Aha!

Sep. 12th, 2009 09:12 am
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Thanks to Ravelry, I have a trade in progress. Somebody is going to be trading me 30 sheets of personalizaed calligraphied paper for 8 of the Celtic knot bookmarks that I originally stitched as Yule gifts some time ago.

This makes me happy, because in addition to somebody actually compensating me for crafty work, it also means that I have a gift for my roommate. If I can put them aside until Yule (or Samhain, if I'm really itching to see the look on her face), then I can give a gift without having to spend more than the cost of a stamp. I already have the materials here, so it's not like I need to go out and buy a bunch of embroidery floss and evenweave/Aida cloth.

In the mail the other day I received a package from Kristen Tendyke, containing two large bags of swatches that she was trying to destash. And boy howdy, are there ever a lot of swatches!



I'm frogging most of them, but there are a few pieces that I'm going to work with as they are, since I either like the pattern or the swatch can very easily become something useful. I've got some ideas for a few things already, and it's going to be fun to get right back in the knitting groove and start making things with my hands again. As I've mentioned before, my crafty mojo sometimes goes on vacation for months at a time, leaving me feeling as though I should be doing something with my hands but just can't be bothered to.

I was sure I'd mentioned knitting leprosy bandages for charity before, but for the life of me, I can't find the entry in which I did. So I'll explain it all now.



The DOVE Fund collects knit and crocheted bandages to send to other countries where leprosy is still both a serious medical problem and a social problem. People make bandages out of white or tan crochet cotton, then send them off to the person who collects and stores them before shipping them off to the places in the world that need them most. In this case, Vietnam. The bandages are incredibly simple to make, and so I've challenged myself to knit 10 of them to send off. The picture above is of the first bandage completed.

Because the bandages are made from mercerized cotton, they're breathable and washable, and hard-wearing, which is exactly what's needed. Bandages don't need to be the gauzy stuff that gets used at hospitals all the time, especially when said bandages aren't always readily available in some of the poorer areas of the world.

I figure that I have the crochet cotton and am probably not going to do much else with it (except practice tablet weaving), so I may as well get some good use out of it and make something that can help somebody along. And to be honest, I'm also going to knit a few extra for personal use. Soak these guys in boiling water and they're sterilized. And then they're good to wrap around blisters, cuts, all manner of things.

I just wish I'd had a few when I sprained my ankle. The only bandage I could find at the time to help support my ankle was a self-adhesive one, which cost far too much, stuck to itself in ways I didn't want it to, smelled funny, and was a pain to use more than once. Whatever happened to good old cloth bandages that fastened with a little metal clip or two, anyway?
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My crafty mojo hit sort of a downslide this past while. I returned to work and then promptly lost a load of my time, and a lot of my inspiration went with it. If I did anything, it was usually knitting on a few rows of a boucle afghan, or some leprosy bandages I intend to send off to a charity organization that collects them.

But now, things are a little different. For one thing, I no longer have a job. Yup, got laid off. The whole campany went belly-up, and we got all of a few hours of notice about not having jobs anymore.

But I won't grumble on about that here. I've got my personal blog for that. What I will grumble go on about is how I've found a bit more crafty inspiration lately. I think the cooling temperatures have something to do with it. This time of year comes along and I always want to be productive in a rather domestic way. Baking, making warm things to wear in the winter, that sort of thing. So I do, and I am.

No pictures at the moment, but I've started knitting myself a cowl out of some lovely worsted wool that I've had in my stash for a while. Forest green and rather soft, it's knitting up nice and quick and with any luck, should be finished in a few days of intermittant knitting.

I also got the inspiration to make a set of bracers, as shown here. Mine would be knit rather than crocheted (as you all know, I can't crochet to save my life), and I'm tempted to experiment with making a second pair and felting them, to see which one is more servicable.

Not that I have a particular need for servicable bracers, of course, but heck, you never know. :p And if nothing else, they'll be good for costume purposes, and I can think of a certain roommate who'd probably appreciate them as a gift for her costume stash.

