"Big" Projects

There are many crafts that I do, most of which provide immediate gratification. Scarves and mittens, wee folk and dishcloths, skirts and sweaters, can all be finished in a relatively short amount of time. But there is something so rewarding in taking on a "big" project. I always have at least one afghan or quilt going, usually several, and these can sometimes take me years to finish, as they get pushed to the back of the crafting closet and memory!

I started this afghan last February, with the plan of giving to my youngest son for his birthday, which was in August. Missed that! Now, I'm planning on finishing it for a Christmas gift. So, it now sits on my computer desk. I'm on a mission. Sure, I'll turn out the quick crafts, but this one is now front and center stage. I MUST get it done over the next few weeks, before the holidays are upon us and things get crazy. It's a fun afghan to knit, but does take concentration. Wish me luck!Read more

Getting Hooked

It’s not a shocker that both Michelle and I would embrace the same craft at the same time. We seem to travel in pairs, so we’re exposed to the same things, at the same time. I happened to be born with a pair of knitting needles in my hand, which I’m sure made for an interesting delivery! But Grandma Pearl, my crafting muse, was a knitter, so it was a skill I learned early, and I adopted Grandma Pearl’s attitude that crocheting was a Johnny Come Lately craft that only people who couldn't handle two needles, were drawn to! (BTW...Grandma was a closet crocheter and could turn out a toilet roll cover with the best of them. She just viewed the craft as plebeian and chose not to share it with me!)

 

Lately, I’ve been seeing more and more things that are crocheted that I’d like to make, so sorry Grandma Pearl, I’ve taken up the hook! I picked up Debbie Stoller’s book, Stitch ‘N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker, and what a...Read more

Froggie Fun

I just finished one of Pixie's Birthday gifts last night, a sack full of froggies!

I fell in love with some of the cute free Amigurumi toy patterns on the Lion Brand site, namely the frog. Of course they were all crocheted so I decided it was time to embrace the hook and give it a shot. I a am knitter by 'trade' and my crocheting has been limited to attaching a decorative edging to knit items. So this was my first fully crocheted project. The first frog turned out so cute that I decided to make a whole froggie family. I can't keep the older kiddos away from them... so I'm taking that as a good sign.Read more

Turn A Square Cap

About this time each year, I begin to fill a basket with homemade Christmas gift items. While making them, I don't have a particular recipient in mind. They are usually things I can make in an evening or two, and ultimately they find their way into stockings or as a last minute gift for an unexpected visitor. There are hats and mittens, socks and small toys. I am always thrilled when I find a new gift basket contender. 

Last week I was checking out the brooklyntweed blog and came upon one of Jared's creations, a wonderfully shaped, quick knit cap. I'm in love with this pattern! I've already given a couple as gifts, but am starting to stockpile them. The hat's called Turn A Square and it is a totally fun design to knit...also pretty much a no brainer. After getting it started, I can easily let my thoughts run amuck! I would rate its difficulty at intermediate only because you need to use double pointed needles. I'm having fun dinking with colors and patterns. I will undoubtly play with the pattern a bit to scale down the size for my smallest gift receipents!

This weekend I'm going to help Tim's daughter learn to sew. She wants to make a messenger's...Read more

Puppy in Progress

Knit Puppy Toy

I had been eyeing the book "Knitted Toys" by Zoe Mellor for some time. When the latest KnitPicks catalog came out they featured several toys made up from the book including the Floppy Dog done up in blue. It made me think of Blue's Clues and my 23mo old loves her Pickaboo Blue Book. So I finally got the book and the recommended yarn which is sooo soft. I have been knitting away while watching the Olympics the last few evenings. I'm almost done now with just the ears and tail to attach and the face to complete. The hardest part will be putting it away until Christmas. I'm letting Bug and Fairy each pick out one toy for Christmas too. It looks like I will be making a Robot and a Pink Snake as well....Read more

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