Monthly Archives: January 2007

Vest request

I told my guy last night, I’d like to knit him something this coming winter, but was concerned about my ability to choose a design he would actually wear.  That’s easy he says, make me a Punisher vest.  He is right, that is easy, I’ll do that, um later.  I’ll try to get the yarn soon, while it is still summer and yarn is on sale.  Now, all this prompted me to sift through my collection (mess, whatever) to see if I had a plain basic men’s vest pattern.  I found two things.  First, that I do not have a plain basic men’s vest pattern.  Second, this…

What do ya think?  Sure is an eye catching design this one!  Yes, I have posted this here primarily for gag value.  But there is something else you ought to know about this bold vest.  I have made one.  Yup, a few years back I hooked away and completed one of these babies in royal blue and bright purple.   It was quite a regal shade of purple too, as I recall.  As you will have guessed, it was a bit of a gag at the time.  From memory it was well received, but I guess you never really do know.  So, I’d like to put the call out for a picture (if it is indeed possible, I don’t even know if the vest still exists on this plane), and give a shout out to my buddy Rich.  Hi Richo, how are you, how is the vest?  Can we see it, please?  It has been a very long time since I laid eyes on it, and I am sure folks would get a kick out of seeing it too.  Right guys?  Heh

The picture quality is lacking here, sorry about that.

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buttons, rough as guts

I was up into the wee hours last night, working at my first ever attempt to make something vaguely useful out of poly clay.  Now I have buttons!!!

As I suggested, they are rough.  They were slapped together at the end of an already long crafting session, using the leftover clay.  I have heard it is important when mixing colours for a project, to be careful to mix enough.  Sounds fair, I’d hate to try to re-create an exact shade.  I overshot the mark somewhat though.  I had enough over from my project (which will have to remain a mystery for now, as it is for a swap I have not yet posted out), to make a batch of buttons and some hefty beads too.  So anyway, these babies were not given a lot of time or care.  I squished ’em, poked holes in ’em and that is it.  They still have fingerprints all over and most are not all that flat.  In short, they suck.  But I love them so much, I just don’t quite know why.  I can picture them on a white lace cardigan someday.

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Those pesky towels

Done!  The hand towels that had been giving me so much trouble, finished.  As you can see, I gave up on satin stitch completely by the time it came to stitching my own towel.

It seems that using the thicker cotton was indeed the fix I needed.  Still, this remained very difficult in the end.  Perhaps a nice crochet lace edge would be in order next time instead?  Hmm, maybe not.

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One Skein Wonder number three

I believe I mentioned a few posts ago, that OSW #3 is in the works.  It is taking a back seat to embroidery at the moment, so I keep forgetting to show it to you.  Here it is folks, thanks for your patience.  It is currently known by it’s working title Soggy Froot Loops, thanks for the help with that Jane Feebles.

What is that growth up top there?  Heh, I decided I would like to have a go at a hood.  Hey, why not right?  I am not aware of anyone having attempted one yet, so I am having a go.  Of course, I have no idea as to how a hood is worked up, so I am winging it.  So far, I have created a nice collar shape.  So if it doesn’t work out, I’ll unravel back to here.  Wow, I have a plan B, unusual.  🙂

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Embroidery, as promised

Hi ya’ll.  I mentioned some embroidery in my last post, pretty rude seeing as I didn’t have any pictures to flash.  Well, now I have ’em.

Here are the polos.  Won’t we look cute?  Urgh.  Not too cute I hope, I’ll have to be careful where we (BF and I) wear these.  If you’d like to see close ups, the Craftster post for these is here … http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=145756.msg1435258#msg1435258

Looks yuck, I know.  This is the beginning of work on one of the two hand towels I hope to finish.  The Sublime Stitching book I mentioned the other day did suggest that it is not a good idea for beginners to try to stitch straight on to terry toweling.  So yeah, I was warned.  But I thought “Hey I am getting good at this embroidery thing, I can do that”.  Famous last words?  We’ll see, I have not yet given up.  What you see above is stitches intended to tack down the pile and hold it in place.  I hope that it helps to simplify the actual embroidery, my first attempt was so bad I ripped it out.  This really is difficult, so if anyone has any advice I’d love to hear it.

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It is all happening (wordy, you’ve been warned)

I’m halfway through my third attempt at a One Skein Wonder.  This time around I am mixing it up a bit.  I am working much longer sleeves, contrast bands an a hood.  Well, the hood is still at ‘maybe’ status.  If I don’t add a hood, I’ll replace it with a collar.  I have the hood sorted in my head, time will tell whether or not it works in reality.  Sorry I do not yet have a picture, to show my progress.  This is unusual, as I loathe to post without a picture (I am yet to work out why).

