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MITTENS AND GOLD!…

So yesterday was part 2 of the mitten class for our Guild – Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets. What fun seeing the mittens that had been hooked and getting them finished – well some were ALREADY finished!  Here are a few pix – more to follow next week …

There were a few ladies who had not finished hooking or were not present so I hope to get pix of their mittens to post. It was such fun to see how different each pair was.

In addition I have a few pix of some of the purses created during and after the purse class earlier this year:

I am always amazed at the creativity of rughookers – we seem to grab an idea and fly with it!

Today I am getting ready for our primitive Christmas Party. For a number of years now a small group of us have been getting together the first Saturday in December to celebrate the season. We potluck (and yes I am cooking something!), bring food for the foodbank box anddddddd exchange a handmade (by ourselves! I am reminded every year that it has to be made by ME after the fiasco of the first exchange!) under 10.00 (yeah right!) gift. This is always sooooo exciting – exciting to make and exciting to receive and steal and receive and steal! I cannot wait to see what everyone has done for this years exchange and will post pix of the gifts next week. We always celebrate at Laura’s wonderful home – an old church from the mid 1800’s that is decorated with the most amazing primitive pieces. As Laura always says – the uglier the better! But her house is FAR FROM UGLY. It is warm and exciting especially at this time of year when it feels like a wonderful shop! I keep hoping for price tags on pieces so that I can buy them and take them home!

In the meantime here is a new beautiful dirty gold colour I came up with yesterday (instead of the light green I had wanted!):

8/16 Moss Green (Magic Carpet dyes throughout)

8/16 Orange

2/16 Yellow

over 10 fat 8ths of mixed wools.

9 responses »

  1. In regards to the beautiful gold wool you dyed. when you say you used 8/16 is that 1/2
    and is 2/16 equal to 1/8. If this is correct, why don’t you say 1/8 or 1/2. I’m a newish
    dyer and still trying to understand all the ins and outs to dyeing.

    Thanks

    Julie
    Toronto

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    • Hi Julie I guess the reason I say 8/16 (yes that is half a teaspoon) is that I use Grey dyespoons and I have 1/16 and 1/32 and 1/64 and 1/128 measuring spoons. I find it easier to do the measurements in 16’s since like me not everyone has all the bigger spoons like the 1/8th and 1/2 tsp. So to save confusion I do my dye measurements in 1/16 increments. Although I DO have some cheap measuring spoons form the dollar store in 1/4 and 1/2 and 1 tsp increments that I do use. I just dont want people to think that they HAVE to go out and buy more expensive dye spoons when 1/16 can be used to measure out amouonts. Plus not everyone is mathematically inclined and it is easier for them to break down 8/16 into half that amount i.e. 4/16 and do half the amount of wool that I did especially REALLY new dyers.

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  2. wow, those mittens are really gorgeous…seem to becoming an art form on their own! Thanks for sharing Loretta…

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    • Aren’t they just amazing! There are still some wonderful ones to come – one of our members, Grayce, did a sheep purse during the purse class and made little sheep mittens to match. Cannot wait to get the rest of the pictures next week…

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  3. Have fun at your party, Loretta. You give so much to the rest of us.

    I can just see using the dirty gold one of these days.
    Peri

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  4. Loretta, those gold colours make me think of mustard. Have fun at the primitive party!
    Marie

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