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Thinking…Exploring Options…Before the first step in a direction

February Crafting List

My 2017 word is Home. Keeping it simple but open to lots of interpretation. 

SSK KALs have started, so most of my focus will be on these until July. You might get bored with my Crafting List, since it will be all Ann Budd and Lee Meredith designs.  Fortunately, they both have hundreds of patterns. My Ravelry queue is quite full. 

With my own added criteria of using stash for all the KAL projects.  I am trying to use up, give away or toss as much as I can to make the house easier to care for. (See, it’s still part of my Home theme.)

I past the first gauntlet of acquisition temptation. 

The Oxford Fiber Festival in Mississippi was last Saturday. It was wonderful day seeing friends, checking out spinning wheels, and looking at fiber. Nothing was an irresistible impulse buy. 

No pictures. 

Spinning:

I’m close to having a default spin. The first project, 2 Guys BFL in Royals, is beautiful. So I got the color right. And it is a 3 ply fingering. But there’s a bit too much twist somewhere. It’s just a bit ropey. And even more disappointing a lot less yardage than expected.  I expected another 50-75 yards than what I got at 264.  The ultimate goal would be 400 yards. 

2 Guys BFL in Royals 3 ply

Singles Stats: 

  • Fiber split as many times as possible for as maximum short color repeats (for a tonal look) Definitely achieved the color tonality.  
  • 35 Twist angle (next time 25/30 Twist angle)
  • 35 Wraps per inch (next time 45 -50 WPI)

3 Ply stats:

  • 35 wraps per inch (next time 40)
  • Balanced

Need to swatch a lower twist thinner singles with higher twist ply. Hopefully that will be it. If not, the next sample will be woolen spin single plied 2 or 3. 
I’m looking for a balance between sturdy, less pilling with loftiness and softness. It’s not an easy task.

Still in a quandary and stuck about technique for Gale’s Arts BFL in Iris. I blended the green and gray with no significant difference. I was hoping to tone done the brightness of the green. It needs more work. 

I’ll use natural BFL or Polwarth for more sampling. 

Gale’s Arts BFL in Iris (green & gray removed)

Iris colorway green & gray blended

Knitting:

Everything is SSK KAL. 

Except finishing the kimono for a friend’s granddaughter. 

A New Thing: 
A sketch a day with a new to me tool. Pentel Aquwash brush. Started with water in the reservoir. Then filled it with India ink. Makes sketching very easy. 

I’m posting these daily on instagram. @slantedstitches


Calligraphy practicing the alphabet in a new to me font (www.surelysimple.com challenge). Brush is harder than I expected. But I did finish this project. All were posted on instagram.


Copperplate calligraphy font


Home

  • Storage buckets for yarn & fiber
  • ✔Finish project bags already cut (save for gifts) only thing left are sewing on the buttons. 
  • Finish hand stitching for Alabama Chanin A-line dress (on the next road trip)
  • Home: Decluttering & Organizing
  • Taxes

Garden

  • Veggies are growing (They all look the same!) 

    Etsy Shop Ending/ Other Things Starting

    Checking this off my December to-do list. 
    I finally decided to close my Etsy shop. 

    Officially closed the business account with the state, put the Etsy shop on permanent vacation mode, but still need to close with the county. 

    • I LOVED the creative process and problem solving. 
    • I never seriously did the stuff needed to make a successful business. 
    • Started jeopardizing my health. The last few weeks were rough & a bit scary repeat of an old worker comp injury that took 5-8 years of recovery.  
    • Other family priorities are more important. 
    • Time to move on to things I still want to do.

    I will continue posting to the blog about the creative process. 

    Just found this in an old box of art supplies. Printmaking is one of the things I want to start again. 

    Swedish Dalarna horse, 1994 woodcut print by us


    Merry Christmas Y’all

    Slow Crafting Week

    My arms were better. Not back to 100%. So I’m crafting a little bit more. 

    About 30% done hand embellishing the last panel of the A-line dress. It looks the same as the other panels. 

