Friday, June 30, 2006

Great Green Pants!

So even though this technically isn't my craft, I do feel the need to post this. I did have a slight hand in it....but basically I'm proud of my girl!! She made these from an old T-shirt for a friend's birthday. I just love the stencil. It was a pain to cut out the little skull, but we are keeping it and may use it again in future projects.

I am a Happy Hooker!

So I've started the Garden Scarf from the Happy Hooker. Its so easy. It calls for 14 flowers and I've done 7 so far. I'm doing these projects because I've been accepted for a swap on Craftster. I'm so excited!! Of course my neurosis will take over I'm sure when the time comes to send out the crafts. I don't even know what my partner will like, but I'm trying to get several projects done (just in case)

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Meanwhile, back on the ranch......Here is my fat bottom

I'm still crocheting like mad, cuz I loooove it. I must say of all the crafts that I have tried over the years, this is my favorite. Portable, fast, doesn't really require your undivided attention (unless one likes complex crochet). Here is a fat bottomed bag from the Happy Hooker. I just need to add handles. It's made from a cotton yarn that Nat picked up for me whilst visiting Lab City (isn't she a good girl!) I really love varigated yarn too. Maybe I'll crochet a nice pink flower to add to it. I may give this away since I am signing up for a swap on Crafster!!!! Its my very first one and I am so excited about it.

Oooooo...Stencilly goodness!!

Oh I've been busy, busy, busy. Amy had been bitten by the craft bug, and needs my help reigning it in. She's been reconstructing old t-shirts into pants. We've had one big miss, but 2 hits so far. She (ie we) are making a pair for her friend's b-day and wants to stencil something on the pants. Its her (ie our) first try at stencilling and so far it is looking GREAT!! Aren't the tiny skulls cute?

Sunday, June 25, 2006

D-Rings Work

Well, here it all its glory!! Done...finito...complete. Yippee. I am so proud. I sewed the lining from an old T-shirt of mine, that I just happened to get bleach on. I think it worked out pretty well.

I am a Yarn Slut!!!

My stash is threatening to take over my living room. I think I will buy the book One Skein from Amazon. It may take care of my obsession. Check that out. Top 10 reasons why you'd have a huge yarn stash. They all apply to me.

On the bright side I found yet another pattern that I'd really like to try. Just for me!!!

I am Done!!!...Well...sort of.

The Brea bag is finished. The knitting part anywy. I'm recycling an old belt of Aimee's that matches the button perfectly. I had this brilliant idea to attach the belt to the side gusset with "D" rings from the hardware store. I'm hoping it will work out. I have to get Kev involved in this. He's going to have to pry the rings open so that I can insert the belt. He uses these same rings to attach the snow plough to the truck (somehow). I'm hoping he never gets stuck for one and has to take apart my lovely new purse.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Okay, I didn't finish the bag

Not from lack of effort however, but I ran out of yarn. LYS isn't open on Sundays and I worked all day today, so I'll pick up another ball tommorrow. The pattern only called for 2 balls of 100gm...which I used, but obviously I must knit really, really loose. I have the gusset part of it almost finished, but still need to knit a little more.

I found another pattern that I want to try!!!!! It looks so cute!! I'm not sure if I would wear it, but I'm sure Aimee or Nat would

Saturday, June 17, 2006

The Making of Big Foot....

I am preceptoring a student this summer. For part of her internship she has to do a public health care initiative. So we are putting a booth in for Aboriginal day tommorrow. Our topic is diabetic foot care. I decided to make a giant foot. I think that it turned out pretty cool.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

OK...I'm getting a little fed up with the Brea Bag

So I got my new Stitch and Bitch today (although technically it is the old Stitch and Bitch, since this was published first) and I couldn't resist trying one little pattern from it. Amy has been bugging for an ipod cozy for some time now, so here is 'Cricket's technicolor techno-cozy'. A very simple pattern, but brilliant none the less. I really like this colour combo, and as I have quite a bit of yarn left over, I am sure I will use it in something else. Maybe some Mary Jane slippers.

OMG!!! Spencer almost scared the crap out of me!!!

So, its my first official day off and Spencer wakes up early to go out and pee. Meanwhile I go to the washroom too. By the time I go out to check on him he is gone! Gone!! He's never gotton off before. Needless to say, I paniced!! I even tracked down the dog catcher, and asked him if he found him. He told me if he did he would bring him back to me. I drove up and down Johnny Hill Drive looking for him. I called Amy at her dad's and went to pick her up to get her to help me look for him. When we got back home the little stinker was on the back steps!!! What a fright! Thank God he is home safe and sound.

Some good news though, Natalie is back. Yay!!! Its so great to have her back. She is finished her course, and I am so, so proud of her. And she did bring me home the first stitch and bitch (courtesy of Kev). Mmmmmmm.....I'm not sure which one I'll tackle first. There are so many fabulous projects!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

On my days off....

