my adventures ... and mis-adventures, as they may be

Sunday, April 08, 2007


just testing out the blogging with picasa ... and about switching to my actual gmail login rather than my hotmail login to google

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Newbie Swap!

I haven't posted any finished items lately because I have been working on some swap items for the Newbie Swap on Craftster. I've been having a lot of fun, and I have finished my 3 small items ... now just to get the medium item done! Hopefully my partner likes everything. It's been really cool following everyone's posts in the swap thread - I can't wait to see the gallery. The send-out deadline is February 9, and after my partner receives, then I will be free to post pictures!

I have also made a few dishcloths with Peaches and Cream cotton yarn. One 2 1/2 oz. ball made about 2 1/2 dishcloths - how's that for easy math? I used the pattern that was on the yarn's band. I did take pics of the first one I made, and the others are pretty much the same. However, I don't have pics uploaded yet ... maybe later this week. Since class has started, I have more been in the mood to just sit around (and craft and surf Craftster) when I get home.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

An Update

Class has started, but never fear - I am still finding plenty of time to craft! I am currently working on a scarf for Ryan, which will be pretty much identical to Dad's scarf. It's in the same yarn (since I had enough of it left, and Ryan likes dark green), and I'm double crocheting so that it goes pretty quickly. Just the other night, I finished my Caron Simply Soft scarf in blue. I posted long long ago about it (I started it in October), and it kept getting put on the backburner because of Christmas crafting and school and everything else. I haven't taken pictures of it yet, but I have worn it, and it's very warm.

I have joined my first swap at Craftster, and I'm very excited. I keep thinking of ideas that I can make (the requirements are one medium item and three small items), and then I remember that I don't even have a partner yet and I don't know what my partner will want! But the ideas I have are pretty adaptable to anyone's tastes, I think. Anyway, I will be starting to craft for that soon. I probably will not post until I find out if my partner received, just in case.

Swaps have always seemed so fun to me, but I've always been too intimidated to join. I was scared of the requirements (which really aren't that bad), scared I'd run out of time and/or flake on my partner, scared that my partner would not like what I made for them ... Thank goodness for newbie swaps!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Rainbow Pincushion - Close Up

Rainbow Pincushion - Close
Originally uploaded by marleah.

Check it out - my first pincushion! I do not usually sew, and I don't have a machine, so this is HANDSEWN, people! I did this for the Color Craftalong on Craftster. The color for January is "rainbow," so I found this fabric in my stash, and it turned out really cute. It took me about an hour to totally do (cutting, stitching, sewing, etc.), but if I had a sewing machine, that would speed it up considerably. I did have to wait a day so that I could go to Walmart and find the perfect button for the center - and I succeeded! I am just really proud of this. It's a little wonky on one side, where I had to close up the hole I used to stuff it (the opposite side that is pictured of course). It's still extremely cute, and I'm excited about it. It was fun to make.

Tutorial at

Sunday, January 07, 2007


Neckwarmer - Right Color
Originally uploaded by marleah.

I made this neckwarmer in just two evenings, working for probably 2-3 hours total. It's double crochet with Lion Brand Homespun in "Grape," leftover from Vonda's scarf. The buttons aren't sewed on, they are just safety-pinned on so that I can change it if I want. I'm really holding out for a nice silver Celtic-style pin with an amethyst in the center. I know exactly what I want, I just haven't found it yet! I used an I (5.5 mm) hook. In the picture, it's actually doubled over on itself, so the width in the picture is only half of the actual width. So, I can also wear it with the full width if I want. To start, I did a foundation chain of about 25 stitches, and it's about 24" from end to end.

Don't mind the Oktoberfest shirt. :)

Friday, December 29, 2006

Poinsettia Pin

Poinsettia Pin
Originally uploaded by marleah.

This is my pretty pin made from craft felt and a button. It was inspired by an embellishment on a gift bag that I got at Walmart. It turned out really cute, and it can easily be adapted with different colors and shapes of felt. On the gift bag, instead of a button center, it had three red rhinestones and the felt was an ivory color. For the pin back, I just sewed on a safety pin.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Toad's House

Toad's House Side
Originally uploaded by marleah.

For Kelsy, Christmas 2006 - In homage to her college application essay. Single crocheted, amigurumi style, with a hanger on top.