Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Day 28 of A Month of Craft Photos: Simplicity
This pullover hoodie was my second sweater off the needles. It is the Neck Down Hooded Tunic by Diane Soucy, better know as Knitting Pure and Simple. I absolutely love her patterns. They are all seamless, often neck down and just as simple as can be. I have quite a few of her patterns that I'd like to work on, especially the Neck Down Wrap Cardigan.
The corn snake was a buddy of mine while I was working at a nature center in Alexandria, Virginia back in 2007. My Ravelry Link
Monday, February 27, 2012
Day 27 of A Month of Craft Photos: The Wrong Side
I love this Drops Jacket, especially the front with the double moss stitch. I love it when a stitch pattern looks great on both sides. The wrong side is in the foreground.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Day 26 of A Month of Craft Photos: Organization
I have almost everything I need other than needles and yarn in this little Altoids tin. It goes with my knitting everywhere and is the best little organizer I know of.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Day 25 of A Month of Craft Photos: When I Craft
During naptime, but I am finding that two little ones don't often nap at the same time. I will be much happier when I can start squeezing in some knitting time again.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Why, hermit Marvan, sleepest thou not upon a feather quilt?
Beautiful are the pines which make music for me unhindered: through Christ I am no worse off at any time than you.
Though you relish that which you enjoy exceeding all wealth, I am content with that which is given me by my gentle Christ.
With no moment of strife, no din of combat such as disturbs you, thankful to the Prince who gives every good to me in my hut.
Day 22 of A Month of Craft Photos: Contrasts
When ever I look at Anna Maria Horner's fabric, I am always amazed that all the designs and colors somehow work together, despite the contrasting colors and crazy designs. This is a stack of Folksy Flannel that I found on sale in Anna Maria's store a while back. I've been pondering what to do with this warm and playful fabric. So far my favorite inspiration is a quilt with the warm colors on one side and the cool colors on the other.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
While it might be winter here, we are still trying to enjoy the outdoors. I was given a bike last week from a friend and am so excited to zoom around town with it! This is especially nice because I have been without a bike since 2008 when my bike was stolen from Harvard Yard while I was in class. Ben and Pieter took it out for a spin and pronounced it perfect. Now I just need to find a trailer to tow two muchkins in.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Day 20 of A Month of Craft Photos: Finishing
What finishes quilts like a label? This fabric panel is called "Name That Quilt" by one of my favorite designers, Sandy Gervais. It is full of labels that could be used for quilts, clothing bags, cards, organizing... so many possibilities.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Day 17 of A Month of Craft Photos: Last FO Used
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Day 16 of A Month of Craft Photos: Texture
I do love green... from moss to mittens. This beautifully textured mitten is the Druid Mittens by Jared Flood. All those cables and bobbles are great, but for some reason this has been waiting for a companion for about... three years. Wow, I am actually very surprised to see that it has been that long. I'd better get the project out of hibernation sometime soon. Unfortunately, all knitting as come to a screeching halt with the business of having a babe in the house.
Today we went out for a walk along the river under the bright sun and blue sky. We saw lots of wildlife - a bald eagle soaring along the river, ducks walking on the ice, and foraging turkeys. I was sad I left the camera at home. As both kids fell asleep, I thought about my lack of knitting and wished for a moment that I could push a stroller and knit at the same time!
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
This is what happens when you wake up at 3:30am and are so wide awake, Mama says, go play in your room and leave me alone. Off he went and played for hours. We found him like this at 6:30am. Nothing like getting tuckered out with a favorite book.
Day 15 of A Month of Craft Photos: A New Skill
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted
Needles: US 6
I worked on this set at the end of December and have really enjoyed using it. This is my first fingerless mitts that I've made and worn. Great for driving, but not very good for walking and pushing a stroller, which is what I do most of the time. So, these are relegated to an occasional wear. I also worked on a plain hat to match, but I'm not happy with it and plan on frogging it for a better one (perhaps this one). The yarn is too nice to waste!
