Saturday, 21 February 2015

Two Golden Honeycomb Wash Cloth Patterns

Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth
 Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth
Over the last couple of weeks, as I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been in a bit of a wash cloth knitting frenzy. (Fifteen cloths in two weeks to be precise)  I don't know why, exactly,  but I do know that there is something uniquely satisfying about these quick projects.  Start and stop within a day.  No seams.  Two ends to quickly weave in, and Ta Dah!  project finished.   Not to mention trying out a different pattern  and colour each time.   Dish cloths are the crack cocaine of knitting.   Trust me,  once you start, it is pretty hard to kick the habit.  Or, at least I think it would be hard to kick the habit;   I haven't tried to quit yet.

In fact, I have come up with my own patterns to throw into the mix of the thousands of dish cloth, face cloth, spa cloth and wash cloth patterns.      The name thing drives me crazy.  Dish cloth vs Face cloth?  "Dish cloth" sounds so domestic (and I happen to use a brush to clean my dishes).  Face cloth  says nothing about your hands or any other body parts, and yet I am sure all body parts should be included.  "Spa cloth" sounds almost elite, and yet, I am not really sure what exactly that name refers to.  So, in the interest of my own sanity, these are Wash Cloths.  Do with them what you wish.
Purlwise Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth
Purlwise Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth


Purlwise Golden Honeycomb Wash Cloth: This is a large, thick and squooshy cloth.  It  has a rich and luxurious   feel, and  is highly textured, perfect for pampering yourself.

Materials:   1  50 gram ball of Worsted Weight Cotton.     I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton.
Needles:  5.5mm US 9 needles,  tapestry needle.  This is a very dense stitch.  If you use smaller needles your cloth becomes a nice pot holder.
Pattern:   Slip Stitch Honeycomb  Stitch
Gauge:  10 stitches per 2 inches.
Finished Size:  approx 8 x 8 inches
Notes:  The first stitch of each row is slipped knitwise. with yarn in back.  The last stitch of each row is purled.     Honeycomb Pattern stitches are slipped purlwise with yarn in back.

Instructions:
Loosely cast on 41 stitches.
Row 1 (rs):  Slip 1 (knitwise), knit 39 purl 1.
Row 2 (ws): Slip 1 (knitwise), (knit 1 slip 1)* repeat to last  2 stitches,  knit 1 purl 1.
Row 3 (rs):  Slip 1 (knitwise), knit 39 purl 1.
Row 4 (ws): Slip 1 (knitwise), knit 1, (knit 1, slip 1)* repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 2, purl 1.
Repeat these 4 rows until your cloth is square,  approx 8 inches.
Cast off.
Weave in ends.
Backside of Purlwise Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth
 Backside of Purlwise Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth
After I made two of the Purlwise version, I decided to try slipping the slip stitches Knitwise,  and the result is much different.
Knitwise Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth


Knitwise Golden Honeycomb Wash Cloth: This is a large, honey comb patterned cloth.  It  has a rich and luxurious   feel, and  is highly textured, perfect for pampering yourself.

Materials:   1  50 gram ball of Worsted Weight Cotton.     I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton.
Needles:  5.5mm US 9 needles,  tapestry needle.  This is a very dense stitch.  If you use smaller needles your cloth becomes a nice pot holder.
Pattern:   Slip Stitch Honeycomb  Stitch
Gauge:  10 stitches per 2 inches.
Finished Size:  approx 8 x 8 inches
Notes:  The first stitch of each row is slipped knitwise. with yarn in back.  The last stitch of each row is purled.     Honeycomb Pattern stitches are slipped knitwise with yarn in back.

Instructions:
Loosely cast on 41 stitches.
Row 1 (rs):  Slip 1 (knitwise), knit 39 purl 1.
Row 2 (ws): Slip 1 (knitwise), (knit 1 slip 1)* repeat to last  2 stitches,  knit 1 purl 1.
Row 3 (rs):  Slip 1 (knitwise), knit 39 purl 1.
Row 4 (ws): Slip 1 (knitwise), knit 1, (knit 1, slip 1)* repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 2, purl 1.
Repeat these 4 rows until your cloth is square,  approx 8 inches.
Cast off.
Weave in ends.


