Monday, March 20, 2006

Here are the first 6 granny squares, each one is 4 1/2 inches square & I am crocheting them out of the odds and sodds bits of acrylic yarns I was recently given. When I have enough of them I will make them into an afghan that folds up and is stuffed into a pocket, making a pillow. A quilt that folds into a pillow like this is called a Quillow... would this be called an Afghillow? LOL. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Threads, elastics, zippers, 3 in 1 Oil, other odds and sodds, including a circular needle, and a pair of good quality pinking sheers. Posted by Picasa

14 crochet hooks, 13 pairs of knitting needles, 4 circular knitting needles, loads of double ended knitting needles, 2 needle size gauges, and a thing with a spring that I don't know yet what it's used for... but I will find out. Posted by Picasa

Acrylic yarns. Again, several balls have not been opened and there are lots of part balls of various amounts. Posted by Picasa

100% cotton crochet yarn ... as you can see, 10 balls haven't even been opened and the rest have various amounts left. There are also 4 balls of 50% cotton 50% acrylic here that havec not been opened. Posted by Picasa

Major Stash Addition

The mother of a fellow I know is going into a care home and her kids are cleaning out her apartment. She was a crocheter & knitter for many years and had lots of "stuff" for these crafts. I got a call the other day to go pick it up or it was going into the dumpster! Of course, I went. The pictures will say a thousand words :o) Some of this stuff I will keep and use for future projects, while some I will give to others who can use it. There is just too much for me to use by myself. This is a major addition to my stash.

I used a different yarn for the soles as I was tired of fighting with the hairy blue I was using, but it was close enough in color to work. Posted by Picasa

My new slippers Posted by Picasa


For some time I wanted a pair of slippers as any I'd had have disappeared or were just to "yucky" to wear anymore. Being "too busy" to make them, I bought some one day while in town. They have been good and there have been times I've been grateful for the rubber soles on them as I've stepped on things like bits of dog bone and they have protected me from cuts like the one I got on the bottom of one foot when I stepped on a dog bone shard not long before I got these slippers. However, I've still had the "urge" to make some. A few days ago, when getting ready to go to my spinners group, I decided to leave the spinning wheel home and take wool, crochet hook & pattern printed off the internet instead. I needed to crochet 6 hexagons, 2 rectangles (double thick soles) and put them all together. After both slippers were assembled I wasn't happy with the second one, so I took the sole off of it and re-did it, getting a much better looking slipper. I thought about using some of my homespun yarn for these, but from experience I know that not all patterns actually work right, so I decided to test the pattern first with acrylic yarns. One upside to this too is that they are machine washable and dryable, the homespun wool would be nicer in some ways, but would have to be hand washed and layed out to dry in the air. I am thinking too that I might make an extra large pair with my homespun, then felt them down to fit my feet. We'll see, I have many other projects going too, and several I'd like to try.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Third place hanging on display. Posted by Picasa

The unfinished shawl made by the Salmon Arm Spinner & Weavers. What a shame this one didn't make it to the judging. Posted by Picasa

The winners hanging on display. Posted by Picasa

Kalamalka Spinners & Weavers. Posted by Picasa

Ponderosa Spinners, Weavers & Fibre Artists from Kelowna Posted by Picasa
Monashee Weavers and Spinners: Left to right; Barb, Alice (me), Lynnette, Louise, Kitty, Rosalie (who was upset that I included her pictures on my blog... my appologies... I am removing her face from all pics here. Hope this helps).

The judge at work. Posted by Picasa

A closer look at the weave pattern. Posted by Picasa

Our shawl. Posted by Picasa

A closer look, note the pink is the towel under the shawl. Posted by Picasa

This shawl is a very loose weave. Posted by Picasa

A close up Posted by Picasa

Waiting for judging, here's one of the other shawls. Posted by Picasa

Louise at the loom, Rosalie sitting behind her, deep in conversation.  Posted by Picasa

Kitty and Lynnette. The bobbins are full and the shawl almost done so the pressure is off all but our weaver. Posted by Picasa

Barb N. hard at work. Posted by Picasa

This is the shawl that didn't finish due to loom problems. I think it's a pretty pattern. Posted by Picasa

Awhile into the competition I finally got a few minutes to leave my spinning and click a few pictures. Posted by Picasa

The bobbin winder with the bobbins and shuttles. Posted by Picasa