Sunday, December 30, 2012

Starburst Afghan and Snow

This is what I woke up to this morning.  We got a few inches.
I finished my starburst afghan on the 28th.  It is incredibly comfy.  Here is the free pattern for it.  Mine used 13 skeins of Bernat's mosaic strange magic yarn, and it is 75 inches from point to point.  It took 3 months to make.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Nerd Wars Tournament 6

Tournament 6 of Nerd Wars on ravelry ran from October - December.  Here are the projects that I made for it.  I also donated money to 2 different charities during it as well.  I'll start at the top left and work from left to right.

1. Blue Angry Bird: For one of my nephews for Christmas.  Here is the free pattern for it.
2. Purple Bat: For a friend on ravelry who hasn't been feeling well.  Here is the pattern for it.
3. A Blue Dragonfly: I pattern tested this, and then gave it to my 2nd cousin who is 5 for Christmas. Here is the pattern for it.
4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar: I pattern tested it, and gave it to ds2 for Christmas. Here is the pattern for it.
5. Two Headed Bear: I gave it to my husband for Christmas.  Here is the pattern for it.
6. A Monster High Witch hat and dress: Here are the patterns for the hat and the dress.  I modified the dress pattern for a better fit.
7. Tardis Ornament: I gave this to a friend for Christmas.  Here is the pattern for it.
8. Snowflake ornament: I made this for a swap.  Here is the pattern for it.
9. Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Dishcloth: Here is the pattern for it.
10. 3 Birds Dishcloth: Here is the pattern for it.  It is in German, but you can see my ravelry notes for translation help.
11.  Chevron Log Cabin dishcloth: I kind of made this one up, based on other log cabin block patterns.
12. Tarn Hobo Bag: Here is the pattern for it.
13. Ruffle Scarf: This was a Christmas present for my mom.  Here is the pattern for it, however it is better to watch the you tube video on how to make it.
14. Woven Scarf: I made this for my husband for Christmas.
15. Knitted Scarf: I made this for my mom for Christmas.  It is garter stitch on the ends and stockinette stitch in the center.
16. Ikat Weavings: I dyed and wove these wall hangings for my living room.
17. Crochet slouchy hat: I donated this hat to Hats Off For Cancer. Here is the pattern for it.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Web Site Updated

I just updated my website.  There are new photos and class schedules.  I will try to be better about keeping my class schedule current on there.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Changes to my blog

With Instagram's new policy taking place on January 16th (allowing advertisers to use people's photos without direct consent or payment) , I will be removing myself and my photos from there.  For the last year and a half I have been using the photos that I have uploaded through there for this blog.  That means that many photos will just disappear from my blog.  It totally sucks.

Lately I have not been blogging on here like I use to.  I do blog daily, but through my Nerd Wars Club 33 group.  I started this blog as a kind of craft journal for myself.  Now I'm debating if I even need to do that anymore.

I don't want to get rid of the blog, because there are a lot of helpful tutorials on it that pre-dates my use of Instagram.  However you might see a major clean up of my blog due to the lack of photos.  I don't want to go back and replace every single photo with one that I have to resize through photoshop and then go through this other program just to put on an invisible section of my husband's website, which has a limited amount of space.  That is a lot to have to do.  Maybe I'll just update my website with more recent photos instead.  I'm not sure.  Its a big debate.  What I am sure of is that I will be leaving Instagram in January, and that means many of my photos here will disappear.

So this is a little heads up.

As a result you probably will see even less blog posts from me than you have recently.  Maybe I'll just do more you tube videos... Ones that are just a series of photos of what I've been making recently.

I also want to apologize again for my lack of videos.  My 5 year old is very energetic, and he demands a lot of attention.  As a result I can not have 1 minute of quiet time where I can do voice overs for the videos.  I also have a lot of other responsibilities in my life which makes doing many things very difficult.  For instance I have not recorded anything for my local t.v. show in a year due to my lack of time.  I'm actually hoping to work in 1 day a month where I can go back into the studio and start recording new episodes again.

So then you are probably wondering how I can get so much crafting done.  The key is on-the-go projects.  If it can not go in my purse or a bag and go with me everywhere, then it is really hard to work on.  I can count on my fingers the number of times I have used my sewing machine this year.  In college I could weave something in 2 days, but now I'm lucky to fit in 2 hours a week on my loom.  But those two items are not portable.  People who know me know that I ALWAYS have a project with me.  In fact when I go over to a friend's house, her daughter will bring me a stuffed animal or hat to repair.  I almost always have the right tools on me to repair her things right then and there.

Since my youngest son is so active, I try to take him places where he can get out all of that energy with other kids his age.  That means that I can actually have time to just work on my current knitting or crochet project while still keeping an eye on him.  Thank goodness for my kindle and my iphone, because all of my patterns can easily travel with me.


Thoughts?  Comments?  Suggestions?

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P.S. Remember me saying that I can't even get a minute of uninterrupted time?  My son came in my room to talk to me about 50 times while I was typing this, lol.  I'm not even exaggerating.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Blue Angry Bird

I just finished making this blue angry bird for my nephew.  This will be the 5th Angry Birds character that I have made him so far.  I'm hoping to make him the whole series.  Here is the free ravelry downloadable pattern.  The red is felt and the eyes are black paint.  I put the wrong size safety eyes on him, so I used black puffy paint to make them bigger.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ikat Weavings

I finished both ikat weavings last month!

The warp was dyed 6 times with kool aid and food coloring in October, and then woven using brown sock yarn in November.  For the warp I used Lion Brand's Fisherman's wool.  They are 9" x 30".  

Here they are next to the painting that inspired them.  I need to mount them properly.

Here is the scrap from the 2nd weaving.  I'm still deciding what to do with it.