Showing posts with label crochet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crochet. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tuesday Cables: This, That, and the Other Thing

This:
I finished the bread doily!! I couldn't really understand the pattern instructions for the edging. I don't know if it was my lack of patience, the way the pattern was printed, or a true lack of understanding. I just made up something that I think looks pretty similar. When I completed the last stitch I felt a little like Dorothy reaching the Emerald City. "At last! At last!" Of course, as I've said the last few posts, I still need to weave in the ends. Same goes for the second project too.
 Vintage Bread Tray Doily Pattern



Yesterday I became an aunt for the second time! Of course when I was texted that the arrival of the baby was imminent yesterday, my knee-jerk reaction was to grab my yarn and log into Facebook, refreshing the page between rows waiting for the very first baby picture to be posted! The results of which are this, a hat and booties. I. love. crocheting. booties. They are such a fast project and, oh my goodness, you end up with an incredibly adorable miniature shoe in your hand!!
Bev's Easy Round Baby Hat
10 Minute Booties by Lisa Auch




That: I'm attempting to do a style challenge this month I'm starting today, the posts will start a week from tomorrow. I hope you all enjoyed Paige's guest post on Friday. It sort of inspired me to do some sort of fashion challenge for March. I did a little Google search and found Modesty With a Capital M. She made up her own style challenge for this month and I liked the list so I'm going to try to stick with it for the remainder of the month.

The Other Thing:
It might be time for a name change. Haha, I know I literally and legally just changed my own name recently, (as in "My new driver's license came in the mail yesterday," recently) but I think a blog name change might be on the horizon....
I'll definitely keep you all updated.  It'll be a bit of an overhaul of Facebook, Pinterest, everything, but I think it's going to happen. Cue mysterious music. Sorry to leave you all hanging there. It's just been on my mind. More Spring cleaning I guess. It's sleeting as I type this. Cruel irony.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday Cables || Doilies Again

I have been having so much fun crocheting doilies lately! Currently I'm finishing up the edging of my third (in recent history) doily which was also my first filet crochet project!  I may keep at it and buy some fun thread colors. Hmmm... I do like the nice crisp, clean, classic look of the white though. 

These are my two latest...

Wedding Rings Doily:
http://www.crochetmemories.com/patterns/wedding-rings-doily.php
I loved the look of the interlocking rings on this doily! I've been wanting to crochet something like that for a long time. I think I'm all set for a little while now. Crocheting a total of twenty four rings tomake twelve interlocking sets got very repetitive and tedious with weaving in ends on each ring. I must say, it was so worth it. I do love the way this doily looks. Just have to finish weaving in a few more ends. This one will be going in the shop. So check back if you're interested. If you happen to be really interested feel free to email me at thewizardofoddsandends@gmail.com and I can reserve it for you.


Bread Tray Doily:
http://freevintagecrochet.com/doilies/7131-doily-pattern.html
This doily was so much fun to make. The filet crochet was so simple. The way this vintage pattern is written got confusing for me though so I decided to just do my best to copy the look of the edging. So far it looks pretty well, but I haven't gotten a picture of it at that point yet.


I had to post this from my iPad today so things might be a little bit funky.
Hope you all had a great weekend!




Friday, February 20, 2015

Favorite Things Friday || Snowflakes that Stay...(10 Things to do When it's Cold and Snowy Outside)

...on my nose and eyelashes.

The Northeast has been pummeled  with snowstorm after snowstorm. I moved just before winter began and so far have seen enough snow that I can still enjoy it without dreading the next round of fluffy, white precipitation.

I went through several old photos to see what I decided to make memories of in winters past and came up with the idea for this post.

1. Go to Florida! They say, "With age comes wisdom." Why do you think so many retired people go to Florida in the winter? You always thought it was because it's too hard for them to shovel or they can't handle the cold, right? Now you know. Those sage, grandparental figures have weathered through a rough winter or two and garnered a few feathers in their caps which they now use to make their annual flight to the sunshine state when the temperature begins to drop. (If becoming a snowbird is not a feasible option, read on.)


