Archive for the ‘NaBloPoMo’ Category

Gifts for Hungary

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

by Ann

Now that it is time to be getting Serious about Christmas, I have been working at finishing the counted cross stitch ornaments that I made for my two Hungarian grandchildren, Blanka and Kristof,  last winter. I started on them shortly after Christmas when I am usually inspired to do things Christmasy, and finished the stitching sometime in March or thereabouts. Then they got put aside in favor of more fun stuff, like the beginning of the nativity set I am making for James. I remembered to bring them here to the CLH for finishing and just got them done. Each one is backed with a piece of stiff cardboard and finished with a piece of small-print Christmas fabric. I forgot to take a photo of the backs, and I am too lazy to get the camera out again, so you will just have to imagine what they look like. The backs are cute but boring.

Now I just have to shop for some gifts for the grown-ups. Not nearly as much fun.

Third Time’s the Charm

Friday, November 26th, 2010


by Nancy
I realized recently that I was committing a major fashion faux pas by wearing my off-white gloves with my black and blue-purple winter jacket, so the obvious solution to the problem was to crochet myself some black mittens! I looked around for a little while at some possible patterns and then decided to give one a try. The first pattern I tried is from the Coats and Clark website and uses standard worsted weight yarn. This mitten is the first from the left. I like how the ribbing turned out, but for some reason the transition from the ribbing to the main mitten is very tight. Also, the top of the mitten looks a little odd where it finished off. I didn’t even bother to do the thumb because I wasn’t happy with the mitten. So, I tried pattern number two, from the Bernat website. This is the middle mitten in the picture. It uses a chunky weight yarn. I like the shape of the mitten and the thickness of the bulky yarn, but the hand part of the mitten turned out too short, and the ribbing is too loose and too short. So, it was time for mitten number three, the last one in the picture. I mainly used the same Bernat pattern as for mitten number two, but went pack to regular worsted weight yarn and used the ribbing instructions for mitten #1. Once I got to the end of the ribbing, I used two strands of worsted weight yarn to try to recreate the thickness of the bulky yarn. And I made it longer in the fingers than the directions call for. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out! It feels like it will be very warm. Now all I have to do is remember what changes I made to the pattern so I can make a second mitten to match the first!

More November Harvest

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

By Ann

Beet Greens!!! Harvested in “midwest Indiana” on Nov. 21 or thereabouts. Also to be included in our Thanksgiving feasting.

Cool!!…but now what?

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

By Ann

These are two “Arrowhead” blocks that I pieced during our last visit to the Cute Little House following directions in the Nov-Dec. Quiltmaker. The piecing technique starts with two 8″ squares of fabric that are stitched together around the edges, leaving two strategically placed gaps in the seam. The blocks are then cut so as to yield 4 triangles, two halves of a 4-patch, and 4 “arrowheads” that are then stitched together to make the completed 9″ block. The fabrics are from my friend Lorene, who has been de-stashing her sewing room, much to my amazement and puzzlement. [Note: this was a minor de-stashing that took place about a year ago, probably as a warm-up to the much more recent de-stashing that yielded 4 boxes of fabric and notions that we Crackpots will explore and disperse over Thanksgiving weekend.]

But now that I have these very cool blocks, what shall I do with them?? I have enough fabric to make 2 more blocks. I’m thinking of an apron with 1 block as the bib and two or three more (probably two on point) at the bottom of the skirt. I am in desperate need of new aprons since my 8-10 year old ones are showing some signs of wear. So, maybe after Christmas and the 2010 Crackpot summer quilt, and the wall quilt for the CLH…..

Crochet Cardigan in Progress

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

by Nancy

Here’s a look at my largest crochet project to date – a cardigan for myself! The pattern is pretty simple -it’s half double crochet throughout. It’s made with a bulky yarn, so it works up quite quickly. The top picture is the completed back of the sweater. The bottom picture is a close-up so you can see the yarn more closely.
P.S. This post was made from my phone!

Revised Photo

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

By Ann

Here’s a better photo of the possible Alternative Crackpot Quilt. In the interest of NaBloPoMo, I am doing a separate post rather than revising my previous post. 🙂

Alternative Crackpot Project

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

By Ann

Some Crackpots are aware that I have been floating a proposal for a possible alternative Crackpot project for Summer 2011, namely the assembly of 12 sampler blocks that I made a long time ago (the signature block is dated 2001) along with sashing and border fabric acquired a long time ago (there is a note with the fabrics in Nancy’s handwriting from her pre-motherhood days showing the calculations for the sashing and border yardage needed) into a quilt top for Grandpa Jim. Calculations made at the time, which will have to be verified (possibly with the assistance of talented first and third graders), show that everything will be just right for a twin bed sized quilt. To facilitate the discussion, here is what we have to work with (only 6 of 13 available blocks are shown):

I will be bringing the actual stuff to the Thanksgiving Gathering next week, and we can discuss it further then, between food, football, and PLAYING.


Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

By Ann

Here is the 2010 Crackpot quilt all basted and ready for quilting. This is almost certainly a record short time from completion of the quilt top to basting! I am proud. Of course, quilting has not yet begun, and who knows when it will what with Christmas approaching and other secret projects needing completion.

Finished object!

Monday, November 8th, 2010

by Cathy (no, our names aren’t automatically showing up at the top of posts like they used to; I intend to fix that…some day….)

I’m very pleased to have a Finished Object to show off, just in time for NaBloPoMo!  (Which doesn’t seem to be getting nearly the attention this year that is has in previous years, I think because blogs are Officially Over now, having been replaced by Facebook and Twitter. Or something.)

Anyway, I started this scarf for J shortly after Christmas last year, with some yarn that was left over from another project, and I finally ran out of yarn today, so here it is:

And here it is, in situ:

Handspun Kerchief

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

by Rebecca (do our posts no longer get our names automatically attached?)

Have we already failed at NaBloPoMo?

Here’s my first project made out of yarn that I spun – using the drop spindle I posted about earlier. The finished kerchief is about 30″ across at its widest point.

The yellow stripes for the border are made with yarn I purchased, but the rest is spun of superwash merino wool. The yarn I spun is rather overtwisted – parts of it wanted to kink back on itself, and it’s not squooshy like I wanted, so I’ve been working on finding a better amount of twist in yarn I’ve spun since then.

Here’s a detail shot where you can see the variegation in the yarn. I spun it out of a multicolored top (which is a type of wool preparation), and made a 2-ply without doing anything to keep colors aligned.

Next weekend I’m taking a short Introduction to Wheel Spinning class at my local yarn store, to try to figure out if I want to buy a spinning wheel. The one I find most aesthetically pleasing (really, is that not gorgeous, if you’re into the Scandinavian-style furniture aesthetic?) happens to be very versatile, but it’s also one of the more expensive wheels on the market (if you don’t count the super duper expensive ones which have long waiting lists), so I want to give the whole wheel concept a little try before committing. I think in class I’ll get to spin on another wheel from the same manufacturer, and there is a spinning store in the area where I could check out a wider variety of wheels.

My self-imposed homework before class is to practice more spindle-spinning and also re-read all the spinning books which I got from the library to familiarize myself with wheel spinning.