Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bits of Fabric All Over

  I was trying to remember where I got them, and I've had these three bags of quilting cotton "scraps" for so long that I don't totally remember.  I want to say they came off a free listing on Craig's List, but it could have easily been someone who brought them to a knit-night.
  Since I have obviously looked at them so much, I knew a lot of it would be going to the Donate pile.  My problem was that I didn't know where to take them.  Yarn?  Finished items?  Cross-stitch kits?  Kid's kits?  Those are all easy.
  I knew that a few of my friends sewed and decided to post about it online.  One of my sewing friends said that she had talked to someone at the Eastern Market in Washington DC who makes art with fabric.  I sent an e-mail to Jaime from Seeing in Fabric to see what all she was looking for.  She said cottons and that she was not looking for any reds at this point. 

  These are the ones I pulled out for her from the first bag I had.  The reason I called them "scraps" before was because they were labeled as scraps, but some of these pieces are probably over a yard.

  This is what I found in the second bag that I felt no need to keep.  I know some of them have some red in the fabric, but I figure it wouldn't be too hard to work around it if need be.

  The two bags are what I packed up for her and the bin is what I decided to keep for now.  Not pictured is the denim and flannel my mom brought to her.  Not sure if I have enough of each to do what I want, if it turns out that I don't have enough, I know where to take them.
  She let me pick out two prints in exchange for the bags.  It was so sweet of her!  I also told her that I wasn't done going through everything, so there will most likey be more fabric.
  My mom had also never been to the Eastern Market before and was overwhelmed by the whole thing.  We also had lunch in the area after going to Second Rising to get some amazing bread.  Ever since we got some Himalayan Spice Rolls last fall I have been in love.  I try and buy something from her every time I am in the area.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Would it be called 'Tehcorc'ing?

  Going through my craft room has brought out more yarn that I don't feel the need to keep for myself.  If no one else grabs them, I'm sure Tammy will to make cat beds out of.

  I had a reluctant model for my shrug.  Autumn looked adorable in it, but didn't want to stand up and show it off.  The sleeves were a tiny bit too long for her, but since the body had a bit of extra width, I think I made it a good size.

  Some stitch holders were being given away.  My mom took them to take to Cathy so she can use them for her knitting students.  One interesting thing is that the holders are facing two ways.  I always just thought they were all made the same, just different lengths.  I never noticed different directions before.  I wonder why they do that.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Shrug and a Shawl so Fast You Didn't Even See it.

  I made my mind up and finished the shrug.  I continued with the one side being one stich smaller than the other.  I used the cable pattern I found on Aran Muster and even found a mistake in the chart.  The cable on stitches 35-40 on row 33 should cross the other way.  The chart key is in German, but if you've done some cabling from charts before, you can just look at the rows and figure out what they want you to do.

  I've also finished my Impulse Scallop Shawl, but ran into some problems.  It is a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be.  Normally I would just do a soaking wash and let it dry on the guest bedroom.  However, since I am working on getting my craft storage room organized, the guest room is packed full.
  I got my first shelving unit and got things on it, but it didn't go as far as I was hoping.  I didn't get anything from the hall, guest room, or other rooms onto those shelves.  I mostly moved things that were still in the room over onto the shelves.  This does help to uncover things that can be moved out of plastic bags into proper containers or put into a donate/sell/give away pile.  It also frees up more floor space.  Once enough has been cleared I will be able to get more units in there.
  I'm also aware that doing it this way might mean that I will have too many shelving units in the end.  That if I had taken the time to go through each thing that are already in bins, that I might have been able to fit more into that one unit.  To me, that feels like I would get overwhelmed quickly and I wouldn't make enough progress.  My goal right now is to also try and get as much as I can into one room, then I will be able to tackle the individual bins a lot easier.  I can always use any extra shelves or bins for something else, or pass them on.

  I was scanning through the blog because I remember complaining about this shawl when I taught the class.  I must have done that elsewhere because I can't find any word of it on here.  I was hoping that I had linked to the pattern.  I know that they have used both Red Heart and Lion Brand patterns in classes before.  They change the name of the pattern sometimes as well.
  I usually will try and find it based on the name on the pattern and link it here.  It seems that this shawl happened so fast that I didn't even mention it.  I knew when I finished this one that I wanted to try one out of a thicker yarn.  The pattern called for a rather large hook and worsted weight yarn.  We gave it a try but it was coming out way too loosely.  We switched to some smaller hooks and checked the pattern again.
  When we looked at the picture for the class, it showed the shawl being nice and big and plush.  It was hard to tell scale in the picture on the pattern because it was just laid flat, like the picture I took above.  We then came to realise that they meant for us to use the bulk version of the yarn.
  Well, before starting my second one of these, I had some other projects to finish, so it was a bit before I got to this one.  Since then, I seem to have misplaced the written pattern.  Writing this means that the moment I finish the second one I will find it and it will have been in some very obvious place.