As my guy Mickey and I will be taking our first rock’n’roll dancing lesson next week, I have picked up hoop, floss and needle again.  I decided that it would be cute to have our names stitched on to our shirt fronts.  So I have begun one for each of us.  Just polos for now, we are only learners after all.  Err, pictures soon OK?  In the meantime, I picked up a copy of Jenny Hart’s Sublime Stitching at the post-Christmas sales.  It was a bargain at only $26.00 (that’s AUD people), yeah!!  As you can imagine my head is spinning with new project ideas, which is great, but they have to wait because…

…I signed up for the Tea Time swap on Craftster.  As the name suggests we will be swapping crafty goodness based on a tea theme.  I am quite excited about this one.  I have been assigned my swap partner already, it is her first ever swap too.  She is one cool lady, so I can tell already, this will be a riot.  “Hiya Lady Lanalla”.  Hey, if this swap is even half as much fun as the magic yarn ball swap, I’ll be one happy gal.  Well, I have more than enough ideas for this.  I have the supplies already to go for one item, and most of what I need for two more, an original design drawn and a few filler items collected up.  I feel organised for once.  😉  I will be breaking one of my swap rules for this though (I almost always do), it is the ‘don’t knit for a knitter/sew for a seamstress/stitch for a master embroiderer’ rule.  I’m sure you know what I am getting at.  I’ll just have to do a good job then, won’t I?  🙂

Now that is about as much craft as I can handle at one time.  I know some folks manage a lot more, but my organisational skills are not top notch, and hey, I’m not ‘most folks’.  I can just see my Mum rolling her eyes at that.  It is all good.

 On the non-craft side of life it has been quite dramatic of late.  I thought I was hard done by last Thursday when after a shopping trip, I parked outside my home and discovered my ability to unlock my car door was, surprisingly zero.  I had to call BF to come with a spare key to let me out.  (Well OK, I could have crawled across to the passenger side, that is f it wasn’t so full of shopping.)  Nah, that was nothin’.  My house was overrun by spiders last Sunday night.  Huntsmen.  Ick!  Around about bedtime, BF and I found our bedroom had played host a hatching.  We spent the next few hours rounding them up, not fun when you are tired.  They just kept coming out from nowhere (it seemed), I eventually gave up and slept on the couch (not kidding, didn’t not sleep much or well either), sadly not before disgracing myself completely.  I managed to wake BF up with my blood-curdling (his description not mine) scream when I was confronted by mummy huntsman.  It was quite unreasonable of me, but I was overtired and highly creeped out before I saw her.  It was all to much for me.

 Two days later, my clothes rack died.  It snapped in two places spilling half of my vintage clothes on the floor.  Dresses, coats, gowns and all are still in an unceremonious heap on the bedroom floor.  I am not game to touch them, as their vicinity is still prime spider territory.  The hunting down of the little ones is sill an ongoing task.  Besides, I now need to raise the funds to replace the rack.  There really is nowhere in our little unit to put it all until then.  😦  Sure, it is not as bad as a bedroom full of spiders, but I’m still not impressed.

 Don’t worry, I am still having a good time, believe it or not.  I easily have enough craft and comics to keep me sane and I have finally got my hands on a Sea Quest DSV DVD (I have been complaining about it not being available on DVD for about a year now).  I won a remote controll 4-wheel drive in a raffle.  I can’t say it is an item I have long been lusting for.  But, it is pink and purple and has huge clear wheels that light up.  Wooo!  I’m not complaining, that is cool.  Hey, I guess I ought to put up a snap of that too, but does anyone actually wanna see it?  🙂  Hey, I just remembered, somewhere amid all that fun I have been having, I managed to cause a power failure at home.  It is all good though, I fixed it.  Which is only an achievement in that I have never had to do that before.  See?  I told you it was all happening.

Nice of ya to get this far.  Thanks.  Now because i just could go without a picture, here are my two favourite guys. 

Mickey and Johnny Storm.  Aw cute!  I figure one bird shot is fair.  There is barely a knitter out there who doesn’t have half a dozen pictures of their cat their on blog.  Sorry cat lovers, no kitties here, I am allergic.  Cats and I have a lot in common though, perhaps too much, could be why we don’t get along.

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Yarn for the everlovin’ blue-eyed thing

I wanted to show off my latest foray into yarn dyeing.  I call it Sweet Aunt Petunia’s Blue-Eyed Thing.  Impossibly long (and ever so slightly wanky), yeah I know.

It is destined to become a set or two of baby hats and socks.  None of the parents-to-be I know are expecting deliveries anytime soon, so that is why I wanted to show off my colourway a little early.  I had found it difficult over the holidays to obtain a blue that was rich enough to satisfy me.  I just don’t have that much Kool-Aid, and it is not the right shade.  This blue came from 2 packs of Easter egg dye and a whole lot of vinegar.

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