    Making progress on the baby kimono gift. Finished all the pieces, blocked and seamed. Only thing left to do is the garter and pivot neckline edging. The pattern is Harvey girl’s kimono from the Natural Knits for Babies and Moms book by Louisa Harding. 

    Baby kimono & sock progress


    Started the baby socks. 

    Only a few more rows done on the Ketterdam shawl. It’s a great easy knit. 

    I did visit the WONDERFUL Fiber Optic Yarn shop in a Cincinnati suburb. Kimber let me practice spinning on some travel wheels.  I still can’t decide on which wheel to get next. I like both the Schacht Sidekick and the Ashford Joy.  

    Half of the sock yarns

    Fireplace in the shop


    Of the LYSs I have visited so far, she has the best selection of breed specific fibers and plant based fibers. I forgot to take a picture of the plant/silk cubes and all her handdyed fibers and yarns. 

    Wool breed specific top

    Camelids top

    Polwarth and Bluefaced Leister top


    I did drop my fiber/yarn diet while there. 

    All of which will fill a shortage in planning. 

    • 5 oz each of Polwarth and BFL top to have enough for the first sweater I attempt. (Already have 12 oz) 
    • Extra bobbins for the Ashford, a dark BFL braid called Once Upon A Time to work with the braids I got at SSK
    • 2 oz Red top for the Wool n’ Spinning fiber club 
    • 5 oz Gray BFL/silk to accompany the paintbox gradient I have. 
    • The only ‘splurge’ was the purple sock yarn. 

    See…easily justified. 

    Break from fiber diet

    Enjoy this time of year. 

    Crafty Retreat Wish List

    Cooperative Press send a survey request last week to their newsletter subscribers. 

    One question has been mulling around in my head since taking the survey. 

    “If money were no obstacle, what retreat would I want to attend?”

    It was funny that they hinted Iceland is the answer. No thanks. I have other ideas. 
    I thought you might like to know what’s out there beyond the knitting world. 

    My instant answer was to tour Japan for indigo dyeing, ikat weaving and shibori dyeing. 

    But my old back-of-the-mind wish list came to the front.

    If I had unlimited resources, I’d go to one to two workshops at each of these schools. And try all the things, (pottery, weaving, basketmaking, dyeing, printmaking, enamel,  glassblowing, and everything else). 

    But if I did that in a year’s time, I would also feel a bit bonkers and scatter brained by the end. Remember, this is my dream, so let’s revise it to one workshop from one school a year. And let’s prioritize direction to printmaking, dyeing, spinning & maybe weaving. I need some focus. Right??

    These are schools I have wanted to attend since college days and they are still going strong. 

    I discovered these retreats since I started knitting:

    All except for SSK, I would go once to these retreats. Rhinebeck (New York Sheep and Wool Festival) is probably on every knitters list. It’s not something I could manage. Too many people. 

    Lots to day dream about and look forward to…

    Can you tell, I’m not cooking or hosting the Thanksgiving feast this year. I have time to daydream about things besides turkey, side dishes and dessert. 

    I hope y’all have a wonderful time with family and friends. 

    November Crafty List

    Wow, I actually got a lot done in October. So excited about how this list is helping me stay ‘focused.’ 

    Update on November 14.

    Spinning:

    • ✔️spin a 4 ply from problem yarn stash

      Practicing 4 ply with deep stash

    • ✔️Continue reading/researching more about spinning techniques
    • ✔️Wool n’ Spinning Patreon workshop technique 
    • Wool n’ Spinning Patreon Fibre Club project
    • Wool n’ Spinning Color Theory project
    • ✔️Go through the Craftsy class, Spinning Dyed Yarn. 