You might be wondering why there needs to be two patterns for this wash cloth.  Good question.  I didn't think there would be such a difference in results just because of the way the slipped stitches were slipped.    Purlwise slipping makes a thicker stretchier fabric, while  knitwise slipped stitches have a bit more structure, and more open honeycomb  holes and looks more delicate with pretty little holes in the honeycomb.    At this point I can't decide which way I like better.   I suggest you try them both and decide for yourself.  Consider it a knitting taste test.

Front of Knitwise Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth
I hope you enjoy knitting some HoneyComb Wash Cloths as much as I did.    I also hope it helps you to think of the bees and actively try to help them.   There is lots of information available on what to do to save the bees.  What we need is also lots of ACTION.



Blessings,
~ Feather ~

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Mermaids anyone?

My friend Angela,  the photographer whom I am always  mooching photo shoots from happens to like  Mermaids.  I guess it must be hard to photograph Mermaids,  as now she is digitally drawing them.  It seems to be faster to draw your own than to wait for a photo op!   And,  add in the fact that we are landlocked here on the prairies, it just makes sense to be creative.

You can see Angela's Mermaids here: Enchanted Mermaid Treasures , along with an entire collection of other peoples Mermaid inspired art, postcards, and things.

Enchanted Mermaid Treasures by Angela
Enchanted Mermaid Treasures by Angela

My Irish Grandmother used to tell me that mermaids were just seals sitting on rocks, and that the sailors only wished they were beautiful women in the sea.  This is the same Irish Grandmother who told my sister and I tales of Fairies,  Wee Folk, and of Giants.   Those, of course, were real.  Mermaids were not.    There,  I said it.  Lets see what kind of controversy this stirs up!

Frolicking in the Sea Blessings,
~Feather~


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Why so many Washcloths?

I don't know the answer to my question, but I can tell you I have made 8 washcloths in the past week. It all started because I saw a pretty pattern on Ravelry, and reached for a skein of cotton I had in the stash. The skein happened to be 340 g or 12 oz, which makes for an awful lot of dishcloths.

Hand knit wash cloths
Hand knit wash cloths 

Once started there is no turning back!  I think I will get to the end of this skein today,   The crazy thing is I just happen to have a second MonsterBall of cotton waiting on the sideline taunting me. Somehow, one just leads to another one, and so on, and so on.  It is easy knitting,  usually only taking a few rows to memorize the pattern, and then, easy mindless knitting.    I did sign up in a type of lottery on Ravelry, where each month a group of people each make a dishcloth, and at the end of the month, one person wins them all,  and we all send her the one we made.  Who knew there was such a social aspect to dishcloths?  

Hand knit wash cloths - Work in Progress
Hand knit wash cloths - Work in Progress
You can see the details of all my knitting projects on Ravelry, here in my Projects Page.  Currently there are 178 projects, 165 of them completed.   I like to keep track of the details online, so have listed yarn, needle size, start and finished dates and of course, the links to the patterns.  The Projects Pages might be my favourite part of Ravelry.com, and is very helpful in keeping me organized.

I do have other W.I.Ps to knit on; shawls and socks, gloves and bags, however this week it is all about the face cloths.  Oh yes, these are for faces, not dishes.  I am trying out as many different patterns as I can,  to see which I deem to be the best.  I have to take into consideration which are the best to knit, and of course the best to actually use.  There are over 10,000 dishcloth patterns listed on Ravelry.  Trust me, I will not be testing them all!

There is a new pattern forming in my mind, (not a dishcloth) but you will have to wait a bit to hear about that.

~ Feather~

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Felted Crystal Soap and Medicine Bag






Beadorh's Crystal Soap and Medicine Bag

Allow yourself to magically attune to crystals like never before while in an intimate space of no secrets. 


