Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Marker Mania!

take me to marker mania!

So I have joined yet another swap! This is a stitch marker swap from now what niter? I'm really excited about this one too! I have made a few sets of stitch markers for myself and my secret pal. I have chosen not to post them, cause then my secret pal would know who I am! I will be making more sets for the swap, and I'll post those :)
until then...

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CD SWAP!

Allright, y'all know I love music, right?  I'm sure you do too! So you should join the CD Swap 2!



Click on the monkey and he will take you there!  Check out the June 18th post for details on how to sign up!

This is a fun way to share the music you like with others from all over. You make 5 mix CDs (all the same or all different), make packaging (inserts and labels) and send them off!  In return you get 5 CDs with all sorts of cool new stuff to listen to!

I'm doin' it, so should you! And tell your friends to sign up. The more the merrier!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

project: completed!

Cleo completed!

There she is :) B-E-A-utiful! I finished Cleo last night after only about 2½ weeks of knitting. I am so proud of this project! I finally have something to wear that is actual clothing :) The only thing I have left to do is sew in the elastic. I am planning on wearing it later this week, so I'll post pics of myself in Cleo and the backing. I decided to go with the original open back for my first try so I can get a sense of how I need to adjust for next time. I think I'm going to knit up at least 2 more versions this summer. I really love this top! Thanks to indigirl for designing such a comfy and sexy pattern!

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Monday, June 20, 2005

stuff and stuff

So Friday was not a good day for the kitty. Too much stress isn't good for anyone, espicially on a friday! But that all changed when I came home to another package from my SP! I was jumping around the house like a little girl I was so darn excited :)

Rolled Needle Case

I received this b-e-a-utiful! needle case from my SP :) Needless to say I love it!

Needle Case-open

And here it is already filling up with my circular needles :) I have been wanting to find time to make myself a few of these, and my SP must have read my mind! I am totally inspired, and my momma wants to make some for her friends too!

After all the excitement, I had a job to do. I took over one of my momma's cake orders 'cause she's been soo busy in the garden.

Doll Cake

Here is a close-up of the cake (sorry for the darkness, I didn't take these photos). It was a doll cake and the skirt is the yummy cake :) I came up with my own design on the fly, my favorite way to work!

Me and the cake

And here I am holding my creation :)

And last but not least, there was a lot of knitting going on this past weekend too! We were invited to a graduation party for my BF's cousin, so I continued to knit cleo in the car, at the party and on the way home!

Cleo Boobies

I finished the boobies on Cleo! YAY! Last night I cast on for the body, and I hope to have it finished within the next two weeks. As you can see, I changed it up a bit from the first photo. My gauge was a little wonky, so I actually used the right size needles, and two strands of Sugar and Cream in Sage and Ecru. I am so freakin' excited about this project :) I'll probably have to make 5 more just so I can wear them for the rest of the summer!

Aside from all that we had a pretty relaxing father's day. Mom and I prepped all the food, baked dad a cake, and grilled after finishing some yard work. I'll have to take some photos of our enormous garden. Right now it's over-run by strawberries! at least 1/2 of our planting area is filled with little strawberry plants, so much that we can't even mow the edges of the garden! Well, it's almost time to return to the heat of the outside world, so until next time...

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

A no $$ weekend...

So we had a weekend of doing anything that involves no $$...at least as little as possible. We're saving up for our trip up north for 4th of July weekend. We are going rafting on the Wolf River with a bunch of frineds. I am really excited and I hope I like rafting! We had much fun frolfing (frisbee golfing) and hanging with friends while trying to save the $$.

Krista's BC Holder
My friend saw the BC holder I made, and wanted her own. I just taught her to knit and she dosen't know how to crochet yet, so I made one for her. She picked out this pretty verigated yarn by Cotton Tots. I really like the button. I think it looks almost hand covered in yarn :)

Krista's Head Scarf

Here is my friend Krista in the Headscarf I made from the pattern on Crochet me. I used the left-over yarn from her BC holder to whip this up!

Kitty Weed Cat Toy

Another creation from Crochet me was this Kitty Weed Cat Toy! I almost fell over when I saw the pattern for this one! I knew I had to make this for my favorite kitty, Winston.

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As you can see, Winston loves his new toy :)

Gift time!! Remember that cute cell phone cozy I made for my boyfriend's momma? Well, she bought me these great gifts!

Gifties!

A cool green clear tote with snapping lid and sturdy handles for my crafting goodies and a great book! I can't wait to learn some of the funky stitch patterns in here. I love learning new techniques :)

Cleo took a back seat, and I re-started...again! I decided to go with Sugar and Cream in natural and sage. Hopefully I'll have at done before the summer is gone!
That's it for now...until we meet again...

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Thursday, June 09, 2005

WHOO HOO!

