duvet cover and striped socks

September 16, 2009 § Leave a comment

down throw duvet

I love my down throw (you know, a small down blanket perfect for being cozy all year long) but I’m not in love with the snowman pattern on the throw. They are cute, but get tiring after awhile. This fabric makes the perfect cover and now the down throw is all season and just as cozy. It actually took a lot more work and sweat to sew than I would have liked just because there was a lot of measuring and sewing long edges (boring) and making the pieces the right dimension (the fabric was not as wide as the throw so needed to be pieced). Now I am really ready for fall, the striped socks say it all I think.

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fall weddings

September 6, 2009 § 1 Comment

chicken love

This is the card that I made for our friends wedding we are attending today. The chicken design is not my own but from the invitation that was designed by the couples friend. The wedding is in their backyard (weather permitting since we have been getting rain this weekend) and I hope the chickens are invited too. At least I will get to see them in their coop.

This is the start of fall wedding season because we are attending another wedding on Saturday (in MN!). Lars and I had  our anniversary this last Friday but we are celebrating this weekend. For the last couple of years I kept insisting that our anniversary was on the 5th and Lars had to remind me that it was the 4th, the only way I could remember was if I looked at the quilt. So this year I actually remembered, but it was a busy day and we didn’t see much of each other. We had been planning on celebrating over the weekend anyway, but I remembered to wish Lars a happy anniversary on the phone when we talked in between busy things that day and he didn’t believe me. He made me go look at the quilt because I had convinced him it was the 5th for so long. But we have the whole weekend to celebrate and we have Monday off too.

Happy wedding weekend.

wizard double knitting

July 9, 2009 § 1 Comment

gryffindor scarf

I didn’t really mean to take such a long break from blogging, but I’m back. I have been doing some knitting and crafting during my blogging slumber, so I should more coming up soon.

Here is the belated birthday present I made for Lars. His birthday was in November and I was almost done then but I decided that I didn’t like the yarn and the way it draped so I started over and finished a few months ago. This is the Lion Brand “LB Collection Superwash Merino” yarn in Cayenne and Dijon.

The colors are closest to the colors the scarfs in the first two movies, but the stripes look more like those in the later movies. The book doesn’t go into a lot of detail about the pattern or quality of the knitting so I had to go with the movie appeal.  The 6th book (Half-blood Prince) is out in the photo because Lars is reading it to me at bedtime (so sweet) as we get ready to see the new movie next week. We are a little bit excited for the movie- but we’ll be going in our muggle clothing.

faux double knit

I wanted to double knit this so it would have that nice finished quality on both sides, but after trying to teach myself for a week in September last year I decided that I needed to just do it any way I could fast so I would be done by Lars’ birthday in November. So I knitted it in the round with a purl stitch at the end of each side (2 purl stitches per round evenly spaced) so that the fabric turns and lays flat. I didn’t finish it in time anyway- but it was fast and easy to knit. Maybe too easy and that’s why it was kind of boring and hard to finish. Sorry Lars.

I don’t love knitting scarfs but I like the way it looks finished and I love having lots of handmade scarfs around. I think it turned out well- and Lars looks very stunning wrapped up in it. You may not know this, but Lars has a scar on his forehead in the same place that Harry Potter does, and he wears glasses. I think he really is a wizard.

Some day I hope to knit like Mrs. Weasely.

scarf and the half-blood prince

Knitted covers for all

March 22, 2009 § Leave a comment

knitted headphone covers

I’ve long thought that all inatimate objects are happier with knitted covers. Lars requested a cover for the old headphones and when I finally decided to go ahead and do it, the knitting really only took part of an afternoon. I had to start over a few times to get the right number of stitches cast on and then decreased fast enough but after that it was a piece of cake- and very small. Small (almost) always mean fast for knitting.

Other than this, I can’t say that I’ve done a lot of projects in my absence from blogging recently. I have been working (on and off) feverishly on Lars’ birthday present that I never finished. Sorry Lars, I love you more than an unfinished scarf can express.  I also organized my sewing/ art nook so I feel like my unfinshed projects are more evident, and I think this is actually a catalyst to finish them before buying more yarn or fabric. Ecept for the yoga matt mag that I really want to sew, and…..

Baaaaaaaa…wheeeeeeeee! (the sound of a sheep on wheels)

February 7, 2009 § 2 Comments

Baaaaaaaaa

Introducing Nelson. He likes to roam the hills, especially down hills, eat grass and sing folk songs.

Sheep on wheels

I have been planning this critter in my head for a long time and it worked almost as planned. I think the next versions will have a different shape so that the axels and wheels fit better into the structure of the body. They will introduce themselves when they arrive.

Right now Nelson is enjoying the sun and fresh air coming in the window. He longs to be outside and it’s a perfect day for running, but there is tatertot hotdish in the oven for a potluck tonight. I guess Neslon and I will be doing yoga inside instead.

get down with the feed dogs

January 31, 2009 § 1 Comment

wall quilt

I share my work space with 5 other people and their desks. Our office is small, cluttered and doesn’t always meet our needs. The people are wonderful, which is one of the main reasons I’m there. In an effort to make my space more calming and personal I made a wall quilt to hang next to where I sit.

I was so excited to get it to work when I finally finished it I didn’t get any pictures before putting it up. The florescent lights aren’t so good for photography. Maybe I’ll take it home some day and get some good photos. A few detailed pictures on flickr, also not the best shots of the quilt. I really like the main fabric. It’s branches with colorful dots (blossoms?) and little hanging tags w/ characters. There are some Asian characters in the background too. It’s hard to see in this picture but I used gold thread to quilt around the rectangles, just a little bit of glitter.

The words are (hand) chain stitched, but the rest is machine quilted. I found out (after finishing the quilt) that you can lower the feed dogs to make it easier to machine quilt. I’m not certain how, or if I can on either of my machines, but should look into it. I also added a few clear beads around the words.

I have to note that the far left rectangle on the quilt is the same fabric that I used to cover the lamp shade (lower right in photo). The doll on the shelf is from a group that I did a year ago with some of the kids I work with, she never got hair. Her hair is sitting in her lap actually. The other doodads are other small art projects that I have done, many of them with my co-workers.

More pictures (strategically positioned between the clutter and ugly things) around my desk.

whatever you are doing is the most beautiful thing

small steps

golden bubble

One of my awesome co-workers drew this for me on a particularly tough day, I added the glitter. Most of the time I’m either not at my desk, or staring at the computer, but I try to look at the nice things around me too.

baby foliage

January 14, 2009 § 3 Comments

Welcome to the new look of Tangled Fleece

baby foliage hat

One of the best things about babies is that they are small and can wear really cute knits. Not only is is fast to knit small baby things, everything is cuter when it’s small. This mini foliage hat is charming on baby Tessa, and still to big for her wee head. Right now I’m also working on a few pairs of booties (love the Saarjes pattern) and other baby things. I’m going to 2 baby showers next week and know of a few other tots on the way.

Pattern: Knitty/ Foliage
Needles: dpn #1, #0
Yarn: Claudia hand painted yarns, %100 merino, paprika

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