Thursday, January 5, 2017

Artsy challenge catch up

Well, it looks like I fell behind on my Artsy Challenge posts, so let’s see if I can catch up.

Day 6, 12/28/2016

Worked some more on the blue knitted shawl.  Ended up ripping it apart as I didn’t like the way it was going.  Playing with patterns, not really my forte.

Day 7, 12/29/2016

This day I wasn’t really working on anything other than trying to get all of my supplies for doing Artsy things in order.

Day 8, 12/30/2016

I spent some time doing some naalbinding in the car as we were going to and from different places.  Can we just say it is frustrating when you are trying to join on a new length of yarn and instead of joining onto the working yarn on the item you join the ends of the new length together.  I even joined them so well I couldn’t find the join to take it apart and try again.  Yay me! Boo!

Day 9, 12/31/2016

More naalbinding.

Day 10, 01/01/2017

Other than rearranging my livingroom I spent time working on knitting an ear warmer headband from wool.  Nice brown wool.

Day 11, 01/02/2017

Today’s Artsy project was working on a blue knitted headband.

Day 12, 01/03/2017

This day’s Artsy efforts involved getting a pattern ready for an undersmock for my Viking outfit.  Wow! Look at the time, surely I didn’t just spend 2-1/2 hours on this.  I thought I had only been working for about an hour.

Day 13, 01/04/2017

My effort here was on cutting out and sewing together the undersmock from some cream colored linen in a medium weight.  I have to make some adjustments to it as the armscye holes are a little too large due to the shoulders being too wide.  Luckily this is just a bit of a take in.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Artsy Challenge, Day 5

Took time to work on my other blog Muirgheins A&S 50 where I post all of my class handouts and other projects (instructional).  Made several posts on my project from this just past A&S season, the Asle Ta mitten from Sweden.  Thought to be a 3rd to 4th century naalbinded mitten it turned out to be from the 16th century.  If you would like to read more you can check out those blog entries here.

Got home and started back on working on a pair of naalbinded mittens done in the Finnish stitch.  The grey wool is nice and thick so these mittens will be nice and warm for whomever ends up with them.


Artsy Challenge - Day 4

There was not much to report on the artsy front for the day.  I sat and knitted on the shawl I had started the day before while my laundry was running.  Use those in-between times when you are waiting on other things to happen and see how much you really do get done.

Happy Boxing Day to those who celebrate.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Day 3 - Christmas Day and Knitting a Shawl in the Car

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.

Day 3 of the Artsy Challenge saw me enjoying Christmas morning with my family.  I made breakfast, opened presents with the grandsons, and then watched the Disney Christmas parade on television.

I wasn't expecting to get any artsy time in at all yesterday.  It turns out I had plenty of time to be artsy yesterday.  Once the presents had been opened and the parade had been watched we all traveled to the other Grandmother's house to have Christmas with her.

I grabbed some yarn and knitting needles to take with me.  I spent the time going starting a shawl.  After we came home last night I spent a few hours knitting while watching the oldest grandson play with Lincoln Logs.

I think I'm going to call this the bumps and chains shawl.  On one edge it has chains down the side and on the other it has bumps.  If you would like the simple pattern it can be found on my other blog here.



Saturday, December 24, 2016

Day 2 - The Serk Startup

So, to start off the Artsy Challenge I am making a Viking outfit based on the Haithabu finds.

Was reading up at urd.priv.no/serk.html on the finds and her efforts to create her own set oof garments.  After reading her site, I have decided that I am going to try my hand at the same style serk (tunic).  Check out her page for information and her pattern.

I went to Joann's today and picked up a few more items for stockings.  You'd be surprised what you can find in there for the non-crafty people.  While I was there I found a lovely fabric for my serk.  It's linen and the color is "potting soil".  I kid you not.


I finalized my pattern for my serk.  I most likely will not get anything artsy accomplished tomorrow as it is Christmas Day.  I am hoping to layout and cut the pattern on Monday.  My goal is to have this done by next weekend.  We'll see what happens.

All in all, I calculate that I spent about an hour being Artsy today.