So, Kevin is out of town for several days, and I have several days off, so I'm left to my own crafty devices. I hope, hope, hope to finish the Brea Bag. It is far more difficult than I had anticipated, but I think I have the hardest part over with.

I did find another crochet pattern that I want to try

Natalie just called me from Chapters and asked me if there was a book that I would like. I asked for 'Stitch and Bitch"....the first one, since I already have the Happy Hooker and Stitch and Bitch Nation. Yay!!! I hope Kevin brings it back for me.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Aimee's Granny Square Bag

I made this purse for my stepdaughter Aimee. I really like the look of this bag, but it really does need a lining. This was made in cotton, and it turned out really, really nice.

I knit this purse some time ago. It was roughly the size of a sack of potatoes! This was my first venture into felting. And boy did this purse felt!! It shrunk so much (in length especially). I haven't done anything with it since, but it does need a zipper and a button. And a home too!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Brea Berroco

I've started knitting this purse today, and so far I've had to frog it once. Its a little advanced for me I think, since it has cables, but I LOOOOOVE the look of this purse and I want it for myself. I know I should finish the blue bunny slippers first, but oh well, you can't have too many projects on the go at once. This is what I have done so far.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

On the Hook..........

So, no sooner had I completed the dead bunny slippers then Amy has decided she wants a pair. In purple no less. Big surprise. Since I like the look of them felted I will do them in a colour of wool that I already have in my stash. I have 2 balls of a light blue....close enough to purple. I have already started them and have completed one upper sole...that equates to about 1/6 of a pair of slippers. This is what I have done so far.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Dead Bunny Slippers

I made these for my friend Jodi's birthday. It was last week so I'm late, but oh well, I'm sure she'll like them. I made these from a pattern in "Stitch and Bitch. The Happy Hooker". I actually chipped my front tooth doing these. Thats what happens when you try to pull an embroidery needle through felted yarn with your teeth. I am tickled with how they turned out. Now everyone wants a too!!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Some things completed....some not completed

Here are some things that I found lying around my house. The two purses are made out of shredded plastic shopping bags. I joined all of the pieces to form one giant ball of plastic yarn. Then I crocheted them into these two bags. I was really pleased with how these turned out. One of them has acrylic yarn worked into it too. This one turned out better. I'll definitly be repeating this craft. I actually intend these to be gifts for my two Rangers that are graduating high school this year and going away to university.

The black and white thingy is going to be a keyboard scarf for my daughter Amy, but since it is now summer, I feel no pressure to finish this. She has been hounding me to make this for a while. Its actually a pain in the ass!! I'm sure it'll be even more so, when it comes time to sew all the yarn end in. I still have a few more accidentals to go.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Dish Towel Tote

Here is a neat little bag that I made out of a dish towel that I bought at the Dollar Store. I actually made two of these. One for me and one for Amy. Amy's turned out better. I sewed a zipper in that one. She's been using it for a school bag.

Botched Hat

This is the hat that kept growing and growing. Who knew that acrylic yarn would stretch so much? Needless to say it made for alot of amusement. I made this hat for Amy's friend Victor. I ended up making another one. This particular hat actually fit over Amy's skidoo helmet!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

A bag I made for Natasha

I'm going through the photos that I have on my computer and I'm uploading everthing that I've made in the past year or so. This was a purse that I made for my friend Natasha. Its made out of sock wool, but it looks pretty cool.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Crafster Challenge 12

Anyone who knows me well, will know that I have recently become OBSESSED with craftster. I spend countless hours on there browsing all of the fabulous projects and ideas. They are currently running a challenge and I actually entered. I'm a little neurotic about it (to say the least) but this is my entry. The challenge was kitchy crafts. You had to create something using kitschy items like popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, pom poms, easter grass, dried pasta, gimp, potholder loops etc. You had to use three items. I made this cute bucket hat using easter grass, star pasta (thats the green trim) and gimp. I'm pleased with the results because it totally wasn't what I was going for. I crocheted this with 100% wool and easter grass mixed in. Then I felted it . I've only done a few felting projects but I just love it.

Here are some things that I am currently working on...

This was a tacky pair of shoes that I paid about $5 for at the Bargain Shop. I cut up an old childrens book belonging to Amy and decoupaged the pictures onto the shoe. This was inspired by a post on Some very creative person had decoupaged starburst wrappers onto a shoe! So, now all I have to do is finish the other shoe. I'm also doing shoes like this for Amy but they will have sheet music decoupaged onto them. I'll post when I have finished one shoe.

In the begining.........

Okay, I'm finally creating my own blog. More for my own personal amusement than anything else. I didn't realize how easy it was until I created one for the Rangers. But alas here I am. I hope to post all of my creations here. Hopefully it will inspire me to actually finish more of them.