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darning & mending

counted thread (incl. needlepoint, xstitch, canvaswork, Wessex, blackwork)
cutwork (hedebo, Hardanger)
huck weaving
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I am experimenting with different toe up sock patterns, and I should document results.

Priscilla Gibson-Roberts Simple Socks pattern is cool, but not good for regularly striped yarns, because the short row heels and toes are not symmetrical. The crochet cast on is better for me than the cast on given in the book.

With my stripey yarn, I tried another toe up cast on: the cast on given in the Summer 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. I don't like it - it's fiddly and non-intuitive, and hard for me to do.

I would like to try Judy's Magic Cast On, and the cast on given by elann and knitty.

I will edit this post as I have more info.
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  • Heel and toe of sock in one color, the rest in another
  • Solid sock foot, patterned leg
  • Patterned glove fingers, the rest solid
  • Modular scarf
  • Wristers/pulse warmers
  • Crazy mismatched socks


Mar. 30th, 2009 10:28 am
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair, Repurpose

So, if you want to fix the things you already have, here's a link to a set of posts on mending:
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Meme from [ profile] saija:

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me. It will be about or tailored to those five lucky "victims."

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
- what I create will be just for you.
- it'll be done this year
- you have no clue what it's going to be. It may be a poem or story. I may make something all craft-y like. I may cook you something and mail it to you - though probably only if you live on this side of the globe. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!
- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you have to put this in your journal as well, if you expect me to do something for you!

P.S. If I don't have your snail mail, you'll need to send it to me, so drop me a message.
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Cross stitch started:
-Daffodil bowls (small, on linen)
-Daffodil bookmark (I think?0
-Poppy and cornflower needlebook and scissors keep (needs finishing, if nothing else)
-R. & M.'s wedding sampler
-Hardanger bookmark (needs finishing)
-Gigantic urn project (over 40 colors, I've been working on it for something like 10 years)

Knitting started:
-Pi shawl in sock wool.
-Slit up the front Cottage socks for E. I finally found them, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to get the edges not to curl. I may just rip these back, and make some nice slippers for E.
-Shrug - the neck ribbing was too tight, so I ripped it out, and will re-pick up the stitches and redo.
-Adjust the length of my cottage socks, since they're too long in the foot and I feel like I'm going to trip.

-L.'s dice bag
-M.'s dice bag
-M.'s furoshiki
-Various dresses
-Roumanian blouse

Things to start soon:
-T.'s baby blanket
-crochet ball
-another knitted ball
-E. & T.'s cross stitch for the wedding

No wonder I feel overwhelmed!
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(written in bits while waiting for my code to finish running)

The black-and-turquoise bag is into the sides now, thanks to U., who did the base for me. She forgot to bring something to work on for Sunday dinner, and was kind enough to work on the bag for me.

I also started R. & M.'s wedding sampler. It's little bits of color, and lots of backstitch. I use doublerunning stitch instead of backstitch most of the time, since I like it better. It's nice to embroider; I've been knitting more lately.

I "fixed" my sewing machine, which was upset about the tension difference between the bobbin and the main thread, and the two different types of thread, I think. I can finish some of my (long overdue) Christmas presents now. When I'm done with those, I may sew some clothing. I've picked up some Folkwear patterns I'd like to try out.

I'll be ordering from Nordic Needle sometime soon, probably. Hun broke one of my Q-snaps by accident, and I need the replacement parts. There are some other things they have that I'd like.

Book finished: Sunshine by Robin Mckinley. Reread. Good, but not having the place in my heart that her Damar books do.

(Gah! I just lost the post)

I've decided to do Thing-a-Day this year. Commit, for the month of February, to spend a half hour each day making something. I have a bunch of calligraphy stuff that I never use, and that is what I'll be doing. This means I have to clean off my desk (good!). It will be nice to make a large-ish commitment, and keep it.

