Showing posts with label crocheting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crocheting. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday Cables || Four Things

This morning I woke up with a stiff neck. I have no idea what happened. I woke up when my alarm went off and felt a little twinge when I reached for my phone to turn it off. I noticed I wasn't laying funny at all. My head was on the pillow and I was on my right side. I got up and went about my normal morning routine of getting cereal and yo...ouch.  I turned my head slightly to the left when I opened the fridge. You  don't realize how much you turn your head a certain direction until you are in pain. Trust me. This short summary of my morning bears significance. Continue reading.

1. Needle Felting. Today, I tried needle felting. I found out it takes more patience than I had this morning. The cardinal I was going to attempt to make is still a very loose handful of wool roving. Natural color, I didn't even finish the core, wool roving. I was looking down for bout 20 minutes poking the needle in and out of the wool and the foam block. When I looked up my neck made it very clear that it was not really into o needle felting. I do hope to give it a real go when I no longer need a hot pack on my neck so please, stay tuned for needle felting adventures at a later date.

2. Crochet. I'm crocheting a 1942 Doily pattern that I found on allcraftsblogs.com. I love crocheting doilies! Some patterns are stunning! They are almost an instant gratification project. It usually takes me about a week to finish one about 12 inches wide. Smaller doilies sometimes only take a few hours! I'm on the home stretch with this one. Just 4 1/2 more rows to go! Of course, the larger the circumference of the doily gets, the longer it takes to complete a row. The little green wire is an ornament hook I'm using to mark the beginning of each row.



3. Sewing. Sewing. Sewing. I need to get back to this. I stopped on Thursday because the sewing machine is still not behaving properly. I did some Google searching and found out that the take up lever might be too shallow. I have another machine to try but haven't sat down to figure out another new (to me) machine yet. Anyway, I was making the sewing part work the best that I could and using my serger to finish the edges when suddenly BAM! -- A serger needle broke. I now have all the necessary materials to fix that problem, but I had to stop for the rest of Thursday when it happened because I had no spare needles!


4. Cross Stitch. Since last October, with a fairly long break in November, I've been working on a Christmas cross stitch to give to my mother. My husband is going to make the coat hanger part of it. What I have so far is not even worth showing. I only have the outline of the boarder mostly done. So you get to see the picture fomr "101 Christmas Cross Stitch Creations." I'm really enjoying it and I have another cross stitch to start when I'm finished with this one, and yet another still in one of my moving boxes that has been in progress for about 2 years! I think my goal is to complete them all before the end of this year.

That about catches you all up on what's been going on craft-wise in my life. Now I realize that I need to get caught up craft-wise myself. A lot of things started and not so many completed. In fact, I just got shoe box the other day and labeled it to be my Works in Progress box. I think I'll be in good shape as long as the box stays less than completely full!

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, 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 10, 2013

Crazy Christmas Crafting

Well, well, Tuesday night again. It's pretty cold out tonight. I think the majority of the United States is pretty cold right now. Short story: I flew to Florida last January. I left there on a day when it was 70 something in Jacksonville and landed in Boston where is was exactly 2 degrees Fahrenheit!! 

In contrast to freezing-ness, something excellently toasty is this lovely little 28 square, scrap buster, crazy, granny square afghan. I was lazy and just sewed it together with a zigzag stitch. It turned out to be kind of fun looking and it's actually warmer than I expected it to be! That's great right now! I think the high on Thursday is only 17! 


I was also going to post a picture of a gift that I made for a friend, but I was on the phone with her today and told her about my blog. Since she may see this post, that plan is out now. She didn't know I had an etsy shop AND a blog. By the way, she's the one that thought up "The Wizard of Odds and Ends" name. See, she is an awesome friend!!

Just to tide you over until I can post that photo, here are a couple little treasures I found in one of my family's  ornament boxes. The fur trim is coming off of Santa's waist. Superglue would not even hold the trim down! Mrs. Claus is slightly worn and I think I'm going to attempt to do some minor repairs with some red sharpie, felt, and get a white pompon to cover her pseudo belly button. 
My mom thinks she saw the same ornaments in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, but she's not completely sure. I can tell you this, nobody will get me to sit and watch it to find out. I'll watch Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, or Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney anytime I want to see a great Christmas movie but I will not waste two hours of my life watching Chevy Chase! Anyway. Rant over. Here's the cute Christmas Couple!






Tuesday, April 3, 2012

One More Time...

Well, I guess I'm going to blog about what I really do now. I've tried music, posting links to my favorite songs. I tried to post one a day that fit my mood or whatever was stuck in my head. Last post will be a year ago on Thursday. Next, I tried posting about drinking tea. One flavor for every day. Yes, I wanted to try 365 flavors. But I'm not really a tea-holic or whatever. I like it...just not that much, not 365 days much.

I'm going to be a little less ambitious with this blog. It's just about crafts, drawing, knitting, crocheting, and what not. Things I post on my Etsy shop and things I just make for me. I don't know what it will be like exactly...like a diary of my joys and frustrations of making something or a library of tutorials...we shall see. I don't expect to post every day, but at least once every couple of weeks at the least *knock on wood.*

Just for starters, the link... I'm still in the process of getting everything up and running again:

Wizard of Odds and Ends Etsy Shop