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Yarn Crafts and Arts!

Rhea

Cyborg with a Tiara
Staff member
What are you working on? What skill do you wish you could detangle?

I want to tat some drink coasters so I can empty my water glass and place it upside down so it’ll dry. But I’ve never tatted.
 
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Rhea

Cyborg with a Tiara
Staff member
Here’s a thing I’m making. I’ve been working on it for many years. I do a square or two, then put it away for a while, then do a few more. I might finish it this winter.

It’s crochet, pretty thick and heavy, sized for a lap blanket.

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Angry Floof

Tricksy Leftits
Staff member
OOOOH that is outstanding. Looking forward to pics of the finished product.

Tonight I paused the xmas scarf projects in order to finish off the cardigan I made for my niece. It was terrible work and the yarn made for a heavy sweater. I wanted it to be light and fluffy but the yarn is too heavy. I was going to frog it and make something better, but my niece visited today and tried in on and she loves it as it is. It fits almost perfectly but I'm giving it an edge in tunisian crochet to add width so she can wrap it better and it will be cozier, plus the collar opening was a bit too wide. She even loves the mistakes I pointed out. :) I'll post pics later.
 

Rhea

Cyborg with a Tiara
Staff member
Contemplating on that lap blanket above whether I join the squares with blue yarn (meaning I may have to make fewer squares) or join with a contrast color like dusty rose or ivory. The blocks are about 10 inches square.

One of the sad artefacts of taking years on a project is that there’s no way to get more yarn.
 

Angry Floof

Tricksy Leftits
Staff member
Do you also get indecisive when you're in creative mode? The internet is my bff when I have a crafting decision to make. So much useful feedback to be had in crafting groups.
 

whollygoats

Banned
Good evening.

I am a widower of a former knitter/spinner. I lost her almost fifteen years ago and I still miss the house being filled with fleece, and wheels, and knitting projects cubed. I have a 1911 Canadian Production wheel sitting unused in my front window. I was a willing unindicted co-conspirator to her mad runs to 'spin-ins' in remote corners of the region, being the 'get-away driver' so she could either knit, or use her compact wheel, on the move.

Anyway, I'm dangerous enough to make a complete ass of myself in a fiber discussion....but then, asses are damned smart animals.

Rhea....Those squares for the lap blanket. You dyed them with natural indigo? It looks like natural indigo colouring.
 

Rhea

Cyborg with a Tiara
Staff member
<3 Lovely introduction to your spouse’s fiber self. Thanks for sharing. :)

I did not dye my yarn, this is, as we say in the back woods, “boughten yarn.” Dying is fun and I’ve done it on fabric, but not yet on yarn.
 

Rhea

Cyborg with a Tiara
Staff member
Do you also get indecisive when you're in creative mode? The internet is my bff when I have a crafting decision to make. So much useful feedback to be had in crafting groups.
I do. I have occasionally abandoned a project over indecision. Noodled and noodled and then realized the kid outgrew what I had cut out while I was pondering how to sew it up. :(. Bad mom. Son never got to wear the bright green jacket with the dinosaur buttons.
 

whollygoats

Banned
<3 Lovely introduction to your spouse’s fiber self. Thanks for sharing. :)

I did not dye my yarn, this is, as we say in the back woods, “boughten yarn.” Dying is fun and I’ve done it on fabric, but not yet on yarn.


Oh...I know 'boughten yarn'. Ivy had a hierarchy of local yarn outlets. But, once she had her first spinning wheel, it became a goal of hers to master as much of the process from fleece to finished garment as possible. Dying was important, and, of course, it took a 300 mile trip and a weekend seminar to learn dying with indigo. I was tasked with learning the plants and growing them, just as I had been tasked glass bead making for her innumerable fine lace bobbins. I fully expected retirement to be to acreage with fluffly quadruped morons....but we never got there.

Here is an attempt to provide a foto of her last Fairisle project:

Failed.
 

gmbteach

Mrs Frizzle
I currently have a couple of things. A scarf or something I started when I was bored and haven’t really touched because I moved it for the cleaning lady.

I also have a cross stitch of a cat that I started back in the 1990’s. It’s been on its stand for years. Whenever I want to do it I can’t find the threads, and when I know where the threads are I have no inclination to do it!
 

Angry Floof

Tricksy Leftits
Staff member
Making some MUTHA Goddess dolls. The big cream colored one was the first pattern I tried but turned out wonky and looks like a weird snowman-wasp hybrid. I think I'll cover that one in colorful crochet flowers to hide the wonkiness and call her Frida. The white one and the little brown one are from an updated version of the same pattern and better shaped, although I fuckered up the little brown one and made her bottom too small somehow. The blue one is my own updated version of the updated version. I'm hoping to make it more hourglassy in shape and less thoraxy at the waist and with a slightly bigger butt/hips area. I may have to start over as the curviness I added makes it look even more thoraxy.

They'll all be decorated in some way. I'm thinking of a bunch of mixed mythologies, such as the blue one with a belt of skulls (Kali) and some Greek/Roman wisdom goddess symbolism on the white one.

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Angry Floof

Tricksy Leftits
Staff member
Two goddesses done. I decided to give her two arms instead of the circle for these two. I had to write a new pattern so that the small size can be made with worsted weight yarn, which otherwise makes about a 12" or 13" doll with the pattern I used for the blue one (sport weight). I refined the shape a bit on that one, too. She got a big ol' butt now! (OOOH, did I just body shame the Mutha Goddess?? :eek:)

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Rhea

Cyborg with a Tiara
Staff member
Yarn crafts and arts.

I can only assume Rhea chose this word order to torture me in perpetuity.

