The Making Location: Palms, Passover, Madness

by: jlms qkw

Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 19:01:30 PM EDT

Welcome to the Making Location, the Moosely place for all things hand-made, home-made, crafted, fashioned, done yourself, hobbified, cooked, written, etc.  This is where we share, admire, and we can try to problem-solve too.  

I have a few things from around the tubes to share, and updates to my Lenten project, described in my previous WAYWO.  

Daughter, in her newer, better, fuller pioneer skirt.  I must love her a lot for letting her use that beatiful Northcott-Monarch fabric from Jennifer Wheeling's Victorian collection.  ;-)

I also want to apologize for my lapse.  Baseball season started, and it has thrown the carefully  balanced chaos in Casa Jenn for a horrible loop.  Beading has all but stopped.  Suppers around the table are rare.  I am hoping the scheduling gets a teeny bit better after Easter, but this next week will be challenging.  

jlms qkw :: The Making Location: Palms, Passover, Madness

Stuff I Found Laying Around The Tubes

I follow some moms on twitter.  Many of them are knitting, or writers.  And they follow other moms.  This one is very very creative.
I especially loved this post from this week:  She's A Brick House And I Painted Her.  Later in the week she blogged about guinea pigs.  

Peacefully Knitting is new to me this week, and I have not fully explored anything here.  I am highly intrigued.

New York Times notices wool.    How clever of them ;-)  

The colors whiz down the walls in a stream of primary shades: red, yellow, green, blue.

This acoustic, sound-absorbing column seems just the answer for noisy restaurants or hotel lobbies. High tech? No, 100 percent felted wool.

What you can do with the combings from a sheep's back is the subject of a fascinating display of jazzy carpets, sofas dressed in pinstriped suiting, chairs covered in recycled Aran cable cardigans - and a replica of the white bespoke trouser suit that Bianca Jagger wore to her 1971 wedding.

Someone somewhere in my twitter tweeted a darling project using Washi Tape to make a cute necklace.  However, I closed the page and could not find it again.  Apparently this stuff is a new magic craft item.  Here's some ideas.  I think it needs to be sealed or it will wear off quickly.  Has anyone here used this?  Is it fussy?  


Right after Lent started, daughter asked for a new skirt, even though I wasn't making things for other people.  Okay, I have done some mending.  Anyway, I cut and pressed, and she sewed:
Her brother was very supportive.  Next, I may try letting her cut with scissors, not with a rotary cutter.  The pressing is more risky - she could iron the fabric, and I could press the narrow fold-overs.  

I declare this project a complete success.  Here is a closeup of the fullness.IMG_3224

My Projects

1.  Pink Twisty Cowl:  FINISHED!
Goes well with pajamas.  Thanks to kirbybruno for the original item she knitted for me, and the Twist Your Neckwarmer pattern link.

I highly recommend this pattern.  It's fast.  It's easy.  It looks great.  And it's magic - you knit and knit, and it looks boring in its straight columns, and as soon as you bind off, it "sproings" into a twisty pattern.  

2.  Blue Lace Cowl
This had some issues.  As you can see in the older photos
the project is very crowded on the needles.  There are 143 lace-weight stitches on a 16" needle normally used for baby hats.  Plus, with the metal needles, the alpaca-silk blend was anxious to leap off into the unknown.  I kept dropping stitches, particularly when I set the piece down.  It was also very difficult to count stitches, as they were so very crowded.  I picked up a lot of them, but it took its toll.  At the 1/3 mark, I decided I had enough.  

I went into my lovely local yarn store (LYS) for a consult.  After trying out a few different circular needles, I chose the addi natura in 24 inches.  So far so good.  I am a bit concerned about the lack of killer-pointyness on the natura needles, but this is not a very complicated pattern.  The yarn is much calmer and better behaved.  And it is staying on the needles, where of course, it belongs.  

Then I ripped out the old project and re-wound the yarn.  This was a bit complicated, the alpaca seemed kind of grabby.  I used my well-developed patience and got it done, and now it fits in my yarn mug.  I re-knitted the first 4 rows and have set the project aside for right now.  

3.  The Giant Shawl
This is a bigger piece, and my shoulders have been stiff.  It has 3 colors on each row right now, and it has thousands of rows to completion.  Okay, hundreds.  Okay, maybe several dozen rows of 92 stitches.  I obviously need a better attitude.  And more flexible shoulders.  

