I knew these felted clogs would be large but you can't get scale unless you see my feet next to them (below). According to my friend Frank, who has done quite a bit of felting, the length of knitted garments shrinks 50% and the width shrinks about 30%. Attached are the photos of the clogs.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Here is a felted purse that I did a couple of weeks ago and then crocheted and beaded onto. The felted purse is purely felted wool, no knitting. Bits of string and color made it a little more interesting. For a handle I spun up some purple wool (2 plies) and plied that with 1 more ply (3 all together) and then knitted them into an I-Cord over the shoulder handle. This morning I attached it to the outsides of the purse. I think it's rather effective.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
O.K. I mostly have the first clog done with a little angst. I chose the version that has a bumper on the outside but the bumper is sticking straight out at the moment. I'm hoping that this bumper thingie is going to curve under toward the sole when it's felted. I'm questioning why I need it at this point. I might have to rip it out.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
This is the first time I've knitted one of these clogs and I'm having a bit of difficulty with the first clog. There are two soles and when you knit the two soles together, you have the option of what they call a bumper which is a contrasting color around the bottom of the show, looks like a thick sole area around the bottom. The picture below is how I have the first sole attached to the show, getting ready to knit the 2nd sole onto the inner sole. Anyone know if this is the way it's supposed to look so far? I know it's a little blurry but as you can see, there is a little extended plain knit area attached to the gray. This is where the bumper would go, except that the bumper will now be upside down. It's supposed to face down, not up. I'm in a bit of a dilemma right now until I know if this part is right.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
We had our annual sheep-to-shawl at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, Calfironia on Sunday, July 6th. As usual, it was a lot of fun. I can't believe how fast the day passes! Nancy Weber, the lady who is modeling it, won the shawl in a drawing at our last spinning meeting. She deserves it because she does a lot of community service and she's a very nice person to boot. That's me, the one on the right with dark long hair. It always scares me when I see pictures of myself. I'm working to get the excess weight off, but it's taking more time than I had hoped.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Well, the first dyeing of the indigo piece wasn't dyed enough. I may not have soaked the fiber enough for the dye to migrate to the inside layers. Also with the latest dyeing, I folded the cloth around a smaller pipe (about 2-1/2"). The first pipe was about 4", and twice the size which made the design bigger. So, what I did with the 2nd dyeing was to fold the cloth so that the lightest fabric was on the outside layers. Each time I dye it, I get more color and it's looking prettier and prettier.
The 2nd project here is the painted warp piece. I took a class at CNCH in Sacramento with Betsy Blumenthal earlier this year. It was a fun, hands on class, and I got to take home my own painted warp from it. It didn't turn out very big because I wanted a warp faced weave and a weaving that started out being over 10", actually turned out to be only 5 or 6" because I had to thread the loom so close. The colors are subtle and they look like they kind of undulate. It's prettier than I thought at first. It's about 72" long and about 6" wide.
The last thing I did was the crocheted blanket for my grand daughter Fiona for her birthday in August. She lives with my daughter, her husband & 2 other siblings now in England. I saw this blanket on the Lionbrand website and thought it was pretty as a picture, just like her. And so colorful and cheerful. I will be able to give it to her in person when they come visit in a couple of weeks.