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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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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