Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Holiday Festival Crafts 2017

I have been busy making things for the holiday festival table.  I have finished a number of things which I want to show.
This cabled sweater is like one that I made for myself years ago.  It is a little small for me, but I modeled it anyway.  It is made of acrylic yarn which ended up being very heavy.  It is more like a jacket than a sweater.  I had used cotton yarn for the one I made for me and it was heavy, but not as thick as this one.  Probably because acrylic yarn knits tighter than the cotton.

This shows all the pattern repetitions that are in the sweater.  All together there are six stitch patterns with various numbers of repetitions.  It requires a lot of stitch count recordings.  The bands are twisted rib.  The edges are reverse stockinette.  Then it is slip stitch panel with an 8 row repetition. Next is the diamond panel with a 24 row repetition and includes the popcorn stitch. The center is the honeycomb panel of a 4 row repetition. Then it is the diamond panel, the slip stitch panel, and the reverse stockinette stitch edge repeated again.  It is a very difficult pattern, but I love it. It took about three weeks to complete the sweater.  This is the first year I have made an adult sweater for the festival. It is more costly to make so, I of course need to charge more for it.  It may be too much for the festival, but I thought I would try anyway.
I used the same yarn for this hat, scarf, and mittens that I used for the above sweater.  It just looks a different color in this photo.  The hat features a diamond cabled pattern like in the sweater but does not have the popcorn stitches.  The top of the hat is done in a two stitch rib. The scarf has the chain cable repeated three times across the scarf.  The mittens have an open chain look.  The mittens felt too large inside and not very soft, so I lined them with a soft fleece and now they feel wonderful.  They can be sold as a set, or separately.

This is my favorite hat that has been a very popular item in the past.  I love this green.  I also made a pair of gloves to match which, of course, can be sold separately if desired.
Headbands have also been a hot item in the past.  I have just started making several in various designs and colors.  I liked the diamond pattern that was with the hat above, so I just did the band part of the hat for the green band.  I used a very simple, but popular, twist pattern for the blue band.

Both of these bands feature cables and buttons.  The navy blue one on the left is a repeated 4 times twist 2 cable. It is very wide so could be used for the cold weather in place of a hat. I started making it with another cable added and I could see it would be way too wide, so I stopped and did the four cables.  If I have enough yarn, I will continue the five cable and make it into scarf or a cowl.  The gray one on the right is also a cabled pattern using a six stitch cable.  It is very pretty and has the front center tied in with a buttoned strap. It is also wide and could be used for cold weather.

These young ladies are missionaries from my church.  They came to help me harvest my grapes and make them into juice.  I let them choose from my headbands as a gift for their help.  They chose the green cable and the gray cable shown in the pictures above.
I have started working on some men's gloves out of the same dark gray as in the headband above.  I want to make a couple pairs of men's gloves and I may even make a man's hooded sweater.  I haven't decided if I should do that this year, or wait and see if the woman's cabled sweater sells.

I will need to take a break from my crafts for the festival and make a couple of Halloween costumes. I also need to make some costumes and scenery for the Christmas pageant that my church is putting on this year. Busy, busy, busy!  Loving it!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

More Holiday Festival

These are a few more of the things I have been working on for the Holiday  Festival.
My grandson loves Captain Underpants and asked me to make him a stuffy.  I went on line to see what he looked like and I discovered that he looked much like the Cabbage Patch dolls that I used to make for my daughter (his mother).  With a little creativity of my own, this is my version of Captain Underpants.  I liked the doll so much that I decided to make another one just like it for the Holiday Festival.

Since I had a boy doll, I decided to make a girl doll also.  This is from a pattern that I got from my mother years ago.  It is really old and the directions were hard to follow but I still think she came out looking pretty good.

I have also been working on sweaters.  These are just like the ones I have made in the past that have been good sellers at the festival.

This is the girl's cabled sweater, but the picture does not even show the cable pattern in the sleeves, band, and hood band.

This is my boy hoodie with a zipper.  Love this sweater.
This final project is not a Christmas thing at all.  A few years back, I made socks for everyone in the family.  My son loved his and has been able to use them for all these years, but this past year he lifted his foot and showed me the huge hole that was in the bottom and said that he thought it was time for a new pair.  I had already made the clocks, so I decided to just make the socks for him anyway.  It was a nice project to work on while I was traveling earlier in July.
These are 100% wool socks.  Will be nice for the Maine winter.

Christmas has begun

I have already been working on Christmas presents and things for the Holiday Festival.  I decided this year to learn a new craft after doing it with my cub scouts.  It is wood burning.  I decided to make clocks for the men in the family this year.  I finished those and will start working on the project I have decided to do for the women, but will not blog those until after Christmas just in case someone reads my blog that would reveal something.

There is always a lot to do for the Holiday Festival, so I have been working on some of that also.  I have finished a few items which I will show below.  I have also decided this year to make some high end articles that might not sell, but maybe someone will see them and like them enough to give me orders like happened last year with my play mat sets.  I am going to make a woman's cabled cardigan which I have just started.   I am using a very difficult pattern, but the harder it is, the more I like the challenge.  I feel so good when I can make something look so nice.  I wish I could do as well as the one who designed the sweater in the first place, but I will be content to just follow someone else's pattern.  I will also make another men's 100% wool hooded sweater/jacket like the ones I have made in the past.

