Frogging Fingerless Gloves – Again!

Blogged under Projects in Progress by Tammy on Monday 30 January 2012 at 4:37 pm

Sometimes, no matter what you do, you just can’t get a project to work right. I have been trying to make a pair of fingerless gloves using a pattern from the Lion Brand site called All Season Wristers. They look like they would be perfect for some of those cool Florida mornings when the steering wheel is just a little too cool for my hands to stand. And, yet, I don’t know if I will ever get these things made!

Above is a picture of my fingerless gloves project right before I frog it for about the fifth time! Seriously! I just can’t seem to get this thing to work! The pattern is not really that difficult, but much of it is single crochet in the back or front of the loops. On top of that, I am working with sock yarn for the first time, and it is so thin. So I have a size F hook (G is about as small as I normally can stand), super thin yarn, and I’m going loopy going through all these loops!

Okay, rant over! Time to frog it, bag it, and tag it for later.

Craft Link Time Again

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 29 January 2012 at 5:36 pm

Here are the Calicos hanging. Even though Coco is a big girl now, she still loves to be with her mama, Chanel. I don’t have much of a cat story today. We still are amazed at how less than a year later we have four cats who all get along and are loving life in our home. Enjoy today’s links!

About Family Crafts
This week’s craft challenge is all about the tooth fairy. Make and submit your own tooth fairy projects.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen shows you how to make easy peasy felt flowers using her BIGKick.

Craft Buds
Learn the basics of applique with a Valentine’s Day themed LOVE t-shirt tutorial. It’s perfect for kids or adults.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world

This week at Craftside there is a tutorial on how to make Steampunk photo hanger out of a knife and key, how to draw a wide-angle view, a unique quilted canopy photo, and a recipe for whole wheat cinnamon raisin bagels.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
Take a look at this awesome mixed media earring organizer.

Lindsay Sews
Challenged to use her fabric scraps for a project, Lindsay shares how she came up with the idea for a patchwork pleated boxes pillow.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi has finally finished her marbled fabric quilt. Yay!!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to crochet a chain bracelet

The Purple Knit Scarf is Done!

Blogged under crochet and knitting,Finished Projects by Tammy on Friday 27 January 2012 at 10:55 am

It is done! Finally! Now that I look back on some of my previous blog posts about this project, I realize it really did take that much time, less than a month. Considering I am working on a few other yarn projects as well as jewelry projects, and of course, there is my job and life in general, I think I did pretty darn good on the time factor.

This is my third knit scarf using only one stitch – knit. However, there are some differences between this one and the previous two: I used much smaller knitting needles (size 10 vs. size 13), and I used thinner yarn (Lambs Pride Super Wash bulky from Brown Sheep Company vs. Wool-Ease Thick and Quick). Even dropping down to a smaller size needle was challenging for me.

I think, now, I am confident enough to turn back to the Intermediate Scarves and Stitches e-book I bought over the holidays and tackle purl stitch. I felt like I needed to get the knit stitch down a little bit better before moving on, which is why I whimped out and made a third scarf in knit before starting the first project in the e-book. That one requires doing purl and knit, and I just kind of freaked a little when I realized this, or I should say, my hands said “are you crazy?” when I tried it, so I felt like I needed to take a step back before taking two forward.

Now that I have made two loom hats and this scarf using the goodies from my LYS purchase, this means I can allow myself to return for more fancy yarn, yeah! But first I have to pick a project that will be worthy of the yarn. Here is one of the hats next to the finished scarf. (The second hat I plan to gift to a friend of mine.)

Picture Perfect Gift

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Tuesday 24 January 2012 at 5:33 am

Ah, it is here, and I am so happy with it! Since my hubby does not read my blog (and I am okay with that), I am safe with showing it off a little here, though I know this photograph does not do it justice. This is his birthday gift from me, which I will give to him this next weekend.

This is a pet story board painted by Lori Prell from The Black Dog Gallery. I sent her 10 photographs of our menagerie, and she created this. Let me tell you, too, that it was hard to pick the photos! I love Lori’s whimsical style, and the whole piece is framed and ready to hang on the wall.

Yarn Shortage

Blogged under Fiber Fun,Projects in Progress by Tammy on Monday 23 January 2012 at 6:25 am

Argh! I thought I was going to be fine with this design, and of course, I am short on the bright pink yarn. It’s called Berrylicious and is from the Vanna’s Choice Baby Yarn collection. Michael’s has about 2 colors from this group, neither of which are Berrylious. So, now what to do? It is 31 inches at its widest points, but I am thinking I need another 5 inches all around, and as you can see from the little bit of bright pink yarn I have left, that probably isn’t going to happen without buying more yarn.

Other than treating myself to the good stuff now and then from my LYS, I had told myself “no more yarn buying.” I have checked Etsy, Ebay, and Ravelry…I just need one more Berrylious skein people!

Sunday Craft Link Time

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 22 January 2012 at 3:17 pm

Here is our Herbie hanging out in his favorite Mango box. While the girls are totally at home in their new world after leaving the shelter many months ago, Herbie is still coming out of his shell. He is such a sweet boy, and I so look forward to being able to pick him up and hold him some day. Right now, I have to be satisfied when he comes to me and squeaks and allows me to pet him. He will often also come to my desk and walk around in front of the monitor when he needs some smooching. I am working on the picking up thing with him, but he’s less than thrilled about it. He doesn’t freak or fight, but he wiggles, and I know he doesn’t like it. But someday he will, hopefully.

All the girls adore him, but Chanel is majorly in love with this boy. She is always finding opportunities to sit right next to him. Here they are looking out one of their favorite windows. I purposely have the curtains hung so there’s a nice gap for them to look through.

