Sunday, April 29, 2007

Another one!

Looks like a couple of the loops are out of place. That's ok...I can just nudge them back with a needle. This one is 2.5"x2.5". The fabric is Irish linen. I read somewhere that you shouldn't use 100% cotton as the needle will cut the fabric instead of punching through. I only had 100% cotton Aida or Irish linen. I thought the linen would be stronger. It was difficult to work with as the needle did cut the fabric strands. I had to make sure the needle punched between. If I were to use linen again for punchneedle, I think it would be better to wash the fabric first. It was really stiff to work with. Good for cross stitch but not so good for punchneedle.

Gillian, thanks for the info on your rug. It sounds like yarn was used instead for bigger rugs. I can't imagine how long it would take to make something that size with embroidery floss! :0

Punchneedle Embroidery

Look at what I made!

It's punchneedle embroidery. Last week, I saw that Quiltopia is offering a workshop on punchneedle embroidery. I did a web search and came up with a lot of references & instructions. It doesn't look that hard. Serendipity (aka local newspaper) brought a Michael's 40% off coupon to my door and pretty soon, I was punching away on this kit. As long as you don't look at it close up, it looks fine. The back is really messy but not bad for my first effort, I think. It doesn't look finished with the background plain so I might do something about that.

Things to remember:

Punchneedle work is done on a small scale. Finished pieces are usually no bigger than 5". Small is good.

Get a good needle. The one Michael's sell is ok and cheap but if you're interested in doing this more than once, invest in a good needle. The tiny burr at the end of my needle kept catching on the fabric. The two that seems to be preferred by other punchneedle enthusiasts are Cameo and Igolochkoy. Locally, Quiltopia and Shan's Needleworks sells Cameos.

The suggested fabric is weaver's cloth. I'm not sure what that is. The fabric in the kit looks similar to a 28 count Aida cotton. Possibly even 32 count.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Things to do... the crack of dawn Saturday morning...

...while watching English Premier League soccer.

That's the tussah silk noil that I've been picking through for a while now. No matter how thorough you are picking out chunks of VM, you always find more as you're spinning. I carry a small ziplock baggie of the noil with me and pick through it whenever I have a few minutes. It's actually better than knitting for short spurts of free time. No worries about finishing the row.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Midweek blahs

I really need to take a picture of the purple cardigan before I frog the trim. Yes, the sleeves are all sewn in but I'm not happy with them...the sewing looks a bit sloppy even after blocking. I really need to work on my finishing techniques. The trim is a picot edge all around the sweater. It looks good lying on the blocking board but not so good on me. I think I'll put this away for now. Maybe when I feel up to it, I'll knit a cable rib around the sweater.

Good thing Fiber Fest is less than 3 weeks away...I need pick-me-up. Kris's last day is the same day as Fiber Fest. I'm really going to miss her. We've been working together for a lot of years.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Just cuz...

In case you ever need to make your own cow...

Mine is sitting by my computer. Heh!

Friday, April 13, 2007

What day is it?

All week long, I've been a day off. Short weeks are great if your workload is shorten to match the short week. Another busy week over. It looks like another two months to go before things will settle down.

One month to Fibre Festival!

The sleeves for purple cardie are still not sewn in yet. I'm seriously considering re-knitting the sleeves right on the sweater. I've never knitted a set-in sleeve right to sweater before. I've done top-down sweaters with raglan sleeves but not sleeves needing shoulder shaping. I did find a couple of website with some good suggestions - Morehouse Farm's knitting tips for armholes and Heartstrings Fiber Arts seamless shoulder-down sleeves.

Am I crazy? I would rather re-knit the darn sleeves than sew them in.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Spring has sprung!

All the Magnolia buds have thrown off their fuzzy little jackets to enjoy the sunshine! The tree is packed full of pink and white flowers!

PURPLE CARDIGAN V1.3 (aka Fall Cable KAL project)

The plan for this glorious super long Easter weekend? Sew the sleeves to the body and decide on how I would like to finish the edges.

Right now I'm leaning towards quick & easy (crochet edge all around). But this is version 3 of my Fall Cable KAL, in previous reincarnations have been Knitty's BPT and partially knitted Paton's Urban Aran, and I feel slightly guilty that there's not one speck of cable anywhere on this cardigan.

I'm not sure I want to mention what Plan B involves a lot of math and another 50 years of knitting.