Thursday, April 28, 2011

Eunny Jang.. knitting backwards!!

I saw this video this morning and wanted to share it in case you missed it. Eunny Jang of knitting daily demonstrates how to make bobbles and knit backwards!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

project updates..

 Abby looks so pretty in the top I embellished for her. I think she likes it. I was looking at all the picture of the grand kids and they have all grown so much. I'm missing a picture of Cameron only because I don't have a good one of him. At 2 years old he can't keep still long enough I think.

 So I have actually been working on my projects. I picked this shrug up again and finally decided on a crochet edging. This is my pattern Little Black Shrug. The original has a knitted edging and I'm working on some mods for a crochet edging. I really didn't want something too frilly because then you become limited on what you can wear it with so I choose something more linear in look. For some reason this shrug looks totally like something out of the seventies. Maybe it's just the colors. I've been working on both crochet projects a little before and after work while watching some Korean dramas. I just finished watching Secret Garden.. yes all 20 episodes! So I think I'm taking a little Korean drama break. If you have never watched a Korean drama I suggest that you don't start. They are very addicting. More updates to follow soon.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Revision..

Back in September of 2007 I wrote one of my first patterns. I offered it as a free pattern more as an experiment than anything else . I wanted to see if anyone would even want to make it. Well a few people did. One of the last people to make it said it was really confusing and was worded wrong. So last month I revised the pattern to say Rnd (round) instead of row. I hope that clears up any issues that anyone might have had. Here is the link to the revised pattern. 
Reverse Cable rib Baby Hat. Enjoy. 
 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

more fiber fun!!

 This month I have been concentrating on spring cleaning and reorganizing. I do a little each time I have a day off and in between all that I have been making some batts, and finishing projects. My progress has been pretty slow this week because my car is being fixed again and we are sharing one car with two different schedules which means less time at home and more time in the car driving and waiting. I have been toting my crochet with me and get a few minutes here and there to work on it. Sadly not enough time and I think I have only completed one pattern repeat this week. It's a good thing I gave myself a lot of time to complete this project. I think I'm going to need it. Anyway this pretty batt is listed in my etsy shop. I made one extra just for me. It was too tempting. I can't wait to see what it is going to look like spun into yarn. I'm still practicing core spinning. I would like to get to the point where it looks a little more smooth and uniform before I attempt some of the prettier batts.
 I guess these are pretty old. So old I don't even remember where I got them from. Possibly at a garage sale but not sure. I do remember they were pretty inexpensive. I wonder how old they are. Some are silk and rayon and one is just rayon, all say hand knitting. Humm interesting.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Mixing up the fiber!!

 Mixing up up some fun fiber batts for my etsy shop. The first one is called Fly Fishing. The little bits of novelty yarn reminded me of fishing flys. This batt is colonial, merino, bamboo, tencil and all kinds of glittery stuff and wool yarn bits. It most definitely will make an interesting yarn.


 The second batt is also an art batt. I called this one Stary Night 2. This one is a mixture of colonial wool, BFL, mohair, angora, bamboo, all that glittery stuff and yarn bits that have a paper feel to them. I love the shades of blue and aqua in this batt. I'll have to make another one  so I can spin it, probably as a core spun yarn. I just have to see what the yarn will look like. Both of these batts are listed at my esty shop. TheHoboKnit shop. I'm working towards adding a few more patterns and new yarn very shortly. (^_^)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

sew away!!

 Easter is almost here and this year I really didn't want to send candy, although I usually will only send one candy and some other items. I thought clothing would be a better idea and with so many sales going on you can get really good deals on kids clothes everywhere. I found a cute little top and white sweat pants for $9 at Old Navy. I love that shade of green and just wanted to add a little something to it. I took the little pattern that I had made for the flower applique on the little purse I made and added 2 smaller flowers and basically did the same appliques in white with white bead centers. I think she will like it. Time to pack up all the goodies and mail it out.


hello sewing machine..

 For some reason lately I have been drawn to the sewing machine. A while back I picked up a little change purse clasp and wanted to make something with it. I decided on a little denim bag that would just hold my phone and some change and added a little flower applique to it. This was a learning experience and I'm not sure that I like the holes for sewing on the outside of the clasp. There was a bit of manipulating to get the fabric to fit properly. Not sure if I would like to make more or not. I would have to do it a little differently some how and I also think it needs a little handle of some kind. Still trying to figure out what to do about that.

 A trip to Michael's craft store ended up with this yarn. Of course it was on sale.Tthis yarn was exactly what I had in mind for a market bag.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

lots of stuff....

 Projects are coming along.. new and old. I had a few days off in a row and I took out the paints and painted this picture. I kind of had the idea of painting a leaf in white over a multi colored background. The painting turned out almost like I envisioned it. I haven't painted in over a year and I did all the lettering free hand and didn't measure.  I think if I had measured the lettering I might be a bit better. This picture is for me anyway.. and I'm happy with it. 


 My  pretty little camisole is growing a little. This picture was taken a few days ago so it's a little bigger than this now. I put it down for a few days to work on other stuff but now I'm working on it again. In the picture below I tried making a Super Mario mushroom but I don't think it turned out quite right. Poor little guy..
 Recently my car needed some work and I ended up spending my whole tax return on it. Between my car and my house.. I feel like I live in the money pit lately. At least my car looks nice. As you can see, summer is on its way in Florida. We had some really nice weather.. beautiful and pleasant.. birds singing and playing in the trees. Soon it will be very hot and the birds will have gone to cooler climates and it will be silent outside. I'm enjoying it while it lasts.