  I worked the two rows enough on the first one that I mostly remember how to do it.  I had to do some back thinking to try and remember how it started.  I know I did the center section of the first few rows incorrectly, but it isn't such a big deal that I felt the need to start over.  We shall see if I like the fabric or if I should move to a bigger hook.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Forgotten Yarn

   I know I started this blog so I would have a place to show off the things I made and donated to charity.  I did post once, some crafty items that I didn't make, but donated.  I'm wondering if I should list any of the items that I didn't make and aren't craft related that I donate.
  Above is a picture of some tops I got for free a while ago.  I was going through Craig's List and saw someone giving away a big bag of shirts.  I saw a few I liked and got the bag.  I have since pulled out the two tops I liked and these have just been sitting around.  I did a second go-through to see if my style has changed enough that I might like any more of them.  Nope, still feel like I would never wear them.
  I had them listed on LetGo for a while and no one has even expressed some passing interest.  I wondered how long I should let them sit, since I've contacted people about items that were listed for over a month.  I decided the other day to list them for sale on Craig's List.  The listing is good for seven days.  If they don't sell in that time they will be getting donated.  I have a pair of boots that I will be doing similar to.
  Now, after all that, back to what I was wondering.  Would it be okay to post those things on here?  I am donating them, but I didn't make them.  I also know that this is my blog and I've gone off into left field many times on here before.

  I was walking through my kitchen and saw a large plastic bag.  When I peaked inside I saw some poor yarn that had been forgotten.  This bag was supposed to also come with me to K&CC.
  I asked Bill if he was shocked that I was getting rid of yarn.  His first answer was that since I said I was going to do it, that he wasn't shocked that I actually did it.  I then clarified that I wanted to know if he was shocked when I said I was going to do it.  He said he was.  Nice to know I can still keep him on his toes.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Because it is Funnier This Way.

  I don't remember if I mentioned it or not, but I started with the small ball of yarn I had instead of a whole skein.  I wanted to minimize the risk of having multiple small balls if I didn't use all 6 full skeins.  This also meant that if I was at the end of skein three and was in the center, then there would be a good chance that I wouldn't have enough.

  I took this picture earlier today.  I am in the exact center.  Once I do the second side of the wedge I am working on, I can start decreasing.  See that small amount of a skein left right below it on the couch?  That is skein number two.  I am passing the center and have not yet even touched skein number three.
  Like I said before, while I was wondering if I was even going to have enough, I was also thinking it was going to be funny if I had a bunch extra.  I could make it bigger and work one or two more increase sections, but I won't because that would make it super huge.  I tried it on by holding it over one shoulder.  It is a very nice size right now.  We'll just have to see how much I have left over once I'm done.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

No Longer Melting

  Everyone was saying that I should call someone to look at our outside unit.  I should probably get someone to check it over at some point, we have been in our house for almost 9 years, but I kept putting it off.
  Bill was in and out all of last night and looking things up on the internet.  I was hoping that since the same thing happened before we left for Scotland (and then magically fixed itself) that it would fix itself again.

  It is bad if they look like this.  The top is supposed to be flat and recessed a little.  He pulled this one out while I took notes about what wires went to what.  Once the new one was in and the emergency pull for the power was put back in, it jumped back to life.

  My plan for my Impulse Scallop Shawl is to try and not run out of yarn.  The pattern says I should use about 1600 yards of yarn.  I have some less than that, but I'm also not using the same yarn.  It isn't even the same weight, so I'm also not using the same needles either.  I have six full skeins and a small ball left over from the cowl I made.
  My plan is to check where I am in the pattern when I get near the end of skein three.  If I'm not at the center of the shawl or past the center, it just might have to be a bit shorter than the pattern calls for.  What would be really funny is if I have a bunch left over once I'm done.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

I'm Doing a Bit Better at This.

  Normally the picture below would be followed by some thing about how I got all this great yarn to use for charity and a story about how I got it.

  This is not a normal post about yarn at all because all that yarn is stuff that I pulled out of my stash and brought to K&CC earlier today.  I had the grand plan to use a lot of the Team Spirit yarn (hard to see, but that is what most of the bag is made of) to make a bunch of different hats.  I managed to make two and while that was fun, I quickly ran out of steam on that plan.

  I also had a mishap with one of them.  I tried to wash it.  I bet a lot of you are either rolling your eyes or sadly shaking your head about it.  The band had become gross and I didn't know if hand washing would be enough.  The yarn was structurally fine, just didn't want to risk anything.

  It took most of the day, but I got that mess sorted.  It didn't help that our AC unit is having problems.  The inside fan is blowing cool air, but the house isn't giving the outside unit enough power to get it started.  Tank loved that the windows were left open all night.
  Somehow through all of that, I got the shrug worked on and finished the body.  Today at K&CC I picked up along the opening and finished the ribbing for the body.  Since Tank has laid on it and chewed on the yarn at various points, it is now soaking in some sudsy water.
  I'm really excited to start the Impulse Scallop Shawl, and hopefully my AC will be back to full strength before it gets too big.