Monday, October 20, 2008

slowly



Progress is being made on the embroidery front. I've spent most of my non-office work time crocheting and watching TV with C, feeling really uncomfortably ill and crocheting or some other combination of those things. I picked up the butterfly quilt block again yesterday afternoon.








The butterfly is looking ever so pitiful yet. I went over the transfer pencil marks with red china marker at work. The non-circular dark pink circle on the left is courtesy of not being able to see those red transfer pencil marks on that fuzzy dark fabric.




I'm not yet sure what stitches and threads I want to use on this heart. I got this book here from the library a couple weeks ago. I'm sure some perusal will help me decide.

I just love the public library. I also brought home books about felted crochet, art quilts, applique quilting, and floor coverings the last time I visited. All that information and entertainment available in a concrete, I-can-take-it-home-with-me form that's usable even when you can't get to the internet. Maybe some day I will write a crappy love poem to the library. Maybe even mail it. I'm sure someone working there would get a laugh out of it.


Things to look for in the near future: completion of this quilt block (maybe even later today), pincushions, completed crochet projects, $1.50 wool (!) and other yarns snatched up on the cheap from Wal-Mart clearance

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

blankets!

Yesterday on Pioneer Woman Cooks, PW posted a great little photo tutorial on making your own pepitas. I love PW's cooking blog; so much fun. I'll have to get my sister's soy sauce and garlic based recipe for them, the one she used last year when she was doing all that experimenting with the seeds from her pumpkin carving party. They were absolutely delicious and oh, so much tastier than any other snack food. My mouth is watering just thinking of them.

I said last time that I would post some pics of those blankets I have been working on. I still haven't finished the one for M's wedding, but T's is all done as of last Friday night. So, without further ado, here's some pics!

This one is M's. It's really, really big. So much so, in fact, that I can't get it all in one pic with my computer's camera.











It is crocheted using a large, plastic size Q hook just like this one here (funky turqiouse plastic and all) and acrylic yarn.












I used two strands of yarn at once while I was stitching it and because I used such a large hook it has a very airy quality to it while still being nice and warm and comfy.










This one is T's. I used only one strand of yarn at a time and a size K hook. It is crocheted in what is called a Granny Square stitch so it actually did stay a square shape.










I really like the super bright colors against the plain black. It's all acrylics again being that they are the most economical yarn when you're on such a tight budget like I am.










This is a close-up of the stitches themselves. See the line on the diagonal where the groups of stitches are closer than the others? That's where the corner is as rows of stitches are added. If you want to know how to make a blanket like this yourself, a nice tutorial can be found here at Crochet Cabana.

I didn't quite follow all of the instructions there, though. At the beginning I used what some crocheters refer to as a magic circle. You can find a photo tutorial for that here at CrochetMe.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

new fabric! and too many weddings

Yesterday, C and I went to the Hancock off of 55 to pick up the order for my sister's wedding. 20 yards of 'dark royal' stretch satin (with sparklies) is now standing on end in our computer/bird room. Very pretty. I should start making those bridesmaid dresses some time this week, but I have no practice with my new sewing machine even though it was delivered almost 3 weeks ago. I've been way too busy with school, work at the ticket job, ceramics, regular household operations, work at the spice job, and failing to maintain my sanity to try it out. Now there are no more excuses; withdrawing from uni because I can't afford to pay them and they're going to drop me anyhow should leave a nice chunk of now unclaimed time to do things that I haven't been able to fit in the schedule of late.

There are also some slightly happier goings on. The books I requested from the public library are in. Hurrah for interlibrary loan! Now I will have the ability to do the research on musical instrument making for my ceramics independent study even though I won't be in the class anymore. At least I can take notes and put them in my notebook for the next opportunity I get to work with clay. I've been doing a lot of crochet. I finished up the blanket for my cousin's wedding later this month and I'm almost finished with the blanket for the other cousin's wedding that happened back in August. I'm also way behind where I thought I would be on my sister's wedding quilt. I think she's going to be getting a quilt top for her wedding gift and then it will be quilted later on. Pictures coming soon.

I really like this cassowary photo. Brief research in the box office today has led me to believe they are dinosaur birds. I think I should turn this into some sort of a stencil for bags and such.

Image from IJsendoor's Flickr
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