Wash away density while this rich soap soothes and cleanses your skin

The soap is handcrafted from simple natural ingredients

Canola Oil - rich in vitamin E and K to help reduce the signs of aging;  Coconut Oil - an excellent moisturizer, easily absorbed to soften, smooth and promote healing; and Cocoa Butter, the ultimate moisturizer, readily absorbed into the skin enriching it with calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper, iron, and Vit E; lye and water (lye + water + oils = soap)

Within, lie treasures cleared and charged by a Reiki Master

Obsidian - grounds,  protects, realigns, and aids in transformation,  Root Chakra
Carnelian - releases stress and trauma, enhances creativity, repairs the subtle body, Sacral Chakra
Tiger's Eye - powerful protection, soothes both physically and mentally, builds confidence, shifts energy, Solar Plexis Chakra
Rose Quartz - releases emotional stress, inspires feelings of love, uncovers underlying density associated with perception of self, Heart Chakra
Blue Sodalite - stabilizes emotions, clarifies perceptions, expands awareness, encourages peace and contentment, Throat Chakra
Clear Quartz - amplifies and strengthens the whole aura, cleanses and shifts energy, sharpens clarity and awareness, Third Eye Chakra
Amethyst - aids in integration, balances polarities, brings about a spiritual calm, aids in meditation and sleep, Crown Chakra

A perfect combination of healing crystals to clear and balance your chakras and soothe your soul. Your crystal soap has been felted in a bed of organic sheep's roving, making it both antibacterial and a great natural exfoliant along with extending the life of your soap. When the soap disappears, let the remaining "unique to you" sealed medicine bag dry. This powerful talisman, holding crystals attuned to you, makes a wonderful addition under any pillow allowing you to absorb the restorative essence of crystals while in a peaceful state. It tucks in pockets, drops into purses, or can hang around your neck allowing you to carry the support of the universe with you through your crystals however you choose.

Direction for use
Get the soap good and wet and rub it into a rich foamy lather, scrub and repeat until squeaky clean. Rubbing the felted cloud of bubbles weaves the fibers tightly together, ignites a subtle bond with the crystals inside, and exfoliates in one fell swoop. After use, rinse and squeeze the felt tightly to the soap inside.  Allow to dry between use. 




Blessed Be
Beadorh



Saturday, 31 January 2015

Silly Switches

Another installment of my silly switches.  What do you see?  Am I the only one that sees the grim reaper and a bunny skull?  I gotta cut back on the coffee maybe.  Happy Last Day in January!




and another



~Blessed Be~

Beadorh

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Life at 3 MPH: Jonathon Stalls at TEDxYouth@MileHigh

Walking to foster health and connection! I am taking up the challenge. It will be tough walking to the grocery store in the winter, but we all know I have plenty of warm woolly things to wear!





Icy fresh winter blessings,
~Feather

Monday, 12 January 2015

The left turn hat



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Ever had a plan all visualized in your head about how things are going to unfold only to set out and get broadsided?  Welcome to the story of my hat.

I started it using a pattern I used before from Ravelry only decided to use super bulky yarn rather than worsted weight. The idea that maybe I didn't need to cast on 85 stitches didn't occur to me until I had two sections of cabling completed on the band! Eek! I figured it might be ok since I was going for slouch and felt quite optimistic. Sigh.  I adjusted my vision of said completed hat and ended the banding.  It would be original if nothing.

Feeling like I had diverted an emergency, I carried on with confidence with plans to adjust the cabling as I went. Here is a picture of where I was when I ran out of wool. 




Off to the wool shop only to find that there was no more white wool.   What to do?
 
I went home and began ripping.  I loved the white so thought maybe I could do a bit of white and maybe something else. 
 
Here's the complete hat.. Large enough for the biggest head!




 
I found a pattern for mitts and went to town




Anyway, at the end of the day, a nice set for winter and lesson learned.  Not what I was expecting but then life rarely is. 
 
Blessed Be
Beadorh

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl Pattern - A free and easy little shawl pattern


Like a Magpie, even in the darkest days of winter, it is the bright and colourful things that attract my attention.  Oh,  all that is missing is 'shiny'.   

Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth
Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth

Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth
Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth

Here it is,  the easy shawl pattern I have been working on:

Marilyn’s Easy Rainbow shawl is, as the name implies, an easy knit.  It is perfect for beginning knitters, or easy TV knitting for more advanced knitters.  I originally learned to knit English style, and used this pattern to practice Continental style knitting.    The pattern was designed for my friend Marilyn, who said, “No one can teach me to knit something”.  I took up the challenge and the Rainbow shawl was begun.

