively scouring the city for fabric in this last little while. I have successfully added to my stash, with new as well as thrifted fabric and now have enough to get excited about trying different combinations of colours and patterns. I still love to use thrifted and recycled fabric, but more about thrifting another day.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Cotton washcloths 1

I’ve been making a lot of these washcloths, to give as little gifts at Christmas time. I know most people make them as dishcloths but I think a couple of these along with a beautiful bar of soap will make a first-rate gift. They’re quick, which makes them rewarding to make. I’m still looking for another pattern that will compliment this one. It'll be a good way for me to practice new stitches and patterns. I love the smoothness of cotton after knitting with say, mohair.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Now that I've successfully published my first posting with, I admit, a lot of help from someone, I offer you my first photos. These socks now live with my sister. I took up knitting again, just after Christmas. (I did go through a little knitting stint in highschool.) I looked on the internet for help, and lo and behold, knitting and crafting blogland! So here I am. I will have many more pictures, once I get the hang of this, so please check back.
This is my first entry into blog land. I've been looking at all these beautiful creations by so many people, and I feel like an outsider. I've been wanting to feel a part of this community, so I've jumped in the deep end.
I love making things. I love to sew and knit, to put colours together and quilt. I'm doing this to document the objects I've made, inspire me to pick up and finish projects hidden away, and (most difficult for me) learn to use these technological gizmos, the camera and computer! Wish me luck.