Month: March 2015

kira makes a knitting update: Les Misérables

So, it’s been a while since I’ve actually knitted, up until last weekend.

Tidbit (my Scion iQ) needed to have routine maintenance and an inspection, so I was going to be stuck waiting at the shop for roughly 2 hours. I needed to bring something that would be portable — so into my bag went 2 knitting projects and my tatting supplies. Because I like to be prepared.

I ended up working on a project that I started a while back and set aside — Les Misérables.

When I first saw the pattern for this deconstructed scarf, I immediately thought of this iconic ballet photograph (Ballet Study by Harvey Edwards), with its well-worn ballet slippers, tattered legwarmers, and mustard-y coloured tights.

Ballet Study by Harvey Edwards

I have long adored the colour of the tights in combination with the distressed legwarmers. I could easily envision the Les Misérables scarf in such a shade, so I selected KnitPicks Palette in Tumeric, described as “a brownish, orange yellow color… inspired by the golden tones of spices found in South Asia…” It looks like the spice Tumeric; however, it has been near impossible for me to capture the hue correctly in photographs.

Les Miserables On Head

I made a fair bit of progress while waiting for Tidbit (check-up all good!), and have continued to pick it up off and on again throughout the week. About to be on ball three (of six). And after all the knitting is complete, it is partially felted. I’m excited.

One day, I will get back to the Featherweight Cardigan. I have made a significant amount of progress on the Cardigan, but have not documented it at all. Perhaps I will remember to snap some pictures soon.


kira makes an EDC post


I love seeing Everyday Carry (EDC) posts. And Things Organized Neatly posts. I tend to carry a lot of stuff in my purse, and usually have a secondary supplementary bag as well (for work, it holds things like papers, notebooks, bigger headphones, letters; for other times, it contains portable craft projects, etc). I carry a lot of stuff. I like having things with me; good to be prepared!

So, since I needed to go through my bag anyway…

And, now I have updated it with labels to post on Everyday Carry — see post here!

I also realized exactly how many letters I carry in my work-bag. (There were also a handful in my purse that I found later! Not pictured.)



kira makes pieces of tatting

Tatting - pieces - drying

Here are the small pieces of tatting for the pair of Tatted Barefoot Sandals (Instructable) and one piece for the Grand Daisy Tatted Choker (Instructable). They appear darker grey, because they are wet and drying.

I’m still trying to get my brain around the last steps for the barefoot sandals; granted, haven’t really spent a lot more time pondering it before getting distracted by wanting to make the Grand Daisy tatted choker. Hah..

I’ve made a bit of progress on it already:

Tatting: Grand Daisy Necklace - progress 01

And then some work on the chains:

Tatting: Grand Daisy Necklace - progress 02

I also have an image of the other tatted necklace (Instructable), as promised.

Tatting - necklace


kira makes the beginnings of needle-tatted barefoot sandals

Needle Tatted Barefoot Sandals - Beginning

After making a couple of the tatted flowers, and a necklace (from Instructables; no post on it yet, will photograph later), I am trying my hand at making these needle-tatted barefoot sandals. I am super excited; I have wanted to make them for a while, but the idea was put aside as I pursued other crafts. And, now that I am getting back into needle tatting, I am making them!

Still trying to wrap my brain around the last portion of the instructions where you join up all the pieces (specifically how/when the joins happen), but I’m sure I’ll figure it out.


kira makes needle tatted flower

I have been taking the Shuttle Tatting Class at Craftsy. I had previously attempted to learn via diagrams, but all the steps were like: wave your hands around, and…. ta-da! Needless to say, I wasn’t able to figure it out. So, I was glad when there was the Craftsy class, so I could learn from video lessons (with rewind and replay!).

I got the basics down.
But then, it made me want to pull out my recently re-found tatting needles to see if I remembered how to needle tat as well.

So, today during my lunch break, I whipped up this flower.

needle tatting - flower

Instructable and Pattern by TotusMel. This instructable was how I first learned to needle tat, and was a good refresher, since it’s been ages since I attempted needle tatting.

For scale:
needle tatting - flower - scale

And, yes.. I need to catch up on 30 Days of Lists. I am behind.


kira makes kiramakesthings changes

I’ve decided to split up the portfolio section of the site from the blog section of the site, so that means there might be some hiccups for the next few days while I work on changing things around. In theory, this will mean that things will be easier to navigate when it’s completed. Hopefully.