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My Newest Passion


In the last couple weeks, the chairperson of the charity organization I belong to called me. Some nice person had donated wool to our group. Most of the time people donate yarn. Often it is of their own stash that they just don’t have the time or have lost interest in yarn arts. In Hat Huggers we take that yarn and knit, crochet, or loom knit items for the needy. But wool, straight off the sheep?

Ms. Carol (chairperson) has had sheep and recognized that the wool was in a ‘rolag’. Yeah. I thought, whatever that is. Quickly my brain dismissed the word. I kept calling it a hank of wool. But all of this sent me on an educational adventure. I soon learned, though not solid in my understanding (feel free to correct my definition) that the rolag is the first level of refinement after being sheered and washed. It is like a long rope of wool. There are still bits of hayseed and knots of wool. Apparently, this wool had been of several cuttings so some parts are shorter than others. This makes it a bad candidate for spinning. So Carol wondered if I would be willing to learn about felting. Would I? Of Course!

I have been very busy since finding books, or YouTubes, or Pins of felting. The more I read and watched the more excited I was to give it a try. Think molding with clay without the mess!

Carol gave the mass another washing and even put it through her carding machine. I think that makes it a batting or roving. I think batting because the bag of wool she gave me had a lot of seeds and stuff in it. I couldn’t wait to get started felting so I followed instructions of Sleepy Mice. They are so adorable! BUT

BUT I don’t have the tool she uses to wind the wool around. I used something similar to a chop-stick. I got the head and body too far apart. Now that I look at it, it looks more like a seahorse.

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This is just the core as this level of wool is too rough and. well, ugly to use for the finished product. I’ll be getting some nice roving on Wednesday to finish this guy.

Meanwhile, I have a bag full of the rolag that just feels awful. I have no carding machine, not even the hand carders or even dog brushes that can work in a pinch. But I have short hair and in no need for a couple of brushes I used to use on my long hair. So I improvised and have been carding all day.

That first bag (left) is the rolag as Carol gave it to me. The brushes follow. I pulled out a couple of the puffs of wool I had carded and the bag on the right is what I carded today. I think it is enough to start another needle felting project. I want to try the mice but I saw a simpler rabbit that might be better for a first project. I am hooked! Even if we never get wool donated again, I will keep trying my hand and maybe even sell my projects to support my habit. 🙂

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By the way, I am still in love with loom knitting and looking for ways to incorporate both hobbies. It has been a fun busy summer.

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Loom Knit Safari CollectionLoom Knit Safari Collection by Scarlett Royal

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I can finally give a review of this book! I made each and every animal featured in this book. Yet I have to take responsibility for the less than 5 stars here. That makes me a little sad. You see, I am not as good at reading patterns as I would like. I have been loom knitting since about February of last year. Mostly I feel I have learned to watch YouTube instructions better and better. In the process, I am gaining the ability to read patterns, but still not there.

What does this have to do with the book? Well, each of the patterns in this book has a corresponding tutorial on YouTube. Except for the giraffe. That one leads you to a Ravelry page with a picture of the giraffe but nothing else. So there was my problem. I only had the pattern and did my best to help the giraffe come to be. I think I did okay. If you follow my blog you will see my nearly finished giraffe and a hat to go with it. I need to add eyes. I want to make the long lashes I love so much on giraffes so for now, the baby is sightless.

Oh, the other problem I have to own is my inability to count. The poor lion had a few curls that were a bit too long. But that is not the fault of the author. She did a fantastic job writing the instructions and filming the tutorials. Maybe she could teach us some hints as to how she keeps track of small rows and the like?

Anyway if you go to darsword on wordpress you will see my results. (I can’t put an URL on here. Hope you can find me.) This book was reasonably priced. I just wish I could afford Scarlett Royals other books. She is a great designer of loom knitting items. I can’t wait to learn more from her.

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Here are pictures of what I have made:

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I made the elephant first. Since the yarn is donated I often don’t have the right colors or enough of said colors. Hence the psychedelic elephant.

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I didn’t like how the monkey’s muzzle turned out so I added lips. I don’t have glass eyes that Scarlett Royal suggests. So I made these on the spool knitter. The lips I did that way, too. The hat is Tuteate’s pattern. I followed her tutorial on YouTube as I do most of my knitted things. The reason I made a hat with ears is I made most things with the donated yarn for charity and my group said that they gave my things to the local clinic. I thought that the hat and monkey would be fun together.

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See what happens when I run out of the right color yarn? Colorful arms! I still haven’t made the eyes for this guy. Again, I don’t think the glass eyes would be good if the recipient of the gift might put them in their mouths and choke. My brother suggested whiskers. You can’t see them very well here but they are there. The nose was done on the spool knitter.

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The giraffe was the hardest as I had to use just a pattern. Still, I think he turned out okay. I still need to make the eyes. I hope I can make eyes with long lashes like real giraffes have. The hat was the Tuteate patter except I used the ear pattern from Scarlett Royal’s animal patterns so I didn’t have to sew it on. And I didn’t close the way Tuteate does hers. I used Scarlett Royal’s Kitchener stitch to close. I think it worked out quite well. Oops, I just noticed I need to sew close the ears. Well, I wasn’t finished when I finished the book. If I think it makes a big difference I will post the finished products here.

And though he isn’t in the book here is another stuffed animal using Scarlett Royal’s YouTube:

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My friend suggested steam or flame from the nostrils so I added a those bits.

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Eyes are done on the spool knitter. Since this is going to an adult I will get the glass eyes instead.

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I love how the spike knit up. I added the wings from Scarlett Royal’s bat pattern. I will add pipe cleaners to these so they can stand out. I made this dragon with my own materials is for one of my best friends who is crazy for dragons.

