Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Betsy the Easter Bunny

I hope you have had a wonderful Easter Sunday! Ours was a bit gloomy but the sun eventually peeped out at us and we had warmer weather.

I've been doing a bit of sewing to have a little Easter decor. I have had my eye on this bunny pattern, Betsy and Basil Bunny softies, by Retro Mama and when she had a sale, I could no longer resist.

Happy Easter from the bunnies!

This was a fun project that took about 3-4 hours to complete. I made the dark brown one to keep and gifted the light brown one to friends.

Just a week left of teaching classes and then summer break begins and the crafting goes into high gear (I hope!). I've made a list of UFOs that really need attention. I've got big plans!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Can My Knitting Control the Weather?

reversible biking hat in progress

The irony was not lost on me that when I casted on for the Reversible Biking Hat, the weather started to warm up. I really needed a hat to keep my ears warm under my helmet, so it would make sense that mother nature would negate my efforts by making the hat unnecessary. You know how if you carry an umbrella, it probably won't rain. I was pretty convinced of this theory of my knitting but then it cooled and rained most of last week. So, I guess I was wrong. :)

snowblossom block

This is a block I finished yesterday. I saw it on Poppyprint and became obsessed with it. It took me a while to finish because I couldn't make up my mind as to which colors I wanted to use for the areas that are dark blue with the brown print. The pattern is from Quilter's Cache and is called Snowblossoms. I really like the block and now I'm trying to decide if I just want to make a pillow, a wall hanging or something bigger. Any thoughts? I'm leaning towards a wall hanging of four blocks right now. It's been a long time since I've done paper piecing and I consistently had trouble cutting the pieces to an appropriate size to fit the block. :)

How are your projects going? Have you tried something new lately that you're really liked?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

April Pattern Pact

Do you ever have a period of time where it seems like none of your crafting projects are going well and you are constantly ripping seams or ripping back? That's how things have been going for me lately. I've lost a bit of confidence in my abilities and feel like a bad knitter. I think it was wise to pick some low intensity projects for April's Pattern Pact projects.

Behold my proposed projects:

March 2011 Pattern Pact Pt1

Yes, a hat. That's about all I can handle right now. :) I made this hat in the fall for Lucas. He wears it all the time and it is particularly good for wearing under a bike helmet (it's called a biking hat). I've been meaning to make one for myself because I want to avoid the misery of cold ears while biking. I'll be making this second version in Rowan Felted Tweed, too. I can't say enough about how wonderful this yarn is to work with!

March 2011 Pattern Pact Pt2

Once I've knit my hat and regained some confidence in my skills, I would like to knit one of these cute kitties. They're from a Japanese craft book I own and I've looked over the pattern enough times that I think I'm ready to do it (I don't speak Japanese). My kitty will be pink and brown, the colors of strawberry and chocolate.

How is your crafting going? Do you have any specific goals for April?

Sunday, April 03, 2011

The Knit and Crochet Blog Week!

Have you heard about the Second Annual Knit and Crochet Blog week? The topics this week have included how you manage your yarn and what you surround yourself with when you're crafting. I've been posting about the topics over on my new crochet blog,