I was fortunate that the pattern fit the frame as-is, no tweaking needed! I used two skeins of Lamb's Pride Bulky, just knit one side until I got to the end of the skein, then repeated for the other side. Stash-busting is a beautiful thing.
Here's everything I cram in my purse (minus the odd scraps of paper and receipts that eventually work their way in) :
A friend of mine fell in love with an expensive knitted lariat so I decided to try my hand at making one for her. I used her favorite colors in WoolEase Chunky. I wanted to make it somewhat washable in case of sticky fingered children. Nicky Epstein's Knitted Flowers book helped me figure out the roses.
Hopefully I can get her to model when I give it to her, but for now, here's Elmo:
Tip for all you knitters with kids who get spoiled by their grandparents-- bring the kid and grandparent along to your LYS and you might just score some free yarn! My well trained little darling squealed with glee when she saw this Fiber Trends pattern and, before I knew it, I was the proud owner of enough yarn for two (plus some extra "just in case" ). Thanks, Mother-in-Law!
While I was knitting the bottom one a little hellion darling child [not my own] ripped out several rows and I had a hard time figuring out where I was. Short rows make it hard for me to "read" my knitting. The end result was that his head turned out a little wonky, but I think that gives him personality. It was either that or rip back 2 hours worth of work!
I used Lamb's Pride Worsted for both of these little guys and they are snug in their proud owner's little beds as I type.
I got my Tree of Life design yesterday. My husband and I were going to get co-ordinating Celtic knots, his for Father and mine for Mother, but I decided I wanted to do something that symbolized all of me, not just one aspect. The tree is a California Pepper Tree and I don't know if you can find them because I didn't want them to be too obvious, but the roots have an "A" and a "K" hidden in them to stand for each of my daughter's. I'm really pleased with how it turned out:
Tim at Obscurities/Trilogy in Dallas, TX did it and he did an amazing job. It took a little over three hours.
FrogPuddle had a request out for the fall KnitScene magazine, and my LYS had a few left, so we did a personal swap. I couldn't believe she offered to make me a hand-bound journal, but how could I pass it up? She made it in my favorite color, and it fits perfectly in my knitting bag pocket. She even included some graph paper in the back for planning knit/crochet projects.
Thank you so much, FrogPuddle! This journal is awesome.
I finally finished my term paper and now I can turn my attention to what counts-- posting crafty pics! I LOVE what I have received so far, take a look:
Clockwise from top left:
Sassy Glass Marble Magnets from GatsbyGirl-- I LOVE these! My daughters and I are on a bit of a Wonder Woman obsessive kick right now, so that's my favorite.
Asian Hair Gems from sewknitter-- So fun! The bobby pins are REALLY strong and sturdy. I love wearing fun stuff in my hair.
Cupcake Pouch from Novastarlet-- I got this last week and it's already in heavy use! Look at how great it looks after being thrown around in all my different purses! It holds all the little things like lotion, lipstick, Advil, & MP3 player that I migrate from purse to purse. I have gotten a lot of compliments on it.
Drawstring pouch from Reethi-- I LOVE this fabric! It fits a yarn cake perfectly and I know it will be a great way for me to carry the little knitting projects I like to have with me at all times (if Linus were a girl with yarn, that'd be me!).
I got the hand painted pendant from Dancer4ever, but I can't get a good picture of it right now. Hopefully tomorrow will be sunny and I can use natural light to give it justice.
While we're waiting I thought I'd post a picture of the completed stitch markers. I hope people who get me will like them. I went a little overboard and made 15 sets, but two have already been given away.
Edited to Add: The little oval charms have words like, "live," "love," "imagine," "dream," "believe," and "inspire."
Okay, it's not literally a tooth fairy since it's not made of teeth, but it's close. My 5-year-old has her first loose tooth, and she's obsessed with all things tooth-related. First she asked me if the Tooth Fairy was real, and I asked what she thought. "No," she said, "but it still sounds like fun." Then she drew a picture of what she thought the tooth fairy would look like. She was a tooth with wings, a crown, a wand with a flower on top, and a little pouch to hold the teeth. That inspired me to make this...
I got the tooth shape pattern from Crochetville, but the wings, arms, pouch, etc are my own creations. I added a pocket in the back in case she wants to leave a note or something that won't fit in the little pouch:
And here's a close-up of the Fairy's pouch, with an example of what the Tooth Fairy will be leaving (gold dollars are so much fun!):
I had a lot of fun making this, and I can't wait until my daughter's tooth falls out and I can surprise her with her special Tooth Fairy Pillow inspired by her own imagination!
I'm in! I'll be doing 10 sets of these stitch markers. The bead colors will vary, but they will all have the little oval sayings charms on the bottom. Each will be a set of five. I'm working on a few new sets and will post pics of them soon.