Spring gauze wraps

by onblueberryhill on March 28, 2015

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 recently saw an Eileen Fisher scarf/wrap that I wanted to buy, but when I saw what it cost, I thought it would be worth trying to find the fabric and make the simple accessory myself.  I found not one but two beautiful spring scarf/wrap fabrics at Purl Soho:  Kokochi Double Gauze (Silver Grey Dots) and Robert Kaufman’s Veneto Linen Gauze (Flax).

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 I purchased two yards of each, and then split the fabric lengthwise – this meant a length of approximately 72″ and a width of 18″ (for the double gauze) and 30″ (for the linen gauze).  Then I fringed the ends of each by simply pulling the threads out one by one – by far the hardest part!  I fringed the double gauze to only 1″ or so – I couldn’t stand it any longer, since it’s double gauze it’s two fabrics together, so you actually have to fringe two separate pieces of fabric for each end :(  I fringed the linen gauge to approx 3″ and then tied the fringes, so they wouldn’t get messy and tangled.

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Next, I ran a stay stitch about 1/8″ from the short ends of the scarves, so that there was no chance that the fringe would continue to unravel.  Finally, I sewed a hem (1/4″ rolled under, then a second 1/4″ rolled under) along each long end.  I quick press with the iron, and they were done!

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Local Color Fiber Studio color family shawl: Orangina

by onblueberryhill on March 27, 2015

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The third and final shawl in this series – see this posting for yarn and pattern info.

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I’ve really enjoyed using this pattern to play with color, and Local Color Fiber Studio’s natural dye colors are so vibrant and gorgeous!  I’m surprised how much I like this wooly yarn as a shawl – I would have thought it would be a little itchy wrapped around my neck, but after a good soaking and wet blocking, it feels great – kind of squishy, kind of crunchy, very warm :)

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Woolfolk house cardigan

by onblueberryhill March 26, 2015
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This project took awhile, no doubt about it – which isn’t surprising, because the FO consists of a lot of material!  The yarn is Woolfolk FAR (color 02), which has got to be the softest yarn I’ve ever knit with.  It’s a chainette construction, and I was skeptical at first as to how it would [...]

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Local Color Fiber Studio color family shawl: Grapevine

by onblueberryhill March 21, 2015
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The second in my series of color work shawls from Local Color Fiber Studio:  the shifting colors from new spring green to deep purple remind me of slowly ripening grapes. See post here for all the yarn and construction details. Pin It

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Mug board

by onblueberryhill March 20, 2015
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My friend made me this beautiful fir peg board  to display my favorite mugs – particularly the ones I’m hand throwing myself  I love all the little details – the lines of the boards, the routed edges, and how the pegs angle up slightly to keep the mugs safely in place.  I’m guessing I’ll have [...]

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Spring magnolias

by onblueberryhill March 19, 2015
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Oregon is particularly beautiful this spring!   Pin It

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Local Color Fiber Studio color family shawl: Indigo Blues

by onblueberryhill March 18, 2015
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I discovered Local Color Fiber Studio on a recent Woolful podcast, and was thrilled to be able to order a wide variety of their yarn colors.  LCFS is a small, indie dyer on beautiful Bainbridge Island, and they use only natural products to dye their yarns.  The resulting colors are soft and peaceful, yet still [...]

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Ten years old

by onblueberryhill March 16, 2015
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My youngest turns 10 years old today We continued with our tradition of a homemade and decorated birthday cake that represents an interest of the birthday girl/boy – Alia’s lifelong love of bunny rabbits remains strong, so I’ve come up with many versions of a bunny cake over the years! Because age ten is the [...]

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Corvina in Signature Cocktail

by onblueberryhill March 14, 2015
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Fair warning:  this sweater is boxy.  I mean, REALLY boxy.  So much so that I think it’s not at all flattering – at least, not on me.  Also, this yarn blocks like crazy – and by that, I mean it stretches like crazy. I blocked it very gently, but it became incredibly wide and the [...]

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Out of the kiln this week: bowls

by onblueberryhill March 11, 2015
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Amaco black underglaze on bisque, then Georgie’s grass green glaze, yields surprising results! Texturing the bottom of bowls thrown with Georgie’s White Salmon clay and then leaving them unglazed – insides and rims glazed with Spectrum Celadon (Cerulean). Playing around with texture and how it causes the glaze to break – here I used Amaco [...]

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Out of the kiln this week: mugs, pitchers and vases

by onblueberryhill March 10, 2015
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I’ve been playing with different sizes, shapes, and glazes this week: Small pitchers and mugs glazed with Spectrum Celadons (Cerulean, Celadon Green, and Watermelon) A bud vase glazed with Amaco Celadons (Pear) Experimenting with a different shaped mug, glazed in Spectrum Texture Dark Cloud. Classically shaped mug, glazed in Georgie’s Cobalt Blue. Pin It

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Bare Naked hat

by onblueberryhill March 4, 2015
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Pattern:  Creel Yarn:  Bare Naked Wool Stone Soup DK, color Marble Needles:  US 5s (ribbing) and 6s I used my leftovers from this cabled sweater to knit a hat in one evening – I think the yarn shows off the stitch definition beautifully.  It’s wonderfully lightweight, but warm at the same time – my only [...]

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Plucky colors around my neck

by onblueberryhill March 3, 2015
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I think that Plucky Snug is the world’s most perfect yarn to have snuggled around your neck!  This pattern (Vouvray) is written for worsted yarn, and Snug is bulky gauge, so I increased my needle size to US 11s on a 32″ circular. I used 3 skeins of Green Goddess and 2 skeins of Make [...]

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Cherry blossoms

by onblueberryhill March 2, 2015
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Everything is so early here in Oregon this year! Pin It

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Sunny daffodils

by onblueberryhill March 1, 2015
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Bright and sunny daffodils, along with bright and sunny skies, welcome the month of March here in Oregon . . . Pin It

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Tree cookies and succulents

by onblueberryhill February 28, 2015
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Inspired by a friend’s design, I used remnants from a tree we recently had cut down, a few candles and glass vases, and a small collection of succulents to create a centerpiece for our kitchen island that celebrates the coming of spring! Pin It

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Sugarloaf cowl

by onblueberryhill February 27, 2015
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This is a beautiful way to use Plucky yarn colors, a quick knit, and it feels so soft and cozy around my neck! Pattern:  Sugarloaf Plucky Cowl Yarn:  Plucky Snug (70% merino, 20% cashmere, 10% royal alpaca – 110 yds/ea) – Thank You Note (2 1/2 skeins), Magnet & Steel (1 skein), High Cotton (several [...]

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Creamsicle pullover

by onblueberryhill February 25, 2015
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Quick knit, lovely yarn, fun colorwork, and the fit is comfy and looks nice – this one is a winner!  I think I knit is in a week (more or less), which is hard to beat when it comes to an entire adult sweater, that’s for sure. Pattern:  Polar Dip by Amy Miller Yarn:  Plucky [...]

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First attempt at glass fusing

by onblueberryhill February 24, 2015
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My brother and I took an introductory glass fusing class at Bullseye Glass – just two hours, and look what we made! I’m enthused that my kiln will do fused glass, as well as ceramics, but I’m restraining myself for now, since I need another artistic endeavor like I need a hole in the head [...]

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Spring flowers come early here in Oregon

by onblueberryhill February 23, 2015
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The sun is shining, the scent of daphne fills the air, the flowering cherry trees are in full bloom, and the temperature is over sixty degrees – can it really be February?  I know I sound like a grouch, when everyone loves this weather so much, but I could do with a little snow and [...]

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