The Making Location (working title)

by: jlms qkw

Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 21:56:02 PM EST

Greetings once again oh creative people!  

I have a new poll.  After this we should probably poll for day of week.  

jlms qkw :: The Making Location (working title)
Tonight I baked an apple cobbler but I do not have a photo and it is nearly gone.  

Monday night I finished this reversible hat:

I learned a lot:
Lining is tricky yet achievable.
Decrease even more stitches for the cuff when starting the hat, a full 10% of final stitch count is better.  
Cascade220 Superwash does not knit quite as thickly as the regular Cascade220.  

Here are my children modeling the two sides:
(caught her while she was brushing her teeth ;-)

(caught him while he was putting peanut butter on his toast)

I love the top shaping of hats - I learned the even decreases in a class one or two years ago, and just love love love the shape and the swirl.  
At first, I decrease one row, and knit one row plain.  After several rounds of this, I decrease every row.  Then it swirls.  For kicks and giggles, these decreases are all ssk, to see if it made a difference.  

Here is the purple top, with k2 decrease:

Yesterday was a hard day.  I thought about coming home & having a glass of wine after I dropped my kids off at their dad's place.  Instead, I went to the bead store, and made new earrings, to match my new bracelet.  

Name of Diary Series
The Making Location
Creation Station (used here & there)
Nimble Fingers, Clever Minds(last week's comments)


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open for all things made (2.00 / 20)
in any way!  


i'm going to read to and tuck kids in bed, and made a quick news diary next.  ;-)  

i really liked the idea of making space.  i suck at that.  

Make it or break it? (2.00 / 13)


Question on the hat... Is this all one piece? So you started at top, increased then finished at bottom decreased?

Very cool hat! :-)

And love the earring.

Very bad pootie.  Well... Not really. But i had a dream that a kitten was dropped off at my doorstoop!! Eeeeeek!

In the same dream, both Kitten and Pootie #1 got up into the attic where they're not supposed to go.

Last night (for real, no dream) two were pushing me all over the bed in their sleep!

I like All Things Made....


the hat is one piece (2.00 / 10)
i knitted one hat - bottom to top, then i lined it.  then i picked up stitches through the cast-on row, and knitted the second hat bottom to top.  

it is perfectly possible to start the first hat at the top and knit through both.  

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Another question on the hat.... (2.00 / 6)
Did the ssk make a difference? I always wonder about that sort of thing when I'm making decreases. I'm never really confident which one works best. Lately I've been using a variation of the ssk, slip one purl-wise, slip one knit-wise and knit. It seems to make the decrease less noticeable, but it may be just me...I can't really tell!

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  

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i can't see a bit difference (2.00 / 6)
you can look at the pictures above:, or click on my flickr account, probably ;-)

the green one is ssk, the purple one is k2. at the end of each marker.  

i think what makes the swirl is increasing the rate of decreases from every other row to every row.  both swirls look quite similar.  

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i love beadwork (2.00 / 11)
and i crochet.  my son wants me to sell my beadwork, he says mine is much better than much of it he's seen online.  of course he's my kid so i'm not taking that to heart.  i also have a great beadwork program to make patterns out of photographs, it even matches the delicas to the colors in the picture (sort of bead pointilism).  i'd love a series like this!

Does the morgue wagon come with the job?

cool! (2.00 / 6)
etsy, fab, and artfire, i think are sites to sell . . .

do you use peyote stitch or other netting/weaving stitches?

the free project for the month at my local bead store is a weaving/netting stitch.  i am kind of scared.    

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i can do any stitch (2.00 / 3)
i can also redesign and restring pearls (yes, real ones), each individually knotted.  

also loomwork.

and any beadwork on clothing.  there's a trick to that one.

Does the morgue wagon come with the job?

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i like crafting (2.00 / 11)
with paper, the more improabable the better. Once I've figured it out though I loose interest in making more. I also grow gourds and have been exploring different techniques with them. So far I've done some elaborate carving with a dremmel tool and some with a pyrography tool. Those are fun if time consuming, the prep is arduous and produces toxic dust so there's a lot of protective gear involved.  

There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.--Thornton Wilder

do you take photos? (2.00 / 6)
i know it's hard while you're in the middle of the making.  esp with the dust and stuff.  sometimes my kids take pix for me.  

are there other dried plants that would work?  

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I do have photos (2.00 / 4)
of some of my gourds. I was going to say I'll have to figure out how to post pictures but the truth is mr w will figure it out for me and hand me the handy check list or do it himself for me if I'm being really thick. I'll ask him when he gets home. They are some of the most interesting things I've done I think. I love gourds because they are weird at almost every stage of growing and drying. I've loads of pictures of them growing!

