Monday, June 30, 2008

The Wicked Can Craft For Charity Too!

A bunch of us LSG'rs over at Ravelry have decided to make some bears for the MotherBear Project! Our army of bears will ship out in January. Allowing us plenty of time to craft away.

This is my first. His name is, The Bear Without a Face. Plainly, as you can see he has no face. At least not yet!

Bear Without a Face 1st bear for motherbear Morris the Cat and Bear without a FaceMoe clearly approves!

Oh how I adore this stash!

I have had people wander into my craft/computer room and look in amazement at the amount of yarn I have acquired. They clearly have NO IDEA at the amount of yarn/craft/hobby goodness one can acquire! Possibly they are people whom have no crafty hobby of their own and think that having such a mass amount is silly. I could not imagine my life without a hobby! I have always had one. Whether it be crochet, cross stitch, cooking, knitting, potholder loom, latch hook rug/pillow kits, bead loom...this is what I can think of off the top of my head. Lots were done as a child and a few are still done now in my 30's.

I myself, do not think my yarn acquisition is all that amazing. In fact not amazing at all. Alot of it is leftovers from projects I have completed. I tend to purchase a bit more than required by the pattern. One just never know if said project needs to be bigger than the measurements, or if like me you knit/crochet tighter than gauge, therefore requiring more yarn. Some of my stash is glorious sock yarn for the various sock clubs I joined this past year. The yarn arrives faster than I can knit a pair of socks. Especially when I am engrossed in Mystery Shawl knits! Fat yarn, skinny yarn, fluffy yarn, flat yarn, sock yarn, natural fiber yarn, acrylic yarn and *GASP* even some dratted muppet fun fur yarn has even snuck it's way into the stash room! Yes, there is yarn pretty much all over my house. Well at least in every room that I spend any amount of time!

I wonder what these people would think had they seen THIS STASH!!!!
Ohhhhh the glory of this stash. Peace, quiet and absolute yarnie goodness!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Finally Some FO Photos

Finally! Something about blogging without pictures...*ick* Photos just make it so much more interesting!

I have been crafting away. Seems like I have forgotton to show off some items.

The Eco Bags....

Elisa's Nest Tote ~ the pattern info on Ravelry

Elisa's Nest Tote My strap differs from the original pattern. I used a spoolie/corker, made 2 ropes and twisted them around one another.

Saturday Market Bag ~ Pattern info here on Ravelry

Saturday Market Bag All of these bags were made with Peaches N Cream cotton leftover in my stash!

Lion Brand Market Bag # 60551 ~ Pattern info here on Ravelry

Lion Brand Market Bag Last, but certainly not least as far as the bags the Everlasting Bag Stopper.

The Everlasting Bag Stopper ~ Pattern info here on Ravelry

Everlasting Bag Stopper The body of the bag is knit. I changed the straps from the original pattern, which called for ribbon. I used what I have found to be wicked strong and sturdy... just your basic double crochet.

As far as use and practicality, we have used the Lion Brand Market Bag the most. Used for toting around snacks, sunscreen and first aid at softball tournaments. As well as toting junk to and from the pool. Sunscreen, toys, extra clothes, towels and of course more snacks!

Ultimately, this will cut down on how many of those weak and useless plasticky grocery bags this family uses. Might not be a huge ECO GREEN step, but but a step none the less in the right direction.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Yes, I Still Live...

Here's a blogthings/quizilla thingy; just because I am a sucker for these! Also 'cause I have been away from the bloggity blog, and have not yet downloaded any photos from my yarnie fun or sports tournaments!

Your Birthdate: January 2

You're so intuitive, it's like you have a sixth, seventh, and eighth sense.

You connect with others freely and easily - and you tend to have many best friends.

Warm and caring, it's hard for you to close your heart to anyone.

Affection is like air for you - you need to give and receive it to survive.

Your strength: Your universal compassion

Your weakness: Your unpredictable mood swings

Your power color: Mauve

Your power symbol: Butterfly

Your power month: February

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Nephews Ghan Completed in 3 Days

Every year my 3 nephews get a birthday ghan from me; their "Auntie". These are the sons of my best friend since age 12. Both she and I have created our own families, believing that friends make the best families; since our bio families are teeny tiny.

This Nephew's Bday is in August... here is this year's Bday Ghan! (done early I might add) Typically, they are received late due to the time in creating the ghan.

bradys 2008 ghan

It is the Sand & Sea Afghan from Quick-Stitch Crochet book. Instead of using taupe yarn for the sand, I used Claret. Many of the ghans I make for them are Americana in color. This was a better color choice for the intent.

I enjoyed this pattern so much that I plan to make other color combos for other family members. It was an easy pattern to memorize. Which for me was GREAT! I am always taking yarn and hook/needles out and about while at baseball parks and softball tournaments. In fact, I completed this baby in THREE days! *GRIN*