follow friday 3/25/11

so today’s follow friday blog is:

what can you do with fleece? a lot of things, and this is where you can come to get free patterns. i like fleece. it keeps me warm.

finished object: stash basket

made for my mom for her birthday. she commented she could never have figured out how to knit. yay, i can do something my mom can’t 🙂

i’m sure i’ll make one for myself later on. some things i need to keep in mind maybe for next time:

  • maybe do the base first, since it seems to take the longest.

but otherwise it was a rather quick knit. again, like the scrapbook, finished very early in the morning i was going to meet her.

i got this pattern (minus the handles) from the knitting 2011 desk calendar using lily’s sugar ‘n’ cream super-size in softly taupe – 3 skeins, because you knit using three strands of yarn together, but with some left over from all three.

finished object: kitschy kerchief (maroon)

again, like yesterday’s finished object, kitchsy kerchief just needed the ties sewed on, which i did on sunday. i am making more of these: currently black for english SIL, another upcoming color is cornflower blue. the increases doesn’t seem very clean to me; maybe i’m still not doing it 100% correctly. but it does lend to a different-looking edge that’s not quite garter stitch.

yarn: mission falls 1824 wool in colorway #010 (russett i think); sadly, no longer being made, but only need a skein for it.

 

finished object: scallop-edge beaded necklace

honestly, since most of my readers are also my facebook friends, i should stop posting these photos there until i posted them here first. 🙂

though i finished knitting this a few weeks ago, and in only a few days, i didn’t get around to sewing the toggle clasp on till sunday. a pretty easy knit, taken from 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders. this one was made for my cool english SIL, to be shipped over to the other side of the pond as soon as i get some other things done for her.

yarn used: knitpick’s merino style yarn in dk weight, coal (less than 1 skein). beads: seed beads in rose (2 tubes but didn’t need them all)

finished object: overseas trip scrapbook for my parents

unfortunately, due to the fact i finished this scrapbook an hour before i left to meet them, i do not have any photos of the finished project. but it’s done, chock-full of photos, and brief descriptions. even has a family tree of the in-laws.

a few things i’ve learned:

  • i need to keep focus, so that it doesn’t start out nice and end in something hastily put together
  • craft glue doesn’t work. i ended up using scrapbook double-sided tape instead

i’m taking a week off and will start another scrapbook, for myself.

follow friday 3/18/11

so, a la twitter, and as a replacement of my friday links, which just took up too much of my time, i’ve decided to do a follow friday for blogs (instead of tweeps).  i’ll go down my google reader subscription list in alphabetical order. most were found via CraftGossip features so the first one is…

*Random Thoughts of a Supermom*

(the asteriks is what causes it to be first alphabetically in the google reader)

so like, i’m not even a mom right now but i like to read ideas so that i’m prepared when, God willing, i become one in the somewhat near future (and no not yet). call it pre-nesting i suppose. 🙂

sew along

…and we’re back!

life has gotten a bit hectic with trying to finish so many projects and coming up with others i must get done, mostly by this weekend. but that’s nearing the end and will update you with those later.

just earlier this week i’ve discovered a potential sew-along through gwenny penny’s blog (who found it through the pick up some creativity blog) using the lisette portfolio dress pattern. ah, perfect. i almost bought this pattern a few weeks ago when joann’s had their $1.99 simplicity pattern sale, but decided i didn’t want to work too much on it alone, considering my (re-)beginning level of sewing (finally got my sewing machine out of the box a few weeks ago and it took me an hour or so to try to figure out how to put the bobbin in & to thread it). but since i came across this sew-along, i decided to do it.

 

*linked from the Lisette website

what i need to do before the sew along start date (whenever it’s decided):

  1. buy the pattern
  2. decide on the fabric (maybe i’ll have a vote on this)
  3. acquire the fabric
  4. acquire all the notions
  5. take a deep breath

so this weekend i’ll troll for the possible fabrics for the dress (which i’ll use as a long tunic instead). if you have any suggestions, please let me know. once i compile a list, i’ll post it here and y’all take a vote.

scrapbook project 1, part a

wow, two posts in one day.

my first foray into scrapbooking. i kinda have this attitude of making it my own, even if it breaks the rules.

so this project i’m recording my recent trip to dh’s backhomelandia for my parents to see. which means lots and lots of photos. which means i put as many as i can fit in. and it means lots and lots of info to put into the little spaces in between. sometimes handwritten. sometimes typed. i’m also not very good with keeping things straight. but hey, it adds personality. and that’s what i strive for.

page 1 of scrapbook

 

page 2 of scrapbook

sock knitting 2

so sock class has kept me insanely busy. and insane, in a way. yesterday was the third class, the final one being next week. but let’s back up and recap.

this is about how far i got before the second class, where we learn to knit the heel flap. so this is going to be an ankle sock; not quite my favorite but it will do for a first sock.

after the class, but not quite totally finish with the heel flap. i didn’t have too much left and totally finished it before the third class.

third class, yesterday. turning the heel, picking up stitches. honestly this was about the closest i came to giving up so far. or wanting to use those dpn’s on my eyes. i couldn’t pick up those stitches for the life of me. finally the teacher suggested i try using a crochet needle, and was finally able to work it through.

 

so these last two was from this afternoon, after the knitting the first row after picking up the stitches. slowly slowly slowly said the sloth. let’s see how much i can get done before the last class.

i just updated my links to the right (“banes of my existence”) and added a new page listing my knitting/sewing books & magazines i currently have.

i’ve also decided on a hiatus from my friday links, till i decide if i want to continue that or not. right now it’s too time consuming. instead i may put up specific good links when i find them.

sock knitting 1

so this past thursday was my first sock knitting class. i never used double pointed needles (dpn’s) before, so i knew this was going to be an adventure.

not only is this the beginning of my sock, it’s also an anarchist sign. because, frankly, knitting with dpn’s is a bit anarchic at the beginning.  but once you figure out the tricks, and get a good rhythm, it’s not so bad.

this was the progress i made yesterday afternoon. by yesterday evening, i had to frog it and start all over again. so now i’m halfway back to where i was yesterday afternoon. yes, it sucks, and i have only a few days before the next class and a long way to get to where it was recommended to be (though not necessary – it would just be a shorter sock). i just hope i stop screwing up.

i frogged this actually many times since thursday. everytime i did dh asked: are you giving up? or: why did you take this class anyways? are you ready for it? if there’s one thing i inherited from my family, it’s stubborness. and by golly, i’m gonna make this sock by the end of the month.

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