Thursday, April 28, 2011

A nice package of warm knitted lovelies, all ready to send off!

Hats and squares!

Hooray for hats!
These will be going to Knit-A-Square, where they will be donated to AIDS orphans in Africa. The squares will be sewn together to make nice warm blankets.
Honeycomb practice

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Vacation Time!

This week is school vacation week. Honestly, I'm not sure I would have survived without it.

Vacation time means I've been able to put in some good crafting time...finishing up a few projects from the WIP pile, and, of course, starting some new ones :)
For my cousin and her husband, who will be welcoming their first little one in a few weeks - a changing pad! Tutorial here. I read all the way through the tutorial...including the part where she said she put the velcro on wrong and had to redo it...and then I did the exact same thing!
A nice little package for welcoming a little girl, don't you think?And, thinking waaaaaaaaay into the future...some progress on my quilted advent calendar. Appliqueing all those numbers is a HUGE pain! At the rate I'm going, I'll have it done in time for Christmas 2015 or so.

And, because I don't seem to be able to stop making these...

They've been a huge hit with my friends' kids!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

As if he wasn't already cute enough...

So, recently I stumbled upon this post. Adorable, right?
Only problem is, I don't have any small children to test this pattern on.


It was hard to get him to sit still for a photo, but doesn't he look cute?

Or maybe just angry.

Anyway, the tutorial was incredibly easy to follow. I just adjusted the band size for a cat instead of a kid.

Here's what it looks like without the cat. Easy and adorable!

Yes, I'm aware of how ridiculous this is. And I don't care.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Happy (Early) Easter!

Some little Easter surprises for some cute little boys I know...
Aren't they cute?

EDIT: I've been told by the mother of the adorable little boys who received these bunnies that the bags are as much fun as the bunnies - apparently the older one likes filling up his bag and carrying it around, and occasionally using it to whack his brother :)

I've also been experimenting with different knitting stitches in making the 8x8" squares to send to my March/April charity. I've learned some new stitches along the way.

Basic garter stitch (for when you need something absolutely brainless...)

Basket stitch...
Herringbone Twill...

And a linen stitch. This one is really solid when it knits up, and I think it will be really warm. Definitely took a little more focus than the other can see I switched right and wrong sides halfway through by accident...
Two more days until vacation!!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Scrappy goodness!

I love scraps.
So, when I came across this tutorial last week, I had to try it.
So I made one.

And then I made a few more...

I love the effect!
All in all, I have a dozen or so. But I think I'm going to hold out and make some more to do a bigger quilt. Problem is, I've used up most of my viable scrap I might have to wait until I've generated some more scrap material!

In other news, my grandma has agreed to guide me on my first foray into real clothes-making. Today we picked out a pattern and some fabric - stay tuned!