Friday, February 27, 2009

Revived UFO and one new technique

Once I started combining the internet with my stitching, I seem to have switched to only doing smalls. It started when I joined a lot of exchanges, and then it just seemed like more fun to get things finished quickly. So I have one neglected larger piece that was in progress at that time and has since fallen by the wayside into UFO-land. I picked it up recently and discovered that I really do like working on it, although I doubt that I would start something like it today. The stitching at the bottom with the bunnies is the latest addition. This is "Countryside Spring" from the Stoney Creek Magazine, April 2005. Its on 18 count Aida from (the first piece of hand-dyed fabric I ever bought!). It's clickable for more detail.

Once the knitting needles had been fired up, I couldn't put them down either. So I tried a new technique, knitting with double-pointed needles. I made a ton of errors in this dishcloth, and I can barely recognize some of the petals in the Double Flower pattern I used. I probably should have chosen something simpler to practice on, but this was the design that appealed to me. It kind of reminds me of a white pizza!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Dishcloth Mania & Minipops

I really had to scratch my head to understand why Dishcloth Mania seemed to be sweeping the on-line knitting community. Then I realized it was like making x-stitch smalls. You could try out new patterns, stitches and yarns. You could complete the item quickly before the project bogged down and became a potential UFO. Plus they make good little gifts, and they are actually useful.

So I dusted off the knitting needles that hadn't seen the light of day for a few years. Then I found an intriguing pattern for mock cables that needed no cable needle. The cables are all made by increasing and decreasing the number of stitches. I used Butter Ombre Sugar & Cream cotton yarn and I loved how the variegation worked up. I made a lot of mistakes, but it's just a dish cloth so I don't think it matters so much.

You can find the pattern here along with lots of others.

For more quick finishes, I stitched up two additional minipop designs.

We have the Fleetwood Mac cover photo from the Rumors album. Who would believe you could get the idea with such limited detail. And then the cast of Seinfeld. A readily identifiable Kramer at least.

Finally, the winner of the Angel Collectors pattern is that Venezuelan angel, Sandra. Only took a flip of a coin to decide, but I'm happy the chart will have a good home. Thanks to both the entrants for playing!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

100th Post and Giveaway

I can't believe this my 100th post. I never knew I had so much to show and tell. And I'm so happy this came on Valentine's Day, one of my favorite days of the year.

Thanks so much to all the readers and commenters. That spurs me on to continue. And in honor of the occasion, I'm offering this Alma Lynne chart, 'Angel Collector', as a give-away. Leave a comment if you are interested and specifically state that you want to be in the drawing. If you don't have a blog, then please leave a way for me to contact you if you win. I'll draw a name next Friday, so you have plenty of time to sign up. I stitched this chart for a baby girl some years ago. It was a labor of love and it turned out beautifully. This was way before my camera and web days, so I don't have a photo.

Meanwhile, I've been listening to the Blues Brothers today. They never fail to make me happy, even with a name like that. So I stitched a Valentine tribute to them based on the digital mini-pop image created by Craig Robinson at flip flop flyin. It's now a fridgie displayed in my kitchen. I think I might stitch up a few more of the easily recognizable characters. It was quick and fun.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

It's a yin-yang thing

Presenting the final heart in the series. Another design by Kirsten

The hearts have all been sent to Michigan to be given to the sweet little girls that sent me the thank you notes for the Halloween tags.

And now for something completely different. I was lucky enough to win a contest on Ranae's blog for the classic Voodoo Boy chart by Haberdashery designs. I've always wanted to stitch this little guy. I really didn't want to use Aida, but I didn't have the right color fabric on hand in any other weave and I also wanted to start stitching him the minute the chart showed up. He's going to be living in Miami so I thought I'd crochet him a jaunty hat to wear on his trip (and this may be the first time I've ever used the word 'jaunty'). It's done in a multi-colored sock yarn. The hat design came from a book of instructions for crocheted home accessories. The hat is meant to be an egg cozy! And of course I added a couple of pins since a self-respecting Voodoo boy should never be without them.

The backing is pretty purple mottled hand-dyed fabric. I sewed him up by machine and I hate doing the final slip stitching by hand, so instead, I sewed a buttonhole in the center back just to use for turning. Then I sewed the 'Little Helper' label over the buttonhole to close him after stuffing. And a few sequins added for fun.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Total Eclipse of the Heart

I've just about finished my heart project. One more left to go and I will have 10 heart favor pockets. They each have charms inside from Oriental Trading Co.

Here are the latest. These are all lined and backed with pink and red fabrics. I used a cookie cutter as a template on most of them. The linen ones are done with Vikki Clayton's 35 count linen. I bought a grab bag of light neutrals to try this out. This linen is fabulous if you like the 35 count. I may become an addict!

Clockwise from the top:

Stitching cherub by Casa Mia
Monochrome heart by JBW
Love Bug by Erynne
Bluebird by San-Man Originals from a newsletter for members only
White dove by Kirsten
Candle and jam jar from Cross Country stitching magazine