When I find my camera and get off my lazy tuchus, I'll upload some pictures of what little I've got going on these days. And maybe by that point, there'll be more than just a little going on.
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A few of us are going away next week, and so we're trying to get everything together in preparation. One of the things we're going to need to bring will be pillows. We've got a body pillow that we want to bring along, but it doesn't have a cover, and we don't want to get the actual pillow dirty (we'll be sleeping outside and in a tent), so I offered to use some of the spare material I have to make a pillow cover. I've got a fair bit of pinkish cottony stuff that I was going to use to make some pillow cases anyway, probably to try to sell at a craft fair, but this is a much better use for it. There's more than enough to make a cover for the body pillow, after all, and even though I'll have to handsew it and it'll need to be done by Thursday at the latest, I should be able to get it done. It's not like it needs to be anything fancy, after all.

But since I can't really get to work on that until my roommate comes home and gives me the body pillow (so I can get the measurements), I keep thinking that I really ought to be knitting more on that rug I'm working on. Simple garter stitch in thick soft yarn, and I've only got a few balls left, so if I work on it diligently I ought to have that done soon too.

Then I can work on a few of the dolls I want to knit. I had an idea to do character dolls, so I found a basic doll pattern, will edit that as I need, and then when I've got that down as best I can, I'll customize and individualize them and make amusing character dolls. I've got the idea to make Heralds first, of course (my obsessions run deep), but in terms of humanoid characters, I could pretty much adapt to any character.

I'm very tempted to make a doll for my roommate of her favourite role-playing character this way. I know she'd like it, and it'd be fun to make.

The only thing is that I don't think I have any good flesh-coloured yarn lying around, or even anything that would work as a close approximation, so I might have to wait until I get a little money before I make a serious start on that. I can make a few practice dolls with what I have lying around, though, while I work on adapting the pattern to my own needs. It doesn't really matter if the practice pieces of bright blue or variegated or whatever. :p

It's nice to feel busy and productive without feeling stressed about too many deadlines. Feeling busy and productive always feels good, I suppose, when you're being busy and productive with something you enjoy doing anyway, rather than just something you have to do.

Incredible!

Jun. 6th, 2009 04:18 pm
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It's a lovely day right now, so my roommate and I decided to go uptown for lunch at The Infusion. (Wonderful place, by the way, and if you ever happen to be in this city, I recommend you go there and try out their food and tea selection.) On a whim we decided to stop by Keltic Revival, because we saw they had a sale on.

The roommate came away with a dragon pendant and a new highland shirt, which pleased her to no end. What pleased me to no end was seeing that they sell handcrafts made by locals. I said that if they're still there in the winter that I'd knit up some scarves with knotwork-style cables, and the owner (who's a fantastic guy, very friendly and welcoming) said certainly, if I had anything like that he'd sell them.

O_O

So I've made up my mind. I'll knit him and his wife good warm scarves with knotwork patterns, and give them as gifts. If they think they could sell similar scarves in their store, then I'll gladly make them and supply them.

I think I just made my first tentative business deal.

Thankfully, the owners are the kind of people who would likely understand just what the value would be behind such a scarf if I knit it from, say, cashmere as opposed to acrylic, so I have no fear of them trying to compare apples to oranges that way, so to speak.

My roommate was also saying that if they do sell my scarves, it would be a great way to get people in the area knowing my name, in case anyone wanted something custom or other stores wanted to make a similar deal. I doubt that would happen, but she has a point. If someone wants a scarf in green rather than white, for example, they can contact me and let me know and I can get to work on it. And it might bring in a few sales for other projects of mine that I work on, too, not just knitted winterwear.

And now, I have to see if I have any good yarn that would make a good scarf for this project. I'm sure I have some, somewhere. Just have to sig through the stash enough and I'm certain I'll come across some good wool, if not actual cashmere.
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I finally found my camera and uploaded a few pictures of a couple of projects I've been working on over the past while.

Knitting



My Clapotis, done in Noro Kureyon Sock yarn. The yarn's a little too rough and uneven for me to even think about using it for socks, but it works just fine for something like this.

The pattern's simple and easy to memorize, and the long colour repeats of the Noro yarn look quite attractive here.



Embroidery

I haven't touched it in a while, but I've been wanting to get back to it lately. My geisha pattern, based on an image intended for stained glass but one that works just as well for embroidery.



I traced it onto fabric with a washable blue fabric pencil, then started on the hair. Satin stitch in black cotton embroidery floss.



Doesn't look too impressive now, but with a little more time and a few more colours, it ought to end up looking pretty nifty, I think.

I'm thinking that I'll end up attaching the top and bottom of the fabric to dowels and hanging it on the wall like a scroll. I think it would suit the theme of the pattern pretty well.

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