Tag Archives: yarns

extreme weather

safety pin cushion at the ready, trusty ruler & fleece ~ teensiest bit of rod shows at right edge of curtain
safety pin cushion at the ready, trusty ruler, & fleece ~ teensiest bit of rod shows at right edge of curtain

Decided yesterday morning, since the temps were falling faster than Newton’s apple, that remedial assistance was needed for my huge, single-paned, floor-to-ceiling set of windows.  Yep, the ones that already have sheers and thermal fabric over them.  And blinds.

They now also have a 30 minute set of no-sew thick fleece curtains.  Yeeha, does that deaden the traffic noise! And it’s also keeping the place warmer and helping my heating bill.

Easy-peasy solution: I’ve had 2 remnants of green fleece hanging around, waiting for me to figure out what to do with them.  Light bulb moment: Instead of going out and spending $$$ trying to find heavier curtains, why not  pin the fleece to some spare adjustable rods sitting in the closet. and slip them right between the sheers & the thermals?

So I did.  All it took were 2 handfuls of the hugest safety pins I had, and 2 spare tension rods.  You could use straight pins, but I figured safety pins wouldn’t scratch if I had to fiddle with them too much.

It does leave the place darker.  But I wasn’t opening blinds or curtains anyway, to keep the cold out. Might even use them in summer, when heat starts climbing.  Then it’s important to keep light out.  I should use light fleece then, as the dark green will absorb heat and that’s not what we want.

And the little scarf is finito, with a cute little row of fan-shaped edging in either end.  Wish I had more of that yarn, but discovered on Ravelry it’s no longer made, and no one there had more to sell..  😦

crocheted scarf update

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Hopefully the next photos you’ll see will include a nice edging on the finished scarf.  Have somehow managed to avoid all such things until now, but it’s needed to finish this up nicely.

Got the bulk of this completed whilst nattering away on skype with friend Samantha (Sewinloveuk). Sooo nice getting to know each other, and for me to have another sewer & crafter to talk with.  Friend Karen works, which cuts down considerably on sewing & crafting time. But we’re working on that.  😉

Did you know the terminology is different in British and American crochet patterns? I knew that was true for knitting, but didn’t realize it also applied to crochet.  I have 2 newer books of crochet patterns and stitches purchased relatively recently.  Recently as in within the last 10 years or so.   Anyway, realized yesterday that one is American and one is British.

No wonder I was confused.  Thank you once again, Samantha, for sorting me out!

weekly photo challenge: beginning


BEGIN”NING, ppr. First entering upon; commencing; giving rise or original; taking rise or origin.

Beginnings can mean lots of things to lots of people.  Sometimes it may require unwinding some snarls, but the result is bound to please.

When I first “entered into” using this ball of yarn several years ago, it was as a gift for a friend.  As you can see, that hasn’t happened yet.

The knitting needle for this yarn was small, too small to ignite much enthusiasm for continuing.  So the project got put away and forgotten.

Then my lovely British friend, a busy crocheter, got me thinking about yarns I might recycle.  Here was a prime example.

On New Year’s Day I got it out, pulled the knitting apart, and got out a crochet hook.  Then the question: what stitch to use?

I started with a basic single crochet, which gives a solid finished piece.   However, I soon realized that stitch would take more than the single ball of yarn I had.  Finding more would be difficult, at best.

On to Plan B: a more open stitch that used less yarn.  And so the above was started.  And I think it may continue.

Link to WordPress Challenge here.

weekly photo challenge: lines-patterns

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He-he!  What an interesting and thought-provoking group.  All are basic elements of sewing, and most crafts, as well as painting, photography, sculpture, and other arts.

While looking up each word, I discovered they’re all used as verb or noun, and sometimes one or the other isn’t what’s generally thought of.

Dug deep into the shoebox and pulled out some photos from 2008 & 2009.  Hope you enjoy!

Shape, v.t. pret. shaped; pp. shaped or shapen.  1. To form or create.
Shape, n. [OE. shap, schap, AS. sceap in gesceap creation, creature, fr. the root of scieppan, scyppan, sceppan, to shape, to do, to effect;]  1. Character or construction of a thing as determining its external appearance…

Line, v. t. 1. To cover the inner surface of; as, to line a cloak with silk or fur; to line a box with paper or tin.
Line, n. [OE. …prob. from L. linea a linen thread, string, line, fr. linum flax, thread, linen, cable; but the English word was influenced by F. ligne line, from the same L. word linea.] 1. linen thread or string; a slender, strong cord; also, a cord of any thickness; a rope; … a clothesline; a towline.

Tex”ture, v. t.  To form a texture of or with; to interweave.
Tex”ture, n. [L. textura, fr. texere, textum, to weave: cf. F. texture.] 1. The act or art of weaving. 2. That which woven; a woven fabric; a web.

