Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Oh I love penguins...

Now that I have come back to the world of crafting I am making stuffed toys and loving it. In fact, I just finished my first amigurumi (well proper one... I made animals before but never ones that really looked like anything). I made penguin and totally skipped steps (I am so bad with patterns but I think it turned out great. I got the pattern from Tiny Yarn Animals. After making the penguin J found a book of different creatures, like vampires and zombies, he wants me to make for him. I got it from the library and fell in love with Creepy Cute Crochet, which I will post pics of as soon as I finish a few. Ok back to crocheting!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

What I am working on....

So I have two big projects going on right now (I still need to show you what I did for Christmas but it will come). I am making a new crochet bag because mine is just not cutting it and I am trying to make a scarf for the Vanna White Yarn Contest (I really want the money and recognition).

Here is the bag pattern (from Lion Brand yarns, which you may need to join to see the pattern). I am making it much larger and adding an extra row of pockets around the top. I am also doing it in a yarn that is a mix of browns and blues. I love it but it is taking a long time. I also hope to reinforce it with plastic on the bottom to hold better.

I am trying to make either a fractal scarf or a paisley scarf for the Vanna White competition. I found the paisley motif here. I just thought it might be fun but it is proving a wee bit problematic. I have only made one so far (pic below and that is my iPod touch for a size comparison) and I had a hard time with the small hook splitting the yarn. Maybe a bigger hook but then it will be a huge scarf. Hmm... must think on this. But what do you think about the colors and the paisley itself. Cool or not?

Oh and I am doing two monthly Crochet-alongs (CAL) on different websites. I am doing a block of the month on Craftster and a scarf of the month on I hope to keep this up and maybe hugely increase my stash of gifts. Neither one is started but I hope to do both by the end of the month. Oh and read four books.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A change of direction

So I started this with the idea of just doing projects from "found objects" meaning leftovers meals and crafting with remainders but I haven't been good to my plan of that but I have been crafting. So I decided to switch directions here. I will still do some "found objects" posts but now will focus on my crafts and what I have been up to. There is so much I have been doing and I want to share but have just been leaving out that I wanted to change this direction to share those ideas and crafts. Also I hope this will help people to actually read the blog and to help me to blog more often. I will start next time with my Christmas crafts and then some useful websites.

Happy Crafting!