Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Spontaneous Crafting

So today I sat down with my serger and had a long overdue "hi, how've you been?" session. Yesterday I did the same to reinforce some seams something I'd made last year (pre-serger), and get a head start on a Christmas present. Today I worked on a prototype for something I might put in the store, and then made something for me.

Using the Grab It & Go pattern at Sewing Republic (owned by Bernina*), I made a wallet.

I didn't add a vinyl pocket on the outside (extraneous, and besides I don't have any vinyl), but other than that, I think it turned out pretty well.

It's small, but that's what I wanted. I want something I can stick my ID and a few bucks to put in my pocket when it's game day or something.

As for the pattern, it was ok. It was relatively easy to follow, but if you're going to print it out to use it, print it on a color printer, because trying to look at the pictures in black and white/grayscale does not help. At. All. There was an unfortunate seam ripping incident because when I went to layer the pieces together, I put the outside on the inside.

But other than that, I'd give the pattern a solid B+.

*Being raised halfway on a farm, I have to say I'm a little weirded out by the Bernina slogan "Nothing sews like a Bernina. Nothing." Which I find to be curiously like the John Deere slogan "Nothing Runs Like a Deere." Is the second "nothing" supposed to be the thing that escapes copyright infringement?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

10 things I love about crochet:

1. Just touching yarn calms me down. Even when my project isn't going correctly, I'm never truly pissed when I have yarn in my hands.

2. How I can sit down and just start hooking and come out with something unique.

3. It's something that I have in common with my grandma and keeps us closer than we would be otherwise.

4. How it's gaining popularity and there are more and more GOOD patterns and less toilet paper cozies.

5. Just because it's fugly in the demo picture doesn't mean it really is when you use a more suitable yarn or color.

6. As long as I can crochet, I will never be cold in the freezing tundra we call the control room.

7. The dream that maybe one day, the hobby I love might make me money to keep me in supplies for my hobby.

8. Playing with different yarns for different effects with the same set of stitches

9. How it can be used to make everything from G strings to socks to sweaters to cargo nets.

10. Crochet stitches like sc, tr, dc, etc CANNOT be done by a machine.

Friday, September 18, 2009

A Tribute

Today is my grandmother's 90th birthday.

Not only is she my last living grandparent, she is the woman who many years ago taught me how to hold a hook and make a granny square.

She's taken the time to make me many handmade things, from the afghan for my high school graduation to a purple quilt a few years ago. She's even spoiled the cats, making them their own little simple quilted blankies to lay on.

Whenever I go visit, I make sure to show her what I'm working on, because I know that no matter what, she will be supportive and know what it means to put time and energy into a project.

Thank you Grandma! I love you! Happy Birthday!!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Fruits of my Labors

The much grumbled recycled bag is now up for sale on Etsy:
Recycled Bag #2

Also new, a blue choker:
Blue Flower Choker

Blargh, plarn.

I made an executive decision last night and decided that after I finish this recycled bag bag, I am never working with plarn again.

I don't really care much about the texture, but it's too time consuming. This bag has taken WAY longer than I wanted. I am tired of hearing plastic rustle. I have to hold my hook weird and it makes my arm hurt.

This will be the 3rd bag. That's enough.

After this, I'm either going to have to remember to take my fabric bags into the store, get paper, or make the effort to take plastic bags back with me to be recycled because they are NOT going to stay around the house (aside from a few for recycling and cat box duty).

So to add to my "I will not craft" list, I will not craft with plarn.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

It only comes once a year...

Not my birthday (that's in a few weeks), but International Crochet Day!

Crochet something!
Teach someone!
Buy yarn and hooks!
Buy something crocheted!

How will I be celebrating? Well, I'll be celebrating tomorrow, because today I've got a class from 8:30-12:30, and then have to report to work for a show and then a normal shift. YUCK.

So I'll be celebrating by wistfully dreaming of yarnythings instead of paying attention, most likely. :) And then on Sunday I will pick up a hook and work on something.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Got Some Time to Kill?

When I'm not crafting, I spend a lot of time surfing the net. My top 3 sites are my Google Reader, Facebook and Livejournal. Primarily because when I'm not at a computer, I can surf those 3 on my Blackberry with little loss of content or formatting.

But when I'm at home, computer on my lap and a lot of time to kill, I tend to surf crafty sites (while alternately playing Wordscraper...).

Some are linked over on the sidebar over there --->
but there are a lot of links in my bookmarks and I thought while I'm not doing any producing of actual crafts to show you, that I'd share some of the stuff I like to surf.

1. Craftster -
Although I don't post there nearly half as often as I used to, I do like to see what everyone else is making, especially on the sewing boards. In the spring, around prom season it's awesome to see some of the dresses the girls are making for their dances. It makes me wish I'd been a whole lot more creative for my proms.

2. Ravelry
This is where I spend a majority of my crafty surfing time. And it's usually on the forums, in the Remnants, reading the Open Letters Thread. Ah well. But it is a good source for patterns (free and paid), and feedback.

3. The Anticraft
Each issue has a theme. Everything has a slightly sinister but amusing vibe (just like me!). Come on, a bacon scarf. How can you not love it?

4. Dollar Store Crafts
I actually just followed a link to this one tonight and fell in like, hardcore. Dollar store supplies, awesome results. That's my kind of budget.

5. Craigslist
Find your city, look under "for sale" and then click "arts and crafts." Someone's de-stashing somewhere, usually for very reasonable prices. I got my serger from a guy on Craigslist.

6. Blogs.
I like keeping up with The CLF Official Blog, The Thrifty Knitter, Crocheting with Dee, Fibers by Tracie, and the blog from our LYS The Needle Lady.

What makes reading all of these blogs easier is that I get them all delivered via RSS to my Google Reader. (Yes, I'm pimping it out - I love it! I can sign in anywhere and not miss anything, or forget a feed, or whatever.) And just a reminder, you can get CraftyKix delivered via RSS to you! Just click on the link called "Subscribe to posts" down at the bottom of the page.

Ok, so now you have something to keep you occupied till I finish something else. :)