Pat”tern, v. t. 1. To make or design (anything) by, from, or after, something that serves as a pattern; to copy; to model; to imitate.
Pat”tern, n. [OE. patron, F. patron, a patron, also, a pattern.]  1. Anything proposed for imitation; an archetype; an exemplar; that which is to be, or is worthy to be, copied or imitated; as, a pattern of a machine.

Link to WordPress Challenge here.

remember that black & gold shawl…

all 1 stitch, very boring, but i get into a rhythm & don't want to be bothered changing
all 1 stitch, very boring, but i get into a rhythm & don’t want to be bothered changing

Actually, perhaps you don’t, especially if you’re not on Ravelry. I remember putting it up there recently.

The good news is I finally finished it last night… It’s been lingering for a while… well, several years actually. I looked at the length – over 5 feet, and decided enough was enough. Got out my Knitting in Plain English book to remind me how to bind off, and am declaring it done.

Now to wash & do all that stuff, then decide whether/how to fringe the ends.

Meanwhile, one of my packages is due to arrive tomorrow… hee-hee!

indie pattern & another stashed project

this fabulucious buttery rayon has been aging for... easily a decade, until I could trace the pieces so I'd have the pattern, whoch I tossed - waaaahhhh!!!
this fabulucious buttery rayon has been aging for… easily a decade, until I could trace the pieces so I’d have the pattern, which I foolishly tossed – waaaahhhh!!!

indie pattern challenge

The linen-cotton fabric ordered from amazon arrived Friday night and got laundered Saturday.  Yes, amazon does have fabric & the provider listed is fabric.com ~ it’s the exact same fabric! But goodness ~ it had more lint than a heavy cotton bath towel. Am thinking to laundry & dry once more before cutting out my Middy Blouse.  Why’d I order from amazon? I needed to get some notions that were a little less dear than on fabric.com, and a couple of things fabric.com didn’t have.

another project from the vault…

The story behind the yellow rayon above began aaages ago.  The fabric is another stashed California fabric.  The colour, which doesn’t reproduce quite correctly, is a wonderful sunflower yellow, not too bright, with a hint of that brown sunflower centre with the yummy seeds. Have 2 other unlined pull-ons from the pattern, but cannot locate the pattern online. Mind you, also can’t remember the pattern company or year, either!  I just remember thinking that if I left the pieces all cut out I could toss the pattern & copy from the pieces for another pattern, then sew it up. Ten-plus years later, it’s finally getting done.

forgot to mention yesterday…

black & gold lanalux by Lana Yarns
black & gold lanalux by Lana Yarns

Dragged another project out over the weekend, but this one’s knitting. Found this yarn 2 or 3 years ago, and thought it would make a soft, glittery evening shawl. Got it started and almost done, then shelved it. Now hope to get it finished. 1 ball of yarn to go!  (Details over on ravelry.)

All for now, Lovelies ~ happy sewing!

on ravelry

a 2008 collection of sale yarns - all gone now...
a 2008 collection of sale yarns – all gone now…

Yep, CurlsnSkirls is now on Ravelry.  You must become a member to see much, but the resources are very deep and it’s relatively easy to navigate through… except I can’t locate their info to get the right logo onto this site… but that’ll appear one of these days!

This summer’s version of last winter’s hat has been started, which sort of posed the query to self again, echoing my old yarn shop’s perennial suggestion that I get meself onto Ravelry.

The yarn used for this version’s made from recycled paper.  It’s like a skinny raffia that’s been ironed flat. The link takes you to Ravelry’s pattern page, which shows the yarn made into the hat. My hat might not come out quite the same, as I want a wider brim.

Working a crochet hook with this ain’t easy, but I’m determined ~ at this point ~ to get through it.  Don’t think I’ll get more though.  $19 USD is too much to pay for the effort of working it. Give me a nice, soft yarn anytime, specially if it’s got some rayon!

Jolly big shout out to Josée over at Cul de Sac, who’s doing a huge craft fair tomorrow.  She has gorgeous things in her etsy shop, too – hint, hint!

crocheted winter hat

can you see the slight pinwheel design in the top?
can you see the slight pinwheel design in the top?

For once I found a crochet pattern easy enough to attempt.  Am pleased meself took time to rip out until the subtle design appeared correctly. Sorry I didn’t make note of the pattern or designer’s name.  Might be local as I didn’t find anything when I searched for the name back in November (when I was planning this slightly delayed post).

Made it bigger, as yarn was in the stash, and knew I wanted to be able to pull it down over my ears when it’s really cold.  Content of yarn is 50% cotton, 50% rayon, so it’s very soft and has a slight sheen.

area on sides with elastic insertion, a double crochet pattern section
area on sides with elastic insertion, a double crochet pattern section

Threaded some narrow elastic through the sections to check and see if my idea was totally crackers, then sewed some ribbon onto the elastic & started threading it through.  (above)

Not quite completed, but wanted to get something out to indicate I did do stuff even if I wasn’t posting… Also kept up reading everyone else’s blogs, just didn’t have time to reply. Apologies to all!