2. Make (or buy) a hat. And a scarf, and a sweater, and a blanket, and a hot water bottle cozy. If you're in this for the long haul then you need to be prepared! Learning to crochet or knit is a great winter hobby. Not only will you be able to make yourself things to keep warm, but it's also a wonderful way to pass the time when the fifth storm in three weeks hits and you're officially snowed in until you can open the front door again.


3. Go for a walk/drive. When you can once again get outside and clean off your car it's always fun to go out and look at the beautiful scenery of snow covered trees and fields. Of course, you can bundle up and just take a short walk, but it's always nice to crank up the heater in the car while you look at the frozen landscape that surrounds you. Just remember what the colors and shapes of traffic signs mean. Also, if global warming were a thing, you'd be contributing to it and might lessen your chances for getting snowed in next winter.


4. Ski! The snow can be enjoyable. I know that can be pretty hard to believe when you're shoveling the driveway for the third time in the same storm, but how about learning a winter sport? Skiing is very popular and schussing down a hill can be very invigorating on a cold, bright and sunny day in the middle of winter.


5. Skating is another very fun winter activity! Many rinks will let you rent skates or you might be able to find a used pair at an affordable price online or at a used sporting goods store. Always make sure that you are skating on a body of water with ice that is thick enough. Several states/counties have websites that tell you whether or not certain lakes and ponds in your area are frozen enough and safe to skate on. The plus side of rinks is you don't have to worry about ice thickness and they are often inside and can be warmer than skating outdoors.


6. Look for animal tracks. Winter is prime time for looking for prints in the snow. Not every animal hibernates or migrates south. There is quite a variety of wildlife that remains active in the winter. Of course, not every animal will spend time on the ground, so make sure you look up too and you might just catch a glimpse of a bird that prefers the snowy season. This Snowy Owl spent a little time watching my husband fish last winter.

 
7. Sit in it. Who doesn't like to make a snow angel? Of course, when the snow gets too deep for that and you're tired of trudging in drifts pasts your knees all you can do is just sit down and see how deep the snow is. It's actually a little, tiny bit insulating and pretty warm for the first 10 seconds.



8. Watch a movie. When it's way too cold to go outside and you've had enough of the wintery weather then it's time to kick back, relax, and put on a good flick. Preferably The Sound of Music.


9. Make something warm to drink. The prefect accompaniment to a good movie on a cold winter night is a warm cup of cocoa. Of course tea, coffee, or hot apple cider are also acceptable. While you're at it you might as well put it in a Christmas mug since it still looks like Christmas outside anyway and you probably haven't taken down your Christmas lights since they're buried in the snow.


10. Enjoy the winter. Don't be chicken, (I know, I really had to reach for that joke. Sarcasm.) enjoy the winter season. Spring will be back someday and after that follows summer. Remember summer? It's that scorching, hot season that always makes you wish that it were winter again.





Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tuesday Cables || A Season Ahead

I had a different subject planned for today, but that didn't work out so This is basically going to be another Etsy update. I've got a few different things in the shop now. If you'd like to take a look just click the "Etsy" tab under the banner and that will take you right to my shop. 

I'm finally learning how to work a season ahead and I'm really starting to enjoy making multiples of things which has really surprised me! I'm sure some people wish we were a season ahead so they wouldn't have to shovel snow again until next winter!

Here's a little peek at what I was working on today. 10 bunnies and 10 tails. They're all put together now. This was just after I'd finished all the crocheting.



I know most of you have some pretty amazing crafting abilities, but if anyone has a questions about custom ordering something, I would love to talk about it! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Audio Books and Crochet

After finishing thirty hours in three days between both jobs, I am finally relaxing listening to Heidi by Johanna Spyri and crocheting. Enjoying books this way has become one of my favorite pastimes recently. 

