Thursday, February 23, 2017

Back in Time - Campsite Games

campsite games
August 1999
August 1999, nearly all of my family gathered for a week-long camping trip at the Worthen Meadows campground above Lander, Wyoming. The North Dakota and Minnesota group rented a large RV and drove to Wyoming for the reunion. The Colorado and Wyoming group brought two large tents.

We played card games at the campsite on the days when the fish weren't biting or when everyone was tired of hiking. We also played bocce ball and frisbee.

Shown at the table, playing cards: Brenda (CO), Katie and Bruce (MN), Chris and Stephanie (WY). Paul (ND) can be seen in the background, and Evelyn (ND) is seated on the right.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Two Step QAL - Clues 1 & 2

Two Step Mystery Quilt Along
February 2017
In January, when I saw a mystery quilt along featuring scraps, I decided to participate. On Sunday, I pulled red and blue scraps out my scrap bins for 2.5, 4.5, 5, 6.5 inch pieces and astonishingly found enough for the Two Step Mystery quilt. Other than resizing the 6.5 inch squares into 5.75 inch squares, no fabric (other than the white background) required cutting.

January Clue #1
48 strip sets
(24 blue/white; 24 red/white)
Clue #1 was easy and fast with chain-stitching.

February Clue #2
making hour glass blocks
February's clue was more involved, requiring marking and careful stitching, cutting, and squaring.

February Clue #2
48 hour-glass blocks
Two Step Mystery Quilt Along
Clues #1 & 2 complete
It's not too late to join in the fun. Clues #1 and 2 can easily be completed before the next clue is released on the third Friday of March.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Clue #3 - Mysterious Sewing

(56) three-patch sections
(140) 3.5 inch squares
Clue #3 was released on Friday, and the components quickly came together. Hopefully, the pieces will start falling into place soon.

Earlier clues can be seen here.

Monday, February 20, 2017

DIY Niddy Noddy

wool yarn reclaimed from thrift shop sweaters
before washing
Since I'm presenting a program at the March Fiber Guild meeting on reclaiming yarn from wool sweaters, I thought it would be a good idea to start gathering the items I'd need and deconstruct a sweater to refresh my mind.

I started reclaiming the wool in 2007 from wool sweaters that were purchased (some shown in this earlier post) in Denver thrift shops.

Once washed, the reclaimed wool could not be distinguished from that purchased in a yarn shop. Some of the wool I reclaimed can be seen in this post. The reclaimed wool has been used in a variety of projects for charities and for gifts.

Projects I made using reclaimed wool: 
    Vests for children in cold climates - here, here, here, here
    Cowls - here and here
    Hats and helmet liners for the military - herehere and here
    Christmas stockings   here and here
When I first started reclaiming wool, I tried every possible way to wind the wool into hanks so it could be washed. My first attempts were time-consuming, and I've since discovered that a niddy noddy can reduce the time investment considerably. What? You've never heard of a niddy noddy?

.5 inch PVC pipe
(4) 4.5 inch sections, (1) 12" section
(4) caps and (2) "T" sections
A wooden niddy noddy can be expense, so I made my niddy noddy for less than $5, and it took less time to assemble it than it took to purchase the components. The gentleman at ACE Hardware even cut the pipe to the specifications I found on this post.
three assembled sections of the niddy noddy
The center section is the one that determines the length of the hank and is interchangeable. I measured my swift and determined that I needed no larger than a 60" hank, so the center section of pipe is 12" in length.
forming a hank on a niddy noddy
note that one end is turned 90 degrees
The yarn will be crinkly and curly when it is raveled from the sweater. The niddy noddy provides just enough tension to create the hank length desired. At the four "legs" of the niddy noddy, the yarn will be secured with a figure-eight tie. This keeps the yarn from tangling when it is washed.

Directions on how to use the niddy noddy can be found here.
four-ounce hank of wool, reclaimed from one sweater sleeve.
The hank of yarn shown in this photo has been washed and the kinks have been removed. All of the yarn in the hank was reclaimed from one sleeve of the sweater. The yarn on the niddy noddy is from the sweater front and will be more than 4 ounces. The strand of yarn shows how kinky/curly it is after raveling. Soaking the wool in soapy, warm water for about 40 minutes removes most of the kinks. Do not agitate the wool while washing, rinse and gently squeeze the excess water from the wool. It can be spun in the washer (inside a mesh bag) to remove more water and to speed up drying time. Hand Wash and Line Dry only.

gauge can be determined before reclaiming yarn
It's a good idea to determine the gauge of the sweater before raveling all the pieces. From the gauge, I can also determine the approximate needle size - this knit was probably done with size 7 or 8 needles.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Addictive Knitting

four baby hats finished; two started
February 2017

Knitting these little hats is addictive! Kathy's scrap yarn is being knit into newborn hats for the Public Health nurses to distribute.

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