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September in Pictures

I haven’t post on here in over a month, so I thought I’d do a quick update of some of the things that took place during September that I remembered to photograph:

 

 

There’s more from the last week or so, but my camera is dead at the moment.

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Honeycomb Cardigan

I just finished a test knit for a designer last night, and I thought I’d share the final product with you.  I’m looking forward to wearing it, but it’s so warm that I think I will have to wait several months yet.  I still need to block it one more time to even out the button band, but overall I’m pretty pleased with it.  The buttons are my own; you can find more of my  handmade buttons at Knitterings and Things on Etsy.

PMC Final Crit

Here’s 95% of my PMC jewelry, set up for our final critique on Monday.  (2 pieces were still in the tumbler getting shiny and beautiful at the time of these photos.)

Many of the pendants I made had jump rings or double wire wrapped loops to enable me to hook the chain to the front… I outfitted 2 chains with little wire wrapped “bra-type” hooks I made so that there is no closure to try to work blindly at the back of your neck, and nothing back there to eventually rotate around to the front.

At the time of this picture, I had not yet dipped the knitted earrings into liver of sulfer, so they’re still bright and shiny, but I have since treated them and now it’s a lovely matching set.

 

This piece was inspired by a photograph by Karl Blossfeldt, and is strung up with rutilated quartz and neat little peanut-shaped beads that fit together in an interesting manner.  I still need to get a yo-yo or channel bead on which to attach the pendant so it sits nicely and looks more professional.

 

 

The pendant was inspired by this photograph, and was created using bronze wire mesh that I accordion folded and coated with 30+ layers of PMC silver slip.  After I was satisfied with the thickness, I added the leaf and vine / bail portions with PMC silver clay.

 

This is my sage leaf set, which I know I will wear a lot.  I created a Sculpey clay mold with a sage leaf from my deck rail planters herb garden and used it over and over to make the silver beads and pendant.  There are also 2 matching rings in the next picture.  I am especially proud of the bracelet, because I tried at least 3 wire wrapping and jump ring hinge methods before finding one that I liked, that kept the bracelet lying flat on my wrist (instead of flipping to the back), and did not detract from the leaves.

 

I had a great time (and quite a challenge) with these rings, partly because I never wear wore rings and wanted something comfortable and not huge.  From top to bottom: super thin sage ring, ring with a ruby earring embedded in it (and yes, that’s my fingerprint in the disc of clay, and yes, I put it there intentionally), super narrow sage ring, wide thin ring with lino-cut swirls I designed and cut, and knot ring with a diamond earring embedded in it.  I especially love the last one, partly because it has a diamond, but mostly because of how I made it.  It was my first experiment with making a ring from a coil of clay (instead of rolling it out to an even thickness) and it’s super comfortable.  Also, later in the class I played with hiding the join on the rings (like I did first with the ruby ring).  Instead of the join being on the underside of your finger, where it can eventually rotate around to the front, with the gemstone rings I was able to hide the join under or around the stone, so the back looks just as good as the front.

I’ll definitely be doing some more PMC jewelry in the future, as funds allow me to purchase more clay!

What to knit?

I have been ordering more decadent yarns lately from Webs and yesterday my 5 skeins of  backordered Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the fig colorway arrived.  Since it’s a pricier yarn than I’m used to using, I’m agonizing over the pattern choice.  I know I want a cardigan that would be useful for layering and frequent wear, but interesting enough to make it a unique part of my wardrobe.

Here’s the yarn:

Here are the contenders:

Which do you prefer?

IntSweMoDo2011 #1

…that is, International Sweater-a-Month Dodecathon. Started January 2nd and already half done!

First Post of 2011!

After an entirely too-long hiatus, I figured now was as good a time as any to post a mostly useless blog entry.

5 hens all sitting next to the sliding glass door on the patio

Over the last few months we’ve acquired 3 “new” hens to include Netty and Honey, the formerly free range 18+ month old Delaware and Buff Orpington hens, and Helen, the Easter Egger hen who first arrived at our house as a day old chick with Evie and Lilly last February.  Joanna too has seen a flock increase: she went out and picked up 2 POL hens from a lady I made contact with concerning hens for my mom (who decided to hold off on getting any in the end) and returned Helen to us in the process.  Helen never fit in with Joanna’s flock and Evie has had some trouble with Ruth ever since Lilly died, so I suggested that maybe these probable sisters could be a friend for each other.  Of course, adding new chickens to a flock doesn’t result in harmony overnight (unless, of course, your name is Netty or Honey) so we expected a period of transition.  So far there isn’t any ganging up on Helen, but she’s definitely not an integrated part of the flock yet.  We’ve only had her since New Year’s Eve, however, so we’re not worried.

hens in snow

The coop itself has seen some changes too.  We added a 4′ long shop lamp to the inside of the coop with the lights on a timer from 7 am till 7 pm, and egg production is currently at 2-4 per day (with 4 hens actively laying and 2 molting or finishing up from a molt).  We also hung a heat lamp with a red bulb in the coop, and put a 1 gallon heated water bowl in the run.  Both of these are on 24/7 during bitter cold weather.  Finally, we cut a hole in one of the plastic coop doors and installed a small doggie door to help keep the heat from blowing out… however we had to remove the clear plastic flap for the time being, as the girls haven’t figured it out yet.  I have plans to create another run sometime in the spring or summer, once our 6′ privacy fencing project in the back yard is complete, utilizing 4′ wide x 6′ long chicken wire panels sandwiched between 2 frames of 1″ x 4″ boards.  These would be arranged to form a 4′ tall x however-big-we-have-room-for run attached to the current run with another doggie door for access, but with only the wire panels as a roof.  This would give the girls much more room to scratch around during the day (since our yard is not safe for free ranging without supervision) and the option to get out of the rain and into the covered, smaller run and coop at will.  In addition, the panel idea would make it easy to disassemble the planned run and easily move and reassemble it, should the need arise.  More on that as soon as we get around to it…

Evie and Netty

In the world of knitterings, I’ve been quite busy.  I knit both my mom and the older of my 2 younger sisters a sweater for Christmas, and my youngest sister got 2 hats, 2 cowls, and a plush purple penguin.  I’ve been knitting things for babies, as well as fingerless mitts for Alex, and sweaters for myself.  I ended up finishing out the year with 18 adult-sized sweaters completed, and only one of those was a project I started before 2010.  I have knit about 1/3 of my first sweater of 2011 already, as well as another pair of fingerless gloves, and have 7 or 8 other sweaters planned with yarn either in my stash on its way.  All I need now is a couple of massive blizzards to give me more time off work and more time for knitting.

Mary’s New York Christmas Cardigan

I guess the last mostly useless piece of information to note is that I have switched to a gluten-free diet due to the realization that gluten has been making me very itchy in the past 9 months.  I haven’t gone so far as to cut out food items labeled with “may contain [traces of] wheat ingredients” but I have gone so far as to order a 25 pound bag of gluten-free flour blend.  I’ll be ordering a 25 pound bag of gluten-free pancake mix as soon as it becomes available for a more reasonable price on Amazon again.  I mention this change in my diet to explain why future posts may contain such information as which recipes do / do not work well with gluten-free flour, and other similar topics.

They're gluten-free!

I hope the end of 2010 was relaxing and enjoyable for you, and that 2011 has many wonderful things in store for all of us.

Winter foliage

Previously Unbloggable Baby Things

Last week I sent out some baby items for one of my friends from undergrad’s new baby, and today I went to my first and second baby showers of my adult life, and gave the mothers-to-be their knitted baby things.  This means I can now blog about them!

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