Monday, March 10, 2014

New booties

I finally finished these booties today. I have struggled so much with this order it has driven me crazy more than once. A friend on facebook posted a picture of the adult version of these slippers on my wall about a month ago asking if I could make these. Finding the pattern was the easy part. These booties have been floating around facebook and blogs for some time now. My first obstacle was finding the right yarn that not only my customer liked, the Mom that was going to be receiving the baby booties liked, and a yarn that would work for the design. For the adult booties I ended up using Red Heart's dark orchid and Knit Picks Chroma lollipop for the baby booties.

Once the right yarn was ordered then I had to learn how to do the crocodile stitch. I've watched this video a few times before so I had a good idea how the stitch worked. The actual crocodile stitch was pretty simple. The baby bootie used fingering weight yarn on a tiny hook so it was a bit fiddly but the actual stitch was easy. The hardest part was the actual bootie. I have the hardest time making the foot portion on booties and slippers.  I must have torn out and redid the purple slippers five times before I got a handle on it. By the time I made it to the last baby bootie (bootie #4) I finally was able to make one without ripping out too many stitches.

Even after all the trouble making these I would definitely make them again. I like the look and they feel very comfy. I think the adult version would look nice with a leather or suede sole stitched on. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Needful Things Swap Package Received

I received my package from The Needful Things Swap yesterday.  We had mixed partners so we didn't receive from the same person we sent a package to. My partner was Chris and she put together a wonderful box.

Lots of goodies came out of that box. Each goodie had a little tag attached and was wrapped in either bubble wrap or tissue paper.

New yarn to make dishcloths. Love the colors.

"The chocolate is to distract everyone else from your jelly beans" and it worked! I've been nibbling on the jelly beans. I like to eat them by color/flavor especially with Jelly Belly beans. Mixed the wrong flavors together and you will not be happy.

I've never tried friendship bread or a yeast starter. This will be interesting to try. I hope I don't screw it up.

"family = bear hug"

Cute penguin buttons, a business card holder or coin pouch and a mystical mermaid.

"A free spirited, fun flying fairy" that I have decided to use as my Muse. I have named her Myrtle after my Grandmother. She will hang out with me in my sewing area (away from the cats of course)

A funky zipper pouch with lots of fun felt pieces added on.

Because "cupcakes taste better in pretty cups".

"flashy fabric for a future quilt"

"fun socks for my undercover funky side" I LOVE the bright monsters on the long socks and the circles and stars will be fun to wear without being too flashy.

I think this is supposed to be an oil/vinegar dispenser. I think it's fun that it is shaped like a light bulb. I think I will fill it with colorful beads.

This is "my very own 1st of its kind sock monster sewing supplies storing center with purple pins".

I haven't come up with a name for this fellow yet.

Another big THANKS to Chris for a wonderful swap package! I will post pics of what I sent once my partner receives her package.

Monday, March 3, 2014

In the Mail

The birthday dolls are finished and in the mail to the lucky birthday girl. I'm glad I'm not her Momma since the birthday party isn't until July. If the lucky girl spots these she will drive Momma crazy begging to play with them before the party.

My swap package went in the mail recently too. I smooshed lots of goodies into that little box. I will post the contents after my secret partner receives her package.

I'm still working on my crazy lazy cables hat. It's a bit further than this picture shows but still on the needles. I'm hoping to get this finished this month.

Last month I managed to get this old UFO quilted. It's just waiting on the binding to be cut and sewn on. These are blocks from an old swap on Flickr. I think it was the 3 X 6 sampler group but there might be some blocks from another swap I was in too.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Books and Dolls

My two favorite hobbies are reading and crafting. If I'm not doing one I am usually doing the other. Last month I came across an article about the 16 books to read before they hit theaters this year. Most of them held no interest to me but one did peek my interest...Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I started reading about vampires back when Ann Rice first started writing about them. Richelle Mead has a writing style that I enjoy. She brings you into the world at a nice pace. Not too slow so that you get bored and have to force yourself to keep reading and not so fast that you don't get the chance to figure a few things out yourself. I enjoyed reading the six books in the VA series so much that I moved onto the spin off series Bloodlines and managed to read all four books in that series. Now I have to wait until July to read the next book in the series. One of the great things about coming to a series late is that all or most of the books are out in print so there is little to no waiting for the next book.

Since I read 10 books in the last four or so weeks I really haven't gotten much else done. I have been working on an order of 7 dolls for a little girls birthday in July. These have been taking me awhile because I get easily bored and sidetracked when I am making the same things over and over.

I am using the BB dolls pattern by Vanja Grundmann but I changed the head so it looks a bit more like the Lalaloopsie dolls that the birthday girl loves. I decided to make all the dolls at once. I made all the heads, then the arms and then the dresses, etc. Not sure if this was a good way or not but I'm finally at the sewing the pieces together part. I've been working on these for a couple weeks and it's good to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Of course the last part is always the hardest for me...the faces. I have the hardest time getting everything all even and having an expression that doesn't look like they were attacked by a pack of wild dogs. Maybe I should just make zombie dolls since their faces look like they have been ripped off.  This is a fun pattern though. I like how the legs and body are made from the feet up and how the dresses fit over the neck without actually being part of the body.

Just in case you think I can't count to seven, this is my test model. She still needs a ribbon in her hair and some pink felt cheeks.