Sunday, May 26, 2013

Wedding Shawlette is DONE!

I have finally finished my Little Leaves shawlette! I LOVE it now that it has been blocked.

Little White Leave project page
So I learned a few new things with this project: how to use lifelines with lace (which are really very useful and I'll never do another lace project without them), how to bead while knitting, and how to steam block (I've only ever wet blocked).

The yarn I used, Knit Picks Shimmer in White, is so very light and soft. Because of the silk content, it's also got a nice sheen. The beads I used are clear with silver on the inside, so there's this nice subtle sparkle when the light hits it. I honestly can't wait to put it on with my dress, but I won't get to do that until the wedding day...which is only a few weeks away!

I am so excited about this shawl and I already have another one planned for the fall (Color Affection, check out the projects, there are so many pretty ones). But first, I need to finish the pair of socks I just cast on this morning. I'm knitting Lace and Cable socks from the book Socks from the Toe Up. This is only my second pair of socks in fingering weight yarn (I've done several in worsted) and the first time I'm trying toe-up and two-at-a-time on two circular needles. Basically I wanted a small project I could take on the plane to San Diego. (And possibly work on while I laze about on the beach if M lets me!)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Here's a peek at what I've been working on lately:

Flowers for bridesmaids bouquets.

Some progress on my wedding shawlette.
I have been so busy with wedding stuff, it's been crazy. Note to all DIYers out there: If you only have 5ish months to plan your wedding, do not decide last minute to design your own invitations. But on the other hand, I love how they look so WHATEVER. But crafty things I need to finish are: both of the above projects, wrapping bottles in yarn for centerpieces, making the groomsmen boutonnieres (I need to decide what to do...), embroidering table numbers, and making some fabric flowers to make my shoes more fun. If you want to see some of the ideas rolling around in my head, check out my Pinterest board.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

What I'm Working On...

Hey, blog, it's been a while. Last time I posted, I mentioned that I'd just gotten a new job and I just finished my third week of work - I love it! I never thought I would enjoy working with younger kids and I have to say I really do adore my toddlers. They're so stinking cute, too. But one of the downsides to working with young kids is that my immune system isn't used to the environment yet, so after my first week I got a really bad case of the flu and two weeks later I'm still trying to get over the lingering congestion from it. (No worries, mostly I just have a cough that won't go away.) So even though I've been crafting... I just haven't had time to blog. So here's an update!

So there are several things I'm working on all at once now. Some are long term projects, i.e., I'll do them sporadically over the next several months and some are shorter term projects, i.e., my goal is to have them done by the end of March.

The one on the right was my first one and I did the second layer backwards - oops!
So the rest of the ones I'm making will be like the one on the left...
So one of the parts of my wedding that I will be crafting will be the bouquets for my bridesmaids! Since I only have three of them and I'm crocheting the flowers, I am confident this will be an easy project to complete before June. Also even though they don't know how to crochet, they are crafty, so I can get their help in assembling flowers into actual bouquets! I'm not sure how we'll do the stems yet (yarn, wire, pipe cleaners...?) but we'll go over it together and decide what they like best. Also, in case you're curious, the "official" palette for my wedding is a light blue (to match the aquamarine in my ring), champagne/linen, and white. So a very light, airy color palette. Almost beachy, but we're not doing the beachy thing. When I've got a more clear idea of what exactly we're doing, I'll share some inspiration. (Or you can just look at my pinterest board on wedding ideas!)

via Ravelry
Another item I'm making for my wedding is a shawl - Little Leaves. I wanted a smaller shawl, since the wedding will be in June and the ceremony will be outdoors. Cincinnati weather put it nicely, so honestly I have no idea if it will be hot, warm, or cool come June, but I also wanted something to wear that I handmade and that will coordinate nicely with both my dress and my ring, which has a leaf pattern on the band. So this will be knit in Shimmer in White, which has a very nice sheen to it, and will have clear beads lined with silver that go really well with the beading on my dress. I'd take a picture of what I've started on this, but I'm only a couple of rows in so it doesn't really look like anything. This pattern has you cast on the bottom edge, so it's really long, and the smallest crochet hook* I have does not fit inside of the beads, so I've been stringing them on with dental floss. Let me tell you, stringing on beads with dental floss SUCKS. I keep meaning to go to a craft store and seeing if they have a small enough hook, but I keep forgetting to stop at one on my way home from work. And this is one of the projects I want to have done by the end of next month, so I should really get that hook...

*I inherited some of my grandmother's crochet hooks and they are all very small. Like the ones you use for doilies and lace. I have no idea what she used them for, as she passed before I was born and my mother can't remember her ever crocheting, but they are so old that some of the Boyle ones are stamped 10¢ (!!!) and two of them are made by L'Oreal. So even if I can't use them, I think it's cool to have vintage crafting tools!

Blanket! In Homespun! Because I'm crazy!
And the last thing I'm working on (right now anyways) is a blanket! This blanket, to be exact, just with different stripe patterning. I got two skeins each of the blue and purple Homespun for Christmas and for whatever reason it was screaming blanket at me. I also got a gift card to JoAnn's, so I used part of that to buy the white and voila, blanket! I tweaked the sizing on the blanket to make it a little bigger so it can be a lap blanket instead of baby sized, since I have no babies. And we have two blankets in our house right now...a giant fuzzy blanket and a medium sized Guinness blanket. Giant fuzzy blanket is awesome and snuggly, but it fits a full sized bed - much too big for the couch. And the Guinness blanket... M can have it. I don't drink beer. So he can have his blanket and I can have mine!

