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The Nut Graf knits, sews and attempts other crafts

Another fiber craft! October 15, 2009

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It’s weaving, y’all!

Knitter's Loom

Knitter's Loom

This is the 20-inch Ashford Knitter’s Loom meant to make quick projects using knitting yarns. This is actually my 3rd scarf you see warped here. And this is the first scarf (with the baby giving final inspection):
I took a class on this at the Bonita Knit & Sew, which I highly recommend. I found the instructions on warping confusing so it helps to have someone personally show you how to do it. Plus, with the class, you walk out of there after an afternoon with a finished scarf. Now, I hope to use up some stash yarn to make some quick holiday projects. IMG_0403


Sock Summit rocked August 15, 2009

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It was a great weekend in Portland. The weather cooled down enough to actually wear socks. I took a class on Durability Issues with Charlene Schurch. Here are the samples she uses in her books.
And here she is with me and Andrew. (He was allowed to sit in on the class. It’s a good thing I know how to breastfeed and knit at the same time)
Then there was the marketplace, full of independent dyers, handspinners, small yarn shops and other crafty goodness. It was great to meet the folks behind my favorite yarns like Three Irish Girls, Madelinetosh, Mama Llama, Sanguine Gryphon, Material Whirled and Unique Sheep. And met some new people too, like Holiday Yarns, Here are some of their cool socks::
Some fun booths. Look at this sign made from pieces of knitting:
The Sock Museum had a display of colorful socks through the ages:
Book signings. Here are Barbara Walker, Anna Zilboorg and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
And the Luminary Panel: Lucy Neatby, Cat Bordhi, Deborah Robson, Anna Zilboorg, Judith MacKenzie-McCuin, (moderators Tina Newton and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee in the center), Meg Swansen, Barbara Walker, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Nancy Bush (I was in the back so the photo’s a little blurry)
And the final damage:


My friends are talented July 25, 2009

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Just wanted to show off the talents of some of my crafty friends who made some wonderful gifts for baby A. Here is an assortment sewn together by Onebyone. More on the clothes at her blog


And here are a quilt, burp cloths, booties and Owl Vest by Cora (Waterwitch):IMG_0160

Here’s baby A looking dapper in the Owl Vest. (Ravelry link to pattern here)



Baby booties bonanza!

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What’s a fun, easy and fast knit for a newborn? Baby booties of course. Here’s what I have so far for baby A. Some fit right now and others he will grow into. I love all of them. From bottom left corner going counterclockwise: is Baby Keep Your Socks On, booties from Knit Picks’ Little Bubbles Baby kit, Blue Sky Alpacas Baby Booties, Baby Moc-a-Soc (knit by Cora), Lacy Leaf Booties from Zoe Mellor’s 50 Baby Bootees to Knit, Bully Woolies socks and Magic Slippers in the center.



Alpacas are funny January 31, 2008

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Happy (belated) new year. I can still say that while we’re still in January, right?

No blog updates in a month because I have been out of town, then was furiously playing catch-up after I got back home. My DH then went out of town for a week and came back with the flu, which later spread to me and now the little one. So, I will have to update with knitting news at a later date. I plan to talk a little about Cat Bordhi’s new sock book and a great class I took with her earlier this year.

In the meantime, here’s a hilarious knitting-related spoof article courtesy of The Onion. Check out the sweaters in the photo:


Last-Minute Gifts: Needle felting December 12, 2007

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Here’s another idea for a last-minute crafting gift – needle felting. I completed these two guys in one evening:
They’re from a Woolpet kit that I bought from The Loopy Ewe.
They come in other animals, like sheep, birds, polar bear and I especially like their hedgehog. These would make good ornaments, or leave them in a kit to give to someone. They come nicely packaged in a clear take-out box container with two felting needles, clear photo instructions and, in the case of my snowmen kit, enough roving make at least another pair. You will need foam or a sponge to cushion your project while jabbing with a felting needle. Laurie from Woolpets also sells felted sculptures and kits from her Etsy store.
Here is another cute kit I bought from
They are called Critter Kits and are made by They come with roving, instructions, bead, thread and a Colonial felting needle. Pictured here next to Mr. Boston Terrier are a felting needle tool and a mat made by Clover. The Clover felting tool is more for applique work than for these small sculptures. You place the wool applique over the base fabric and punch it with the tool to apply the piece. It’s a way to easily decorate sweaters, scarves or bags without sewing.

Lastly, if you like the terrier pictured above, you might want to check out the amazingly life-like kits at or get the Fleece Dog book, which contains lots of photos and is fun just to leaf through. Happy jabbing!


Happy Halloween! October 31, 2007

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Not really a Halloween costume, but it is a monster. The hat that is, not the boy. This is my 3rd Monster Hat knit from an Insubordiknit kit. I found the matching shirt at Target. I highly recommend the Monster Hats, especially with the gift-giving season coming up. They are fun and quick knits. Each kit includes one-of-a-kind hand-dyed, self-striping yarn, pattern and a felted monster patch.
greenmonster2.jpg This one reminded me of Frankenstein. The colors maybe?