Saturday, July 09, 2011
Friday, July 08, 2011
Monday, July 04, 2011
So, I really slowed down on my creating in the second half of June, because I was knitting furiously on this blanket! I have 8 (almost 9) of 14 squares, but I'm really not sure I can finish by the deadline (it's a gift).
It's funny, because I knit all the time, yet I rarely feel like I'm creative. Mostly because it takes so long to actually produce anything. I really did enjoy the challenge of trying to make something new every day, even if I didn't make it to the end.
Monday, June 27, 2011
I made cheese!! (well, actually, I watched someone else make cheese, and got to take some of the results home)
I have assisted in the making of mozzarella, and a failed batch of mozzarella that became ricotta, before but this required far more steps. It will become camembert (after 6-8 weeks in my fridge). I have to say that pressing cheese with a mold is a much easier process (instead of wrestling with a sheet of cheesecloth).
(Yes, I'm aware that Cheese was actually a few days ago.)
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
I started cutting squares for the picnic blanket I'm planning. I'm using old sheets and cutting 13" squares for an easy first quilt, and I have another sheet for the back. However, my eyes were drooping at 8:30, so I put myself to bed by 9. Not too many squares cut, but it's a start!
Also, I saw a turtle on a log on my way home!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
I did take some photos yesterday, which was a very lovely day indeed.
Breakfast was spectacular, on the balcony with my plants. The salad is actually the first produce from my garden, since I finally thinned the salad plants.
Suki cat wants some too!
And then there was a lot of walking! There is some nice public art in Ottawa!
A happy tiring day!
Thursday, June 09, 2011
I was able to use my cutting mat and rotary cutter when cutting up the pair of jeans I used, but even so, the rectangle isn't straight. Straighter than the cuts I made in the men's shirt I repurposed for my last project, at least. ;) I still need to finish the letter embroidery, sew the cow down and add some embroidered grass.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
It's not very fashionable yet, cause it's still a work in progress, but it looks better on me than the original. It's based on this tutorial. I am improvising the shoulders with shoelaces, but am thinking that ribbon is the way to go. Also, I plan to use some tucks to add some shaping to the body, so it doesn't look like I'm wearing a sack.
I've learned a few things from this project. I can't cut a straight line to save my life. Particularly when cutting on fabric that hasn't been ironed. So, I need a pressing surface. But, I'm learning about my sewing machine, and I may now actually do something with the material I've been moving around for years!
Monday, June 06, 2011
So, this isn't quite Argyle, but it was definitely a learning experience. I'd never done strip piecing before, and it's quite a neat technique. I could definitely have used a bit more precision, including in measuring to end up with a square for a true argyle shape.
It was getting late by the time I worked out how to connect the ends and keep the pattern in line, so I didn't decide how to finish the edges. Some day this will decorate a plant pot of some kind, but for now it's being a jar cosy!
Edited to add: I would have posted this yesterday, but picasa refused to upload my photos. So I went to bed and let time deal with my tech issues. ;)
Sunday, June 05, 2011
This has nothing to do with my cat.
I bought a bunch of plastic bangles to cover with knitting when I was in Turkey a few years ago. This is the first one I've actually finished! Another benefit being that I've got a much better handle on keeping my stitch count constant in crochet.
And, for interest, an atmospheric photo from Tour la Nuit last night.
Saturday, June 04, 2011
Chrome kind of got away from me today. I was planning to work on the chrome accents on my bike for this, but by the time I finished the book that was due back at the library yesterday(!), it was after 8. So, I made dinner and did some knitting.
I'm making a Mitred Crosses out of Cascade 220 Superwash. In theory, it's a gift for a wedding this summer, but that will depend on how my enthusiasm holds up over time. I'm only three squares in.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Before - Top with odd stain, mostly noticeable to me.
After - Top with beginnings of embroidered bicycle, flowers
So, I got started on my project for today, but I didn't finish. This is probably going to be an on-going issue. There's only so much I can finish in the few hours between work and bed. So, I will have to decide tomorrow if I'm going to start something new for tomorrow (ice cream), or continue working on this.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
There are themes which I will try to follow, in theory.
2. Ice Cream
4. Cat Meme - cat bed?
12. Abe Lincoln
13. Albert Einstein
14. Picnic - picnic blanket
15. Sea Creatures
16. Hipsters - screenprinting with birds
19. Beachball - fabric ball
21. Cheese - cheese-making?
24. Lawn Gnomes
27. Extinct Media - floppy disk book
28. Pirates vs. Ninja
29. Cardboard Boxes - trivet
30. Charlie Chaplin
- Paper cherry blossoms
- hat - like Ida's kitchen
- Screen printing/stencilling (e.g. address on recycling bins, curtains, clothing)
- cross stitch on metal screen
- embroidery/cross stitch
- plant pot covers
- cushions for folding chair (patchwork?)
- cushion covers for couch cushions
- quilt top?
- remaking/updating clothes (e.g. skirt from sweater, pillow-case dress, fascinator)
- baby mohawk hat sort of like this
- light fixture for bedroom
- photography (e.g. project photography)
- stuffed animal
- something with wine corks?
- reusable bowl covers
- shrinky-dinks from #6 plastic