Played Dragon Dice over the weekend with D. & J. Very fun. I need to get a few more dice to give myself more options with the dice I have, but I have a variety of dice (Thanks J. & M.!), and I expect to build the collection gradually. I'm playing with a coral elf and firewalker army right now, because I only have 2 dragons. I'm planning on acquiring a few more dragons, and terrains. I need to learn how to play, and not just dump money into, "Oh! Shiny! Must have!"

Why I make

Jan. 16th, 2008 10:47 pm
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(Watching an episode of Craft in America.
I admire the skill that these people have, the knowledge, the ability. They are all making a living making, and that is beautiful.)

I learned to cross stitch in the summer of 1989, and since then, I have taught myself several other forms of embroidery. I learned to sew in high school. The Girl Scouts taught me to crochet in second grade, but I forgot how til my first year of grad school. I got obsessed with crochet then, and a friend taught me how to knit, and I really never went back to crochet. Since then, I've also learned to tat, and will learn to spin and weave as well. At some point, I'd like to play with temari and kumihimo, and braiding, and small loom weaving.

I make because I don't like sitting still, and it gives me something productive to do with my hands.

I make because I like making something.

I knit because it's in my genes - my mother's mother was a knitter, and a very good one too.

I tat because my father's mother tatted - it's one making I know she did, and I only found out years after her death.

Knitting and tatting connect me to my family, on both sides, in some profound way that I really don't have the words for.
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I just finished a red-and-black string bag for myself, which I had started a few days ago. Now for a turquoise and black one for D.

I don't fell like making anything that requires a gauge swatch at the moment.

Code is going ok, debugging is frustrating. Getting the right trend in the data, at least.
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I found a blurb on coronation cord in a back issue of Piecework magazine (May/June 2000), in a letter from Anne Dyer of Shropshire, England.

It describes how one can make coronation cord (also called Salisbury cord) oneself:

"Start with several strands of a hard thread, which will twist into a thin cord, and several strands of a soft lustrous thread of the same length, which will become a thicker cord. Cut each strand 1.25 times the desired finished length, plus 8" for tying knots. Tie the ends of all the strands to a door handle or firm object. Attach the other end of the strands of hard thread to a hook on a reversible hand drill. Twist them up very tight -- the resulting cord should be fighting you to curl up into little side shoots. Remove it from the hook an have a helper hold it absolutely straight while you twist the strands of soft thread in the same direction.

"Reattach the first twisted cord to drill along with the second one. Both cords must be tight and of the same length. Now, twist them together in the opposite direction until the combined cord is firm and balanced.

"Remove the cord from the drill and door handle; tie each end in an overhand knot. If the finished cord is too loose, start again and this time twist the strands of the component cords more tightly."
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Tommy is sitting in a basket on the clean laundry.

So, I crocheted a bottle carrier for my liter Nalgene bottles.

I'm assuming you know how to join, then go up a round.

Using worsted weight cotton and an H hook:
Chain 20, join.
Single 20 around the chain, join.
Single crochet 2 in each of previous round. Join.
Single crochet around. Join.
Single crochet 2 in each of previous round. Join.

Circle up the side in spiral, using a size F hook. (I had 51 stitches around). Stop when it's the height you want it.

Chain 250 for the strap. Go back and forth 3 times to make it about an inch in width. End the crochet.

Opposite the place where the strap joins, attach the yarn, and crochet about 4 single crochet. Go back and forth until your loop is a nice length doubled over. Slip stitch it down to make the loop.

Tie the strap through the loop in order to adjust the length to your taste.


Oct. 15th, 2007 09:12 pm
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I tend to cycle up and down, not in any manic-depressive way, but for a week or so I will be energetic, and then for a similar amount of time, not so energetic. I'm on the downslope now, and I have a lot of things to do for school, so I am expecting my posting here and elsewhere to drop off for a bit.

In other news, I finished the punchneedle Christmas present for a friend of mine; I need to do the finishing and framing on several of these, but I'll do that in a month or so. I'm almost done with my aunt's embellish-this-printed-picture embroidery, which I started about 10 years ago. I will bring it to her for Thanksgiving.

