Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sweet summer things...

Delicious shortbread cookies sent to me from an overseas friend. YUM!
The tin is going to make a cute and useful crafty things container.


Finally starting and finishing a shawl done in various assortments of yarn, including the gorgeous purple handspun that I received as a gift.


Enjoying nature but being careful too..




Enjoying fresh, locally grown goodness...


BAR-BE-CUE from a favorite restaurant!!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

One more COLORFUL thing...

Baby Potluck is DONE....
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Becci's Flower Basket...

Here's what's happening on the hooks...
A Ravelry friend designed this beautiful rose motif called Tudor Rose. Once I saw it and tried it out I was hooked and kept thinking that a string of these roses would look so fun & happy around a summer tote.

I do love crochet but have not really done much in the way of motif crocheting. And now I'm wondering why the heck not? They are a fun way to use up yarn leftovers and to add a punch of  color to a project. And this particular application has satisfied both of those goals and then some with it's 3 dimensional flower petals.
Here you see the Tudor Rose in worsted cotton yarn and in SUPER bulky yarn. FUN!

Works in progress photos...

Tote is 3/4th's of the way finished. Will post the finished results soon.

The body of the tote is crocheted from an upcycled cotton sweater that I unravelled. The yarn is held quadruple and is worked with an N/9 mm hook. The tote is turning out to be very large but I am liking that very much as it can easily double for a beach bag now.
 In this picture you can see that I am working directly from the detached sleeves rather than winding the yarn in a ball first, ( I remembered to do this only after winding the front and back sweater panels).This is a really neat timesaver with the added bonus of not having yarn balls rolling all over while working.

I love hot, bright colors, especially in summer. Kind of brings to mind the REAL bright, hot flowers of summer.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A quick update...

Here's what's been going on lately...
See that beautiful handspun ball of loveliness on the top of the pile?
Beginnings of a crocheted scarf/wrap done in gorgeous purple handspun from a Ravelry friend, mohair, silk & a couple of other novelty yarns. The mohair is sage but has taken on the color of Spanish Moss against the purple shades.

I've also been working on a ripple afghan because I never have crocheted one. I KNOW, right? Almost as unbelieveable as a crocheter not ever having made a granny square project, (finally did THAT last year). The afghan entails holding 2 strands of worsted and the use of a 10 mm hook for super fast results. Pictures to folow one of these days.

in Thurleigh Bedford, England.

This is their 2nd of what will hopefully continue to be an annual event. I really, REALLY wanted to go this year but have other huge family related plans at around the same time so I'll be staying stateside and living vicariously through photos, I hope. But hey, just because this Cinderella is staying home doesn't mean she can't get a little souvenir keepsake from the "ball".

HERE's what I'm getting: A KNITTING TOTE!

Back side lists Bristish sheep breeds

How much do I love this bag? SO much!  The sheep morphing into a ball of yarn is awesome! Would LOVE  this design in a t-shirt!

And for some background reading about Fibre East I borrowed their "about us" statement verbatum from their site ( I hope that was all right) and it is as follows;

About Us
"Fibre-East was conceived of, and is being developed, to benefit a specific community: individuals and small businesses working with wool and other natural fibres sourced in the UK, as well as the farmers who produce those fibres.
A place where everyone can meet - from prospective customers and consumers to small independent businesses promoting themselves to the wider crafting community.  We offer advice, demonstrations and workshops encouraging visitors to learn about the production of wool and other fibres and to acquire new skills in working with them and textiles that can be created from them.
Fibre-East 2011 established itself entirely from ‘own’ funding and due to the support it received, were able to generate sufficient surplus to re-invest in 2012 with the excess being used to make a donation to The Guild of Long Draw Spinners Great Wheel Fund.
Fibre-East will continue, year on year, to make available surplus funds (beyond what it needs to secure its own future activities) to the benefit of the wider crafting community it is aimed at.
These surplus funds will be accessible to students, schools, colleges, Guilds or other established Craft Groups by way of a Grant or Award to assist in the purchasing of textile arts equipment or materials.  
Full details of how to apply for this Grant or Award will be added to this website in the coming months.
On 8 January 2012, Fibre-East discovered that only £190 was needed to complete the fund raising for the Guild of Long Draw Spinners to reach the target of £900.
Using the power of Ravelry and Twitter, a challenge was issued that Fibre-East would issue two complimentary tickets to anyone who donated £5 and gave a 4 week timescale to achieve this.  The final total of £190 was achieved in 12 hours!!
The instruction to start building this wonderful wheel has now been given to Mr David Bryant.  Thank you to all who made this possible."
For more information check out the link at the beginning of this portion of the post.


Monday, June 4, 2012


...with the elephant rattle anyway. The blanket will need a little more time.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Baby potluck...

Big, colorful crochet is always my go-to project when I crave the creative process but need a brain rest from more intricate knitting or crochet projects. It is fun, cheerful, easy & portable.

Here's what I'm working on at the moment. The finished project will result in a granny square baby blanket & toy rattle.

For the blanket I am using bright cotton yarn from my stash and an I hook. The pattern is simply one granny square. I might add some rows to make the blanket rectangular.

The toy rattle design I will be using is the Baby's Elephant pattern and will be worked in a couple of colors from the blanket.

I'm just loving all of the bright colors and large stitches! They are a big old dose of happy.

TGIF y'all!