>Cream Bolero Progress

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front with lace edge
sideI have the body part of this jacket done.  I made it longer which means I probably can’t make another out of the yarn I have sort of sad feeling about that.  But I would not have worn this where it hit on my body so it is good and I am happy with where this is at currently.  The lace is all done for the body area.  Just two sleeves left to make on this plus the lace that goes around the sleeves maybe one more day and this will be done.  I have only been working on it for a few days so it is a pretty easy project.  It does have mistakes in the pattern so if you go to make this go to crochet’s home page for errata or the ravelry one to find the errata for it.  i did not know a bout the errata till after I had already worked through the area with the issue so since I knew I was going to modify the pattern for more length any way I just did my mods sooner as apposed to later.
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>WIP Cream jacket

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sidefrontHere is one of my wips (works in progress).  It is a cream silk opera jacket the pattern is in the current “Crochet” magazine. If you want to see the image from the magazine go here but it won’t be the pattern just the image.
I got this silk yarn thrifting 4 balls of it for a total of 3 dollars for all of them not each.   Not a bad price at all for 100% silk yarn that is super soft to the touch.  (Update: I decided to look on line and found the exact same yarn for 160.00 that would include shipping a very good find indeed)
The pattern called for 500 grams of the requested cotton yarn.  I didn’t want to go buy anything for this and I only had only 450 grams of this well I guessed it would work and I could just shorten the sleeves if need be.  I guess I will not have to worry about that though. So far I have used 1 ball and about 10 yards of the next and I am already half way done.  So I am guessing that cotton yarn is way heavier than silk.  Meaning per gram I have more yardage than the  cotton did.  Sso I will have more yardage and less weight a nice spring jacket which is just what I wanted.  Also I will still have the left over silk yarn to play with.
In the pattern this is the point where I am supposed to add the lace edge but I want mine to be more closed in the front and longer in the back so I am going to modify the pattern.  As long as the outer edge is divisible by 18 ( which is what the lace edging uses) I can make it longer and that is an easy thing to do.
I am thinking if I have enough yarn left over I might try making one similar to this but knitted since knitting lake less yarn than crochet I am thinking it may just work.  The pattern only comes in crochet but how hard can it be really to make it knitted.  I already know how the crochet one was constructed so it should be easy peasy watch I will be wrong ;o).

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>gloves to bow

>new hair bow
I started to make a pair of lace gloves Sunday made out of size 40 thread and a size 14 steel crochet hook.  It just kept not being right but I kept working at it  thinking it is my imagination It is a pattern I have not done before so I just don’t know where it is going yet right.  Once I got the front of 3 fingers done on both hands.  I just kept looking at them thinking these still look a little big and even if it has a mesh that goes around the back of the fingers that will pull them tighter and shorter it is still not going to be right.  So debating if I wanted to frog 8 hours of work  and start over  well I decided I would start over.  I couldn’t bring myself to frog what I had done to much time with such small thread.  So then I debated on putting it in my sampler book as just an oh well learning experience sort of memory.  Then I was playing with it and decided that it would make an OK bow for my kids hair.  So I got out an elastic for the hair and stated crocheting it too it and pulling the back of the hands parts in  and left the finger parts dangling for ribbon tails for the bow.  This is probably the most expensive hair item I have ever made on accident.  I have made things much more elaborate for the hair that I meant to make and so it was expected.  But when I thought I was making me new fine lace gloves for Easter and I end up with a little girls hair bow something just seems missing.  IMGP3203bowI will go back to making those gloves again.  But probably not till Saturday or Sunday when I sit down to watch the LDS General conference meetings with my family.  In the end I get happy children as they get a new item to wear that mom made so all is good with hugs and kisses from three little girls who get something new.  Wish I had taken a picture of it before I turned it into the bow so you could see from where to where it went.  When I make the next set I will stop at the point that I was at and post what these looked like before it became a bow.  Images from Beetlejuice keep going through my head now.  If you have seen the movie you might know why.

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here are the photos of what the fingers of the glove looked like before becoming the hair bow.

 back palmback fingers looking like a bow

>Update Japan quilts

>Chinese / Japanese New YearGo to the link below to get all the news on how this went.  When everything is done quilts and kits and binding I think the count was 78 quilts for Japan.  Thanks ladies and a few gentlemen for helping.
http://www.aprilrosenthal.com/2011/03/23/quilts-for-japan-the-recap/#comment-520
If you still want to help and didn’t get a chance go here there is still time and you don’t have to live near me to do it either.
http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/blogs/insideqn/2011/03/18/call-for-quilts-for-japan/ 

These photos are from other bloggers that had been there that day.  My photos did not come out well.

