Work In Progress Wednesday

Attempt the FirstIt's Wednesday.  I figured I'd share what I've been crafting around with. My first item to share is the Emerald Keep Scarf, which will be a giveaway in the forthcoming Keepsake Tour starting March 8th, to celebrate the release of Book 2 in the Persis Chronicles, Emerald Keep.It didn't work.I mean, yeah, it's fabric, and it's knitted.  But that's about it. For one thing, ...
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A Journey Into 3-D Notebook – Hats!

So I've been playing with knitting from the top down.  I started a sweater and have been wrestling with it (which I'll share later), but for now I want to share my newest creation:  a hat!My first hat was almost a decade ago.  A friend asked me to make a hat for her friend.  I did so.  It was large enough to fit her, her friend, AND me - and not just our heads.  It wa...
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A Journey Into 3D Notebook – What I’m Working On

November is coming, and with it, NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month.  During the month of November, NaNo-ers write 50,000 words on a draft of a novel - some more, some less, and the madness that ensues is infectious.I wish we had a NaKnitMo, National Knitting Month.  Wouldn't that be awesome?I was lamenting recently to Rachel Wilder, my partner in writing crime, that my stash is ...
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Needlepoint Box

I have written before about fabric boxes.  If you're curious, there are four other articles here:  One, Two, Three, and Four.  I am enthralled by boxes, be they polymer clay, needlepoint, or wood.  Recently I decided to revisit the boxes of Meg Evans, which I've made before.  This time I decided to play with her exact design.  And therein started the pr...
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Collections as art

I don't know how many times I've had people look at something I've made and confess to me that they wish they were artistic - but they just don't have any of the necessary skills to create something. Usually I tell them they might be too worried about making something perfect, and if they just allow themselves to try something and not worry if it comes out flawed, they'll find they have more talen...
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Journey into my supply closet

They say the first step is admitting you have an problem. So, I'm here to admit that I have an addiction to crafting supplies. I'd like to follow that up with the usual disclaimer - But I can quit any time I want. Except I can't. The only thing limiting my purchase of crafting supplies, is the room in my supply closet - and the closet is pretty well full up at this point. Here's a rundown of my st...
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Solving problems with crafts

Last month I blogged about my adventures with Japanese temari – a lot of fun to make, but purely decorative. While I love to make beautiful things, I find I get the most satisfaction when my crafting has practical uses. Going back to full-time office work earlier this year, I found I had two minor issues that needed a solution for my desk at work. Problem one: I started bringing a water bottle wit...
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Having a ball with Japanese Temari

I’ve been in love with the idea of making ornaments for as long as I can remember, so when I came across a book about the Japanese art of temari, I knew I had to try it. Traditionally given as gifts, these often intricately decorated balls of thread can have designs as simple or as complex as you wish. Getting started is easy – the hard part, I found, is tearing yourself away from the thousands of...
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Journey Into 3-D

This weekend I had an object lesson in the difference between 2-D planning and 3-D execution.  Namely, yarn estimation.When my baby Bryce Canyon Shawl was nice and small, it was easy to imagine I'd only need a few skeins of yarn.  I'd done other triangle shawls and wanted this one to be "bigger" (technical term) so I knew if I got more yarn, I'd be fine.  So I got a few skeins.Then ...
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Journey Into 3-D

I expected to "get" the whole 3-D thing by now. After all, I've been knitting, avidly, since 2000. Isn't 12 years enough time to learn something? Apparently not. One thing I am learning is that a decrease has a slant. I learned that a while ago, really, but I'm beginning to get it in my fingers that an SSK and a K2T slant differently. I cannot for the life of me remember which is which, thou...
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