Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Fiber Arts–Day 36

Found this Mill Hill kit on my shelf of projects. I’d forgotten that it was there. That never happens to you, does it?

Another low stress project. The finishing was supposed to be a fusible interfacing but that’s downstairs in my craft room. The denim patch was up here so denim it is.

It’s a bit dreary today but the snow showers make it much prettier. Hopefully we’ll get enough to cover the mud, at least for tonight.

Hope you’re enjoying your Saturday. Thanks for visiting.

Back of the pin.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Fiber Arts–Day 35

Look at this beautiful yarn. It was hand spun by Linda Bauer of Bauer Family Farm here in Pennsylvania. She and her spinning partner, Laura, are experts at their craft and I’ve learned a lot from them. Some of it is from watching them spin at fiber festivals or retreats and some is from the classes in spinning that Linda teaches at our farm. Another way I’ve learned is by watching their yarn go through my fingers while knitting. This yarn is exceptionally fun with all of the color changes that occur. The brightly colored single is paired with a black and this gives a stained glass effect to the final yarn.

Because the yarn is so interesting, the hat is my simple go-to pattern that is in my head. Any fancy stitches or cables would be lost with all that’s going on with the yarn. I especially like the starfish like shape at the top of the hat that comes about by the decreases to form the crown.

Thanks, again for all of your support. One week from today I go to the doctor’s and hopefully will get the good news.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Fiber Arts–Day 34

Today’s fibers are paper and cotton floss with some beads for sparkle.

I love these Mill Hill kits because they are low stress (No, I’m not showing the instructions to let you see where the “individualizations” occurred) and a lot of fun. I have made several of these pictures over the past twenty years and use them with the painted frames that Mill Hill makes. By changing out the pictures between the frames, decorating for the different holidays and seasons is a snap.

Be careful if you try one of these. It becomes an addiction!! I have at least 6 more of these kits on my shelf unopened. Does that make it another stash? Oh, my!!

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Fiber Arts–Day 30

You’ve seen these fingerless gloves a couple of weeks ago. They’ve been in the kitchen since being finished and looking very plain.

i’ve been paging through Anna Zilboorg’s book splendid apparel and tried my hand at some freeform embroidery to dress these up a bit. Simple, but I like the result.

We’re going to step back into my previous life and look at why fingerless gloves can keep your fingers warm.

This diagram from Wikipedia shows the arterial blood supply to the hand. The two main arteries, the ulnar and the radial, form arches in the palm with branches to all of the fingers and the thumb. By protecting these from the cold, warm blood leaves the palm and goes to the fingers working similarly to a radiator in a house. In really cold weather, your fingers are still going to get cold but in moderate cold, most people’s fingers will stay warm enough to be comfortable and they can use their fingers easier than if they had on full gloves. Pretty cool, huh?

Vascular Anatomy Of The Hand Bone Anatomy Of The Hand Human Anatomy Diagram – Human Anatomy Library

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Fiber Arts–Day 26

Fun baby hat

This is a wonderful yarn for a gender neutral infant hat. It’s a wool blend that’s easy care for the parents of a new baby. Red is such a fun color for a baby and this one has flecks of blue and yellow that make it even more festive.

One of the interesting things about this multi-day journey is discovering how much I still love knitting after learning 50 years ago. Although I also enjoy spinning, weaving, dyeing, and crocheting among other crafts, somehow knitting is the constant and the creative activity I always return to.

I keep telling myself that I don’t need any more knitting books or magazines. That lasts until the next time I’m on Amazon or in a bookstore because of another new technique or cool pattern. There’s always more to discover about this craft and even the beginning classes and books often give up a pearl of wisdom. Look at the number of people that have continued to be active in knitting for their entire lifetime. I expect that, while not famous, I will be one of those as long as I can continue knitting.

Have a great evening. See you tomorrow.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Fiber Arts–Day 25

Cable infinity scarf

I love this infinity scarf. It’s a quick cable knit in a 90% alpaca/10% wool lopi-style yarn. This has been in my inventory for awhile in a natural white and no one has loved it enough to take it home.

Off to the dye pot today. This warm spring green should be just the ticket to catch someone’s eye. At least I hope so.

Thanks for your good wishes. See you tomorrow.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Fiber Arts–Day 22

These fingerless gloves are made with a bulky yarn (90% alpaca, 10% wool) from my cooperative–Natural Fiber Producers. I am working on this pattern to make kits with the yarn. One skein is enough for these that will fit a woman’s medium to large hand.

What you see is the natural color. It is also available overdyed in purple, red, blue and citrine. I’ll be making another pair in a different color in the next few days to get the pattern worked out.

Have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve tonight.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Fiber Arts–Day 21

Hump Day!! I know that it’s not Wednesday but it is halfway through the 42 days of no weightbearing on my right foot. It went both quickly and incredibly slowly.

A few years ago, I volunteered to do some demonstrations at a fiber festival only to find out later that the demonstrations were to be only 15 minutes long and had to be at the booth!!!!! What to do? I came up with the “Fringe as You Go Scarf” that can be done either knitting or crocheting. This one is crocheted on a large hook and is a combination of single, half double and double crochet. The large needles (at least size 13) or hook (at least an R) is key to having all of the different thicknesses of yarn work in the project.

Start by chaining as long as you want the final scarf. Cut this yarn with at least a 6″ tail–this will be part of your fringe later. Tie on the next yarn, chain one or two depending upon whether you’re doing single or double crochet. At the end of each row, cut the yarn and tie on the next one. Repeat this process until the scarf is as wide as you want it. Adjust your knots as necessary to be close to the scarf. Trim the fringe to all one length.

This is a great use of the “leftovers” from different projects. You can make it monochromatic or as widely colorful as the fancy strikes you.

Thanks for hanging in there with me.

Knot adjusted to be against the fabric of the scarf
Fringe as You Go Scarf

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Fiber Arts–Day 18

Talking about gender neutral kid’s hats got me thinking about this ball of yarn that I had after doing Quick’s dog coat. This is one of our farm yarns that is hand dyed in a colorway that makes me smile every time I look at it. The yarn is called “Luck o’ the Irish”. I think this hat would look cool on any child.

I love it when “leftover” yarn makes such a great project.

Thanks for visiting.

Luck o’ the Irish Child’s Hat

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Fiber Arts–Day 16

Never say “Never” is the theme today. Henry, one of the housekeeping supervisors at St. Joseph’s Hospital, is always asking me to make dog clothes and I always tell him that I will never make dog clothes. That is until today.

Quick is our daughter’s wire-haired dachshund. Normally I bathe him and she uses the grooming tool to thin his coat. With my foot surgery, I cannot wash him so he went to a groomer for the first time. He came home smelling great and with much less fur than he’s used to. He shivers now when going outside–hence the coat.

Quick before grooming

Quick after grooming

I loosely based this on Lion Brand’s striped dog sweater but made modifications because he’s so long! Our daughter made the button for the coat. He’s now warm and stylish in his custom made garment. It must keep him warm since he doesn’t fuss about wearing it.

I hope everyone had a wonderful day. See you tomorrow.