Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ralph & Ina's Wire-wrapped necklaces

Ina helping Bonnie with her necklace

Ralph helping Kathy with her necklace

Ina and Ralph hard at work with their wire-wrapped jewelry. They make it look so easy
The one I made - with a LOT of help from Ina
Ina made this and bartered for some of my flowers.  Isn't it beautiful?

We really had a great time today making the wire-wrapped necklaces that Ina & Ralph from Ontario taught us.  They were so nice to delay their departure today so they could walk us through it.  And they brought some of their BEAUTIFUL finished products -- so we did a little shopping also.  :)  Thx Ina & Ralph!  Fun stuff!

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Marlene made this and shared her pattern with me

My first try
Ok, I need a little practice -- but they are usable.  Out of this pattern, cut 2 pieces of fabric and one piece of batting.   Sew inside out, then turn.  I used ponytail holders for the loop.  Will get buttons later.

Adult bibs

I saw this idea on Pinterest as an apron from a man's shirt.  I revised it to make adult bibs that require no reaching around to the back to fasten.

First, cut off sleeves

Then, cut from just below armpit to the collar, cut back of shirt off, leaving collar intact
Input from Edith:  She told me today that the buttons are a problem for the elderly.  So next time, I may sew velcro behind the buttons and over the buttonholes.

3-25-12:  I got on a roll today!! I was a machine!! A sewing machine!!  Here are 8 bibs I made today.  The other day Pat from TN stuck his head out of his camper to chat and pointed out that he had spaghetti on his shirt.  I told him I sometimes make some cool bibs and he said he sure would wear one.  So he sure did get one!

8 bibs I made out of thrift store shirts
Pat from TN with his new bib!
Mary and Glenna wearing my bibs

Stan also got one of the bibs I made

See?  I knew he'd need it!
Pat wore his to the cookout
Tom rec'd his when we visited in Waco
Pinky -- your next one will be PINK
David's Razorback bib

The Bib Brigade - Scott, Greg, and Linda Sue
Linda Sue and Greg in their new bibs
I wore mine to the Dixie Stampede

( loved this cool email I got from Joan from KY) Becky, just wanted to let you know that a lady we volunteer with, borrowed one of the "bibs" you gave us to use as a pattern. She teaches women in Niger how to sew. She thought this would be a good project for them to make and sell in their little stores. You're making difference across the globe!! Joan

Grandpa in his new bib - Dec 2012
Garry and Marshall are super excited about their new Christmas bibs
Matthew was the happy one in this pic! Bib guys: Garry, Marshall, Brad, and Don
Billy was too sick to eat with us, but got his later.  Seems to like it (or it's the meds)
Dan got his bib on Christmas Day 2012
Jeff's is western style
It took Cranford going in the hospital before he wore the bib I made him, Jan '13
Jimmy Wright might've missed the idea! haha. Jan '14




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Monday, February 20, 2012

diy rings from artistic wire

Today was the day the Canadians taught us Americans a thing or 2.  Louise (from Saskatchewan) taught us to make the tablerunners.  And Ina & Ralph (from Ontario) the jewelry.

The wire-wrapped ring I made

My ring

Ralph made this one from glass he found on the beach
One of Ina's rings

Ina and Ralph from Ontario taught us to make rings today from artistic wire.  The wire is non-tarnish silver, permanently colored copper wire.  So simple with the right tools!  Next week they will show us another piece of jewelry.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf

My first knitted scarf!
My frist
Wow!!  What fun! Thanks Dawn Perkins from Michigan for teaching me how to do this!  Loved it.  It isn't perfect, a few holes, etc. But wearable!  And I will!!  This particular yarn is machine washable and dryable and it did well.  I didn't put it through the dryer however.

Took me a long time to get the hang of it, but Dawn was a wonderful cheerleader and teacher!  

Now I'm starting my 2nd with some softer yarn from the Tinsmith's Wife in Comfort.  Great shop!!  

My 2nd scarf

Love, love, love the colors in it

The pattern is below.

Multidirectional diagonal scarf


Loved this pattern!
I felt good enough about this one to give it to Lois Johnson, author
I used 200 yds for a bit shorter look

Made this one for Edith - a little shorter

love the shimmer

300-400 yards sock yarn (depending on how long you want it -- finished with 400 yds.,
scarf is approx. 7" wide x 95" long)

10 1/2 circular needle (for a more lacier effect, go up 1 needle (11 or 12) -- for a more
tighter effect, go down 1 needle (9)

1 safety pin

Scarf is worked on diagonal. You knit every row until you have just enough yarn left to
bind off. Steam press when completed, it will open up the lacy pattern

Scarf Pattern:
Cast on 39 stitches, leaving a tail of about 8" for later weaving in.
Row 1 (wrong side) Slip 1 stitch, knit to end of row.
Row 2 (right side) Slip 1 stitch, knit into front & back of next stitch, knit to last 3 stitches,
knit two stitches together, knit 1
Put a safety pin at the beginning of row 2 to show which side the shaping (increasing &
decreasing) occur.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until only enough yarn remains to bind off.

Stitch count remains constant at 39.

Bind off loosely (if necessary, bind off with a needle one size larger than the one you knit
the scarf with). Weave in ends.