The 'before' picture did not get taken; one of those situations when the 'after' picture prompts the thought but by then it is too late.
This basket was filled with bits and pieces of fleece that had been collecting - orts of sorts.
Then they all got spun into this one ball like an 'end of day' object that I believe glass blowers sometimes make.
It is full of energy, overspun with enthusiasm, waiting on whatever it is meant to be. I am thinking a vessel of some kind that will shape the energy but not tame it. Possibly in a crochet. Or extreme embroidery on a loosely knit grid. What comes to mind and hands is to somehow sculpt it ..... Hmmmmm.
The light caught the cover on the printer in a way that made me notice it - the cover - a rug, actually, handknit many years ago and having done duty as a rug, now protecting the printer from indoor and outdoor dust in an indoor/outdoor house.
I like catching such 'glimpses' of things that satisfy, that please. Something handknit is such a thing.
I was steeking a sweater to turn it from pullover to cardigan, sewing along the back from neck hole to waist line, using the free arm of the machine, when it suddenly occurred to me........ if I turned the machine 90 degrees to the right so I was sighting and siteing along the free arm instead of across it.......it would make far more sense.
All I would need to do was turn the needle mechanism, pressure foot, feed dogs etc. 90 degrees as well.
Hmmm........ second thought........ why not have a base that could swivel.
Maybe such a machine already exists?????!!!!!!!
The sweater got steeked and soon will replace the winter-weary sweater that has hugged the tree outside Koffii cafe on Haultain at Belmont for many montths.
The intent of 'clothing' the tree with a sweater is to honour fibre and its expression, to indicate that KIP'ing (Knitting in Public and now that the weather is warming KIPO'ing - Outdoors) takes place at least twice a week at the coffee shop, and to have fun.
I got the sweater at a church thrift shop this morning. It is gorgeous, handknit, cheerful, spring-like.
Perhaps the person who made it will be passing Koffii one day and see the sweater and be honoured that his or her work is now gracing a tree.
A simple sock recipe, the woodsman socks let the yarn be featured.
Socks have leaped giant steps from what would have depended from the needles of our ancestors into amazing patterns, astounding colours, incredible content such as bamboo, banana leaf, silk and soy etc.
Worthy of showing and sharing.
I would love to see a Sock Day where sandals would be donned, pant legs lifted, feet put up proudly on stools or chairs. Socks need to come out of shoes where their glory is mostly hidden.
Start with a piece of material. This is a length of cotton canvas, 56 inches by 72 inches.
A corner is chosen and folded down to become the bodice, the depth of the fold determined by folding in the two sides to the desired width of the finished garment.
With the intent of clothing as architecture housing the body comfortably, utilizing the body's natural heating and cooling systems, the fit is roomy. The material is wrapped to the width.
Now the neck and armholes are chalked - approx 8 inches for the neck, 12 inches for the arms.
The desired length (approx) is measured and the situation assessed to see if the folds have resulted in a pleasing look. They have. This would be more a consideration in a fabric with a pattern or design, of course, and some tweaking then could have been necessary.
Cutting the armholes and the neck.
Pinning where the two front edges meet the initial triangle. The fringed seam will be seen; the other one hidden. Then they are machine sewn.
Pinning below the opening for the pocket and stopping about eight inches up from the bottom to allow for a kick pleat. Machine stitched.
Front view of the material hanging below the desired length having been pinned up ; safety pins are now used because trying-ons are much easier (and safer) with such closures rather than straight pins.
The shoulders have also been pinned into two options - the pagoda (on left in photo) or a slanted pinch seam.
Back view of extra material being pinned to desired length.
The density and weight of the material which determines the hang led to curving the neckline at the back until it looked and felt right in a try-on.
The extra material at the bottom being cut off, the scissors slicing into the curves. (With the first wearing the bottom edge began to fray nicely from the canvas cloth which is a fairly tight weave and the fringe is a lighter shade and more random than the front seam)
This is what the piece of cut away material looked like.
The garment is now turned inside out and where the fabric meets it is machine sewn - or not - to form a pocket(s)
The pagoda shaped shoulder was chosen and then the extra material cut away to give a width at shoulders that was more balanced both in breadth and weight.
Once finished it was soaked in hot water and then hung, dripping wet, to dry to take out the fabric folds but leave the natural crinkle of the cotton. (Wrinkle energy is fascinating and I am just discovering that science is looking into it)