Thursday, March 08, 2012

wool eater blanket CAL week 6ish...

 I seem to be getting more behind with my wool eater blanket...but hey, at least It is growing!
Another 3 rounds of pattern complete and it is now a lovely lap sized rug.
Each round is now taking a lot longer to work around as you would expect, but I'm still really enjoying working this rug and the pattern is very relaxing.
(you can click on the image if you'd like to see it a little larger)
The three colours I added this week are
Duck egg blue, Maroon & Gunmetal Grey
It now measures 112cm square and weighs 1077gms.

If you are interested in joining in on this Crochet Along
details can be found here on Sarah's blog.
there is also a Ravelry group here for this CAL
 Another interesting project I am working on at the moment is this Antique frame, it is around 90 - 100yrs old and comes from my mothers side of the family. Mum very generously gave it to me recently.  It is hand carved and we think it is made from Australian White Cedar (I'm not 100% certain on that but I will keep inquiring and hopefully know soon what timber it is made from).  I do know that it is Australian timber, and local to my home town.  I know this information because it was all written onto the back of the frame before it became water damaged and when the print was pulled out and discarded the information was as well....but my mother does recall that it was locally grown timber.
 I just love this pattern, and think it would make a marvelous doodling border for anyone who loves to zentangle or zendoodle or just doodle ;)
 The frame originally was held together with handmade nails, unfortunately there were some cracks in the corners and I had to have the corners re mitered and as I am planning on putting a mirror in the frame I need the frame to be strong, so the framer has made it nice and strong for me, ready for the next step in the project.  I don't normally like altering antiques like this but it was a case of leave it as it was and storing it in my garage forever or loose a little off each corner and make the piece able to be used once more and hopefully admired.  So I went with the second option for this particular piece.
The frame originally had a print in it, not a valuable one and it had also become water damaged over the years, but some pencil writing was revealed when the back was removed, I am clueless as to what it may mean, maybe it is the frame carvers name, or in some relation to the original print....I may never find out, but it seems to be as old as the frame....

My next step is to rub it back lightly with some steel wool and apply some sealer, then off to the glass cutters for a piece of mirror and then back to the framers for finishing off....then I hope to show you my beautiful old frame :)


Have a lovely week everyone
~ Gillian ♥

8 comments:

soho stitch said...

I do love your colour style - the blanket looks gorgeous and what a great heirloom the picture frame is - lucky you.

Rein said...

What a beautiful frame. love it!

Flowers in the Window said...

I love the colours in your blanket - so different to mine :) Also your frame is so beautiful - I love that carved pattern - it will make a stunning mirror. Maggie xx

Little Treasures said...

You rug is coming along finely and it looks spectacular. It is going to be a lot more tiring with every added row, but I think the ultimate result would be breath-taking!

Gorgeous frame you inherited there! Don;t let go of it!

Heather - The Good Life said...

Your blanket is coming along beautifully. A round here and a round there, it will be done in no time. The antique frame is gorgeous. Hope all is well in your part of the world.

Debi Y. said...

Your wool eater is looking great - the colors are very pretty together. :)

Life Made Creations said...

Your blanket is stunning! I found out about the CAL a bit late and have two other blankets in the works right now. But it is such lovely pattern and your color choices are gorgeous!

Trish said...

your wool-eater looks great!