I just got engaged a couple of months ago, and so far my fiance and I are planning an October wedding...three years away. That's when I'll be finished with grad school and he will be finished with his bachelor's, and even though it's extremely early my mom and I are actively planning things, and we need lots of help/sanity support. So I figured I'd rope my sister and a couple of roommates from college into this, but I wanted to ask them in a memorable way. I saw very very cute "will you be my bridesmaid?" cards on etsy, and I figured I could do something similar, while stubbornly doing it myself. A few hours later...
Nothing too impressive, I know, but I forgot how to use spray adhesive and killed quite a few brain cells in the process. I also decided to make little birdsnest necklaces, and further injured myself with wire and pliers.
This one wound up being tossed because I left the bar code showing...but you can see the inside, and that's what's important.
So I know they're not great, but I think my sister and friends will like them, and if they don't, I had fun making them. I want to make a lot of things for the wedding, (hopefully better executed than these,) but it was my first craft for the wedding, and it made me squeal.
I really never learned how to sew during my formative years, due to a fear of the sewing machine and a preoccupation with knitting. I've wanted to learn though, and when my mother let me steal her sewing machine, I set about to teaching myself. Three wounds, eight broken needles, two frustrated tantrums, and several yards of fabric later, I managed to hobble together something that I can more or less hang off of my person in the semblence of clothing!
They are simple, they have extremely obvious and visible seams, and they're so huge it's ridiculous, but I am still very excited about them.
I like pigs. I like their trotty little feets and waggy tails. I just started knitting yesterday without much thought of how this was going to turn out, but I'm really pleased by how it worked. I'm going to replicate it and write out the pattern, if I can remember what I did. c: Thanks for looking!
This is my second attempt at a lace shawl! The first one turned out weird, although I blamed it on my having neglected to block it- I'm doing that now. Fingers crossed! Anyways, I knitted this shawlette to go along with a maxi dress I made for my superise 24th birthday party that I'm not supposed to know about. I used a cotton/linen/silk yarn and size 2 needles. I wanted to see if I could get it finished in a week- I started last Thursday, and I took it off the blocking mat at 11:30, so I cut it close but I got it done. I'm really thrilled to have it finished! Thanks for looking!
The Blue Ringed Octopus's bite can kill a grown man in under three minutes. It is also among the smallest of the octopus species, and has a lifespan of 6-8 months. The Blue Ringed Socktopus has never bitten a human and even if he did, his bite contains no poison. Socktopus also lives forever, which makes him very popular among cephalapod enthusiasts. While the Blue Ringed Octopus has very fragile skin and tends to react badly to handling, Socktopus is made of soft, durable wool, and loves to cuddle. C:
I'm pretty happy with this attempt, although I still have a ton of trouble with grafting things. I think I just get impatient and go too fast or something, but I don't know. Please feel free to critique the stuffing out of this thing! Thanks for looking!
When I used to have no faith in my knitting skills I would browse Knitty.com in vain, jealously wishing that I, too, had the skills to produce cabled cardigans and lace scarves. Since I've improved my skills (and my confidence!) and I took on a project that I've been longing to do since I first saw it!
Although the shawl on the website is HUGE, I stopped about a 12" or so early, making a little baby shawl. I'm using it for a wedding veil, and then stretching it over a wooden parasol frame to keep it forever.
SNOMG 2010: The Panicking has been going on all day today, and I'm waiting for the snowfall to get up to two feet before it's worth it to go outside and play. I saved the hard part of this sweater for the weekend, knowing it was going to be snowy, and then finished it before I expected. Boo hiss!
This was my second ever Fair Isle sweater, but the first I actually want to wear. I hope blocking it will help make it a little looser and a little longer, but other then that I am really excited and proud of this one.
I wanted to do a sweater with a fancy intarsia design around the yoke for the longest time, but work and Christmas crafting kept me too busy. On the 22nd, I finally snuck out of the house and went on a secret yarn run, just for me! I wanted a green and pink cardigan, but when I got to AC Moore, (no fancy yarn stores for me, I can't afford them. D: ) They were OUT of green yarn in Paton's Wool. I was devastated, but bought enough pink yarn to outfit a rhino instead. I had plenty of time to work on it, what with week off for Christmas itself, and then a week traveling to North Carolina and South Carolina to visit relatives, (During which my sister and I got lost, drove into a ditch, stopped for Outback cheesy fries, saw a Michael's, went inside and finally found my green yarn, and almost hit a wandering cow.) and I got it finished on January 5th, in just over two weeks. I think I put the fair-isle-y bit way too low, and then took pictures before I've weaved in ends or blocked it, (I am excited!) but it fits pretty nicely and it won't look TOO dorky at work, since I teach preschool. I used Paton's classic wool in Water Chestnut, Fuscia, and white. (white, pink, and pinker!) I found the fair aisle chart on Knitty.
So my partner was MarthasAlterEgo, and I tried really hard to make her a nice package, although hers was wayyyyy better. I don't have pictures of everything I did, but I did get plenty of pictures of the soap. Her periods were Ancient Greece, The Big Bang, Leonardo Da Vinci, The 2nd age of Middle Earth, and Ancient Rome. My small item was a shrinky dink Big Bang bookmark, my middle item was a caplet/shrug, (since I couldn't knit a whole cape for her Middle Earth item,) and the large item was conceived through my research into how important perfume was to the ancient greeks. So I steeped a bunch of flowers in olive oil like the greeks used to, and then used the home-made fragrance oil to make soap and a scrub and bath salts and perfume. I only have pictures of the large item, .
There's bath salts in there too, but I didn't get any pictures of them.