Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year's Eve!

It's almost time for a new year.

Craftwise, I have a few things on my Uberlist to do:

*Paint at least 3 paintings
*Make at least 4 items on the master Craft To Do/Idea list
*Use at least half of yarn stash

I've spent the past few days playing with the knifty knitter, and it's kind of fun. I'll have to do a little more research to figure out exactly what I can do with it.

Happy New Year Crafting!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Oh yeah...

Remember that sparkly purple chenille I referenced a few posts back?

It sucks.
It's going in the goodwill pile.

Next up, Violet Beauregard, in black (of course).

A Merry Crafty Christmas....(kixmas?)

So for Christmas, my family clued in to the craft vibe. Okay, and I hinted for a few things, too.

Among the crafty haul was:
Not Your Mama's Crochet
A set of round Knifty Knitters
A rotary fabric cutter and cutting board
some yarn
a quilted bag that has a billion pockets and is perfect for yarning


My Grandma made me a quilt with matching pillows:

I'm going to go snooze under it right now...

Sunday, December 23, 2007

still around

I've been caught up in books lately, but today I picked up the knitting needles.

I've got some purple sparkly chenille yarn I harvested from a sweater a long time ago, and I cast on about 20 stitches and have maintained a stockinette stitch. It's almost square now. Maybe it'll be a scarf...I don't know yet...

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

FO: Fat Bottom Bag

My most recent Finished Object....

The Fat Bottom Bag from Happy Hooker. The yarn is Polar by Filati something or other. :) Mom got it for me for my birthday. It's THICK, and also the reason why this bag is bigger than it was supposed to be!

Big enough to try to slip a sleeping cat into...but not for long...

I also ran out of yarn right at the very end, so I had to finish the handle flaps with some contrasting Wool Ease.

Not a bad end result, I'd say.

Inaugural Musings, or How I got into Crochet

When I was little, every Sunday afternoon after church we would go to my grandparent's house. We'd have lunch and we kids and mom would talk to Grandma and Grandaddy while Dad went to feed the cows and take care of farm things. Grandma almost always had a crochet project going, usually something like snowflake christmas ornaments for the church ladies craft bazaar.

She started teaching me to crochet, starting with some basic stitches, and then the granny square. I made my first granny square, and it wasn't completely horrible, but it was nowhere near grand. I'm not sure if I still have it or not. I had added to it and made it bigger for the cats to lay on, but I may have given it to Goodwill in the last move.

Every time I go back, I show Grandma what I've been working on. She can't crochet a lot anymore because of her joints, but she enjoys seeing what I'm doing. The last time I visited, she was working on a new ripple afghan to match her sofa.

So far the biggest project I've tackled has probably been the Unseamly Sweater from the Happy Hooker book.

I tried to pick up knitting starting about a year or so ago. It's been an okay trip. I've made two washcloths, and have dreams of doing something with cables, but we'll see about that. I'm still having a hard time getting both hands to coordinate with each other because I'm so used to the hook and going fast.

I also sew and do other crafty things. I have a tendency to fall in love with expensive fabrics. Every once in a while I get a chance to draw, too.

My creativity comes in spurts, so it may be a bit between posts, but it's always in the back of my head. :)