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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:06 am 
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That has to be an enormous job! I am very fortunate my Pip's hair doesn't matt, that and she's much smaller. I usually get her regularly groomed, but she's so old (and blind and deaf) that perhaps I'll let it slide.. although then I have to bathe her more often.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:08 pm 
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Recent hats:
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:16 pm 
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So cool!! I love the stripy one :love:

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:19 pm 
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That one feels the nicest, because it is done with worsted wool that I spun myself. The cream colored wool in the other hats was from some fleeces I sent off to a wool mill a few years back. It is spun in the woolen style and is fuzzier. The worsted wool fibers are aligned in the same direction and feel smoother and have a slight sheen to them.


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Wow. Ewe are magnificent! :D

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I got bored so I'm making exceptionally, painfully tiny dipped candles using two strands of embroidery floss and just the melted wax out of my candle. lol

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:56 pm 
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For the tiny book thing?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:13 pm 
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Maria wrote:
For the tiny book thing?


Yup!!

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So.. *goes back and checks* 3 weeks later, I have finally settled on the "floor plan" for my little booknook diorama because... I'm an indecisive sloth when it comes to my own architecture. But I have a plan and have *dun dun DUN* started cutting out wall pieces!!!

This is quite exciting!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:33 am 
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Maria, theyre really cute beanies! You're inspiring me to expand my knitting adventures.

Elengil, I am so envious of your skill! I'm still looking for a booknook kit to pit together. I'm not even going to kid myself that I can emulate your from-the-ground-up DIY.

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Those are crocheted hats. I've tried knitting a few times, but I like the process of crocheting better.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 6:04 pm 
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It seems people prefer one or the other. I tried crocheting, but knitting just feels better.

I still can't make up my mind for the next project. Elengil's suggestion of fingerless gloves was genius, but it's just so warm now that I don't want that kind of coziness.

I'm debating emailing the local shop and asking them to make up a kit for me. Maybe a cotton sweater for my son's graduation.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:04 pm 
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I like crocheting because my grandmother kept at it after she went blind. I still have an afghan she made then, out of rather appalling shades of orange, white and green . :help: Anyway, I often practiced crocheting with my eyes closed, because I was fascinated by how she did that. As it is, I only have to glance down once in a while to make sure I'm still on track.

You just can't do that with knitting, cuz a dropped stitch will completely unravel the whole thing. A dropped stitch in crochet means weird tension and that's about it.

It's not as soft and stretchy as knit, though. That said, that hat pattern is the softest, stretchiest crochet pattern I've ever found.


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Maria wrote:
rather appalling shades of orange, white and green . :help:


IRELAND!

Or Ivory Coast, depending on which way you display it lol

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:21 pm 
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She could see color very faintly, and the only way to keep the yarns straight was to have very vivid colored yarn. Thus... weird color choices.
She was legally blind, but not completely blind.


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Maria wrote:
She could see color very faintly, and the only way to keep the yarns straight was to have very vivid colored yarn. Thus... weird color choices.
She was legally blind, but not completely blind.


I suppose one could overdye it with a darker color and try to tone down? But that's also kind of a cool family artifact to keep intact.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:41 pm 
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The weird thing is, my mother in law made one for us with the same zig zag pattern and almost the same color choices. Her version was bigger stitches and toned down on the colors, though. Maybe it was a 70's era fad someone advised my grandmother on? But yeah, I wouldn't change it. It is one of the few momentos I have from my maternal grandmother.


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Yeah, definitely '70's colors. Tangerine, Yellow, Avocado.

I have done tons of creative things, sewing, molding, painting, etc.. but I can only 'knit' on a loom, which limits what I can make. Not long ago I read an article about these small knobby balls (Roman dodecahedron found in ancient excavations and they couldn't figure out what they were used for but some enterprising person used them as a tool for knitting gloves.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:44 pm 
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Heh...shades of the leather burnisher I posted about upstream!

I was thinking it was something to do with knitting or crocheting, because it reminded me of a toy I had as a child, where you could knit a long, skinny tube of yarn. I forget what it was called...

It looked like this, only the tube was just painted plain red: https://www.wish.com/product/59ede3e4cd ... &share=web

Edit: apparently it's called a spool knitter. I now remember the name we called it by as kids: corking! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jC6sKn ... lepointers

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:49 pm 
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Oh! A spool knitter. I have friends who told me they used those (homemade ones) as children. My hat and scarf looms operate the same way. They are larger. The one for hats is round, the one for scarves is oblong.

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