Yay! I received this weekend from my partner! (Sorry to keep you on pins and needles, Secret FOC -- I just got into town late last night).
I got some awesome stuff! Check it out:
It's a sweet zippered pouch with an applique on the front, a flower pin (and I was admiring PinkMafia's flowers so much! Yay!), some fabulous dangly earrings and lovely stitch markers. You read my mind with the stitch markers... I was just thinking two days ago, "I should have requested some stitch markers..." Yay!
I'm not sure that the photo does this all justice -- Secret FOC, you are welcome to send in your own photos if you've got something better.
Meanwhile, that zippered pouch is ultra-cool and deserves another photo, showing the matching fabric interior (the flower on the front is a cut out from the fabric inside... it's really nicely done!)
There was also a very sweet note -- I can't wait to find out who my secret crafty FOC is!
I'm at work right now, so I can't scan the issue of ReadyMade, but I just googled to see if there's an image of this cool project online anywhere. Found one, although it's small... you get the idea:
What's cool about it is that there's a notch just above the ipod for the cord to go out. So you can close the book and listen to your ipod while it's inside. In the Readymade version, they also included a velcro closure, which is a nice feature.
Here are the fabulous pictures of the meatiness that craftypixie sent me. In the first one, you see the awesome bag and coin purse (did I mention that thing has a zipper? She's the coolest!)
Here is a close-up of the awesome steak applique on the pocket on the front of the bag:
And here is Biscuit deciding that the meaty goodness is for him...
... aaand, seconds later, here is Kaesea (the real Kaesea -- I stole his name for my own username purposes) chasing him off of the chair, and claiming the meaty goodness for himself:
And, finally, just so you know that I am serious about meat, when I finished taking those photos, I immediately left my house to walk across the street to buy meat (yes, my butcher shop is located directly across the street from me) and fill my meat-y tote with real meat! (The butchers loved it, btw):
I haven't posted in awhile, but I finally got photos, so I wanted to post my finished scarf. This first photo is my best friend wearing the scarf -- remarkable likeness to Hermione, no?
This next one is the scarf all laid out. It looks lumpy here, but that's because she had just taken it off for the photo -- to answer the blocking questions earlier, it really helped to smooth things out. Another note about blocking (since it always scares me) is that the wool stunk SO much when it was wet, but when it dried, the smell was gone.
I've never done fringing before and definitely had some trouble. I think I was trying to put too many fringes on at first, so it was stretching things out. Then it looked really crappy and uneven, so I steamed it using my steam iron with a pressing cloth over it. Then I cut them even using my rotary cutter and ruler -- I was very pleased at how they turned out in the end.
What I am sort of bummed about is what you can see in the lower picture -- I didn't do a very good job of making sure that my stripe changes were lined up along the edge of the scarf... I think they crept "behind" the scarf (while it was being blocked) and now I think it looks rather sloppy. I know I'm more critical than anyone else would be (my best friend is very happy with it), but if I had had more time, I probably would have re-blocked.
After I gave it to her, I was instantly jealous that I didn't have one of my own... but I don't think I have it in me to make another one. It was really tedious. I'm back to my small "one project per week" projects now... at least until Christmas!
Yesterday, I got a great switchplate cover for my Paris (France, not Hilton)-themed bathroom from beadgirl! She also sent some great little Paris-y stickers, but I couldn't find the stickers and the camera at the same time... mostly because I was busy installing my new switchplate cover! It's perfect!
On a side note... the wood paneling in that bathroom looks really horrible and cheesy in this photo, but it's really beautiful original wainscoting in our lovely 1892 Victorian home! I should post a photo of the whole room so you can see all of the lovely (not cheesy) wood trim.
Oh, well. It's not about my own issues -- it's about the craft! And this one kicks a**! THANKS, BEADGIRL!!
I got a super fun pair of dangly pink earrings from Sharla yesterday. They're very sparkly! She also included a great little pouch.
Here are the earrings:
After I took that picture and looked at the other pictures in my craftster gallery, I realized that almost all of them have my workplace cubicle in the background. Yes... I take pictures all day of craft items rather than work.
