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Smoked out

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Smoked out

Our valley has been full of smoke the last few days. We haven’t had many local fires this year, but we have been experiencing very poor air quality from smoke coming up from Washington/Oregon. Whilst I’m grateful we are not directly threatened by the fires, I am disappointed that the cool, clear, possibly even damp days of fall have not so far materialised.

For about three days we kept the windows closed and it was too warm and very stuffy inside. I tried running the furnace fan one day to see if it helped, but it didn’t. As soon as I could see a slight thinning of the smoke layer, I threw open the windows again.

So let’s see, what crafty progress have I made? The Habitat Cardigan hasn’t changed much from the progress photo at the end of August. The collar has been added to, but then it languished again as I went into manic sewing mode.

I am very pleased with the bags I made this week.

This is my Pumpkin Bag. The materials are a pink wool-like fabric, that’s actually wool-free – it may be a poly/rayon blend, I don’t remember – curtain grommets from the place where I work, and lots and lots of scraps. The pumpkin applique is made from lots of strips of quilting cotton, overlapped and zigzagged down to a base of fusible interfacing. I made a rectangle of this “new fabric” then just trimmed it to a pumpkin shape and used one of the offcuts to make the stem.

The lining is also made from scraps, again with the edges un-neatened, overlapped and zigzagged on a base of broadcloth.

This was all done in a single 6-hour sewing session. Lunch was late that day!

Then that evening I started making scrappy squares, sewn onto a backing of quilt batting. I made eight, with each one having a different colour scheme. They became this bag:

For this one, I popped out and bought some new batik fabric for the lining and handles. These photos were taken in my sewing room in artificial light, so they’re not as good as they could be!

That was an intense couple of days!

I’ve also, as usual for this time of year, got the pumpkin bug, and have made a number of fabric pumpkins.

upcycled jeans
quilt cotton and fleece

I made two of those orange fleece ones. The second looked a lot less wonky than the first.

All of the items in this blog post are currently on display at work, just to brighten the place up for a while. And then I’ll bring them home and they can brighten up my place!

Free crochet pattern: Heart

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I was playing with some red yarn and a hook at my local tea shop and came up with a small heart that you can use as an ornament or applique. I have made a few to make sure the directions work out as written but this hasn’t been tested by anyone else. Let me know if you have any questions.

I feel it works best without the hanging loop as the loop obscures the dip in the top of the heart somewhat. Do whatever you prefer. It is slightly asymmetrical.

There is a Print option at the bottom of my post – you can choose only to print the pages you need, if you’d rather not use too much ink, or copy and paste the text into a separate document if you like. Of course, if you’re using an iPad, it will convert any webpage into a pdf and store it in iBooks, which is awesome if you want to save it for later.

What you’ll need:

A small amount of any yarn, any weight, any colour (I used Knit Picks Shine Sport in Serrano)

A hook to suit your weight of yarn (I used a 3.75mm/F hook)

A darning needle to weave in ends

A stitch marker (the locking kind that look like little plastic safety pins are perfect for this)

Abbreviations:

ch = chain

ss = slipstitch

sc = single crochet (double crochet in UK)

dc = double crochet (treble crochet in UK)

hdc = half double crochet (half treble in UK)

rnd = round

rep = repeat

st/sts = stitch(es)

How to:

Ch4, ss into 4th ch from hook to join into a circle, ch 1

R 1: Work 6sc into circle. From now on you will be working in a spiral, not joined rounds. I suggest placing a stitch marker into the first st of each rnd to keep track. (6 sts)

R 2: 2sc into each sc (12 sts)

R 3: (2sc into next st, 1 sc into next st) repeat around (18 sts)

R 4: (2sc into next st, 1 sc into each of next 2 sts) repeat around, ss into next sc to complete rnd (24 sts)

R 5: ch3, dc in same st, 2dc into next st, 2 dc into next st, hdc in each of the next 3 sts, sc into each of the next 6 sts, ch2, sc into same st (makes bottom point), 5sc, 3hdc, 2dc into next st, 2dc into next st, dc in next, ch3, ss into same st (base of dc just worked)

There should be one st left unworked for the top centre of the heart. Either fasten off here and weave in your ends or create hanging loop as follows.

Loop: ss into last st of round, ch10, ss into same st as before. Fasten off. (Loop can be made as long or as short as you like; just make more chains.)

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Skull beanie FO

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imageJust popping in to show you my Finished Object. The skull beanie, modelled by Sally the Styrofoam head!

It’s snug on her which means it won’t fit me, but that’s ok. I’ll take the head and hat to work on Tuesday and when it’s had its time sitting out on view I will find a suitable new owner.

I just finished all five seasons of Drop Dead Diva on Netlfix and then discovered that Bones Season Ten is available. Yay! I’ve already started watching episode 1.

Two potlucks in two days this weekend, and tomorrow I’m cooking lunch for the five of us. Hmmm, better hike extra kilometres and swim extra laps after this.

Experimenting with skulls

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imageThe last ball of sample yarn I was given at work is in the process of becoming a generic beanie. Just half doubles worked in a spiral until it’s big enough. It’s Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted in black, and I’m using my favourite Addi 5.5mm hook.

To make it more interesting and relevant to the season, I’m adding a white skull applique to it. I found a pattern via Ravelry. The non-Ravelry link is here. It’s the one in my photo above, on the right. It’s an effective design but too big for my hat. So I used the idea to make a smaller version, which is on top of the hat on the left, and I think this will work just fine.

For now, I need to keep going on the hat. I just tried it on my styrofoam model head and it’s too shallow.

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian readers 🍁