Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Exploding Garland

I was trying something new this year, with a fake garland going down the outside bannister. Years ago, I bought a big bag of metallic pears and apples of silver, gold and copper, from a garage sale. I think they were from a store display and were a little worse for wear but I thought, paper mache, and a bit of paint they'd be great. That crafy project never got started, so I just put them on a tree on the porch for the Christmas season. Out of the rain and snow, they added a glimmer to the entry.

Yikes, I put them up on Sunday morning and this morning after a night of freezing and a light snow. Those neat pears and apples--not so good, rather like rotting fruit without the smell.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Two Dolls.

The dark doll is made of Papervol, which is a glue like substance which coats all the pieces of fabric which are wrapped over the wire armature. The base is a wooden fence filial covered in a paper towel dipped in Papervol. This is waterproof and is able to be outside but not perhaps in the strong hot sun. I based her on a fashion model uncomfortably balanced on a perch. Her name " On Edge".





This doll is from a challenge based on a package or wrapped gift. She is based on a traditional Christmas cracker. The bottom two layers of her dress can be pulled apart, one end goes over her torso and head, with bows tied on the end, she looks like a very large cracker that you would pull apart to get your party hat. The outer layer of the cracker is gold Christmas fabric and the dress fabric is covered with gold snowflakes. Her hair is needlefelted with gold angelina fibers added for sparkle.

They will be in a doll exhibit at Ron Andrews recreation centre for the month of December starting on the second.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Library Knitting books.

I've had a couple of books out lately, although I find my fiction books much more compelling. http://www.amazon.ca/Knitting-Lessons-Lela-Nargi/dp/158542210X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1195709947&sr=8-3 Knitting Lessons is really about the process, how people have been caught up with knitting, what they learn about themselves and knitting. http://amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=mother+of+purl&Go.x=12&Go.y=8 Mother of Purl is another interesting book, I liked the format of the book, there are a few patterns for simple tops that I am quite intriqued with and am considering knitting them up.

I have been working on a doll tonight, I am redoing the head, arms and legs of a doll that I had made for a challenge last Christmas. There is an exhibit in a couple of weeks, so I am happy with her new head, I needlefelted her hair and added angelina fibers for a bit of sparkle. The legs took a couple of hours and the arms so far about 3 hours, now it is time to stuff them. The hands aren't perfect yet but her old hands were ugly and I have more hope for this pair.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A Better Way to Purl

My tension in stocking stitch, when working on straights, is uneven. With baby cardigans I tend to just plod along hoping that the interesting texture that results will be OK. I have pondered and questioned is it the knit stitch or the purl stitch causing the problem? Do I have to make swatches of different size needles and perhaps different colours of yarn for the purl and knit stitches? Being lazy, it has taken a few months in the planning of solving this problem.



I had never read an Elizabeth Zimmerman book before last week, I got Knitting without Tears from the local library. http://www.amazon.ca/Knitting-Without-Tears-Easy-Follow/dp/0684135051/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1195077967&sr=8-1 On page 17, for left handed knitters, she explains the easy way of looping the yarn on the purl stitch. Then, she explains, the slightly more complex version, which in her opinion is better. I gave it a whirl with some scarf yarn, my tension looks better. I may be still fooling myself, but I am not ready to try with some plain colour yarn. With the varigated yarn, I am quite pleased and one day I will put some other yarn to the test.



Adriana asked questions awhile back, the shoes aren't too bad, wearable. Don's scarf was made with a skein of Plassard Symphonie and one skein of Kid Super 100% Austrailan Merino.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

For Remembrance

November 11, Remembrance day for Canadians. A day for wreaths of poppies at the Cenotaph, thanksgiving for the solders who gave their lives while fighting for peace, a day of ceremony and a prayer for peace.
My dad's medals are saved in a box along with a few papers other keepsakes, and buttons from this uniform. I remember going to watch the parade of veterans at the cenotaph, as a child, but what I remember most are the poppies.
They weren't always a piece of velvet vinyl, at one time they were made of cloth. I don't know who made them, I suppose it was the women's auxiliary. My grandma had a pincushion on her dressing table, covered with the poppies that she had collected over the years. The pincushion was faded blue and the poppies had faded as well. I suppose since the poppies were cloth, instead of vinyl, they clung to the coat, not like today, when I generally have to buy 2 0r 3 per season.(November 1-11)
I am going to France in the spring and one of the must see stops for me will by Vimy Ridge.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Craft show season.

Once November starts, the craft fairs start in earnest and since Sunday I have been to two.
The first was at a local high school, there were some great booths and I bought a couple of things. My friend and I were gone a couple of hours to that one, rested two days and hit the second one this week.
Circle Craft has their big show at the Trade and Convention Centre. Lots of great stuff this year, we spent about four hours were needed and that included lunch. Kathy Ross showed some dolls made of paper, really charming and some bronze pieces. http://krsculptureanddolls.com/index.html

Just down the aisle, Indigo Moon had a booth. http://indigomoonsilks.com/
I fell in love with most of the yarn on the table, she had new colourways and great examples knitted up and I am really intrigued with the Landscape shawl from Fibertrends.

There was also great clothes, pottery and jewelry and chocolate.

Friday, November 2, 2007

V8324, V8322, KS T and J Crossover.

The look on my face says it all, lets get these pictures taken, I felt the blog needed photos. First up is my latest blouse, V8324http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V8324.htm?search=8324&page=1 with sleeves from V8322. http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V8322.htm?search=8322&page=1
There was a good sale on patterns at Fabricland, so I decided to try Vogue again. I still have problems getting the right size and the neck is still quite large. It was comfortable to wear but it was difficult fabric to sew. It was hard to press. It is a satin backed poly crepe.
This one is a little wild looking but I love wearing it, it is very light, dosen't crease and made from the basic Kwiksew Tee shirt.
This fabric is a brushed poly knit, very comfortable and is the Jalie Cross over top. I bought this fabric in Toronto. I should probably fix the neck a bit, it is good when I stand but when I sit, it is a little low and gapes a tad.