Monthly Archives: April 2007

Oooh, I have been a naughty blogger again.

Yup, I have been absent again.  Same old excuse (I have been extra busy with swap crafting) and a new one, I have been sickly.  My allergies have been giving me a hard time, but I have got the ‘good’ drugs now and they are working too!  So just yesterday I finally began to feel human again, after being all rashy and itchy and swollen nearly all month.  Ack!  Eeew, enough about that.  What you really want is pictures right?  OK, well take a look at this lot,

Remember the beautiful handspun yarn that RecycleMicol sent me earlier in the month?  It was for Craftster’s Handspun for Handcrafts swap.  It seems RM felt I had overdone it, so she sent me more stuff, how awesome is that!  It is super sweet.  She sent me 2 packs of embroidery transfers, a generous handfull of ric-rack for me to stash and more knit themed stationery.  All of it is just the sort of stuff I love to collect up and always look for in my op-shop adventures, but I never seem to find.  So it is very thoughtful, thanks RM!!  You rock 🙂  No doubt you have noticed the yarn on the left hand side of the piccy above.  You cannot miss it!  It is a very unexpected, but most welcome bonus indeed.  If you wanna see a close up and my rantings on what I plan to do with it, pop on over to the Brisbane S’n’B blog.  I have already shared the yarn love over there, tee hee. 

Like I said, I was spoilt.  Now you have seen the carrot that I sent for this particular swap, but I believe I have neglected to share pictures of the rest of the package.  I was waiting untill all was received, as I don’t like to spoil the surprise (kinda mean I know).  That excuse is a good week out of date though, so I cannot use it here.  Well, I did tell you I have been a naughty blogger.

***eep! photobucket just went down for maintenance***  Grrr!  Sorry I will have to show you the goodies I sent out tomorrow.  What a tease.  In the meantime, you can see it all if you pop over to Craftster.  Here… RM has taken up a big chunk of page 11 with heaps of pictures of the crocheted apron and amigurumi I made for the kiddies.  It really brings a huge smile to your dial when you get to see action shots of your handiwork, and from so far away.  It really is a very cool thing and I think it was all very well received.  I am certain you will agree with me on that. now here, right near the bottom of page 19 you can see the sewn apron I made RecycleMicol, who has professed it to be PMS friendly, haw!  She cracks me up, I never would have thought of that.  Over all I think we had a great swap going there.  Actually I think we all did, there is some truly beautiful skeins in the gallery.  Check it out, if you are the sort to drool over yarn I hear whispers of a round three coming up soon, so if you did find yourself drooling a little, maybe you need to have a go.

Well, I’m outta here for today, this post is already too long.  But I have much more to catch up on.  Namely, the other swap I participated in, Craftster’s Worth Your While Apron Swap (round II); my newly finished tweedy braided steering wheel cover aaand I have begun a beret for the coming winter.  Inspired by Norah Gaughan’s modular capecho (On the cover of Vogue Knitting Winter issue).  Ah, but you’ll just have to wait and see.  😉

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Crafting for the wee ones

Sorry I have been so quiet.  But I have been crafting my butt off.  Mostly I have been working on swap packages, of course, my usual excuse.  Well, one would think I would have used my time over the recent Easter break to finish up my outstanding swap crafts.  But I did not.  I realized all at once that not only did I have a baby shower to attend on Monday (for which I had not yet crafted, despite planning 2 projects and buying materials LAST YEAR), but also that I had neglected to craft for quite a few tots of late.  So last weekend I decided to fix it. 

First up is Spot’s onesie.  It has a tattoo in the style of one her Dad sports, so I am hoping it will be a hit.  I have to confess to knowing practically nothing about this type of tatt though, so I just hope I have not made some kind of faux pas here.  Perhaps one of my inked buddies can shed some light in this area?


Now, I know it is not the most original idea.  I have seen a lot of tattoo themed baby craft floating about already.  But I do not think the idea has been overdone, not yet.  It is still very cute, and so here is my contribution.  Oh and why Spot?  Well she has not been born as yet, and I guess you could call Spot her working title.  I believe it dates back to here first appearance on ultrasound.  Francis Bean anyone?

The rest of the weekend (‘cos the onesie only took me one day, sheesh!) I spent making hats from yarn I had dyed a while back.

No doubt you will all recognize the resemblance here to a certain umbilical cord hat from one of the Stitch ‘n’ Bitch books (I forget which, my bad).  I did not use the pattern, I don’t own a single Debbie Stoller book, but it is a super cute design.  I had to attempt it.  I think I did well.  One is a newborn size (it is for Spot too), the others a little larger for the tots that will be pushing one year old by the time it gets cold here in Oz.  There is actually four of these now, two in each colourway.  Both of these yarns have appeared here before.  The orange/blue is Sweet Aunt Petunia’s Ever Lovin’ Blue-eyed Thing and was one of my earliest posts.  The other is Swiftwind, and has long served as my title picture above.  They are so much fun to knit with and add a little personal touch.  Yeah!

 I’ll be back next week and I hope I’ll be able to show off the rest of the pictures of what I made RecycleMicol for the Handspun for Handcrafts swap.  Then it is on to an apron for a Craftster Apron swap, swatching for the Punisher vest BF requested (I now have yarn AND I have completed a chart, woo!), hunting for a yarn to compliment the handspun I have received and knitting the second half of a steering wheel cover I started, erm, last month.

You could say I have been busy.  🙂


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