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Crafty Wednesday

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Since the spin in last weekend and the completion of the Tunis/FinnXJacob yarn, I stalled on spinning for a few days.  Last February, just before David took his stock of Green Dragon yarn and roving to Hawk’s Nest, he had the most luscious hanks of Random Colors-Merino for spinning.  He sold every last one of the ones he had made but since they were so popular, he made more for his shop.  A couple of weeks ago, I purchased one to try and it is so delightful to spin.  The one I purchased has rather muted colors, maroon, teal, camel with shades of lighter colors that blend into a wonderful single.  The Merino is so soft and the fiber is long enough to make the drafting smoother and consistent.  The colors of the single are interesting on the bobbin and I can’t decide what to do with it to not dilute the beautiful colors.  It could be Navajo plied, but that significantly reduces the yardage of finished yarn.  I’m afraid that plying two bobbins of it together will muddy the finished yarn.  Maybe I should ply it with a solid, fairly dark neutral.  The hank of roving is 100 grams.  My single is fine, so the yarn is going to be lightweight.

Spinner readers, any suggestions?

Tonight is knit night.  Jim is taking his motorcycle over to the dealer to get his Tour Pack installed and I am a bit leery of taking my car as the other day it acted as though the starter motor may be failing.  I guess if it does, I’m only a few hundred yards from the Honda dealer and Jim can come get me after knitting in his car once he gets home on his bike.

Make It Better

As I sold all of my interchangeable knitting needles and ordered fixed circular knitting needles, I needed storage.  Interchangeables come in clever compact cases that hold the tips and the cables, but fixed circulars come in individual packages and when they arrive, I will have 2 lengths of 10 sizes, a potential snake’s nest if put in a basket.  I have spent a couple of hours searching through Etsy looking for a solution.  I know what I want, something that resembles a CD case and I was willing to pay someone else to design and make it, but I couldn’t find anything that wasn’t either a roll or much larger than I desired.

My other desire was a means to make my favorite go to bag more organized.

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This bag is a leather tote from Duluth Trading Company, it is my travel tote, my knitting bag, carries my wallet, tablet, notepad, small case with lotion bar, lip balm, comb, pens, camera, and a shawl or scarf.  The bag is 12 x 4 x 13.5 with a zipped top.  Because of its size, it swallows my tiny wallet and keys.  One of my friends used to have a business making bags and she put a liner in them that had pockets around the perimeter.  I sew, but my machine isn’t heavy enough to sew through the liner and the leather.  After approaching this friend, she agreed to help me sew the lining in if I made what I wanted.

Today turned into a craft day as I tackled these two problems after some planning last night and a trip to the fabric store today.

First, I tackled the liner.  I bought a firm drapery fabric, measured twice, cut once and formed just what I wanted.  It is temporarily basted into the bag until I can get with my friend to sew it in place.

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The other project was accomplished with quilting quarters, scraps from the bag liner, and a few inches of synthetic leather.  I still need to sew the button and leather loop on, but it is colorful and I think will fulfill my needs.  The supplies for both projects ended up costing less than a needle case on Etsy that would have been less satisfactory to me.

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