Yesterday when I got home, it was hot and muggy. I hate not having air conditioning! I asked my dad if I had any mail and he produced a package! I got a cute gift from my Secret Pal! YAY!

My SP5 gift

A beautiful, brightly colored little hand bag :) It was hand-made just for my by my SP5. What a treat!

front detail

Here is a close up of the front in detail. I love the folded fabric with bright colors.

Close up of lining

Here is a close up of the creamy, satiny lining. I love handmade things! If my SP would like to post a little info on this bag, techniques, of other fun info in the comments section, I would love to learn more about it! Thanks again SP5!

Last night I grabbed my craft bag and headed to a friend's house. While we did nothing but sweat and watch the boob tube, I decided to try my hand at freeform crochet.

My first attempt at freeform crochet

I have been interested in this since I first saw a project on someone's blog. I had tons of different random bits of yarn left over so I just went to town. I think the neon color bit looks kinds like a ram on top of a hill! I don't know what it is going to be yet...maybe a funky bowl or stash bag (how appropiate!) or something else!

After I got home and couldn't sleep (again!) I decided to go ahead and cast on for cleo.

Cleo: the beginning

I didn't get too far, mostly because I started over 3 different times and it got to be 12:30am, but it's definitely a start! I'll be heading off to the LYS to so some stitchin' and bitchin' tonight, so hopefully I'll get more done.

So other than this being one of the worst days...in a while, that's about it. I'll get over it, but I think I need less friends, or better ones, or something...until later...

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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Weekend Projects

Over the past weekend, I was very productive. I just finished photographing my projects last night in that I'm sleepy, I'm awake period just before bed.

Cell Phone Holder
My boyfriend's mom was telling me how she kept losing her black phone in her black purse, so I decided to knit a cute cell phone holder that she's sure not to miss! I used Lion Brand Chunky USA in yellow and Bernat Samba in the lime green. I didn't have a pattern, I just knit it on the fly. I ended up using DPNs to work around the screen, and I think it turned out pretty cute!


Next up, another super cute business card holder from the free patterns section on Click me to go to knit pixie
Kat's BC Holder
Kat's BC Holder with cards

I used a verigated acrylic that matches the color of my business cards a bit more. I also pulled out a pretty purple satin-like finish button from by button tube that matches perfectly. I love it :)


Chemo Cap for Charity
This one is a chemo cap knitted from the pattern on Lion Brand's website. You can find it here. Again, I used Bernat Samba in the lime green. I love this yarn with the little fleece flecks in green and yellow. A little early for my charity knitting, but I had it with me, so I figured why not? This is sure to brighten someone's day :)




That's all for now. I think I'm actually going to get around to picking out yarn for cleo from knitty. How long have I been talking about it anyways? :) I've really been wanting a cool halter top to wear since the weather has been unruly lately. The temps in the 80's and very humid with random storms popping up all over the place. I never know what to wear when I go out in the morning! Oi! But that's the midwest for ya. Until we meet again...

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Friday, June 03, 2005

projects, projects, projects!

So I have finally photographed my most recent projects that I have been working on and completed. I do plan on switching back to knitting in a bit once I conquer the crocheting bug!


The first project on display was created by
Click me to visit the midnight knitter!

and can be found here.

Wristers!
I used a rainbow verigated yarn and altered the pattern a bit to make my bobbles stand out a bit more.
Wrister modeled by me!
A lovely hand model (me!) with the rainbow wrist warmer. What a cute accessory for my Rainbow Brite hoodie on those cold days!




Next up, a super cute business card holder from the free patterns section on Click me to go to knit pixie

BC holderBC holder open
I used the same verigated rainbow yarn for this as a test for the pattern. I'm going to crochet myself another one (or two) to match the colors on my business cards. I bought one of those huge tubes of buttons at the lobby of hobbies and found a cute nautilus design button for this project.




This next project I made at 11:30pm last night when I couldn't get to sleep. It was a fast and easy crochet and only took me 40 minutes to complete. I used a red heart chunky verigated camoflage yarn left over from a baby bib I knitted. You can find the pattern for this one here.

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I think if I make this one again, I'll add one more row to the pattern cause my hair can get a bit unruly at times, and I just prefer a wider band. My mom said I should make some out of hemp with beads for belts...maybe someday :)




And last, but not least, a pile of granny squares for my granny square skirt from Hip to Crochet .

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I chose some cute fall colors for this skirt, 'cause I probably won't be done with it until then! But this is sure to be a favorite when I finally get it done. Seven squares down...a little over 100 more to go! yikes! but this will be a great take-a-long project for those summer road trips.

And that's it for now! More crafting this weekend :) I can hardly wait! I am going to brave making my own point protectors and maybe knitting needles, but we'll just see how goes. until then...

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