Archive for June, 2012

Baby Hat

June 27, 2012

Here’s a pic of the little baby hat I whipped up the other day.

I let one of my little raggedy dolls model it for me. It was so quick to make and turned out sooo cute! What do you think? So should I make more in different colors for the sale in Oct.? Do you think I could sell them? Even if I don’t, I could donate them to the local hospital for newborns. Maybe? In either case, it’s a good way to use up left-over stash!

UFO Inventory

June 24, 2012

My mission the last couple of years have been to finish all my UFO (unfinished objects). Since my goal to finish 10 UFO’s on my 10-days-off vacation fizzled out the last couple of days, I decided to pull out all my UFO’s, go through them, and actually find out what I have left.

Well, I’m surprised! Pleasantly surprised! There aren’t as many left as I thought there would be! In fact, not counting my WIP (work in progress) on the poncho I’ve been knitting and the UFO sweater that has become a WIP again, I only have three knitting projects to finish! One is the camo sweater I started this year, (it just needs to be blocked and sewed up), and one is a sweater that I started last(?) year that just needs to be sewed together as well.

The third project is one that I’d started many years ago. It’s a jacket with a patchwork front and the back and sleeves are knitted.

Well, the reason it isn’t done yet is because of the patchwork front. Never done that before — and you know me when I’ve not done something before — yep, procrastination city! This project may be a UFO for a looooong time still!

There’s only two crocheted projects to finish and one is a multi-project. That is, I’m making a bunch of crocheted angel ornaments to sell in a craft show. This has been an ongoing project for several years. My goal was to do at least ten or twelve of them.

The other crochet project is some granny square bags that have all the crocheting done and are sewed together, but just need a lining in them. This would be a good project to finish for my sale as well.

There’s two plastic canvas projects — the Halloween house that I started last year and another ongoing project that I started ten(?) years ago! They’re little coin purse necklaces shaped like animal heads. It’s another multi-project with ten or twelve in the bunch when finished.

Two cross-stitch projects — both of which are multi-projects as well. (I wouldn’t have to start any new projects for my sale if I’d just get busy and finish some of these multi-projects!)

The sewing projects have the most UFO’s on the list. But, still, not as many as I was expecting. There’s a blouse that was cut out a few years ago, (I know!) and I’ve taken it to the machine to sew on a little every day. I just have the sleeves to put in and the finishing and it will be done. One thing about sewing — it goes a lot faster than some of these other kinds of handwork.

I haven’t counted the projects that are out in my little shop out back. But just from memory, I don’t think there’s that many. Some of them are multiples for the craft show as well.

So compared to what I had before I began writing my blog in ’07, the list is looking better. I’m beginning to see the bottom of my UFO box. Of course this isn’t counting the new projects I’ve started since then; but I’ve been a good girl for the most part and most of them have been finished.

Now the wanna-be projects that are in bags scattered all over the house is a horse of a different color! Oh, I don’t even want to go there!

My Bad!

June 20, 2012

No more UFO’s got finished yesterday. I think I’m fizzling out. It’s exciting to me to finish a project that’s been on the back burner for a long time — especially if it’s been a looooong time. But even that excitement can get old after a while.

There’s a couple of projects that I’ve been knitting on for several weeks now. One of them is a UFO sweater that was started at least a year ago. So it’s not that I haven’t been working on UFO’s, it’s just that I haven’t finished any more UFO’s. Does that count?

The other project is a new one that I’ve been knitting on a little every day. It’s a capelet that’s being planned to be a Christmas present. It’s pretty mindless knitting, so I’ve usually been knitting on it in the evenings when my brain isn’t thinking any more for the day.

Some days I just want to knit something small and quick just to get that feeling of accomplishment. A couple of weeks ago, I whipped up this little owl from a free pattern I got from the Lion Brand site.

Isn’t he cute! I’d like to make a few more with different colors to put in the craft show I’ll be in this Fall.

It’s a nice and rewarding feeling to knit and finish something new for a change. I’ve looked at some of these UFO projects tooooooo long!

