Friday, November 27, 2009

Look at My New LOOK...

WOW, I really,really LOVE my new look by thespeckledpear! Thanks Melissa! And Happy Thanksgiving everyone...I was too stuffed yesterday to do any blogging.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Creatures on the Move....

Remember the Ravelry groupTraveling Creature Laboratory swap/project I blogged about back in September?? Well here are the 2 I've received. Well this one came to me with an adorable head that kind of reminded me of a duck. Not to mention the mallard-y colors. So I added some long, skinny legs & little winglettes & have sent him & the following creature on their way to the next person on the list.

For this next creature I only had to make a head. It is so tempting to want to fill in other features but that's not how it works. Each body received gets a different body part depending upon the progression So I should have shown this one first, in the interest of clarity.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Funky Fabric Friday....

And I mean that in a GOOD way ! I love this fabric. It's happy. Perhaps I should call this entry "Happy Funky Fabric Friday". I have always loved to sew but am currently addicted to the more fiber-y crafts. Well this time I'm going combine the two, in a sense. This fabric will be a project bag. I have enough left over to make a knitting needle and/or crochet hook case. I plan to whip this thing up this weekend and will post pictures accordingly.

The finished tote is going to hold a nice surprise for some lucky reader of the winter issue of Crochet Uncut. I'll drop more hints as the time for the contest approaches. And yes, one of the prizes will be an Etimo hook, as promised.

Getting ready to lay out the pattern...

And now an Elijah update...ta daaaaaa! He's finished! LOVE the pattern!

Plus I learned a couple of new skills; grafting & short rows. Yay for old dogs & new tricks!! Woof!

Finally I shortened the length of ribbon for the bow on the hat & I like it better now.

Now, let the weekend begin....Roll Tide ya'll!

It's Fiber Arts Blog Carnival Friday....

What's that you say? It's beautiful, fiber-y awesomeness!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fall Colors....huh?

O.K., so it isn't the wonderful crunchy fallen leaves of autumn but it's red. I really do miss the leaf change that occurs in the fall. Apparently Maple trees can live & thrive down here but I only see these trees on rare occasions. So here is my version of fall colors.

This showy fall plant is the hibiscus I planted in my yard a few years ago. It is nearing 5 feet tall but will die back after the first freeze, (yes, we do get freezing temperatures down here).

And here is one of my favorite recipes... This was merely dye-bath #1. I got some interesting color using black cherry & cherry Kool-aid on top of this green in a variegated pattern. I know it sounds crazy but I like it & given it's future application, it's going to be perfect. Ya'll wash your hands, Supper's almost ready!

Finished yarn...Kool-aid flavors used included lemon-lime, pineapple, lemon, black cherry, cherry & berry blue. I also used a dab or two of blue food coloring.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Baby Hat done....

Here's the finished version of the Either/Or Baby Hat...don't know the sex of the child yet but if it's a boy they can simply remove the bow. This is the hat that will go with the Elijah toy, which is ALMOST finished. Just need to complete his ears.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Practicing Safe Crafting...

Here's a safe craft that won't spread those nasty germs. In fact, it kills the little creeps...
I love working with all of this beautiful fiber that I got from my friend Jennifer at Desert Garden Farms. There are plenty of tutorials on felting wool over bars of soap & this idea has been around for a long time so I'll just give you a little synopsis. Gather your favorite bar of soap (or rather bars, you'll want to make a bunch), wool roving, hot & cold water in bowls & get to washing. Wrap the bar with the fiber, dip in hot water & gentle rub the fiber, making suds. Periodically dip the bar into the cold water. Repeat all steps until the wool is felted tightly over the bar, squeeze out the excess water & let it dry. Great for gifts, but you'll want one for yourself as well.

Oh & incidentally, my felted bar of soap is not finished...apparently I need to felt it some more, but isn't the color of the roving gorgeous??

This craft really encourages one to wash one's hands! I have the cleanest hands in town.

Now for some fun go to the Friday Blog Carnival on Alpaca Farm Girl for some beautiful needle felted items. Gorgeous!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fiber Lunch Al Fresco...

Nothing like a healthy fiber-filled lunch enjoyed outdoors! I should do this more often.

Beautiful Encore Azaleas!! Have you seen these?

I love self-striping yarn. Apparently the statue does too.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Emergency Provisions Hierarchy...

Fairhope in the rain...

Must get to the yarn store...

Better to be safe than sorry! In the interest of public safety & time, since Ida snuck up on us while we weren't looking, I had to make major potentially life-saving decisions in the short hours before the storm...Home Depot for batteries, tarps & the like...OR the Yarn Cottage for lace yarn & baby yarn & spur-of-the-moment-impending-storm-inspired-project yarn??? Hmmmmm, O.K. I chose the Yarn Cottage in Fairhope. After all, if trees were uprooted it might have been days before I could drive the 4 or 5 miles to Fairhope & we had a holiday on Wednesday. And if the power went off, there'd be no TV, vacuuming, dish washing or clothes washing. Instead there'd be LONG, LONG hours needing to be filled. (Yay!)

