Yesterday evening a bunch of us got together for a Craft n Cat at my place. Sorta. We live in a co-op, which gives me access to a multi-purpose room I can book at any time. Lots of space, tables, chairs and even a fridge, microwave and kitchen sink. Very handy.
The only down side? Horrible lighting for pictures.
While there I worked on my first temari Christmas decoration. I'm not at all happy with the photos, so I'll try again when I ready a new base for stitching.
I was able to salvage some other photos, though. We took part in a coaster swap that I wrote about earlier. Of course we all brought projects along to work on while we had our tea and munchies. :-D
Here's one project in process. The pattern is from Baby Styles by Beehive (Book No. 117) from late 1970s or early 1980s. It's going to make a wonderful gift!
The last time I saw this cowl, it was just a narrow band of stitching! It's made with a mohair blend sock yarn, if I remember correctly. Long enough to wrap twice around the neck, light and warm!
update from the lovely maker of this cowl: "I just kind of improv'd. Cast on 300 sts,
beaded the first two purled rows at every 5 sts (i think), and I did a
second beaded, purled row on one edge beading every 5...carried on and
on every 14th row slipped a bead on every 16th st. Finished with purled
edge, beading every 5 sts. That's about it."
This set of coasters for the swap were made from a pattern found online somewhere, using Handicrafter Cotton.
These were my gift! Aren't they awesome? Instead of coasters, she made cabled cup warmers. Love the knitted cables.
update: "I got the mug cozies from a pattern on Ravelry.com, fell in love with
This fascinating quilted coaster was finished during the Craft n Chat. I love the origami look.
I just had to get a shot of these socks in progress. Each sock has 440 beads that need to be strung before the sock is started. The maker of these is a knitting goddess who makes the most amazing socks and miniature clothing.
The spiral piece you see under the socks became this after being sewn into shape. Then, because we had a sink handy, it became ...
... this. This is after being felted by hand in the sink. I believe more felting is planned for it.
From the talented lady who made these:
"I found the idea for the quilted origami in a book titled, Fantastic Fabric Folding by Rebecca Wat
(I hope that link works). Now that I've got the hang of it, I think
I'll make a pillow or wall hanging. The felted knitted coaster is from a
pattern I found on Ravelry: Felted Coaster."
Felting. That's something I still need to try. Both this kind and needle felting.
Add that to the list! :-D