My little niece helping out with the white flower head band and April’s Mom at the machine (April is the one that coordinated this  event) and my middle daughter the orange blurr. Photos from the blog of Tea Rose Home not my photos.

I straightened the quilts up so we could all get a good photo for our blogs well mine didn’t come out so these are from Gracious Rain‘s blog post.   Not my photo but it is my work in folding and straightening and a few of those are the ones I tied on too.

Another photo from tea rose home with me and my family in them.  That is me in the back in white with black gloves on for tieing for 8 hours.  My sister law in the black leather jacket next to me and another niece in the hat front right with another sister on law next to her in the black sweater.  I also have nephew the blue blurr next to the sister in law in the black sweater and my three daughter here at this time helping.  My husband came at the end to haul stuff to April’s vehicles.   It was a family thing for us.
Me and my husband and 3 daughters
3 sister in laws and 2 nieces and 2 nephews
12 Harbaughs that is one great family I have I love them so much

another blogger there diary of a quilter 

>Quilts for Japan…Help needed

>There are people who need help, and warmth. Lets help them. This was not my doing but I want to help and go and contribute so it doesn’t matter a good idea is a good idea. My little family of five was talking Monday night about what we could do to help the people in Japan. I said I wish I knew how to donate fabric for quilts we prayed for answers for what we could do. Today my sister in law sent me an email with this information in it so here we go.

Saturday, March 19th

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

1075 W 1100 N (church building)
Orem, Utah

Come tie quilts to be donated to Japan. If you have twin or larger sheets, batting, or yarn you can donate, bring those as well. If you already have quilts made that you want to donate bring them and drop them off. If you have quilt tops made that you will never finish here is a good place to put them to use. If you bring some already done quilts and find me there I will have some of my yo-yo crochet books available to give out (I will sign them if you like) as a thank you coming with one or more pre-done quilts (meaning tied bound and ready to go) I will do that till I run out of my books I think I have about 15 left. Hope to see you there. Sorry if i run out of books but it is the service that maters most as there are people in need. But I wanted to say thank you in a small way.

Cookies provided. 🙂

Anyone who comes to help for at least an hour, or who donates materials will be entered to win a prize.

Please, if you’re in the Utah valley area, consider coming to help, if you’re not in the area, please donate as you are able to whatever relief effort you can.

Comment with any questions. Pass the word along to anyone who is willing to help.

Thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

more information here and here
updates here on this project

>To cut or not to cut…

>all of itfrontI got this serape about 5 years ago at a thrift store for about 3 to 5 dollars.   I held on to it becasue I love the bright colors on the embroidery.  This is vintage probably from the 60’s or 70’s.  I have seen similar ones on the internet for between 175 dollars and 200 dollars. It said it is made out of wool so I had hopped it would felt and make a nice thick fabric to make a pencil skirt or suit skirt out of.
neck area
detail May still make the skirt but it would not be as warm as I had hoped it would be becasue it did not felt at all trust me I tried several times.  So here is my question is it a bad idea to cut up this.  I know it has a ton of embroidery in it and I know I will never wear it as a serape. I would wear it as a skirt.  Should I feel bad about cutting into this piece of fabric and in that process tossing some of the embroidery.  I really would like some feedback on this. There are more photos of this on flickr sorry I had a hard time getting a good photo of it.

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>Bits of this and that

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bits and pieces

I have been working on little ideas here and there some I can’t show some I can.  A little knitting a little crochet some hairpin lace and such.  These are the accumulation of the projects I have been caring around with me over the last little bit.
knitting lace 2 cuffs
knitting lace cuff startedI am thinking this pink knitted lace will become the cuffs of a knitted sweater.  I am still just trying to get rid of this pearl cotton I have made several things with it.  It was a thrift shop find and it has gone on way longer than expected.  This is a large pearl cotton not sure exactly what size other than the label info. UKI, dk fuchsia, number 56, size 5/, lot 2017

irish lace maybe gloves 
Have not totally decided what these will be yet but I am leaning towards the cuffs of a set pink gloves.  This is size 30 antique crochet thread another thrift shop find on the thread.
 irish lace collar started
This is some more Irish lace I have been playing with I am thinking this will be the collar of a shirt I am thinking of starting. This to is vintage thread and by the looks of the cone I could probably make a few shirts and this amount of flowers didn’t even make a dint in the size of the cone.  Thread made by Winton (3 ply) lusterite mercerized 6000 yards 1519 eggshell.

 irish lace copy of needle lace

This one is an experiment as well but this is done in size 8- tatting thread another thrifting find the thread that is.

hairpin lace in the works 
This is size 10 thread (hey look new thread but it was on clearance) and I am 

making hairpin lace I am thinking this is the start of a skirt depending if I don’t get sick of making the lace.  The hairpin fork is an antique store find.

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