Thursday, October 29, 2009

New Sweater!

I made a new sweater for my 4 year old. It's adapted from the free Humbug Sweater Pattern.
I added the striping and the intarsia skull and crossbones. This was my first real intarsia and it was a very good first intarsia project, small. Really, it was easy, I just couldn't do it with my kids around. There was a lot of finishing work that needed to be done around the hood and pocket, but in the end it looks really beautiful! The only two things I would do differently are make the hood a little taller, and make the pocket bigger and raise it a few rows. All in all, very pleased! And most importantly, he loves it!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Holiday List

I hope this will grow, I also hope I will cross things off!

1. Felted ball tree ornaments (make felted ball, dye with Kool Aid, then wrap with beads/ribbon/whatever, make a loop at the top, and that's it!)
2. felted bowls for friends/family pattern here
3. several amigurumi (I have a great book, but I'm also going to do another one of the teratoma ones, I should blog about the one I already made!)
4. a few more washclothes (there's a garden pattern from Ravelry that I want to make for my mama)
5. bookmarks pattern here
6. afghan (SC all the way!)
7. homemade knitting needles (such as these and these
8. play yard play mat (similar to this
9. the quilt that I never finished for Ronan's b-day (vintage fabric, Humpty Dumpty)
10. a quilt for Wolfe (dinosaurs)
11. soft book with toys for the car
12. plasters for my mama
13. felted soaps
14. hand, Kool Aid dyed playsilks
15. Two wooden benches/storage things for the playroom that can use a playsilk as a canopy like this. Although this one will require hubby's help.
16. And something likethis. I made a small one but seemed to have lost it at some point. Probably find it after i make a new one.
17. Nesting Boxes
18. Knitting Book for Sage from
19. And this Waldorf doll for my son who LOVES babies!
20. Robin Eggs. Yes, my list is becoming endless.
21. Starting to laugh now, this list will keep me going for years!!! Rocks

Saturday, October 24, 2009

time, time, who's got the time?

With two little ones at home and an almost full-time job I have little time left for crafts, writing, blogging, cleaning, or anything else. Now that the weather is getting cooler, the rain has returned, and the days are shorter, I'm feeling rejuvinated in a crafty kinda way. I have spent quite a bit of time on MDC, following recommended links from fellow MDC'ers, and bouncing ideas around with other mamas. I now have a plan: to make time to craft! My short list for the next month or two is as follows:
1. Finish the matching sweaters for my boys. Very cute, dk and lt gray striped with skull and crossbones intarsia.
2. Make some very cool embroidery bookmarks found on MDC
3. Finish the afghan that I started for DH three years ago. Yes, three years ago. It's SC, but I was learning how to crochet when I began and have had to rip it out and start over several times. I'm now about 1/5 of the way done. I plan on having it finished by Yule.
4. I plan to completely clean all of the wool I have in my laundry room. It's starting to smell VERY bad at this point!

I hope this list will help me focus and keep me from starting a million OTHER projects and not finishing these ;-)