There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.--Thornton Wilder

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i've never gotten to see any of your (2.00 / 3)
pictures words.  i really really want to see your art.  hearing about it is so interesting but i want to see the final product.  particularly the gourds.  the paper too, i used to love working with paper when i was a teenager.  got pretty good with origami, no practice anymore though so i doubt i could ever be that good again.  

Does the morgue wagon come with the job?

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Here is another W.I.P. (2.00 / 10)
because I still have the gold merino/silk stuff on the wheel.  Just a sock but I somehow managed to slip out of the bird of paradise pattern halfway down the heel  o.0

Also, I suck at taking non-blurry photos.

as long as the second sock matches (2.00 / 7)
it's fine.  

i'm iffy on photos too.  for this pic of yours, it might be the focus . . . the cuff is in focus, not the heel.  

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I coulda used a warm hat this weekend (2.00 / 10)
I make leather stuff.
Haven't figured out inserting pix yet, but some pix on my facebook page, and my website.

i can be bribed ;-) (2.00 / 7)
or hats are widely available in stores right now.  

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your stuff looks fancy! (2.00 / 7)
thanks for sharing.
where do you host your photos?  

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Within my own domain or within facebook (2.00 / 6)
I'm not a big fan of the image shacks and such

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Still working on the basic stitches in making (2.00 / 6)
bobbin lace...So far so good. Gets a little confusing when one stitch can have a number of names--cloth stitch/whole stitch/linen stitch...All the same process! But I'm getting there.

Have a pair socks going on for my daughter, should be making another tutu in a day or two along with the little crocheted ballet slippers, some snood orders--ren faire season is set to open in a couple of months and a crocheted helmet hat. That should keep me busy for a while!

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  

i walked into knitting group (2.00 / 6)
last saturday, at a coffee shop, and my friends were standing around a tatting teacher!  she'd stopped for coffee, joined them, and offered to show them the tatting stitches.

i still have no clue.  

i am lining up projects after this frilly scarf and 2 more, and may just knit only for myself for a while.  some new stuff, some old stuff.  it is so tempting . . .  

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I can tat...but it's very frustrating to me... (2.00 / 3)
If I'm knitting or crocheting,sewing--even bobbin lace I have a way to back up and fix an oopsie...But tatting is so much harder to undo if I make a goof. I love the look, but it requires much more patience that I'm willing to expend!

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  

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there's a reason no one tats anymore LOL (2.00 / 3)
i can do it, i didn't say i was fond of it :-)

Does the morgue wagon come with the job?

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i can tat too LOL (2.00 / 4)
learned that from an elderly nun.  also fine crocheted lacework.  tiny tiny hooks.  hard on the eyes though.

Does the morgue wagon come with the job?

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I do a lot of fine thread crochet.... (2.00 / 3)
or as we call it tiny thread crochet. There's a demand for fine thread crochet not only for lace edged items, but doll house fans like tiny thread doilies, curtains, pillow covers, bedspread--all the usual crocheted home furnishings. I've used a lot of hand quilting thread to make detailed items, though I don't do as much of that I used to.

Every year I make bunch of fine thread snowflakes to tuck inside Christmas cards for friends and family...Just a little something extra and since the snowflakes are small it all works out nicely. Snowflakes, lace edgings, the occasional baby dress made of thread--but I seldom make table doilies or tablecloths these days.

My fine thread hooks go up to size 18, so tiny it's hard to the hook without my glasses! Bobbin lace also calls for fine crochet hooks to be used with beading and the like.  

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  

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How do I post a pic from my iPad? (2.00 / 5)
It is on my iPad photo roll.  I want to slow off the scarf I am making.

upload it to your computer (2.00 / 4)
then to your online photo account.  just like you would with your phone.

then don't follow my instructions on how to post it here because, sometimes they work and mostly they don't. :-)

Does the morgue wagon come with the job?

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If you use photobucket... (2.00 / 3)
You can upload mobil directly to the site.  

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If you use photobucket... (2.00 / 2)
You can upload mobil directly to the site.  

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yes. (2.00 / 3)
i also add beads to my lace crochet.  that can be a hassle as they have to be threaded before you start your project but with practice they are not that difficult and make an impression.  i made some snowflakes one year for my mother, she promptly gave them to someone else, that woman, apologized  for mother's act, but, was so happy and pleased with them that she ordered several sets for her daughters.  she did offer to return them to me, but i wanted her to have them since they made her happy.  i don't think she's spoken to mother again, although she calls me now and then to find out how i am.

Does the morgue wagon come with the job?


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