A thread thread

I cant find the knitting and crocheting thread: this can go straight back in it, if its still around. But anyway, its autumn in the Northern hemisphere, so Ive picked up my needles again for simple projects to knit while watching Breaking Bad 3 eps at a time on Netflix.

Im looking for suitable projects for my stash. Project 1 was a hat for Ava, just a circular needle and some bobbly hot-pink wool, which has resulted in a nice double-sided effect: she can wear it bobble-side-out or bobble-side-in.

Project 2: I have 3 x 100g balls ofHerdwickwool. Its incredibly scratchy so I dont know what to make with it: I probably wouldnt want to wear it. Its grey and brown, and about medium weight I guess.

I had been thinking of starting up a crafty snopesters thread since Ive been working on a costume and figured others probably are working on some for Halloween.

Mines not for that, instead it is steampunk. Ive been thinking and collecting supplies for it for years, but only finally really got moving on it the last couple weeks. I had made a Victorian style corset in burgundy suede some time ago. Also awhile ago, I bought a old bridesmaids two-piece at Salvation Army, intending on using it for fabric, but the skirt fit me like it was made for me, goes with my suede, and is ankle length.

So, Ive been working on a bustle/tail/apron piece to go over it to make it look Victorian, out of a silk I got on really cheap clearance a few years ago ($0.50 a yard, since red tag fabrics were half off that week). It has a block-print style design on it, of flowers on the main expanse and a five-inch or so border of a more geometric pattern on one side. It is in pinks and burgundys, so it went really well with my other things. I hadnt considered using a print until I ran across it in my drawer, but I am very happy with how it came out.

I also made spats to go over a pair of boots I already own, out of the same burgundy suede. I had to design my own pattern for that, so I am pretty proud of myself. For buttons, I used a doming block to deform the new shield pennies, and glued them to normal shank buttons (inspired by epbot: Since I want to have copper as accent pieces, the pennies seemed the perfect choice.

The only thing I actually had to buy (since Ive been mentally working on this for years) was a hat. I bought a brown bowler, and have added burgundy ribbon and some feathers.

Except for anything actually steampunky (and I cant believe Ive been thinking about this so long and still havent come up with any good accessories), the only things still missing are something to wear under the corset (since its style basically leaves my breasts up there on display), and something to carry as a purse. I have cut a hidy-hole in an old book of the history of France, to use to hold my iPhone. Im planning at the moment to crochet some kind of a Victorian wristlet to carry things in. I have to dig up appropriate materials, but Im sure I already own something that will work.

The thing that finally lit a fire under my butt to work on this after all this time is a local Old West Festival that sounds similar to a renaissance festival. This weekend will be a steampunk theme. But, unfortunately, I think Im going to chicken out. It will give me more time to accessorize, though.

Ive also been considering my character. I want her to be an explorer, possibly a pilot (an embroidered pilots helmet is one thing idea rattling around in my brain, as well as tying up the front of my skirt and wearing breeches under). Because of my general anti-social ness, Im considering the name Miss Anne Thorpe. I think it is just subtle enough.

Ive found a pattern for felted slippers, which I think I will have a go at with the wool. Most of the patterns I have seen involve basically knitting a big sock, including turning a heel, but this one is just made with big seamed squares.

Project 2: I have 3 x 100g balls ofHerdwickwool. Its incredibly scratchy so I dont know what to make with it: I probably wouldnt want to wear it. Its grey and brown, and about medium weight I guess.

In case you end up with not-too-much wool you dont want against your skin: trivets. Basically, wool squares you can put under hot pots to protect your table (or other surface). If you end up with lots of such wool: a rug.

Cotton can be made (quite mindlessly) into washrags, which are much better than commercial ones for dishes (maybe for faces, too; I never use mine for that).

Currently, Im finishing up a green cotton tank and starting some bluey-green socks. Ive also started spinning again, as I need a bobbin full of singles by the middle of October in order to demonstrate Navajo plying.

I have a whole bunch of projects in progress. I cant seem to make myself finish them. Im working on a newwooleaterafghan. Im about 1/2 way through, but I just can make myself sit down and do it. I think Im using a hook that is too small, so I get frustrated. I wanted it to be tight, though.

Im making lots of scrunchies with some embroidery thread that I bought since it was on sale. Problem is that I have no use for all of these scrunchies. I could sell them, but Im not confident enough to do that.

[QUOTE=Seaboe Muffinchucker;1769568]In case you end up with not-too-much wool you dont want against your skin: trivets. Basically, wool squares you can put under hot pots to protect your table (or other surface). If you end up with lots of such wool: a rug.

That sounds like a good idea! Why would there be a demand for such a scratchy material anyway? :confused:

Actually, you can knit a coat out of that scratchy material, if you plan it right and use something else for the collar and cuffs. Most really rough wool is intended for rugs or non-garment use.

I dont think spinnings weird. Now natural dyeing, thats weird (I dont have time for that, although I know a fair bit about it).

I finished (more or less) the cape I was working on for work. Since Ive started having hot flashes, Ive realized that I needed something like a cape–something that would cover my arms when I was cold, but that was easy to throw off when I got too hot. I dont have pictures, yet.

I also started a pair of socks. I still havent finished the tank because whats left is crocheting and I have to watch what Im doing, which means I cant read at the same time. I need to find a good show on Netflix so I can finish it.

I dont either–if anything, this person is probably quite the crafts(wo)man! IMO spinning, knitting, things like that are a way of connecting with the past and reminding us that there was a time when people had to make everything by hand! Many years ago, historians rebuilt a grain grinder at Mount Vernon using tools that Washington himself would have used, and god know there wasnt a Home Depot within miles of Mount Vernon back in the 1700s!;)

The sticker still makes me laugh though. I used to make necklaces for my own use, but Ive since given them away because I just dont wear jewelry like I used to. However there are some girls in this area that are loving them!

wool – Bowls are fun too. There are a few more on ravelry Id like to try when I get the right needles. Shaped hats too, I made one for myself but I need to line it.

For now Im working on Christmas gifts. Pinwheel sweater for my sisters step-daughter, mohawk hat for brother in law, slippers for grandma, windmill bag for my mom – if it turns out, its looking rather small. Though I am really itching to try dying some yarn with the marigolds I grew over the summer. (my first time with natural dyes. any tips?)

My mom got a hold of a bunch of old Workbasket magazines (60s – 90s iirc). It was fun looking through them, though many of the designs are rather dated looking. The 80s-90s sweaters, omg lol!

Though I am really itching to try dying some yarn with the marigolds I grew over the summer. (my first time with natural dyes. any tips?)

Dont forget the mordant, dont use any utensils from your kitchen (i.e., never mix dyeing and food), be careful where you dispose of the exhausted dye bath.

Oh, and expect the color to be different from what youve been told it would be (thats half the fun!).

I finally got my daughter to sit still long enough to learn to knit, shes nearly 13. I was suprised how quick she learned, though she got distracted after one row. and now the baby is into my needles so I need to go rescue them XD

That one from Harbor Freight appears to be the doming block set I bought in their physical store. I dont remember how much I paid, but it definitely wasnt that much. Harbor Freight also frequently runs 20% off any item coupons.