Friday, October 31, 2008

Good News

I'm working on getting a Christmas Giveaway together so stay tuned and tell all of your friends.

Any ideas or requests? 

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ruffle Cravat (finished)

I just finished this Ruffle Cravat found in my new favorite book One Skein (Skein= ball of yarn). Basically all of the projects in this book are designed to use one ball of yarn and work up really quickly. This Cravat lived up to it's promise, it was very quick to make, and really quite fun! In fact, I am thinking of making another.

It is Crocheted, and it took me a few tries to get in the groove of the pattern, I kept over thinking it. Crocheting is an interesting thing because it has the built-in possibility of looking homey and hippy-ish, but some projects are quite nice and if you use a quality yarn, you can get a quality garment (or whatever it is that you are making). The fun part about crocheting is that it is generally pretty fast. I ended up using a smaller sized hook because I did the first motif with the recommended size and it was as big as a pot holder! Yikes. I like the smaller more petite version.

Anyhow, what do you think?

Pattern: Ruffle Cravat from One Skein by Leigh Radford
Yarn: 100% alpaca chunky weight (Lost the label, sorry)
Hook: size H (not recommended size)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pom Poms

I love love loooove pom poms. Unfortunately, they are a pain in the neck to make, and unless you have a pom pom maker, the best you will be able to make is a limp floppy pom pom. There's nothing more sad than a limp pom pom (and I mean nothing, not even our economy).

I've seen and used a few pom pom makers in my day, including this little Japanese gem, and until yesterday, I thought that this was the best in the world of pom pom makers. And truthfully, it's not too bad, but there is a bit of a learning curve and sometimes it is frustrating getting the pieces together. Also, when I snip the yarns, I always have this mini panic attack because the yarns could so easily slip out and become uneven (Gasp! Horror of horrors, right?)

Then, Yesterday, a bright big beautiful world of possibilities in the pom pom world opened up to me when I found the clover pom pom maker at my Micheal's craft store.

They aren't as compact as the Japanese ones, but boy are they functional! So easy to use, and when you snip the yarn, it stays in place thanks to the middle disk thingy. Also, because there is a central pin holding the two pieces together, there is a hole that you can string something through if you want before you fluff it up (otherwise, just fluff and the other yarns fill in the hole). They are a bit more expensive, but I think it's worth it.

Incidentally, this is a great thing to use with leftover yarn...

Okay, I'm off to adorn all of my daughters belongings with pom poms!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

How Embarrassing!

In all of my excitement to post about my first finished blogged project, I forgot to list the stats.

So I have now added them to the bottom of my "finished" post.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Baby Scarf/Hood with Pocket (finished)

It's done baby! Nothing feels better than finishing a project and liking the outcome! Overall, I am very pleased. There are some things I could have done better (see post below), but nothing too noticeable. So.... What do you think?

My lovely Model: Baby Axel.

As you can see, he has a bit of growing into it to do. And if you ever feel lukewarm about any of your projects, just drape it over a cute kid and you'll feel instantly better about it.

I included a few of my three year old Daughter modeling it so it shows more of what it is supposed to look like, and I guess that means that Axel will be able to use it for at least three if not more years!

Pattern: Scarf With Pocket from Baby Knits for Beginners by Debbie Bliss
Yarn: Cotton Ease by Lion Brand in Stone (body) and Charcoal (pocket inside) (not the recommended yarn)
Needles: size 7 straight (not the recommended needle size)


Seams. The ultimate test in patience. Whether you are sewing or knitting or crocheting, your seams will make or break your project. You'd think that knitting the same thing over and over will test your patience until you start seaming. I've ruined many a well knitted project with incorrect seaming (sad right?). Actually, it took me a while before I really understood how to do the mattress stitch, sometimes written instructions and pictures are hard for me to translate into doing, but I figured it out.

So I'm ok with the mattress stitch on a stockinette stitched edge, but how on earth do you sew the ends of an inside pocket to a ribbed scarf? Nowhere in my pattern or book did it tell me how to do this, neither in the other instruction book did it tell me. Result? A slightly stretched out seam on the bottom of my scarf. Grr. I hate that.

If you look at this picture you can see that the hem of the scarf is a bit stretched out. Also, it bothers me that you can see some of the darker yarn through the seam, and I suppose that it might have looked different if I used a lighter color, but I wanted the dark one to be inside the pocket.

On the wrong side of the scarf you can see that the first couple of stitches that I did (upper left corner of where the gray meets the charcoal) are incorrect, but at this point I had seamed and taken out the seam about three different times and when I figured out what I had done I was halfway down the pocket doing it the correct way and I just didn't feel like taking it out again. This is a no-no. I really should have taken it out, and now it will be a glaring reminder that it matters more to take it out than the time I spend re-doing it.

This last picture is my best seam, a mattress stitch sewing the two sides together to form the hood

Friday, October 3, 2008

Bear with me (please)

Hey everyone! I'm on vacation, please stay tuned for more crafty blogs, they are all waiting in my head to be posted....

Don't give up on me!