Circles of Rain

I bought three skeins of cotton yarn in the charity shop. It was a bit stinky but I didn’t mind as I bought it to try dyeing. I love the colours of kook aid dyed yarn but I don’t have any of that. I do however, have lots of little glass phials of old dye in sweet little cardboard boxes I got as a job lot on eBay. I just used boiling water and salt and left them to soak in the tins. ( got from outside a cafe who had left them there for people to take to use however they wanted. At last I have used them!) I did add a bit if washing liquid to the final rinse so they smell ok now. I don’t know how colour fast they will be but for a cheap experiment I don’t mind. I saved the last skein until I get some Kool aid.

Yarn Mountain

How do you organise your stash? Each time I get it all out I try something different, that will work without a doubt , and never quite does. I have colour sorted, yarn type sorted and this time have done a combination . I have three large boxes. One for multi-stranding giant crochet work-this is the yarn that either is cheap and nasty, useless on its own or bought in a job lot with no purpose. Then I have yarns for small items like toys. This is colour sorted within the box. Then I have chunky yarn for slippers I am going to make as presents(!) in addition I have a picnic suitcase and a large wicker bag with all the really lovely and expensive yarns. Plus a cloth bag with yarns for Christmas projects. I have labelled the boxes and kept out yarn for what I want to make next. ( I have a small flat and lots of other creative materials. They are fairly organised in piles of plastic boxes. The organisation of the boxes depends on the latest obsessions, recent ones being card making ( stamping, die cutting, embossing etc) and bracelets. The storage of the things I need for these is nearest the top!)

rioysd:

昨日の中野手作り市で買ったおばあちゃん手作りふきんの刺繍ネコが可愛すぎる。


Sometimes the simplest things are the best.

rioysd:

昨日の中野手作り市で買ったおばあちゃん手作りふきんの刺繍ネコが可愛すぎる。

Sometimes the simplest things are the best.

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Some beautiful yarn I wish I had kept the label of! I got it a while ago at a show and have no idea where to get any more! It is lovely to work with and looks lovelier with every unravel.

More Poplar street art.

More Poplar street art.

This is my first piece of Tunisian crochet. Also called Afghan crochet. It has always been a mystery to me but yesterday when buying a giant crochet hook, which is extra long so you can do this stitch on it, the woman I bought it from gave me a demonstration. It is not difficult at all! In one of my crochet books it points out that there are four convenient holes where you can add cross stitch so I did that too. If I want to make things this way that are wider than this I will have to get a proper hook, rather than converting a short one by wrapping the end with an elastic band.

Tiny crocheted Christmas pudding on giant crocheted scarf. (24mm hook!)