Helleborus Yoke

My fist sweater class was a little challenging  but it was so worth the effort.   I started the class in August at Yarnside Gathering in Pensacola, FL knowing we were moving before the class ended.  Today I was able to finish the sweater.  I was a little nervous about finishing it on my own but I am very pleased with the results.   Also I got brave and changed a few things in the pattern.  The collar and buttons bands were changed to match the arm and waist bands, which I think gives it a more uniformed look.  Three buttons were added instead of seven.  Navy Peacoat buttons were my choice, since we were in Pensacola at a Navy Base it seemed fitting.

The sweater is Helleborus Yoke by Mathew Gnagy.  His wonderful pattern was published in Winter/Spring 2010 issue of Knitscene.  Yarn used was Cascade Yarns Eco+ in color #0050.  My picture shows it as being a little gray but it is very black.

Introducing Purl…the quirky art doll.

I am going to host a swap at The Artists’ Nest for this doll.  Last year Roc called me after she read an article in Cloth Paper Scissors Nov/Dec 2009 issue about some really cool looking dolls.   I have been wanting to make this doll and hope others will join in the swap.  She started out pretty easy until I got to the point of turning the legs and arms inside out.  I adjusted the pattern and made some parts larger.  Only the body is stuffed on my doll.

Her body was ironed as flat as I get it,  her arms and legs were also pressed.  Then she was painted with acrylic paint,  lots of dry brushing over the main color.  Then I assembled her body and made clothes.  She really was fun to make.  She measures 15 inches in length.


I am back….we are finally settled into our new apartment in downtown San Antonio, TX.    We love this city and we are so happy to be near family and friends.   Since the unpacking is done I feel like I can relax enough to make things again.  Oh how I missed my paints, fibers, sewing machine, buttons, scraps of paper….etc  I could go on forever.

My old potholders have seen the last of their days.  Check out my new ones!

The pattern is the best with the double thickness makes a great potholder.  You can find this free pattern at The Boring Knitter.

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