Now, for my new skill, I learned a new buttonhole I found online for the neck warmer. The Tulip Buttonhole is sturdy and relatively easy to make if you follow along with the video. I liked that it came out symmetrical and very tight all around the hole. Can you imagine knitting now without the internet? So many new things to learn are within reach now.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Day 14 of A Month of Craft Photos: Where You Craft
When I saw this day coming up, I thought to myself, "this is what I need - the motivation to get my office and craft space in order." Well, it never happened. My hope is to finish organizing my office and to find a table to add to the space for my sewing machine. Currently, my machine sits in the family room in our basement, with in reach of a toddler. Definitely not a good set up. In the meantime, all my knitting time usually ends up on the couch in the living room.
PS: An Old FO? Check out the dinosaur. I made it in my 8th grade sewing class.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Day 13 of A Month of Craft Photos: Inspiration Indoors
We have some beautiful Mayan pottery from Ben's childhood home on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. I've been thinking that I would really like to make a quilt for the living room that would match these colors. So, they are my indoor inspiration for some sewing. Here are a few photos of the Mayan ruin, Palenque, in Chiapas, Mexico.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Day 12 of A Month of Craft Photos: A Crafty Gift
I found this fabric book panel last fall at the Bakery Fabrics and snatched it up as soon as I saw it (Woodsy Wonders by J. Wecker-Frisch, South Sea Imports). What could be better than a book about insects, plants and mushrooms with a turtle and frog leading you through it? The last page held me up - I've never done any hand embroidery and don't have a sewing machine that will embroider. Oma came to the rescue in January and did it for me. I just love it!
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Day 11 of A Month of Craft Photos: A Work In Progress (WIP)
I have only made a few rows of progress on my most recent Habitat. Hard to believe the last one took me only two days. Instead, these two WIPs appear to be taking up all my time:
Friday, February 10, 2012
They were so cute in their matching clothes, we had to take some pictures before heading to church last weekend. Mama left the room for a while and later found a little something on the memory card from the camera. Hmm... Papa loves those animals!
Day 10 of A Month of Craft Photos: Your Craft Bag
This is my small knitting project/on the go bag. It was my first felting project, almost six years ago, and is still my favorite. It is the Vintage Bubble Bag by Eva Wiechmann. I've made quite a few of these and am amazed at how beautiful they always are. Below is a pre-felting picture. Ravelry Link.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Mama & Juliana's Hands
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Day 7 of A Month of Craft Photos: Challenging
When I was learning how to knit more than the basics, I was working at a yarn store. I decided to do a cabling project while I had people around me to ask questions. So, I dove right in and started the Montera Cable Jacket. It was definitely challenging, but more in persisting with the project than the actual crossing of cables. I haven't done another adult size cable sweater since this was finished, but I might now be ready for one.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
In celebration of A Month of Craft Photos, I bring you a giveaway from The Bakery Fabrics.
The Bakery Fabrics is one of my favorite local businesses. It is in Belle Fourche, South Dakota and holds court in the old Tri State Bakery. Owner, Annie Albright, has customers from all corners of the crafting world: "traditional to artistic quilters, adventuresome moms, fashion forward students and lots of creative spirits." I love browsing the fabric that is held in the old baker's racks and seeing the bread oven in the wall. Here are some pictures of my recent visit, a short interview with Annie and a special giveaway.
Along with the shop in Belle Fourche, South Dakota,
Missy: How long have you been in business?
Annie: I have been selling fabric since 1998. I started out by making and selling children's clothing on eBay. With two little ones it was hard to find enough time to sew so I started selling the extra fabric I was accumulating/hoarding.
Missy: What's the product or offering you are most excited about right now?
Annie: The children's lines that are coming in this spring just bring a smile to my face. Celebrating childhood... what can be better.
Missy: Tell us about your background. What path led you to the work you do today?
Annie: I studied clothing design and manufacturing in Seattle. After school, I started doing alterations which morphed into designing special occasion dresses.
Missy: Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?
Annie: Favorite quote to live by is "Do unto others."
My favorite part of the store - toys! Pieter loves coming and plays the entire time without any fuss - stress free shopping! If only the other stores in the area would figure this out. They certainly would get more business from moms.
For today's giveaway The Bakery Fabrics is generously offering the following:
~ Moda Sherbet Pips Charm Pack ~
42 5-inch squares
42 5-inch squares
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Thank you to The Bakery Fabrics!
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What a fun store to explore! Enjoy!
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