Wednesday, November 25, 2009

In which I talk about stuffed animals

Not sure why it's taken me so long to find this website, but everyone go check out Gourmet Amigurumi. What a talented lady! I've always wanted to get into amigurumi, but I just don't have the patience for making stuff that tiny. Probably the same reason why I can't get through my first sock without wanting to kill myself. It's not hard. Just... small.

Also, this is going to sound ridiculous, but I created a dailybooth account. Pretty sure I'm the oldest person on that site, but whatever. I figure every day, I'll take a picture of me with whatever it is I'm making at the time, including the hats I'm selling, which may or may not motivate me to knit or crochet every day. With the holidays coming up (well, they're here now), I'm enjoying crafting every day, but I can tell I'm about to get really worn out with a bunch of orders that just came in. Not that I don't love making them - but I'm just getting stressed because of everything else going on outside of the crafting. Not a fun thing to deal with, and I really just need to get over it and finish - er, start - all the presents I plan on making.

Anyway, check out my daily booth. Here's a sneak peek of what you'll find over there:


I probably won't get a chance to update again, so I hope all of you have a Happy Thanksgiving! I will be spending tomorrow morning on my couch surrounded by yarn and 50 projects during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, before heading out to two (yes, TWO!) huge dinners. Guess it's time to wave hello again to all those pre-wedding pounds I lost!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Some crochet inspiration for you...

Saw this over at ModCloth and thought it was well worth posting for all of you Crafty McCraftersons out there who could DIY this thing for some last-minute holiday gifting!

I'm sure the yarn (which is probably of awesome quality) helps with the price of this, but I could seriously see myself whipping one of these out in an hour or two for maybe $20. And what a cute gift for my friends?! Do with it what you will!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Crochet Shells Mobius and more!

I think I found something new to obsess over - mobius shawls. Well, shawls in general. I swore I'd never be that person, but I'm starting to fall in love with how quickly they can work up (depending on the pattern's intricacy), and how beautiful they can look when used with the right yarn.

A couple years ago, I had found a tree skirt pattern that I really liked. That year, I had broken up with my long-term live-in boyfriend, and though it was a happy time due to the fact I didn't need to deal with that jerk anymore (hehe), I was then living alone in a town most of my friends had left. It was actually pretty depressing. I turned to knitting and crocheting once again to keep me company in the off hours (okay, and my cat, but I feel like we're crossing the line into crazy cat lady territory here).

Anyway, I spent hours and hours and hours, and most of my short Thanksgiving break, working on this stupid tree skirt. I needed tons of Red Heart Holiday yarn to complete it and, at the time, had only been able to find it on ebay. Go figure, considering now I see it everywhere! So for the past three years, I've had piles of this leftover, sparkly yarn just waiting to be used. Since the yarn's purchased, I've left that armpit of a town I had been living in, moved closer to my friends, got a new job, met the man of my dreams, got married, and somehow managed to acuire another cat. Basically, this yarn has been through a lot with me.

Enter the Crochet Shells Mobius. I saw it in one of the overly-numerous emails I get from yarn companies throughout the day. I remember thinking it was super pretty, and then getting excited to see it was made out of Red Heart Holiday. Hallelujah! An excuse to bust my stash.

So over the course of about three days on and off, I was able to not only use up almost all of my red color (oh, and there are still white and green left to go, too!), but I made my first mobius wrap, as well. I found some other mobius patterns I've been sitting on for years that I think I'll use for the other colors, and basically build myself a really cute holiday collection. It's super warm, and not as itchy as you'd think with the gold weaved through.

Hurray. An FO at last.

I actually have a bunch of other completed projects, but I can't show them yet because they are for swaps I'm participating in ;) I can't wait to unveil what they are!

So yeah, I've been incredibly busy with making everything for those swaps, as well as starting on Christmas gifts. It's that time of year! And we still need to get started on Thank You's for our wonderful wedding just over a month ago. I feel like such a slacker on those! I promise we will get to them before people forget we even had a wedding!

Oh, and I wrote a guest blog over here on how to unravel sweaters to recycle yarn. What a great way to get a ton of yarn at a great price for all your holiday projects!

I hope all your holiday crafting is going just swimmingly :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

I think I'll choose to use my fiber art talents for evil

A picture of decorated kitty from the DIY Maven's blog.
It's a sad day for my social reputation when my friend sends me this link and I'm immediately inspired to make a whole slough of kitty costumes for our wee ones at home.

I'm pretty sure it's this kind of thing (and, you know, granny square dresses), that give people in my industry a very bad name.

That said, I almost don't care, and the only people who will get to witness this in person are Nick and me... and everyone on Facebook once I've completed one and barrage my profile with the asinine photos.

Think about it... a brown torso with multicolored scallops = turkey costume for Thanksgiving! Red torso + fun fur trim = Christmas Santa! Green torso with red trim = Christmas elf! My cats are totally going to love this. Right?!
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