Thursday, February 26, 2009

Link Time!

Knitting is a bit more difficult for me than crochet. I learned to crochet when I was 8 or so. I just learned to knit and purl within the past 18 months or so. I always get the garter stitch and stockinette stitch mixed up.

I am a visual learner, so I googled garter and stockinette. I found another blog called "a year in stitches", that has pictures of all the swatches she created from a pattern book. LOVE IT! There are a lot of stitches I'd like to try once I get better.Link

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Busy day

I'm working on a swap item without a pattern. I recently watched my DVR'd Knitty Gritty episode called Celebrity Scarves. Sarah Rosenberg was the guest, and she makes scarves that have been seen draped around Hollywood necks. She also showed us how to make matching wrist cuffs.

I really want to make the cuffs, however I deleted the episode from the DVR, and the directions for the cuffs aren't available on DIY Network's website. :( If anyone else happened to catch that episode and the directions, could you drop me a line at I'd really appreciate it!

In other life news, I'm trying to start spring cleaning on my craft areas of the house. I'd like to have one central area for my craft stuff, instead of it being scattered to the four corners-literally. I'd love to have a little spot in the house to use as a "studio"

Mobile blogging

I've figured out how to blog from my cell. I am amazed at technology sometimes. I wonder how many characters I can enter? I think I will keep typing to find out. Ok, maybe not. Time to sleep!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Swap: ~ Amigurumi ~ RECEIVED

I'd had a craptastic day, and came home to find a wonderful package waiting for me!

I got some cute little bento picks, origami paper and instructions for sea creatures

Cute little felt whale and dolphin mini clothespins

And a gorgeous whale!

A shot of her from above

A profile view

And her is her closeup and happy face!

Swap: ~ Amigurumi ~ SENT

This swap required a crocheted item, stitched up in the amigurumi fashion. Amigurumi are basically dolls (and other creatures/animals) that are crocheted in single crochet and in a spiral.

I wanted to make a mermaid for my partner, but was not satisfied with any free patterns I found on the web. So I had to create my own.

Here she is, in all her glory!
Her hair is made from about 4 balls of eyelash yarn.

I had trouble with her fins, so I used a fin pattern from a well-known yarn company. (Link will be added later)

A close up of her head. That white thing is a shell

Here is a baby mermaid, again from a yarn company. (Link added later)

Thursday, February 19, 2009


I had a fabulous messenger bag from the dollar store that lasted quite a few years. One of the seams finally gave out, and I was sad. So I carefully took out the rest of the seams, and used the bag to make a pattern for myself.

I have yet to cut out any pieces to sew anything together. Mostly because before I can do any sewing, I have to uncover my sewing table. At the moment, it's buried under a mountain of other projects and yarn. ::Sigh::

I swear I'm going to break the family clutter curse!!