Sunday, July 17, 2005

Bunnies and hats

Hey there!

Long ago, I posted about the bunny I was knitting for a friend . And then I did nothing for a long time.

Well, that's not precisely true. I searched high and low for a wee little Stetson for him. He just looked... naked without it. And two months went by.

But I will not be stopped!

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That, my friends, is a tiny little felt Stetson, hand made by me. Yup, I ended up hand making felt in the right color, cutting it out, and sewing a wee little Stetson. Yes, I'm rather insane.

Here he is IN his hat. It's not quite perfect (the proportions aren't exactly right) but it's as close as I can get.

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Now I just have to tack down his legs, sew on his tail, and he's ready to ship out. And there's another bunny going with him, same uniform, slightly taller, and rather sweet, in a puppy-dog sorta way... yup, for waiting so long, Lek gets a Turnbull bunny, too.

I had fun with these. If anybody wants any specifics on their creation, let me know.

What else am I doing? Knitting SEVEN Jayne Cobb hats. Seven. I'm going to die. I'm making the hats out of Cascade 220, and they should go pretty fast. I need to get them done by September 30th, when the Firefly movie "Serenity" comes out.

Most of the patterns I've found online have the earflaps red. I've looked at the pictures of the show, and I swear they've got orange earflaps.... so I'm going out on a limb and making mine orange. And, of course, because I'm using 220 and not Lopi, I had to change the pattern... but I think it'll come out alright anyway.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Crafting desert


Well, I have been crafting... for the last day or so, anyway.

I washed some wool, and introduced a couple of friends to dyeing. We have a reenactment event next weekend, so I was going for some muted, 'natural look' colors, even though I'm cheating and using food coloring. Yes, I know, if I was a better historian, I'd use period dyes, but I'm not good at mordanting yet, and I don't have a teacher in my town.

Here's what we ended up with:

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That's the first batch. I love the green, and can live with the blue. They both manage to look pretty period. Amusingly, the green was intended to be more teal, but the wool sucked up the yellow and left the blue to sit. Same thing happened with another batch; the blue just doesn't want to strike.

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Here's the wool I washed, and batches 2 and 3. The yellow came out of a brown dyebath, but again, it took the yellow and left the blue, so the water was kind of leaf green and the wool is Winnie the Pooh orange. That's ok, too; WtP orange is basically a period color.

The pink? I swear to god, the dyebath was a muted red brown. Maybe that batch of blue dye was faulty? Yup, it took the red, and some of the yellow, and just left that blue to sit. Arg.

And then we experimented with handpainting yarn. This stuff is thick, felted wool, at a chunky or super bulky weight. We made little mini skiens, and each of us painted away.

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M's is the red/yellow one, and looks like fire. Mine's the purpleish one, and it's more blue in person, I think. And A's is the other one. She doesn't like it, but I think it looks like a garden; leaf greens and pale greens and bright flowers. I like it a lot.

Anyway... Hopefully I'll have some more crafting pics from next weekend. No crafting for a month makes Mouse a dull rodent.