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Dark Rainbow Cardigan

February 21, 2024

I loved this yarn when I bought it, but it wasn't until I was actually starting to use it that I realized that it was rainbow colored, although definitely darker than your usual rainbows. I bought this yarn at the Maryland Sheep and Wool from Briar Rose Fibers. The actual colorway wasn't labelled, but it is their promises yarn. Their shop is currently closed so I can't link to it, but its a worsted weight yarn that is 500 yards a skein and I used nearly all of 2 skeins.

This worked up really quick while I was travelling last week. I definitely was getting looks as I was trying to sew it together in the Delta lounge late Thursday night. I have been travelling so much for work that I have barely touched clay. I have been watching a ton of videos though so I have all these ideas for when I have time this weekend. I also have 3 kilns worth of bisque to glaze, but I'm itching to make more vs glaze

Also ClayShareCon is this week so I know I'm going to have more ideas soon.



This pattern uses a 5mm hook.

Stitches:
ch - chain
sk - skip
hdc - half double crochet
sl st - slip stitch

Back panel

Cast on 81
Row 1: sc in the second stitch from the hook, sc, *Ch 4, sk next 4 chs, sc in each of the next 2 ch. Repeat from * across.
Row 2: ch 3, sk 1 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch sp. *Sk 2 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch4sp. Repeat from * across to the last 2 sc. Sk 1 sc, 1 hdc in the last sc.
Row 3: ch 5, sk 2 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch 2 space. *Ch 4, sk 4 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch2sp. Repeat from * across to the last 3 hdc. Ch 2, sk 2 hdc, 1 hdc in the last hdc.
Row 4: ch 4, 2 hdc in ch2sp. *Sk 2 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch 4 sp. Repeat from * across to the last 2 sc. Sk 2 sc, 2 hdc in the last ch2sp, ch 1, 1 hdc in the last hdc.
Row 5: ch 1, 1 sc in the first hdc and 1 sc in the next ch 1 sp. *Ch 4, sk 4 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch 2 sp. Repeat from * across to the last 5 hdc. Ch 4, sk 2 hdc, 1 sc in the next ch 1 sp and 1 sc in the last hdc.
Repeat rows 2-5 until you reach your desired length. I liked the look better ending on a row 2/4 vs a 1/4. I have about 50 rows

Side panels - make 2

Cast on 41
Row 1: sc in the second stitch from the hook, sc, *Ch 4, sk next 4 chs, sc in each of the next 2 ch. Repeat from * across.
Row 2: ch 3, sk 1 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch sp. *Sk 2 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch4sp. Repeat from * across to the last 2 sc. Sk 1 sc, 1 hdc in the last sc.
Row 3: ch 5, sk 2 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch 2 space. *Ch 4, sk 4 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch2sp. Repeat from * across to the last 3 hdc. Ch 2, sk 2 hdc, 1 hdc in the last hdc.
Row 4: ch 4, 2 hdc in ch2sp. *Sk 2 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch 4 sp. Repeat from * across to the last 2 sc. Sk 2 sc, 2 hdc in the last ch2sp, ch 1, 1 hdc in the last hdc.
Row 5: ch 1, 1 sc in the first hdc and 1 sc in the next ch 1 sp. *Ch 4, sk 4 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch 2 sp. Repeat from * across to the last 5 hdc. Ch 4, sk 2 hdc, 1 sc in the next ch 1 sp and 1 sc in the last hdc.
Repeat rows 2-5 until you reach your desired length. These need to be the same length as the back panel

Sew the front panels to the back panel leaving about 7 inches for the arms.

Sleeves

Row 1: ch 3, sk 1 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch sp. *Sk 2 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch4sp. Repeat from * across to the last 2 sc. Sk 1 sc, sl st to join. I picked up 10 of the 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc
Row 2: ch 5, sk 2 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch 2 space. *Ch 4, sk 4 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch2sp. Repeat from * across to the last 3 hdc. Ch 2, sk 2 hdc, sl st to join.
Row 3: repeat row 1
Row 4: repeat row 2
Row 5: repeat row 1
Row 6: repeat row 2
Row 7: repeat row 1
Row 8: repeat row 2
Row 9: repeat row 1, but don't do the last 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc - so you should have 9 instead of 10. Row 10: repeat row 2
Row 11: repeat row 1
Row 12: repeat row 2
Row 13: repeat row 9 - you should end up with 8 now
Row 14: repeat row 2
Row 15: repeat row 1
Row 16: repeat row 2
Row 17: repeat row 1

You can adjust this to your desired length for your sleeves, I have kind of short arms and I made this on the short side. I like the look better ending on a row 1.





