I thought I would share a picture of this lovely scarf that my sister-in-law made for me as a Christmas gift. The colours are my favorites and the scarf is just beautiful. My SIL made a scarf for each of the women in our family so that we all got one at our annual Christmas dinner. The remarkable thing is that she matched each scarf to the owner’s personality. Everyone that came to dinner was wearing a top that matched the colours in her scarf, I was amazed at how observant she is that she could do this. I guess some people just have the knack, L certainly does.
The scarf is made up of a number of lengths of different yarns and then knotted at either end. Very simple to do but I think the talent is in choosing the various yarns that go together. I thought this would be really expensive to make but she said that most of the yarn she bought was from the dollar store. This impressed me to no end because I’d be paying out the $4.99 a ball at the craft store, so I’ll be keeping an eye out at the local shop from now on.
Close-up of individual yarn threads.
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Well I’ve been busy this week mostly just repeating myself knitting more scarves and making more Christmas towel holders. I’ve Teddy E Bear modeling again since he is a most excellent subject and is always co-operative.
The yarn I used for this scarf is called Fun Fur Stripes by Lion Brand Yarns. I didn’t realise when I bought it that the yarn would work out into stripes, it was on sale and I liked the colour so I grabbed it. It reminds me of a big fuzzy caterpillar.
I’m off to visit my daughter to have my eyes checked. She is an optometrist so for a Christmas present I asked if she could have a look at them and if possible I’d be most grateful for any discount that she might be able to get on the glasses. We’ll see I’m not sure if she can get anything off but I’m always hopeful. She asked what I wanted for Christmas and I said having to put up with me during an examination and fitting would be gift enough. She didn’t argue as I’ve been having rotten luck trying to adapt to my failing eyesight.
At a certain age you begin to lose the ability to focus close-up. I’ve always had problems with seeing in the distance but now my near vision is going as well so now I’m into the dreaded bifocals. Last time I went, the optometrist gave me some progressives – they didn’t go over very well. I’ve managed not to wear them for a year and a half but my old faithful glasses finally “kicked the bucket” as in the arm of the frame finally gave way.
I’ve tried contacts – you can get bifocal contacts but my brain couldn’t adjust to those – and I’ve had a hard time with plain contacts as well. If you wear the contacts for distance then you have to have a pair of reading glasses handy so you can see close up. It always seems blurry when I wear the contacts, it almost seems like my eyes produce too much moisture and it gets in the way. So as you can tell, asking Jen to look at my eyes is no little thing.
The day is nice and sunny so hopefully the drive will be a good one coming and going. There is a stretch along the way that’s nasty if it’s snowing so hopefully we won’t get any blowing snow.
Damp miserable rainy day today but I don’t care seeing as how little rain we’ve had all spring and summer so I’m glad that were getting some. Most of the leaves have fallen now and if it were a little colder I’d be complaining about snow instead.
I finally finished my “Where’s Waldo” scarf for Jonathan yesterday, it only took me a year to do so. I’m not sure it will be a surprise since he may have seen the yarn sitting around the house but then again it may not have occured to him that I was using the wool to knit him up something. Waldo is Jonathan’s nickname and he and his friends are so used to using it that people have mistaken it for his last name, which he thinks is a hoot.
Ted E Bear modelling the “Where’s Waldo” scarf
Today I decided to try out the Shiva irridescent paintstiks I had ordered from Dharma. I didn’t want to waste any of my good fabric so I decided to practise on some spare white fabric I have. First off, I tried using the rubbing plates. This is the same idea as putting a sheet of paper over a penny and rubbing a pencil on top of it to get the design. I wasn’t too happy with the results but that wasn’t the paintstiks fault rather my own lack of expertise and the fact that I had tried out the method on a light fabric. You can see the colour easily enough but the shimmer doesn’t show because it needs a darker background to set the shine off. Next time I’ll have to practise on black.
Next I practised using the paintstiks on some stencils I had purchased (being to lazy to make my own). This technique is fairly easy and the results were pretty good so I decided to use the stencil on a piece of fabric I had dyed at the same time as when I made the Indigo tank top the other day. The paintstiks that I had came in a primary set so the colour choices were yellow, red, orange, green, blue and brown. I didn’t really like any of the choices because they seemed to bright for the indigo so I decided to go muted and chose the blue. This actually turned out to be a good choice as it blended perfectly with the fabric. I also chose to use a japanese character stamp with gold Lumiere paint to fill in the spots inbetween the stenciled designs. It turned out quite pretty and has me thinking of larger things. You can’t see the shimmer because of poor photo quality but it is there.
Indigo fabric with blue irridescent Shiva paintstik and gold lumiere paint.