Anyone working on some new projects they want to share?

Lukki Irish
12 days ago
last modified: 12 days ago

I found this pattern on Ravelry and fell in love. I’m in the process of making a pair for my sister as a birthday present. The pattern is easy enough but the yarn is so thick it’s a bear to work with. I even found some leather that I can make the soles with. I’ve also found time to pick up a curbside order of some cute fabric through Joann’s for the masks I’m going to make.

Anyone else?

Comments (95)

  • ks92

    Picked up knitting again a few months ago -- will be a summer tank when complete.

  • aktillery9

    Yaya, did you paint that? It is gorgeous!!!!

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    Yes, I have been an artist for 70 years, painting, sculpture, pottery, carving. Thank you!

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  • Yayagal

    hcbm, Yes it's an oil. I used to have shows and commissions but I'm 81 now and just do it for my own pleasure. When I get in the zone, the world becomes calm. I think this one will go to my sister as she has severe asthma and is terrified of the virus. It might perk her up as we love and live on the ocean and she can have a view of it forever now. I just took a walk around the lighthouse area, not a soul in site.

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    Wow. I am speechless. That is incredible!

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    So many wonderful projects! I love the slippers! And all the knitting projects, so lovely! I do miss knitting but it makes my hands ache. DawninCal, I recently started making my own yogurt, and I love it! Since giving up all dairy 3 years ago, I realized that I really missed yogurt so now I make soy yogurt every few days.

    ilikefreday, Sueb20, jojoco, dedtired and bengardening, thank you so much!

    Jojoco, Tashi thanks you for belly rubs. She needs all the loving she can get as she is really not enjoying all the drops in her eyes many times a day, and so many trips to the vet! I do have an art page on facebook although I am not great at keeping it up to date. :)

    Art page

  • jlsch

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  • maire_cate

    Everyone's posted such amazing art work that I'm hesitant to post this. It's probably the only little thing that I've done that is photo worthy. I vacuumed lampshades and cleaned out 2 storage closets last week and now that's it's warm enough DH and I are planning our annual garage cleaning.

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    Balego, we are kindred spirits! I made another batch of yogurt yesterday. I gave this batch a few more hours of fermenting and it turned out thicker and more flavorful than the first. I didn't think it could get better, but it did! So happy!

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  • desertsteph

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    that's the bummer of it. do it once a year and then you'll have 12 months free of it! the work, not the dust.

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    Dawnincal, that all looks so delicious! And homemade yogurt is so nice, isn’t it? I got myself a Cuisinart electric yogurt maker that also cools, so I can wake up to fresh cold yogurt. I also strain it to make Greek yogurt.

    Bengardening, glad you enjoyed seeing some of my work, and thank you so much for you nice comment! :)

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  • eld6161

    Balego, so sorry for your poor pup. With your diligence she will be better soon.

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  • DawnInCal

    Thank you, balego! This morning, I mixed a small amount of strawberry jam into the yogurt. It was delicious and added a bit of a sweet flavor but in all honesty, the yogurt really doesn't need any additions. I'm interested to see that you are making soy yogurt. Does the soy milk work just the same as regular milk or do you have to make some changes to the yogurt making process?

    Aw, your poor little dog. Years ago one of our pups had to be treated for a corneal ulcer. It was no fun for any of us. I hope your little one is on the mend soon.

    And, I love your paintings too!

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    Easter table favors

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  • Lars

    Sewing chair that I reupholstered this morning, adding foam for comfort.

  • party_music50

    These are all absolutely wonderful projects!!!

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    I love this thread--thanks, Lukki!

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  • ilikefriday

    This was my project yesterday. I purchased this silver chandelier because I like the shape and the long tubes that go over the bulbs but I also made the purchase with a plan to recolor it. I wanted the entire thing to be matte gold. Yesterday I pulled out my Rub N Buff and got busy. After I was done I hung the fixture.

    The color matches a table lamp (not shown) in the same room that I covered with the same color of Rub N Buff years ago. It also kind of matches the brass lamp in the photo.

  • hatethecold_gw

    I am in awe of the talent in this group.

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