Monday, December 20, 2010

Soldier Boy

I saw a knitted hat made with thick yarn.  They knitted it flat and sewed it up when it was finished.  I normally do not like the seam, but I wanted the lumps, bumps, and unusual threads and texture to show.  I used a batt that I called Soldier Girl and a very thin English long wool as a second yarn to ply it with.  There is some sparkle in the wool, but I think it is still very masculine, especially since I plied the fun yarn with a plain, narrow brown yarn.  I knitted two strands together for the hat and tacked toy soldiers on the hat randomly.  The green looks gray in the picture and the soldiers look blue, the colors are much brighter in color and more green or beige.  What do you think?  If I had it to do over again, I think I would look for the parachute guys.  The guns are a no no in schools.

I saw a new term for knitters and crafters that have a major material/fiber surplus.   It is called S.A.B.L.E.

I normally do not decorate a tree.  I had a small pink one stored, but it discolored to peach while in storage.  I looked at 5 stores before we found one to replace it.  I found this 3 foot tree at Wal-Mart with pre-strung lights for only $25.00.  It was the last one and the display model.  I placed it on the tea cart in the dining room area and decorated it.  I still need a topper for the tree.  It says Christmas to me.  Does it say Christmas to  you?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Heart Hot Pads

Simple heart shaped hot pads made with pretty pink fabrics. Both the front and back are made with the same fabric.   These are lined with cotton batting.  Each hot pad is 100% cotton except for the plastic ring and the polyester thread.
Thanks for reading my blog.  I hope you and yours are well and enjoy all of the wonders of the season.  Dawn  

Monday, December 6, 2010

New Gag Gift Soap

One thing lead to another and I made a prototype soap.  It is called Mr. Hairy Dingleberry.  Hairy is  from the joke of placing a hair a bar of soap and calling it Wild Hair.  Then someone mentioned dingleberries, and I had learned what they were.  I found out that they are the small amounts of poo that is occasionally retained by anal hairs. Well, here it is, (the soap).  I put both ideas together and  I used a few sheep fibers and dried fruit berries, (actually fruit).
I also spun a very small skein of angora rabbit.  It is white and plied with a light gray color.