Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A bit o' this and that!

First off, if you haven't entered this GIVE AWAY: do it now! I rarely ever enter these things, but I had to do this one!

The end of June already! Time really does fly when you're having fun. Even though I haven't posted anything lately, I am trying to keep up with everyone's doings in blogland. Easier said than done. Lots of good things going on around here, I'll tell ya!

As for me,I've been trying to finish up some UFOs and destash, at which I am failing spectacularly. My Ben Fikkert doily is next on the list -- again. A huge mistake which meant cutting out an entire row made me put it down in disgust. Now that I have more thread, it's time to tackle it once more.

For all the UK people, here is one especially for you. You all inspire me so much. From Lindsay Rogers' Tatting For Special Occasions -- Mats, the Rose and Thistle Doily.

The full picture:

For those who don't understand the symbolism, the yellow center represents the Welsh Daffodil, the English are the Roses in the second row, and the Irish Clover and Scottish Thistle are on the outer row. This one was a doozy to make, I redid the outer row twice and still want to do it again!

On the crochet front, it's been mini tote bags for kids. The back side is left blank so they can customize them in whatever way grabs their fancy. These were done for a friend teaching at a summer camp up north:

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Purple Fans

Click on picture for a better view!

The crocheted bookmark can be found here: Crochetroo. And the tatted fan is a design by Mary McCarthy. I think it was originally published in Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Ravelry fun

The Ravelry addiction is getting stronger! There's just too much cool stuff to do over there. What I think is going to be a five-minute browse unfailingly turns into thirty. I'm slowing building up my project, library, and stash lists. Before too long, it'll be half a mile long.

I've completed about half of the squares needed for the HPL afghan, so I figure it'll be another two or three weeks before I get it finished. I'm also donating a few quickie items to be sold at a craft fair, but have no idea about pricing guidelines. The pic shows a couple of the patterns (found on Ravelry, of course!) I used. Each of the floral hotpads took approximately ninety minutes and the dishcloths about an hour. I used Lily Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn. No worries about melting that way.

I also tatted up a bunch of paperclips using Singtatter's patterns that are on Georgia Seitz's Online Tatting Class site. Those will be priced at 25 cents.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A new HPL project

...but it's not tatting! I've joined the yarny, knotty goodness that is Ravelry and I'm hopelessly addicted. So many goodies to make, so little time. I must have logged about 20-25 hours over there and haven't even scratched the surface yet. I love it! If you click the little blinking Ravelry badge, it will take you to my page which is a work in progress itself. So without further adieu, my latest project.

The yarn! Originally, I was going with mossy greens and soft plums, but then I saw these two and my mind was changed instantly. The variegated is named Earth&Sky and the solid is Aruba Sea. I love turquoises and browns together.

The motif! The solid color rounds are hairpin lace. The two joining rounds of variegated use post stitches that give the square a nice texture. When all the squares are done they'll be joined with single crochet stitches in Aruba Sea. My HPL tension is still not that great, but once I sew the squares together it won't be as noticeable, I hope. I've decided that I'm going to invest in a nice HPL loom from StitchDiva.com, because the one I bought to make this afghan is a piece of crap. The pins keep sliding out of the bases, so I ended up having to wrap a rubberband around one end to keep it all together.