Projects in Progress

Katie's in progress

September is the birthday month in our family- the majority of birthdays fall there- so it's a big month for last-minute crafting for me. Today I finished up a large canvas trug for Abby's birthday (which is today!) just in time. I dyed some heavy canvas a vintagey shade of olive gray and did some more stenciling, still inspired by my grandparents' welding shop.

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Then I added a lining and leather handles. I aged the brass rivets in vinegar to remove some of the finish so they wouldn't be so shiny. I wanted this container to look like it had spent some time in the welding shop. In fact, if I had more time, I probably would have tried to distress it. 

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 Anyway, it's probably hard to tell how large this container is, so here's a photo that shows some scale. The trug holds one small dog quite well. 

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Kip obligingly stayed in the trug for a minute so I could snap a photo (I think she's looking intently at the chickens in the backyard...), then decided she was tired of being a unit of measurement...

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Laura's in progress

I've got the second of my first pair of slippers started, but haven't had much quiet knitting time to do the short rows...Also just started a dead simple cowl-y scarf thing. I  need something wooly and neutral-ish for the winter, and just as much needed a take anywhere knitting project. I searched for a pattern on Ravelry only to realize what I had in mind was so simple, I didn't need a pattern. I'm loving the looks of it so far!

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