Saturday, April 26, 2008

Finished Projects!!!!!

YAY!!!!!!! I finally have something to show you! :D

I finally finished the Noro Silk Garden Scarf for that my 6 year old. He loves it! Of course the first thing he says is "It's not winter anymore". Be that as it may, it is still gorgeous and he can wear it next winter! :D

I know it's been awhile since I last posted, but I've had a good reason. I was working on getting my first pattern written up and sent to testers! Another Yay! :D Once I get feedback from my testers and make any adjustments necessary to the pattern, I'm submitting for possible publication in the first ever Crochet Liberation Front Book! I improved the CLF Patch that I posted earlier and that's what I'm submitting. (I know, you want to see it, but I don't have pictures of it yet....stay tuned!) I'm excited. Even if I don't get published, it has been such a rush to work on just the possibility! And I've already got several more ideas in the works that I will maybe try to submit somewhere else, future CLF books, or maybe just self publish. We'll see.

Anyway, you want to see more finished stuff! This week, after saying I wouldn't start anything new till I finished some old stuff, I cast on a new project. But in truth, this one had been planned for a long time. May 5th-9th is teacher appreciation week. My 6 year old LOVES his teacher! So he asked me to make her a bookmark to go with the book gift certificate he gave her for Christmas. He picked out the pattern, Lace Heart Bookmark by Darilyn Page, and the color, purple (her favorite). And here is what it turned into.....

I'm also almost done with that gift I mentioned, so I'll be able to post photos in a couple of weeks after it's been received. I don't know if the recipient reads this blog, but I know her hubby does! :D

I don't think I've made anymore squares for the big blue afghan since the last posting. I've got many more to do on that. And even though I'm trying hard to not start new things, I found a pattern on Ravelry that I fell in love with and just have to make for myself. So I went out today and bought some lovely green yarn that I'm going to use to make Jennifer Hanson's Hourglass Jacket. Finally, something just for me!

I'm also going to start soon on my first knitted sweater. This one will be for my baby girl. I figured I'd start with a little sweater to see how it goes. I bought the pattern before Christmas, but have just finally gotten up the nerve to try it. I don't think that the pattern is hard, I'm just nervous about sweaters!

Speaking of Ravlery, I have put my Water Fountain up for the Crochet on Ravlery March Finished Object of the Month. I do a shameless plug and say "stop by and vote for me!" :D I'm post #78 on page 4, btw! :D

That's about it for right now. Yes, I still have toys to finish, and a baby afghan, and another baby afghan to start and blah blah blah! I can't help that I suffer from crafting ADD! But I am working on it all and I promise to keep you all updated! :D

Until then....Happy Crafting!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Freeform CAL and other goodies

I haven't been able to post for a little while as real life happen to get in the way. But the good news is that my super busy month is OVER!!!!! I still have a lot on my plate left to do, but the really big stuff is out of the way! YAY!

I haven't yet finished my last surprise for NATCROMO (yes, I know it's over). It's mostly done...just needs assembling. As soon as I can figure out the best way to do that, I'll finish it and still dedicate it to NATCROMO, since that's what inspired it.

Speaking of NATCROMO, the month has ended and so has our freeform CAL. I think I've delayed on this one just because it was so much fun, I didn't want it to be over. But I finally finished it and here it is (pardon the lego in the background)......

Reminds me of some really colorful fish, that's been caught up in a colorful net and has some really big colorful barnacles hanging off of it! :D I'm trying to decide what to do with it now. I have a few ideas and as soon as I decide and do it, I'll post pics of the truly completed project. But this still can be taken off of my WIP list!

I've also completed a few blocks from Jan Eaton's 200 Crochet Blocks book. I'm just thinking of them as individual projects right now. If I think too much about turning them into an afghan, I'll probably never finish it (or at least not for a few years!). But that is my ultimate goal with them. Possibly even turning them into the largest afghan I've done yet and make it to fit my bed. We'll see. For now, just one block at a time.

I've just started another project as well, that I'm really excited about, but can't tell you a thing about it in case the person it's intended for reads this. You'll just have to wait until after they've received it, and then I'll spill the beans.

I'm also working on improving my CLF Patch. I'm going to be writing it up and submitting for possible publication in the first ever CLF Book. It didn't win the contest for an automatic entry in the book, but I got enough of a response from it that I figured I'd submit it anyway and see. I'm also going to submit at least one story as well. So here's hoping! It would be too cool to be published! And I have soooooo many other ideas running around in my head too! Can't wait till I can actually get time to try some of them out.

And for my knitting friends, I have picked up the pointy sticks again (and apparently didn't forget how to use them!). I just have to bind off on my oldest's Noro Silk Garden scarf. It's 1x1 ribbing, so I'm debating between binding off in pattern or this Tubular Bind-off thing I ran across on Ravelry. Any thoughts? And I think I've decided not to block it. I kind of like the denser look to the unblocked ribbing and I can always block it later if I decide. Besides, I seem to have issues with not getting around to blocking! :D Anyway, I hope to have updated pictures of it next time.

So much to craft, so little time! Happy Crafting!