For Christmas, my mom asked me to make a scarf for my aunt. She gave me fair warning - she asked in early November, and I had the scarf done by the end of December (after Christmas, but it's the thought that counts, right?). Then, for over a month, it sat on the desk in the family room because she and I disagreed on how to finish the scarf. I wanted to leave the ends plain, because I thought fringe wouldn't look right with the busy pattern. She wanted me to do some sort of corkscrew fringe or crocheted edging. Ultimately, since it was my hard work that went into the production of the scarf, I decided to send it off sans fringe. What do you guys think? Sorry I couldn't get any "action shots" - my camera wasn't cooperating.
The specs: Pattern stitch: Baby Cable Rib from Knitting on the Edge Yarn: Vanna's Choice in Dusty Purple, 2 1/2 balls (my aunt is tall, so the scarf had to be long) - the true color is a bit lighter than it appears in the first picture.
I've been crocheting for several years, and took up knitting about a year ago. After several practice swatches and a technically good (but ugly colored) scarf, I decided I wanted to knit something pretty. During a family trip to Vermont, I got my mom to buy me some gorgeous, handspun, hand-dyed wool/silk (mohair/silk? lost the labels, can't remember) yarn from The Wool Shed in Worcester, with the promise I'd make her something nice. That was in March. It's now October, and I'm finally done! I'm an extremely slow knitter, but I'm getting better I used the Lace 1, 2, 3 Shadow Scarf pattern from knitpicks.com, and size 8 needles.
Pictures! The yarn appears shiny/glittery from the flash and resizing the pictures; in real life, it has a slight sheen, but it's not shiny or sparkly. Most of the scarf, laid out to display the gorgeous colors:
Closeup of the pattern:
Links: http://www.woolshed.net/index.htm - Barbara and her husband are very sweet, have a great little shop, and were nice enough to show us around the farm and let us pet the animals! For people in the area, she's not far from Montpelier, and makes appearances at both the Montpelier and Barre farmers markets.
One of my coworkers is pregnant and going on maternity leave this week. We're throwing her a shower on Thursday, and I decided to make her a blanket. I used white Caron SS and blue/green/white variegated Bernat baby yarn. It's a simple "open" ripple pattern, and because the yarns are a slightly different weight, there's a neat texture to the blanket. I decided to throw in a hat as well, which I did with a strand of each. I made up the pattern as I went along, and threw a bobble on top, last minute. I think it's cute My mom suggested I make the blanket bigger, but I made a similar size blanket for another pregnant friend, and she said it was the perfect size for the car seat, so I figured I'd stick with a smaller size. It's about 2 1/2 feet long, and a little less than 2 feet wide.
I'm putting the blanket and hat into a "bedtime" themed box, with Johnson's Bedtime Bath wash and lotion, washcloths, and the book "Goodnight Moon." I know babies aren't supposed to sleep with hats and blankets, but I think (I hope!) she'll appreciate it.
Blanket and hat together:
Closeup of blanket:
My bear modeling the hat, sitting on the blanket, for size:
This is actually my third FBB - the first two were clutches, done in Sugar n Cream cotton with a G hook. I'll post pictures if anyone wants to see them.
This one was done by request for my mom (as so many of my other crafty works are). I crocheted it, she lined it. It's adorable, she loves it, her friends love it, and I'm now being commissioned to make a felted one for winter.
The lining (pic taken before it was actually lined, but this is the fabric she used). This color in this picture is more true to life.
These aren't really new projects; I finished them both a while ago, but never got around to posting them.
Anyway: "Rugby stripe" blanket that the boyfriend helped pick colors for. I had the brown (Patons Classic) from an abandoned sweater project, and he picked out the red and cream (Lion Wool-ease) to complement it. It's stretched out on my queen-size bed, for size comparison.
Next up: Hexagon-granny blanket, inspired by a similar blanket I saw on a magazine cover. Theirs was cotton and had smaller motifs, mine is 6 shades of Patons Classic wool. I was obsessed with placing the motifs so that similar color repeats weren't placed next to each other, and because of that, the blanket turned out long and narrow. It's ok though, it drapes nicely across the end of my bed, and is a good car blanket - it's long enough to cover the whole backseat without falling all over the floor.
Next up is a baby blanket for a coworker and a shrug for my mom. Stay tuned
I received yesterday from irish_chicky! She said there are a couple things she forgot to send, so I'll update this post when I get those items.