I love "reading" books that movies I have seen are based on. I am also currently reading, print version, An English Governess at the Siamese Court: Being Recollections of Six Years in the Royal Palace at Bangkok by Anna Harriette Leonowens. The autobiographical version of The King and I. My favorite part so far was finding out that when the king asked Anna how old she is she really answered that she's 150 years old! She writes a lot about the history of Siam as well as her own experiences in teaching the royal children and some of the king's wives. It's very interesting!

Crocheting Cables. I've got quite a bit more to do, but it should move along quickly. I'll post some more once everything is finished and hopefully there will be an etsy update too, :)


What are your favorite books that you've also seen the movie version of?



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Cables || One of Those Posts Again...

Yet again, it's late Tuesday night and I'm taking a grainy picture with my iPad and trying to bring spur of the moment ideas to life. That's basically the general process of how each post comes into being. I'll get a little more organized someday, I hope.

The spur of the moment idea is a new series for Tuesdays. Life is getting busier. I have a 45 hour work week between both jobs next week. That is a 17 hour jump from what I will be working this week! The influx of posts that I thought might happen, well, that was before I check my schedule!  Anyway, I thought a series would be good. Something I can write a post for any day when I have some free time. Check back next Tuesday for something both fashion and crafting related. I'm pretty excited about it!

Here's a fun little survey in the meantime.
 
1. What is the closest thing to you right now that is red? A stitch counter. Seriously. 

2. What is your ring tone? I always have my phone on vibrate. It was Moon River on my old phone.

3. What color is your favorite pillow? Um, white. My pillow cases vary. I use two pillows and don't have any matching pillowcases so they're always different colors. I don't have a favorite. I love both my pillows equally.

4. Is there an animal that creeps you out? Yeah! Aye-ayes. That one long claw they have...their faces...their fur...pardon me while I shudder. 

5. Ever have stitches? Only when I had my wisdom teeth removed.

6. Have you ever seen northern lights? Yes, faintly one Halloween they were visible I don't really remember it all that well though. 

7. Are you wearing nail polish? Yep, on my toes, L'oreal Lacey Lilac. 

8. What shoes did you wear today? Men's sneakers. When I got hired at JoAnn Fabrics I needed comfortable black shoes. K-Mart didn't have any women's sneakers in black and I didn't have anytime to shop around. They're really comfortable though!
 
9. What’s one thing you’re really good at cooking? Ha! I like baking treats, which I do more often than "cooking" meals and stuff. I love using our 1950s cookie press to make orange shortbread cookies. I haven't done it for a while though. I'm not patient enough to let the dough chill long enough.

10. What is your dream job? I always wanted to do musical theatre but I get way too nervous at auditions. I recently found out that you can apprentice to become a seamstress so I think I will be looking into that pretty soon!

11. Where were you 3 hours ago? Eating supper in my room and checking Facebook. 

12. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you? Ha! My room is pink! I'm pretty sure all 4 walls are within 10 feet of me.

13. What are you wearing right now? Bright coral-y orange sweat pants and a New York City T-shirt.

14. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week? No, but I made one.

15. What do you want to know about the future? I'll leave that in Gods hands.

Thanks for reading!



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday Cables || Keeping Myself in Stitches

The past week was full of stitches of all kinds. Thankfully none of said stitches are of the medical designation. 

When July 4th was coming up I decided some patriotic yarn stash busting would be quite appropriate! I always have an image in my head of being able to make a giant granny square afghan which, of course, is never the case with leftovers. I used three strands of yarn and just went around....asquare?...until I ran out! As you can see compared to my Clementine feet (Her shoes were number 9 ;) ) it's not very big, but it's a decent lapghan. I'm testing it out right now!

I also pulled out a counted cross stitch that I started a year and a half ago! I bought it at Hobby Lobby when I went to visit my friend in Jacksonville in January of 2013. I'm hoping to finish it soonish. More than a year is way too long to be working on a counted cross stitch that's only 5 by 7 inches. So, we shall see how this goes.

