Sunday, April 27, 2014

Episode 39: Project Reality Check

I've been known to have an epiphany from time to time, which is exactly what happened as I was preparing for this episode. Join me as I reflect and reconnect with projects that have been neglected, forgotten about out or fearfully pushed out of my mind, as well as chat about what I've actually finished.

Out of My Crochet Bag
In My Crochet Bag
Speaking of crochet and leading into the next segment, I was reminded of a great way to utilize fabric scraps and crochet a rug. Be sure to check out Crazy Mom Quilts' tutorial for crocheting a rug out of cotton scraps.

The Threaded Needle
  • Laundry Room Embroidery Cheat Sheet (disappeared into the abyss!)
  • Christmas Tree Skit Embroidered Appliques

In My Knitting Bag

In My Stash
  • Chalet MountainTop by Classic Elite Yarns - 70% Baby Alpaca, 30% Babmoo Viscose (cream/beige natural colorways) purchased from Knitting Fairy at DFW Fiber Fest

  • Willow Sport by Western Sky Knits - 100% SW Merino in the Dianthe colorway (hot pink/fuschia)

  • Swiss Bloom Yarn by Knitting Rose - 50% Fine Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool, 20% Silk  in the Berry Sexy colorway (purple)

  • Star Wars Project Bag

In My Ears

  • Knitting for Speed and Efficiency on Sweet Georgia Yarns using the Irish Cottage Knitting method as instructed by the Yarn Harlot
  • What is Wool People? Check out the new Brooklyn Tweed issue online here. Some of my favorites to drool over are the Yane sweater, Devlan and Coda, but there are many more projects to stimulate the yarny senses.
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Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'! 


Margo Watkins said...

Hi Kelly

Felting is very unpredictable, any 100% non-superwash wool should work. I have even had success with wool blends. Felting or fulling occurs when the fibers rub against each other so you need to work at a loose gauge. While hand felting takes longer than using a machine you do have more control. It can seem like you are getting nowhere but that can change in an instant. Your bowl has inspired me to add this to my queue.

I learned to knit when I was 5 yrs old from my mother and was taught to throw. I hated it because it seemed so inefficient. When I learned to crochet I completely gave up on knitting until I discovered continentaal knitting some 40 yrs later. It took me minutes to master the knit stitch but weeks to find a method of purling that worked for me.

I have seen the Yarn Harlot's cottage knitting video and would like to try it, that and flicking.

I need to get some straight needles, not enought real estate on circs for my big hands. I also know success will not come fast for either method.

While I find continental much faster than throwing it is much harder on my hands and I have much less control keeping my stitches even.

Happy belated birthday

Margostitches on Ravelry

Shorty said...

Hi Margo, thank you for your feedback and the birthday wishes! I'll definitely try crocheting more loosely next time.

I learned to knit by throwing, too and changed to Continental after buying an instructional DVD that showed both ways. I thought the Continental way looked so much like the way I held my yarn and hook when crocheting, so switching was quite a relief to me.

It sounds like we had the same issues with learning to purl. I finally got the hang of it after I would just purl non-stop for several rows on a very large in-the-round project.

Thanks for the link... I'll check it out!

Barbara LaValle said...

I don't do much felting, but I have heard that felting white-colored wools is much harder. For whatever reason, the white wools just do not felt as well.

Shorty said...

Barbara, thank you for your feedback. That's very interesting and I'll definitely keep that in mind.