Friday, January 29, 2010

Irony....


Does anyone else notice the irony of this grouping?



Thursday, January 28, 2010

Visualize World Peeps!!


Look what I found...Valentine Peeps! WooHoo! I'm going to spread a little World Peeps by including these in a Valentine's day swap that I am participating in on Ravelry. These will be flying away to a whole 'nother country so in the off chance that my swap-ee is reading this I will say no more until after the package leaves. I also crocheted & knitted a couple of items for this swap, which will be forthcoming. Until then, remember that "Peeps.... aren't just for Easter anymore", (my slogan but the Peeps Peeps can use it if they want, ha!). Oh & frankly, my favorite Peeps are the chick & bunny, all the others are just imitations of a classic.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wacky Wednesday....

This makes me laugh...
I was a sewing fiend when my children were little. LOVED sewing costumes, dolls & puppets for them. Here is my son in his Mickey Mouse Halloween costume.

Oftentimes, my children would "design" items for me to sew by telling me what they wanted in a stuffed animal, doll or costume. Way back in the latter 80's when my son was about 6 or 7 years old, he "commissioned" me to do a stuffed rabbit. But not just any old rabbit, mind you. This one was a pirate rabbit & he had to have
a peg leg, an eye patch & of course a skull & cross bones tattoo. Wow, that design would be popular today. I need to go searching for that & take a photo.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Colorful baby things for bright babies...



photos from Coats & Clark "Super Baby" booklet

This was such a fun assignment. I just love working with bright cartoon colors, especially when making things for babies. These can be found in a new booklet entitled "Super Baby" by Coats & Clark & is available online.
The ravelry link can be found here.

Test driving Stitch Nation yarn...


Yea, baby! Stitch Nation Bamboo Ewe is as nice as I thought it would be. Squishy & drape-y all at the same time. I've started a test design here. So far I've only worked these rows of K1 P1 ribbing but I have some cabling plans for this yarn as well. Can't wait to see how it handles on curves!


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Possunt quia posse videntur ....



"they can because they think they can" Here's yet another piece my Mom made. I've always loved this piece, now it's mine. I'd like to put it in my garden in a place of honor, where I will see it & be inspired. If I put it out there now it will just add to the flotsam & jetsam that is my yard at the moment. I really, REALLY need to put down the needles & hooks & tend to my garden.
The next 2 items are stretcher frames, for use with needlepoint or embroidery. I used to do both but have not done so in many, many years. These are actually going to be merchandise in my Etsy shop. I went down to the beach yesterday for a photo shoot. Unfortunately the wind was way too strong so I was unable to get some of the shots that I wanted. Things kept blowing away. Oh well, a good excuse to go to the beach next weekend. I love the beach in winter.

Oh & the needlepoint that is under the stretcher frame was done by who else but my crafty mother! Beautiful!



Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I couldn't help it...

O.K. so I was minding my own business, reading Eli's blog over at Flutterby Patch. Her entries are always so creative & colorful & fun. Well next thing you know I was perusing her new patterns on Etsy, which are adorable!! So I HAD to purchase the Panda bear
!! She would make such a cute baby rattle, I think, or maybe a knitted muse for ME. Whatever the use I think she is brilliant and can't wait to give the pattern a try. If you haven't seen Flutterby Patch you are missing a lot! It's a colorful fairy tale of a place where you can get a daily dose of whimsy as well as some "arm-chair" traveling as Eli shows you around her world with expertly composed photos and equally expert creations. Makes me want to live there.

One more thing...y'all, I can't tell you enough how much I love the new Stitch Nation yarn!! I did some test swatching with the Bamboo Ewe in Snapdragon (hot pink pictured in the background above) and it is wonderful. Sorry I didn't photograph it. It is so pretty & the stitch definition was superb! Can't wait to knit up the project I am planning but first I have a February deadline to meet but it's a secret so I can't tell you about it, yet.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

More family craftiness... this time it's for SALE!!


