Friday, February 26, 2010

The last few weeks have been a bit crazy, but good. I went on an excellent (and free!) trip to Paris...

And then spent a relaxing week skiing (translate: picking up small children and carrying them around) with my family.

Nothing earth-shattering to report on the knitting front, but I thought I'd post some pictures of my latest finish - a baby gift for a friend. She doesn't know if she is having a boy or a girl, so I went with gender-neutral green :)

I'm not sure if I'm completely satisifed with how he came out - I knit him with bulkier yarn and larger needles than the pattern called for because I wanted a bigger toy. Regardless, I think he's very huggable, and the yarn is very soft.
Yesterday I went to my parents' house to dig out some old t-shirts for a quilt. Turns out that my mother has been saving them since I was very small (with what goal in mind, I'm not sure) and I have enough t-shirts to make several quite large quilts. I suppose there are worse problems to have - now I have to pick my favorites!
Thanks to all have been reading and commenting - it's nice to know there are people out there!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I have felt so craft-deprived lately! I have been so busy the past few months that I haven't touched my sewing machine since before Christmas...but I have been doing a bit of knitting. (This week on vacation I have been knitting an adorable penguin for a friend who is having a baby). Now that ski season (at least the competetive part of it) is mostly done, I should be having some more time. So, some of the things I want to try this spring:
  • fusing paper bags. I think I'd like to try making some reusable sandwich bags, although it seems like the possibilities are endless.
  • a dress like this one. I know, I don't have any kids. But I picked up a cute pillowcase at a shop called "Repurpose" and I think this would be a good use.
  • a t-shirt quilt (I have so many old t-shirts I can't bear to part with...but I'm scared because I have never tried to make something so big before! Has anyone tried this/have any suggestions?)
  • a t-shirt tote. This seems incredibly simple but really fun. And a good way to clean out the closet of old shirts...
  • A new hat for my favorite boy. Haven't decided on a pattern yet, but I've been searching the possibilities on ravelry.

In the meantime, I love the Olympics!