And lastly, I'm going to be making a blanket. One of my co workers who quilts gave me a quick rundown on working with batting, and tying, and binding, etc. I have a feeling YouTube is going to help out a great deal while I am constructing this blanket. Stay tuned!

Crochet stitches, cross stitches, and sewing stitches. Which type is your favorite?
Did any of you see the super moon the other night?! It was so cool!



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What's in a Name?

I feel like I need a name for Tuesday posts because "Favorite Things Friday" has a name. It really it that and my unusual need to be pretty organized which has turned into more of an organized chaos as of late.

Anywho...

I'm beginning to accumulate my WIP pile again. I have the gargantuafghan, still nearly done, but not quite and these three beauties. Well, two. The two blue-green color projects are from pattern.

 At the top there is the lovely Glitz at the Ritz shawl which is slightly more finished than the last time I posted about it. Middle is the Kerry Shrug. Both patterns can be found on Ravelry. The bottom picture is a result of last night's efforts to crochet a realistic (for the most part) looking bluebird. I tried in both 2 and 3 dimensions. There are still a lot of changes to be made to both patterns. 


Oh, I almost forgot...I am so excited for the Medieval themed Summer Reading Program at the library! The main reason why I am so excited is because my boss asked me to sew a canopy from a pattern she bought. I get to sew at work! Which, in a way, this means I'll get paid for sewing. That makes me a professional seamstress, right? Ha, maybe not! I think I'll forgo that title until I see how this canopy turns out.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lattice Shawl Show and Tell

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! This weekend was pretty relaxing for me. I had Saturday off this week so my friend and I got together and went shopping. Mainly food and makeup, but I did get a cardigan and a pair of tan flats so I have library appropriate footwear for spring. The rest of the weekend was spent crocheting. 

In a couple of weeks my friend (same one I went shopping with) is going to a semi-formal dinner. She went out and bought a dress but felt like it needed some sort of wrap or shawl. Well, the sock yarn one I'm knitting is moving along at a snail's pace so I grabbed some worsted weight yarn and I'm going to crochet a much simpler design that she will have it in plenty of time!


This shawl is so simple!
Keep your eyes open, I may be posting another pattern here soon!
I love this color!! Caron Simply Soft / Pagoda.

The weather is warming up and the tree branches are covered in red buds and it's warm enough during the day for me to be able to sit on the porch and crochet or at least add the fringe to this. That takes forever!

Here is the same shawl I'm crocheting now but in a different color in my Etsy shop:


Friday, April 11, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Specialty Yarns

Ah, specialty yarns. I love them....and I don't. While I don't actually have many, they few I do have are the reason why my yarn stash will never be depleted. I have one pink "yarn" that is almost a fabric in it's own right, made up of a bunch of pink and white threads all woven together. It's just a few yards of left overs from a project but it is so pretty I just can't bring myself to throw it away!



My biggest pet peeve has got to be eyelash yarns. I have two of those. Not long after I started crocheting years ago I bought them very cheap at a discount store. I have yet to find a project for either. Hmm that's an idea for later. I really like the sherbet colored eyelash yarn that I have, but the spacing for each color is so small that there's barely enough room for more than a couple of stiches in one color before it switches to the next. The end result always ends up as more of a muddy mess of color than anything else.



Well, what do I love about specialty yarn. A lot! The right one for the right price can be amazing. Baby yarns (ha, not the technical term!) are so soft and amazing to work with. I wouldn't mind a closet full of sweaters and scarves made from baby yarn.  Hand spun natural wool is just so interesting to look at with all of the variety in texture and width when it's spun just a little too loose or too tight. Sock yarn is so versatile! I'm not sure there's anything you can't make with sock yarn. I'm sure there are so many, many yarns that I haven't mentioned. Perhaps I'll come back to this subject in the future and we'll see if I've made anything from my eyelash yarn by then.