This is my Mom's LeClerc table loom. Nice, huh? I have no knowledge base about weaving so I can't say much about it except it LOOKS impressive, in a weaving sort of way. And she hasn't worked on it in quite some time so she doesn't remember all of the details. I told her that I would list it either in my Etsy store or on the Warped Weavers Marketplace on Ravelry. But I don't know where to begin. I keep wondering if I need this and ,I may rue the day that I made this decision, but I keep thinking that I don't. So for now I'll just share the photo while I look up information on this machine. Maybe one of you needs it.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A big ol' box of happy...


LOOK!! My new Red Heart brand Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller has arrived. I ordered the Bamboo Ewe blend as 100% wool can be a little warm for our climate, (usually). At any rate, OH-MY-GOODNESS!!! This yarn is as pretty & soft & happy, as I had expected! I can not WAIT to make something with it. I was going to finish some older projects during the upcoming Ravelympics but shoot how can I ignore this yarn? This is better than a new box of crayons & I am pretty partial to new crayons.

Y'all have got to try this yarn. Oh & even though everyone & his/her brother knows by now,the yarn was on sale for $3.49 /skein! That's 177 yards of soft and lovely goodness for less money than lunch at McDonald's with zero cholesterol & no trans fats.


Friday, January 8, 2010

More winter "blues"...


I just adore blues; in music, art & my environment!! Remember my crafty family? Here are 2 samples of my mom's pottery. Yes, she made these from scratch. The darker one is Raku and is frankly my favorite. Don't you just LOVE the turquoise blue? It looks like summer!!



Thursday, January 7, 2010

Lat: 30.60N, Lon: 87.9W....


Or hardiness zone 9...aka Coastal and Tropical South for you gardeners. Not that I'm complaining mind you. Afterall it could be worse, much worse! O.K. maybe I am complaining a little bit. If it's this cold for this many days why can't we at least have a few inches of snow? I promise not to try to drive in it.
Happy Friday y'all! Stay warm!


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Debbie Stoller and Red Heart Yarn...a Happy New Year indeed...

This is the best news of 2010! I know, it's just begun but seriously I am a huge fan of Debbie Stoller! LOVE her S & B books & if it hadn't been for her first book "Stitch & Bitch: A Knitter's Handbook" I would have walked away from knitting entirely. Having (re) learned to knit after learning a few basics when I was about 8 years old & forgetting about said skill for say....too many years to mention...I picked it back up with the help of my sister who was visiting from Wales. After she left I had no where to turn for hands-on guidance. Then I found Debbie's book & I was saved, hallelujah!!I know her book has been around for a while & has been reviewed a lot but now is a good time to re-visit & sing it's praises. I always recommend this book to new knitters as Debbie has a certain teaching style that really speaks to my spacial brain. Perhaps it's the faces drawn onto the knit & purl stitches or her referral to binding off as being similar to a game of leapfrog, that really made(makes) the light turn on in this old attic. I have most of her books but this one is my favorite "go-to" book.

Now it's not just her teaching style that I love, it's also her style in general. I consider her a trendsetter & very talented designer/writer. And I personally CAN-NOT-WAIT until her new line of Debbie Stoller Stitch Nation Yarn by Red Heart comes out. Way to go Red Heart! Not only will the yarn be readily available, but it will be affordable, beautiful yarn of good quality! Red Heart "naysayers" are going to take a second look...how can they not with the likes of Debbie Stoller lending her talent to the yarn line. It's going to be a good year!


Monday, January 4, 2010

In search of winter whites...


Last Thursday, December 31st, 2009 was serendipitous! Upon going out to my car for some forgotten something or other I was greeted by the bright warm sun and the distant sound of a lawnmower. Warm days in winter are not all that foreign here it's just that it's been cold lately & I had forgotten to look at the weather report that day & this was "shorts & flip flops weather"warm. No inside lunch for me on this day. Armed with my camera & eating my P & J sandwich on the way, I went down to the water front park in search of photos for my winter white study. Here's what I got;

Not exactly "winter whites"...more like "winter blues"...my favorite!!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Forgotten flowers...


We all have them...hanging pots & planters from seasons past, neglected & forgotten & left to their own devices...to wither & die or to surprise us with bright & happy winter color. This was discovered this past weekend in my back yard.