Anyway... on to the stuff!
From the left, there's a "tea time" picture, four crocheted coasters, a little hemp baggie to store loose tea, a little clay teapot (it looks like a beige blob in the picture, its actually really detailed), a hand-painted teapot (some of the purple paint is flaking off, I'm afraid to wash it ), and a little pillow. Along with the tea swap, we decided to do a mini-swap for our cats, and the pillow is for my cat to snuggle with
Oh, and the green box at the bottom is Labrador Tea, a "Manitoba Wild Harvested Product." Yum!
I recently realized that I've been commenting on other people's stuff more than I've been showing off my own So here they are, some new and not-so-new finished objects
First up: My red (raspberry?) beret. I tried to make a cool, slouchy beret-type thing, and I ended up with this. Not exactly what I wanted, but it serves its purpose - its warm and it covers my ears. For whatever reason, my hair looks crazy shiny in this picture.
Second: The black-and-white scarf. My mom went to a high-end craft show, where she saw these scarves that were knitted and felted, with a wide center panel and ruffled edges. She figured I could make her one, and I did. Well, I tried. It was my first time felting, I over-accounted for shrinkage, and ended up with a massively long and heavy scarf - almost to the point of being unwearable. I used Patons Classic Wool, and it felted nicely, but it's a little itchy.
Third: The cranberry scarf. This is a much nicer and softer version of the black-and-white scarf, using Peru DK Luxury from AC Moore; it's a merino/alpaca/silk blend. This was part of my mom's Christmas present. She loves it, and so do I. The color in the pic is off, the scarf is more of a wine color.
Fourth: The curly scarf, and the oldest piece of the bunch. I made this from some beautiful pink flecked wool/silk. The pattern is really just the edge from the black&white/cranberry scarves. I made it to be more of a look-pretty accessory than a keep-warm accessory, and it's very thin. Now that I've made those other two scarves, it feels too thin, so I might put a body and another edge to it. Opinions? I had originally made it for my aunt for Christmas, but forgot to send it (oops!). Again, the color is off, and the scarf is brighter in person.
Last: The baby blanket. I absolutely love making stuff for babies! At the time of crocheting, the parents-to-be didn't know the sex of the baby, so I made it a neutral off-white color. I picked a simple, repetitive stitch pattern from one of my pattern books and took off. The pic is a close-up of the stitch; the whole blankie is about 2 1/2 feet square.
So thats it for finished stuff. In the works, I have a blanket for my boyfriend and me, which I promised to have done by our anniversary in March. After that it's de-stashing by way of scrap granny square blankets. And maybe a toy to go along with the blanket for the soon-to-be baby
Yay, I can finally post! I was flaked on by girlofdashboard, but our lovely organizer found me an angel, superstitch. She sent me this bag of treats:
An adorable coin purse - she embroidered around the flowers on the front fabric, the back fabric is green with multi polka dots, and the inside fabric is white with multi polka dots. She also sent a purple bracelet to scavenge beads from, blue seed beads, pink bugle beads, and a blue necklace to scavenge from. I love love love the whole package - the fabric is just my style, and the beads are lovely. I actually just bought blue beads that'll go great mixed in with beads from the necklace.
I received today from 1craftgrl! Thank goodness I was alone when I opened the package, because I totally did a happy dance - I absolutely love what she sent me! I got a big tote/project bag and a crochet hook roll-case. The bag is white with blue dots, and orange and red flowers. The lining and the outside scallops are pale blue. On the front and back, those scallops are actually pockets, and there's a zippered pocket inside. The sewing on the bag is perfect. I really appreciate the effort that went into it. The outside of the hook roll is white with pink, yellow and green flowers, and the inside is a salmon-pink. I love those colors together. It's so cute! The first pic shows the colors more accurately.
The Seraphina shawl is my hands-down favorite. The pattern looks daunting at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's really easy. I made mine in a brownish/greenish/purplish Homespun, about 4 skeins, with an N hook, and it's huge - like, down-to-my-knees huge. I wear it in lieu of a blanket while I'm watching tv on the couch. I like it because it's shaped in the shoulder, so it hugs your body and stays on better than a straight-across-the-top shawl. Here's the pattern - http://www.angelfire.com/journal2/donisfuff/croshawl.html