Sunday, June 21, 2015

Brooktrails Community Garden

I don't know how many members there are in the community garden, probably more than 20. There are plots cultivated by each of us and communal areas tended by all of us. Here is a collection of what's in bloom just now. Photos by Frank.

California Poppy


Canterbury Bells

White Yarrow




California Poppy



Friday, June 19, 2015

Slipper Socks

Since I finished Evan's slipper socks, I wanted to make a pair for me before too much time passed and I forgot how. I used reclaimed yarn from this sweater, holding two strands together.

As long as I got the correct stitch gauge, I figured it didn't matter what yarn I used. Though I speculate that 100% wool will wear longer than 100% acrylic.

I love 'em! They're soft enough to feel cozy and thick enough to feel sturdy. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Fair Isle Cellphone Cozy

I'm getting a lot of use from this thrifted sweater. The colors and Fair Isle pattern are so pleasing. I decided to make a cellphone cozy.

I removed the pockets with a seam ripper and then gave them a good felting in the kitchen sink.

I estimated the size and allowed a quarter inch for seam allowance.

Then with the right sides together, I stitched it on the sewing machine, turned it right side out and gave it a light pressing.

Snug as a bug and less worry about damage if it should drop out of my purse.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Girlfriend Bag

I made Girlfriend bags for my sisters. We're going to be vacationing together later in July and I thought it would be fun for them to have something knitted from me.

I've used this red and green combination before. It reminds me of a tomato.

I don't think I've ever made one of these in a single color.

The variegated yarn created this nifty spiral of colors, that looked planned. I love it when that happens.

They were a hit. Later I received a note from one of them telling me she'd used it to haul her stuff to the beach, "and I was amazed at how much it held!"