Friday, February 26, 2010

what haven't i blogged about?

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Another pair of seed stitch wrist warmers. This is an alpaca/peruvian wool blend so it's not as soft, but still very soft. And as a bonus, the seed stitch makes them kind of squishy which is why I love them so much. Alas though, our love is not meant to last as I sent them off to the White Rabbit Gallery in Iowa City. If you're near there you could go and fall in love with them.

My chair comes today. People say I have the house of revolving furniture, but that's only because I don't like when my house feels overcrowded. Plus we're replacing hand me downs with furniture that suits our needs better.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I've already used "new bag" as a subject

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Took time from knitting/crochet work to make a bag for my shop yesterday. My hand is starting to hurt and cramp from the marathon knitting session (which I know you're not supposed to do).

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All the usual things apply, the canvas and interfacing and sturdiness and what not. I'm not sure why the photos look kind of washed out. Too much light maybe. Perhaps digital photography will be the next class I take.

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That's my art book in that binder so unless you're willing to pay $82 for just the binder it's not for sale. And yes, the book is in a binder. The professor thought she'd save us some money by getting the book unbound and three hole punched. I would rather have paid the extra money. Oh yes, and I haven't even opened it.

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A very subtle inner fabric. I rather like it.

I bought a porcelain glove display hand on etsy earlier this week. I'm so excited about it it's a little ridiculous, but when you have no friends you must resort to buying fake body parts for models.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

It's Tuesday!

I forgot it was Tuesday last week so I completely missed Craft Juice Tuesday. I haven't put anything up on that site for a while, but I should. It's a good way to get your crafts seen and to see what other people are doing.

Again, I tried to stay off the front page, but this was too cute:

Other great finds:

I am a sucker for good pottery/ceramics and these bowls are a great neutral color and look sturdy.
I'm actually picky about earrings because I have short hair, but these would be perfect. I like the way stud earrings can look elegant and fun at the same time.

Last but not least, this isn't something someone actually made, but I love buttons. And they are the most favorite thing in my stash and in a nice jar make a great bookend (except when I need to get a button and the books fall).

Monday, February 22, 2010

progress of the granny

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Those are 20 granny squares measuring 6 inches in size. I changed my mind from doing 25 to just 20 and having it be a 24" x 30" blanket. I started to lay it out after I had 10 squares to see how large it would be and just thought it was too big.

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This is what a section of my floor looked like after the kids went to bed. Since I am exceptionally smart I laid it out in the middle of the floor which caused a lot of large steps on the part of Husband so as not to mix up any squares. He was very good natured about it and I finished it up quickly.

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All sewn up and hanging over our bench/entertainment center. And for good measure, one more of it all folded up.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Sponsor Me at March for Babies!

I'm going to be doing the March for Babies this year. The money raised will go to March of Dimes which helps premature babies (among other things). Those that have been around a while will know that Daughter was 6 1/2 weeks early and Son was 3 weeks early, so this is something I can really get behind and am honored to volunteer for. I'm also not too proud to beg for donations. I know economic times are tough, but any amount will help.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

If you're a vegetarian you might want to avoid this paragraph. Reading the Omnivore's Dilemma makes me want to find a local farm that has pork and chicken. We already buy Amish raised chicken or organic, but that book ruins organic meat for me. I think we'll buy amish raised until I can find a local farm that has chicken. And did you know meat used to be a seasonal item much like vegetables? I found that incredibly interesting. Anywho, I don't tend to buy a lot of pork because I don't agree with factory pork farms AT ALL. I didn't before I read the book, but I think I'll be changing our pork consumption to none until I find that local farm. I already found a local place that sells grass fed beef at the farmer's market, so I think I'll look into buying half a cow and then I'll be set for a really long time. I think this is the only way I'll be able to settle the cognitive dissonance in my head.

Mom needs 12 tote bags in two weeks. I finished four yesterday and I cut out four more to do today, but I need to get some canvas for the straps. I made my own for the first 4 bags, but I don't have fabric to match these next 4 and if I'm going to have to buy something I'm buying the straps. Unfortunately I'm not getting paid (I figured it out and I would have made $300 selling 12 bags) for anything but supplies, but she does babysit A LOT and I bartered for an overnight next weekend so Husband and I can go out.

I also heard from The White Rabbit gallery and she wants more baby blankets and wristwarmers. I foresee a very busy and stressful (but good stress) week. Thankfully there's no art class tonight. We're supposed to be off visiting a museum, but I think I'll visit my local Hancock Fabrics or Joann's store instead.

Oh and the owner of that gallery bought my favorite pair of wristwarmers for her sister. I think I'll definitely make more of this pattern.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Granny say what?!

This would be 4/25 squares which will be used to make a baby blanket. I'm using Vanna's Choice acryclic because I think I mentioned it will be a baby blanket. Baby's are notorious for being messy, so something easily washable is awesome. Plus acrylic won't be harsh on baby's sensitive skin.

Just a little detail. I do really like the way they're turning out. I'm always worried that granny squares are a little too holey, but I don't think this is the case for these. Maybe because the yarn is a heavy worsted weight or maybe my tastes are changing.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


My hand is falling asleep while I knit which does not make for knitting fast baby blankets. Anyone have tips on how to help that not happen? It would be greatly appreciated.

