New Crafty Obsessions

December 10, 2008 at 12:31 pm (7 cities crafters, cooking, crochet, family) (, , , , )

My older daughter has stopped napping in the afternoon.  Sadly, that was my major crafting time (or napping time, depending on the day).  I love handing out with her, but I miss my creative time.  Despite the fact that my crafty time is limited, I’ve managed to find two new obsessions.

My friend Amanda has opened Bake It Pretty, her new online shop.  I ordered some cookie cutters, a Vintage Village cupcake kit, and the Best-Ever Cupcake Icing kit.  It arrived last Friday, and I used the decorating kit to ice my agave cupcakes with Vegan Chocolate Buttercream.  This is my first attempt at icing a cake.  Not bad considering I only had half an hour before our 7 Cities Crafters holiday party.
First frosted cupcakes

The holiday party was lots of fun.  Everyone brought delicious food.  After we were stuffed, we had a holiday gift exchange.  I scored some beauutiful bird ornaments.  I can’t wait to hang them in my office/craft area.  I made some peppermint sugar scrub and a Rose for Mother pouf.  I spent a lot of time making the back of the rose look pretty, and then ended up covering it with more crochet.  Hmmm, I guess I should have read the pattern first.  The pouf is a very quick crochet project.  The hardest part is starting the slip stitches for the petals.
Rose for Mother

After all the gifts were opened, we settled in for a crafting workshop.  We had two classes:  embroidery and needle felting.  I’ve embroidered before, so I went with needle felting.  It is so fun (except for when you stab your fingers).  One of the hot gifts of the night was a sewn hedgehog pincushion.  I wanted to recreate it in needle felting.  Here is my little guy.
Needle felted hedgehog
Needle felted hedgehog
I think he’s pretty cute, and I love how quickly he took shape.  Since I’ve got tons of roving around the house, I can’t wait to make some more critters.

I’ve still owe y’all a Stitches post.  To distract you from that, I’ll leave you with a shot of Tulip in the leaves:
Tulip in the leaves

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Graveyard Books

October 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm (7 cities crafters, knitting) (, )

I’m reading Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book.  Like every book I’ve read by him, it is fantastic.  I love how his style morphs with each book and yet remains distinctly his voice.  I’m also listening to his video tour because the man knows how to tell a story.  There’s a huge difference between telling a story and simply reading one.

On the Neil Gaiman vein, I had the coolest dream last night.  I was at some convention at a table with Neil Gaiman and Laurell K. Hamilton.  We talked about writing and a cell phone that could call the dead. Wouldn’t that be a fun conversation?

I spent the evening hanging out at the 7 Cities Crafters monthly meeting. There were lots of new faces since I’ve missed a few meetings. The food was fantastic and so was the company. I took the Pi Shawl, which is very close to being finished. My goal is to finish by Wednesday. If tomorrow’s knitting goes well, I should definitely be done by then.

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Eggs and Pi

April 11, 2008 at 8:00 pm (7 cities crafters, knitting) (, , )

Last weekend, the Norfolk Craft Mafia held some Spring workshops.  I ran a knitted egg workshop.  I whipped up this little guy in about an hour:

Curly Purly Egg
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Eggs and Pis
Last weekend, the Norfolk Craft Mafia held some Spring workshops. I ran a knitted egg workshop. I whipped up this little guy in about an hour:
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Pattern: Curly Purly Egg
Yarn: Wooly Wonders by Nada in Paques and Lavender
Needles: Sz 8 bamboo DPNs

So sweet. And perfect for the girls to put on their seder plates next week.

Right before above workshop, Husband and I went to the opera. We saw Lucia di Lammermoor. What a sad story, but a fantastic opera. The soprano had an incredible range. The set and lighting design were fascinating. I may even have convinced Husband to get more tickets for next year.

Since Project Spectrum’s theme for April and May is Earth, several lace projects are clamoring for my attention. I swatched some silk from Sunshine Yarns in Chestnut. I want to make Scheherezade by Pink Lemon Twist. After fiddling with a provisional cast on and screwing up within three rows, I threw in the towel. I keep having the same sorts of problems with lace. My stitch counts are always off. I think the problem is the yarnovers creeping next to a regular stitch on the purl rows. Then, I unwittingly knit the two together.

Rather than sit in a puddle and cry about the perfect lace project and yarn not working for me, I decided to try a very easy lace project. I cast on for EZ’s Pi Shawl. I’m using Knit Picks Shadow in Redwood Forest. I have about 288 sts right now. I think I’m going to be increasing several more times before I get the suggested 70-72 inches across. I belatedly remembered that EZ uses a fingering weight yarn. Ah well. I love the delicate stitches and the gorgeous color. The light was fading when I snapped this shot, so the colors aren’t as rich as they are in real life.

Pi Shawl

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Project Crochet

February 18, 2008 at 8:29 pm (7 cities crafters, crochet, knitting) (, )

The Norfolk Craft Mafia hosted a learn to crochet workshop on Sunday.  We had loads of fun and yummy food.  I hope we converted a few non-crocheters along the way.  We’re also planning a Spring Craft Workshop.  I’ll be teaching the Curly Purly Egg pattern.  I think it would make a toy or a dozen or so would make a nice centerpiece.

Giselle is going so well.  I’m about halfway through the bottom part of the sweater.  I can’t wait to try it on again.  The French Cable is beautiful.  I’ll snap a pic today if my camera doesn’t explode.  The screen looks like a tv with bad reception.  Sigh.  Maybe I can get a good shot with my new Sidekick.  Darling Hubby gave it to me for Valentine’s Day.  I just love checking out patterns online when I’m away from the computer.

Amber and I caught up on our Project Runway before SnB yesterday.  I think I was looking forward to it too much.  I had a dream that Tim Gunn told me I was in the Bryant Park show.  And I thought, “I can’t even sew!”  Then giant harpies descended on the Parson’s workroom and attacked everyone.  Perhaps that’s a bit too realistic.  Hmmm.

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Weekly Wednesday

October 10, 2007 at 6:46 pm (7 cities crafters, knitting) (, , )

I’m not sure why this turned into a weekly blog.  I blame my new gig as a Lime and Violet Chummer.  My interwebs time is limited to chum searches and catching up on blogland.

My knitting life is swinging into full gear, though.  I cast on for the Secret of the Stole Saturday night.  Today, I’m 10 rows from the end of the clue.  I might finish it up tonight, but considering I could do a face plant on the keyboard right now, maybe not.  Sunday, I cast on for the Tilted Duster.  I may have finished the back.  I say may because measuring the armhole depth is new to me.  Husband and I are creating a T square to check it out.  Did I mention I grew up watching This Old House every Saturday?

And last but not least, my knitting is gonna be on TV!  A local news station contacted the Norfolk Craft Mafia about participating in a segment concerning holiday gift giving on a budget.  Amber called me in search of some knits for the shoot.  Check out the whole photo shoot on Amber’s blog.  I sent in some mittens (toddler size) and my Rose’s Wristwarmers.  Aren’t they pretty on the table (very last shot)?

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