Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pins and Needles

That's what you all wait on every Tuesday wondering when I will post. Right?
Probably not, but...

Pins and needles are actually a couple of new items I picked up recently, and threw away some old ones.

Needles:  All but one of my sewing machine needles had broken, luckily I had a brand new package on standby! The needle that broke tonight broke into three pieces. The top stayed put, the eye stayed on the thread and the center went flying and hit me right on the nose. Sometimes I think I should wear safety glasses while sewing! I couldn't find the piece that hit me in the nose when I first checked the rug. That made me feel my nose again to make sure I hadn't unintentionally given myself a new piercing. My nose was whole and I found the needle fragment a minute later.

Pins:  My needles are breaking because they're hitting the pins when I sew. They don't break too often, but wow, it is scary when they do! A straight pin, after being hit by a needle moving approximately 287934 miles per hour, starts to resemble more of a right angle than a straight line. Thus resulting in my need for a brand new box. I sat down with the pincushion, a sandwich bag, and a magnet and pulled all of the angled pins out and stuck them to the magnet in the bag and so far there have been no strays found by any barefeet.

I was out of town for most of the week but I do have some pictures of things I've been working on. A granny square afghan (hopefully) and I made my second fat quarter wrap skirt ever! There will be a post Friday with some pictures of those things. I know I am not the only one on the multi-project boat, what are some projects you have been working on?


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Blob...

Well, well, here it is, Tuesday again. I'm toying with the idea of posting two or three times a week. My schedule is sort of irregular though and I am definitely active mainly on Instagram, then probably twitter next, and Pinterest after that. Facebook I do post pictures on, but not every single picture that is on Instagram, and I post my blog links and share other crafting links via Facebook. Hmmm...enough about that. That's just the process I'm going through on deciding about the extra blog posts. Blah. I am finding that I can't wait for Tuesdays sometimes because I'm so excited to share what I've been working on for the week! That is good thing.

So, this week I'm working on my spring things for Etsy. No rhyme or reason to what I make, other than the fact that I've got the right yarn on hand. I added a few of those items to my Etsy shop, as mentioned in my previous post. Now I'm working on a Winnie the Pooh hat, a tank top turned shopping bag, and baby booties. Pics to come. What I really want to share with you this week is something I think all yarn crafters have trouble with from time to time.



Right?

I am indecisive (I'm seeing a trend here) about whether to cut this snarled mess off and chuck it or if I should sit down and take the time to untangle it and wind all of my skeins into balls of yarn so there is less of a chance I'll have wads of yarn in the future. What say you?

Monday, February 17, 2014

First Spring Etsy Update!

A few new items for spring are up on my Etsy shop! Go check them out!! I added links for patterns and how to's for all you other crafty people and to give credit to the crafters who came up with them in the first place! 

Arm knitting tutorial can be found on Simply Maggie blog.



Tutorial on the Petals to Picots blog.



Tutorials via the Carmen Bee blog.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes....and Hands and Arms

This has been a fun week. I'm slowly but surely finishing up the Gargantuafghan. Autocorrect just fixed that word for me because I unintentionally switched two letters! I've been typing it a lot lately. The measurements with the boarder completed are 52 inches wide by 84 inches long. A whopping 7 feet long!! I'll have to compare that to my old blue one I made about 5 years ago. They're pretty close in size.



This past week two Items have been taken off of Etsy and frogged. Rippit rippit... (Did I use that correctly?) I had two hand crocheted, literally, scarves made from bulky yarn. They were so soft but just so so so ugly. I took the listings down and turned them along with the rest of my super bulky stash into a super plush mat. Not quite as puffy and ugly looking as the scarves were and it is indeed so so so soft!



I've also been watching the Olympics more than I thought I would be this week. Usually I sit in my room and craft while watching some classic film. Somewhere between Japan and Russia figure skating  I decided to watch a video on arm knitting. I expected it to be dramatically different than traditional knitting just because it seems like nearly any yarn craft that doesn't actually use hooks or needles often times is referred to as some sort of "knitting" even when it really isn't. However, arm knitting is what it says it is. I made this out of homespun yarn because I have a TON. Then I made another one to sell on Etsy. You might have guessed by now that I'll be updating Etsy very soon for spring. Follow me on Instagram via the tab above for some sneak peeks of items before they're even listed on Etsy!



Last but not least. Have I mentioned my serger here yet? I purchased one on sale a few weeks ago. The sale plus the employee discount made it well worth the buy. I was so sick of zig zag stitches and fray check, though they do have their place. I've still got a lot to learn, but these finished edges look so nice! I might have to start wearing my clothes inside out! Well, maybe not.



Thanks for reading! What have you been crafting lately?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Crochoughing and Kneezing

This making up words business is a little silly. I admit, I am no Roald Dahl. It's stemming from a lack of ideas for titles and basically combining what has happened the past seven days into just a couple of words without saying "I've had a Cold."

Over the weekend, mostly, I had a cold. I put away the gargantuafghan with the very last row about 1/4 of the way done and pulled out my rather large amounts of leftover yarn from the NASCAR blanket  to make this: (excuse the lovely yellow hue)



I had pinned a picture of a newborn in a similar hat to remind myself to make one at some point for my nephew because 1) it's cute, and 2) his dad has a strange obsession with Oreos and Cookie Monster. It seemed like every time I checked my Pinterest there was a notification that someone liked or repinned that picture. I ended up with about 50 reminders to crochet that hat! 

In my ever growing yarn stash I also had some crochet thread that had been thrown into a drawer under my bed for quite some time because it was just too frustrating to work with. I found a pattern I wanted to make and finally sat down determined to make it work and to start using up the thread. Here is a link to that pattern:  February's Valentine Pattern
And a picture my finished product:



I love working on small projects when I have a cold because I at least have some feeling of accomplishment for the day when I've finished them!! I'm still feeling a just little blah,  but definitely on the getting better side of the cold now!!