Sunday, March 29, 2009

I caved

OK. OK. I finally caved to the masses and joined ravelry. Oh my....so many luscious projects on there just make me want to go out and buy yarn and more yarn. And maybe start subscribing to Interweave Knits so that I can make this. I was even thinking about getting a serious haircut, but after seeing how lovely the model looks with her long tresses, I may be forced to reconsider.

sleeveless

I've started working on a sleeveless sweater. I'm hoping for the best, but bracing for the worst. My gauge is a bit off and it's looking biggish :( I went yarn shopping with a friend. I kept heading for the earthy brown and grey tones (you know me), and she kept telling me that those are not my colors and steered me toward the pinks and purples. So she talked me into this pink. I'm doing it, but not loving it. Maybe I will grow to love it. Such a shame that at my age, I still don't have a real sense of style. I'm the type who goes clothes shopping and comes home with nothing. I'll keep ya posted.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wow!

Wow! I think everyone should do giveaways every now and then. It's so wonderful to hear from people who stop by this ol' blog. Thanks for dropping by and saying hi! And if you linked to me, an extra big thanks! I mean it!

OK...the winners of the giveaway are

winners
c.Rachel of http://cultivatingrachel.wordpress.com/
and Britt of http://britt-sneezerville.blogspot.com/

Congratulations, ladies. The good news is you won. The bad news is your packages will go out, um, whenever I get the gumption to drag my bum over to the post office. Hopefully sooner than later, but with me that's how it goes. Smooches!! :)

If you feel bad you didn't win, it's OK...as pinkchalk says, "if you had fun, you won!" Make yourself your own prize: you can get the yarn here, and you can make the project pouch from this tutorial.

p.s. Rebekah made the Morning Snack Scarf. It looks amazing (and amazingly different from mine). Check it out!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

A GIVEAWAY

yarn market yarn

Isn't this yummy? The folks at Yarn Market have contributed 2 skeins of Berroco Seduce in #4330 Earth Stone for a giveaway. Yes, that is the yarn called for in the Morning Snack Scarf pattern. I'm am also including a made-by-me project pouch for each of the TWO winners.


giveaway

For a chance to win a set, comment on this post. If you'd like to sweeten your chances of winning, link to this post on your own blog, include the above picture in your blog post, and leave another comment here letting me know that you did so. Make sure your name/blog shows so that I can contact you if you win. I (via the random number generator) will be picking the winners by next week Thursday March 26 before I go to bed (around midnight). Good luck. I hope you win! :)

yarnmarket logo

Morning Snack Scarf

on deck

Here ya' go. This is the perfect scarf for knitters who have done the knit and purl thing to death and are ready to move on to the next level--lace knitting. You'll have the pattern memorized by row three. You'll still be able to watch your favorite TV shows and knit at the same time. Don't like counting rows? No problem. You won't have to. All this, and you'll still be able to impress your friends. Go you!

morning snack img

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sigh

I could look at fabric all day.

working

Tomorrow is the giveaway! :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Get Ready

get ready
Get Ready...

get set
Get Set ...


go
Go!!!


Come back Thursday. There's a free pattern on it's way just for you. Oh, and a giveaway too!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Embedded

I'm really growing to love reverse applique and the way it seems to take on a life of it's own. This is a cushion cover in progress. Little pieces reverse appliqued into a larger piece to form a block.

pez applique

The block then reverse appliqued into yet a larger piece. This could probably go on for a bit....

embedded pez applique

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Like Watching Paint...

playroom2

I finished painting the playroom in time for the party. What was once four white walls and a bunch of toys scattered everywhere is now four terrarium colored walls (thank you Fresh Aire!), with toys scattered everywhere. The color warms up the space nicely, and I love how it looks different depending on the time of day and the amount of light bouncing around.

I was debating using some wild, fun, happy color. This is a playroom, afterall. But I opted for something calmer. This color says:"Have fun, but let it be self-controlled fun. Enjoy yourself in this room, but may it be a reserved form of enjoyment." Yeah, right, whatever...

playroom

Maybe someday I'll be able to take pictures of the whole room to show you, but right now I'm not in the mood to clutter up my blog with pictures of toys that are all over the place. I have enough of that in real life. :)

Sunday, March 08, 2009

for Emily

I was going through some flickr photos of mine and realized I never posted pictures of this set I made for a friend's baby (who is now on the verge of turning 2!). This set was featured on Sew, Mama, Sew and uses the tutorials I wrote for Michael Miller Fabrics. Click here for the booties, here for the burp cloths, and here for the bib.

for emily

ikea box

Friday, March 06, 2009

B-day Party

puff paint

mikey painting

Here I am blogging about something that happened a couple of weeks ago. I'll get caught up one of these days.

The b-day party for K was fun. We had it here at home, and I think it's great when kids get a chance to do something artsy-fartsy. Joann's had a president's day sale on t-shirts, so I scooped up 15 of them in various colors and the kids got to express their inner Jackson Pollocks with puff paint. There were a some t-shirts left for me to have fun too. Cool discovery: puff paint doesn't puff if you use it sparingly and the little squeezy container it comes in is great for making dots. Hmmm....might have to try something on a larger scale for ME using this technique.

five

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Snakey's Sleeping Bag

We have a tradition at our house. Every Friday night is a movie night. We get into our pjs, bring down our sleeping bags, camp out in front of the TV and watch one of about 4 or 5 movies. Let's see, there's Herbie, Cars, Curious George, Milo and Otis, and Airbud. Sometimes we break it up with the old Inspector Gadget cartoons.

Anyway, one night my five year old was feeling bad that his toy snake didn't have a decent sleeping bag. So we made him one. I even went to the effort to put in a loooong zipper (although it doesn't turn a corner like on a real sleeping bag). Eh, snakey doesn't seem to care.

sleeping bag

sleeping bag2

eta 3/4/09 : A few people have emailed to ask what fabric that is with the circles. The fabric is from here. I received it from Alison about 2 years ago, and it's not available on their website anymore. The circles are reverse appliqued onto quilter's cotton using this method. Here's a closeup:

applique close up

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Herringbone Wrap Tutorial

front view

Here's a tutorial on Kathy Miller's blog for a wrap I made using Organic Herringbone. It's been posted on her blog for, um, two weeks, and I'm finally just getting around to posting about it. Ack!

back view
My favorite detail: the shirring on the back.