February 2012 craft projects

I’m starting the wrap-up early. I am still hoping to eek out 2 more finished objects but in the event I don’t, here’s the rest of my February projects:

My mother asked me to knit a pair of socks for one of my step-sisters, luckily her feet are a similar size to mine. These are purple, not as dark as the photo. I think next on my list of purchases is the lightbox for taking photographs. My only indecision is whether to create it myself or buy one.

Socks for my step-sister

I balled up the green yarn that I finished earlier this month, knit this monster and sent it along to a dear friend. This will be the beginning of a monster obsession. I’m bringing the monster book to another friend this week for her to pick some for me to make her. She loves to craft but has tremor issues that make fine work difficult.

A Dot monster for a friend

I have added to badges to my collection for my participation in Hogsmeade Weekend 2012 in HPKCHC on Ravelry. Once a year or so there is a trip to Hogsmeade, there is much crafting, storytelling and togetherness. I volunteered to help with one of the story telling areas, hence the Shrieking Shack badge.

Hogsmeade Weekend 2012

Gettings things done

I have finally joined HPKCHC (HP Knitting and Crochet House Cup with HP being Harry Potter) on Ravelry. I found this group several years ago, joined and then left. The rules seemed complicated, the requirements strict, and I wasn’t interested in that. Last Spring, I searched for HP related groups on Ravelry again and found several that were interesting, this one included. I joined two and started playing along in the game that had less stringent guidelines. After playing for 9 months I began to see the beauty in the complicated, strict requirements of the first game I found and left the small one for the larger one. I have not been sorted into the game yet, that will happen in March I believe and I’ll play officially in April.

The game is a fun way to motivate myself to start and finished every month, though there are ways to turn in works-in-progress for partial credit. I started playing in the middle of January and am planning to post at least once a month with my finished projects and badges to accompany them.

Socks for Granny


house unity yarn

monster chunk

HP Duel

Christmas 2011 socks for Linda

Breakfast foods

Badge earned for posting to classes in January and then posting in the NQFY Waiting Room (Not Quite First Year):

Badge earned for finding a partner and dueling in Care of Magical Creatures (duel-both make the same pattern, at the same while racing to completion):

Badge for completing 5 classes during the month of Jan:

Badge earned for crafting something that makes me happy and turning it in to Gryff Tower before required date (I made ribbit):

Spa Cloths pt 3

Here are the completed cloths after a good washing and drying. I’m quite pleased with the texture. I was a bit concerned that the size 9 knitting needle left too much of a gap in the woven rows but after the dryer it’s tightened up nicely. The three cloths are from a white warp with the lime green stripes as weft, 1 yard long. The set of five is lime warp with white as weft, 48 inches long.

I warped this on Monday so that I would have something to take with me to the surgery center while waiting for Boo to have his dental restorations completed. I was able to talk to so many wonderful people while sitting on the floor in the waiting room. One woman told me of how she learned to weave 30 years ago before she started her family. It brought back fond memories for her. Another gentleman spoke of his wife, who was in for hand surgery. He told of all the crafts she enjoyed doing before needing the surgeries. Several of the women behind the reception desk were staring over my shoulder unbeknownst to me as my back was to them. When my husband told me I had an audience, I invited them over and showed them what I was doing. I wrote down information for them, we may have new weavers.

Spa Cloths pt 2

When I warped the first yard I had intended to warp two yards not one but forgot to plan correcting when using my inkle loom as a warping board. This time I was smarter and measured 5 or 6 times to reassure myself that I was getting the size I desired. I used the warping board on the back of my 32″ Harp.

Christmas crafting 2011

Last Christmas I swore that I would make small trinkets throughout the year instead of saving up for the December frenzy. I started well, I made 12 or do dishcloths by March and felt quite proud of myself. I absconded with several of them to give away to another perfectly worthy recipient with the thought that I could whip up a few more quite easily. Here is is the end of November and I only have 2 in my Christmas box, 2. Do you know how far 2 goes? Nor far at all my friends, no far at all. I decided to get on the ball.

