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The 2016 LYS Tour

We’re counting down to the 2016 LYS Tour: Five days of fiber fun, May 18 – 22, 2016. Puget Sound, Washington. Click the sheep to see the cool countdown timer counting the days.

LYS is an acronym for Local Yarn Store and each store on the map will have items on sale and a free pattern. There are also prizes for filling your passport with stamps from all the stores but I never get to all of them.

Here’s the map for this year:

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Bead Bracelets

I finally finished the crocheted bead bracelets I made when we were camping this Summer. It is funny, but I was more intimidated about finishing them than I was about making them. They turned out pretty cool and I like the stripe effect (see pic #4). The one I just started will be iridescent purple beads and I have no idea whether this amount of beads will make 1 or 2. The first inch took me about 5 restarts but I seem to be crocheting smoothly now.

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Bead Crochet Bracelets

Well, here they are!

The verdict? They are comfortable to wear, fun to make and I love them. I realized during my photography session that I either need a mannequin arm or a friend with daintier wrists than mine. 🙂 You can see from the pictures that some can be worn as both  necklaces and bracelets. I am having fun rummaging through my bead bin and scrounging cool buttons for closures.

Creating is fun, photography is hard, but now that I have them all photographed I will get them measured and listed in my Etsy store tomorrow.  So far I am making them to fit a 6.5 inch wrist (mine),  but I’d be happy to make them in custom colors or lengths, call or email me with your ideas!  Here are a few pictures to whet your appetite…

Sneak preview

I apologize for the phone camera shot but  I wanted to to give you a hint of what I have been making! They are crocheted bracelets and necklaces. I am using glass, shell, some driftwood pieces I picked up in Oregon last Summer and all kinds of old charms and buttons! I will take some real pictures tomorrow and list them in my ETSY store.

Gracie is featured on Ravelry!


Do you Ravel? I do.

Ravelry.com is one of my favorite favorites. So I was thrilled to receive an email yesterday requesting the use of Gracie’s picture to accompany this dog sweater pattern from Lion Brand Yarn. Click this link to see it on Ravelry: Flower Garden Dog Sweater pattern by Lion Brand Yarn. Here is the original post about the sweater. You can find me on ravelry as idthornell.

So, do you ravel?

Sweater girl!

Gracie’s first sweater. Here is my M.O., before embarking on any project that requires measuring or knitting, I crochet a model. It is just a faster way for me to see what the pattern pieces need to look like. So, I found a  free pattern to improvise on, this time from Lion Brand, and then I used different yarn and the wrong hook. I dunno why, that is just how I cook. Continue reading Sweater girl!

The orange warp is exhausted

The warp is exhausted but I am ready for more! I made two scarves, a table mat and got a bunch of nice “ties” from the loom waste. Since Robin had me tie up the treadles 4, 3, 2, 1, I was able to discover two techniques, weft floats and inlay on my own. I later found a blog describing the same treadling pattern and calling it Moorman Technique. What is cool about it is that it leaves the sari silk on the top layer and the cotton makes a smooth backing, see pix of table mat below. Next up I will try a stole. The warp will be dark grey cotton with dark red boucle as weft.