March 6, 2019
March 3, 2019
February 13, 2019
January 24, 2019
January 16, 2019
This is my second 5 inch knitted Comfort Doll. If you knit and know the two basic knit and purl stitches, you can make this. It’s made from a simple flat rectangle with alternating knit and purl rows (photo below). I have a 3rd one in progress. So easy and so much fun!
Next day PS: This is a nice gift for a little one, but I would stitch the eyes instead of using buttons.
Another day, another PS: Thank you Jennifer Gail for naming him!
January 6, 2019
January 3, 2019
I said I’d never make another big quilt, but to get a layout I like says otherwise. Ive decided to do something like I laid out for this photo, which is only a portion of a possible finished quilt. I didn’t plan my scrap use, and the strips of one block don’t match up with the strips of another block. Some of the blocks even have strips that are slanted all the way through. Putting sashings of only about 1" between the blocks will hopefully keep this project from driving me crazy. I still see diamonds, but it has morphed into something I like that’s different from my usual symmetrical projects. Making something different feels good!
December 24, 2018
Our daughter Beth is visiting and suggested she and I spend some time painting together. So I gave her a blank 11x14" canvas and put out all my paints and brushes. I’ve recently been thinking about trying a palette knife painting myself and decided this was a good time to try it. I had an abstract piece in mind, and it started out that way. But it slowly began to morph into an impression of a landscape. So I decided not to fight what felt natural to me. It’s a 9x12" canvas and I’m calling it finished, but Beth says hers is still in progress (see below).
She hasn’t decided how to proceed yet because it looks like sky as pictured here, but when flipped upside down, we see water. She will sleep on it!
December 19, 2018
I’ve found a couple workarounds for Blogger issues, and I’ve been able to start re-building my blog roll. So I recently took a bit of time to try knitting again. This 8" comfort doll is a fun project, and I hope to make more after the new year. Best of the holidays to all!
December 8, 2018
Taking a Holiday!
Blogger is acting up for me again. Since I have a lot of other things to do getting ready for the holidays and family coming home, I’m taking this break. Wishing each of you the best holiday season ever, and an awesome 2019!
November 17, 2018
My son recently harvested 3 colorful leaves for me on a trip to Newport, RI. These are the pages I got after eco-dyeing them. There is very good definition (which is enough for me :), but color didn’t transfer well. It’s all about chemistry during the soaking and steaming process (ask Kathyinozarks). On the left is the main image, on the right is the opposite “mirror image”. These pages are always a lovely surprise!
November 13, 2018
November 2, 2018
The leaves I used all had some Fall color, so I hoped for more colorful results. However, the paper images are mostly shades of dark green and brown with some lime green/yellow tones. There’s also a red blotch that started out very strong and soaked through other papers in the same location. While taking the bundle apart after steaming, I couldn’t figure out what caused that. The faint row of papers on the left resulted from leaves that were not soaked in the rusty water. I think Kathyinozarks knows the chemistry of a rusty water soak (with a splash of white vinegar). Several of you asked, so I hope Kathy comments and explains it.
November 1, 2018
I see colorful leaves while walking and decided to do some eco-dyeing. I got all my supplies out, pressed the leaves for a couple days, put them in rusty water (suggested by Kathyinozarks) and got my papers ready to soak in Alum. Then I couldn’t find my container of Alum! I’ve been away from most projects for months because of my hands, but that creative urge is strong! So I will go for Alum when the stores open. In the meantime, here are my leaves still soaking. I hope I haven’t overdone it!