Mending

There is still very little crafting going on around here, as I continue to spend most of my time on my new job, or recovering from my new job, or cocooned on the couch watching inane television programs so I don’t have to think about my new job. No energy left for sewing or spinning or picking up stitches so my sweater will have sleeves.

However, I did manage to do some darning on my felted slippers.

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I’ve knit the Fuzzy Feet slipper pattern a multitude of times. My go-to yarn for this is Lamb’s Pride worsted, a combination of wool and mohair which usually felts beautifully and wears like iron. Something went awry in the machine felting this time, and the felting density was uneven. Throwing them back in the machine stopped having any effect – it was apparently as felted as they were going to get.

Since I wear these slippers without paying much attention to what is good for them, the bottoms tend to wear out first. Usually this takes a year or so, because they’re so tough, so even wearing them outside on the cement walkways doesn’t do much for quite a while. But these slippers just haven’t lasted the way they usually do.

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As I’m not spending much time knitting, I didn’t want to have to make another pair already, so I darned the bottoms instead where the yarn was starting to wear thin.

And I finally got to use the sock egg thingie I picked up a while back!

Horizontal stitches first, then weaving back and forth vertically and the worn spots of both feet have an extra layer built up again.

As you can see, I didn’t make any attempt to hide the fact that these are darned. If I was worried about a sophisticated slipper appearance, I probably wouldn’t be wearing these fuzzy feet slippers at all.  My criteria for slippers is all about warmth, nothing about appearance.

I really need to get on those sweater sleeves now. . .

Time?

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It may be time to get a new basic cookbook.

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My  parents gave me this cookbook when I went away to college. So, more years ago than I care to recall correctly. Lately, my sons have been using it to make cookies. Which may explain its current state, although I’m sure some of those stains are from me.  I at least kept the pages in order though!

Betty, thanks for all the help over the years.

Other things I’m calling time on include the Papa sweater that I’ve attempted three times.
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All of those pictures are the same yarn.  It fascinates me how it can look so many colors in different lights.

But in all of those pics, the yarn, no matter its color, is in the shape of an ill fitting mess.  Just not the pattern for me or this yarn.  So many increases in such a short space left weird puckers that looked even stranger on.

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So attempt #3 is now back to its primordial yarn form.

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Woodfords turned out to be a light, comfy everyday cardigan that I will wear a lot.  The yarn, Silky Wool, stretched in length quite a bit in the blocking, and I still wish I’d used a size down in the needle for a denser fabric, but the sweater is still great, and all those many, many ends are finally sewn in, both from the pattern and the knots in a couple of the skeins.

Now back to shifting through Ravelry for the next project.

Ewe and I

I spent the day yesterday at a wonderful new-to-me yarn shop in Chehalis with my fiber friends – Ewe and I.

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It is both yarn shop and cafe, so we used it as our landing spot and drank many cups of tea while we split off in small groups to check out other nearby businesses.

I highly recommend the Sisters quilting store as well.  Maybe wear sunglasses – the fabric is bright!

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So much Kaffe Fassett.  The choices were mind boggling.

Lunch back at the yarn store was as lovely as the fiber choices.

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Definitely a town to return to.  It is already on the calendar.

Neck cloud

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I am knitting the softest imaginable scarf/shawl thingie. (The official term for this type of neck knitting.)

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Malabrigo silkpaca lace yarn.  Wonderful stuff.

It is just row after row of garter stitch, increasing one at the start of each row – a truncated triangle because I started with 75 stitches.

I worked on it during our weekend camping trip, the last before work and school officially start next week.

Yarn and dog both spent a lot of time at the river.  I was the Official Photographer for Teens Jumping Into Glacially Cold Rivers. Theo was Official Barker at Boys Jumping Into Freezing Water.

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Of course, they didn’t always jump voluntarily.

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While they swam and splashed, I knit rows and rows of cloud-light alpaca and silk.  I’ve 800 yards of the yarn, so it is going to go on for a while.

I did stop for hikes and s’mores, but then was back at it.

This is actually replacement knitting as I’ve ransacked my house several times and can’t find my other on-the-go knitting project.  It has to be somewhere, but it continues to elude me.

I did unearth other neglected knitting projects and pulled one out to be the home knitting project.  My purple sweater now has a sleeve. So close to done!

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I’m sad to be nearing the end of camping season, but so glad that we bought the little pop-up trailer last spring.  We haven’t traveled far and wide, but we’ve discovered and revisited some great corners of Washington and Oregon nearby.  The boys complain a little bit before hand (generally due to the lack of WiFi) but they mostly have a great time once we are out there.

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Even when it is really, really, really cold.

 

Oceanside

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It is good to know people with family beach cabins!

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My crafting group has come to the Oregon coast for a long weekend.  Between the four of us we have spinning wheels, sewing machines, a Cricut machine, felted wool, and near limitless yarn.  A fifth, non crafting friend has come along and taken over the role of pastry supplier.  There is homemade chai spice infused vodka and blueberries straight from the garden.  There is a carved salmon wrapped in Christmas lights.  We lack nothing.

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I had the perfect sewing spot to make flannel pajama pants.  Llama pants!  It makes me happy just to say that.  We also now each have tracing of cropped pants pattern pieces in our various sizes and I’ve gotten my hands on a coveted sun hat pattern.

There was a felted vessel viewing, along with what I’m told will be a suspended abstract storm cloud, and felted fabric.  Rolled wool strips are becoming a trivet.  Sweaters are coming off needles in various stages of finish.

A trip to Goodwill resulted in a backpack made from a table cloth, a curtain, and an IKEA seat cover.

A pair of socks is off my needles and ready to wear (with thanks to Paige who likes both Kitchener stitch and weaving in ends.  I don’t understand it, but I appreciate it.)

In between all the fiber work, we’ve been on beach walks, cooked a lot of tasty meals, and danced to 80s music.  (OK, that last one might just have been me.)  And made marvelous cocktails.  The clear winner of the popular vote is that chai spice vodka.  Mixed with fresh squeezed orange juice, San Pellegrino lemonade, and frozen mango as ice cubes, it may explain the 80s dancing.88CB5851-4D4B-4358-8F94-8450F47DD60F

 

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I’ve got nothing

I wish I had some fiber progress to show.  But there has been almost no creative work done around here lately.  Due to some unexpected family and work trauma all coming on at the same time, all my down time has been spent on immersion escapism reading and binge watching shows like Project Runway.  Watching other people sew probably doesn’t count, right?

I’ve also spent a lot of time brushing the cat.  While reading.  Very easy on the disturbed brain.

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And it makes the cat pretty happy too.

But it means this is all I have to show for accomplishments:

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And I’ve only just noticed that I’ve matched my yarn and my cat.