Archive for July, 2011

Crossed the Finish Line (Whew!)

July 24, 2011

All of the crafts I had planned to enter into the Fair are done! Yesterday was the day to turn everything in which is exactly what I did on my way to work. Now the only things left to enter are my projects for the Special Events that I’ll be in that will be taking place during the fair — the baking and the tote bag contests.

Here’s the shirts that I decorated. This first one was turning out great until my paint decided to spew out of the bottle for no apparent reason. When I tried to repair it, some of the fresh paint run a little and I couldn’t get it out.

Well, that wouldn’t do for being judged, so I did another one.

Gee, I think this one turned out cuter anyway!

Next was the sequined one,

He turned out pretty good.

The last one was an iron-on with painted highlights.

Why would I need a pattern for painting clouds when I’ve been drawing clouds since grade school. But apparently, I decided to make my clouds look like flowers. Don’t know where that came from. Maybe that’s what they call “going outside the box”?

Anyway, that’s the shirts that I decorated for the Fair. (I wonder what the judge will be thinking when she sees my flower/clouds?)

Out to the shop out back to finish painting my last two projects. A Christmas ornament

and the side view.

And last, but not least, the flower-pot suitable for planting a plant in it.

There’s a family of birds painted on the side even though Papa bird is nearly out of view. I glued some “nesting material” at the bottom of the “hole” to add to the illusion of a bird house.

And that’s it! They’re all at the Fair now awaiting to be judged during this week. By the time the Fair opens on Fri., everything will or will not have the ribbons displayed for all to see. I can hardly wait to go! Have I mentioned before that I LOVE fair time?

Nearing The Finish Line

July 22, 2011

The crocheted top that gave me a pain to finish is finished! It didn’t turn out too bad in spite of the trouble it caused me. I kind of like it.

Look at how the side seams turned out. Is that even or what? (I’m so proud)

A few hours Wed. afternoon, and I had this little fellow sewed together.

It’s supposed to be a bunny but I think he looks more like a dog. In any case, he’s pretty funky-looking. I made him right after I made this baby afghan.

This was in ’07! It was a little while after I got the afghan made that I started the little bunny, but not too long after because I wanted to use the same yarn that I used in the afghan. It’s amazing how something can be stashed away while Time just marches along and before you know it, it’s been years! Well, I’m certainly glad that there’s another UFO out of my way.

I have a day left to finish five more projects. It’s going to be a busy day! Better get to it!!

The Race Is On — Part 3

July 16, 2011

This afghan was a CAL that I worked on last Fall. Once a week we would get a new “clue” (pattern for the next square). We finished getting all the clues and getting them crocheted just about the time that I had to paint the new bedroom and then Christmas was just around the corner at the same time. So the afghan got pushed to the back burner and I didn’t get it sewed together and finished with the crocheted edging. So I got it out to finish as one of my projects for the Fair, and now it’s done!

The last three days I’ve been trying to finish up this ripple top that I started a few months ago. It’s just a shell and it’s crocheted, so I thought, “No problem, it’ll be done {for the Fair} in no time!” HA!! I had “issues” with it! As much trouble as I’ve had with it, I’m wondering if I’m losing my ever-loving mind. I’m beginning to think that I’ve forgotten everything I ever knew about crochet.

The “simple” problem was when I had to decrease one stitch every other row to make a V for the neckline. But when the pattern for the ripple is increasing five stitches and then decreases five stitches, to decrease one stitch within that pattern threw everything off. I know it sounds simple, but all logic was thrown out the window. For some odd reason, it just wouldn’t come out so my stitch count was right for each row.

Well, needless to say, I’m a little sadist when it comes to a challenge like this. Instead of ripping the whole thing apart, or putting it where the sun will never shine on it again, I kept at it. For three days! It really frustrated me that I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working. So I finally gave up on finding the reason and just “did my own thing”. It’s a little wonky, but it’s pass-able. Now I just need to sew it together and finish the armholes and neck with a single crochet border. It’s going to be pretty, I think, BUT I’ll never make another one like this!

There’s one week left to finish six more projects after this shell top. They’re all quickies, (didn’t I think that about the top?), so I should be able to get them all done. Thank goodness I have another three-day “weekend” from work.

The Race Is On — Part 2

July 13, 2011

This is a sweater that I started last year right after the Fair.

I altered it a little because I don’t like turtlenecks, so I didn’t make the long neck to turn down. It’s finished and ready to go into the Fair for this year.

You see, this is what I wish I could have the self-control to do every year — start my projects early enough that I don’t have to hurry at the last minute to get my projects done! Well, maybe I’m improving on this idea a little — at least I had ONE project done early!

Here’s the pic of the summer wrap that I finished a few days ago.

The next entry will be showing the afghans that I’ve been sewing together. There was an unexpected issue come up at work this last week which resulted in my having to work in the office a few days. That meant that I had to go back to my early hours of getting up at 3 am. Needless to say, doing that has thrown my whole schedule off and I haven’t been getting as much done this week as I had planned. So I just need to race a little faster, right?

The Race Is On!

July 8, 2011

Even though I’ve known all along that the Fair is coming, I just realized a week ago that I need to take my projects that I’m entering into the Fair down to the fairgrounds to turn them in on July 23rd. That’s only two weeks from Sat!

So needless to say, I’ve put myself into high gear to get these projects finished. BECAUSE, over half of the projects I listed on the entry form aren’t finished yet. In fact, some of them haven’t even been started!! But this should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me or has read my blog for any time at all. I’m a procrastinator. Every year I say I’m going to be ready and every year I go through this same scenario. What can I say? I’ll always be this way, I guess.

But I digress. The race is on now for me to get as many of these projects finished as I can before the deadline. I dig out my UFO’s and try to finish as many as I can to enter into the Fair. So this is what I’ve been doing the last couple of weeks.

One of these UFO’s is the oldest project I’ve been trying to finish for the Fair in many years. It’s a knitted log cabin afghan. I got the knitting done a loooong time ago. It’s made in blocks which total 20 for the entire afghan. That doesn’t sound like a time-consuming project, does it? Wellllll, each block, because of the color changes and the way the block was knit, had about 20+ ends to weave in. That’s well over 400 ends! I. Hate. Weaving. In. Ends. But after many years of forcing myself to work on them from time to time, I finally got them done.

I sat down and had the afghan sewed together in no time. Then I had to knit an edging on it — no problem. Finally, the afghan needed a good blocking. And it’s done!!!!!

I don’t even care if it gets a ribbon or not. It’s finished and that’s a winner to me.

Here’s a pic of the baby afghan I started knitting last Spring. It just needed a little knitting and finishing to be done.

Isn’t it gorgeous! Here’s a close-up,

There’s a section in the Fair for items to be made and judged on, then donated to CMN (Children’s Miracle Network). I like to make an afghan every year for this special contest. Here’s my entry for this year.

and a close-up,

Last Fall, I started a CAL (Crochet Along) with Lion Brand yarn at their blog, Lion Brand Notebook. It was a mystery afghan, which intrigued me. I got all the squares made, but didn’t get it sewed up and finished because we were having our construction at that time and then Christmas and well, I just didn’t have time to finish it. So I dug it out of the UFO pile and am working on getting it sewed together now. Hopefully in another day or two, I’ll have a picture to show.

More to come! Soon, I hope!