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Mailbox Crafting Gone to the Dogs?

December 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Neighborhood crafting on a humble mailbox post.  Clearly the work of a family of folk art dog lovers.  Enjoy!

Who knew what fun was at 9427?

Mr.. or Ms. Muscles, I think the collar looks like a necklace.

Nice Necklace

Wow Bow

Wow Bow

Weiner Dog 1

Weiner Dog 9427

Weiner Dog 2 with Good Night Moon Dog

Weiner Dog 2 with Good Night Moon Dog

Poodle Woo with Sausage Chain and Doggie Majorette with Bone Baton

Poodle Woo  All Dressed UP

Forever Plaid

R0010884

Feed Me

Grow Your Bones Water

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He’s Got the Moves

December 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Weston and Brennan try out their new Bibs!

I made some bibs for our friends Lisa and David’s twins Weston and Brennan.  I think you can see that Weston, on the left, might have the size advantage, but Brennan has the moves!

Inspired by Mason Dixon Knitting, and Barbara Walker , and my own free pattern; these boys are well covered for now!

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The Best Camera

December 14, 2009 Leave a comment

Is The One That’s With You!

Taken with an iPhone through the sidelight of our front door.

Figured it out yet?

Christmas-light-sidelight

Colored mini-lights outside our house distorted through the obscure glass.

This book is a great inspiration.

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Koah’s Bibs

December 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Woke up on a Sunday morning to an email from friends Stephanie and Dan that now they are 5!  Koah joined his 2 brothers Northern and Denver on May 26th!  What a surprise!

Hey Steph and Dan, what’s going on there in Copenhagen?

For fun, I adapted the log cabin pattern from Mason-Dixon Knitting to bib proportions.  I used a technique from Lucy Neatby’s – Knitting Gems 4,

to make a nice selvage edge on the garter stitch side which made it easy to pick-up the stitches when I made the turn for the log cabin strips.

All in all, lots of fun with color, and lots of ends to weave in.

 

Stray Socks

December 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Let someone else knit the sock.

Stray Sock Sewing: Making One of a Kind Creatures from Socks

Then make really cute sock toys.  These are only a few.  Simple, effective, creative results.

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Velvet Rabbit: The White Album

December 5, 2009 Leave a comment

My  version.  A gift for a friend who made my shoulder better.

 

The view from the back.

Separates

This adorable bunny

(photo from the book)

from Simple Knits for Little Cherubs called the "Velvet Rabbit",  by Erika Knight.  The bunny pattern was pretty straightforward. All garter stitch.  I knit both front and back pieces at the same time to ensure that they were the same size. Same strategy as for sweater sleeves.  Also, when you are done, you are done, except for the arms, which are very quick.  The ear shaping works quite well.

The instructions for sewing up the bunny don’t seem (no pun intended) as if they will work, but follow them and they do!  I’m making another one in Cascade Ecological Wool (a gift for the son of one of my knitting friends)..  This one was made using Cascade 220 Superwash since the recipients were busy parents.

Note:  The pattern calls for Rowan Fine Chenille, which appears to be somewhere between fingering and DK weight yarn, using needles that are several sizes smaller than normally used for the yarn, (pattern calls for a US 1 needle, yarn recommends US 2-5 needles).  So, where I am going with this is:  Whatever yarn you choose to make this adorable bunny out of, go down several needle sizes from the recommended needle for the yarn. What this produces is a fabric that is denser and more "velvet-y" (especially if you are using a chenille yarn or cotton yarn), it keeps the stuffing from showing through and helps keep the garter stitch from stretching too much.

Enough said.

And of course, this bib (free pattern)

before photos on the "board". Blocking makes a big difference when you are sewing together pieces that are supposed to be the same size.  I bought this one

and it makes all the difference.  It folds in half for easy storage and well, you can read about on Webs.  Enjoy.

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Bib Caterpillar

December 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Put them together and you get:

 

A caterpillar of bibs.

Made for my friends David and Lisa’s new twin boys from various yarns and patterns using my Button Knot Bib Pattern as a template.  Some Fibonacci striping (bottom row on the left) going on and a Barbara Walker  "String of Purls"  pattern (middle row on the left) from A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns.  You will recognize the first two patterns from Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters’ Guide: Stories, Patterns, Advice, Opinions, Questions, Answers, Jokes, and Pictures.

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