Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Chickadee!


I haven't done any knitting since last week. I think I'm having trouble committing enough to anything to cast on. Nothing seems to be calling my name, not even the slippers, which I haven't really needed thanks to this mild winter. Cold feet would probably motivate me.

I do, however, have some yarn to show you. A group of women are working to set up the Steel City Fiber Collective, and I contributed to their Kickstarter drive a few months ago. And then I forgot about it. So it was a very nice surprise to receive this gorgeous hand-dyed skein in the mail!

The only crafty thing I've accomplished lately is that little chickadee, and though it's definitely beginner's work, I'm pretty proud of it. (If anyone has any advice for a neater blanket stitch, or for cutting out small felt pattern pieces, I'm all ears!) I'm hoping to make another felt birdie for my brother's birthday (tomorrow ... we'll see if it happens). He's an amateur ornithologist, and I've been wanting to try my hand at felt ornaments, so when I stumbled upon an amazing collection of felt bird patterns, it seemed providential!

I have been doing quite a bit of reading. I got this book from a friend, and am enjoying it so far. I need more nonfiction for my Catholicism & Literature course, and this fits the bill!

Linking up with Ginny.


5 comments:

  1. the book looks really good :) that skein is gorgeous and it's fun to think about what you will knit!!

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  2. That bird is so cute! I've made a ton of felt ornaments for the kids over the years and I think it's really just practice that makes the stitches neater - eventually your hand just gets used to it and you get better at eyeballing distance. As for cutting, what kind of felt are you using? I've found some acrylic felt is really floppy and the pieces get misshapen after cutting - I need to invest in some nice wool felt to prevent this next time!

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  3. That bird is so cute! I've made a ton of felt ornaments for the kids over the years and I think it's really just practice that makes the stitches neater - eventually your hand just gets used to it and you get better at eyeballing distance. As for cutting, what kind of felt are you using? I've found some acrylic felt is really floppy and the pieces get misshapen after cutting - I need to invest in some nice wool felt to prevent this next time!

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  4. I love the bird! that is so cute. I want you to blog more about your new job!

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  5. You know I always use to see that book in various Catholic bookstores, and although the title intrigued me I never ended up picking it up. You'll have to tell me how it is.

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