Wooooooohoooo got my package from Sherrie B. today! It actually arrived before Thanksgiving, but I only picked it up today.
Here is everything:
Let's see.. on the left, we have TWO stockings (in case I didn't like the one she made! Insanity!). Above the stockings is a cute little green hand sewing repair kit, in green, my favorite color. Then we have the pumpkin spice scenty packets, which were scattered throughout to make everything all Christmassy scented. To the right and top is a mug that came with a handy dandy magnet notepad (particularly awesome because ours just ran out), next to a bath fizzy (hecks yes bath fizzy). Then there's a storage/laundry basket, that I actually used tonight to do laundry. Very useful for us college students. There's also a weekly planner, a Christmassy dishcloth (in the kitchen right now!), a Christmassy bath scrubbie, and a little post-it notepad. You can also see the little crocheted sockies that I put on the second I pulled them out. Here is a better picture of them:
Thanks so much Sherrie! I was very happy to be your replacement partner. You spoiled me rotten, I'm super worried about you getting your package now.
W00t! I got my package from Edie. Like everyone else, I immediately dumped everything out, oohing and aahing over each bit as I pulled it out. She sent me more jewelry stuff than I could ever use in my entire life! I'm definitely hanging on to some of it, but the awesome thing about these swaps is that you can just pass on the pieces that are way over your head. Edie tells me she doesn't mind seeing it again, so maybe one of my partners will find a few suspiciously similar things in their boxes.
Here is everything, all lined up (with a very interested kitty):
Here we have the stuff to the leftmost of the picture, with some leather-esque cord that I've been dying for. You must've read my mind. Up in the corner you can see two little beading kits in boxes that look so freaking cool. Good for a novice like me. There are a bunch of other assorted beading things: electric bead reamer, heavy duty snap placer (hecks yes), beading mat, beads beads beads, and a whole little collection of silver findings.
This is the uber bead picture, with all of the gorgeous sparklies. I just noticed there are some beads at the bottom that got cut off, but rest assured, they are awesome! I was super impressed with how many stone beads there were, 'cause stone beads are sweeet.
And, last but definitely not least, we have the YARN! She actually sent me another little roll, but I immediately snatched it up and made it into something for a partner in another swap. So many soft yarns! So many pretty colors!
Thanks so much Edie! You have definitely turned me on to the idea of this kind of swap.
One of my coworkers took a shift of mine at work, and she was super excited about me making her a hat. She sent me a couple pictures, but mostly she wanted a pom pom, teal color, and a hat that wouldn't fall off her head. It took me forever to find some yarn, but today I found this lovely 100% superfine merino superwash. I finished up the hat in an evening and am super excited for the pom pom I made.
Yep, that's right, it's cabled, but you can flip it over and there are just more cables! I was ultra excited when I found this pattern because I love the way cables look, but I usually only knit scarves. Since the backs of cables tend to be ugly, I didn't think they'd fit a scarf very well, but now they do! The pattern was pretty simple, I don't usually knit too much and I could follow it. Hiiiighly recommended.
Anyway, here are some pictures. They're not particularly representative of the color (it's actually a much prettier, deeper red), but it's the pattern you should check out, so I figured color didn't matter too much. It's packaged in a box right now to send to one of my newest, awesomest friends who just moved to the other side of the country.
I was looking through one of those little Family Living recipe booklets (specifically "Gifts for Friends", I'm sure there's a joke in there about giving this to your "friends" so you'll look better by comparison) and came across this recipe. I knew from the moment I read the title that I had to go home right then and make it. Fortunately for my GPA, I waited until lecture was over, and then dashed home to mix up some deliciousness.
It didn't really wind up being that cakey. The "batter" was more like cookie dough, and required a lot of spreading. It's pretty freaking delicious, though.
Recipe! 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/4 cup milk 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup flour 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 (F). Cream butter and sugar, add milk and vanilla and mix until blended. Sift together flour and salt, add to creamed mixture and stir until blended. Melt chocolate chips (with some oil, if necessary). Spread half of cake dough/batter in 6 or 7 inch pan (mine was springform, I don't see why that was necessary, though). Spread melty chocolate over dough. Spread the rest of the dough/batter over chocolate. Cook about 40 minutes, or until edges are brown.
I feel like the Obama craze has died down somewhat, but I'm still a bit obsessed. I actually started this juuust after the election, and it has taken me this past seven or so months to finish it. It's only five colors, about 5" x 7". I'm so proud! I can't wait to get him framed and on my wall.
I made the pattern myself, with a very carefully selected picture. It took a lot of modifying, etc. to get it just the way I wanted, but I'm quite happy with the way it came out.
Geez, these are so pretty. This is my very first fiber friday, although the "finished" yarns were finished a few weeks ago.
These first two are just wool, I believe. The were given to me in a personal swap, so I'm not completely sure.
First up, my very very first yarn EVAR:
It's two-ply, and I can't for the life of me think of a name. I can already tell I'm not going to be able to name my yarns.
And then my very second yarn:
I am thinking of calling it "Blueberry Crush". It's also a two ply.
This next one isn't really finished, but it's taking me forever, so I'm going to post it anyway. I bought plain 'ol cotton, and it was a whole ordeal, but I dyed it. When I'm all done, I'm planning on a long long post that will discuss it all. I don't really like the color, I was hoping it would turn out more like oddacity's.
I'm totally willing to swap these for more fiber (or, y'know, other stuff), in case anyone is lurking and can't spin stuff themselves. I can't figure out what to do with them. I can't remember what the yardages are right now, but I know it's not very much. Any ideas?
This is almost certainly the most complex amigurumi project I've done so far. I saw this pattern a while ago and filed it away in my "To Make" images, but it took an outside source to get me to go for it. I had a friend comment on a little octopus I made that was sitting on my desk. Knowing that he looooves cthulhu, I offered to make an adorable little cthulhu instead. Naturally, I wound up actually making two. The beaded one is 100% silk, and the fluffier one is a blend of some sort, but I think it's mostly angora. Soooo soft!
I am so very proud of myself. They took a while, but it was well worth it.