Unfortunately the owl wasn’t enough “fix” for me, so I started another quick project yesterday instead of working on finishing an old one. This project is a little baby’s hat pictured in a Creative Knitting magazine from Jan. 2005. This is the same magazine that had the pattern for one of the purses that I recently finished.

Hopefully this project won’t take long and I’ll be able to get back on track with the UFO’s.

Two More Done

June 19, 2012

Yesterday was a productive day. Well, it seems like it was productive when I say I finished TWO more projects that was in the UFO box. Because these two purses were all finished except the sewing up part, which didn’t take long at all. In fact, I didn’t even start sewing them together until last night after a day of chores, knitting, watching bunny play in the yard while visiting with Hubby, and watching DS9 on Netflix.

Both of these little bags are knitted. The first one is knitted with Homespun yarn and fun fur. It’s just a simple bag with bamboo handles.

I didn’t bother to line it because it’s knitted in garter stitch and is pretty tight.

The other one is knitted as well with a novelty yarn called Ping Pong from Bernat.

The color work makes it look like little ping-pong balls knitted into the fabric. It has a glitter to it as well, which would make the bag nice to be use as an evening accessory.

This is day 7 of my 10 days off. If I can finish two more UFO’s today, then I’ll be caught up with three days to go. Well, back to the sewing room!

Busy Weekend

June 18, 2012

As you all know Sunday was Father’s Day. But what you probably don’t know is that Sat. was Hubby’s birthday. Sometimes his birthday has been on Father’s Day, which is kind of neat.

Since I didn’t have to work Sat. (because I’m on vacation!), I could spend the whole day with him and do whatever he wanted. He has a couple of favorite places to shop so that’s where we went first.

Surplus City used to be called the Army Surplus Store. His family lived a few blocks from there when he was a boy. He has memories of walking to the Army Surplus Store and on his way, he would find pop bottles to redeem for a few pennies. By the time he got there, he had enough money to buy some BBs for his BB gun.

One day on the way to the Army Surplus Store, he found a five-dollar bill on the ground. So when he got to the store, he bought himself a new reel for his fishing pole.

So I think just making a trip to the Army Surplus Store brings back a lot of pleasant memories for him. Besides sometimes we can find some pretty neat items that we don’t see at a “regular” store.

The next stop we made was Harbor Freight. It’s like a candy store to a kid! Not only do they have lots of “candy” for the handyman, but they usually have some pretty good sales as well. Hubby has never had a brand new circular saw and they had one on sale. So we walked out with a brand new saw for Hubby’s birthday.

We were both getting hungry by then, so we stopped at Whole Hog and had bbq pork with all the trimmings for lunch. Hmmmmm, the pork was so tender it just about melted in our mouth. We stopped at the store on the way home and picked up a Father’s Day card for his dad.

The next day we went to his Dad’s to visit with him and to give him his Father’s Day card. I made a chocolate chip cookie cake to take as well. His sister was there cooking lunch as she does every weekend. She’s such a good daughter to take care of her Dad so well.

We had a nice visit and stayed a little longer than we usually do. It was so hot we decided to stop on the way home and get a Frosty from Wendy’s.

The crafting was a little slow this weekend because of all the extra activity we had. However, I did finish another UFO.

Have you ever made something that you’ve just not been happy with after it’s finished? This has happened to me a few times over the many years that I’ve been crafting. Usually it happens because I’ve done a little ad libbing with a project.

This is a little knitted bag that has cables on the front and back. It’s knitted from cotton yarn which came from my stash. However, I ran out of the blue yarn I was using before I got to the handles. So the dilemma began. Shall I rip it out? Shall I try to get more yarn this color? Shall I use a different color of yarn for the handles, and if I do, what can I do to make the handles “match” the bag.

This is the result of my ad libbing. How do you like the rose? Well, I’m not too happy with it but the bag is done and I’m sticking to it!

See the pretty cables down the front? They’re on the back as well.

The busy weekend put me behind in my finish-a-project-a-day goal. I think I can still catch up however, because there are several projects just needing a little work on them to be done. So, back at it . . . . .