Sunday, December 15, 2013

Project Gallery December 2013

Is this cute or what?  Joan finished her Raggedy Ann doll, made from a pattern no longer available.  Joan went further than the traditional red heart on Raggedy Ann’s chest; she embroidered a personal message to her granddaughter, the recipient of this toy. As always, very nice work on kids’ stuff.

Joan has also been busy creating snowflakes.  She stiffened with Stiffi (a product available at craft stores and dusted with ultra-fine “fairy dust glitter” for a subtle sparkle.

Jo adapted a Lion Brand pattern for a reader’s shawl by using hairpin lace to seam the rows of mitered squares together.  The yarn used is Red Heart Boutique Treasure, which she “killed” with a steam iron to increase drape.

Jo made this moebius cowl out of a wool/mohair blend handspun purchased at Shepherd’s Harvest; the pattern is by Marty Miller.

Jo’s wristlets were crocheted from Lion Brand Tweed Stripes—this is becoming a popular pattern and yarn among members.

Here’s something you don’t see everyday:  two members displaying scarves using the same pattern.  Carol’s version of the Featherand Fan Scarf pattern (free on Ravelry) used a G hook and a single skein of SunValley Fibers hand-dyed fingering-weight merino/cashmere/silk blend yarn purchased as a bit of retail therapy.  Rosemary used Lion Brand Amazing to make two gifts that will provide a bit of cushy luxury to their recipients.  You can see by these examples how a yarn’s loft affects stitch definition.  What we can’t show you is how a yarn’s fiber content affects drape.

Oh yes, and when Rosemary wraps her gifts, the packages will be adorned with these little stars; she used a C hook and a pattern from

Jeanne missed the last few meetings but hasn’t missed a chance to be creative.  Yeah, yeah, these socks are knit—but they’re also beautiful and great examples of Jeanne’s fiber skills.

As for this alpaca men’s vest, it made it’s first appearance here as a work-in-progress many months ago.  Jeanne has now finished it and added a hand-sewn zipper closure.  Really, folks, you have to feel this one to believe it—that alpaca is so silky soft.  If only my work could be so uniform and perfect as this (my stuff definitely appears home-made, if you know what I mean).

Mary continues her work with thread.  This work-in-progress is a purse made out of black cotton #10 thread and about a zillion pop-top can rings.  What stitch?  It’s all single crochet.

Maxine used two skeins of Lamb’s Pride Bulky to make this moebius cowl.  The yarn was a gift from a wife of a friend’s friend.  This officially gives you permission to buy whatever yarn you want, even if you know in your heart of hearts that you won’t ever use it, because that yarn will always find a home with someone who will.

We didn't get a picture (maybe next time) but Linda is continuing her amigurumi ways with a work-in-progress hedgehog.  It is basically an egg shape that starts at the nose and continues on to the hind end.

This is a reminder that it is winter and local shelters need warm hats and scarves.  Carla, who heads our community out-reach efforts, has provided these contributions.