Okay, lapoli has graciously let me start the thread for this week. I totally dropped the ball last week and didn't post my WIP, so I'm all excited to do it this week! (We won't get into the gray wrap that I'm STILL working on ... ah well.)
So I'm giving my grandfather a pair of hand-knit socks for Christmas. Knowing how slow I am to get things done, I started last week. (I hope the fact that I'm making them for someone other than me will get me to finish them a bit more quickly!) This is my first pair of socks and I'm somewhat dreading the next step (eep, the heel flap!)
Anyway, I've got the cuffs done and a few rows of the leg. They don't look like much yet, but I'm terribly happy with how they're turning out! I got the yarn at the MD Sheep and Wool Festival and it's lovely. I've decided to knit them row by row, two at a time because I see the future where I've got one done and have to do the second and am unenthused by the prospect.
In the Rodent Revolution 2 swap, my partner requested something papercrafted for her part of the package. Cue me panicking a bit! What to do? What to make? Eep! And then while going through her wist, I caught sight of a cute little owl she had wisted (from someone here on Craftster!) Hmm ... after printing it out, using my craft knife to make pattern pieces, I then transferred the pattern onto thicker cardstock and cut those out. The cut outs became the "frame" for the strips of magazine that I cut out to make the little guy colorful.
The Purse, Bag and Wallet board is having a challenge to make a bag/purse/wallet using recycled materials from a specific list of items. Any and all suggestions for that list of items would be appreciated!
Comment here or at the thread on the Purse board with what fun things you'd like to see a purse made out of!
The fabulous nessie is in need of an angel due to a few mix-ups. She's waited super super patiently for her package, so I would need something to be sent within two weeks. She lives in the USA!
A bit of her questionnaire, so you can see if you'd be able to angel ... What do you grow? TOMATOES (this year we are attempting 13 different varieties), lots of herbs, eggplant, peppers, onions, squash, spinach, beans, tomatillos, cucumbers, marigolds and more. I am very well stocked on veggie and herb seeds, but I would appreciate flower seeds as I am just getting into growing them. What's your region? (For US residents, check out National Gardening Association) 4a What things for the garden/gardener would you like to receive? I would love a screen garden tote (I love the one from a previous swap here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=296282.msg3434726#msg3434726 but I'm partial to something just a solid color) or a nice basket with a handle, a garden apron, birdhouse/hummingbird feeder, plant stakes for herbs (I can PM with the herbs I am growing if need be, though I already have some stakes for basil, rosemary, oregano and parsley), seeds (other than tomatoes and especially flowers), recipes, citronella candles, windchimes and decorated/handmade pots. My favorite colors are sage green, verdigris/seafoam, wine purple, brown, robin's egg blue and dusty pink, and I love birds, mushrooms, leaves, vintage/antique style things especially floral fabric and paper, chippy paint and rust and anything earthy. I love the look and uniqueness of handmade things, especially imperfections. I would be happy with anything inspired by what I have written about myself/my garden or whatever else my partner can dream up.
This is my first challenge entry, so yay! When I saw the challenge topic, I couldn't resist. After several trials and errors, I came up with this little flip flop. I made it with #6 plastic with perm marker decoration then once it was shrunk, I painted and sealed the back so it wasn't transparent. I added some beading for the straps and then put it on a silver chain.
(I apologize in advance for the pics. I spent a good hour trying to get good ones but apparently my camera is not good with small things. They were either washed out from the flash or way blurrier than this ...)
And modeled by my penguin, Bert (because nothing says summer like a penguin!)
And closest I can get without it being unrecognizable:
And now modeled by me (thanks to my mom taking the picture):
Thanks for looking! (And concrit totally welcomed!)
I come to you with a crafting dilemma. I have two sets of shelves that are in dire need of refurbishing of some kind. They're pressboard with a white overlay of some kind that's, in parts, bumpy and gross. I have them in my bathroom so whatever I do to them needs to put up with heat and humidity.
I could just do a fabric tablecloth for them both, but I'd like some other options, too. Would finding pretty scrapbook paper and then sealing it work, do you think? Or gluing fabric to it instead (that might be hard to clean, though)?
I am in need of an angel for torilimcadle. Not only did she send a fabulous package to her partner who gushed all about it, but she sent super early and then was flaked on. I'd really like to get an angel who could do a quick turnaround (2 weeks, if at all possible). torilimcadle lives in the USA.
Here's a link to the original thread, but to summarize: The requirement for this swap is 5 points, which will translate to one medium and three smalls OR two mediums and one small.
Here's a portion of her questionnaire:
Are you an indoor gardener or an outdoor gardener? Indoor, sadly. Are you a container gardener, a square-foot gardener, or a 'I have several acres and it's all mine!' gardener? Container! Do you get full sun, partial sun, partial shade, or shade? I can control it pretty easily, but it's normally full sun. What type of soil do you have? Potting soil? The kind that comes in a bag? The all organic kind. What do you grow? Herbs, mostly. What's your region? The West. It also says my zone is 5A. What things for the garden/gardener would you like to receive? Seeds, pots, organizers... I'm up for anything, really!
Having only one 'papercrafting' shelf in my crafting corner, I'm curious how you all store your papers and other goodies. My papers are stacked in one corner, my stamps are in a plastic baggie, markers and glue are in a mug, and the other accoutrements are squished onto the shelf wherever they can fit.
One of my co-workers is due June 10th, so of course, I had to make her and her baby a homemade gift. (And pray that she lasts out the rest of the school year!) I sewed her two burp cloths and a bib, but once that was done, I realized I had nothing to put it in.
Joann's Fabric to the rescue! I purchased a plain brown bag, some animal stickers (the nursery is jungle-themed) and some elephant ribbon. Some cutting, use of the permanent markers and a bit of glue, and I came up with this:
I used a stencil and the markers to do the 'It's a boy!' bit.
I made the card separate so she can re-use it for her other friends who will have baby boys.
Well, given that I've gifted my mother with a plethora of dish cloths for her birthday, Valentine's and Easter, I knew I had to come up with something else for Mother's Day. After perusing Ravelry for inspiration (she bought me some yarn and I wanted to use some of it), I came across this pattern for a knitted wreath.
I started out with a varigated yarn, so when it started going more red than purple, I decided to go with only seven leaves, instead of nine, but I think it turned out pretty cute. It's small - 5-6 inches across, but it'll fit perfectly on a small wall. I might do a larger one (with bigger leaves) for Christmas, in green with red beads.