Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Safely at its destination

The package I sent to my partner for the Flickr amigurumi group swap finally arrived! Here are the three amis I made for her. The mouse I had made before for Lucas and it was so cute that I had to make another. The kitty is from a pattern I bought from stripeyblue on etsy, called Alley Cats. The acorn with removable top came from a Japanese crochet book (ISBN 9784834726374).

I also made a crochet hook case for her. Since I knew she liked cats, I had to go buy some of the London Cats fabric! The tutorial for the case is here.

She has a very nice photo of the whole package in her flickr photostream.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 2009

Here are some photos I took yesterday at this year's Arts Fest in State College.

Italian Street Painting:

Some of the vendors:

The booth with the tree image contained all framed batiks. The tree was my favorite.

Garden Art Sculptures:

Temporary landscaping on Allen Street:

I can't stop starting

I thought I was doing a pretty good job of finishing up some UFOs earlier in the year. I don't know quite when it happened, but I stopped finishing projects because I was dazzled by all of the fun new projects out there.

A few things I started:
1. a series of the 12 Days of Christmas ornaments. I've stitched: 4 (but not the first four).
2. a dishcloth. Finished.

Wheatfields dishcloth knit in Sugar & Cream.

3. Two quilts! That is in addition to the one I've been working on for almost a year and the two that I started last year but have not touched for a while. Of the newest quilts, one is a gift and the other is the Christmas Lights Mystery by Bonnie Hunter. I've always wanted to join one of her mysteries!

4. I've started three wearable knitting projects. I finished: 1.

The Springtime Bandit scarf in Gems green merino sportweight. I love it and I will be done knitting by next spring (hopefully sooner).

I took a fair isle knitting class at Stitch Your Art Out. I made a headband! This was my first time knitting fair isle and I loved it. The yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca & Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted. Knit on size 8 needles.

I'm also working on a spring/summer cardigan in cotton. It happens to be green. I keep knitting the wrong size.

Back when I was crocheting my flower garland, I also made these oval center roses but never remembered to take a photo. You could probably do various projects with this pattern and I think it may be my favorite from the book. Suzann Thompson, the author/designer, made a gorgeous shawl out of these roses.

Oval Center Rose from Crochet Bouquet

I participated in a swap this summer in the Flickr Amigurumi Group. My swap partner has not received her package but I received mine from Nidia in Argentina (Tarja^Gurumi). I love it! There's nothing better than a happy pudding. :)

That's all for now!