Basically everything. I’ve been on a knitting and felting kick lately. I finished the slippers for my daughter AND HER 13 FRIENDS! She wanted their crab logo on them and I tried all sorts of techniques to make crabs: cross stitch; felted appliqué; and knit. I used BigPhil, my bulky knitting machine to knit the clogs flat, sewed them together and felted them in the washer. Then I embellished them with various crabs.
Here’s the lot of them,
I tried a pair of mittens using a similar technique.
I finished the cat beds but sadly, my older cat, Loki, only used his briefly before he died just after Thanksgiving. His first diagnosis was wrong but obviously something was brewing.
I have a few more slippers up my sleeve but have moved on to weaving. I finished twisting all the ends to my lovely overshot sampler shawl this morning.
Then I got to real work. I am making my new grandson’s christening gown from a Handwoven pattern. 724 ends of fine 20/2 cotton. I was able to warp 3 threads at a time (I used a rigid heddle clamped to the table as a warping paddle) and it was a breeze. A few of those threads snapped while getting it on the loom but after a morning repairing broken threads I was off and weaving. I’m using fine silk as the weft and it is stunning.
The clutter of my workroom is an insight into my scrambled mind. I’ve started a quilt; am in the process of weaving bands for more slippers; making more slippers; considering a few sewing projects…
I have almost made it 12 months without buying any clothes for me and it was a lot easier than I thought. I made 5 camisoles from alpaca, merino, silk fibers and they fit, are comfortable and make a great first layer. I also made a pair of shorts, and some socks.
My earth oven has been shelved until the spring. I spent a day last weekend building the form with sand then covering it with mud. It looked great but I made the cardinal mistake of not sampling the clay enough. When I shoveled out the 3 wheelbarrowfulls of sand and lit a fire within, the roof collapsed as the too-wet clay mixture defrosted.