Wednesday, January 30, 2008

first shirt!

This is one of the very few things I've completely sewed. Small potatoes for you folks, but I'm pretty excited. Then I embroidered my initials onto the bottom so that my other craft wouldn't get jealous. I don't know that I'll wear it that often, seeing as the chest doesn't really fit. Seriously, who's making these patterns?! I'm not a busty lady! But that's a blog for another day.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Fingerless Gloves

As I mentioned a few posts ago, it is really cold in my office. A co-worker and good friend of mine had been looking for a pair of fingerless gloves for a while, so I decided to make her some. The pattern is from the mittens book that Annie gave me at the knitting weekend in November. It was a confusing pattern to follow at first, but once I got the hang of it it went fast. They aren't knit in the round, so there is a lot of sewing involved. I think I'm going to make a few more pairs, as I've worn these to test them out and I love them.
UPDATE: I am keeping the gloves. I love them.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Beaded bracelet

At my son's request, we got out the beads today. He wanted to make one for himself, and I got bored watching him. So I made one for me. I decided last year I wanted to make jewelry and got some stuff. And made one bracelet. So I'm not good, and I don't know how sturdy it is, but I like it, so we'll see. I'm pretty sure it's not my calling.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Baby Hat

I have yet another baby shower to go to this weekend. I decided to whip up a baby hat for the occasion. I love baby hats, because you can get one done in four sitcoms, or two Power, Privilege, and Justice episodes. I went with an eyelet lace pattern from 101 One Skein Wonders. I used yellow baby cotton. I love knitting with baby yarn because it is so soft. I wish it came in colors that I would wear.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Cable Scarf

I decided that a cable scarf would make a great birthday present. I made up the pattern, and I think it turned out well. It's made out of wool, which makes it nice and fluffy. It was nice to make something out of a natural material. I usually make long scarves, but after 4 feet I decided this one was long enough. I have taken to using smaller dpns instead of cable needles. I think it's easier that way.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Pretty Little Ruff

I work in a very cold office. A lot of people have space heaters at their desks, which blows the fuse shared with the printer. I like to use printers, so instead of heaters, I go with knit wear. Tired of wheeling my chair over my scarf, I decided to go with a neck wrap. It's from One-Skein Wonders. Instead of going with the recommended yarn I decided to go with purple. Why? Because I recently made a purple hat and had leftover yarn. Instead of going with a fancy yarn, I went with Vanna's Choice from Lion Brand. It is the Vanna White endorsed yarn that you can pick up at Hobby Lobby or Michael's. It is soft, and doesn't feel acrylic when working with it (it doesn't cut your hands). It is the perfect yarn for small, weird projects, that you aren't quite sure how much you are going to use; the yarn is cheap, soft, and comes in pretty colors.
The ruffle ended up floppier than the one in the book, but I kind of dig it. I feel a little bit like a Renaissance clown in it. I hope that doesn't mean I have to go to a Renaissance fair. I hate to admit it, but I kind of like how it looks with a wife beater (which I put on just for the photo shoot for the blog. My house is not warm enough to wear a tank top in it in January. I wanted it to look authentic and fashionable. Just for the record, that means that the only fashionable item I have in my wardrobe is a brown wife beater).

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Christmas wrapping

I too am aware it's after Christmas, but I'm very pleased with my Christmas wrapping. I've had the felt for two years now, and finally got it done. I love felt because I don't have to finish the edges.

Because I believe in ripping open presents, some of them are made with velcro connecting the pieces (including all the kids' ones, because I'm not a fun-hater). Then I got lazy, and the others are just tied shut. But some people don't tear the paper anyway...

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Advent Calendar

So I know it's after Christmas. And I know we have one already. But I saw and liked the idea for this earlier in December, just didn't want to spend money on it then. By waiting until after Christmas, as well as using my scrapbooking stash, I think I spent less than $4 on this - cookie sheet from the Dollar Tree, magnets and little ornaments from Hobby Lobby. Ellie and I did it in about two hours. It was actually a good one for her to participate in, once I let go of the picture I had in my head. Not every day has numerals on it, as we didn't have enough. I think that will work though, because whoevers day it is will just get to pick.