Pocket full of shells n’ stuff

♥ a little briny salty sea for my land locked heart ♥

pattern: She Sells Sea Shells by Thomasina Cummings Designs

It has been months in the making, there was blood (f’ing treadle sewing machine, a dialed in husband rescue, I ♥ you!) and scattered days of doing absolutely nothing ..being moody and intently lazy never helps! But my workspace/art room/chalklegs studio is sorted and the no longer dusty gears are livening up, I‘ve done a little sewing, with lots of daydreaming in here :)

It just feel so nice to walk in and see tidy organization (this consisted of pairing like things together .. haha!) not an easy task in a room that is one big collection of random weird things. We have mayonnaise jars (oh yes they are vintage tin top miracle whips!) of unused men’s dress shoelaces from the 40/50s, an out of control grouping of glues and glue like products (come on adhesive engineers, make something that is out of this world amazing, that doesn’t stink, works on everything, holds like steel and won’t melt away my brain ..ONE GLUE TO RULE THEM ALL!) there are bins of doll parts, cheesy things from my youth (the 80s fricken totally ROCKED!), stacks of old keys, baby teeth, all cohesively (at least in my minds kooky aesthetic) mixed in, next to spools of vintage lace, antique victorian photos, beautiful cotton fabrics, and mason jars filled with grandmas buttons
(not my granny, but someones!)

I got rid of a lot, but there is still a lot tucked in here ..I love being swallowed wholly in this space ..turn up the music and make something!

 ..enter potholder, yes It’s that time again, you can find all the 2014 potholder swap details here! This year (well..I guess like always) I’m using cotton thread and I’m going with a pattern that is so beautifully understated and peaceful to work, I cannot get enough of its swirling layer cake texture ..very tarte tatin ala pineapple upside down cake YUMMY! (I’m sure you remember the Tunisian Shell blanket ♥)
yes that, just a tiny-ed up potholder version!

getting colder

Soups on, the furnace has been checked, wicked good slippers at the ready, pumpkins harvested, carved, seeds toasted & all the roasted pumpkin mush made into pumpkin butter (YUMMY!) …and yes, those specific slippers are that incredible, that I would link to them!

With the quick fall chill down, I’ve been busy making a few new potholders to handle all the warm pots, hot pans & whistling kettles that are a constant in our cold weather climate!

Potholder # 1 was made using the beautiful Strawberry Danish Cushion pattern from Elena Fedotova (Ravliki on Ravelry). Lena lives on an old wooden boat in Montenegro along with her brave sea cats! (Crazy Awesome!)

I love this little danish! Mine is a fatty ♥ I increased the pattern up to 10 rnds and turned it into a folksy puff potholder. It finished just over 7” across in worsted cotton. (she explains how to easily make it bigger in the pattern)

..I think mine might be raspberry though!

My Spark Potholder was made using the swirling Fire Blanket pattern by Tanya Beliak (crocheterie on Ravelry),

..it’s a cinnamon roll, stuffed ravioli, hot electric coil, frilly grandma toaster pasty (well mine is anyways) all rolled into one super wooly potholder!

I hand dyed 8 mini skeins to work up the hot colored coils, sewed them back to back all the way around to form the stuffed ravioli puffs, joined together the cinnamon rolls and edged it all out with grandmas pie crust frill, gave it a hang loop and called it done.

The Fire Blanket is beautifully dramatic, but more than I wanted or needed to do. It just so happened the motif (when worked double thick), made for a pretty perfect potholder ♥ it’s heat proof because of the dense raised texture double thick bricks and happily the seams where you joined the motifs together, made it flexi-bendy and perfect for gripping hot pans.

It’s not quite full flame on fire …just more of a spark.

The pattern I used to make this potholder (could be a dishcloth too!) comes from Thomasina Cummings (UniqueEarthling on Ravelry) pattern for making a big plush wool Spiral Web Rug, it’s a pretty fantastic pattern on its own, but what makes it even more perfect, is it’s an any size, any yarn pattern …so it could be little like a lacy thread brooch or a coaster upto something huge like a bulky rug or a blanket!
(Her approach to working it up is so easy and uncomplicated, something I have always loved about her designs.)

Unrelated to anything and completely NOT a potholder, is my Big Time Doily. Made in worsted weight yarn, using Liz Snella’s FREE Heirloom Doily pattern.  Which was found in an old issue of workbasket (Vol.16, No. 7 April 1951).

I have grand plans of turning this into a cushion at some point…maybe?

A few more things of unrelated note…
#1 I finished mine with a regular knit bindoff.
#2 Measures 15″ unstretched & I didn’t have to block it! (hell yeah!)
#3 Lace is much easier on a larger scale!
#4 Now I have to make a back ..ugh :\

Now keep warm, don’t over do it raking leaves (yes you always do) and most of all use a potholder (Mr. Spatula Hands).

I’m cool like that…

Owls …are they hot right now? I didn’t notice…

It seems they rank right up there with gnomes, mushrooms, squirrels & acorns (well any cute woodland creature), nesting dolls and many, many other kitschy, get the hell outta here, that is crazy awesome, gotta have all the happy making things, things!  ..I don’t like to admit it but on occasion I can fall pretty deep into the “it’s hot, it’s hip, everybody’s getting it” hole! I don’t always buy into it, but sometimes I make things inspired by it! ..and yes I do want a iPad.

Lately it’s been owls allsorts, both of these were hooked using the same ingenious pattern (Macramé Style Hanging Owl) just made using different materials. In the top one I use hemp beading cord (looking & smelling all 1970’s) & on the bottom one I used cotton yarn for a dishwashing kitchen owl. (with handy hang-loop:)


Watching the Olympics with Lex, I created my own mini British invasion by crocheting an English Kettle Holder ..what a perfect start for a proper pot of tea, I’ll take mine with milk & 2 lumps please.

..whatever it is I think I see, becomes a pot-hol-der to me! I can’t get enough of the kitchen stuff or the Russian doll synchronized swimmers ..that completely rocked my world!