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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.

Sewing:
-L.'s dice bag
-M.'s dice bag
-M.'s furoshiki
-Various dresses
-Bloomers
-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!

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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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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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:
http://simplicity.com/index.cfm?cat=4&type=19
http://www.mccallpattern.com/list/costumes/page-1
http://www.butterick.com/list/costumes/page-1

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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I've been working on headkerchiefs. And the poppy needlecase. And the purple skirt got started. It's very simple, but I haven't yet sat down and sewed it. And the Kroy socks I said I'd make with the lettuce edge- I changed my mind. They'll be mock-smock socks instead.

And I just started reading Phillip Dick's The Man in the High Castle. I got tempted after knitting guild, and bought two of his books. I find myself reaching for and wanting to own harder books now. I don't want the twinkie books to take up all the shelf space. I've been sorting as I go, unpacking, and it's amazing the number that can be left in boxes under the bed, and the fact that I'm willing to let any books go at all is stupendifying.
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Here are my weekend goals:
-start work on matrix stuff
-spend 1/2 hour on sorting papers.
-finish coton à broder; all I need to do is embroider the monogram, then it's done
-make brown skirt and purple skirt
-finish one red cranberry sock

If there's time:
-knit the second sock
-do more work on matrix
-do more paper sorting
-re-file patterns, put socks in separate books and note technique patterns
-figure out the needleholder thing and make it
-contemplate crochet hooks

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