Choose any yarn, and needles for this shawl.  I suggest going with needles a size or two larger than recommended for your yarn to make a nice loose fabric.  One skein of DK weight yarn and size 9 needles makes the shawlette pictured above.   One skein of sock yarn and size 7 needles makes a nice small shawl. Make your shawl as large as you like by repeating the 2 row pattern over and over, using as much yarn as you want.  Stop when you decide you are finished.

Marilyn and I both chose bright variegated yarns, hence the ‘rainbow’ name.  Your shawl will be pretty in any yarn you choose, striped, variegated, tonal, or plain.  You can have fun changing colours and make stripes as you go.  This would also be a wonderful way to use up scrap yarns.  Even yarns of different weights could be used in stripes.   There really is no limit with this shawl.  


Have fun, and ‘make something’ while learning to knit.  There are no purls in the pattern!


Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl Pattern, a free download now from Ravelry

I will see Marilyn on Saturday, and her Rainbow Shawl.  I will take my camera!

Right now blocking in front of the fireplace is a fingering weight version:
Winter Solstice Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth
Winter Solstice Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth

Winter Solstice Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth
Winter Solstice Rainbow Shawl - close up - Susan Elizabeth
Now,  what to knit next?  I have a few things already on the go that I must finish up.  First will be some fingerless mitts that are 3/4 of the way finished, and a cowl that I started last month.   What I really want to knit is an entrelac hat.    Stay tuned for that....

Happy knitting everyone.
~Feather~




Tuesday, 2 December 2014

10 Trees That Can Save The World -

10 Trees That Can Save The World -  by fellow Canadian, author and scientist, Diana Beresford-Kroeger is so much more than just a 'hug a tree/plant a tree' message.

Please watch the video clip, or have a look at Diana's blog, http://dianasjourney.com/

Here is another of Diana's videos.   Wonderful.



I am now off to search for a copy of her books.



Tree Blessings,

~Feather~


Friday, 28 November 2014

Snow and Hot Chocolate




After an afternoon out in the great outdoors, ya just gotta have hot chocolate




Dreamy Creamy Hot Chocolate
(a Paula Deen recipe on the food network)

1 can condensed milk (I used the caramel flavoured kind) 
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Pinch of salt
6-8 cups hot water
Mini Marshmallows (optional)

In a large saucepan, combine condensed milk, cocoa, vanilla and salt; mix well. Over medium heat, slowly stir in water; heat through, stirring occasionally. DO NOT BOIL. Top with marshmallows, if desired.

Store for 5 days in fridge.  Mix well and reheat before serving.

Blessed Be
Beadorh

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Cats cannot resist...

Cats cannot resist shawls blocking in front of the fireplace. They just cannot help it. 
This is my Exploration Station by Stephen West.  I love it!

~Feather~

Morning Bright Farm: StarPainter Shawl Pattern

Morning Bright Farm: StarPainter Shawl Pattern: Susan Elizabeth has designed another absolutely gorgeous shawl pattern with Morning Bright yarn! The StarPainter Shawl is knit with two ske...

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

DIY Dog Cookies




2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup oil
1 beaten egg
3/4 cup water (add a little bouillon to the water for flavouring)
1 clove crushed garlic

Mix together and roll.  I made long strands and braided them together and brushed them with a bit of egg/water

Bake at 300 for about 1 1/2 hours until the cookies are hard and the dogs are drooling.  The recipe can be easily doubled.  Good for dogs and people ;-)


Blessed Be
Beadorh

November's the sockiest month

November's chill is in full swing so I've decided to spend much of the month bundled in a ball of wool.  Knitting soothes the soul and seems to knit together other aspects of life as a person weaves their creation.


Here's a picture of the Hermione everyday socks.  (Not sure what happened with the colours in that pic but my legs are both the same colour...errr closer anyhow) Feather provided the wool last year so I am finally making good on our challenge.  Better late than never.  I finished them last week and dove into another pair.


The socks above are a basic ribbed pattern (k3p1) from Wise Hilda with a twist.  I used the same pattern for the heel as the Hermione socks because that one is easy for me to work the gusset. It sounds like I know what I'm doing hey? 


 
I should have enough wool to keep me busy until Christmas.  Stay warm everyone!
 
Blessed Be
Beadorh







Sunday, 16 November 2014

StarPainter Shawl and StarPainter Fingerless Mitts!

Today is the release day!  My latest knitting patterns are now available on Ravelry.

