Archive for March, 2013

One Project Done For The Fair — Maybe

March 2, 2013

Even though I was going crazy last month trying to come up with, make, and blog about my craft-a-day project, I worked on some bigger projects as well. Every evening as I listened to my audio tapes, I would knit or crochet a mindless project.

I was knitting on a new sweater, but got side-tracked when I started looking for yarn for a baby gift for the shower. In fact, my baby yarn/sport yarn was in such a jumbled mess, I wasn’t sure what I had. So one day, I decided I would organize it. It’s usually stored in the garage. But there’s not much room out there to sort through it, so I brought it in and spread it all out on the bed. Not a good idea. Why, you ask? Because Hubby saw it. Need I say more?

Anyway, I sorted it all out by weight and color. It surprised me to discover that I really didn’t have that much of the “same” kind of yarn. Certainly not enough for anything as big as an afghan — unless I put a lot of different colors together. Another thing was the color factor. Mothers-to-be now-a-days want colors that aren’t what we consider “typical” baby colors.  So I had to buy the yarn to make the baby shower gifts.

But as I was going through all of this yarn, I came across the peach yarn that never seems to get used up. I don’t know how many afghans and booties I’ve made from this yarn, but it’s been several. My friend gave this yarn to me way back when we lived in Belton. It had belonged to her MIL and she was cleaning out her yarn and didn’t want it anymore. I was happy to get it, but I can’t seem to get rid of it!

So the sweater got put on hold and I started another baby afghan from this yarn. If it turns out pretty nice, I’ll save it for the Fair, I thought. I just finished it last night.

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I still need to wash it and block it a little, but it turned out pretty, I think. Believe it or not, there’s still enough of this yarn to make another one.

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National Craft Month — March

March 1, 2013

Happy March 1st — National Craft Month.

Yes, this would have been the perfect month to do my craft-a-day project. Now I’m at a loss as to what to do this month. Not that I don’t have a million crafts that I’d like to do, but I’m not sure what special craft I could do to honor this “National Craft Month”.

One idea I have is to try a new craft that I’ve had on the back burner for a while. A few of these new crafts on my mind are needle tatting, net darning and hardanger embroidery, fabric painting, stamping (for making cards, etc.) and making rugs from strips of fabric with a needle called a Rugbee Rugneedle developed by Joyce Tyson from Bella Vista, Ark.

During my visits to the craft shows in Ark., I met Joyce and learned about her craft. It looked like something I would enjoy learning to do. It combines folding and crocheting fabric strips together to make anything from rug mugs to seat cushions to large rugs for the floor. It looks like a good way to use up a lot of left-over fabric. I bought one of her Rugneedles, instructions, and a few balls of warp thread.

In addition to the Rugneedle, I have the supplies to do any of the above crafts as well. Now it’s just a matter of taking the time to read the directions and giving them a try.

But the first thing I need to do in honor of this month is to clean my sewing room. I took a pic of it this morning to show what I mess I can make when I craft. I wasn’t sure I wanted to show everybody this mess, but I thought, “What the heck! I’m betting I’m not the only one who makes a mess when she crafts.”  So, here’s my sewing room after a month of crafting. . . . .

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Oh, I am so embarrassed!