I decorated a pottery yarn bowl at a Pottery Painting shop early this month – oh what fun ! I was slightly worried my attempt at painting anything might look like a child’s artistry (my ‘skills’ tend to be woolly or in fabric) but luckily with a little help of a ‘magic’ paint I think the finished product was a success. I was reluctant to post pics until it was fired in case it was a disaster.
Mine’s on the left. I painted a pattern you can’t see too well(!), covered it with a white glaze that went black and ‘cracked’ on firing. My friend Susan (her bowl on the right) was painted in green/blue, then a grey glaze was painted on and the ‘bit’s in the glaze exploded on firing changing the colour and giving a lovely marbled effect.
Finished and in use !
So, Love this Cardigan is growing.
Now I have the two fronts and almost the front. Meribel yarn by Schoeller and Stahl is lovely to work with but will be a nightmare to sew up with so I am scrabbling around in my stash to find a good sewing up yarn, one that won’t break when I pull together mattress stitch.
NaKniCromo, the yarn challenge for March on Ravelry.com is almost over.
Day 26 Projectless yarn? Yes – lots of it – here is just some …. and currently sorting my stash so much more is projectless.
Day 27 – For those who know me, I am never working on one thing at the same time. I have ‘easy’ knitting which is portable (eg in the car or with me for knit club when I can chat, drink coffee and not go home with mistakes that need ripping out later), then slightly more difficult knitting for when I want a challenge. I have WIPs where I have got bored or stuck or gone wrong – they go into storage and often take a little while to finish or I never finish them!
Day 28 Share my Progress – see above, Love this Cardigan in Meribel teal and navy blue – love love love this cardigan is what I shall call it!
Day 29 Any Other Crafts? Yes, as blogged here, I sew a bit too. Doughnuts and Embroidery Hoops on recent posts. I have also tried others, hand felting, cross stitch, mosaics are amongst them. Oh, and I did silk painting and card making as well. I guess I have a brain that loves to create and try new things.
Day 30 – tomorrow – Crafts I would like to learn – thinking ….
Have a great day, whatever you are doing. And if anyone wants to suggest a project for that projectless yarn please feel free to do so – I have 150g/150m chunky yarn, variegated. It’s Adriafil Mistero, acrylic and wool.
Busy few days. Inspired by https://shirleycyeung.wordpress.com/ amongst others I have started by first top down knitted item and I LOVE IT ! Having tried once before and failed badly, I choose small, a new baby project from Ravelry.com – All-In-One Sleeveless Baby Top (6 months) & (9 – 12 months) by marianna mel With a little help from a YouTube video on understanding construction I totally get it now.
Here’s a little bit of my progress. It’s small but more projects going on at the same time.
I have also finished another baby top – bottom up construction – needs a little steaming and a button, not as pleased with the button band as I should be, hopefully that will steam out a little.
NaKniCromo on Ravelry.com – it’s take a lot of thinking about my dream project (Day 16) – not sure I have just one, just an image of several. I guess premium yarns, dreams to knit without hiccups, perhaps at least one repeat of an item knit a few years ago. Oh, and of course, the price of the wool would be irrelevant or it would have been free!
Day 17 – Dream Tools – I favour Knit Pro Symfonie needles, rainbows even when knitting with boring yarn! Day 18 – Technique I would like to master – I would like to be more adventurous with cables, though at the moment I have so much I want to knit that I choose more simple patterns that seem a lot quicker than the fantastic complicated cables I drawl over. Day 19 – More Yarn or Less yarn – More yarn, always more yarn of course. I am working on reducing my stash, whether knitting it or selling some to buy more.
Day 20 – Today – Favourite Tip or Trick – It’s ok to rip something back, don’t consider it wasted time, consider it a learning curve. Also, mattress stitch, once learned I have never gone back to running stitch or oversewing seams.
And a little sewing – remember the last post – beige and pink circles with sewing pins. They turned into these doughnuts! And now they are available to purchase at a little lovely cafe, The Teashop at Downe, Kent. I hope customers popping by for a tea and cake will fancy taking a Calorie Free/Sugar Free cake home for later!
So as you see, a busy few days here.