Saturday, June 23, 2007

Picture is not great- new camera is now broken camera. I have now figured out how to scan a soaker into the computer. This yarn is really a bit lighter and more orange than red.

Green and yellow. Pastel- ugh. Not very pretty to me, so this one is off to a donation site.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Yet another yarn. This one is more like a bruise color. Reds, pinks, purples. I have a lot of knitting to do.

I am having fun now with the embroidery. We found these hand towels at the Dollar Tree. I finished all 5 days of the week in one afternoon! Monday is yellow and still hanging in the kitchen. My next idea is to make a plain bag and embroider a sheep on it for my knitting. maybe...

Here are some more bags. These are two great prints, and large bags that fit diapers, extra clothes, snacks, etc.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Here is a yarn that turned out with great dark colors- finally, hopefully over the pastels. I used a whole container of purple and forrest green. The picture is a bit darker than the actual yarn. It is a great mix of purples and blues.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Here are some hooded towels- my second attempt. They are called the 'tiger' towels around here.

Here is another attempt. The colors are getting better.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Here is my second embroidery attempt. These are some linen napkins that needed a little something more. I am really liking hand embroidery- my problem is finding images online.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Here is my first attempt at embroidery. Katherine has this very cute shirt with a simple little bird in the center. The shirt was in the wash at the time, so I used a made up pattern. The thing appears large but fits easily in the palm of my hand. (I have small hands) I'd love to put little birds on her plain shorts and t-shirts. There was a super duper book at the Bonita library, Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Embroidery Stitches. I totally love that book and want to own it! I was reading online about redwork, a form of embroidery done long ago with red cotton thread. This link is where I started. I spent another hour finding out more, there was also bluework. I did not research that much, seemed similar, from an earlier time period. I'll look into it more when I have more interest. Can't wait to find some plain white dishtowels.

Here is yet another attempt at me dying my own yard. 3rd try now, they seem to be getting worse not better. These colors came out way too pastel for me. I have more yarn soaking tonight, but when I rinsed part of it, the yarn came out clean and white again. I am definitely doing something wrong. I think I have a new idea to try next time for more vibrant colors. I will have to wait to go to the store for some more supplies first.

This is a new yarn I have not knitted up yet. There are few of those around here anymore. Another from the Etsy seller Doodlebirds. It is very colorful. I think 6 or more colors. I have learned that these can be fun, but I prefer just 4 color changes, otherwise it can be too busy for my eyes.

This is blue Peace Fleece. We've been using a pink one for about a year and it works super great! I rarely lanolize. This one is from slightly larger needles.

This is super soft malabrigo.

This soaker is made from the wool/soy blend yarn. Very soft and pretty.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

I totally fell in love with this print right away. Unfortunately it was only a small remnant. But, this is now my knitting bag. Kinda small but holds just what you need for 1 or 2 projects. In my case, a soaker I've started and a soaker I'm near finishing.

Still working on rotating. Here is one of the many bags I've made lately. I'm keeping my bead stuff in here for now. I also made 2 smaller versions of this same print- for the girlies. Kinda fun since I rarely make them anything matching anymore.

Here is another yarn from Doodlebirds, called Maggie Mae. Such a beautiful mix of girly colors.

This is an enormous bag. I misjudged the pattern. After this one, I found a pattern that I really like. I've made 5 of them. I'll post them later.

Ok, here it is. The soaker from the beautiful yarn. It is not seamed up the front yet, which is why it looks crooked. But I just love the yarns this lady makes. It has inpired me to dye my own yarn.

This is blurry- still learning the camera. It is a cake we donated to the church. Colors were inspired by the new beautiful yarn.

This is a beautiful ball of yarn I found at Esty- Doodlebirds. I was not sure how it would knit up- thanks to Ashley I ordered it and *love* it!

Ok, this one is sideways because I haven't figured out how to change it yet. This is an apron with pockets. I just love the 'vintage' print. Mommy and her girls doing laundry. Abigail needed something for art class.

Here is a small drawstring backpack that Abigail and I made to carry her snacks in. She said the fabric reminded her of Dana.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

After buying dyed yarn to knit, I decided to try dying my own. Here is one of my first.

Here is one of many soakers I have knitted.

First Post

Hi out there in blog world. A friend convinced me to start a crafting blog. I will try to post pics of current projects-of which there are many. I would love any and all new ideas!