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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Hay and Sunshine

November 3, 2008 at 7:59 pm (crochet, family, farmgirl, knitting) (, , )

On the knitting front, I’ve worked some on the second Tasha sock.  I’m getting close to the end of the leg.  The prospect of a heel flap and turn is always exciting.  I’ve also worked on the Mormor shawl.  And I’ve got a pic to prove it:
Mormor Shawl
Pretty, no? It is the Mormor Pattern in Lime and Violet Oops! Dark. I believe the yarn is the bamboo blend.  Little Turtle Mittens for Tulip are also on the needles.  I whipped up one mitt except thumb last Sunday.  I haven’t picked it up since because I was distracted by crochet.

The Granny Mitts from Chez Plum are too easy to make.  I’ve almost got a full pair (sans buttons) in just a couple of hours.  I used Karaoke and a tiny hook to get the right size.  I’d endorse these for quick holiday gifts.  I was going to take a pic, but then I realized I seamed the cuff of the second mitt.  D’oh!

The family and I headed to the Hunt Club Farm Harvest Fair yesterday.  The weather was absolutely perfect.  And there weren’t very many people.  The girls both rode ponies (actually, Tulip rode a miniature horse) and jumped in the bouncy houses.  They wanted to ride the ferris wheel, but I said no.  Since only Rosebud is the correct height, I didn’t want to leave Tulip out.  Plus, I hate ferris wheels.  We even took a hayride around the farm.  Rosebud especially loved the pile of hay.
Rosebud plays in the hay

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Bad Blogger, No Cookies

April 23, 2008 at 3:32 pm (crochet, family, knitting) (, , )

So it’s been almost two weeks.  It took me awhile to figure out why I was feeling blue.  The 15th would have been my grandmother’s 88th birthday.  I spent the whole weekend before dreading it, remembering last year when she had a big party.  Remembering all the other birthdays and special things that made it her day.

The rest of the week went in a blur.  The kids and I went to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens on Thursday.  The weather was cool but sunny.  The gardens are gorgeous.  We live about ten minutes away from them, and yet, we’d never been.  Just a few minutes into our walk, I saw the pair of nesting bald eagles.  Then, as I looked down the path, I saw a good friend with whom I’d lost touch.  After much hugging and introducing her to my girls, we set off down the path to find more blossoms, trees, and fountains.

Girls at play

"Earth" Fountain
Fountain

Bald Eagle Nest
Bald Eagle nest (the first I’ve ever seen)
Fiberjinx and I hit the Norfolk Zoo on Friday. Sadly, the rest of the Tidewater community did, too. I counted five different school systems. And it was hot. On the upside, I got to cuddle Fiberjinx’s babysaur. That made it all worthwhile.

And then, suddenly, it was Passover. (Amazing how it can sneak up on one like that) We celebrated our first seder at my in-laws and the second at home. Rosebud does a great version of the two questions (I suppose she’ll learn the last two next year.) And we had more kiddo artwork and sederware than we could display.

We’re halfway through the holiday now. So far we’ve finished Granola-1 batch and Vegetable Kugel (aka Muffins if you are in the preschool set)-2 batches, in addition to other things. The biggest kid hit so far were cottage cheese pancakes. I just made up another batch of granola. No cookies, though.

Knitting Gamer Girl
Knitting Gamer Grrrrl

Old School versus New School
Old and New School Gaming

Long before the holiday, I got this adorable notebook and cute magnets from Greenbeanbaby. It sums up what’s been going on lately: knitting and Xbox. My game of choice is Mass Effect. Sure, Husband bought it for himself. But I’m hooked. I’m level 40 or so Vanguard.

Pi Shawl

The Pi Shawl is coming along nicely. I finally got a shot that is close to the actual color. I have 288 stitches on the needles, and I’m halfway to the next increase section. I love how easy and quick the project is (for lace).

Flower for Rosebud
Pattern: Flower from Dream Toys by Claire Garland
Yarn: Valley Yarns Longmeadow

These are the pieces of the Flower from Dream Toys. Rosebud has picked the colors, and I think I’ll let her decide how to put the petals together.

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Spinning a Yarn

March 10, 2008 at 8:15 pm (books, crochet, knitting, spinning) (, , , )

This weekend was a flurry of craziness.  I got a cute new cut to prepare for Rosebud’s birthday party.  We had a fantastic time.  And I didn’t have to clean up or anything.  The party was at Rosebud’s preschool, and her fantastic PE teacher was our party coordinator.  The cake had Pooh bear on it, of course.

This morning, I was the Mystery Reader for Rosebud’s class.  The Mystery Reader knocks on the door and surprises the children with a story.  I read Woolbur.  I’ve been eyeing this book since David Reidy reviewed it for Sticks and String.  The book is just as fantastic as he said it was.  To illustrate the important points of the story, I took my drop spindle, my Ashford Joy, my first handspun 2-ply (pics to come), some roving, and my clapotis.  The kids seemed to love watching me spin.  They kept saying, “Go faster!  Go faster!”  I think even the teachers enjoyed it.  Then, we topped it off with cupcakes.

I’m halfway to the cable on Giselle’s second sleeve.  I would have pictures, but my camera is dying.  And the one I want to replace it with doesn’t come out until next week.  Figures.  I also started the Icelandic Turtleneck, but my gauge is off.  Once I find my G hook, I’ll rip and start again.  I love the foundation double crochet technique.

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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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