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We'll go into the way back time machine instead. Before this blog was even thought of I made this. I made it for a friend's daughter and had to send it early because it turned out a little small, but it's still lovely. It knit up super fast and turned out beautifully and from what I understand it was worn quite a bit. I like making versatile things for the children so they get a lot of use out of it. This can be worn over a tank top, t-shirt, or long sleeve shirt so it's an every season kind of thing. I also like that it can be dressy or casual.

According to my ravelry I only knit 1 before doing the button holes and I had the wrong number of stitches so I added some rows. I'm glad I write these things down because I wouldn't have ever remembered that. The pattern can be found on ravelry or at the website. I highly recommend it if you happen to be knitting for a wee lass.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Craftjuice Tuesday

Today I'm participating in Craftjuice Tuesday where I will feature things found on Craftjuice that tickle my fancy. I'm choosing mostly from the upcoming crafts section because I feel like the ones that make it onto the front page get a lot of exposure and there's a lot of great stuff that isn't on the front page.

Hand Knitted Scarf by Branda

I could probably make this myself, but I do adore that photo. Also, it looks really well knit and who doesn't love a long scarf?

Ogden Orange Robot Sculpture Jiggly Wiggly by RobotsAreAwesome

I think my son would adore that in a few years. It's so cute and it makes me want to touch it.

And lastly, I am a sucker for gorgeous photos.

Star Exploding 8x10 Metallic Print by pariahproject

Monday, February 8, 2010

I made another bag last week. I was churning out about one a day, but I've got some baby blankets to work on now so it might be slowing down a bit.

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I used a t-shirt and added interfacing and canvas so the bag has strength and holds its shape.

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I love the lining which has pirate ships, treasure chests and skeletons.

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The strap is long enough to go over the shoulder.

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I can't wait until summer so I can get better photos using natural light.

Friday, February 5, 2010

a story

Every once in a while I have to go through Daughter's drawers and pull out the clothes she outgrew. I was doing this on Wednesday and it was the first time she realized I was giving her things away. So of course that went over so well leading into "you can't give away my clothes. What will I wear?" After explaining that she wouldn't be able to wear them anyways since they didn't fit she looked at me and said "I have a good idea." (She has many good ideas usually not turning out so good). "You can make bags out of them." Keep in mind Daughter has more clothes than 3 little girls could wear, but instead of downright saying no I told her she could choose one and I would make a bag out of it. Here's what she chose (after some persuasion):

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She loves it because her Belle doll (really just Barbie with dyed hair and a yellow dress) fits in it. And now you also know my political leanings in the last election.
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No pockets since it's for a four year old and she wouldn't really use them. By the way, love the Tag Reading System by Leapfrog.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

new bag

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A small hand bag for those inclined to like small things. I left out the canvas from the middle because it doesn't need a lot of support and it would have just added a lot of bulk.

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I stole the shirt out of the give away box for the kids clothes. It turned out well and the perfect size for life's necessities, lip gloss, wallet, keys...

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The inside has some of my favorite Alexander Henry fabric. I originally got it to line a blanket, but said blanket did not take to lining so well. I can't seem to find the exact fabric online so that just goes to his home page.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Liz Lemon

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I started with the High Street Hat pattern and heavily modified it.

I cast on 56 using size 9 needles and k1, p1 for 6 rows. Without doing increases I switched to size 10.5 needles and started with the yo, k1 pattern. started decreasing when the hat measured 5 inches from CO edge starting with
row 1: K12, k2 tog
row 2: Knit
row 3: K11, k2 tog
row 4: Knit
row 5: K10, k2 tog
row 6: Knit
row 7: K9, k2 tog
row 8: K8, k2 tog
until you get to K1, k2 tog
after that I threaded the tail through remaining stitches and pulled tight.

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The yarn is so incredibly soft it's unbelievable. There's no way that this hat would make your forehead itch.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

When did I become a bag maker?

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A messenger style bag this time. Without the use of any t-shirts I might add. Just a little appliqued bird. It almost looks like he even has an eye.

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The adjustable strap means that it can be as long or almost as short as you'd like.

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I should probably return that library book. The canvas does really help to hold the shape of the bag and add strength for when you shove a ton of stuff into it.

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Now you all know what kind of camera I have as well. I think I sewed the pocket on differently, so it's more vertical than horizontal. Great for a cell phone though.
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And the strap. There is some contrast stitching, but don't look too closely or you might see that I'm not perfect.

Monday, February 1, 2010

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These are my favorite wrist warmers out of all 10 pairs that I made. It was a little sad putting these in the envelope to mail. They're made out of chunky baby alpaca and they are the perfect combination of soft, squishy and warm. Right now as I type this they are at White Rabbit Gallery and you should go buy them. Luckily I wrote down the pattern so I'll be able to replicate them.

As a side note, that was the yarn I bought for the Liz Lemon hat, but my mouse must have moved before I clicked purchase. I didn't realize it until it got here. I have yet to order the olive color I actually wanted.