    Knitting:

    • Start Baby kimono for friend’s granddaughter 

      Sleeve as swatch

    • ✔️Ketterdam shawl by Laura Linneman in the 3 ply red handplied yarn. Knitting with Director’s Cut, Soliliquy, by Leading Men Fiber Arts instead. 
    • Swatch cardigan  (not even thinking about it)
    • ✔️ Done: Finish SSK socks, use Susan B Anderson’s SOS pattern 
    • Hat & cowl with Problem yarn (overdyed Swish DK) moving to December list

    Hand sewing:

    If you are on Instagram there’s a tag #slowfashion you might find interesting. 

    • ✔️ Done: 2 back panels finished of hand stitching the Magdalene stencil
    • 1/2 ✔️Handstitch 1 front panels, 1 finished. 
    • Move to December: stitch seams, & facings 

      Handstitching second panel of A line dress

    • ✔️Choice next project to start in January. (grey) (new leaf)(long fitted skirt/tank top)

    Slanted Stitches Etsy shop:

    Momentum has turned into inertia

    • Fortune cookie bag – blue
    • Purple take-out bags
    • Turquoise Japanese knot bags
    • Forest take-out bags

    Gardening:

    • Rake leaves (still haven’t fallen)
    • Finish mulching
    • ✔️ Done: Sow more veggie seeds

    Wishing These Magically Get Done:

    • Marbling more fabric for Japanese bento bags. (make wire holders & order Orvis soap) 
    • Create practice Alabama Chanin jacket from Craftsy class. (Grey woven linen) Rethinking this whole project. 
    • Triptych painting in hall way (start sketches)
    • Paint dining room walls & ceiling Step 1: pick colors (Dover white & Sedate gray) 

      New colors on top row, old colors below

       
    • Every month declutter and organize one area. November is the master closet & kitchen. Started the garage. 

      1 kitchen cabinet & my closet Goodwill pile

    • Studio (straighten fabric, thread, patterns) SO NEEDED! I did sort and organize 1-2 drawers of snaps and rivets. 

     

    Knitting Progress for SSK KAL

    First:

    I apologize for haphazard posts. I’ve been dealing with sleep deprivation for the last 4-5 months. Enough brain fog that I had nothing to chat about with you. Last night was short but better quality sleep in a long time. 

    My week’s sleep pattern


    For a month I woke several times with mild to severe leg cramps.  Last week was fewer & fewer cramps but a weird twitchy feeling.  If I moved my foot or leg just the wrong way, it would spasm. See the shortest night’s sleep. It was a nasty spasm.  

    The cause is probably a double whammy, my CLL and the ketogenic diet. And I’ve tried every remedy I could find on the Internet. 

    In past month, a combination of an electrolyte drink* and electrolyte supplements during the day, and of all things, milk of magnesia just before bed gave the best nights. 

    Last night, short but no cramps and no twitching. It’s finally getting better. 

    * Adapted recipe from Pinterest. 

    Electrolyte drink 

    • 1/2 tsp No Salt (potassium)
    • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
    • 1 oz apple cider vinegar
    • 2 quarts water

    Now for knitting:

    I am happily knitting socks!

    Two pairs

    Up and Out by Laura Linneman in Block Head sock blank Gale’s Art

    Detail, Up and Out by Laura Linneman in Block Head sock blank Gale’s Art


    Up and Out pattern by Laura Linneman in Gale’s Art sock blank, Block Head on double points size 000. I haven’t worked in double points for quite a while. It’s nice. 

    Wish I had the Lace Repair workshop already. I could have used it for some mistakes. Instead, I had to frog a whole pattern repeat. 

    Socks On A Plane by Laura Linneman in The Cyborgs Craft Room Assockilate colorway Northern Lights


    Detail, Socks On A Plane by Laura Linneman in The Cyborgs Craft Room Assockilate colorway Northern Lights


    Another pattern by Laura Linneman, Socks On A Plane in The Cyborg Craft Room Assockilate, Northern Lights. This is knit with Addy Lace 000. This patten I modified. Used the round toe pattern from Sock Architecture just for something different. And changed the cable to 10 row because I wanted more plain knitting between cable rows. 

    Both projects are tucked away in the newest version of my Japanese knit bags.

    Newly finished Japanese knot bag, medium