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.

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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.


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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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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Hufflepuff Socks

Continuing to work my way through my mending basket, in May 2011 I had knit Salvbard a pair of Hufflepuff-colored socks. They were knit toe-up with an after-thought heel. This yarn had been a purchase while I was living in Madison, WI for a summer in grad school, and I had some sentimental feelings about buying it to make socks for him while I missed him.

I had just had a single ball of the yellow and black striped yarn, so the coordinating toes, heels, and cuffs helped me stretch the yarn a little further. I did wind off a small amount to get the stripes to start in the same place, and then I knit them from either end of the same ball to maximize yardage.


Yarns: Lang Yarns Jawoll Superwash Solids in color 83.0004
& Regia 4-f├Ądig Nation Color (discontinued) in color 5391
Yarn Suppliers: Knitting Treasures (closed) and Lakeside Fibers (closed)
Needles: US 1.5 / 2.5 mm
Pattern: toe up w/ afterthought-heel

They never even made it to the blog though, because the bind-offs were a little too tight. Instead they got tossed into the mending basket to be fixed later. *Dun dun dun!* So nearly 5 years later, they are finally into rotation!

The new bind-off was done as a sewn bind-off, which has become my preferred bind-off for toe-up socks. Previously I had done that thing where you just try to be conscious to bind-off loosely, which just does not work for Salvbard's shapely calves.

Blogging this pair feels sort of bittersweet in looking at the number of closed or discontinued sources it used. Things change in this industry faster than I generally think much about. I am grateful for all of the memories knit into them though, and Salvbard seems glad for another pair of socks in his sock drawer.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Toffee Socks

Somehow I managed to put myself in a position where everytime I went to go start a project my mind went "hey you haven't given Salvbard a pair of socks in a while." Thanks brain, but it turns out that is just because I wasn't finishing any. I just kept absentmindedly starting new pairs instead. The good news is that he will get several pair at once as a result. The first pair are the Toffee socks I had mentioned last month.


Needles: US 1 / 2.25 mm
Pattern: cuff down, heel flap, wedge toe
Yarn: Lion Brand Sock-Ease Prints in the color Toffee
Yarn Supplier: Michael's

These were very straightforward. I knit then 2-at-a-time cuff down via magic loop, with a 2 by 2 rib, heel flap heel and wedge toe. And while I didn't find this yarn particularly exciting, Salvbard does, which is all that matters.

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