Thursday, December 28, 2006

So the week before Christmas, I knitted my fingers to the bone to finish these items for my family.


Cabled fingerless mittens
Christmas present for Jill Berroco Ultra Alpaca color #6288 started 12/15/06, finished 12/18/06



I had been wanting to work with this yarn for a while, but hadn't any projects in mind, until I was looking for "blue" yarn for mittens for my stepsister. I loved this color, and the mittens ended up being just as soft and warm as I expected.


Elbow length cabled fingerless mittens
Christmas present for Alicia Classic Elite Wings color #2330 Started 12/19/06, finished 12/24/06


My niece asked for pink elbow length cabled fingerless mittens. And who am I to say no to her? Actually got this yarn on sale, so I didn't feel too bad about having to buy pink yarn. Speaking of which, I have lots extra. Any of my knitting or crocheting friends want some pink yarn?

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Belated Crafting Day Post

With everything else going on in my life, I realized that I completely forgot to talk about how much fun I had visiting heathertea and everyone for crafting day, back on the 16th. Her new place is really nice, and there was lots of room for me, heathertea, ladygwyn, and sryder to spread out our crafting (and food) supplies. (In case you didn't know, food plays a very important part in crafting day.) So, it was much better than trying to squish us all into my living room. It was really great to see everyone. I've missed heather and am glad she and jon moved back to this general area, and even though they live nearby, I don't see enough of sarah and gerry, so it was cool to hang out with them too. So, thanks guys. You all were pretty much one of my only bright spots in this holiday season. =)

Also, I got a significant amount of knitting done, which enabled me, ultimately, to meet my goal of finishing my stepsister's and niece's presents by Christmas. Too bad I didn't actually get to see them, but that's a story for another time.

For now...enjoy some pictures:


mmm...cookies


ladygwyn's yarn: proof that actual crafting went on here.


sewing: I really like this picture


my knitting in progress


The best brownie cupcakes ever


Framboise lambic


Cheese!





Thursday, December 14, 2006

Hooray for finishing things!

I think I may be done with everything for the Fairy Tale swap, which means that I will be sending out on time. Earlier this week, I was sure I was going to be late. I am pleased with everything, though I am a little disappointed that 2 of the items I attempted were complete and utter failures. =/

Still, this wraps up my swapping activity until after Christmas, which means I have a whole week to get my act together for Christmas presents for the family. Woo! I am feeling completely overwhelmed by the holidays, and more than a little uninspired. Here's hoping that our crafting day get together this weekend will help motivate me.

Friday, December 08, 2006

So I made some more yarn, and again, I am at a loss about what to call it. It is probably going to become fingerless mittens. It's very soft and squishy, and I like it. Also, it's the most even of the yarns that I've spun thus far, though a bit bulkier than I intended.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

I put up my little Christmas tree at work. It's the only one I will get this year, so I am excited about it.



It is currently decorated with a strand of red yarn, some glittery crochet hooks, and a bunch of stitch markers Yes. I have hot dogs, skulls, and cheese on my tree. You gotta problem with that?

It still needs some sort of topper, and some other decorations. Suggestions are welcome.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Also, in other swap news, I recently got into the ATC phenomenon, and participated in my first two swaps. Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of my first card before I sent it off to its new owner, so hopefully she'll take one I can steal from the internets soon. But I received this card for the Craft themed ATC swap:



I am amused that it is kind of piratical, because the second swap I participated in had a pirate theme, for which I made these 3 cards:









And so far, I have received this one:


Cool, huh? I am having fun with this art form. But then, I have always like the challenge of making tiny things. I am also busy at work making stuff for the fairy tale swap, and think I finally know what I am going to make. Now if only I could stop messing things up.
I received an awesome package of little stuffies this weekend. Words can't adequately describe how cool this is, so I'll just post a pic:


This is Biz (the monster stapler), Hal Q Later, Ali, and the Cookie Brothers. They have joined my other stuffies at my desk at work, as I continue on my mission to make my workspace look as though it was used by a 6 year old.

I also got a cute maneki neko plushie as my "extra" gift:


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

This is Sid:


He's a dragon, and I made him for the Little Stuffies swap. Part of the swap was to make an introduction card, and include some other small present, so of course, I had to make the dragon some loot to hoard.


And I also bought him some chocolate coins to guard for his new owner.


His intro card was a wanted poster.

Friday, November 17, 2006

I received fun stuff from my second Miyazaki swap partner. Check it out:

Totoro tote bag, Totoro stuffie, pom pom soot sprites, and acorn and kodama stitch markers.


Eeeee! Soot sprites!


I am pretty sure I now have one of the coolest collections of stitch markers ever. Wouldn't you agree?

The soot sprites and Totoro stuffie have made their homes on my desk amongst my other little friends.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Well, I had some difficulties in getting the bulky flyer attached to the spinning wheel. It didn't fit on there the way that I expected it to, and it took some fiddling to get it to line up right. I am sure there is an easier way to do it than what I did, but what do I care? It worked.

So the autumnal yarn that I showed off in this post, was plied with some gold braid and now looks like this:



There's about 120 yards, and it's pretty bulky. I don't know what I will make with it, or what I should call it. I feel like it needs a silly name. Maybe some kind of literary reference?

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

I started work on the first of my Fairy Tale swap items today. This may be one of the sillier craft projects I have thought of. I hope that it turns out the way I see it in my head.

Monday, November 06, 2006

I had started these mittens for a certain purple-loving friend as a Christmas present:




Only then, during a conversation we had last week, she happened to mention how much she liked the cabled mittens I had done for a few people, and now I am worried that these are not interesting enough. What do you all think?
Lest you think I have been receiving more than I've been giving, I have actually been hard at work making a few things.

First off, I have my first My Little Pony recon. The pony started out looking like this:


Yes, I know. It's very pink.

And I made a little fortune teller/gypsy pony which I named Sasha:

She also had 3 fortune telling dice, and note cards explaining how to use them in a black velvet bag. My partner seemed to like her, so that is all good.

In return, I received an awesome zombie pony:

Which has joined extrajoker's cthulhu cabinet on our shelf of weird crafts. The zombie pony came with her own severed arm on which to munch. Mmmm...human flesh.

I also finished my items for my second partner in the Miyazaki swap:

A Totoro sketchbook


A Muta stuffie (from The Cat Returns)


And a Spirited Away themed box.

And I received from my first partner:







A soot sprite tote bag, Kodamas stitch markers, and Totoro and Mei stuffies.

I also received a thank you present from the person I made the fall bag for. She sent me skully stitch markers:


Well, I said I wanted stitch markers, and then I received 4 sets of them in 2 weeks. Woo-hoo!

So that's kind of where my crafting is at these days. I am currently brainstorming ideas for the Fairy Tale swap, and am also signed up for a small stuffie swap, so I will continue to be very busy.

Friday, November 03, 2006

I have received some really awesome crafted goods in the last month or so, and haven't shared.

I received these goodies from a fellow craftster for the birthday swap.


Skeletal bunny keychain


hamburger and hot dog stitch markers in a french fry bag


weird asian candy




and a mix cd in a cute felt pouch (which has a cupcake w/ a skull candle stitched on it).

More recently, I asked Lordavon to make me some art, and she came up with these:

They are sheep and bunny stitch markers made of sculpey. So cute!

Thanks for the nifty presents, guys!