Monday, December 30, 2013

Handspun MH Dress

When I was a little girl I played with Barbies a LOT. My mother made me a huge box of hand knit doll clothes and they were well loved. Monster High dolls seem to be more popular with my granddaughters.

 Handspun Monster High Dress

Both girls have several, and really enjoy playing with them. About a year ago I bought one, this Cleo de Nile, as a model so that I could make clothing for the girls to use with their dolls.

Handspun Monster High Dress

I never did get around to making much, but the girls love to play with my Cleo. Trouble is when the youngest is here visiting she also wants ME to play "Monster High" with her. I only had one doll so one of us was "stuck" with the second hand Barbies in the toy box (me of course).

Handspun Monster High Dress

With Grandma's Toy Box in mind I picked up a Lagoona Blue during the post Christmas sales. This dress, hand knit in hand dyed, handspun, merino and silk, is actually for Lagoona, but Cleo was laying there naked while Lagoona is still in her box, fully clothed, so the modelling job went to Cleo.

Handspun Monster High Dress The pattern is a generous freebee by Jane Conway and is available on Ravelry.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

On It's Way to France

I know I said I wouldn't be doing any more commission work

sweater commission

because it usually stresses me out to be working to someone else's specifications and with a deadline,

sweater commission

but I made an exception this time

sweater commission

because I knew it to be a very quick and easy project

sweater commission

requiring an investment of only a few hours of my time

sweater commission

and supplies I already had on hand.

sweater commission

This little Nappy Choo sweater

sweater commission

is now on its way to France!

sweater commission

With the customer speaking only French, and me speaking only English, communication was "interesting" and involved copious use of the Babelfish website. 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas Album


A few belated Christmas pictures

Shannon and Penny

after a comment by "Anonymous"

Merry Christmas!

pointing out that I had


 somehow completely forgotten


to post any of the Christmas pictures of the resin gang

Here Comes Santa!

even though the little ones all got new Christmas outfits this year!

Littlefee Christmas

even the mouse, Hickory Dickory.

We need a little Christmas right this very minute.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Too Tired to Run

Poor Shelby!

Too Tired to Run

The granddaughters stayed over a second night and now she's too tired to run away.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Table Runner

 The "Christmas Blues" Saori table runner was finished in time, though it ended up being shorter than I had originally planned.

Christmas Blues table runner 3jpg

I had wanted the runner to be longer than the table so that the fringes would hang off the ends, but tension problems with the warp caused me to cut the weaving free with it shorter than then intended length.

Christmas Blues table runner

I think it still worked out fine though.

Christmas Blues table runner 2

I'll tie the warp back on, adjusting the tension, and weave a short bit with what remains.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Blues

Christmas Blues, in this case refers not a mood, but a colour scheme and name for the table runner I have on the loom now.

Next up
Christmas Blues
Sleyed and threaded
 A start on Christmas Blues

1st night

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Catching Up!

Ooops, just realized I had gotten a bit behind in my posting. The first hand woven, Saori, Christmas runner is complete and in use and the second is being started.

Here's the first one:

Candy cane striped fringe.
I'll post picture of the start of the second one (in blue!) tomorrow.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

I Like It

 Much better @ 7 epi

The Christmas table runner is coming along nicely.

December 8th, 2013

Saturday, December 07, 2013

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

After the very, very long handspun warp I finished yesterday I wanted to put on a short, quick, fun, seasonal warp.

Next up, something Christmasy!

I'm winding a cheerful Christmasy warp today. It may (or may not) become a Christmas table runner. We'll see.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Washed, Pressed and Folded

Washed, pressed, and folded until I decide what I want to make out of it.


And if you want a closer look at the individual sections hop on over to my Flickr page.

The whole 10.25 metres

Here is one of my favourite sections:


And another with a different mood to it:


And yet another:


Thursday, December 05, 2013

A Long Weaving

I came to the end of the handspun, denim coloured warp. The finished weaving, before washing, measures 10.25 metres. All of the weft is also handspun.

10.25 metres

I haven't entirely decided what it will be. Some sort of top or jacket I think. There may be enough to make some small additional item as well.