I want to spend some time knitting soon. I need to seam up the sleeve of my shrug, and knit on the collar, then I am done. Then, I will finish the thick, warm socks I am modifying for my friend who has an ankle brace. Then I can start something new, which will probably be a sweater. My first sweater.
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A nice one is here.
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I made up this knitting pattern a few years ago, when I messed up something else in a scarf for my dad.

Repeat is 8 stitches over 12 rows.
Each row will repeat from one end to the other.

1- K4, P4
2- repeat 1
3- K1, P2, K1, P4
4- repeat 3
5- repeat 1
6- repeat 1
7- K1, P2, K1, P1, K2, P1
8- repeat 7
9- repeat 1
10- repeat 1
11- repeat 3
12- repeat 3
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A nice absorbent coaster, which will not stick to the bottom of your tea mug and drop off, spilling tea all over your keyboard.

size G hook. Worsted weight cotton - lion cotton, or lily sugar 'n cream. Use the thicker end of worsted.

Chain 17. (15 plus 2 to turn)
Single crochet back and forth for about 18 rows, til you have a square.
Single crochet across one more row.

Crochet around the outside, putting 3 or 4 single crochets in the corners to turn.
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well, since this blog is titled Fibergeek!, I guess I should blog a little on the fiber in my life.

I finished the wedding sewing in time, and the skirts and chemises looked good on everyone. The wedding was good, too - yummy food, lots of fun, no major upsets.

I am currently knitting a shrug, and I ripped out half of what I'd done, in order to knit it to fit my body. I am actually trying the thing on as I go, in order to make it fit me properly. It's kind of fun - this is one of the larger knitting projects I've ever taken on.

On the bus to and from work (yes, I commute by bus at least some of the time, and carpool the rest.) I find that tatting is great. It folds very, very small, and fits into a 2.5" by 0.25" by 1.25" box in my purse, which is really cool

I'm not taking on anything else; working with what I have keeps me busy enough.
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So, I'm knitting a shrug using Caron yarn and pattern. It was too big, by a lot, and I didn't have enough yarn to finish it. I have now ripped back to the arm length I want, and I'm ignoring the desired back width. I can always do something like make the circular collar bigger, or pick up a panel and lengthen the back, I suppose. It's very exciting, because I have a mindless project to work on.

I have finished the chemises and skirts for the wedding on Saturday. Thank goodness!

I'm planning to use August to focus on the schoolwork much harder than I have been, catch up on already started projects, and clean and organize the house.
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Two or three weeks ago, we put a rosa rugosa in, surrounded by common lavender, parsley, sage, rosemary, & thyme, 3 tomato plants, a pepper plant, and many marigolds.

The mint garden is out in the front of the house, far away and unconnected to anything else.

We missed out on the basil & cilantro; I may put them into beds next year. These two seem to get used in bulk, so I figure that they should be grown in bulk.

I want to grow these roses:
Rose de Rescht
Goldmarie 82
Snowdwarf (Schneezwerg)
Autumn Fire (Herbstfeuer)
Rosa gallica officinalis
Joseph's Coat

I've picked them for winter hardiness, resistance to bugs and disease, shade tolerance, and fragrance. Fragrance before color, though there is a mix of colors.
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A friend wants to dress up steampunk later this year.

I said I'd help, as much as I can, so here are some helpful (I hope) links.

First, I'm not horribly clear on exactly what steampunk is. I am operating on the assumption that Victorian era clothing (1850-1901 ish) is what is needed. So:

The Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild (GBACG) has an online pattern review, which is a great reference for specific patterns, and for thee names of pattern companies.

In the big US patternmakers, you want to look under costumes, then Civil War and Victorian.
Here are the links to the costume pages:

If you want either of these two blouses I'll give you may patterns, since I'm never going to make them.

Folkwear has lots of interesting patterns. I've never made one (though I own several), so I cannot advise you how easy they are to follow. They are generally full of lots of information, including historical stuff.


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