Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Missy, the dyer behind the Painted Fleece, used all kinds of different natural dyes - the yarn I am using for this sweater is dyed with Cochineal. The deeper skein went into the dye pot first, and the lighter pink went into the same pot 2nd.....LOVE it!!!
Doesn't it look like my knitting is playing in the clouds?
Other dyes Missy has used to dye these beautiful wool/nylon sock yarn are:
Take a look.....
Friday, August 13, 2010
If I am not too careful though, I might turn her room into a one big crochet fiesta. How cool does that sound, hhmmm???
Here is the pillow I am going to cover (which BTW, I think there is another one somewhere in my house and the moment I find it, it will be covered in larger granny squares!)
Here is the current state of the pillow - one more row to go and a tonne of little balls left over...Just waiting to be made into another pillow:
The last nine circles waiting oh so patiently to become little granny squares:
Although it is a pretty quick project, the 2nd piece will be one granny square in the deep orange colour - faster, only two ends to weave in and then it will be single crocheted together. Oh my goodness, I don't even want to talk about the ends. There are two colours for each little square, there are 81 little squares and three ends for each square. One for the beginning, one for the end, the third are the two ends I knotted before starting the 2nd colour.
Loving my daughter so much that I don't mind? Frankly, I don't want to even think about it anymore. The ends are done, well except for the last nine squares that I need complete the first side.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
I used 24 colours of Debbie Bliss' Baby Cashermino yarn on a 3.25mm hook. Most of the colours I used one ball, but a few required two. The grey, orange and purple and maybe a few more. I didn't keep track that well, because I just wanted to get it done. It measures 60" by 60". I didn't block it out, but just laid it down. I followed The Purl Bee's granny square method - great pictures and instructions.
I also followed Attic 24's Summer Time Granny tuturial and frankly there is no other site like hers. Go NOW, but be warned, she has alot of posts and they are all freaking fantastic, awesome and amazing. Only click on her blog if you have time to do so, as all other things will be forgotten. Grab a drink, sit down and hold on because if you ever wanted to crochet, never thought you would, you will after reading her blog. Trust me. I'm a knitter through and through, but now I can officially call myself a crocheter, because of Lucy.
I started on June 17th 2010 and finished the crocheting on August 4th. This past weekend I secured the ends and placed it on her bed! When she came home from a mini vacation with my in laws, she screamed with utter joy that it was done!
I do have quite a few small and medium sized balls left, so I am going to crochet pillows for her! I have a square green one that I bought from Ikea, and I'm using Attic 24's little granny square pattern for one side (basically a two colour two round square) and one granny square for the other. I'm about half done the one side (which is taking forever, those squares are so tiny, however I'm attaching them as I go - brilliant method that I thank Attic 24 for!)
Lucy - if you ever read my blog, please note, I love yours, absolutely adore it, but you have sucked me into the world of crochet like no one else could. Your photography, tuturials, inspiration and unbelievable enthusiam is awe inspiring. Please keep writing and taking pictures - the blog world wouldn't be the same without you!
There is a Flickr picture pool of Attic 24 inspired crochet goodies. If you don't even know where to start with colours, ideas of what to crochet, this flickr pool will inspire you.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
700 yards of hand dyed seacell and silk for $30!
Missy added some beads for pizzaz and boy does it look fantastic. Come on in and check it out.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Although in quite a bit of pain, the very next day she went Tree Top Trekking at Horseshoe valley! I have a tonne of photos but forgot to upload them. Oh well. she had fun and took tonnes of Advil afterwards!
On to the next crazy injury - my younger daughter broke her ankle playing summer hockey! A boy fell on her and her ankle twisted in a funny direction and now she has this on for the next 4 weeks:
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Each one is $14.99 and we have an awesome collection of roving starting at $10! So for $25.00 you can learn to make your very own yarn.