Published 2012 January 1
A long time ago I purchased the supplies to make beaded stitch markers, but I finally sat down to make some last night. The beads (collected from random places over the years) were attached to the looped half of a toggle clasp, so that they are ‘snag-free.’
I’m gifting these to a fellow knitter, but I will definitely be making more in the future!
Published 2010 September 12
I have some bad news for all of you who (like me) thought the Knit Picks company had invented the harmony wood needles. Look what I found when I went needle shopping in Trondheim (Norway) the other day:
Exactly the same needles, but packaged as a “KnitPro” product. And here I thought Kelly Petkun had hand dyed the first set in her kitchen many years ago, and then decided to start a business selling them along with “affordable luxury yarn” – boy, am I gullible!
In other news, my Stilwell sweater is coming along nicely. I’ve knit up to where the arms attach and have set the body aside to start working on the sleeves (for which I needed these double points). Will have photos to share soon!
Published 2010 February 17
I’m just now getting around to making my New Year’s resolution (yes, singular) – although maybe I could claim I was waiting for the Chinese New Year (…a lie)? Let’s just say life has been hectic.
For my resolution last year, I decided I wouldn’t start any new knitting projects until the old ones were finished; I have a habit of letting UFOs languish for years. I’m happy to say that I did very well with last year’s resolution! In fact, I finished up all of my old UFOs and only created one (the “Fancy Dress” raveled here). Pretty darn good, I think!
So for this year, I’ve decided to apply last year’s resolution to all of my OTHER crafty projects. And, boy, do I have a lot of crafty UFOs! Here’s a list of projects with materials assembled/purchased, as well as true UFOs, that I resolve to accomplish in 2010:
- Christmas stockings for Hubby and myself – cross stitched and home sewn [I started Hubby’s stocking in Nov 2007. When I will finish it is now a running joke in the family. Sigh.]
- Wedding Photo Album – We got married in Aug 2007 and I still haven’t assembled it. Major embarrassment!
- P.J.s for Hubby – Started them 2 yrs ago, even cut out the fabric shapes per the pattern, but haven’t sewn them together yet. [This was the first thing hubby asked about when I told him my 2010 resolution, thus a priority.]
- T-shirt Quilt – Using all of hubby’s old t-shirts (of which he has many). [Per wonderful tutorial by CraftStylish contributor Erika Kern.]
- Cloth Napkins – At hubby’s request, though I don’t know why it never occurred to me. [Per these great tutorials from Maggie Makes and Skip to My Lou.]
- Topper for Christmas Tree – Has been barren each year thus far. Truly sad. Still deciding on a pattern…
- Process Ivan and Hamlet’s Mohair – Wash, dye, card, and spin. All of it! Including the new fiber we’ll be relieving them of in March / April. I am totally excited!
A pretty hefty, yet do-able list. Unfortunately, this means I’ll have to ease up on the number of knitting projects I complete this year. But honestly, my crafting energies have been put almost entirely into knitting and spinning, so some balance would be wonderful.
I look forward to crossing these items off the list and sharing the finished objects with you!
Published 2010 January 17
Hello, dear readers, just a quick note to let you know that I’m tied up writing my masters thesis. Once it’s all over, I’ll be back with more crafty rambles. ‘Til then, please stay tuned!
Published 2010 January 6
My youngest sibling is 9 yrs old and from an early age she’s shown an aptitude for all things crafty – unlike my teenage sister and tween-aged brother (there’s quite an age gap between me and them) – which I have to admit, makes me really really happy. Last year I got her a small cross-stitch kit and she patiently stitched away at it, working for several hours at a time to finish it in less than a week. I can’t help gushing. I’ve never seen such fortitude in a kid so young!
This year, I decided she was ready for knitting, so I purchased her a set of US 8 and US 10.5 knitting needles and (admittedly) destashed on her some Sugar ‘n’ Cream Cotton, Boucle and Fun Fur. We didn’t have a chance to sit down for our knitting lesson until we were at the hotel near Disneyland, but here she is knitting away:
She learned VERY quickly and I bet she’s going to be a much better knitter than her Big Sis as time goes by. Woot!
Published 2009 December 7
While I’m not much for the religious side of things, I really do enjoy the tradition of trimming a tree during the holidays. The farm began selling trees & wreaths the day after Thanksgiving, so this past weekend Hubby and I went down to the corner stand and I picked out a fraser fir. By tree standards, Hubby tells me I picked a funky one – long and tall, rather than bushy; some gaps between the boughs, some branches much longer than others – but I think it’s perfectly adorable.
We used LED lights this year, so our tree has more of a brightness to it than I’m used to – but I’m willing to make the concession in favor of energy savings:
We’re slowly accumulating ornaments [we purchase them as vacation souvenirs], and while the tree looks much more decorated than our first Christmas together, we certainly have a ways to go.
By next year, my plan is to knit a star-shaped topper (raveled here) and a tree skirt (raveled here)…oh, and there’s Hubby’s cross-stitch stocking I’m now on YEAR 4 of making. Sigh. I see lots of year-round holiday knitting / stitching in my future!