Saturday, August 15, 2009

Sitting in front of the fan

Well the weather here has hit some real highs and with the humid ex level and smog levels high I have chosen to stay indoors. I must admit that as long as I have the air conditioner on and the fans blowing in my face I can deal with this. We did try to go today to an air show at the air force base but when we arrived the humidity was far to great to be even the slightest bit tempting, so we came home.

I have start another set of prayer pouches and was working happily along and I am now at the part where I have to wait until I can shut the fan down in order to bead and embellish. I think Mother Nature or Father Sun are trying to tell me something.

I did finish another set of comfort hats. I have two adult, three children and about five preemie to baby ones. I knit the preemies as they were so much softer to deal with. I think I am well over the mid point at this time and will soon rearrange some photos and group them so it does not take up much space. It is amazing how addicted I am to the one hundred caps.

Will log on when it cools down and share more pics, but not as long as they are now, will group them instead.

I hope when it cools down to be able to get back at my stitching again as I do miss it as well.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Lady Bug Hat Directions

Materials for child's hat:-
50 grams of black soft worsted weight yarn.
50 grams of red soft worsted weight yarn.
Crochet hook 4.50 mm
Using black chain 4 and join with slip stitch to form a circle.
Work 12 half double crochets into circle. Join.
Work 2 half double crochets in each half double crochet around for a total of 24 half double crochets.
Work *one half double crochet in first half double crochet, then 2 half double crochets in next, repeat* around .
Fasten off black and join red.
Work * one half double crochet in first 2 half double crochets and 2 half double crochets in the next half double crochet. * repeat around.
Work a total of seven more rounds in red.
Work ten half double crochets . turn work eight half double crochets, turn, work 6 half double crochets., then single crochet up side of curve to where red is and repeat around until you have a total of four wings, two in front and two in back.
Using Black, reverse work and work four rounds of half double crochet around and end off.
Work one round of single crochet around.
Make a total of six black spots. Following the first two rounds of the hat pattern in black.
Attach onto hat.
Chain eighteen or to taste. Tack the centre of this chain to the centre of the top of the hat, then loop it down and tack it again to form the antennae.
Copyright North Kentville Knits 2008 L. Boudreau for personal and charity use only.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Slow Works in Progress

This is the top left hand section of a Carnation Quaker Sampler that I am ashamed to say I set aside until I got some new mageyes to work with and now that they are here have to continue to work on this. I just love this design and colour work.

This was a a design challenge by a friend who wanted to see how we would intepret and use crayons to guide us in our work. So far I have the tree, trunk and roof done, and I am not at all pleased with the right hand tree so will turn it into a seperate tree altogether.

My Latest six inch block that I am playing with.

I love this little work. It was an online class kit that I adapted to my own style and plan on doing a lot more beadwork and fine thread work on before framing. I am addicted to silk ribbon embroidery.

Pics of finished hats and items.

Been A while since I posted but was well worth the wait.

It has been a while since my last post, but I have been busy on a personal challenge to make one hundred items to donate to our local hospital and I am well over half way there. I started the middle of June and it is now almost the middle of August and with little or no effort have been able to accomplish this little miracle. I will finish this set and then set out to do a series of special items for nursing homes, shelters, and those in need. I like to be a secret angel so only put a card on my work so that when it goes to the hospital they know it is acrylic, cotton and how to wash.

I hope to share some with you. A lot of the patterns are adaptions of patterns I have found on line and some are those that I have created as I went along. One can soon learn many variations on a pattern when they set a goal this high.

I highly recommend the site as a great starting point for adult hats and have used a lot of their patterns int he beginning. I then graduated to my own and a series of my own in both knit and crochet for preemies and small babies. I also have some christening dresses on the horizon to finish as well as three sweater sets. Sounds ambitious but it sure is helping to do stash reduction in yarns.