Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A quick drive-by post! (Actual tatting content INSIDE!!)

Four months!  Where does the time go?  Once the summer is gone, I'll have the time(and inclination) to update more often.  In the meantime, click HERE . I've been featured by Teri Dusenbury! 

If any of you fabulous tatters have done one of her pieces, she'd love to hear from you.  Just drop her a line!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

It is complete.

My Rose Garden Tote is now complete. After one more rearranging of the pieces, and the addition of a few more flowers it was on to the final assembly.  An hour or so of stitching while lying on the floor in front of the bag so as not to disturb the placement was all it took to end up with this:

Now it was on to the felting!  Two wash cycles which included a pair of ragged jeans, some old gym shoes for extra agitation, and two days of drying resulted in this:

She is beautiful, yes?  Wow, I am really impressed with myself right now.  This tote turned out far, far better than I could have imagined it would be. I love it.  The felting process shrunk the bag down to 16 inches tall and 15 inches wide, a most perfect size.  All that worrying for nothing! 

Thanks again to everyone for their kind comments and advice, especially Crochetbug.  To do this, I relied heavily on her blog posts and notes of her adventure creating this bag.  A special thanks to you, madame.  Now I think I shall go see about finding another project to felt.  Enjoy the day, everyone!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The sewing is about to begin!

After much back and forth, and some more back and forth, the handles are now attached and the pieces arranged into something pleasing to my eye.  Being that this is Easter Sunday and there are festivities planned, I'll probably not have the assembly completed today as I had hoped.  At least that gives me one more day to avoid the inevitable felting!  That part still makes me nervous, no matter the amount of encouragement and excellent advice I have received since yesterday.  Thanks ladies! 

The bag with curlicues:
 Now the leaves:
 And the roses:

I was really unsure of the clementine orange, but it really has added a nice contrast to the other colors.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

A soon-to-be brand new bag(lots of pics)

I have yet another bag in the works.  This one takes me a bit out of my comfort zone because instead of just whipping it up with good old Red Heart Super Saver, this one is 100% wool!  Yes, my first felting project is on it's way.  The pieces are finished and waiting to be assembled.  My apprehension at doing the actual felting process is holding me back from adding another FO to the list for 2011.  I know that it's not the end of the world if it doesn't come out perfect, but what if it gets ruined in the washer and is completely unusable?  All that beautiful yarn wasted!  Well, it wouldn't be the first time a project has been trashed and I'm sure it will happen again so on with the assembly!

The pattern:  Rose Garden Tote

The yarn:  Stitch Nation Full O' Sheep in Plummy, Thyme, Meadow, Honeycomb, Clementine, Peony, and Poppy.

The pieces of the bag to be:
 Currently measures 21" wide and 19" tall in its unfelted state.

The leaves and flowers:

I'm going to take my time putting this together because I don't have much experience working with pure wool and I really want this to be a thing of beauty.  Not that I doubt my finishing skills, which are pretty sharp, it's that this is one of those projects that mean more than others.  And with that, I'll call it a night!  Enjoy your Easter Sunday everyone!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A productive Sunday afternoon

So winter came back today.  It actually snowed for a few minutes.  Being a lifelong Michigander, you'd think I wouldn't bat an eyelash at this, but I wanted to cry.  I am so sick of winter and dreary weather!

There was nothing and I mean nothing short of a disaster that was going to get me out of my apartment today, so I had to find something to do.  I made some cute dishcloths that I found on a lovely blog called Cozy Things:

Pattern can be found here: Primrose Dishcloth

Then I made a most interesting pin cushion.
That pattern can be found here: Auntie Wainwright's 1-2-3 Pin Cushion.

Throughout the day, I also worked on my sewing box inspired granny blanket.  Sixty-eight squares done and thirty to go!  It looks so much nicer now that I remade the squares with green in them.  The new green looks fabulous!

The old squares will not go to waste, though.  They will be made into a pillow.  Pictures of that soon.  Well, back to work while I'm still feeling inspired.  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday everyone!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Stash control and an apron!

Happy Sunday!  I didn't realize I had gone so long between posts.  Again.  Sorry about that.  I get so hung up reading what everyone has been doing that posting is forgotten because I get busy clicking all the links and adding to my already-too-long project 'To-Do' list. 

Anyway, I have done some things.  I'm currently tatting a new doily which should be ready for show-and-tell by next weekend.  The last doily I was working on, Tattyhead's 'Star Attraction' is lost!  It just disappeared in the Great Unknown, tatting bag and all!  Very sad about that.  That bag was handmade for me by a friend.  Back to the beginning for that one, I guess.  The loss of the thread annoys me, too.  It was Venus 40 thread bought at a trade show.  If anyone knows of a site in the U.S. it can be purchased, please let me know.

On the crochet front, I just completed a new stash bag using some stash yarn.  A concept that never occurred to me before, seriously.  Logic, it's not for me, I guess!  :D

The bottom is simply rounds of single crochet with increases of six per round.  The outermost round is 144 stitches.  The bag itself is the Peacock Stitch from Crochet Inspiration by Sasha Kagan.  Three rows of sc for the top decreased by twelve each row to keep it from curling too much and straps made of single crochets to a length that pleased the eye.  Nearly two skeins of Red Heart Super Saver in Frosty Green went into the construction of my new stash bag.  It nicely holds seven 7 oz. skeins of yarn.  Not too shabby.

