Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Little Miss Bear

It's Miss B's Half Birthday coming up, so being the crafty Nana, I made a little something to send down to her.

She's gonna be a bear!

It's made out of fleece, with flannel in the ears, and lined with cotton. It didn't take long, but I did have to do the ears by hand because the machine just wasn't cooperating.

She's going to be so cute! I can't wait for the picture of her wearing it!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

This Post Socks

I did it!!!

I finished the knitted socks!

I didn't give up!

They look the same!

[medium crappy phone pic for now, better picture later!]

I've learned decreases, increases, knitting with 4 needles in the round, and how to pick up and carry a dropped stitch from 20 rows earlier.

+1 Craft Skill upgrade!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


I was listening to the latest YarnCraft podcast today, and being the first show of the new year, they were talking about yarncrafting goals and resolutions for the year.

While I made some goals for the year for my life as a whole, I didn't really make detailed plans for my craft life.

I did want to finish the knit socks, make jam and biscuits, and work on (and hopefully finish) the Luna Sweater.

But what else?

I need to get the Rachel Scarf pattern finished and published so that it can do what it's meant to do.

This year I would like to do more sewing. I'm off to a good start, having made something for the grandbaby (will post that soon) and a bag. Last year I made some pouches and my wedding dress. This year I would like to make some shirts.

I want to continue knitting, but I'm not in that big of a fury for that. I think that when I finish the second sock, I will try to make Calorimetry again. I think I understand the short row concept a little better and won't give up as easily.

I want to do more crochet. Projects yet to be determined. I think some of that should be some charity crochet work.

I want to improve my photography. I will be learning more of the manual settings on my camera, and I want to apply that knowledge to taking better project photos.

I have big ideas.
I just need to put the time and focus into making them happen.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Phannie Revisited

Back about 2 years ago, I made the Phannie hat from Berocco.

It came out ok, but I didn't dig the band or the way it came out, so surprise surprise, I didn't wear it often.

I used the same yarn for a different project and after I realized I had enough left over from that and Mom's present this year, I decided I was going to frog back and try again.

So I frogged back about 6 rows, and started over, this time adding a repeat of rows 15, 16, and 17, as well as doing the band with a bigger hook (I have big hair, it takes a lot to compete with it).

Success! I like the drape and fit much better this time around.

Today's lesson:
No project is permanent and you CAN go back and fix things later.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Stick With It

I've also been spending a lot of time on Pinterest and I found where someone had made a graphic of this quote. It's from Ira Glass, host of This American Life. While I find the show sometimes a little snotty and hipstery, this is a good thing to read about staying with your creativity.  I hope it enlightens you a little bit, as it did for me.