Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Interchangeable knitting needle bag

I have spent the last few days trying to make a new bag to hold my interchangeable knitting needles. They came in a folder with plastic envelopes but the sliders brake and I have brought several new envelopes which were supposedly stronger, But they have broken as well. Once the slider brakes they can't be opened without cutting them open. I looked on Pinterest and found several patterns that rolled up. I cut out all the pieces but found another idea so re-cut the bits. I started making this roll up case only to find another idea which was a bag but there was no pattern included :( .  So here is my attempted at making a better bag. It seems to hold all my bits and bobs for knitting except the accentual knitting. Wayne pointed out this small over site. Maybe I will make a mark two. ( I also made a little zipped bag for the ends and markers)

Bag out - side view

All bits and bobs in place

A first for me zipper pocket insert , I watched a you tube video and  Wa-lah I did it. But you may notice I have put the zip in left handed . Its fine for me as I am left handed .
 

Small bag of all the ends and stitch markers. ( see below)


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Butterfly Stripe Quilt

I finished this large lap quilt finally today. I started it last year and it has been in my sewing room waiting to be quilted for months . The poor thing has been moved around the room so much , on the floor under the cupboard under the table and then back on the sewing table. I had brought the jelly roll from spotlight on a chuck out table and only payed a few dollars for it but when I opened it the 2 1/2 inch strips were very badly cut some looked like boomerangs with bows at the fold. also the colour was quite washed out. I found this you tube video called jelly roll race and decided that I give it a go. It was great fun and very fast . I had a top made in just over and hour. I would have been quicker if I had filled enough bobbins first.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bEJLnaZQOU

Once the top was made it still looked pail so I added the butterfly silhouettes  and a couple of boarders. I still don't like it much . i keep thinking of the saying "you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear." I will put it in the caravan or may be use it on the lounge for Nanna naps.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Romney Spinning


Last week I brought some lovely roving's to spin four merino plaits and one Romney ball all are 100 grams and are amazing colours .Over the last few days I have spun the Romney roving which was so easy to spin. Its coarser than the merino that I usually spin but the colour is fantastic. I have plied it with a reel of machine embroidery thread so that I didn't lose any of the colour change.The first photo is how the ball looked on web site and the second and third photo are how mine turned out the hank measures 224 meters.



A Sock blank

I gave one of my striped sock blanks to my friend Helen to knit up so I can see how it will work for socks . I think it looks amazing