Sunday, January 24, 2010

Craft Or Bust Update Weeks 2 & 3

  OK, so last week I was a slacker and didn't make an update post. During Week 2 I finished up this baby blanket for Artie and got my Ravelry projects page a little more organized. I also took more pictures of projects and added that progress bar over there on the right.  The blanket is about 24in. x 24in. and we use it mostly in the carseat, but he also likes to use it for naps. The pattern I started out with was the Ribbons Baby Blanket from Fibertrends, but I didn't follow it exactly. I almost never follow a pattern exactly. I don't know why that is.  Oh well, so anyway, there's that. I managed to knit every day on something not work related, which when you own a yarn store that is not an easy thing to do. I need store samples, and those things don't knit themselves. haha

This week I finished up  a Baby Surprise Sweater that was formerly a store model for a class I did last year. This was the "what the sweater looks like after you knit it, but before you sew it up" model, so all it needed was some shoulder seams and buttons. It looks super cute on Artie, but he wouldn't model it for me without making a stinker face so you get this shot of it laying out on the counter.

I had almost an entire skein of this yarn left after sewing up the sweater, so I made a quick beanie hat for my friend Jeff to take to the clients where he works at Logan County Day Services. He wants to collect enough hats that they can each have one by next winter. I think that's a totally do-able goal and I'm happy to help him out.

 Near the end of the week I decided to start a Shalom Cardigan with some Cascade Ecological Wool I got in a swap a few years ago. I have two giant skeins of this stuff, which should be enough for a long sleeved version. That got started on Friday night, then on Saturday I started ANOTHER one in Berocco Peruvia Quick down at the store because I saw one a customer made with that yarn, and it looked so awesome I couldn't quit thinking about it. haha So it looks like I'll have a vest type version and a long sleeved cardi version in two different yarns. Pics of those will come once they start looking photo-worthy. Right now both are just barely getting going.
I've also been looking at seed catalogs and drawing diagrams of garden possibilities. Next month it'll be seed starting time around here so I need to get going on that if I'm going to do more than stick a few tomato plants in the old Earthboxes.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Post Where I'm Lazy & Don't Get Much Done

Well, the end of the first week of Craft Or Bust is here, and I haven't done diddly squat in the way of getting my WIP's more organized or documenting them. All I did this week was make that new banner up there for this blog, make a badge for Craft Or Bust, and work on a few knitting WIP's. I'm gonna have to step it up.

The projects I actively worked on this past week were:
- A blanket for Artie. It's a no-pattern center out square type deal. It's almost done.
- A pretty standard two-row stripey scarf made with Plymouth Boku.
- I started a Feather & Fan scarf with some Regia Hand Dye Effect sock yarn. I probably shouldn't have since there are eleventy twelve things on the needles already, but oh well.

None of those are documented on Ravelry, but I swear I'll fix that tomorrow :)

I also got supplies to make some Resin Jewelry this wek. I'm planning on doing that as soon as I lay my hands on some popsicle sticks and cups to mix the resin in. If you're not familiar with the process, this is the first part of a 3-part tutorial on how to do it that I found on youtube. Just watch this one then follow the links to the next two parts. It looks pretty easy.

Part 2 & Part 3

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Craft or Bust 2010

I'm going to participate in Craft or Bust 2010 in an effort to get better about documenting my crafty pursuits in the new year. What does this mean? You can follow that link to see the rules, but pretty much it means I've committed myself to working on at least one crafty project per week and documenting it here all year. I don't have to finish a project every week, but surely some things will get finished over the course of the year.

I have a LOT of UFO's (unfinished objects) over here, so first up is trying to get some of those things wrapped up or unraveled so that the yarn can be used for new stuff. Most of them are knitting, crochet, and weaving projects, but I think there may also be some half-made jewelry around here somewhere. Once I get through that (or more likely once the weather warms up so that the garage/pottery studio isn't freeeeeezy and the electrician comes to install the outlet for the kiln) there will be some pottery things and maybe some really awkward beginner sewing.

I can't wait to see what everyone else does :)