So Ida quietly came & went with not so much as a hint of thunder or damage (thankfully) & I've seen more rain in an ordinary summer cloudburst. Good call choosing the latter!! I had a wonderful day yesterday, knitting & crocheting the day away. Oh & incidentally, Thank you Veteran's for your unselfish service to our country!!
Lacey yarn for stormy knitting/crocheting...

Monday, November 9, 2009

Saturday Shopping at the Yarn Cottage...

This is the second time in a week that I have had the pleasure of shopping at the Yarn Cottage in Fairhope, Alabama. The first time was Thursday evening. I stopped in on the way to an evening meeting & picked up a few balls of yarn for the baby hat I'm making. The place was full of happy knitters, all meeting for Knit Night at the Cottage. They were all sitting around the comfy seating area with the front door wide open, to allow the breeze to circulate. Nice. I would have loved to join them.

So Saturday I found myself in Fairhope again & stopped by in search of some soft, fuzzy yarn to use as a carrying yarn. I was looking for some kidsilk haze or similar. Again the door stood open, beckoning to passersby. What an adorable shop and what a lovely way to spend time...looking at and actually picking up all of the gorgeous yarns I used to only be able to purchase online. I am so glad to have an lys in the area now. Rhonda, Heidi & Nancy are all so friendly & helpful. It's so nice to be with folks who understand & speak "knitting".
Decisions, decisions...all the wonderful decisions...

Local Gulf Coast Stimulus Plan, Let the Shopping Begin....

Time to make plans for Thanksgiving...let's see, where's my shopping list? Oh, here it is.
Mixed nuts
Hurricane items;* batteries, candles, matches, non-perishable food & snacks, peanut butter, cokes, juice, water, beer, ice....etc.

Maybe if we just ignore "her" she'll go away. I mean dadgum, it's November for crying out loud! It's the very end of the hurricane season, it's time to think about Butterball turkeys & football & the Macy's parade on TV. I swear. O.K., now please tell me again why we moved down here in the first place...

Friday, November 6, 2009

Happy Friday, Baby Hat Under Construction & Roll Tide...

LOVE this yarn. It is so soft for baby items. This hat is going to be for a baby due this month. Don't know the sex of the child yet so I'm going to incorporate a removable ribbon in the design. I'm improvising the design based upon Susan B. Anderson's simple rolled brim hat & the Umbilical Cord hat from Debbie Stoller's first book. Simple, fun knitting.

The hat is going to be given with the Elijah I have ALMOST finished. The baby's parents have done the nursery up in light gray so in keeping with that theme AND the fact that they attended the University of Alabama, I chose the super cute Elijah, (as previously mentioned), and thought the light blue Cash Vero DK had enough gray in it to kind of match. Will post finished pictures later. Until then, Happy Friday & Roll Tide!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Elijah Update....

He's coming along nicely. I LOVE this pattern!

Surprises in the Mail...

As mentioned several weeks ago, I received two very nice surprises; one from my friend Jennifer at Desert Garden Farms & one from my friend on Traveling Creature Laboratory on Ravelry.

The first surprise was fiber samples & beautiful spinning spindle, with which I spun the yarn that Madame Poulet is wearing in an earlier post. I'm finally going to post the pictures of said surprise(s). Don't you just love the fluffy fiber? Like cotton candy & the spindle is made from a gorgeous glass circle/bead(?). I love it and had such a fun time spinning with it. I'll definately do it again...

The second surprise was from Lizavietta on Ravelry . She sent me a gorgeous crocheted necklace that I had been admiring on her projects page on Ravelry. Did I happen to say that turquoise blue ranks way up on my favorites list? Well the necklace is large dark teal "beads" with a light turquoise/aqua"chain". She also threaded real seed beads in these colors for some sparkle. I LOVE it. So does my 22 year old daughter...hands off kiddo, it's mine, even though it does look really, REALLY pretty with(in) her auburn hair, (She was wearing it as a hairband which worked, in an ancient Grecian sort of way,I must say).

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Photo Shoot on the Bay...and not a 'gator in site...

"Polk salad Annie, 'gator's got yer granny...Chomp, chomp, chomp, chomp..."

As previously mentioned, I've actually finished TWO scarves for ME this fall; the Van Ness Scarf & Lobster Trap Scarf , respectively. Given the name of the latter, I just HAD to photograph it in a coastal environment. So I went down to the bay for a photo shoot.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Elijah, I Have Finally Begun You!!!

Eek, is that even proper grammar? I have long since LOVED the Elijah pattern by Ysolda Teague & FINALLY started what will probably be my first of many "Elijah's". It's as well written a pattern as it is CUTE & I'm enjoying the brilliant no sew construction! Here's my guy sans arms, legs & ears. Should be able to knock these out soon.

Images of New England & a New Scarf...

I just finished a new scarf called Lobster Trap Scarf by Shepherd's Crook Crochet. The designer stated that she came up with the inspiration from the weathered lobster traps she sees in her native New England home. The pattern is easy to remember so it's a good TV-watching or waiting room project but the results are fabulous!