Sunday, August 07, 2011

Part II: Marking Stuff AKA Crafty McCrafterton

Hi again.

My knitting hasn't been that prolific. I hurt my wrist through cross stitch so for the last part of July I took it very easy with the knitting and stopped cross-stitch altogether. Which, of course, meant more time for quilting. Ah.

Where to start... well- it's pretty late at night and I'm kinda tired (I stayed up so late playing plants vs zombies and had to get up at NINE in the morning for coffee) (sheesh) so it might be a photo heavy text-light kinda post. Or it'll be a I'm-so-tired-rambling kinda post. Let's see.

This guy here, Lochlan Nessie Scott, was knit with my class this year. We voted on the types of creatures we wanted and for his/her name, and each student got to knit on him/her about three times at least. I had some really natural knitters in the class and recommended a few to take up knitting classes over the summer (which, because of the awesome community, are readily available).
I knit a cardigan and hat for the soon-to-be Beeb. I don't have a good photo of the cardigan but I'll take one with the Beeb in it soon enough! This hat has this awesomely cute kitten ears on it.

I knit a linen-stitch scarf with scrap yarn. Takes a very long time but the result is fabulous.
I knit the Faraway So Close shawl for my Grandmother for Christmas so that was great. It was a super quick and easy knit. The edges aren't suppose to be scalloped but I couldn't find my blocking wires and after sticking about fifty pins to make the long edge line up straight I was kinda done. I think the edges are neat!

A top secret Christmas present that is now 30% done!
A blanket for previously mentioned Beeb. This now has an orange row and I'm about to start the blue. The entrelac blocks are huge but it's suppose to be a knockoff of argyle so I wanted them large. The yarn is blue sky alpaca 100% cotton. So soft. So very very soft.
And the quilting! I have THREE more quilts to show you. I finally finished my nephew's quilt for his second birthday (yes- he's three now, so what?) and have two more on the go (both wee) so that's another post. This is The Hungry Caterpillar quilt. The butterfly and the big caterpillar were panels, then I had a quarter of the red, green, the food fabric, and the mini caterpillar fabric. Because my panels didn't line up perfectly I didn't want to sew in the ditch to bind the finished quilt so I did a crosshatch along the edges.

I used a lot of tape.
Oh, and even though I HATE the starvation/judgement bullshit that goes on in pinterest, I did see something neat there the other day. Someone melted crayons on a canvas. It was neat, but my budget is so tight, and frankly, it was fun- but I wasn't going to go out of my way to get the materials. Anyhoo, my roommate is at superstore and she phones me and says

'Do you need any crayons? They are super cheap!'

So she brought me home three boxes of crayons for 2 dollars. I stole some watercolour paper from my bil, and set to work.

First I sorted one box of crayons into a pattern I liked and then I just added the other ones to it.

Then I glued them to the heavy paper (I know it looks like an advertisement for crayola but it's part of my childhood memories and besides, they are really good crayons yo).
And then I went outside with some newspaper, tape, and my hairdryer. Which, as I already knew, gets freaky hot.
Super fun fantastico!
And now my friends, I bid you- good night.


Louisa said...

You HAVE been busy! No wonder your hands hurt. Poor you. At least you're doing different things and using different muscles. Take care of your hands!

BTW love the Nessie.

ms. modiste said...

That caterpillar quilt is the most amazing thing I have ever seen, hands-down. Where did you find the pattern? So, so, so awesome.

Mom said...

Love it when you show lots of pictures of what you are doing. I am totally going to do that crayon melt picture with my class this coming school year. Your pic is amazing. The caterpillar quilt sure turned out fantastic. Very bright, very beautiful.

Julia said...

hazel is so so excited to come out and snuggle in her blanket while wearing a kitty hat. it will be awesome!