Also this blanket is my winter term OWL project for HPKCHC. The prompt I'm using to fit this into is Defense Against The Dark Arts: Repelling the Cruciatus Curse, meaning do something large, repetitive,  fiddly and/or boring. This project is large, garter stitch is repetitive and therefore boring, and Homespun can be a pain in the butt to work with. Even though I love the feel of it and the colors are amazing, part of me really hates this yarn, but the other part loves it. It was actually one of the first yarns I ever used when I learned how to knit. (BIG mistake - one end of the scarf was twice as wide as the end I cast on because I didn't pay attention to how many stitches I had and it's super easy to accidentally pick up stitches in this yarn.) But it was a gift and it'll make a nice, fuzzy blanket.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

"I'm not dead."

"'Ere, he says he's not dead."
"Yes he is."
"I'm not."

There's never a bad time to quote Monty Python, so there you go! And as it says, I'm not dead. The holidays proved busy and so has post-holiday season because M and I have finally gotten sick of our living room looking like it's barely lived in. (It's a very large room and we had one couch, a coffee table, and the TV. It was sad.) So we've been buying furniture and hanging things on walls and doing all sorts of things that we wanted to do back in the summer and fall. Also, we got another cat!

This is Kisa (named after Kisa Sohma, because their personalities are very similar). She's our new, very petite, fur baby and has become good friends with our other cat, Hobbes, in the past 1-2 months we've had her. I'm glad to finally have two cats who like to snuggle together.

Also two big things have happened - one very recently and one not so recently. First the recent one - I found a job! One of my friends works for an early childhood school and when I mentioned I was job hunting, she encouraged me to send in my resume and BAM! interview! So I'll be starting sometime next week once all of my paperwork goes through. So yay!

And the other big thing is...I'm getting married! I was proposed to back in October while out in Utah and we've finally set a date in June. I'll be making a lot of things for the wedding/reception myself (along with the help of my super awesome crafty bridesmaids), so I'll be sharing a lot of those things here because lets face it, crafty girl with a crafty blog is going to have a crafty wedding. Luckily M is ok with this. High-fives to all craft-supporting significant others, because they are the best.

So yeah...I've busy. :) And will continue to be for the next several months, but I am excited about it!

Friday, December 21, 2012

F/O Friday

I finished this cowl a few days ago, but just now got around to photographing it. (I had to wrap it, so I had to photograph it!)

Finished City Creek Cowl!
Sorry about the garish tablecloth, but honestly, this was the best photo out of the ones I took. All of the other ones washed out the color horribly. Don't know why, but whatever. Anyways, this was a fun knit. The pattern calls for two additional repeats of shifting the cables, but the cowl was long enough as is and, you know, I'm running out of time! But regardless, I think it's a good size, it will drape beautifully, and will still be plenty warm. And it only used one skein this way. So I think the leftover skein is going to be turned into something for my mom, since I have a few more days to finish her a gift.

So I have 1.5ish gifts left to finish and then my Christmas crafting is DONE! And then I get to immediately start swatching for a project I want to finish by March. What will I be swatching, you ask? You'll just have to wait and see. I'll also be finishing my Hermione Hearts Ron fingerless gloves and my Paulie (which I sadly haven't touched in over a month). Now that I am officially done with school (I graduated last Saturday!), I have all sorts of time for crafting! YAY!

Can't you tell how happy I am to be finished with school?
Anywho, this is probably going to be my last entry for the year. I hope everyone has a lovely holiday and has a happy new year! (You know, if the world doesn't end today, haha!)

Sparkly Christmas tree! We're still building our
collection of fun ornaments, but we got some new
favorites this year. Including OWLS!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Late WIP Wednesday

Still cracking away at my City Creek Cowl from last week (almost done with the first chart, so I'm about 1/2 way done), but I did take a break and cast on a Hermione Hearts Ron fingerless glove.

I really need to charge my camera and stop using my phone...
Even though there's two cables and it's in sport weight yarn, I knit it up pretty fast. I made some changes, which I noted on my project page, because I have larger hands. (Most women's gloves are usually a little tight and the fingers are always too short.) I'm really happy with how it looks! The yarn was a little darker than I expected (it's midnight blue, but in most situations looks black), but I still like it. And as soon as I finish my cowl, I'll probably knit the other one up quickly because my poor hands are not dealing with the cold very well and it's a pain wearing gloves all the time. I still have to knit the Abra Alma wrist warmers for my FMIL, but considering those are a slightly heavier yarn weight and have no cables, I'm thinking those will fly off the needles. (Also I can only seem to find 2/4 of my US 4 dpns. They're probably still attached to a wip in my box of "I'm probably never going to finish" stuff.) 

Also I have enough yarn from my H<3R gloves to make the matching hat after the new year! Because coordinating is fun. Or something. Also I need a decent wool hat. All of my current winter hats are acrylic and they don't hold in heat as well as wool. But who knows, if this year's winter was like last year's, southern Ohio won't get much much snow, so it won't be a proper winter anyways. Which is annoying. Freezing rain is stupid, I want snow.  It's not a proper snow if it doesn't hide all of the dead grass!