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The weather is nice enough here to take photos outdoors again! I’ve been busy, knitting, dyeing, spinning… you know, me stuff. 🙂

First up we have a felted bowl from

    One Skein

I made the largest size, and it really ended up being too long, so I just folded it over. Simple enough solution. It was waaaay fast and easy to knit. Took me a night to knit, wouldn’t this be a great present? Maybe with ribbon woven into the sides? I used the recommended Lamb’s Pride Bulky. I really like how it turned out, that yarn always felts well. I shaped it over a mixing bowl from Ikea. It is now in my dining room, on my hutch, holding my scented things refill packs (yannow, Febreeze Noticables, Glade Scented Oils…).

Next up:
Yarn of course! It’s superwash sock yarn, dyed in chocolate, seafoam green, and ecru. With the natural white of the yarn showing in, too, because I like it that way. I dye it that way on purpose using the Jelly Jar/Stock Pot method. Works the best for me- no mess, no fuss, just mix dye, put water in the jars and the stock pot, then put already wet yarn in like so:

After about 45 minutes simmering time, the dyebaths are exhausted and a little color creeps up into the white (this was a photo early on). Later, I decided I hated the pink, and dyed that the chocolate color after it had dried. I really like the final results! I am giving half to a swap buddy and saving half for myself.


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**EDIT** WordPress made my pictures look icky in the thumbnails, click for big for a clear photo.

Imagine Wikipedia only for knitting, and you’ve got KnitWiki! Isn’t that neat? Yes. I couldn’t save it for next Tuesday. But I will repost then, too, just in case anyone misses it.

Okay. My feet are always freezing. What is up with that?

And on my own craft front, I have four! WIPs.

First off is a baby hat I am making for the lelah.etsy.com shop, made out of my hand-dyed yarn, in my Cloud colorway. Picot edging! Yey!


Here is my second WIP, my Japelesque jade sweater. Almost to the ribbing!


And a sewing project! Simplicity 4077, view D. See Elizabeth’s here (scroll down). Mine will be out of a really pretty light grey print, almost an understated kimono fabric. But this is calico, because who doesn’t love calico fabric?

And my last one, well, I will post it when I am finished. 🙂 It’s my quilt school practice piece. I only have to do the shamrock, then I am done. Just in time for me favorite holiday in March, St. Paddy’s Day.

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I Like It A Lot Tuesday is back! This is just a list of things I like that I have seen on the interwebs craft blogs. It is a weekly thing, and as always, send your favorites to me, too: lelaholender at gmail dot com.

In random order:

Fluff-a-licious Podcast! Done by Barbe St John and Natasha Fialkov, two artists that are very prolific, and very knowledgeable about their art and crafts. And products. I love products. Links to their awesome blogs are on the podcast site. Anyway, this is #1, so it’s pretty unprofresh *technically*, but it has the makings of being really good, as the content is really good. And plus I love Natasha’s accent, I grew up not too far from her in Ohio, and it reminds me of home.

On Dear Megan, a day in the life is chronicled. However, if you can stop looking at the cutie pie little kid, you’ll see really neat quilted/appliqued Australias. Neat.

How Hello Yarn Thrums.

Gracious Parcels. Lookit the pretty squares! How easy to help them out, too– just a 7″ square. Easy enough to do.

As always, the amazing quiliting of Jude, but this time, constellations!

Pippi’s booties for grown ups look amazing.

Etsy Rules! Scissorina pimps some etsy.com shops she loves.

I need to make one now. God bless WhipUp.

This is an awesome reconstructed shirt. Damn, girl! Amazing job.

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I think on Tuesdays I will do a list of favorite fiber-related blog entries by other people, with a little review of why so awesome. Of course, anyone who reads this blog can contribute, if they see something worth mentioning. Please e-mail me your link at lelaholender at gmail dot com.

And of course, look here later today for my favorites this week!!!!

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I looked all over the web for knitted hearts. The ones I found were really awfully written patterns, where maths were wrong and purl and knit rows were mixed up. One even gave me a band-aid shaped heart. Which is so not a heart.

So I spun up some yarn yesterday, randomly striped:

And made up this pattern:
I recommend interchangeable needles, for dividing sts later.
With any yarn, and the corresponding needle size, Cast on 2 stitches.

Row 1: K2
Row 2: P2
Row 3: K1, M1, K1
Row 4: P3
Row 5: K1, M1, K until last 2 sts, M1, K1.
Row 6: Knit 4.

Continue to knit this way until you get to the widest part of the part of the bottom triangle (Imagine a heart a triangle with two half-circles inverted on top). I did it until I reached 20 sts. Should you reach an odd number of stitches, like I did when I skipped an M1, Just take your number of sts, minus 1, then divide by two. Knit across from that number, then do a M1. Put the rest of the sts on a holder.

First half of heart, or first half-circle:
Put left side of sts onto holder (I put ten sts on). Keep Right half of triangle on your needles.
Row 1: (Right half of triangle) K1, P2tog, K to last 2 sts, K2tog, K1
Row 2: Purl across
Row 3: When you have six stitches on the needles: K1, K2tog, K2tog, K1 (4 sts).
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: K2tog, K2tog, BO the two stitches.

Repeat these last rows on left side of heart.
Weave in all ends.



You can also make a smaller one to go on top, just use the ends to sew to the bottom heart:

I also used felt fusible interfacing to stiffen it up, and make it into a pin for my Grandma. 🙂

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