4.  The New Project
I was frustrated with the Blue Lace Cowl.  I finished my Lenten reading several days early.  I felt kind of like doing something new and crazy.  One of my favorite designers, Sarah Wilson, aka The Sexy Knitter is hosting a Knit-Along (KAL) with her new shawl pattern.  I resisted it mightily January 1.  I continued to resist it throughout January and February.  Then I cracked this week.  I acquired the pattern, using her coupon code for a discount.  I tossed through my stash (remember, no new yarn) for possibilities.
The cats were very excited by this stage.  After examining labels, calculating comparative inches per weight, reading reviews, double and triple checking the pattern, I came up with a winner:
Kollage Luscious in Berry

I chose my knitpicks harmony birch needles, for their long cable, pointy-ness, and calming effect.  Even though the yarn is cotton/nylon, I am a bit worried.  The yarn has a surprising drape.  It is a bit heavier than the pattern details, but I think it will be nice for mountain evenings in the summer.  And I love that I can re-purpose this yarn from another project gone bad.  
Solstice Shawl uses 2 Barbara Walker lace patterns and has a nice stabilizing cable down the center back.

I immediately cast-on before I could change my mind, using Judy's Magic Cast-On.  I looked at the description, and the Cat Bordhi video, to refresh my memory.  I have no clue how to actually start a sock with this cast-on (its original purpose) (for a toe-up sock).  However, I'm getting very good at starting top-down shawls with it ;-)  I thank Susan Lawrence, who teaches at Blazing Needles, for teaching this technique.  When I grow up as a lace knitter, I am going to knit her Progression shawl.  Again.  


The next day I knitted through section one.  I am now 1/3 through section two, and I want to put a lifeline in before any more knitting.  It is going well.  The section two uses a 6-row lace repeat and an 8-row cable repeat.  However, they do not start at the same spot, because the cable is started in section 1.  In order to keep my brain together, I made a simple spreadsheet.  Column one is row number, 1 to 73 (12 repeats plus one extra row).  Column 2 is the lace row number (1 through 6, repeating) and Column 3 is the cable row (1 through 8).  I am also counting at the end of every six rows, to make sure I am making even progress from 40 stitches to 196? stitches at the end of the section.  

My cat photobombed my knitting photoshoot:
First, she sneaks in to the close-up.

Then, a total takeover.  

5.  The CarryAround Project
The legwarmers are coming along, slowly.  This is my carry around project right now, since I have decided to not carry the lace projects along, and the big shawl is too heavy and complicated.  

I have ripped this project out too - it's the mood I'm in recently, apparently.  I originally made some increases after the first round to make sure the "small/medium" pattern would work on my not so small legs.  However, when I tried them on carefully, they were huge!  I started over sticking to the original pattern.  The rib, even though twisting, is still very very stretchy.  The Lamb's Wool is very warm.  I am considering making the second one in the opposite spiral.  Like I would ever wear these in public, where anyone could see ;-)

I also steamed and ate my first artichokes and made a soup kind of like this one.

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scrap bag (2.00 / 9)

my twitter friend knitsophrenic received this from her mom!  it's a fancied-up hershey's bar - so creativity runs in her family!

actually, i think we are all creative, each in our own ways.  

You've been busy! (2.00 / 8)
Me, too, it seems. Better that than the alternative.

The last couple of days I've been working on my round robin contribution for my small quilting group. Each member of the group (9 of us) made a center block for a quilt. At our January meeting, with all of us sitting in a circle, we passed the blocks once to the left. The person who received it was to add one border (or a combination of borders) up to 4" wide. At last month's meeting we passed again, this time with a rule to add a border up to 5" wide. On this one, the "rules" said to consider doing different borders, so all 4 sides did not match.

Here is my entry:

And here is my blog post about it:

Another project I'm working on is a medallion quilt for myself. Like you, I rarely make projects to keep. Since this photo I've started to add the next border, but it isn't finished.

I've also hand-stitched the binding on a quilt I'll send away in a few days, and I altered a bra so it fits better. And we finally started our taxes this afternoon. This evening I need to sort pieces of paper. YUCK!  

Love anyway.

i love them both (2.00 / 4)
i miss being in a quilting group. but now my kids are getting older . . .  

[ Parent ]
You are a knitting ninja! (2.00 / 8)
I can only get done a tenth of what you do!

I did actually finally finish a baby blanket today that I made for Sophia's former teacher. I just have to weave in the ends. I love changinf colors and textures, I hate weaving in ends. Conundrum!

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Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

what beautiful colors! (2.00 / 7)

Love anyway.

[ Parent ]
you can knit them in as you go (2.00 / 4)
if you are careful - the ends.  although for a blanket, it might not work as well.  i prefer it to weaving them all in later.  

