Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Pincushion Art

 My friend Elisa sent me this for my birthday!  

It's a tiny pincushion in a repurposed salt cellar, about an inch and a half in diameter.  Too cute for words, and it's my favorite color.  That pin with the beads on it is just for show, which pleases me every time I look at it.  Check out Lesley Storts on Etsy if you want to see more of these, plus she has a pattern for how to make your own!  Fun, fun, fun.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Yarnie UFOs

 Despite all the sewing I've been doing, I do have some knitting and crochet projects in process.  Some will probably end up frogged and/or forgotten, but I have three I am determined to finish.

First, the knitting projects.  I started the simple blanket pictured on the right with some good old worsted weight Encore I had in my stash.  But the simplicity got a little, shall we say, redundant?  As in, boring.  I added a few random garter stitch bands, and then I thought, why not write a pattern?

I grabbed some chunky yarn and started a similar project, which I hope I can finish more quickly.  This time, I'm keeping track of where I'm putting the garter stitch bands, for the sake of those potential pattern buyers who don't like to improvise.

Then again, why not finish both and have a pattern that includes directions for both weights of yarn?  We shall see.

Meanwhile, this crochet project has been languishing for probably two or three years.  I tried designing some other motifs which would go with the fun hexagonal shape in order to make it into a blanket.  That experiment did not go well.  I thought the result was tacky.  Hence the languishing of the project.

Now I'm thinking, if I use some thin cotton yarn, it might make a great doily.  I plan to try that, and if it works, I'll have another pattern to share.

I only have about five sewing projects I'm actively working on right now, so, I have plenty of time for knitting and crocheting too, right?