And finally, the blue-greens . . .

by onblueberryhill on January 30, 2015

Fresh Palette blue-greens

Clockwise from upper left: Rosemary, Thyme, Mint, Kale

I made it to the 36th block of this project today, finishing up with YOTH’s Big Sister Fresh Palette yarns in colors Kale, Thyme, Rosemary, and Mint.  On to the next step – stitching them all together.  First, though, I have to decide how to arrange them color wise . . .

Fresh Palette leftovers

Here are my leftovers – I think they look beautiful just like this!

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Emptying the kiln

by onblueberryhill on January 26, 2015

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I love days when a glaze firing is finished and I get to empty the kiln . . .

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Working on my different mug shapes and styles of handles

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Painting with underglaze and carving, while the bowl was in the greenware stage, then dipped/poured in transparent glaze before the final glaze firing

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Experimenting with slip trailing, and how the glaze breaks on the slip when it’s brushed on

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I like how this glaze (Storm) breaks on the slip trailing, but I’m not as crazy about the color I got on the inside of the mug when I mixed Storm with Snow (Amaco Celadon glazes)

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Two of my most successful tries with dark chocolate clay – it looks best leaving the bare clay unglazed, and using Georgie’s Perfect White on the interior (or dripping down the sides). I tried white underglaze, but got spotty results – back to the drawing board . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here come the greens . . .

by onblueberryhill January 20, 2015
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I finished up the green hues of YOTH’s Fresh Palette Big Sister yarn for this blanket project . . . aren’t they beautiful? Pin It

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Pots of the day: painting and carving

by onblueberryhill January 15, 2015
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These are some of my first attempts at painting designs onto the greenware, and then carving around them.  The sheep and yarn designs are my attempt to copy the design of an amazing clay artist who sells who beautiful pieces at fiber shows around the country. For some of the designs, I have carved rubber [...]

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Pots of the day: underglaze paints and carving

by onblueberryhill January 13, 2015
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I first carved very rudimentary leaf shapes out of rubber stamping material, and used an ink pad and the stamps to imprint the images on the greenware bowls.  This simply gave me the size and shape of the leaf designs, which I then “filled in” with three brush-coats of underglaze in various colors. After the [...]

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Fresh palette blanket squares

by onblueberryhill January 12, 2015
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Because I just can’t say no . . . I had to try out every one of YOTH’s new fresh palette colors, because they’re just so damn gorgeous!  What to do with 12 colors of blues and greens?  I think that tin can knits’ vivid blanket pattern is the perfect way to show off each [...]

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Pots of the day: trailing slip and attaching handles

by onblueberryhill January 8, 2015
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Yet two more deceptively simple skills, yet difficult to execute without messing up the greenware! Pulling and attaching handles – who knew it would be so hard?  I’m struggling with getting them the right shape and size for the mug, as well as the right angle and dimensions for a comfortable hold.  Once I get [...]

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Honeycomb cardigan

by onblueberryhill January 7, 2015
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The stitch pattern for this sweater reminds me of honeycombs, and it shows off the beautiful texture and color of this yarn perfectly.  The pattern is Phillipa, and I knit size small (36″) for my teenage daughter. The yarn is The Uncommon Thread Merino DK (100% superwash merino wool) in color Sorbet, and I used [...]

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Pots of the day: glazing

by onblueberryhill January 7, 2015
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I have found glazing to be one of the most frustrating aspects of pottery – it’s so difficult to get consistent results, and it never turns out the way I think it will!  I particularly struggle with the various techniques – dipping is quicker, but it requires a lot of glaze and I end up [...]

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Pots of the day: sgraffito

by onblueberryhill January 6, 2015
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These are some of my first attempts at sgraffito – in both of these bowls and the small cup, I painted greenware with either colored slip (gold bowl) or underglaze (green bowl and purple-blue cup) and then used fine-blade tools to carve out lines. Pin It

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A new undertaking: wheel thrown pottery

by onblueberryhill January 5, 2015
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For the past four months, I’ve been learning how to throw clay on a wheel, and let me just say, it’s been a humbling experience!  I guess it’s easy to forget how difficult learning a new skill is, and how difficult it is to be bad at something – I mean, really suck at it [...]

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Marled hat

by onblueberryhill January 4, 2015
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Purl Soho’s new Line Weight yarn (100% merino wool) is wonderful-feeling stuff, and it knits up beautifully – it is incredibly soft, with just a little halo around it.  This project called for the yarn to be held doubled throughout, and I am very glad for that, because it is so fine and thin, I [...]

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Snoqualmie house socks

by onblueberryhill January 3, 2015
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The pattern is from the Audrey collection, using less than one skein (250 yds) of Snoqualmie Valley Yarn.  Lately, I’ve really gotten into sourcing and knitting with local, American-grown and milled, and/or single-breed/single-source yarns, and I’ve seen Snoquamie at Tolt Yarn & Wool before, so this pattern was the perfect opportunity to give it a [...]

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Whitefish ski trip

by onblueberryhill January 1, 2015
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A photo essay of our pre-Christmas ski trip to Whitefish, Montana via Amtrak: Pin It

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Wild Rice cowl

by onblueberryhill December 30, 2014
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As promised, I am working my way through the beautiful YOTH yarn raw palette colors . . . Yarn:  YOTH Big Sister – colorway Wild Rice (3 skeins) Pattern:  Double Basketweave Cowl, by the Fringe Association Needles:  US 10s (32″ circulars) My only modification was to skip Rounds 6-10 in the final (4th) set of [...]

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Winterberry hat and scarf

by onblueberryhill December 29, 2014
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Yarn:  Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino (100% super bulky wool) – 87 yds/ea Needles:  US 10s (16″ circulars) and US 11 dpns for hat, US 11s (32″ circulars) for scarf Patterns:  Super Soft Merino Hats for Everyone for the hat, and a variation of Men’s Rustic Scarf for the scarf I bought a Purl Bee [...]

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Merry Christmas in Plucky red

by onblueberryhill December 25, 2014
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Pattern:  Cashmere Perle by Plucky Knitter Yarn:  Plucky Cashmere, knit double-stranded, in colorway Two Hearted (I used all but 19g of 2 skeins, 280 yds/ea) Needles:  US 7s, 8s, 9, and 10s (to give you the gradual size increase), in circular lengths anywhere from 12″ to 24″ Pin It

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Wabi mitts

by onblueberryhill December 19, 2014
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These mitts look – and are – very simple, but they’re exactly the kind that I would go to time and time again, because they’re sturdy, basic, well-fitting, and not too warm (since it’s just not cold enough around here to even wear mitts all that often).  The pattern is Wabi Mitts, a free pattern [...]

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Men’s striped socks

by onblueberryhill December 18, 2014
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I hate knitting socks – it takes so long! – but I love how they turn out, and these are no exception.  Hopefully they fit my dad . . . Pattern:  Mr. Pitt’s Socks Yarn:  String Theory Colorworks Continuum (80% SW merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon) – colorway White Dwarf Needles:  US 1 dpns I [...]

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Plucky Cashmere knit in Christmas green

by onblueberryhill December 16, 2014
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Double-stranded cashmere – ohh la la! Yarn:  Plucky Cashmere – sportweight 280 yds (2 skeins + 37 grams of a third) Color:  Peninsula Needles:  US 8s Pattern:  The Imposter’s Shawl I love how the stitch pattern creates a basket weave appearance, and the edging is ingenious . . . this type of pattern, knit double-stranded in [...]

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