What are your favorite specialty yarns? 
Have you ever made anything with specialty yarns? I'd love to see pictures! feel free to post them on my facebook page! Just click the facebook link at the top of the page.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Peter Pan Collar and Lace Edging Crochet Patterns

--If you find errors in either pattern, please leave a comment so I can make the necessary corrections! Thank you!--


PETER PAN COLLAR



Notions:
Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread size 3
Hook size F/5-3.75mm 
Yarn needle
Button (optional, coller can also be made with tie closure)
[I stitch very tightly, you may find it necessary to use a smaller hook. However this whole project is fairly flexible and you can use different yarn weights and hook sizes as long as you size the collar around your neck as you go.]

Special stitches:
v stitch: v-st, (dc, ch 1, dc) in same stitch.
shell stitch: shell (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same stitch/ chain space (ch sp)

Notes: "dc in next dc" in rnds 3 - 5 refers to the one dc between each v and shell stitch, not the dcs that are part of those stitches.

To begin: ch 79 [You can ch any multiple of 3 plus 1 ch to create the size of your preference.]

Row 1: [for tie closure] sc in each ch across.

Row 1: [for button closure] sc in 9th ch from hook and in each ch across. (70 sc)

[first sc can go in any multiple of 3 away from hook, depending on size of button. Remember, the larger to button hole, the more chs you will need to begin to fit the collar comfortably.]

Row 2: ch 3 [counts as 1dc] turn, *sk next sc, v-st in next sc, sk next st, dc in next sc* repeat from * to * end row with dc in second to last sc. (17 v-st, 18 dc)

Row 3: ch 3, turn, shell in ch sp of first v-st, dc in next dc of previous row, *shell in next ch sp, dc in next dc* repeat from * to * end with dc in last dc of row 2.

Row 4: ch 3, turn, *(3dc, ch1 3dc) in next ch 1 sp, dc in next dc* repeat from * to * ending with dc in last dc of row 3.

Row 5: ch 3, turn, *6 dc in next ch sp, dc in next dc* repeat from * to * end with dc in last dc of rnd 4. Fasten off.

Button Closure: sew button onto top corner of collar without button hole with thread or yarn scrap.

Tie Closure: ch 80, sl st through each sc of rnd 1, ch 80. Fasten off. Weave in ends.


CROCHET LACE EDGING



Notions:
Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread 
Size 8/1.5mm
Yarn needle

Notes: Unsure what size crochet I used, it was veeeery thin, but you could use whatever size you think looks nice. The thread just needs to be thing enough and your fabric loosely enough knitted or woven that you can get the crochet hook through with ease.

To begin: 
Join thread to item with sl st.

Rnd 1: ch 4, sl st 3/8 inch into fabric. Rep around without pulling on previous sl sts. Join with sl st in first sl st.

Rnd 2: sl st  in first ch 4 space, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch sp)  tr, ch 1, dc, ch 1 in ch 4 sp. *In next ch 4 sp dc, ch 1, tr, ch 1, dc, ch 1. Rep from * around. Sl st in third ch of ch 3.

Rnd 3: (sl st in next 3 ch sps, ch 2, dc, tr, dc, hdc, (scallop)) rep around until last 3 ch sps. Sl st in next 2 ch sp.

Rnd 4: sl st in first 2 st of scallop, *sc in tr of scallop, ch 4, rep from * around, sl st in first sc.

Rnd 5: sl st into first 4 ch sp, * 2 sc, ch 4, 2 sc in same sc* rep from * to * in each ch 4 sp around. Sl st in first sc.

Rnd 6: sl st in next sc an in ch 4 loop, *ch 3, sl st in ch 4 loop, rep from * around. Sl st in first ch 4 loop.

Rnd 7: ch 4,* in ch 3 (sp tr, dc, hdc) sc in ch 4 loop, in next ch 3 sp (hdc, dc, tr) tr in next ch 4 loop. Rep from * around. Sl st in top of ch 4. 
Fasten off, weave in ends.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blog, Glob, Gob, God

Something I have been thinking about and praying about for a while now is how to incorporate God into my blog. I've posted Bible verses here and there and mentioned God a couple of times, but I feel like He deserves a little more than just a mention here or there. God gave me the talents I have and I want to use them. I love to use my talents and when I do I want to give glory to the One whom it belongs. 

