I’ve been busy with guest posting and sewing, so I’ve had little time to craft for myself. However, I saw this kit by Heidi Boyd at Crafty Planet and I knew it was the perfect housewarming project.
They look like David and Lisa the Gnome.
I finished it in two days, mostly because I started cutting out the fabric at 9.30pm and was too tired to stitch when I was done. This is my first attempt at applique, a technique that’s scared me off. But! It wasn’t as difficult as I assumed it would be. I had so much fun making this and it was so nice to finished a project quickly and immediately be able to hang it up. The SGT and I agreed, I have to buy and make the rest of the available kits and hang them up in the house.
For more FOs, check out Tami‘s blog.
As a Christmas present to myself, I signed up for the FreshStitches kit club (sign ups are closed but you can purchase individual kits though the link) and the first installment out of six is Tipper the Tiny Crab! I’m onto super secret sample knitting number two (yarn review to come) I’ve been taking a break in the evenings to work on this little guy.
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And as a super cool bonus, beads were added to turn Tipper into a decorator crab. The decorator crab grabs bits of seaweed and other random things he finds and adds it to his shell. Great way to hide from predators and a way to make the other sea life jealous. “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful,” says Tipper.
For more WIPs, check out Tami’s blog.
I love tiny things. And I love making tiny things. So when I saw that Underground Crafter linked to a tiny crochet sweater, I knew I had to make one.
I think I might have to go up a hook size for the next one I make. This one came out rather stiff. I’m going to be making a garland out of these spelling out someone’s name. This is the only Christmas present I’ll be working on since I’m swamped with my secret projects.
For more finished objects, check out Tami’s blog.
At the Fiber in the Boro fest, I picked up a kit to needle felt a sheep. It was fun but, um, I didn’t make a sheep. I made a dog instead.
I couldn’t get the head to be sheepy enough so I ran with it. I think I like him better as a dog. I have more than enough roving left over try to make a sheep. He’ll be the sheep herding dog to a flock of lambs and ewes!
For more FOs, see the list at Tami’s blog.
This week is the last Junebug Days week! I can’t believe Independence Day is next week. Summer just began but at the same time, it feels half over.
Most of us use cotton yarn in the summer and while I’m not a big fan of it, I do love the fish dishcloth that I made a year ago:
You can’t tuna harmonica, but you can tuna fish!
Oddly, it photographed much less intensely than it looks in person. Now is much faded but it’s been used and washed and dried for a year now. I’m quite pleased with how the Peaches and Cream yarn has held up. I use this mostly as a pot holder/trivet and less as a scrubber though. I prefer to use sponges for that and for wiping up messes. I think I wouldn’t mind making more pot holders and stuff out of this yarn, and that’s saying a lot since I tend to dislike the feel of most cotton yarns.
A new friend’s daughter is having her first birthday next week. The “theme” is “HOO is turning one?” As soon as she told me, I rushed out and bought a Nelson the Owl kit from blog friend Fresh Stitches. I’m mostly done!
I just have the feet, face and eye circles left to make. Though, right now it looks more like Doraemon than Nelson. I’m very pleased how quickly this guy is coming together.
Long time readers know that I love collecting cute and/or unusual cups. Target did not fail me this weekend. Check out this cute guy that came home with me this weekend.
I love his little flippers
He’s just the right size for a cup of coffee too. My owl mug is just too big for my morning cup. I love him and Ninja does too.
There's nothing in there for you.
Cats are the original photo bombers, I swear.
Christmas this year was great, especially compared to last year when I was on chemo. The bar for making this a great Christmas wasn’t too since all I wanted was to not be sick. And I wasn’t!
Husband outdid himself with the gifts, again. I got many pairs of pyjamas and socks. Getting excited over clothing is a sign that I’m officially an old person and no longer a child. But the best two gifts were on opposite ends of the cost spectrum: a tea strainer and a Kindle Touch.
How cute is this tea strainer?
It floats! Quack!
He knew that out of all the things he got me, this was going to make me the happiest. And he’s right! I love the little stand he comes in and that he floats around in my tea! I’ve named him George.
The other super cool thing is the Kindle Touch. I love my Kindle 2nd generation and it was a real life saver in the hospital. But I was ready for an upgrade to one that’s a wee bit faster.
The best part was that Husband did not gift me any yarn so I’m going to be able to stick to my yarn diet. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and will have a great new year.
Saturday, husband and a few friends joined in a pinewood derby. This was an adults only (even though people brought their kids anyway) hipster event. It’s been a yearly thing put on by some custom blue jeans store in Nashville. I checked out their shop inside and nearly fainted at the $800 used–excuse me, “Vintage” boots they had on sale. Anyway! It was tons of fun!
There was a trophy for Worst in Show which I was gunning for. Our original idea didn’t pan out but I finally was able to put my love for tiny plastic things to use! And my Dremel tool! I finally got to use it. Note to self: next time I’m going to sand down wood, I really should get goggles and a mask.
One Side of our Float
Unfortunately, our mighty vessel came in at 70g overweight. I knew getting rid of a girl or two wouldn’t cut down weight so I just decided not to enter. It’s now on my bookcase and I’m very proud of it.
Our friend John won Worst in Show for his “Winning at Charlie Sheen” car.
Winning at Charlie Sheen
He was my competition for the prize but I’m glad it went to someone we knew. I just wish I had won so I could rub it in his face.
It was a great weekend and this derby was a lot of fun. This was something totally up my alley but not something we would have done back home in NYC. As much as I miss home, I’m having a lot of fun here in Nashville.
BFF (and blog commenter) Leticia and I went to the Fiber in the Boro festival in Murfreesboro, TN. Husband was in tow as well and made his very first purchase of yarn! He’s currently working on a pair of garter stitch baby booties as a gift for a co-worker. We were lucky and found a skein of super wash wool in a bright green/blue color.
I also picked up some great yarn and Leticia’s bags are laden down with many silk hankies. We also saw some cute angora bunnies for sale along with sheep, cashmere goats and some llamas and alpacas. Paul wanted to take this guy home. I pointed out that the cat wouldn’t be happy, nor would our apartment managers.
Agnes the Angora Rabbit
I also pointed out that we don’t have the first clue on proper rabbit care.
There were quite a few vendors, mostly selling raw fleece. It was more of a spinner’s heaven than a knitters but there was plenty of handspun yarn. BUT the best stall was Liz Valentin’s Stupid Cute Designs. Her hand needled felted toys and purses are stupidly cute.
Stupid cute is right!
Plus she was super sweet to talk to. She’s a yoga instructor and learned how to needle felt in Portland. She is taking custom orders that will arrive in time for Christmas. My favorites are her monsters and her rodents.
I spotted a needle felted owl and I knew I had to take him home with me. He’s got a place of honor on the mantle now.
Hoo Are You?
He’s just too darn cute. I still haven’t come up with a good name for him.
Stay tuned for Wednesday’s posts for pictures of husband’s first knitting project! He’s picking up quite naturally and I couldn’t be happier.