Monday, July 27, 2009

Yard Sale Saturday & Some Local Color...

While perusing thrift shops & yard sales, in search of sweaters to unravel, my attention is drawn to other items, with my inner voice asking me what "we" could possibly use this, that or the other thing for, in order to justify schlepping it back to my already over-crowded house. It's a sickness, I can't help myself and yet I have gotten some really nice items. My favorite items of late are my various & sundry handbags/knitting bags. If it has handles & it holds things then it has potential to become a knitting/crocheting bag.

Along the way, stop & smell the "roses" or rather Petunias & look at the amazing Spanish Moss, (the stuff of many fond & scary memories growing up....)

Here are some of my finds as well as a brand new Fossil tote my husband & daughter got me.
Happy Birthday to me....

I love this knitting "basket", "tote", "caddy" is at least 25 years old. Found it at a thrift a couple of years ago. I almost sold it on Ebay. So glad I reconsidered.

Ya'll have seen this bag but not in such a colorful, flowery setting. Gorgeous flowers, gorgeous bag. This bag is probably from the '60's/70's.

I got this one for the handles...wanted to use them on a knitted & felted bag but the tote is in such good condition I am hesitant to take it apart. Besides I like the shape. Oh & the quilt in the background was a $1 find. It's made of polyester & perma-press fabrics from the 70's, which is not top on my list but still it's colorful & a good size for a picnic & some one made it with their own little hands. I like it.
I'll post more knitting bag pictures soon.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Christmas in July? You've GOT to be Kidding...

I'm usually an 11th hour sort of gal when it comes to making things for Christmas. My intentions are good & I usually make a half-hearted attempt at planning ahead so I can make/buy a gift for everyone on my list & his/her brother without breaking the bank and/or working my knitting & crocheting fingers to the bone.

Nothing says "Christmas" to me like the adrenaline rush of trying to complete 6 knitted/felted bags in time to pop into the mail by December 20th & it's December 16th already, (sorry Jesus, you know what I mean...Christmas as we know it in America, the secular kind).

My creative processes thrive on last minute crunches but sadly my family suffers greatly...filthy house, no supper and bouts of extreme snippiness & hissyfits. Sorry family, ya'll know I love you to pieces but I'm counting for goodness sake. O.K., o.k., I'll get up & cook something...just let me finish this....last....row.....

So in the spirit of planning ahead, (especially while the supplies are available, right?), I'm going to show ya'll something I've come up with. Of course I'm not the 1st to think of this but I stumbled upon these clear plastic balls at Hobby Lobby about two months ago & have been planning to write this project up ever since, before folks start thinking about Christmas and buy them all up.

Kidsilk Haze & stitch marker Ball - don't forget to include the label!

I call this project the "Non-knitted-or-crocheted-crocheting & knitting-last-minute- Christmas-gift-for-all-your-friends-in-your-knitting-group" gift.

Here's what you need:
4" clear plastic decorative ball - found at Hobby Lobby in/near the wooden items area
fillers* for said ball (see below)
ribbon, bows, silk flowers, Crocheted flowers, feathers & etc....embellishments to suit your tastes & what you happen to have around the house.

Fill ball with knitting/crocheting stuff, close. Tape, just in case, (don't want to lose the goodies).
Decorate with bow and/or etc...
Repeat as needed.

Why yes, that IS a hat in there.

*filler themes I would/will use -
1. For my felting friends - roving & felted beads

2. My lacey friends are getting - a ball of Kidsilk Haze, Malabrigo Lace or other lace-weight yarn. Perfect fit!
3. Knitting & crocheting notions...everyone needs these - stitch markers, point protectors, pins, tape measure, etc.
4. One size fits all - gift certificate to an LYS
5. Crocheted jewelry-makers - beads & crochet thread, (you'll have to re-wind thread into a ball sans the cardboard core to fit).
6. Etc...what can you think of?

Now let's get back to working on our tans. It's July for Pete's sake.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Random Photo Friday ...

Jackson Square - New Orleans, La. on a hot summer day

Friday, July 10, 2009

Fiber Friday & the F.S.A.

Today I had a super fiber-rich lunch....I spent the entire hour working on un-ravelling a silk/angora/wool blend sweater. Who knows what it'll be...I just love the thrill of the hunt & the unraveling process.

I've been knitting with some of my earlier re-claimed yarn & that is very satisfying as well. It takes the stress of worrying about messing up, totally out of the equation. After all, I've been averaging less than $3.49 per sweater...what a rush, (no I DON'T get out much & am easily amused).

This morning I had a meeting at a nearby town. Driving back to the office took me right by one of my favorite farms. Good to see the F.S.A. out grazing & looking all sweet, home-y & picturesque.

Can you guess what the F.S.A. is??? (My husband, Mr Witty, came up with this acronym)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Embracing my inner granny....

LOOK WHAT I FOUND!!! I was looking for sweaters to take apart at the local Goodwill this weekend & I found this purse for $2.99. Hey, what better way to cart around my knitting & crocheting than in a carpet bag. Oh & don't let the ball of yarn & knitting needles fool you in terms of scale, this bag is really a nice size & that is a HUGE ball of yarn & extra large needles.

Incidentally, the large ball of yarn Is one of 3 balls I wound up from ONE ex-large sweater. It's 100% cotton & it's so soft. I paid $3.49 for it. Don't know exactly what I'll use it for but a scarf for me comes to mind or lots & lots of dish cloths...

P.S. I know, some folks get offended at the granny/knitting reference but it doesn't bother rather cracks me up 'cause I know how enjoyable being creative can be & how many young sophisticated (men &) women are embracing this art/craft form these days, (thanks to Ravelry) . PLUS, learning new skills, such as crocheting & knitting, can keep your brain working well. As much as I knit & crochet, I must have the brain of a 25 year old:)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Shhhh, don't wake the 'gators...

Dusk on the bay...

So many projects, so little time...or "What I Did on My Summer Vacation..."

I've been madly crocheting & knitting lately but I can't say what I'm working on, (yet)...I have a handful of freelance assignments to complete by months' end & two design proposals, (1 knitting & 1 crocheting project).

The latter two designs are for separate online magazines, (wish me luck). After that, I have a few patterns I would like to finish up so I can post them here & on Ravelry. Then there's the needle felted animal I want to try. Oh & I just got 2 balls of Malabrigo lace-weight yarn in the most beautiful shade of blue. Not sure what will become of it but I'm really wanting to try something lacy...crocheted lace or knitted lace, that is the question.