Thursday, December 11, 2008

Fingerless Beaded Gloves 3

Another of my recent finishes is a pair of fingerless beaded gloves for my friend Brittany. The pattern is from the book One Skein and the yarn is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK. I love this blue color! It took me a week to knit these up and I have an unfinished pair for myself in a different shade of blue that I'll be working on over winter break.

I'm very excited as today is my last day of teaching for the semester. One thing I've realized over the last couple of years is that students have no idea that their teachers are just as excited as they are about vacations!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Handmade Ornaments!

It's strange that I used to be very embarrassed of the handmade ornaments I made because I thought that they didn't look very well done. Now that I've returned to my crafty origins over the last couple of years, I can't help but find them charming! With that thought in mind, I knew that I wanted to have a Christmas tree eventually that would be dedicated solely to handmade ornaments. This year that seems to have worked out. We decided to purchase a small tree because the large artificial tree that we've had since before I was born was handed down to me but it's really too big for our small apartment. The small tree is pre-lit. I've never had a pre-lit tree and I was amazed at how easy it is to assemble! The great thing about small trees is that you don't need to hang as many ornaments either. All around, this was the perfect solution.

I wanted to make some ornaments to hang on our tree this year and I ran across a great tutorial on Skip to my Lou blog. If you're looking for a fast and fun, satisfying project, you should really check this tutorial out! The pattern is actually for a Bird Advent Calendar but I decided to just make ornaments. Here are my first two ornaments:

Bird Felt Ornament 1

Birdie Felt Ornament 2

I've got plans to make a couple more for my mom and maybe a few others.

I keep finishing things (I feel like I haven't said that phrase in an extremely long time) so I'll have plenty more to post!

Monday, December 08, 2008

NYOBE Blocks made by me Mosaic

I've been long absent from this poor blog! I'm busy crafting and teaching and then when I'm done, I usually don't feel motivated to post; however, lately I've felt the blog calling me back to it again.

I finished all of the blocks for my Not Your Ordinary Block Exchange on Ravelry and sent the last six blocks out last week. Most of my crafting time and energy over the last couple of months has been devoted to this and it feels like an accomplishment and a huge relief to be finished.

Now I'm finishing up a few gifts and then it's back to regular crafting. I really enjoy making things for others, but I confess that I'm looking forward to working on some projects for myself again.

More posts to come soon!