Friday, June 30, 2006

Busy busy busy

I 've been keeping myself occupied for a while now. I have finished a basketweave pillow from the book Modular Knits by Iris Schreier. There are a few others projects in the book that look neat.

I've also been working on Lady Eleanor from Scarf Style. It is going to take a while but I think its going to be worth it. I even shelled out a few extra bucks for some nice Noro yarn. Don't you just love the color?

Okay, so I said that I would never sew again......It called to me. So I decided to make my own needle case. The first attempt was okay. Quickly learned what not to do. I still have to finish it but will make some alterations. The second one is nice. Found some great patterned fabric. Another lesson learned......My "sewing machine", which I have nicknamed " the little green monster" does not like to sew through more than three sheets of fabric. Big problem right? No, because once in a while the brain works and I bought fabric glue......Good girl. Hopefully I will be able to take some more pictures in the morning when everything looks nice and the flash doesn't overexpose things.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Quilting.....Sort of

I was at my local Michaels wondering around, looking for something to use my 40% coupon on. I did about two laps around the store when I found it. It was a starter kit for quilting. I had noticed before that they had fabric on sale.. Real cute...Like for a baby. Plus it would give me a chance to use my mini sewing machine that I bought for ten bucks. So I bought it. Last night and this morning I finished a baby size quilt.
Reasons I will never (probably never) attempt this again:
1. You need an engineer degree to thread the machine
2. Stupid thread kept breaking every 5 minutes.
3. I cant cut straight (even with a guide)
4. I cant sew straight (even with a guide)
5. Pins and me don't mix
6. Big projects and little machines don't work well together
7. I cant sew straight (even with a guide)
8. Don't care to measure for an even seam (not a surprise since I hate to make swatches for knitting and crocheting)
9. I think I was not in my right mind when I bought this stuff
10. Stupid thread kept breaking

Even with ALL the problems, it came out cute, even though all the sides are not even (see REASONS 3 and 4). Once I find my camera, I will post a pic. Any one have a bandage I can use?

Saturday, June 10, 2006

looming trial and error

I can up with this wonderful idea to loom. Provo craft came out with a new set of looms that can be used in several different ways. i thought it would be neat idea if i could make a quilt out of yarn. The pic is my first attempt. I already have a few issues with it but i think i know how to fix it. of course, if there is a loomer out there who may have a better ear are open. The first thing i dont like is the orange/green columns. i did that so i would not have any gaps in my work. but i dont like how it looks, maybe gaps willl be okay since it seems to smush together very well. also, the reason i wanted to do this was because on board knitting the front and back are the same, with my swatch, the back is green , so the swatch resembles a quilt with backing. i even thought about adding batting to the colored sections so they would puff out ( the reason for no gaps). so any ideas? suggestions? comments?


one of my newest is a blanket made from moda dea wild yarn. it is so soft. hopefully i bought enought balls when they were on clearance at Michaels. At first i was using the yarn to make a shawl on the knifty knitters, but it just didnt look right and i was getting annoyed at the thought of all the panels i would have to sew together. if anything, i hope i have enough to make a wrap. also, it was done on the infinity loom that i mentioned in a previous post.

Baby blankets

I have a few friends that are expecting. So, what does a good friend do? Make blankets of course ! And if i 'm in a generous mood... i make matching hats ( no booties, i suck at making them). The solid pink and green blankets were done on a knitting loom and the striped one was crocheted. I hope they like them. To see close ups of the blankets, go to my photo album (link on sidebar).

Flash your Stash

well, i finally got around to taking pictures...first up, my stash. I have seen various other people flash theirs, so i thought, why not. what do i have to hide? i know it doesn't compare to others who have rooms overflowing, but i think that this is a nice start. I even think i freaked out a few relatives. who knew i was a yarn addict.

Friday, June 02, 2006


finally getting around to having a house warming party. boy, does it take a lot of effort. hopefully it will be worth it. who knew a small place was a pain to clean.

also, my infinity loom came. i ordered it from decor accents . its awesome. cant wait to start using it. i have had the yarn for a few months. plus i want to redo a blanket that i crocheted previously. so many projects so little time.

back to prep work for the party