Okay, now for this weeks crafting links.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen shows you how she created magic by turning an ordinary paper mache torso into a lamp that looks like patinaed copper!

Carmi’s Art/Life World

Carmi has a cross over link so you can enter to win a kumihimo starter kit!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world

This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to spin extreme tail style yarn, make ATC’s from magazine pages and punches, an ironic heart frame from unusual images, and a recipe for laminated parsley pasta.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
Eileen’s happy to be back in her niche. Have you found yours yet?

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi plays around with inkjet printer silk!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to make an origami bunny Easter garland

Knitting for Charity Group on Ravelry

Blogged under Social Networking by Tammy on Wednesday 18 January 2012 at 4:43 pm

Of course, I am more of a crocheter, especially considering I am still learning how to do my first stitch in knitting, but I have recently been brought on board to help moderate a group on Ravelry called Charity Knitting. The idea behind this group came from Laura, who originally started the group. It is a place for charities to request items, and for those of use who like to knit and crochet for charity purposes to come together and share. So if you knit, crochet, or even do both, I hope you can come and join us and pump a little life into this group. Tell use about your own experiences making items for charities. Tell us about a special charity that is in need of knit or crochet items.

Embroider Everything Workshop – Book Review

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Monday 16 January 2012 at 7:02 am

Embroider Everything Workshop: The Beginner’s Guide is written by Diana Rupp and is published by Workman Publishing. This spiral bound text has 251 pages along with a envelope insert (attached to the hard cover of the book) of 48 original iron-on transfer patterns. It also has a pretty clever “Practice Stitch Card” inserted into the binding that allows you to poke holes in the illustrations on the card and practice standard stitches like running stitch, back stitch, and the French knot. Though the list price is $24.95, Amazon has one of the best prices on it (see the image link above).

While my husband drove us to a holiday celebration, I had a chance to spend a few hours digging into this book, and I found it was loaded with easy to follow technical information. Rupp really breaks everything down so that a total novice could use this book to learn all kinds of embroidery methods and stitches. She also has some needlework history as a section as well as included in side bars and inserts throughout the book, which I found very interesting. In fact, I feel there is a lot here to offer more experienced needle workers too, not just beginners.

While a lot of the ideas she illustrates and projects include repurpose existing items and adding embellishments to them, there are some projects that you do from scratch, like the “Bargello Belt” on page 112. Wow! With some canvas and needle point, she shows how to make a stunning stitched belt. Then there is the “Feather-Stitched Scarf” (following on page 116) that is more of the repurposing idea. She takes a wool scarf and stitches a border around it to jazz it up.

For total beginners, there seems to be everything necessary here to learn any number of stitches techniques. Just do not find yourself overwhelmed but so much information. For intermediate stitchers, this book offers a great reference when you are trying to find out more about a new method you might be working with.

Weekly Crafting Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 15 January 2012 at 2:38 pm

We have had some chilly weather down here in Florida lately. We rarely turn on the heat…well…actually, I wait until my husband is out of the house and I do kick it on for a little while when it gets super cold, but when the DH is around, he just gets too hot if we have it on. I worry about the cats getting cold at night since when we go to bed I put them in my office. So I pulled out this old comforter, and they love it. One problem, however, is that it warms up, but I usually still have a cat or two snuggling in it. It is right in the middle of the room, so you can barely walk around in there, but alas, my babies must stay comfortable, right?

Along with snuggling, this is good weather for drinking a cup of hot tea and cruising some crafting web sites:

About Family Crafts
Play along with the current craft challenge. Make a craft or two using CD cases and submit them!

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen shows you how she repurposed a cardboard drink carrier into something beautiful using her new toy a Sizzix BIGKick.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a bit of Valentine inspiration, tutorials on how to face paint dragon and hydrangea masks, ideas and inspiration from Manga artist Melanie Schober, and a recipe for coconut veggie muffins.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
Eileen shows how to make a lovely flowered bolster pillow to dress up a room.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi’s marbled fabric quilt is hurtling towards completion!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Learn how to make a recycled sheer curtain flower fascinator.

What’s on My Hooks & Needles Now

Blogged under Projects in Progress by Tammy on Friday 13 January 2012 at 11:00 am

Like most crafters, I usually have a few projects going on at the same time; however, I am pretty good at getting them all done eventually and not having too many UFOs (unfinished objects) going on at the same time. If I do set down a project for a long time (like the cute hat I still have not finished or the purse that needs a handle), it is because I have some major road block and need a chunk of time to figure out how to either fix it or succumb to frogging it.

Right now I have three yarn projects in the works. Two are donation items, and one is actually for myself (for a change).

This baby hat pattern is from Crochet Geek. It is a super easy project because once you get the first few rows done, the rest is all single crochet, around and around and around, until you get the length you want for the hat. It is a good no-brainer late night watching TV type project. This will be going to Healthy Start.

This is my third time making the above pattern, Rainbow Ripple, and this time I am making it with slightly thicker yarn. I am using two shades of pink Vanna Baby yarn. This is not a really hard pattern, but you do kind of have to pay attention. As it gets larger, you add more stitches (mainly double crochet), so you need to keep track as you work your way around the star. I am also using a K hook, larger then previously used for this, so hopefully between the thick yarn and large hook, I will finish this fairly soon. This is also for Healthy Start.

Then finally for me, I am still working on the purple scarf I mentioned recently. I am pleased to say that I am half way done, and now I need to just attach another skein of yarn and keep going. This will look great with the Asia yarn hat I made. I am much, much slower at knitting than crochet, so it is hard to say if I will get this done before the cold weather in Florida ends.

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