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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Sweaters

Determined to finish projects and throw in a few extras, I’ve kept to that. I had a sweater sitting here, 2 thirds finished, and like all good knitters, I got distracted…..again….and left it sitting while I pondered other things. So this is the finished sweater #1. It’s a cardigan actually and so cozy. I wore it today and it was perfect for the day of chilly temps.

The pattern is from Ravelry, Mari Sweaters. She has a ton of wonderful patterns, almost all are that wonderful oversize appeal (well they appeal to me). I can wear a t-shirt underneath and still be warm. I have other patterns by her, so more to come on that front. The yarn colour is Oatmeal. Close up there are flecks of other colours you can’t really see here.

Here is the link to “The Oregon Sweater”.

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The second sweater is called “The Harley Sweater”. This pattern is from KnitPicks. I seldom ever make things the same colours as the pattern, this was just a fluke that I had a grey to work with. The sweater above is a heavier yarn, a worsted weight. The Harley Sweater below is a double knit weight.

I’ve pinned the sleeve to show the cables down the center. I also pinned the bottom edge to show the opening at the hip. This sweater is knit from the top down. You first knit the collar, then pick up the stitches and start working down to the bottom. Not my favourite way to knit, but I really like the design.

If you’re not familiar with KnitPicks, you will enjoy it if you’re a knitter. They give you the recommended yarn and the colours of each yarn they carry that will work. There is a list on the side, below the pattern and you can click each yarn to see the colours and amount needed.

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The last sweater for today, is called “The Ballard Pullover”. This pattern is also available on KnitPicks. This one and the Oregon Sweater are knit the usual way from the bottom up. This one is nice with the seed stitch center and the cables up either side of the arm.

It uses a Worsted Weight yarn and it’s so soft. A little tricky with working on the sleeves, but eventually the penny dropped and I got what they wanted me to do… So now 3 sweaters have gone into the Thrift Store box, and I have 3 new ones to enjoy. I am currently working on a black sweater. Will post when done. ;o)

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Phidias

I have been so distracted and a slacker lately, it took me what feels like a month of Sundays to finish Phidias. He is a design from Allison Marano. So sorry she joined the ranks of those amazing designers who don’t design anymore.

I’ll give you some details below.

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The staff that Phidias is holding is a chopstick painted a metallic brow, with a Tim Holtz Clock Key for the top. His suspenders are made with faux suede. His cap is real leather. His pants are made using the bottoms of flannel pajamas.

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When a friend was over one day a couple of weeks ago, she wanted to checkout the thrift store, so off we went. That’s where I happened on that stump of wood Phidias is sitting on. After playing around with how to position it so he wouldn’t skid off and cutting away a bit to help it sit flatter, this angle worked the best.

Like with the last doll, I used mosses and added some lichens. I found those at a garden center. They came in a bag with others, distributed by Ashland.

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He’s wrapped in cheesecloth I lightly dyed with tea. The stockings are pieces of an old knit sweater. There are no shoes in the original design, but I made these little flip flops for him to go with his hiking theme.

Do you see what else he has… oh my. But it’s okay, he’s close to home and a bit of refreshment after a long hike is good. To stay hydrated and all that. ;o)) These are actually candles I found at a bakery. Same said friend were out her way a while ago and she wanted to pop into the bakery, probably trying to trick me into buying cupcakes, I’m sure of it.

While she was plotting, I drifted away and discovered a package of these candles. The wicks are cut off just in case someone wants to see if they actually work as candles.

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So that’s it. Phidias says thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and will be back soon with the last installment of the dolls for the exhibit in March…

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Irene Mary

My first doll for the show in March is done. I might reverse her name to Mary Irene, but I’m really happy with her. I think she’s become my favourite pattern by Jill Maas.

I had some pieces of a Cypress Knee that someone sent me years ago. The piece I used is like a perfect little stump for this base. Do you know what Cypress Knees are?? I didn’t either, but this is the description on Google.

“A cypress knee is a distinctive structure forming above the roots of a cypress tree of any of various species of the subfamily Taxodioideae. Their function is unknown, but they are generally seen on trees growing in swamps.”

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The staff she’s holding is actually a plant poke. The marble in the center of the sun is a solar marble. If it picks up the light during the day, it will glow for a while at night… Fun huh!  The moss is from a garden center. Love adding things that make a scene for my dolls, it goes back to me treating them like my extended family of mini people. ;o)

Her skirt is 3 layers. Lace, tulle and a gathered polka dot fabric cut into ribbon size. Her jacket is a polka dot black minky, the leggings and body fabric are a thin stretch fabric. The shoes and hat are felt with a bit of beading. The base is covered top and bottom with 2 colours of felt and trimmed with a cotton braid. I really love how she came together. She’ll be off to the Small Expressions show I am part of in March. See my other blog, Events page for details.

Here you go…..

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Irene Mary

In March, the local arts council is having a show called “Small Expressions”. I joined the council to see how I could expand the reach for my art dolls.  I think this will be a good fit.

The show in March is from the 4th to the 31st. We can enter 3 pieces, so am busy now working on those. They have to be a specific size, 12” x 12” x 12” or less, hence the name of the exhibit.

The first doll I’m making is Irene Mary, a new one by Jill Maas. Currently I have the body made and put together and her head. The house was cold this morning, so I wrapped her in some knit fabric that I haven’t decided whether I’ll use it or not, but I think it’s going to be used for a Santa sweater. That’s where I’m leaning at this point. I think the black polka dot minky will be what Irene Mary’s jacket will be made of.

I just like putting a pile of suggestions around my dolls and go from there. It’s never how you finish because things always change along the way, so my choices do look odd I know. Anyway, here are Irene Mary’s first steps.. All being well, I should have her done in the next couple of days. ;o)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Odds and Ends

Just a few more bits and pieces of things I did in December. Adele over at A for Artistic had two great artists offer up free ornament classes. One is this Angel Snow Boy by Deb Wood, here’s my version.

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The other artist is Elena Loukianova. She offered this class for making a Christmas Bird. I chose a Cardinal shape. While these are simple projects compared to a doll, you can still learn something from each person who designs. There is always some little tip or technique you can use another time. Here is my bird.

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A couple of phone cozies ended up being needed. After cancelling our mobile carrier and switching to the new one, the free phones we got are bigger than the last ones. I made these two cozies in black felt and lined. Hubby wanted basic black ;o~, I went with the same but with a bit of embellishing.

Both have a magnetic closure and no it doesn’t affect the phone at all. I went online to check that and the information was pretty much all the same, that they were safe to use. I’m guessing it would take a much bigger magnet to cause a problem.

I’m showing the linings I used as well. Masculine for him, my embellishments co-ordinate with the lining. The back of mine has the same pocket as other cozies I made. Perfect for a few business cards, ear buds or my card reader. More tomorrow….stay tuned. ;o)

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