This clock is different because when I bought the mechanisms for the clocks, one of them had a very short unit that went through the wood to the front for attaching the hands.  I got another set for the thicker wood and used the shorter one for this clock.  This is a stand up clock.  It looks nice, but for some reason, it seems to not be keeping an accurate time.  It is for my husband so if it doesn't work, he can just sit it on his desk for the look.  The cowboy riding the bronco is like the Wyoming license plate which Tony has always liked. 

This one will probably be for Marty.  This is the one that has the newer mechanism.  It was still too short to go through the wood completely, so I had to bore out some of the wood from the back side to make it fit.  Because of being a different brand of mechanism, the hands on this clock are shorter.  I wanted to just swap the hands from the clock up above, but the mechanisms did not match up in such a way as to be able to do it.  I think the hands still look long enough and it seems to be keeping accurate time.

This is definitely for TW.  He loves to sail, so when I found this pattern for wood burning, I knew it would be his. 

My son, Tom is a landscape designer and works with all sorts of plants.  This has to be his clock.

This will be my son-in-law's. It is hard to see the pheasant in the corn field but that is what it is. It is easier to see than it shows in the picture.
 That is it for the wood burning.  Now, on to the projects for the Holiday Festival.  I always like to make baby things.  Last year I made a lot of toys and play sets.  This year, I will still make toys, but I have also made some cuddly friends blankets.

Borris Bear cuddle friend

Diggedy Dog cuddle friend

Rosey Rabbit cuddle friend

Katie Kitty cuddle friend

Friday, June 30, 2017

Russian dress and baby quilt

I never know what I will be asked to do, but just last Sat. at a birthday party for my grandkids, someone asked me to make a Russian dress for his daughter.  He is going to Russia and that is what his daughter is asking him to bring back.  He didn't think he would do well at buying a dress for her, so he asked me if I could make one.  He showed me a picture of one he had Googled.  I told him I would try.  I looked for a pattern, but the only one I could find was not available in the store and it would take two weeks to get if I ordered it.  I decided to try to do it on my own.  I used three different patterns to get the look I wanted.  One for the skirt, one for the shirt, and one for the top.  Here is what I came up with.

This is my granddaughter, Lexi, wearing the dress I made for her cousin.

This is the picture he showed me that he wanted.  The skirt looks fuller, but I think she is holding it out and Lexi is not in the one above.  They look pretty similar to me.  I had a difficult time finding a trim that I thought matched, but I finally settled on the one I used.  It is not as colorful or as wide, but it does look a little bit Russian I hope.

I also have a new little baby about to arrive anytime.  Mom is in labor as I type this.  I made her a quilt so I am showing it here.  It wasn't much and was just made from a kit I bought at the store, but it is cute and simple.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Finished the other doll and another

I finished making the other doll for my ex-coworker.  I used a lighter weight yarn and smaller needles and I couldn't believe how much smaller the doll was.  I used a slightly different pattern for the dolls, but the size should have been the same.  I decided that since the first doll I made did not fit the cow pouch that I would make another one for the farm set.  This time, I used the same weight yarn and needles as I had used for the second doll.  Yup, they are the same size.

This shows the three dolls altogether.  The one on the left is the second doll I made.  The middle is the first doll, and the one on the right is the third one.  I did not have two different shades of purple for the new doll, so I used white instead.  I am a little disappointed in the white shorts because they don't really look that much like shorts.  I also changed how I did the shirt so it would have more color. 

I wanted to show the backs because of the hair.  I had a really difficult time getting the third doll's hair to look right in two pony tails, so I had to just give her one.    The hair is usually the hardest thing I have to do on these dolls.  I can never seem to get the head covered evenly.  I think they finally look okay.  Also, the new one can now fit into the cow pouch so I am happy about that.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Shoulder bag and another play set

I just finished a quick project to donate for a silent auction that is being held tomorrow night.  I decided to make something on Sunday, so I didn't have much time to get it made.  It is a very simple shoulder bag made from cotton yarn in colors close to what the pattern called for.  It isn't much, but at least I was able to get something made.

I also finished another farm play set.  I have an ex-coworker from when I was working at Atlantis Charter School that has recently had a baby girl.  I made one of my Noah's Ark play sets for her when she had her son when I was still working with her, so I wanted to make another play set for her little girl.  I decided that the farm set with the big cow pouch would be cute for a little girl.

Lexi wearing shoulder bag from front view.
Shoulder bag from back view.

This cow is a little different than the one I usually make.  This one has brown spots instead of black.  Like some cows with brown spots, I put a little tuft of hair on the forehead.  The doll is wearing shorts, so I made knee dimples.  I also made elbow dimples and shaped the nose on this doll which I usually do not do.  The baby's hair is black, so I gave the doll black hair, too. The animals are pretty much the same as my others.  The pig is in different material and the cow has the dark brown spots like the cow pouch.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The other two Easter dresses

I just realized as I looked at my blog that I had forgotten to show the dresses for my other two granddaughters.  I was able to take a picture of Zoe in hers, but I had to send Portia's up to Maine with her dad, so I did not get a picture of her wearing the dress.

Zoe in hers. The sweater covers most,
but it looks like Portia's but in
different material.