WIPWednesday 3-21-18


Yeah, not much changed from last week as I was trying to work out how to deal with the bubbling of the material. Major design flaws due to inexperience with one of the components is an occupational hazard for a 'jump in and make a giant project' creator. It's definitely a good thing I'm working with inexpensive materials and not in a field where safety would be an issue.

There's been a big change now since, after discussing it with Victoria, I decided to take out everything but the central medallion, which I really like, and work in a way that will help move excess fabric volume to the edges instead of trapping it. 

Not pictured, EK has been washing and skeining our backlog of handspun yarn. She has finished with the neutrals and has now moved to the cool colors. It will be great to have those available for use or purchase.

India's boughten "brides"

Although the kidnapping and sale of women into China from surrounding nations has been known for a while, apparently India has its own issues with purchased brides. Called paros (purchased), these women do not have the social protections, for whatever that is worth, that traditional brides have and if their buyer dies they are no longer welcome in his family while being unable to return home because their *family that sold them* feels that being a paro is shameful.

This article by Freedom United, and the Guardian piece it's based on, was very informative and well worth the read.

Textile Sunday 3-18-18


These are the base materials for the hooked rug sample that I will be starting soon. I learned from the proggy mat that I need a wider edge, so I'll make sure to leave at least 2 inches on a side when cutting the canvas. 

I looked at actual rug hooks at the craft store, but they're pretty much just crochet hooks with thick handles so I think that using the hook I planned will be fine.

The "yarn" for the project is knitted material cut into strips. The navy blue is from t shirts and the pink is from pajama pants that were worn out.

WIPWednesday 3-14-18


Further work on the carpet. I'm getting "bubbling" inside the shapes, probably from threads being forced to the center by the thickness of the yarn, and will be dealing with that by splitting the diamonds into triangles and taking three threads a stitch on the middle line instead of the two threads throughout the rest of the work.


I started this project 5-8 years ago and work on it from time to time. I am actually nearly finished with quilting around the motifs, especially since the right-hand side (which will be the top) doesn't need stitched since it will be folded over to make the pocket for hanging on a rod. The next step is deciding how to finish the edges and I haven't made up my mind how that will be done.

Camaroon authorities shut down extensive trafficking ring

On Twitter Freedom United linked to this article on their site.

Currently, abduction is involved in under ten percent of trafficking cases in the US. That isn't the case in Central Africa where both adults and children are abducted and used in pretty much all aspects of trafficking, including child soldiers. This particular gang was discovered when the bodies of three children, ages 2, 4, and 7, were found at a property owned by gang members. It is believed that the group was operating in nearby nations as well, so hopefully stopping them will make area residents safer.

On the other side of the equation, the NGO Children's Rights is working to educate parents on how to protect their children from traffickers. They are also helping parents whose children who have been abducted, over 20 cases in only a couple of months,  but it is always preferable to prevent the crime in the first place so I'm happy that they are working towards that.

Sunday textile post 3-11-18

Egyptian child's sock.jpg

According to the Twitter account that shared this photo, this sock is in the collection of the British Museum and is from a couple hundred years BC. I suspect it was intended to be worn with sandals because of the split toe formation similar to Japanese tabi socks. The material is wool dyed a number of different colors (nothing was said of possible dye sources) and then worked in a manner similar to Scandinavian nalebinding which is a form of knotting that somewhat resembles knitting in look. Besides the many comments about the amazing ability of children through the ages to lose their socks, a lot of other comments were marveling at the bright colors that we often forget were a part of ancient life. 

FOFriday 3-9-18


Finished the patchwork pillowcase Sunday evening. It's a good thing I decided to do the top stitching because the seam allowances were so tiny that with hand sewing, instead of an interlocking machine stitch, it is questionable how long the case would have lasted under normal wear. I started working the top stitching with a long sashiko needle but found that a shorter one worked better as, counter intuitively, I was able to work faster by picking up fewer stitches at a time because a large number of stitches caused the fabric to bind on the needle and it bacame difficult to pass the needle through.


A sample of Teneriffe lace worked from handspun wool. I definitely need more practice, and to give better directions when EK is blocking the piece.  I have always been intrigued by the technique, which is really a form of weaving and can be worked in a variety of shapes on simple geometric frames. 

Nearly two decades after prostitution legalization

The legalization in question is in New Zealand where the author of the article lives, but there are a number of countries where it is legal and that gives Julie Bindel, author of The Pimping of Prostitution plenty of case studies to see if the hoped for decrease in prostitution and increase in prostitute safety has actually occurred.

Compiling both statistics and the stories of men and women who are in the sex trade Bindel pulls no punches in showing the long-term outcomes of the policy known as "harm minimization".

WIPWednesday 3-7-18


Finally back to working on this. I had hoped to finish it in one to two weeks (starting this Monday) but my work speed over the last couple of days shows that estimate to likely be too optimistic. Once I finish the chain stitching I will need to finish the edges in some manner, so I think it will be more like a month before I'll be done.

Sunday textile post 3-4-18


The proggy mat heart that I finished recently all began as this pile of entirely recycled items. The stencil is made from the side of a 1 gallon milk jug. The prodders, which I suspect would make more expert proggy-workers sad, are from removed branches of our mulberry tree and were originally intended to be bobbins for tapestry weaving (which is why their shape isn't correct for an actual prodder). The canvas was one of the coffee sack donated by Pearland Coffee Roasters, and the strips were t shirts donated by a lady on Tumblr. 

FOFriday 3-2-18


I only thought my binder was complete last week. The glue was already coming loose so I cut a paper folder (found while cleaning) in half and applied one half to each side. Hopefully the wider area of adhesion will stabilize the fabric edges, and it certainly gives a more finished appearance.


I love the blue of this scarf. It is knitted on the bias in rice stitch from handspun silk/wool yarn.

Tool to maximize abolition success

In business it has long been known that it is very important to check occasionally and make sure that company goals are being accomplished. It has also long been known that "You get what you test for." In other words, the criteria of the checks set the, at least perceived, priorities of those working to fulfill the tasks. In business a lack of clarity and understanding can cause a waste of resources that leads to inefficiencies and even lost jobs. In abolition that waste of resources can lead to tragedy and death. This makes the Walk Free foundation's Promising Practices database an invaluable source of information on what has been tried in the last two decades, and how closely the endeavor met goals and intentions. As stated in the published paper, even knowing that not much is known about a certain sector of trafficking or demographic of victims gives a fruitful field for work while not wasting resources on failed ideas or doubling up efforts in well-trodden paths. Since the goal of Knit'n Kitten is to provide economic opportunity to prevent trafficking, as well as financial assistance to organizations providing ways out of trafficking, I expect to be spending a fair amount going over the database to maximize the impact we can have.

WIPWednesday 2-28-18


Working along on this. I'm considering top stitching all the seams with a burgundy thread to add both strength and continuity. I'm not positive if I will be able to though since the machine isn't set up to handle a deep cylindrical shape.


This is an attempt at 4-strand braid in paper. If the paper were wet it would probably work decently, but I'm not sure I like the effect enough compared to the amount of effort involved.


I am starting a visual log of the different embroidery motifs on my kurtis. There is a good chance the originals were stamped onto the fabric and the needleworker knew which stitches to use, but I have to try to show the different stitches, and am finding the herringbone variations difficult to distinguish.

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