Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Farmer's Market Soap Bag

I love to buy handmade soaps at my local farmer's market. The bars I buy have luscious smells. The guy selling them advises that you keep them in your drawer for a few months, so that they get good and hard and dry. They will last longer and they will make your undies smell very nice.

I crocheted a little bag to hold my soap last night:

This one is made from allhemp3. I designed this as a proto-type for a beginning crochet class. It is super easy, and took me less than an hour, including writing down the pattern, rethinking and editing as I went. I think I will need at least three of these for myself. One for a drawer, and one to hang in my closet while drying (and wafting good smells). The 3rd one will hang in my shower and become my scrubby. I am going to test this one out for a week or so - and if it passes my shower test, I'll put it on my class list.

In other news, I have warped up a "Flip" loom for curtains for a bathroom window. I love how my warp glows! The yarn is 2/17 tsumugi from Habu, sett at 20 e.p.i. The plan, so far, is to do mostly plain weave, with a few rows of texture at the bottom of each panel.

Friday, January 8, 2010

New Year, New Post, New Resolve!

I love the blog-o-sphere. I think Blogging is a great way to communicate, share your creativity, or whatever else you love. It is a fabulous way to keep in touch with what others are up to.

I am just lousy at it.

So, New Year, New Resolutions - one of which is:

New Posts!

I will share with you two Christmas presents.
The one pictured just above is a blanket made for my friend Sharon. This friend crochets something for me every year. This year she made a rug for my shop You'll see it the next time you are in. I have been wanting to make her an afghan for quite a few years, but this year I did it! The warp is hand dyed Montana. The weft is Mochi plus from Crystal Palace. Both are 100% worsted weight wool . With an e.p.i of 8, this pattern was of a pretty large scale. The pattern is
four block "Primose and Diamonds" adapted for 8 harnesses by Leslie K. Alperin. It can be found in A Weaver's Book of 8 Shaft Patterns. The finished blanket is about 50' by 70". Warm and squishy.
In the meantime, my eldest daughter has been asking for mittens. Both fingerless for office work, and substantial for walking around Chicago. Pictured here are her brand new fingerless mitts, designed by me, knit out of Mericash. I have put the design on Ravelry as a free download, if you are interested! They are soft and warm, and I have already seen her wearing them quite a bit. I also made her Jarod Flood's "Grove" mittens, with a twisted stitch design, to go over these. Now, my baby's warm.