Week 2 and I have two finished objects!!
Progress on my Minion stalled, whilst I waited for the stuffing to arrive, which was needed to stuff and sew on his eye, before I was able to finish his bottom half. I have only used one ball of yellow, so definitely have enough yarn to make another Minion.
I ordered the right quality of stuffing that is suitable for using when making the octopals I plan to make later in the year. It has to be washable at high temperatures and it is also hypoallergenic. It arrived on Friday afternoon, and on Saturday I finished him! Well if I consider him being the Stuart from the Minion movie then he is finished, as there’s no G logo on the dungarees, but if it’s a Despicable Me Minion then he still needs a logo making. For a paid for pattern I would have expected more guidance on where to place the eye, arms etc. My Ravelry* notes can be found here.
I reached out to Helen who owns Ripples Crafts yarn, who I’m a big fan of, to ask her how much she’d charge for dyeing the BFL/Silk yarn I have in my stash for making a 2nd Quick Sand cardigan. The price is too much for me to justify, when I have the dyes and equipment. I’m very comfortable dyeing single skeins and fibre, but this is 5 skeins for a single project eek! I will dig out the dye pot in the next couple of weeks and do some testing with sock yarn. I already have hand knit cardigans in purple, teal and grey, so I need to think of another colour that will go with most things. I was thinking perhaps a beige type colour and I do have some landscape dyes in Sand colour, but it is a bit yellow for my liking. Hmm any suggestions?
I have been trying to reignite my felting mojo this week by reading a few felting blogs. I have decided that I’ll start with some plant pot covers. With Tour de Fleece going on at the moment I am spinning during times when I would be felting. So once TDF is over then I will get started on those.
Reyna is coming along well. It is pretty mindless knitting really and I’m pleased with how the colours in my homespun baby camel and silk is showing up. It is such a pleasure to knit. I’m using my Lykke 4mm (US6) needles and happy with the fabric it is creating. I can see why it is regularly appearing in the top free patterns on Ravelry.
I made some face masks this week. First I cut up a couple of Allistar’s old (good quality) cotton t-shirts and sewed them into face masks in 2 different styles only to find that they were pretty hot to try to breath through and got damp pretty quickly. So I then tried one layer of t-shirt and one layer of some lovely tie dye material I bought to make some project bags with.
It was still too thick, so then I unpicked it and made one with a double layer of the nice material. A waste of the nice material on the inside, but they are now much easier to breath through but the threadcount on the cotton is high, so they should be good protection. The one pictured is mine (with pink thread) and Allistar’s is the same design but with black thread. If only I hadn’t donated all our old pillow cases, they’d have been a better thickness.
Wearing a face covering in all shops (and public transport) is now compulsory in Scotland. The virus case figures have been really encouraging in Scotland and especially the Highlands.
The pattern I used was free from The Big Community Sew.
This week Tour de Fleece has continued and I have been mostly spinning the purple baby camel and silk fibre that I started the previous week. So I now have 2 skeins of Aran weight yarn (120g, 147m) and have a final 61g batch to spin and then I will concentrate the rest of the time on the rolags for the jumper quantity spinning project I’ve been working on for a while. By the end I think I’ll have enough for a cable hat. It isn’t in my queue, but I have October Hat by Sloane Rosenthal in my favourites on Ravelry, so that could be a possibility. I also like Jason’s Cashmere Hat by Melissa Thomson. One thing is for sure, it will be a lovely warm hat.
On the first TDF challenge day I tried spinning some dog hair on my supported spindle, but having over done it with crocheting my Minion I had quite a sore wrist, so only a tiny amount was managed. I looked like I’d wrestled a polar bear too!
I had a day off crafting this week due to a headache/ear ache, this is related to long term water in the ear problem I am taking steroid nose drops for. It quietened down by mid-day on Thursday so I was back spinning and knitting.
I spent some time doing weeding in the garden, pulling out some more of the wild strawberries, so it is less of an obstacle course to my compost bins. I also did some weeding on the gravelled area next to our driveway, but I soon lost interest. When you aren’t going anywhere you start losing interest in an area you aren’t viewing yourself…well I do anyway. On Friday I posted my 3rd Garden Diary entry, mostly progress photos to record any changes that have happened the last 3 weeks. At least with all the rain we have been getting I only need to water the greenhouse and the water butt is always full.
We have been sacrificing our waistlines again in support of the local (bakery) businesses. Allistar went to Ems & Co again on Friday and bought us a delicious lunch and cake each. We will venture out later today for more cake. With everything 2020 is throwing at the world right now who cares if they are thin!
On Wednesday indoor dining (with various rules), hairdressers and barbers will be allowed to open in Scotland, as we move into Stage 3 of opening up. I can’t see us eating inside a restaurant for quite a while, but if the weather improves we will eat outside a restaurant for my husband’s birthday next weekend. His mum is allowed to stay over now, so that will be the first time she has since February or early March!
That’s a wrap for week 2. 😀
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