Thursday, February 28, 2008

Cherry pie for dessert. I was trying to learn 'bobbles'. They are not pronounced enough for what I really wanted. I'll keep making pies until I can get it.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Crochet beaded necklace. I've made several of these, but they are hard to photograph. So fun to make and look great. (thanks neck model)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Two more ruffle skirts. She still won't wear the birthday one, but she liked the fairies right away.

Lip balm. This stuff is great. Our first try was a success. We will 'tweak' the recipe a bit next time. Maybe add some color and a few other minor changes. We got all raves from our 'testers'. I love knowing that everything we put in there is real. No artificial stuff like the store-bought kinds. If you'd like to try some just email me and I'll put you on the list for the next batch.

UUUGGGHHH! I've been trying to teach myself how to make socks. The toe is great, the heel is pretty good, the rest? eek. I ripped and reknit so many times...It is small/baby sized so I can get the hang of the techniques. I will keep trying.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Making these baby hats is a great way to use up soft yarn for quick small projects to donate. I've tried the same pattern in the round and flat with seaming. Oddly, I think the seaming goes faster.

A few waterproof zippy bags. These are so quick and easy, and I still put off making them. Not sure why...

Abigail sewed most of these herself. They are the 'goodie' bags she gave to her friends for her birthday.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Valentine's Day felt treat exchange. I made little round cakes and slices of cake.

Applique heart with contrasting fabrics and a slightly twirly skirt to match. Lauren picked out some perfect sparkly shoes too. Of course, Abigail chose to wear a flourescent green skirt and red striped shirt instead. Makes for great birthday pictures.

Heart-shaped crayons. This time we sorted the colors to make the kind of crayons we wanted.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

I found a neat book on knitting with wire. At the same time, our knitting group planned for February to be wire month! Yahoo for me! This is a beautiful necklace. It is actually crochet, but I can live with it. I have made 1 1/2 more but I need to add clasps to all of them and learn how to photograph them better.

Yarn comes in those lovely center-pull balls. Except yarn you dye yourself. You can buy a special yarn winder for about $35. I read somewhere that someone slipped a toilet paper roll over the beater on a mixer and it worked just as well.
They were wrong! DO NOT try this at home! It goes so fast even on the slow setting. It pulls the yarn too tight- that can damage the wool fibers. It also goes so fast that it can easily get out of control. 10min playing, 30mins untangling and rewinding by hand. We will have to look for a more manual diy version of this tool.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

These are little pouches. I use them for random little stuff like change, knitting notions, etc. A great way to use up scraps. Each one has a snap at the top.

Dolly Sarah now has a few dresses to rotate with the banana one. She has to get dressed every morning and at bedtime. There was a problem when she was particularly messy with glue one day and the dress was in the wash. I love to do pleats- even little tiny ones.