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But will this next one has nothing to do with the book it is the latest of my tiny dolls. This pattern is by Denise of LoomAHat. This is the cupcake doll. I added the ears–just because I wanted to! These are so fun and easy and versatile. This will go to the clinic.

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Finished It Friday


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I picked up some Bernet Blanket yarn at Joann’s when my kids were here. I wish I would have bought a whole lot more as I need a blanket or sheet for the recliner sofa. So maybe, instead, I give these at the new mother/pregnant mother shower our library is going to have. This yarn is so soft! I miss working with it already! Notice that I used two different looms. The oval is a finer gauge. I used this YouTube

 

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Yes, one more Ombre Slouch Pony/Bun Hat. I had a lot of purples to use up. And Lookie! I finally have a styrofoam wig/hat model! Yay!

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Funky Finish For FROGGING

As I have told you all before, most of my yarn is donated to the Hugger Hat group I belong to. There is a whole room dedicated to yarn in lots of bins all color segregated (the only time I approve of such a thing). I dig into this veritable Heaven finding the soft or the funky bits imagining things I can make with combinations. So much fun!

So … Sometimes the items take a turn for the FUNKY. I will probably frog. (Rip-it Rip-it) I need to explain the materials. There are no labels on a lot of the ‘skeins’ (because some of them are just a tangled mess and can’t be called skeins). This big mess was yarn that had balls of fur every six inches or so. I couldn’t imagine what a person really makes from it but thought it might make a warmish hat.

But there wasn’t quite enough. I pulled in some thick felty-looking yarn that didn’t quite go with the color of the fur-ball yarn. Then I found some yarn that looks like strips of fabric with a seam sewn in the middle. It had the brown of the fur-balls and a little of the orange of the felty-stuff. I used it to top the hat and put on the brim.

Without further ado…

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Hubby thought it looked like a funnel cake. But I think he was being nice.

As I was making it–and it wasn’t easy!–I thought it looked like a pile of poop. (Not the letter of the day. I know, but there you have it!)

When I finished the top, I thought it looked like a volcano. But then I looked at it again and could only think of an orangutan in heat. By the time I finished the brim I was back at the volcano idea.

While it hasn’t been frogged yet, anyone else want a stab at naming it? Preferably with the letter of the day in mind. I will take it with me to show the group, but I can’t see anyone wanting it unless they need a funky fur basket or Halloween Hat?? It has been a laugh making it.

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This was part of the A to Z Challenge, click on the badge above or below to go to learn more about it.

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One-Liner Wednesday


DONE!

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It’s a toddler-size cloche. The band is removable and can be worn alone. It was fun to make!

 

By the way, this One-Liner Wednesday is a Linda G Hill special! Come join the fun!

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I just finished another hat using fun fur with a soft Red Heart, yellow. I added a brim in the leftover yellow using Scarlett Royal’s method. Since I still don’t have a mannequin head–dummy head? I used my own.

I just did the e-wrap until time for the brim. Funny part is that I found it looks better inside out as the little confetti look better on the ‘purl’ side. This is a fun hat to wear!

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These last two I discovered that the hat could be worn inside out with the brim rolled up.

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Oh, and I colored my hair and I love how it turned out!


Okay (shoot I need a new word to start a blog, don’t I?), I started this two minutes until midnight so I think it still counts. After all, I haven’t gone to bed yet for the night so it is still today.

I had a wonderful day. Today was the meeting of the Hugger Hats group I make most of my things for. It is such a committed group of people and it wasn’t just women. Whatever method of making comfort items for the less fortunate is all it takes. But I found out that we as a group have given away 1400 hats and things.

The group has phoners who work with social workers, and ombudsmen, and people who take donations and find appropriate receivers. Others in the group do the driving the hats to the right places. We all make our items from donated yarn and then bring them to the library here and the librarian makes sure all finished projects get to the central house and all crafters get their yarn. It has grown to quite the organization for such a small town. Most of the items end up in nearby towns and cities. It makes me feel good that I am part of a group of people who care so much of others.

AND we get out and visit and enjoy the sunshine (yeah, we had that today!).

 

Best of all, I came home and Kali and Hubby had done okay without me! Hooray for a good day!

Yay! Finished Purple Hat!


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After tearing out the brim last night at midnight and starting again this evening, I am happy with it. It is a Cloche Hat. I modified it adding that rib stitch so that if it were given to someone who wanted their ears covered they could adjust it down that way. The brim curls a bit and I suppose that would be up to the person that gets it whether they want it flat or curled. At least it gives a little protection to the eyes from the sun. This yarn has wool in it but it wasn’t scratchy so I would think it would be good for cooler fall or spring days.

I’ve got to get a styrofoam head to display these hats! Oatmeal boxes and keyboards just don’t do it!

Tear it up Tuesday


Okay. That isn’t a thing. I certainly would hate for it to be a thing. I had hoped that I would have two hats finished to share with you tonight. But at the last minute, within ten minutes of writing this, I found a huge mistake in the brim of the second hat and hat to tear it apart. At least I didn’t have to frog the whole thing, just the brim. Now it is ready for me to finish tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I finished this basket weave hat earlier today:

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I love how it turned out and it is so soft! I hope whoever gets it will love it!

Another Achievement YaY!


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Another ear warmer scarf. I followed the LoomAHat YouTube Tutorial. Just in case you wondered, here is what the back looks like when perched on an oatmeal box (I use themt o hold skeins of yarn so that they don’t get full of cat or dog hair. (I make a hole in the top with a slit from the edge to guide the working yarn into the center.)

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