Six Things

I love natural fibers, this is hemp and it made me question my love of natural fibers.

We’re all in agreement, it’s anywhere between 55Β° and 65Β° degrees today, might be sunny and dry, might not be?

Really any fabric, but mostly flowers, dots and checks πŸ’•

I love neutrals, simplistic knits and fussy crochet.

Sometimes when I’m bored I make waffle cones.

I use 100% acrylic when I make things for my mom, because she will 100% machine wash and dry them.

last day of april

Days spent making spring thread flowers, some sturdy cotton, some delicate mohair, along with afternoons sculpting little things. Right now I’m so captured with the rock like strength and slightly transparent matte glow of cold porcelain, that its inconsistencies and flaws (cracking while drying & shrinking) are an after thought. Both pastimes of no real purpose except being lovely to work on.

I started a Hexie Love Actually at the start of the Covid-19 Stay Home order, using all the bits, and giving myself permission to use the precious skeins, because holding onto “too good to use” yarn seems really silly at the moment.

(precious skein πŸ’•)

Packed for travel with nowhere to go, but that’s the idea. Staying home because we can, is a privilege not everyone has, staying home because we are at higher risk is a necessity for some, so we need to look at staying home even when we’re bored, as a service to humankind, saving lives by not being complacent, impatient or ignorant during a pandemic, remember what’s happening worldwide, we can get comfortable with inconvenience once we realize the reality of what’s at stake. Oh and please wear a f’ing mask.

Off to a steady start, making cute little hexie dots. (I modified the regular blanket to a smaller size, there is a version called Mini Hexie Love Actually if you don’t want to fuss with it.)

Trying to randomly pick & place colors, and it’s so much harder than you’d think, chocolate bunny reassuring me all the while. Mild progress.

p.s I’ve never actually finished a yarn blanket.

Rice to curry ratio was off, so leftovers became rice pudding ..truthfully, we always try to make too much rice, because pudding is one of our favorites.

This is a very concerned grandma muffin that happened one crafternoon, she’s oatmeal, I think. πŸ’•

(precious skein πŸ’•)

candy buttons

You might know by now I’m mostly muted shades of soft creams and dusty pinks, taupe on taupe with maybe a few other murky colors thrown in here and there, but not always I guess, I guess sometimes I like a flash of bubblegum pink, that just right apple green, or the sunniest of yellows. I guess we’re all kind of like that, usually almost always one way, but then sometimes not, sometimes we’re a total surprise, a complete contradiction ..I don’t even know, maybe I just really love pens?

It seemed like a while since I did anything different, so I decided on a mostly solids, stash only Nightshift Shawl, pairing all my favorite worsted weight single skeins in a very subtle, very me palette, but then I was all like, nah let’s go with those singles that have been rolling around in the stash for ages, let’s just pick colors that are kinda cohesive, kinda cute, but not really over think it.

The Candy Colors

Blue & green mix – Liberty Wool in Rainforest
Light blue – Cascade 220 (I think) 
Green – Berroco Remix in Lawn
Pink – Berroco Remix in Blush
Yellow – Cascade 220 (again I think so) 
Multi color – kool-aid dyed wool from back in the early chalklegs dyeing tutorial days (April 2012!)

At first glance I was thinking that the pattern was going to be confusing/challenging, it’s not, it’s really nice and repetitive, and the texture and color changes make it enjoyably perfect.

(p.s this is known as the discontinued colors of Berroco Remix section)

Honestly though, the whole time I wasn’t sure my colors were working, every time I got up to do anything, I’d lay it stretched out on the back of the couch, so later when I walked back into the room I could test myself and see if they startled me. When in doubt, focusing on cute stitch markers helps keep me moving right along, instead of ripping it all out!

I made enough for everyone, so if you’d like your own hand sculpted sweet little Circus Peanut Charm you can find them in my shop. πŸ’•

Really liking this section right here. πŸ’•

Oh did you forget about that yellow? No, no you didn’t. The sunniest of yellows making it or breaking it ..I don’t even know, maybe I just really love yellow now?

Intermittent yellow sewing with all sorts of zipper. πŸ’•

Ok, it’s good, like really good, like wrapping up in a big cozy blanket good, and the fact that it looks like it’s made of candy buttons has me loving it all the more. πŸ’•

Another lovely thing is it’s easily adaptable (I worked mine as written) but you could work more repeats for an even larger shawl or less for a smaller one, use fingering weight instead of worsted, make it completely scrappy or curate a custom fade, stay unconditionally true to your favorite colors or surprisingly contradict yourself.

Unintentionally showing my true colors at the pick n’ mix wall in Ikea.

πŸ’•