StarPainter Shawl

StarPainter Shawl - by Susan Elizabeth


 StarPainter Fingerless Mitts

StarPainter Fingerless Mitts by Susan Elizabeth


It has been lots of fun designing these patterns.   The testing went well with the group at Ravelry, and now with some luck, the patterns will be popular!

The beautiful yarn, Starry and Night is available in Morning Bright Yarn's,  Etsy shop:   Starry  and  Night

The mitts use about  150 yards of fingering weight yarn and knit up quickly.  I'll be going through my left over bits of yarns now and see how many of these I can make.   They are nice for gifts,  and will look really cute in all different colours!

Also,  in knitting news,  the test knit for the  Late Harvest Cowl is coming along nicely.  The testers are almost finished.  I used super wonderful Alpaca yarn from  A to Z Alpacas for this cowl.  It is so very soft and warm.   I have plenty more yarn, so will be making more of these.
Late Harvest Cowl by Susan Elizabeth


 I am working on another cowl at the moment too.  It has pine tree shaped cable columns ... I will post about here soon enough.  That is all for now in knitting news.

In back yard news however, there is more.  We have snow, of course, and it has been very cold for the last week or so.   There is a pretty brown tabby cat with with white feet and nose hanging around.  She is shy, but I was able to pet her once.  I am putting food out for her and leaving the garage door open  so she can get out of the weather.  I realized that since I feed the birds, I have to feed the cat too,  or else the cat will just eat the birds.   The plan is to catch her and get her to a vet and then the Meow Foundation.      In the meantime, I am calling her Lucy.  If, she is actually a he, then maybe Luke....

The funniest thing I saw the other day at the bird feeders....    A wood pecker, (I think it was a Downy Woodpecker) Fighting with a Sparrow.   It was a one sided battle.  A word of advice to any sparrows out there.  "Think twice before messing with someone who bashes his or her beak into a tree all day..."

and with that, we are done for today.
Stay warm, and be kind to the wild life,  put some seeds out for the birds if you can.

Warm Winter Blessings,
~ Feather ~

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Felted Crystal Soap

Inspiration hit a while back and I went with it.  Do you remember a post a while back where I cleared and charged some crystals in sunlight?  Well, there was a method to my madness.

Crystals connect with us..their energy brings balance, healing, clarity, protection, love and amplifies our connection to source and some amplify the other crystals in their presence.    

I found in order to develop my awareness of the subtle energies that crystals carry, time was needed.  What better time to establish a relationship with your crystals then laying back in a bathtub or the early bird shower to wake up your day, the body enjoying a good scrub.  Can't get much more intimate than your soap so placing the crystals in the soap just sort of was the next logical step.



Crystals immersed in soap.  No fragrance, no colours, just natural pure soap.  Canola oil, coconut oil, palm oil, shea butter, lye, water.




Next, felting.  Organic sheep roving.  Pure, antibacterial, natural exfolliant.  Soap lasts longer when its felted but it's important to let the soap dry between each use.




The neat thing about felted soap is that as you use the soap it continues to felt the wool.  By the time the soap is finished, you are left with a small sealed pouch containing crystals you have already established a relationship with.   At that point, you can poke a couple of holes in it, run a cord through it and wear it around your neck or put it under your pillow and allow the crystals to work their magic while you sleep.



I think that recognizing your relationship with your crystals is unique and truly your own, seems to me the creation of the medicine bag should also be as unique as the one using it.

Anyone interested in trading one creative endevour for another? If so, drop a line.

Blessed Be
Beadorh

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

How about some mitts, too?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ca3u6Jqw-w
StarPainter Fingerless Mitts by Susan Elizabeth

These are the StarPainter  fingerless mitts.   I've got the pattern written up, ready to be test knit.   In the meantime, I am pleased with the test knit of the StarPainter Shawl.   There have been a few typos and chart errors to fix, but so far, the test is moving along smoothly.

Happy Knitting!

~Feather~

Monday, 13 October 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, and Saltatio Vita by OMNIA









I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend with friends and family.   And, if you are like me and over do it with the turkey dinner and all the rest, this video will re-energize you.



The band is Omnia, the song is Saltatio Vita, which in Latin means "The Dance of Life"





Even a full turkey dinner cannot keep you on the couch when you hear this music!