Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Surfacing


I often experience a desire to post on my blog which is overwhelmed by my desire not to post. I think that most of the time, I feel like I have nothing to say or that the things I want to say/share are not interesting to other people. I realize that this is silly because it is my blog, after all, however, I find it difficult to get past this problem much of the time. Today must be my lucky day because here I am!

I've been busy trying to work on about 10 projects all at once. This means, of course, that I make little progress on any of them and I was finally forced to prioritize according to some deadlines.

What I've been up to...


I took a needle felting class, had a lot of fun and made a cute little bear. I see a pumpkin in my future, too.



I'm working away diligently at knitting my sweater vest. I keep having little things go wrong with it that make me wonder if I have some sort of mental block with knitting. I really want to finish this soon!


I finally got an autumn cross stitch to the framer's and I'm enjoying having it around because I love fall. Also, it's cute. The Pattern is from BritterCup Designs, if I remember correctly. This inspired me to start yet another fall cross stitch project that I shouldn't be working on right now, Acorn Hill by Little House Needle Works.


I decided to start crocheting a baby blanket for some friends. The yarn was from my friend, Lori, who wanted to do a bit of destashing before moving to North Carolina. I somehow thought she had given me more of this yarn but it turned out that I needed to order more balls to keep moving. I've got a ways to go on this and I'm fairly certain the baby is going to be born and go home with its parents before the blanket does.


I've always wanted to join some sort of exchange and found one on Ravelry that appealed to me called Not Your Ordinary Block Exchange. I joined the fall colors group and we are each knitting or crocheting (or both) 11 blocks to send to the others in the group. I'm both very excited and somewhat intimidated by this project. Last night I sat down to play with the yarn and begin to get an idea of what I'd like to make. Just a couple of small squares so far and most people weren't interested in green, so I'm thinking I'm probably keeping this for myself once I finish it.


I finally started quilting on a quilt that has been languishing since last fall. It was a paper piecing class and I'd been avoiding the quilting because I was afraid I might somehow ruin the quilt. Finally, with some encouragement from others and the fact that we moved some of our things into storage (and I could no longer hide the quilt under something else), I sat down and quilted it. Now it needs a binding. I better not take another year to get that taken care of! Here's a view of the back side quilted.


Oh, and I almost forgot that I took a fantastic thread crochet snowflake class! I LOVE it. I've made three or four snowflakes so far but I'm waiting for the next class to block them. I'll definitely post some pictures then.

I'm looking forward to being able to post some pictures of my finished projects soon. Take care!

Monday, September 01, 2008

Crafty Progress

I've been setting myself some crafty goals and I'm happy to say that I'm making progress with my to-do list. For the latter half of August, I wanted to start piecing a quilt I've been intending to make for myself for some time now. I'm using the Chelsea's Boutique pattern from Moda with some fabrics I've collected here and there over the last year or so. Right now, I don't have much exciting to show--just a few four patch blocks that I've ironed. I'm so glad to be working on this finally and I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out!


I've also made progress on the Back to School U-Neck Vest from Fitted Knits that I'm working on in a sweater knitting class. I'm almost done with the ribbing and I think it looks like it might just fit me (fingers crossed!). I really love the color and feel of the yarn and I'm hoping to finish it at the end of September--just in time to wear it a bit this fall.


I finished the samples for the Amigurumi class I'm teaching, as I mentioned in my previous post. I also set myself the goal of finishing a couple of unfinished amigurumi projects--a doll named Eva from the Sarita pattern that Owlishly so generously gave me earlier this summer, and a cat that I had finished but needed an outfit.



Finally, I whipped up an amigurumi cactus for my friend Germán, who has been anxiously waiting for one since he paged through Amigurumi World and laid eyes on the pattern.


What's ahead for me in September? Lots!

1. Finish embroidering a tea mat for Lucas. I'm using Navy Kona cotton and white embroidery thread to stitch Asian designs I found on the hoop love flickr group.
2. Finish the vest!
3. Make a tablerunner as practice for a class I'll be teaching. I chose fall colors and I'm planning to give it as a gift to a friend who will be getting married in October.
4. Finish piecing my quilt top.
5. Crochet some snowflakes. I'm taking a class and I'm really excited to make them--they look like fun and I think the teacher, Laura, is great!
6. I'm taking a needle felting class, because really, why should I stop at crocheting cute animals when there are so many methods for creating cuteness? If you don't know what I mean, check out some of the Japanese needle felting books. The cuteness is killing me.

So, if I manage to get all of this done in the next 29 days, I'll work on crocheting a baby blanket for some friends who are expecting their third child. Gotta make sure the younger kids get a few things made especially for them.