Monday, July 25, 2011

Blue + Yellow Wrist Warmers

Oh the joys of developing pattens as you go.

A grandmother of two boys I've recently been babysitting asked me if I could make her a pair of wrist warmers in Maize + Blue (for U of M).  I've made a pair or two before for me, but never with thumbs (my first attempts just left holes for the thumb) but I told her I could find a pattern and make them for her no problem.  And I did!  Surprisingly quick for me ;) hehe.  And I had them done in 2 or 3 weeks!  The catch?  The main cable on the second glove started worming its way toward the thumb -- I had misplaced the thumb hole too close to the cable :(

So I ripped the top half out & re-worked it, paying attention to wear I made my increases this time ;)

I'm happy to report it looks just as nice as the first glove & I can't wait to see how Grandma likes them.

She was even entertaining the idea of my making a pair for each of her grandsons in Steelers' colors.  But we'll see.  The boys started running with the idea and wanted to add 4+ different colors and trying to visualize how to pattern that out was too overwhelming.  So I call this project To Be Continued. ....

Friday, July 22, 2011

Nima's Pillow

A friend of mine has moved to Strongsville (outside of Cleveland) for a job and started from scratch furnishing his apartment (he sold off, donated, gave away & threw away anything he didn't want to take with him).  I felt so honored that he asked ME to help him in his furniture search for his new apartment.  :)  After we made a list of the things he needed (or I *wanted* for him), we went to a couple different furniture shops around his area.  We ended up finding most of the stuff we liked at World Market & Value City Furniture (I think).  And to make his place feel more like a home (& save money), I told him I'd be making him a couple throw pillows for his couch, two round seat cushions for his bistro/patio set, and a set of dishclothes, handtowel, & hotmits.

Well, as simple as this sounds (and normally I'd be able to whip all this up in 2 weeks), time has sped by, like it usually does in my presence, and it's already been a month since he moved out there.  Happily, I have already finished one, solid-turquoise pillow for him...

...and just finished the striped light & dark turquoise pillow to compliment it (it is 18" square, 2" larger than the 16" solid square; but I think they'll look very nice together).  He is a pretty modern guy and I think matchy-matchy just wouldn't have been his style.

All together on his new, modern couch (and VERY comfy-firm):

Next on the list: the pair of yellow + white circular seat cushions.  Hopefully they won't take me another month to complete (though I can see it being true; I'll be making up the pattern as I go along, which means trial and error takes more time).

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Who's Thinking about Autumn Already??

First, let me apologize for the month-long absence.  I have no excuse other than planning my October wedding.  The planning has really picked up.  It feels like this month, I woke up one morning and realized it was RightAroundtheCorner!  Invitations are printed and awaiting assembly, shower thank-you's need to go out (the first of two showers was this past weekend), and lots of stationary & details need designing.  So it's been busy & my crafting has been put on the back burner (though it still sits next to the couch whispering my name for any TV-time).  Now, back to crafting thoughts......

It's *almost* crazy to think that Autumn is already around the corner.  Just yesterday I got my daily email from Etsy Finds with subtitles like "Autumn Sneak Peak" & "Orchard Inspired".  Yikes!  It makes me feel like I need to get going on my Autumn "collection" (I can't wait til I can actually say that, hehe).  But then I remember that I still have a handful of scarves that didn't sell last year.  Maybe they just need more exposure this time around?  But don't think that will be all I'll have in the shop.  Scarves are one of my favorite things to knit because there are so many different patterns & looks to incorporate into a scarf.  Plus they're so fun & easy to knit and easy to travel with (my favorite part)!  So you can bet I'll be whipping up a few this September (especially when my hands need something to occupy themselves while my mind races with wedding to-do's) & October (to calm the nerves).

What are you thinking about this summer?  The hot summer days?  Crisp autumn days/evenings?  I have to admit, I'm already smiling about future crisp afternoons when I can wear sweaters, scarves & boots (my favorite outfits of summer).  Maybe a cute crocheted hat, too.
Happy Tuesday.

Saturday, July 2, 2011


Do you ever catch yourself sinking back into an old fascination or obsession?  That's how I felt yesterday after my sister sent me a link to Pottermore.  Long story short, my obsessive research on all things Harry Potter (literarily speaking; I'm not as concerned about the movies), took a stronger-than-ever hold on my interest & motivation today.  I think I spent a good 5 hours (seriously) just clicking on article after article about the actors & link through link on the "extraneous" literary information J.K.Rowling had on her site.

I became very fascinated with Harry Potter when I was younger.  I would wait so earnestly for the upcoming books (especially 5, 6 & 7) that I would hunt down anything I could on the forth-coming books; any secrets that fans had found & posted on their websites or that J.K. Rowling herself had chosen to share on her website (which is still one of my favorites).
On a side note: It's good to know that she takes time for herself as well.  I noticed her News page hadn't been updated, minus the Pottermore announcement, since 2008!  And I have to admit I can't believe how long it's been since the last book came out. (4 years!!)  I've only read the 7th book once and after watching the 7th movie (part 1) I was thrown back into the obsession.  I dug out my (only Harry Potter) copy of the 7th book and started reading it from the beginning.  (I found an old bookmark, a wristband from the release of the book, about 100 pages in - I must have started re-reading it but forgot about it.)

The plan for the rest of this summer:
To re-read Dealthy Hallows.
Then re-read books 5, 6, & 7.
Then re-read all books, 1-7.

I've read 1-3 approx. 13 times, #4 about 10 times & 5 & 6 about 3 times.  So I feel it's time to give the last 3 books their time (or mine time) and get to know that as well as I once knew the first 4.  A part of me wonders if it'll be like greeting an old friend when I go back and read from book 1.  That's how it used to always feel.  Like I was reciting the words instead of reading them.  :)

Do you have a book or series or author whom you feel the same way about?

*(Please excuse that this post is terribly off-topic; I promise to have much more in the way of crafting posted very soon)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Living Frugal

I know this is supposed to be devoted to my crafting, but I thought I would divert a little since I came across this blog post in so much of my "catch-up" reading today.
In a way, it does tie into my philosophy on crafting.  I like to knit & crochet items for my home to save money on purchasing new items.  I also like to use up leftover yarn scraps (and eventually cloth scraps) in projects that can be made over time.  I'll try to remember to post a picture of my draft blocker I've made specifically for those leftover yarn scraps that I just couldn't bring myself to toss.  I also stuffed it with used dryer sheets to make it fluffy.  Turns out they also make it smell yummy! :)
Do you challenge yourself to live frugally or re-use items you thought were trash?  I'd love to hear about it! Feel free to post a link to your post :)