I moved about eight months ago and started attending a new church. I went back to my previous church last Sunday evening and was asked to stand up and give a testimony. I had no idea what to say. I started talking about how it has been amazing to see how God has been providing for me even when I had doubts. I talked about how I quit my part time job at a grocery store because it would have taken nearly an hour to drive there from my new house. Within a couple of months I had not one, but TWO new jobs that I really love! I even get to use my craft skills  and knowledge at both jobs!

While my blog has a very small fan base which, honestly, can be kind of discouraging, I am SO thankful for each and every one of my readers. (Especially for my cousin who edited my blog spur of the moment last Friday. Yeah, she's cool. ;) ) This week I didn't do too much crafting because I had more hours at work than usual but I think God might be telling me to keep at this whole crafting thing. 

Last week I entered a giveaway just for the fun of it. It was on the Boyer Family Singers Blog for a Sense & Sensibility dress pattern. I had actually completely forgotten about it until I got home from work yesterday and checked my blog feed. I suddenly remembered the giveaway when I saw the blog preview entitled "We Have a Winner!" I skimmed the preview and gasped when I saw my name! There were over 600 entries!! I could not believe it! I am very, very grateful to have won! There will definitely be a blog post about the dress after I've sewn it. That may take a little while, though. I've got a few sort of "back logged" projects that I need to post about soon as well. Like I said last Tuesday, time, technology, and the weather have not all worked out in my favor the past few weeks...but I know Spring is coming!

"As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease." Genesis 8:22 NIV


I just joined the link-up party @ www.tamingrapunzel.com

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, January 28, 2014

Gargantuafghan!!

I finished all but the boarder on the blanket...or the Gargantuafghan. It still needs a little trimming on yarn ends here and there, but that is beside the point. This blanket is huge! It is well over 6 feet tall and I would guess about 4.5 feet wide (not stretched out). I'll get exact measurements once it's totally finished.



I can't even explain how great it is to finally have this blanket all in one piece. I started out with 24 rows still needing to be attached just three days ago!! It is a good heavy blanket and very warm. I love the vintage look of it. I got the pattern out of a small crochet magazine, actually, the same magazine I mentioned in [this post.] I think this blanket is going to become a favorite of mine at least until we're well into Spring!



Here's a picture of the blanket while it was still in progress. You can see the colors a little better in this one.



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Resolution Part Two: Check!

     Just as the last line was spoken on the last episode of my Season Two DVD of the Dick van Dyke Show, I finished weaving in the ends of a blanket I had planned to have finished 6 months ago! The size goes a little funky. That seems to happen when I make blankets like this. It happened with a Judy Garland blanket I made too. I'm glad it's finished and that the picture is recognizable. It felt like I would never get through the whole entire blanket! 
     Last night at 11pm I had just finished weaving in ends on the back and my plastic yarn needle snapped in two. Luckily I pass a craft store on my way home from work at the library (but not a JoAnn's. Shhh! Don't tell my manager!). So I went in there and finally bought my very first metal yarn needles, which should last me forever, or however long it takes for me to lose them. 



Up next: No, not a work in progress, but a pattern I had been wanting to try and figure out for quite some time. Not because it's all that pretty, but because it's old fashioned. It's the vest Judy Garland wears when she sings "The Joint is Really Jumping Down at Carnegie Hall." I found a WHOLE PDF book of old Hollywood knit and crochet patterns via [This Shop] on Etsy. 



I think this will be a pretty quick project, then it's back to working on another unfinished blanket. Still, it's a really pretty blanket that I am excited about finishing up! I'll get into that a little more in next week's post. 

