Nose to the grindstone

Posted by on Monday, October 11th, 2010

In addition to tallying up and recording all of the pertinent information about my yarn and fabric stashes, I’m trying to finish a bunch of projects that I had started but never finished. I’m not promising to finish them all before I start any new ones, but having a spreadsheet of all of my works in progress and what is required for each is turning out to be a great tool for me.  I finished a few garments that just needed some hemming, cut out several items on my list to make for other folks, and actually started a couple of sewn garments for myself.

I finished the first of my embroidery projects for those wacky Celts.

It’s a helmet drape. Our Samhain is early this year, so this will find a home this weekend. Once one is out there, I know many people will request one of their own. I need to come up with a better way to get the design onto the linen, because my normal methods weren’t catching the details well, and I can’t expect someone who can draw the design to always be on hand when I’m ready to start a new one.

I also made myself a fun little sewing accessory.  It’s a pincushion organizer from a free Sew Mama Sew pattern.

Sorry the pictures are so dark–we had a rainy week.  I picked some well-matched fabrics out of my stash, and used a scrap from a shrunken kilt hose (why is there no singulative for hose?) for the wool felt portion in the middle.   It’s already getting a lot of use, but there are a few things I may change about it.  It likes to slide if it gets heavy, so I may add some sort of non-slip treatment on the underside.  I may also add more weight to the pincushion.  And I may remake the thing entirely, because these fabrics may be a bit too sweet together (and the way I placed them is making me itchy . . . that crazy part is literally true).

I also got back into the swing of things with my woolalong afghan.  Here are the yarns I have in store for squares.  I’ll dye the light natural skeins in one of the colors I’m using for the blanket.  Starting from the top left, these are Roubaix CVM/Romeldale, Thingamastring Columbia/Southdown, Solitude Suffold/Dorset, Elemental Effects natural Shetland, and then the bottom three are two naturally dyed Icelandic skeins from Solitude flanking a dark brown Shetland from Elemental Effects.

I may decide to eliminate the dark brown Shetland, depending on how the pallet evolves.  These are the squares I’ve finished so far.  These first three are in a Cormo/Yak blend I dyed myself.

These are a gorgeous BFL from Laughing Rat.  The orange makes me so happy!  I hope I can dye something similar.

Look how lovely they are together!

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3 Responses to “Nose to the grindstone”

  1. kon 15 Oct 2010 at 9:25 pm 1

    So, I’m learning to work copper, and I can weave. Pretty soon I can come live in your blog! And yes, I love the blue with the orange.

  2. roclafamiliaon 21 Oct 2010 at 9:37 am 2

    Helpful blog, bookmarked the website with hopes to read more!

  3. gayleon 27 Oct 2010 at 8:01 am 3

    I’m not familiar with a helmet drape – can we see one in action?
    Love all your projects. That blanket is going to be spectacular!

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