At any rate, I thought it would be fun to include some of my "cube crap" (of which I have a ton) as props for these items, so, purely for my own amusement, here is my little Fox Mulder holding the earrings and standing next to the cute little pouch that Sharla sent:
Yay, yay, YAY! I have received my package from The Littlest Ninja. Thanks SO much, Stephanie!! I love everything! I'm at work now, but I'll take pictures and post later.
It's hard to pick a favorite item, but that recipe box is great -- just what I needed! Perfect in the crazy tomato kitchen (I'll have to post an "action shot" at some point...)
Thanks again -- this was so much fun!
*Edit* Okay... I can't resist. Takin' a break from work to take and post my photos! (Sorry the quality isn't so great -- if you've got better ones, Stephanie, you can post 'em)
I got this awesome tomato recipe card holder and fantastic tomato marble magnets (yes, I love tomatoes -- I have an entirely tomato-themed kitchen!):
And I got this terrific Paris-themed (I like a theme!) earring holder with extra goodies!! The extra goodies are some extra Paris craftiness (including an awesome Eiffel Tower charm!), a great little animal-print notebook (growr!), and... forgive me, Stephanie -- what is the final item of craftiness? It's long and fabric and silky and animally... I've got it tied around my head right now in the cutest headband/bow, but if I'm supposed to be doing something else with it, please let me know!
Again, thanks so much for my stuff! This was super fun.
This has absolutely nothing to do with Harry Potter scarves except that the boredom of working on mine drove me to make something else. I thought I'd share my little "road bump" in my scarf-along.
How this happened: Early in The Scarf, my bf couldn't see how it would be a scarf (I'm knitting in the round, so it looked like a short tube). He picked it up and said, "Is it a hat?" As he sort of put it on like a hat. I said, "No... but I guess it could be." This prompted the request, "Will you make me a hat? Or is that a no-no because of the 'Boyfriend Curse?'"
I told him it was a no-no... as far I can tell, all knitted items are included (he was hoping it was just sweaters) but then... I got so bored working on HP and I've never made a hat before, and gosh, they seem so easy now (I've always been afraid of hats... not sure why now). Plus, I had that extra skein of Barn Red in Andean Silk that turned out to be too brown for The Scarf, so... I made him a hat:
So the boredom of the HP scarf led me to make my first hat (yay!) but also to risk the Breakup Curse (boo!) (BTW -- I'm joking about the curse. The hat took about 2 nights to make... that's nothing compared to the full-sized quilt I made him last year!) And he totally loves the hat (yay!)
In scarf news, I've added 2 more stripes since my last photo. Perhaps I'll post photos of *that* soon.
I am so happy to find this "scarf-along" (Thanks for that name, super geek -- it cracks me up!) because making this scarf is sooo boring. I'm hoping that watching other people's progress will help keep me motivated!
I am working on a Gryffindor CoS scarf for my best friend's birthday (deadline: mid-October). I am using the pattern from atypically.net, so I'm working it in the round. Right now, it looks pretty lumpy, but I've been assured that blocking when finished will help. Here's my WiP:
Gosh, I'm kind of bored just looking at that photo. It's funny how there's nothing boring about Harry Potter and it's going to be fantastic to give this scarf to her because I know she'll be so happy, but this process is painfully slow... round n' round n' round...
Facts about what the heck I'm doing: I'm using 6's, which is unheard of for me (I like big, quick knitting that provides near-instant gratification. 6's do not provide this) and a couple of Knit Picks yarns. I'm mixing yarns because they didn't have 2 of the same kind that I wanted in the same color. I'm using Andean Silk in Mustard and Elegance in Barn Red. The Andean Silk also comes in Barn Red, but it's more of a brown than a red and definitely did not look "Gryffindor-ish." I was afraid of mixing yarns (one is 70% Baby Alpaca, 30% Silk and the other is 55% Super Fine Alpaca, 23% Silk, 22% Merino Wool) but the gauge came out the same, so I decided to go with it. I'm happy with how it's going so far and this yarn is very soft (especially for the price -- yay, Knit Picks!)
populuxa -- I noticed that on page 3 you said you ordered "pumpkin and cranberry" (I suddenly have a craving for turkey... hmmm...) from Knit Picks. I'm assuming you got the Wool of the Andes? I'm curious to hear how you like it. I was worried that it might be scratchy, but I've also heard really good things about it, so I'm looking forward to hearing/seeing what you make.