Friday – Finished Project – July 18

A couple of weeks ago, a super awesome lady requested that I make a book for her. I hope she’s as much in love with it as I am. By the way, this super awesome lady makes some pretty tasty tea: check her teas out over at Rare Meadow Tea.

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The Midnight yarn is finished! This roving came from Spun Right Round and is merino. I absolutely loved spinning this; it is so soft! I have no idea what I’m going to make with it yet so for now I’ll just hug it and squeeze it (and call it George).

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Fursday – Sinatra the Library Cat

Cats and Books go hand in hand. This fabulous ball of fluff is my boss at the library. Oh sure, I’m technically labeled a “circulation specialist” but we all know that the library is just a front and we’re there to do Sinatra’s bidding. Being in a beautiful old Victorian house full of books is just one of the perks of being one of Sinatra’s minions. Clearly his job is very demanding which is why he’s sleeping on the circulation desk. He even snores sometimes.

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WIP Wednesday – July 16

Well…. I went a little quilt crazy this week.

A new row on this section and 27 sets of two stitched together.

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What is not in this picture is the 30+ octagons I basted, the big stack of squares I cut, or the 4-5 dozen templates I cut out. I also bought six more fabrics to go with this quilt.

Quilt crazy indeed!

I’m also up to 32 points on the Hitchhiker – Only 10 more to go!

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Friday – Finished Project

This weekend’s studio time was spent finishing the book I started a couple of weeks ago. Last fall, I was given a big box of old Reader’s Digests and, though I don’t intend to read them, some of them had really great covers. These books are just begging to be given a new life. I tried it out on this one first. The book was originally from 1989 (most of the others are from the 60′s) and I wanted to start on a newer one to test it out.

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I’m mostly happy with how the book turned out. I hadn’t used the long stitch in awhile so I thought I’d brush up my stitch skills. The only thing I’m not too thrilled about is that the paper I used for the spine wasn’t the same color throughout (it was printed brown and the white is in between) so it makes the holes used for stitching the pages to the book noticeable and messy looking. I think if I use a paper spine again, I’ll cut away small sections instead of poking holes.

Long Stitch

I really like the size of this book and since I have a box full of these, I’m going to have to make a paper order soon because most of my current stock is not large enough for a book this size (thus the notebook paper that I was lucky enough to find a stack with short grain). I’m not going to put this one up in the shop because I’m not 100% happy with how it turned out.

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Inside

Now that I’ve given these books a test run, I’ll be working my way through the box and hopefully putting them up in the shop soon.

How To’s-Day – Adding Beads to Knitting

If you’ve been following the WIP Wednesday posts, you know that I’m working on the Hitchhiker shawl. I’m following the pattern as written except for at the beginning of each row 8, I’m adding a bead to the first stitch. Here’s one way of how to add beads to knitting:

I use a size US 14 (0.75 mm) steel crochet hook for beading. I find this size is suitable for both size 6 and size 8 seed beads.

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Start by slipping a bead onto your hook.

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Next, slip the crochet hook purl wise into the stitch.

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Slip the stitch over to the crochet hook. This is the first stitch in this row and it has stretched the loop. Don’t worry, it will all go back in place in just a moment.

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Hold the yarn in place with the hook then slip the bead off the hook and onto the stitch.

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Slip the stitch back onto the left hand needle making sure not to twist the stitch.

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Work the stitch as instructed. For this pattern, this stitch is purled.

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The bead is now secured. Continue your pattern as written.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of How To’s-Day!!

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