Monday, January 18, 2016

Sew Crazy

On Sunday I went back to the fabric store with my friend to get fabric to make my nieces quilts.

We had fun poking around the lovely stuff there, and I was so tempted by the adorable baby dress sample they had to buy fabric for little dresses too- but that will wait until it's warmer.



Anyway, I got back from the store around 2, then spent the rest of the day in a haze watching Gilmore Girls and quilting. By around 11, I had a darling little quilt. Not perfect by any means, but cute!









I had fun making my first quilt- although it may be a little while before I'm ready to tackle the next one!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sewing

Yesterday I finally got around to the sewing I'd been planning on.

I made some new pillows, and I am very happy with them.


The fabrics are so cute and they really brighten up my grey couch.


Here's a look at the backing. I just made simple envelope pillows, didn't want to bother with zippers.

And as a bonus, here are some of my friend's dogs cuddling the new pillows.


I love these pillows! Now I just want to go and buy more cute fabric.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Goodbye Yarn Diet

Last year I decided that I just had too much yarn. The best way to not have too much yarn is of course to stop buying yarn. So I decided that I would stop buying yarn entirely, with the only exceptions being yarn for gifts.

I did buy yarn for some wedding blankets and baby things for my new nieces. I also got a sweater's worth from my Nan-in-law for my birthday so she could help me cheat my yarn diet, that lovely woman.

Those I didn't really count as slipping, but I did actually buy some yarn that was nothing but cheating on the yarn diet. I got two skeins of Lamb's Pride that I'd been lusting after for years that went into the discontinued section in the basement of Romni. I got an awesome ball of neon sock yarn from the basement, and I got four balls of stunning yarn for a sweater that I bought on my business trip in September.

But now my yarn diet is over! I went to both Ewe Knit and Romni this week, and got a little bit of yarn.


I wanted this yellow sock yarn ever since I first saw it at Romni. I got the thick n thin to match and have been working on these cowls with a great woven look. I did the first one as a tube but didn't quite like that it was so loose at the bottom compared to the top, so I'm trying one worked like a scarf sewn up. Either way, I think they're gorgeous.


The Koigu is from Ewe Knit and the Sea Cell from Romni. The Sea Cell is something I've been drooling over for years, but was always too pricey. It was my prize for what I consider a successful year of yarn dieting. I don't know what I'll make with it, but for now I'm content to pet it.


I also got some fabric from Ewe Knit. I saw some gorgeous pillow covers on vacation, but decided I'd have more fun making my own. I adore this fabric, especially the watercolour-looking floral print. I can't wait to have the pillows made.

I'm still going to keep my yarn buying to a minimum this year as I want to keep reducing my stash, but it's fun to give myself a little freedom again.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy New Year!

I'd like to lie to you and say that I don't know where the time has gone, and that I have no idea why I haven't posted in so long. I'd like that, but it's not true. I know exactly where it went.

It went to 60 and 70 hour work weeks, to coming home exhausted with often little energy for crocheting let alone blogging.
It went to three months with only one or two days free even including the weekends.

It went to a few lovely little escapes for the weekend.

It went to a business trip, a big promotion, a few months of very high stress while I tried to figure out a major role virtually on my own.

It went to saying goodbye to some wonderful friends moving away.


It went to awesome weddings of dear friends.

It went to training a new minion, who turned out to be great and make my new job reasonable.


It went to two sweet new nieces this December.



It went to a week and a half off for Christmas and New Year's and a delightful cruise with my family.

Now, finally, the new year is here and work has slowed down and I've mostly figured out my new, big, exciting and scary job. Now I'm looking at what I have left to crochet and nodding, because it all seems reasonable. Now I'm looking at this blog and remembering that I once enjoyed writing it, and that I'd like to do so again.

Happy New Year. I'm back!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Lazy Morning

Good morning! Is there anything nicer on a weekend morning than a nice tea latte and some quiet crochet time?
I'm almost finished this shawl for my cousin- on the last row. Then I have a wedding blanket to get to- the wedding is in two weeks, I need to start some serious hooking! Once those two projects are done... I'm down to 10 projects on the go! Holy cow.
It's amazing how much more productive I am now that I have a job- even though I spend so many hours at work, I come home focused and get stuff done.

Speaking of get stuff done- this weekend I got to two sewing projects! I finally made this bag for all my toiletries. I was using two small bags that never quite held enough. This one will hold everything from makeup to toothbrush to shampoo. And don't you love the fabric?
I also made another floofy frilly tulle skirt. I still need to add lining to the first one I made. It's a white skirt, and without a slip underneath it's rather revealing. This one is pink and fluffy and I love it. I still have one more to make- it will be a little less fluff and a lot more silky grey layered pretty.

Time for some Netflix and breakfast, and to finish the very last row of this shawl!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Confectionary

Happy Friday!

I had a lovely time after work meeting up with my best friend for dinner and a nice wander around downtown. She also brought the cardigan I made her and modeled it for a little photoshoot. Now I finally have some good pictures for my newest design, the Confectionary Cardigan

Isn't she a lovely model?








Thursday, May 28, 2015

Little Things

Good morning!

I went to bed early last night and woke up with enough time to accomplish things, like emptying and loading the dishwasher. What an exciting life I live. I also realized I finally had a spare moment to update my blog. I've been off overtime for almost two weeks now and am finally starting to catch up on... everything outside of work. It was about time I came back here.

I've been working on a lot of little projects lately. Things that are perfect for working on while commuting, things I can pick up on my 10 minute breaks.



Like this series of headbands- simple, pretty things and also useful. They hold all my flyaway ends down and don't hurt my brain like a hard headband does.

I have finished some bigger projects too, like this cowl I made. It's just slightly too short, despite vigorous stretching while blocking- but I'll continue to stretch it and hope for the best. It's really soft and nice to wear, although thankfully it's finally too warm for it.


This spring hat is something I made to use the rainbow yarn I bought on my Lake Placid trip years ago- my coworker liked it so much I made her one. She knit me a cowl I've been wanting it return. Win-win!

This baby blanket was something I started awhile ago to use up scrap cotton. It was really a nice quick project, and I'm pleased with how it came out. I still need to block it, though.


I got into making widdle baby socks for a few days, and made these two pairs. The first was from a pattern that I converted to slip stitch, and I didn't really like that three row afterthought heel, so the second pair just got a simple heel worked in. I might write up a little pattern for them.
Also, I can't talk about dem wifout cawwing dem widdle baby socks...

This is a scrap shawl project I started to go through some of my fingering scraps, inspired by this Pin. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet, but I'm not very far.

And last but not least, the wedding blanket I'm making for an upcoming wedding.

The last several pictures were all quickly snapped with my new cell phone- I finally got a cool phone and I'm very excited about it. Hopefully it will keep me updating!