Make Madness 2018 – Day 24-31 | Knit and Crochet All-The-Things

For the last week of Make Madness, I decided to work a little bit each day on the variety of knitting and crochet projects I have in progress.

While these won’t necessarily be completed by the end of March, they will definitely all get some concentrated attention and love.  Also, a couple of the projects I will share with you over the next few days are one’s that have a deadline.  So I’m anxious to finish those first.

I’m going to give you the list of my Works in Progress (WIP’s) but then go into detail in the coming days.  I break them out into categories: Knit-a-long projects (deadlines), long-term projects and Mid-term projects.

Knit-a-long projects:
1.  My “As Time Goes By” socks by Susan Burzynski. I shared these with you on Day 9.  I’ve made a little more progress than the picture shows, but I want to have these finished by 3/31.  Let’s hope!

2.  My “He brought me nothing but Joy” shawl.  I’m using “The Girl from the Grocery Store” pattern by Joji Locatelli to knit this shawl in memory of my dog Woody.  I’m knitting this for a KAL ending on 4/4 with Joey’s Scarf Knitting Podcast.

Mid-term projects:

My “Go Cubs Go” Wrap.  I’m using the Vila Wrap pattern by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade.  While the pattern only calls for 2 colors, I’m making modifications to include all 4 colors for the Cubs home and away uniforms.

My “One Sock, Two Socks” socks: a pattern by Shauna of Shauna Stitches.

Winter Rose socks by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade.

Long-term projects: (I’ll talk about these later in the week)

The Sunny Blanket (crochet). pictured
The Coast Blanket (crochet).
The Cozy Memories Blanket (knit)
The Cozy Memories Scrappy Crochet Blanket

 

Until tomorrow,
Grace

 

 

 

 

Will you “Go Cubs Go” wrap match my dog bed?

 

 

 

 

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Make Madness 2018 – Day 23 | Bath Fizzies

While yesterday’s Make Madness was a lot of fun, it was also a long day on my feet and took a toll on my back.

All I could think that I wanted to make today were some bath fizzies so I can take a long, hot soak to ease my aching muscles.

And here they are.  I found this recipe on Pinterest and they worked out great.  While I was rummaging around in the garage a couple of days ago, I found this mold and thought it work well for a craft project.  Also the recipe called for citric acid, which I used yesterday while dyeing the yarn.  I love when ingredients can be used in multiple ways.

They were super easy and fast to make and I look forward to testing them out tonight.

Until tomorrow,

 

Grace

 

 

 

 

Did you say “bath”?  No thank you, but you go ahead and enjoy yours.

 

 

 

 

 

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Make Madness 2018 – Day 21/22 | Hand Dyed Yarn

So I had planned to post my yarn dyeing adventures yesterday, but it literally took me ALL day to prep the yarn.  And by prep I mean taking 100g hanks of sock weight yarn and breaking them into 50g hanks.  Simple, right?  Not so  much.  I used my swift to wind up half of each skein but somewhere along the way, things got a big tangled and I spent most of yesterday untangling yarn!!!!!  And I didn’t want to bore you with that disaster.  Finally I had 8 50g hanks and was able to set them up to soak overnight so I could hit the ground running today with the fun part. The dyeing!!!

I had dyed yarn in the past with Kool Aid, but today I wanted to experiment with food color paste as well as Jacquard acid dyes.  I also wanted to try different heating options: microwave, steam and immersion.  I watched several YouTube videos: one from Carie of the Creative Obsession and several from Rebecca of ChemKnits.  All the yarn I used was Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist (80% SW Merino Wool/20% Polyamide).

Here are the results:

 

These two skeins (left) were dyed in the same bath using Jacquard dye and the stove top heat method.

 

 

For this speckled skein (right), I pre-mixed Kool Aid and applied the color sporadically.  I heat set the dye using steam.

 

 

This skein (left) was made using pre-mixed Kool-Aid, but for the yellow color, I added McCormick yellow food coloring to make the color more vibrant.  I heat set this using steam.

 

 

This skein (right) was a combination of pre-mixed Lime Kool Aid and pre-mixed Wilton Violet food color paste.  This was also heat set with steam.

 

 

For this skein (left) I used a pre-mixed Wilton Violet food color paste applied with a plastic fork and then dipped the fork into powdered Berry Wild Kool-Aid to achieve the reddish/pink color.  I set this with microwave heat.

 

This skein (right) was a combination of the yellow pre-mixed Kool Aid/food coloring and Wilton Violet food color paste.  This was set with steam.

 

 

Finally for the last skein (left) I used the stove-top method and added Jacquard dyes directly onto the fiber.

