Mommies and Mittens

November 22, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Posted in other people's awesome crafts | Leave a comment
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I stole this picture of my nephew from my sister’s blog because it is wicked cute, and also because of what he’s wearing! Exhibit A: the sweater I knitted for his birthday. Exhibit B: some mittens that my mom made him. Grandmas make the best mittens, clearly.

So cute!!!!

My mom is an expert knitter of mittens. When I was younger, she used to be crocheting constantly because she had a small business selling baby booties and fluffy sheep ornaments. Nowadays, she has transitioned to knitting mittens all the time. She has the pattern memorized and can make them in any size! Everyone in the family has some, but most of them are donated through the local family center and through the annual coat drive at her church. It makes me happy to think of all those mittens out in the world keeping people’s hands warm. Also, she saves all her scrap yarn for me, and you know how much I love scrap yarn!

Last time I was home, I took a picture of a pair of mittens that she had just finished. Then I found out that spoonflower had a mitten theme for one of their weekly design contests. So I used the photo to make a fabric design! I wish that I had better graphic art skills, and access to photoshop, but I’m happy with how it turned out anyway. Here it is:

And here is the spoonflower contests page so you can see all the other awesome designs, and vote if you want to!


UFO landing

October 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Posted in art, projects | Leave a comment
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Life is a little crazy right now! S and I have been sorting through absolutely everything we own so that we could clear out space for my brother to move into our second bedroom. We have opened up every single drawer, cupboard, or box in the entire house, and we have emptied out most of those compartments and evaluated each item inside them. We have donated a ton of stuff to thrift stores. I already brought one bag of books to the used bookstore to sell for credit, and I have six more boxes of books waiting to be gone through. We had so many scarves and hats and mittens that we filled an entire garbage bag with ones to donate, and we still have two drawers full that we elected to keep. The bedroom is empty and ready for my brother to move in tomorrow, all that’s left in there is furniture and some of his stuff that he already dropped off. If you saw my living room, you would think we were hoarders, though, because there is still a rather large untidy pile of stuff needing to be sorted! But most of it has a plan, thank goodness. We will be putting a few things into my brother’s storage unit, getting rid of a significant portion more, and the rest will find a home in the closet or in a plastic storage bin.

It has been both stressful and really refreshing to sort through all our stuff like this. It is a thousand little decisions, what to do with each small object, each article of clothing, each book, each piece of fabric, each skein of yarn, but our closet has never looked so amazingly organized, the space under the kitchen sink is no longer a pit of despair, and we now have space for three people to sit down at our table, instead of just two!

One side effect of all of this is that we have found lots of things that were buried and forgotten about in the back of a cupboard or the bottom of a basket, and that includes a ton of unfinished knitting and crochet projects. The inevitable UFOs that every fiber artist knows all too well. So many projects get set aside because you get bored or frustrated with them, or because you started working on another project that you’re more excited about. But now, these projects are rediscovered and newly interesting. Time has erased the boredom or the frustration and inspiration can return!

So, here is a project that has been sitting unfinished for a very long time, and is now finally completed! It’s a wall-hanging made mostly from unraveled sweaters. One of the sweaters is very sentimental to me because I used to wear it all the time when S and I first started dating fourteen years ago. The sweater eventually got very ratty, but I had unraveled it and kept the yarn, and now I finally have this art on my wall where a small part of that sweater is preserved.



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just sharing a link

September 6, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Posted in other people's awesome crafts | Leave a comment
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Someone on the regretsy forums just shared this, and I feel the need to further share the link because it’s very funny and completely awesome.  Also, I think this is something that my family would do.  My sisters and I tried doing a resin project a couple summers ago, but it was really rainy and humid, so the resin never set properly, plus we used the wrong type of containers and they sort of melted.  We didn’t really know what we were doing, but we had fun anyway!

So, without further ado, the link: Cheeseball in Resin!

This is your regularly scheduled scrapghan update

July 4, 2012 at 12:44 am | Posted in gifts, projects | Leave a comment
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I finally got around to cropping these pictures.

Number one, a graduation present for my youngest sister, A.  She’s going to college next year, gotta have a cozy scrapghan to bring along.  This one is a giant granny square with two strands of scrap yarn throughout.

Number two, a knitted version with THREE strands of scrap yarn held together.  I’ve been wanting to try it with three strands for a while, and I think this turned out pretty awesome.  I tried for a gradual shift between the colors.  Sort of a rainbow effect.  This one went home with my oldest sister, C.  She already had some of my afghan creations, but she had reported to me that her roommates have apparently been stealing them.  So I figured she could use another one.  Here she is modeling it!


August 6, 2010 at 7:48 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I haven’t posted in a little while.  It’s lazy summertime and I’m headed to the lakeside today, as soon as my brother finishes packing his car and swings by to pick me up.  I decided to wear my rocks-with-holes necklaces today.  Two beach stones with natural holes in them, strung on braided cotton yarn.  I found one of them a few years ago, and my sister found the other this summer.  They’re Lake Champlain stones, and that’s where I’m going today.  My happy place.  My sister and I each made a necklace this summer, and exchanged them, since we had each found a holey stone at the same time when we were sitting together sifting through piles of pebbles.  That was two weekends ago, and now I’m going to the cabin for more than just a weekend!  And there will be lots of time for crafting and reading.  I’m going to practice needlefelting, and perhaps my aunt will teach me pinweaving.  Yay.  Happy.

Look what my mom made!

February 22, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Posted in gifts, other people's awesome crafts | 1 Comment
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My mom makes braided wool rugs.  She’s been creating one for everyone in the family (gradually, because it’s a long process from collecting old wool clothing and blankets to finally sewing it all together).  The latest one was for me and S, and my brother delivered it today.  Very exciting!  I love the bright colors, and how it feels all soft to walk on with bare feet.  It’s rather beautiful!

We installed it in Sallie’s office.  It’s very cluttered in there–perhaps the lovely new rug in the middle of the room will inspire me to get my crafting supplies in better order.  They’re most of the clutter.


November 4, 2007 at 5:06 am | Posted in gifts | Leave a comment
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Man!  I really want to make a list of the presents that I’m planning to craft for people, but I’m scared that they might come look at my blog and become unsurprised.  I guess I’ll just make a list of hints.  Then I’ll know what I’m talking about, but everyone else can be mystified.

  • I am working on something pretty and red for C1
  • I am giggling while I plan something cuddly and blue for K
  • I am dreaming of something sparkly for C2, plus I can start anytime on something soft and gray
  • I have a couple of ideas for M, including something scrumble-ish, and something embroidered
  • I hope to find a good idea or pattern that will work for A’s collection.  The scrumble-ish item could work for her, too.
  • I still have to think of something fabulous for S

Good.  I feel sort of organized now.

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