And a quickie project for the kitchen was this Granny Square Apron found HERE.  A couple hours  and some Sugar 'n Cream yarn was all this one took.  I love it!

Look!  It's me showing off some of my new skinny-ness!  

The granny square blanket inspired by my sewing box is currently undergoing a revamp.  The green I was using is just wrong, wrong, WRONG! It drags the whole thing down, but instead of banishing it to the closet, I am reworking all the green squares with the green I was originally going to use.  Always go with your first instinct!  Something I never learn.  Later today, I should have something to show for that. 

Well, the sun is shining and it's nearly 80 degrees today so I am going to take a project outside and enjoy it.  Hope you all do too! 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Granny Inspiration

The sun is shining and Spring may actually be trying to spring around these parts.  *fingers crossed*

Sometimes granny color themes come from the oddest places...

 My sewing box.  I kept staring at it all last week.  Then it hit me!  A new granny square blanket.  Off to the yarn store I went and after an hour or so of hooky time, here is what I came up with:
 The colors are not true, but I think you get the idea!  The green is a bit more green and the grenadine is not so shocking.  I'll be combining these three-round squares with six- or seven-round squares.  Have a good Sunday everyone!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patty's Day!

I'll be making a big pot of corned beef and potatoes to share with my coworkers in the afternoon and maybe have a nip of whiskey in the evening!

In the meantime, I'll finish cleaning up the 5, 219 yarn tails on my  crochet Japanese flower piece.
Why I didn't hide them as I went along is beyond me.  I got so sick of it I put it aside for a day or so to make something else:
This little stash basket is a free pattern from the Purl Bee.  I was pleasantly surprised by how much yarn it holds when complete.  In the pic, there are 25 balls stuffed in it. Sugar 'n Cream yarn was the way to go with this one.  I only have about 100 balls of the stuff(no exaggeration).  The little flowers are Lucy's of Attic 24 fame.  Her blog is fantastic!  Here is what it looks like empty:
I love this!  Another one may be in the works soon.  Have a good Thursday everyone!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

What?! Two posts in one day?

WARNING:  This is a brag post.

  One of the reasons I haven't been around is I've been working on a very special project -- ME.  The reason you never ever see pictures of me is because I don't want anyone to see how very large(okay, fat!) I've gotten over the last 3 or 4 years.  Finally fed up with wearing tents for t-shirts and buying my jeans on the fat girl side of the store, I joined a gym and started to watch what I was stuffing in my face all day, everyday.

  On December 1, 2010, I was 185 pounds and measured 43-41-44.  I'm only 5'1", so I was very round.  Today(as of about 1:00 p.m.), I weigh 143 pounds and my measurements are 37-32-37.  I'm girl shaped again!  How about that?  Believe it or not, it really wasn't that hard to do and it made this crappy winter fly by! Still not ready to post a picture of the new improved me, but I just had to get that out there. 

It's growing!

My throw for The Flower Bed CAL is growing!  Another two rounds of motifs after this one will give me a smallish, but gorgeous hexagon shaped throw.  It's also been a great stash killer so far, too!

The sun is shining today, so I thought taking a picture by the window would show the shine in the yarn. It's a mohair/nylon blend.  Alas, it was not to be.  I'm not really a pastels type of girl, but this is turning out way better than I had hoped!

edited to add:  If you click on the picture, you can kind of just barely see a bit of shine!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

A yarny post

I've joined a Crochet Along here on Blogger called The Flower Bed.  Tons of gorgeous flowers!  I'm so sick of this dreary winter weather I thought it would be the perfect pick-me-up.  I'm making a small throw out of some stash laceweight yarn I've been hoarding forever.  For those of you who are interested, the pattern I'm using can be found here: Japanese Flower.  This absolutely gorgeous flower works up quickly and is easy to memorize.  My motifs are about five inches across using a 5 mm hook.  I'm going to have a lot of fun with this one! 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

She's alive! Alive! Alliiiiiive!!

Howdy strangers! Just a quickie post to show I'm still around. I haven't forgotten about you all. Life has gotten in the way and then I just lost my tatting and blogging mojo for a while there. I actually tatted and have the pics to prove it!
The pale green heart is Dorcas's Heart. I think the woven picots really give it an interesting look. The little pink heart is Eva's Heart. Both patterns have been in one of my binders for years so I'm not sure what corner of the internet they came from.

This is Jon Yusoff's Hearts Entwined tatted using one of Tatskool's HDTs in sizd 80 from the Raspberry/Vanilla family.  I love that pattern.  Gorgeous.

And this is Tattyhead's 'Star Attraction' doily. I just started Round 6(or is it 7?) for the third time. It should be finished and blocked by this weekend. I keep either missing or making a join in the wrong place. I'm using some lovely Venus 40 thread I got at the Great Lakes Lace Guild's 'Love of Lace' event last year.

I'm still on a crochet kick. Blankets, blankets, blankets, with two more currently in the works...

Every single one of those afghans are made entirely with stash yarn and there are still three huge totes full of yarn in the craft closet! But I still don't have any yarn....or tatting thread. ;)