marleah

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

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 http://www.whipup.net

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Neckwarmer


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. :)