Here are three more. That makes two large and three small but I’m not even close. I need to pull out the crochet hook and make some nylon scrubbies. I did plan for those a bit, I brought 10 yards of that stick-to-everything nylon over to Granny’s one Tuesday and cut while Boo entertained her to keep her out from under foot. It was a hoot to watch Boo try to figure out what I was doing. I need to use a larger hook this time, I nearly sprained my wrists with how tight I worked.

Another shawl

I have been coveting a shawl from afar, the Evenstar Shawl. When we first met, I didn’t feel I could tackle a lace project of this magnitude. If all goes well, this pattern creates a 60 inch circle knit in laceweight with a bazillion beads and no, I do not feel I am exaggerating. I ordered beads from earthfaire so I know for a fact there are a total of a bazillion in the four tubes I purchased. When I finally decided that Evenstar and I were meant to spend some quality time getting to know each other, I chatted by email with the owners of the Unique Sheep in order to pick out the perfect colorway. I chose Herb Garden a four color gradience colorway. I have three 1 ounce balls and 1 two ounce ball (the lightest color) in a lovely green with dark olive beads for the edging. The darkest yarn color will be in the center and I’ll work my way out to the lightest for the edging/border. I started today and my goal is to finish by Feb. 29, 2012.

I don’t have too many places to wear a shawl but I really want to knit it. I may end up giving it away when all is said and done or I may pack it away for future use if I really can’t find a place to wear it.

Spa Cloths

Hello, my name is Debra and I’m an addict. It’s not one specific thing, it’s everything that I like. I have a difficult time drawing the line where I should stop. In April I looked at looms and picked a large one that would let me make nearly anything I wanted knowing that it could do smaller pieces. After meeting the Cricket, I’m addicted! Yesterday I warped one yard of yarn (times 71 ends) for a couple of spa cloths. As soon as I finished those, I put on a 48 inch warp and made more. Stay tuned for pictures.

Inkle weaving pt 7

Last night I was zipping along after correcting several errors and it finally clicked. I had been having some weird errors that I couldn’t always figure out and I finally looked closely to find the problem. It is important to note that black is not the best color to use if it is the first time one is trying a new technique. I know this but it doesn’t stop me. The first dishcloth I knit was black, this band is black and yellow. I love the contrast those colors provide but the black does work at hiding the problems and their solutions. One of the most common mistakes I was making was to twist the black threads while picking up a yellow from the bottom layer. I am enjoying the thread but the band is thicker than I had planned. I am not sure how well these will work as suspenders on a little guy.

I had to modify the draft I found as I didn’t plan properly for the warp band colors. There were supposed to be nine pattern threads but I only used 7 because I put a yellow border to close. Final size of each band is 1.25 inches wide and 26 inches long.

All that is left is to find suspender hardware. I’m hoping to find some in Traverse City next week. If not, I have a few online sources to try.

Inkle weaving pt. 6

I’m almost finished. I’m on the last little bit and the warp problems have compounded. I knew they were a bit twisted at the back but naively thought they would stay at the end. They have been slowly creeping forward to my weaving area so I decided to pull the warp off carefully and begin untwisting things. I really should have left well alone. Every time I add a few rows of weft I have to take it out and untwist another set of threads that I crossed while trying to fix it. Next time, I’m following the recommend plan of attack-cut and tie new colors in. I saw one video where the weaver just dropped one color, picked up another, drop that color, picked up the first, etc, no cutting, just wrapping. I love to reduce or eliminate waste where I can, this method seemed perfect for me, however, at this point I’d rather be done and waste the 20 inches or so. I’m not taking pictures of the mess, which also caused my tension issues. Had I tied things properly, the tension would have been more even than it is.


I’m off to work on the strap, I hope to have pictures tomorrow and then warp my new cricket for some dishcloths.

an edit: After arguing with the warp again, I finally decided to go further back and took out two rows that I had previously left alone. I then took a good look and found 3 more errors with how I lined up the warp around the pegs. It is now fixed and am sailing again.