Tuesday, 30 December 2014

More crocheting, different size.
My daughters' friend is a NICU nurse and suggested I might want to make smaller hats for her patients. Much smaller.
So I did a few and asked if the sizes would do.
The small yellow and aqua hats are the right size. The other two variegated hats  are "average" children's hat sizes, for comparison.
So I whipped up a few more:
 Hard to believe such small hats could fit!

The reference to baking in the title is real, but the problem is if one forgets to take photos right away, there may be nothing left to capture. A hat which has been worn still looks OK in a photo, a pre used muffin, not so much!

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Last kiln load before xmas, emptied today.
And here are the goblets.
Really I need to get a professional photographer to take some photos for me. Wait  I know one......

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Can't put down that hook!
I did add to the border on the Lucy blanket. I had started it the way the ripple blanket was done, this one ended with a different type of border. Instead of ripping out what I had already done I just changed mine half way.
And I started a new lap blanket. I debated whether to use the pattern for the green scarf for the blanket, or try a "plaid" pattern. I actually did small swatches this time to see how the yarn and colours would look. Lesson: do not try to rip out the very hairy variegated blue (acrylic, mohair, wool and polyester) it does not like to be ripped out AT ALL.
So I decided to try a plaid and use the hairy yarn just for the filler.
 The add-in yarn will be chained and threaded through the mesh holes left for it. The next photo was taken against the window so the spaces can be seen more clearly.
I have not tried this style before so it will be interesting to see how it works out.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The green scarf is finished, and a few things made from my new yarn find.

I really want to make something else, but Xmas is coming and I haven't baked, or decorated or done much any shopping, so it is time to get on with those things and set aside crochet for now, except maybe I will work on the final boarder for the Lucy blanket!

 Missed this one from earlier. Made with acrylic/mohair blend using dew drop wrap pattern

Friday, 12 December 2014

I went shopping again today, at Goodwill, and for 10$ this is my haul.
I really need to get crocheting faster, or staying out of stores with really good deals on random yarn. The large blue ones are fuzzy and size 5. Either hats or slippers. Or maybe a scarf?
The red ones at the top are bumpy or boucle like in texture. The size is not specified but they must be 5 or 6. Red is not usually my colour but 6 - 70g balls plus that bit of purple for 4$, how can I pass that up? And tucked in the middle are 3 balls of cotton, 2 variegated and one plain blue to make the donation hats.
There was also a half skein of Phentex. Awful stuff. Grannies used to make slippers out of it. They (the slippers) never wore out ( unfortunately, as they were always ugly). I will give that to my husband to use to tie up the tomatoes next summer.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Goblets look better the right way up. Even if they have not been fired yet.
for the first time since my wrist episode I threw something fairly large.
Last official class until January, but I will continue to finish all these off, perhaps some will be ready for Xmas?

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Shopping for yarn.
Last week I dropped in at my favourite thrift store to check out their crafty supplies section. I found some yarn. Total cost 9$.
I checked online to find out how well I did. The round flat ball in the lower left, a burnt orange colour, is Harris, with Rowan. The closest equivalent I can find is listed online for 10.95$ a 50 gm ball. I have one and between 1/2 and a whole other ball in small leftovers, so I covered it right there! The pink is cotton and I see it adding to my crochet flowers someday. The pale green, 3 skeins of "unknown fibre" probably mostly acrylic is becoming a scarf/Nantucket cowl. Here is the start...
 The rest will just add to my piles of yarn for now. ( stash sounds too organized for my collection!)
I also have some "finishes" in leftover yarn from the crochet blanket/afghan. After a request for slippers I am into old fashioned crochet footwear.

These are in RH comfort yarn from my Walmart 10 pounds (yes 4540gm) of yarn for 65$ day. I used it for the afghan and still have LOTS left.
Off to hook!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

With a little help from my friends....
Wine goblets are one of those things that are something of a challenge to make in clay. There are several different ways but I am trying the build-the-stem-onto-the-bowl, not the join-the-two-pieces-together. First I made a selection of bowls last week.
Today I trimmed the bowls smooth and then threw a stem on top of the upside down bowl.
It sounds easy? Well not for me, this is where the "friends" part comes in, aka our instructor, who gave lots of help, and eventually there were ...
a whole set of them!
they still need to dry, to be bisque fired, glazed, and glaze fired; but in just a few more weeks they will be ready for their adoring public. Whoever it may be.