Colar

Turn the sweater right side out. Lay it flat in front of you and start at the bottom right corner.
Row 1: ch 3, (hdc, hdc) into the same space, *sk to the next chain space, 3 hdc. Repeat from * up the right side across the back, and down the left side, hdc in the last stitch.

Repeat row 1 for 9 rows or until you have your desired colar. I really like the thick colar on this one.

Pockets - make 2
Cast on 11
Row 1: sc in the second stitch from the hook, sc, *Ch 4, sk next 4 chs, sc in each of the next 2 ch. Repeat from * across.
Row 2: ch 3, sk 1 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch sp. *Sk 2 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch4sp. Repeat from * across to the last 2 sc. Sk 1 sc, 1 hdc in the last sc.
Row 3: ch 5, sk 2 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch 2 space. *Ch 4, sk 4 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch2sp. Repeat from * across to the last 3 hdc. Ch 2, sk 2 hdc, 1 hdc in the last hdc.
Row 4: ch 4, 2 hdc in ch2sp. *Sk 2 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch 4 sp. Repeat from * across to the last 2 sc. Sk 2 sc, 2 hdc in the last ch2sp, ch 1, 1 hdc in the last hdc.
Row 5: ch 1, 1 sc in the first hdc and 1 sc in the next ch 1 sp. *Ch 4, sk 4 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch 2 sp. Repeat from * across to the last 5 hdc. Ch 4, sk 2 hdc, 1 sc in the next ch 1 sp and 1 sc in the last hdc.
Row 6: repeat row 2
Row 7: repeat row 3
Row 8: repeat row 4
Row 9: repeat row 5
Row 10: repeat row 2


Sew on the pockets onto the front panels. I did these 2 inches from the bottom and an inch back from where the colar starts.

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Ring Holders

February 15, 2024

I get asked all the time if my gnomes are ring holders. I thought I would try to make a few with that purpose. They are mostly the same as my normal gnomes except the hats are much straighter. I don't know why I added the bird other than I thought it looked really cute. I made one as just a ring holder without a gnome body. I like the simplicity of that one too.

Ring Holders

 

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Wine Gnomes

February 13, 2024

A lot of people don't realize the time it takes to finish pieces. Generally I need 3 days in a row where I can work on pieces before I just leave them to dry. For mugs, cups, bowls, etc. that is.2 days in a row and then a third day a few days later when the rim is solid. I've been traveling a lot for work so it's made working on things difficult. Last week I put all my mugs, shot glasses, and the two wine goblets into my dry box to keep them soft enough that I could finish the rims.


This week I ended up getting home on Friday, but I was so tired that I did not make any pottery. I flew right back out early Monday morning so I didn't really have the time at home to make a lot of things. I really felt like making something though so I made some wine gnomes. These will eventually get glued onto corks.

All gnomes start as a couple of different pieces. I like to get the bodies, hats and noses made in batches as you see here. Then as I pick up each body, I decide which hat and which nose fits that body. Then each one gets a custom face.
Wine Gnomes
Wine Gnomes
Wine Gnomes
Wine Gnomes
Wine Gnomes

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Wine Cups

February 12, 2024

I saw these glasses while watching the latest season of The Orville. They were conical on the top and cylindrical on the bottom. These are my first attempts at making them in clay. They leave a little to be desired.

I made this one first. It is the same top as a mug that I tried out from a class I took recently. I think the bottom this one is both too tall and too straight. I feel like asthetically the two pieces don't go together well. I carved in the lavender on the bottom and that actually helped make it more cohesive.

Wine Cups


Initially I thought the problem was that the bottom was too tall for the top. It wasn't until later that I realized that there was a shape issue. When I realized the shape issue I flared out the bottom. Instead of carving this one my plan is to make the bottom a solid color (Lavender Mist) and see if that balances it out. More on this concept to come.

Wine Cups

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Dill Earrings

February 10, 2024

I had forgotten about this jewelry until I was cleaning up. I made it back in December, but needed to add the neclace and earring hardware. The picture is a bit messy, but I love how the actual pieces turned out.

Dill Earrings


Dill Earrings

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Texture Shot Glasses

February 08, 2024

I mentioned earlier in the week the class that I have been taking. There's been a lot of focus on texture in that class. In the class we were shown how the texture can just be joined together. I'm finding that in my work I either don't want a seam at all (like in the lavender earlier this week) or I want to accentuate the seam like I've done here. I'm learning a lot, but also finding my style. January was a really busy month for work so I'm really behind on the class, but finding time to catch up and experiment now.

Texture Shot Glasses

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