Archive for the ‘craft’ Category

Welcome to the airing of my unfinished objects. Well, at least those that I’ve photographed for your viewing pleasure. There are also a few things (a scarf, some colourwork socks, a pair of pants I am trying to sew, other things I may never finish…) that will currently remain hidden from the public eye.







Half done:

toe-up sock (Socks that Rock, Sapphire)

Lots of train time in Portugal meant lots of knitting time. I was afraid to take the metal needles on the plane, so missed out on a chance to start the second sock. These are part of my experiments to find the right yarn/needle/stitch combination for perfect-fitting socks. I’d best figure out where I put my notes to start its partner…

More than half done:

Louet Gems Pearl, Pewter

a pair of socks, of course!

What, you were expecting a sweater?! Grey socks to make Gentleman’s Sock with Lozenge Pattern from the beautiful Nancy Bush book. It took me a while to get the pattern down (and I am still apt to make mistakes if I am not careful), but they are going well now. These are the priority knit, since they are a gift and have a deadline, but since I’m 1/4 through the second sock, I don’t anticipate any problems. (knock on wood)


malabrigio legwarmers in “sealing wax”

Yes, the second is finally done. It is miles of 1×1 rib, and could easily double as armwarmers. In fact, I may end up using them as armwarmers, since they are pretty long on my short legs, and the bind off is a bit tight.


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A Christmas gift

I got a Christmas poscard from Finland that had a built-in gift (love those crafty Finns!).

The postcard front was a thin layer of birch, dyed blue. It had perforated designs in it, and when you took off the plastic wrap, there was a piece of string and a sheet of instructions!

disassembled postcard: check

Because I am so anal retentive such a perfectionist, I found it difficult to push the pieces out perfectly. I pushed out all of the pieces, and laid them out in the same order as on the postcard so I could follow the instructions easily. Good thing the instructions were in English – my Finnish is suffering greatly this year without any classes to keep me practicing. I managed to start out with the piece upside down, so while I had the pieces in the right order running from top to bottom, they were wrong left to right. It didn’t take an engineer to figure out the problem or how to solve it. (I clearly also had some troubles in taking clear photos. Sorry.)

Ready? Take them out carefully!

And all the pieces fit together like magic! I need to find somewhere to hang this now. It’s so cute!

A Christmas gift from my postcard.

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Crafty update

I am working on two pair of socks – a pair of Jaywalkers (started over the holiday) and the cable and rib socks of previous posts. The Jaywalkers aren’t seeing a lot of play these days. The cable and rib socks need one some grafting and some ends sewn in, and they will be ready to go. They are definitely too small for me, and it breaks my little heart. Well, I hope someone with small feet loves them! I want to free up the needles so I can try making toe-up socks. I bought Socks that Rock yarn in Portland (in addition to the skein I got for Christmas), and cannot wait to use it!!

In other knitting news, I am thinking of joining Team Canada for the Knitting Olympics. This will mean (a) knitting something and FINISHING it in a shorter time span than I normally do, and (b) possibly getting some readers on this blog. Both scary propositions!

Tonight I’ve been creating a linocut. I joined a mail club online, and wanted to do something a bit fun to send to these random strangers. Photos soon! Need to get to bed to go for a ride in the morning.

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Christmas countdown

The countdown to the holidays is on… we’re making good progress with the shawl knitting (really, though, too small to be shawl. More of a shawlet!), and have got most Christmas shopping done. Done!

Last weekend, it was time to deal with mailings. I am certain they’ll be late, but better late then never… right?!?

This year I made linocut cards. I actually don’t use linoleum, as I find it really hard to cut through, despite having the proper tools. Instead, you can buy these blocks of rubber – it’s right next to the linoleum, so it’s easy to find. And this year: black and silver paint! Fancy! They look pretty damn good. I should credit Holland for suggestion trying the silver stars on a black background.

the card factory, on the dining room table

It was also time to wrap up my gifts to send to the best family in Finland. I hope the girls like the English books! I sent a calendar, as well, since it is a record of my fame in Toronto. I’m sure they’ll get a kick out of it.

ready for the wrapping

notice i don’t use ribbon (i don’t have any; i’ve got lots of yarn, though!)

Since I had a false start at the post office on Monday, I didn’t get these into the mail until Tuesday. I’m positive they’ll be late, but I’m still holding out for a Christmas miracle on that one!

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