 

 

All in all, I’m so happy with all the results.  I do like the steam heating setting method as well as the stove top method although it’s a little harder to control the color with the stove top.  For tonal and solid colors, the stove top is excellent, but for speckled or striped effects, I prefer heat setting with steam.  I wasn’t crazy about heat setting with the microwave.

Now, what will I knit with all this gorgeousness?????

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

 

 

So this is how I spent my day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Make Madness 2018 – Day 20 | Notions bag and Progress Keeper

Even though it’s really cold and rainy today, it’s also the first day of Spring.  With that in mind, I wanted to continue to practice bag making skills with some cheery fabric and new techniques. I found a gorgeous watercolor print in my stash and paired it with a lively lime color for the lining.

I decided to make a notions bag with a “leash” and on a whim added a “dog paw” progress keeper to attach to the zipper pull.  I used my standard lined zippered bag tutorial and boxed the bottom.  Before sewing the sides completely closed, I added a fabric tab with a “D” ring attached for the “leash”.  Then after the bag was complete, I made the “leash” by folding and sewing a strip of fabric to a lanyard hook.

I love using zippered bags for my projects, but prefer that they come with handles.  I had seen bags with detachable ha

ndles and thought I’d try to make one today. I’m really pleased how it turned out and plan to fill it up.

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

 

 

Speaking of “leash”, we’re ready when you are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Make Madness 2018 – Day 19 | Socks

No.  I did not knit a pair of socks today.

I FINISHED a pair of socks today.

One of my crafting ‘habits’ is that I love to start projects, make significant progress, but then either  become bored or distracted by the sparkly goodness of ‘new’ projects.  Invariably I end up with lots of UFO’s (Un Finished Objects) and very few FO’s (Finished Objects).  In the past year, I’ve been trying to be more of a finisher than a starter, so that’s why todays MakeMadness project is a pair of socks.  I finished the heels on Day 9 and finished the feet over the past 10 days. Today all I had to do was work the toes and cast off.

And with that I have a pair of FINISHED socks!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These socks represented a bunch of firsts for me: first fish lips kiss heel; first pair knit with yarn I dyed myself; first pair knit with sock weight yarn; first pair knit from my own sock recipe; first pair knit two-at-a-time.

I’m on the hunt for the perfect sock recipe for my foot, so I used the instructions in the Fish Lips Kiss Heel pattern to make a template of my foot.  As an aside, to my dismay, I now have concrete proof that I have Hobbit feet. As I knit the foot of each sock, I was able to use the template to know when to stop knitting the foot and to start decreasing for the toes.  And it worked out perfectly.  The socks fit wonderfully.

Things I learned along the way:

  1. I love knitting socks two-at-a-time.
  2. The FLK heel or other short row heels fit my foot better than the traditional heel, flap and gusset heel.
  3. I need to make sure I separate my skein of yarn into two distinct cakes before I start.  I had a horrendous episode of yarn barf.
  4. I want all my socks to be hand knit.
  5. I need to cast on another pair right away!

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

 

 

 

Hey Buddy- we don’t have to go searching for socks in the dryer anymore.  Mom’s making a bunch.

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Make Madness 2018 – Day 17 & 18| Dog Beds

With Baseball Opening Day around the corner (March 29), I knew I wanted to make dog beds for my two dogs using fabric from their respective teams. Ellie is a San Francisco Giants fan and Mindy is a Chicago Cubs fan.  Coincidentally, I am a Cubs fan and Mike, my husband, is a Giants fan. 🙂  We’re a two team family.

About 3 1/2 years ago I wrote a post about how I  make my dogs beds (Anatomy of a Dog Bed) and I used the same exact method today.  I still love the Velcro closure and using standard pillows for the “stuffing”.  All the dog beds I’ve made over the years have stood the test of time, although a couple have needed some repairs due to doggie nibbles.

Here are today’s (and yesterday’s) dog beds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

 

 

 

I love my bed, Mom.  Do you think I could get a collar to match?

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Make Madness 2018 – Day 16 | Decoupaged Easter Eggs

In preparation for Make Madness, I found a slew of cardboard eggs that I had great plans for at one time.  While I had my napkin collection out for Day 12 (Mini Lined Envelopes), I decided to use them to decoupage these eggs.

I chose a napkin with vintage writing, butterflies and flowers (a Parisian feel), cut it into strips and used a 50/50 solution (50% Mod Podge/50% water) to glue on the napkins.  Full strength Mod Podge can be a little too much for the thin napkins and cause them to tear.  After they were completely covered, I set them to dry and then added another coat of glue because I wanted to coat them in glitter.  I chose silver, goal and iridescent glitters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After I’ve finished a few more, these will look lovely in a glass vase maybe surrounded by twinkly lights.  I love the vintage look and how the plain cardboard plays against all the glitter.

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

 

Hey that glitter is almost as shiny as my coat.  Not quite, but close.

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