I'd also like to say thank you SO much to those of you who followed me on Facebook this week! Please, share my page with your friends too!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Short And Sweet

Today, or yesterday now, was a little crazy. I was just getting ready to update my blog. Of course as soon as I sat down my dad called and roughly 6,000,000 things happened at once and I had to start cooking supper. It was awesome. Breakfast for supper. That's simple enough, right? 
Well...
I started with the bacon. I cooked it in the oven which I had never done before. Of course the first batch out I tilted the broiler pan (I didn't broil it, that just lets the grease drain really well) and spilled hot grease all over the oven door and just a tiny bit on the element. The drops that hit the element smoked and I stood there frozen for a moment praying they would not catch on fire. I still had to clean up the good amount that spilled on the oven door. I turned off the oven, and turned on the cold water in the sink. I wiped the whole inside of the oven door with wads of paper towels then threw them in the sink under the cold water. My dad got home a few minutes after that incident, at that point I felt safe enough turning the oven back on and cooking the rest of the bacon. No fire ever occurred, thank goodness! Plus I managed to cook the pancakes on a griddle during this whole ordeal without burning them thanks to my lovely brother running into the kitchen when I called for him and flipping the pancakes for me.
Next, I took out a small sauce pan...I perfectly scrambled a dozen eggs in it.
Then, in a frying pan I started cooking scrapple at a slightly higher than recommended temperature. My dad suggested turn the knob exactly to medium instead of just above it. While I was turning the scrapple some grease popped and hit me just above my lip. There's not much of a visible mark but it does still sting a little bit. I was on the verge of tears at that point and my parents soon took over cooking in cast iron instead of all the little stainless pots and pans I was using. It was quite the experience.

Now I'm doing the sleepy head-bob as I type this, so here is a brief update. So far I've worked a little on two resolutions. Drawing and finishing my wips. I posted a picture that I had started drawing to instagram.

.....the next morning:
 I plan on finishing the drawing this weekend. Then no more drawing until all of the works on progress are complete! I finally started working on the NASCAR blanket again. It's a little wavy and off kilter, the blanket itself not just the image, but it should be fine as a blankie!! I think I've just got 16 rows to go! 





Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

I've still got a little ways to go before the new year, but the pellet stove is blazing, it's 13 degrees out, the Christmas tree is lit! and everyone is ready for the Three Stooges marathon.

haven't really crafted in the past week, I did share a picture of some coasters I made last spring that people seemed to like. That's pretty much it. It was nice to relax after all the Christmas crafting.
Coasters...  I mean, coasters!!!!


Over the past week I have been thinking about some resolutions. I know I really want to get back into drawing this year. I didn't really put any effort into drawing or painting in 2013. That is definitely a skill that diminishes if you don't exercise it often enough. 

I've gotten rid of a good deal of my scrap yarn, thanks to that granny square project that didn't even last a month. I have to admit, I'm kind of glad I didn't have enough yarn to make it last the entire year.

Next, this one is a little ambitious, I really, really hope to finish ALL my current works in progress. Off the top of my head I can think of 6 projects that are in various stages of completion. They also vary in size so I'm not really sure how quickly they'll all be completed. I would be THRILLED to finish everything in 2014 that, at the moment, is sitting in my closet in colorful heaps.

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year with many blessings in store!



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Past, Present, Future

PAST (and sort of present): Just barely more than a week to go before Christmas! My friend and I got together today to exchange gifts, shop, and chat for a little while. This means I can post the photo of the cowl now! I used this pattern from Fynes Designs. I love that it works up SO quickly, is not overly frilly at all, and the fact that it fastens with buttons instead of being an actual infinity scarf makes it extremely versatile. 



PRESENT: The Wizard of Odds and Ends is now on Twitter!!  One of these days I'll get all my social media links in one place. I guess I should've mentioned that in "future." Oh well.

FUTURE: While shopping today I found a great Fair Isle knit turtle neck from L.L. Bean. I have been patiently waiting for a fair aisle sweater to show up at the thrift store! Just $3.99, the price was certainly right. I also got another article of clothing, but that's for another day and another post!