LOL. :) It was a functional choice. Yarn crafts are monumentally more prevalent than yarn arts. The artist-level work is that which is done over hundreds of hours, while the crafts are those completed in tens of hours.

In my mind, anyway. I do yarn crafts. I’ve done some large afghans that have taken many tens of hours and are beautiful to me. Then I see some of my sister’s work, and we are not in the same ball-park. Like wall hanging with intricate patterns of yarn or thread and interwoven beads. Or my grandmother’s crochet thread table-cloth. Those are works of art, far beyond the scale of the fun and also beautiful smaller and less detailed projects.

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Does this look like a cat?

Cute! Yes!
 

rousseau

Contributor
Yarn crafts and arts.

I can only assume Rhea chose this word order to torture me in perpetuity.

LOL. :) It was a functional choice. Yarn crafts are monumentally more prevalent than yarn arts. The artist-level work is that which is done over hundreds of hours, while the crafts are those completed in tens of hours.

In my mind, anyway. I do yarn crafts. I’ve done some large afghans that have taken many tens of hours and are beautiful to me. Then I see some of my sister’s work, and we are not in the same ball-park. Like wall hanging with intricate patterns of yarn or thread and interwoven beads. Or my grandmother’s crochet thread table-cloth. Those are works of art, far beyond the scale of the fun and also beautiful smaller and less detailed projects.

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Does this look like a cat?

Cute! Yes!

Torture..

Forever. :mad:
 

Angry Floof

Tricksy Leftits
Staff member
My headphone earpiece covers finally fell apart. I know you can buy them cheap just about everywhere, but I wanted replacements right now, so I made some. They are comfortable cotton, washable, cute, and way sturdier than the foam replacements.

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Angry Floof

Tricksy Leftits
Staff member

Angry Floof

Tricksy Leftits
Staff member
Next two projects lined up. I'm new at all the crafts I'm using here: amigurumi, beading, and embroidery. No idea how they'll turn out. Using all scraps or freebies except for the yarn used to make the blue doll, which was $1.

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Rhea

Cyborg with a Tiara
Staff member
Your cats give me an idea to crochet my coffee pot cover. I was ggoing to sew one, but Crochet would be fun and customizable.
 

Angry Floof

Tricksy Leftits
Staff member
I am so not happy with any damn thing I'm working on lately. The dolls look like shit. I've given up. Probably won't bother picking them up again. My one project I was excited about is not finished because the yarn is discontinued. I'm working on a smaller baby version with a chenille type yarn but it's not working out, either.

When I use a small hook, the fabric looks really nice but it's stiff and not squishy and cozy (on the right). When I started another one using a larger hook, it's got perfect squishiness but looks like crap (left).

Fucking yarn arts. :brood:

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Angry Floof

Tricksy Leftits
Staff member
Starting a new entrelac pumpkin. This yarn isn't really good for much else. It's pretty, but horrible to work with and not very strong, but fine to be made into a pumpkin.

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Angry Floof

Tricksy Leftits
Staff member
Starting a new entrelac pumpkin. This yarn isn't really good for much else. It's pretty, but horrible to work with and not very strong, but fine to be made into a pumpkin.

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I like the color combination...:)

Me, too. This yarn color is called "Tidal." The type of yarn, though, is referred to among crafters as "Satan's Pubes" because it's pure evil to work with.
 

Thomas II

Contributor
Starting a new entrelac pumpkin. This yarn isn't really good for much else. It's pretty, but horrible to work with and not very strong, but fine to be made into a pumpkin.

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I like the color combination...:)

Me, too. This yarn color is called "Tidal." The type of yarn, though, is referred to among crafters as "Satan's Pubes" because it's pure evil to work with.

Can you get that color combination in other type of yarn, something more user friendly?
 

Angry Floof

Tricksy Leftits
Staff member
Me, too. This yarn color is called "Tidal." The type of yarn, though, is referred to among crafters as "Satan's Pubes" because it's pure evil to work with.

Can you get that color combination in other type of yarn, something more user friendly?

Probably, but I have to use what I have on hand. It's not too bad because I don't have to pull out stitches too much with this one. It's the undoing of stitches that is the worst part of using this yarn.
 

Thomas II

Contributor
Me, too. This yarn color is called "Tidal." The type of yarn, though, is referred to among crafters as "Satan's Pubes" because it's pure evil to work with.

Can you get that color combination in other type of yarn, something more user friendly?

Probably, but I have to use what I have on hand. It's not too bad because I don't have to pull out stitches too much with this one. It's the undoing of stitches that is the worst part of using this yarn.

Very nice...in cashmere too...https://www.yarn.com/products/dream-in-color-smooshy-with-cashmere?sku=DRC-SMOCASS-713&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvMaVgKqn2gIVAVYNCh0C2gnHEAkYAiABEgLTJ_D_BwE

shopping
TIDAL
 

whollygoats

Banned
That's some nice looking threads, Tharmas. Well spun, I'd say. With Cashmere, it must be fairly nice to the touch.

Is it indigo dyed, or do you know?

I came back from Cumbria with a handmade felted soap bar made from Herdwick sheep wool in the Lake District. The stuff is normally used for mats and carpets and nobody makes garments from the wool at all. This use, with the soap, is pointedly using the exfoliating properties of the wool, along with the soap, basically to abrasively remove outer layers of skin. Like a soft brillo pad (think loofah).
 

Angry Floof

Tricksy Leftits
Staff member
Probably, but I have to use what I have on hand.

You do not have to use what's on hand.
You do not.
Let joy flourish
By donating Satan's Pubes to the church ladies
And buying something that brings you pleasure.
Sorry, didn't see this post before. I can't buy anything new right now, and I actually enjoy the challenge of having to use what I already have.
 
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