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Old 01-13-2012, 02:21 PM   #431
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Started two new projects as Christmas gifts for family next year. Last night I began this swing jacket for Glenn's son's wife, Dana. I'm making it in lipstick red, which is her favorite color. It will look great on her because she has the most exquisite, creamy skin and long dark hair. In short, she's gorgeous and has a figure to match.

I'm already halfway done with the back and about to run out of yarn. Won't be able to get any more until next Wednesday. Boo, hoo!

That means I'll have to devote my efforts to the afghan I began for Glenn's mother, which I started on Tuesday. It's going well and I should have plenty of yarn to keep me busy until I shop for the yarn I need for the jacket.

If I run out of yarn for the afghan, I have a wall hanging I can stitch on. I always have something in the works, if for no other reason but to stay busy. I love all forms of needlework and pursuing any of them is relaxing to me.
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Old 01-13-2012, 03:33 PM   #432
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I've been working on my roll-off roof observatory (and man cave)...
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Old 01-13-2012, 03:40 PM   #433
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all of my projects, except the scarf. are still in the planing stage. yesterday decided to paint one wall in my living room, instead of using wallpaper. yellow is the choice. trying to bring yellow into the mix to brighten up the white furniture and blue stuff. ordering new couch cover, in blue. then will make assorted pillows in different prints of yellow. curtains in kitchen, will be on same color line. can see dining room from kitchen. lots of blue. i love blue, just tired of so much of it. worked on scarf yesterday for about an hour. should finish quickly.
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:14 AM   #434
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This year I made up large gift bags of hand made soaps, Bars, liquids, and my own specially blended wax for container candles. Added soap dispensers and a few beautifully hand crafted ceramic soap dishes. They were some gorgeous looking bags. Wish now I had taken pictures of them. People had been asking when I'm getting back to work they missed my stuff. I work when it suits me now. So when they finally do get them. It's a Dog eat dog world out there. Sheesh...It's bordering criminal.

Yesterday I got a phone call from one of the recipients.
He was absolutely upset that someone had grabbed his bag of goods! It was an honest mistake that's going to be corrected. The person who did it is sorry. He made them sorry! LOL!

I did fix another bag up for him and had it sent over.
Boy people wait forever to get the handmade stuff, when it disappears they certainly do get testy about it.

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That's a lovely idea! Be sure to take a picture of the replacement bag!
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:59 AM   #435
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I am a weaver. I have used that type of "tool" in all different sizes. It is very easy to use. It is also easy to make--you just cut a circle of wood, tap in finishing nails, and you've got it.
That's what I was thinking.

I would call it more a type of knitting.

It's the first handicraft most Danish kids learn. For kids, it's made with finishing nails on an empty, wooden spool from thread. Makes great ties/belts for other knitted stuff.

I have never seen a big one like that. I like the idea.
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Old 01-15-2012, 12:01 PM   #436
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There is a Japanese technique for making cords that uses a similar tool. I took a workshop on it once, but darned if I can remember what the "art" is called. I seem to recall making potholders using a square version of this when I was in Campfire girls...
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Old 01-15-2012, 12:55 PM   #437
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I started the plastic canvas "Home Sweet Home". I've already got the words done and am starting to fill in around the letters' stitches.

I decided to just have a blank cream colored field around the letters, to keep it simpler when I work the multicolored pattern around the sides.

At 7 stitches per inch, it's filling up fast. I had to double up the yarn for better coverage.
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There is a Japanese technique for making cords that uses a similar tool. I took a workshop on it once, but darned if I can remember what the "art" is called. I seem to recall making potholders using a square version of this when I was in Campfire girls...
Cord, that's the word I was looking for.

It's easy. Just start to wrap the yarn around the outside of the nails, above the existing loops. Using a crochet hook, pull the loop up, over the yarn and the top of the nail, then drop it down the middle. Hmm, now I'm trying to remember how you "cast on". I think you just wind the yarn around the outside of the nails twice, with loose end of the yarn down the middle of the spool and then start as I described above. Not sure though.
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:06 PM   #439
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i cover crystal light cannisters with either fabric or decorative paper to be used as pencil and pen holders. have six standing by. my great granddaughter wants one, and my daughter wants one for her dog grooming business. guess i better get busy. need a couple for myself. two are really getting ragged. they were done with stationary paper. need some fabric bought, all mine is in kids patterns.
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Old 02-02-2012, 03:08 PM   #440
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I finished the center of the Home Sweet Home piece, with the surrounding cream color and am ready to work out the zigzag color pattern for the frame. I'll play with it on graph paper until I get it the way I want, then start.

I really like working on the 7/" plastic canvas. It works up so quickly, and I'll be able to attach it to the wall with velcro.
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