[ Parent ]
And Jenn, (2.00 / 7)
what a great skirt she made!

Love anyway.

thanks! (2.00 / 5)
she had fun wearing it.  

[ Parent ]
This is going to be pic heavy... (2.00 / 7)
I second the knitting ninja comment!

Wow! Love the colors! I've marked the neck warmer pattern. That would make lovely Christmas gift for several people I know. Thank you for sharing it!

Your daughter did an excellent job on her skirt! Well done!

As to what I'm working on..I've been doing little things here and there..I was on a hat making kick for a while. It's pretty much so all crochet...

A cabled hat...
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A knight's helmet or spartan's helmet take your pick :o)

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A beard hat...My youngest son and his DNA project
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Owl hats were the "thing" this year
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A Hershey's kisses hat...I thought it would have been better in silver, but my cousin wanted this..
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Holiday amigurumi and other holiday related bits

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Fun stuff

Afghan for my daughter...I was in a hurry to take the picture and didn't smooth it out as well as I should have done. Chelsea loves bright loud colors...

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Front of a book bag I made for my niece's birthday. Lots of embroidery work on there...It's kind of hard to tell but there's a flower made of cloth with a button sewn on the center just above the big butter fly block on the lower right. The button is from my mother's collection. That particular button was bought in 1969 in Japan.
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Doll ensemble for my doll collecting aunt
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And just for good measure...Bobbin lace...I'm a newbie--A real neonate class beginner in this craft...but so far I'm doing okay.

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

you have been busy! (2.00 / 3)
everything looks great.  i love the afghan in its flower shape!  

[ Parent ]
Wow, such a variety of projects. (2.00 / 2)
Thanks so much for letting us all see what you've been up to!

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

[ Parent ]
My 2nd completed quilt (2.00 / 5)
36"x60"  VA Wheelchair quilt~ SaraR will deliver it to the Palo Alto, CA Veterans Administration Hospital during the NN13 Convention.

Still lots to learn, but I was pleased with the results.

VA Wheelchair Quilt

great colors and shapes! (2.00 / 5)
i luve it!

[ Parent ]
Thanks (2.00 / 5)
I wanted it to be a fun & gender neutral quilt.  

[ Parent ]
When do you post your diaries? (2.00 / 4)
I am usually within the DK Quilt Guild diaries on Sunday (Pacific) afternoons at the Orange Site.  

[ Parent ]
I love your colors and the quilt layout... (2.00 / 4)
Simple and vibrant. Looks great!

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

[ Parent ]
I've been cooking all afternoon... (2.00 / 5)
It's the beginning of the Passover insanity.  All my dishes and silverware and pots and pans and utensils are changed over.  Hell, even my dish towels and sponges are changed over from the regular year sets to the Passover sets.

I've finished three kugels (lukshon (noodle), zucchini, sweet potato) and have one cake in the oven (apple nut).  I'm starting soon on the second cake (vanilla, from a box mix, though).  I should point out that almost all of this is for Tuesday night, which is when we're having company for the second seder.  First seder tomorrow night will be very, very simple since it's just my mom and me.

I'm a Democrat.  Yellow.  New.  Progressive.  Blue.  Liberal.  Centrist.  We need them all in our big tent.

Make that all evening, not all afternoon n/t (2.00 / 3)

I'm a Democrat.  Yellow.  New.  Progressive.  Blue.  Liberal.  Centrist.  We need them all in our big tent.

[ Parent ]
As always, I enjoy seeing/reading about... (2.00 / 4)
...what kinds of things crafty people are getting up to. I'm hoping that if I keep following these diaries, I'll be sufficiently inspired to pick up some long-neglected projects I've got lying around. I'm not there yet, but every time I see one of these posts I feel one nudge closer. :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

This morning I worked on making and attaching a binding (2.00 / 2)
to a quilt. The quilt MUST GO AWAY. SOON. There are a lot of problems with it, including how I feel about it. But just attaching the darn binding was not as easy as it should have been. And then I decided to machine stitch it to finish (rather than doing it by hand, since it MUST GO AWAY and I DO NOT LIKE IT.) And (insert a lot of frustration here) that isn't going particularly well.

I actually really love the feel of this little quilt. The fabrics feel good, and the way I quilted it (an experiment that went okay) makes it drape nicely. And I like how the top looks, and I like the fabric on the back.

But the tension on the bottom is bad. And the both original and second-chosen purposes for the quilt no longer work. So when I DO get it finished, I'll turn it in at my next local guild meeting, and they can pass it on to one of the agencies or hospitals we work with.  

Love anyway.


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