Yes, I am still knitting, but it is all socks, and nothing much to show for it. So, I’ll show you a bit of embroidery instead. My kids are knee-walkers and sliders, so I am happy if I can keep one pair of jeans unpatched. I was feeling all spring-like and embroidered a lucky little clover for this one. Unfortunately, after a time through the washer and dryer, the blanket stitch around the outside was trying to shrink like crazy. Maybe I should use doubled sewing thread for around the outside instead of embroidery floss?
Up next is this little guy. When I was on my forced knitting break due to my damaged nerve, I found that I could still hold a sewing needle. I found a clip art owl to trace and embroider. My original intention was to make a small trinket bag out of him, but I’m really not sure what he’s going to be now.
I had quite a hard time trying to find any marking pencil that would show up well on jeans. I finally asked a friend who does this sort of thing what she used, and she recommended washable markers (yes, the kind kids use.) It worked swimmingly, until I tried to wash the owl. In most of the areas, everything went well, but the marker really soaked into the floss in the eye area. All that satin stitching just sucked the ink right up.
I spent a lot of time with paper towels, trying to get all of the ink out. You can still see some in the eyes if you look. If anyone has suggestions for marking on jeans, or for what to do with this little owl, give me a shout. He stands between 5 and 6 inches tall.
In fibery news, a new local yarn shop opened up. I need another project like I need a new hole in the head, but I had to go over and see the new place! It’s a lovely shop (Downtown Knits in Apex, NC) and I walked out with this pretty gradient sock yarn from the Unique Sheep.
If you are going to be near Raleigh next weekend, stop by our 2nd annual Carolina Fiberfest! I’ll be around on Friday and Sunday afternoon, if you want to say ‘hi’. A lot of fun demos and neat vendors are all lined up to go. I can’t wait!