Friday, September 26, 2014

Fiber Friday: Hand dyed yarn, Woven photographs, and Making traditional ikat fabric

1. YARN, everyone needs more. If you haven't already heard of Ball and Skein you need to go look at their colors. Above you can see the beautiful sea foam, shiny silk yarn

They will have a booth this weekend at The Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival but do other events all the time. Follow them on facebook to see other events  or 
Go visit them at the fair:
Washington County Fair, Inc.
392 Old Schuylerville Road, Greenwich, NY 12834, USA

2. IKAT PRINT FABRIC If you like Ikat prints and want to know how the patterns are traditionally made this is a fascinating article from Getting Down To It. In this article,  they show all of the steps of making a real Ikat print, it's not like any other fabric.

3. WOVEN IMAGES - This is a lot like ikat for the digital age. Artist Lala Abaddon weaves different images together to create one single, merged image. Her work is bright, textural, and somehow spans the wide distance between craft and digital art. You must go to her website and see some of the closeups of these woven pieces.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Knit Season

Happy Fall, from Sept. 22-29, all patterns in the Xandy Peters Design Ravelry store are 20% off with coupon code knitseason

That includes all new patterns which can be knit in heavy weight yarns for winter.

You’ll also find some free patterns as well.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fiber Friday: Wild Knitting, Tattoos, and Fascinating Fashion

Starting this week, I'll be listing my favorite 3 awesome fashion, fiber, and textile links that I found this week.

So here they are -

Field Trip: Lion Brand Retail Store

Last weekend I took a trip to the Albany area. The trip included a stop at the Lion Brand Retail store in Colonie, NY. If you like Lion Brand or live in the area, this store is worth the trip. It's one of the only places to see nearly all of the yarns and colorways that Lion Brand has to offer including clearance and discontinued items, new yarns, and a few small batch products that are only carried in their retail and factory stores. Any knitter, crocheter, or general crafter can find something there.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Foxpaws pattern notes

View the full size image to get the hi res version for printing.
A pdf of this file is available as a download if you have already purchased the pattern.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Knit Tips: Weaving in ends as you knit

I love knitting stripes and using different colors in my knitting, but I HATE sewing in ends. To avoid all that extra finishing work, just these simple directions.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fox Paws

It is somewhat painful to keep a secret that is very exciting. It is also somewhat painful to be halfway through a project and to find out the burning sensation in your mouth and nose is caused by said project. Today I can gladly announce that Fox Paws, a new flame stitch pattern, is now published after months of secrecy.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

So, I make stuff


Not sure if you all noticed, but something changed over the weekend, that's right, it's the name of this blog.

The work is getting to me is now known as So I make I have made the change for a few reasons. Nobody remembered what I was called, the name was so long that it couldn't be used as a twitter handle, and most importantly, I don't talk about homework or work anymore, rather, I show you what fun things I do when I'm not working.

All of the old links will continue to work, the only difference is the name of the website. Over the next few weeks you may see some cosmetic changes, but also a lot more regular updates again.

I'd be attending to such changes now, but I've got deadlines to meet for work first - so yes, it does still get to me.

Thank you for visiting in spite of the construction,

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