Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Grape Island Socks

Boston has been hot and dry, but I have gotten a little bit of knitting done.

Recently we went camping out on Grape Island, one of the Boston Harbor Islands. It had some lovely seaside breezes, and a campfire on the beach made for fantastic sock knitting time. I hope those of you in the Northern Hemisphere are having a fabulous summer.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Stoney Mask FO

So the mask we were making for Salvbard was for a birthday LARP that Majes had created for my birthday. Salvbard was playing an Earth Fae, and we wanted something that would really play up that aspect.

A couple of coats of textured spray paint really added to the effect.

The pattern (see previous post for pattern details) was totally doable, although a bit fussy. There were parts that could have been done as symmetrical pieces for each side of the face, but were not, to our moderate irritation.

I added some reinforcing pieces behind the mouth front, around the eye slot, and crossing orthogonally behind the longitudinal head strips. This added a lot of necessary structure and kept the mask from experiencing strong shape bias.

Ultimately though, I am super pleased by how this came out. The major complaint about it was that due to its shape it did get fairly warm, as it trapped the wearer's warm breath against them. It was received well though and got worn far more than I feared.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

WIP Stoney mask

This weekend Salvbard and I started a project that combined both of our strengths. I am highly detail oriented and am skilled at handwork. Salvbard has great 3D computer modeling skills. It has been a lovely gift to get that time together; I love what a fabulous team we make.

We started with this pattern: Bio Mask version 2 from Paper Craft Square.

We ended up with 14 pages of pieces, but the software lets you have control over pattern piece layout.

Even by the time that we had cut them out, I was pretty excited to see how it would work. We put them together marked sides inward. Opps! That made everything reversed, but fortunately that was not a problem for our application.

Each piece was creased along the marked vertices, and then we needed the 3D app to figure out how each piece fit with the others. So much folding and creasing! I love the faceted surface texture this produces, which is perfect for what we wanted this for.

Inside you can see the tabs used to glue each of the vertices together. Each edge segment actually had a tab included, so only half were needed. When possible, I tried to alternate which paper piece provided the tab for additional stability and to minimize bias.

So much fun! We need to finish the piecing tonight in order to get the finishing done before this weekend, but I am really looking forward to it.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Makers Gonna Make

Last year Gather Here; was looking to crowdsource their move to a larger location. Although I have not used them, several friends had great experiences, and I think this sort of space gets to be more and more valuable as local craft stores have struggled to compete with online retailers.

As a thank you for supporting this initiative, I received this adorable project bag, which I have used pretty much non-stop since. Love it!

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Gore Place Sheepshearing Festival '16

We couldn't have asked for better weather yesterday for the annual sheep-shearing festival at Gore Place in Waltham.

There we cute animals. Kids chased chickens.  We ate too much fair food and got a little too much sun despite liberal application of sunblock.

Wooly activities like shearing, spinning, weaving and knitting occurred. And I even picked up a small amount of yarn from  June Pryce Fiber Arts. The worsted is planned for a requested hat, while I have just been wanting to play with a gradient set for ages. Now I just need to find the perfect patterns.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Daily flowers

Earlier this week, Chiquita was feeling frustrated and down.

So I picked her up a bunch of flowers to cheer her up. Normally cut flowers are not my thing, but it has provided drawing material for the last few days.

These are in a planner I bought specifically for small daily art. The drawings themselves were just done with Crayola colored pencils and a number 2 pencil. The small scale is manageable and a pleasure to work on.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Blue Bunny Hat

As mentioned in the Baby Bear Hat post last month, I had discovered that I was having difficulties working with the Cascade Cloud 9. Turns out breathing is awesome, and antihistamines are super useful. Which is very sad, because this hat is really lovely and soft.

Yarn: Cascade Cloud 9
Yarn Supplier: Webs
Needles: US 8.0 / 5.5mm

This was knit without a formal pattern as a 80 stitch 2X2 ribbed hat. I knit to maximize the yardage, because I didn't want any leftover allergens in my house. Fortunately a friend was super happy to take this cuddly hat off my hands though, and now I do not have any of this yarn left in my stash now.

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