Sunday, February 28, 2010

sweater (also titled: ugh!)

So I'm crocheting a baby sweater for a friend. Because she's paying for it, I wanted to make my own pattern (didn't want to worry about a copyright, ya know). Let's just say I'm not very good at anything that requires measuring, keeping track, paying attention.

I've made several attempts. I've pulled out and restarted. I crocheted an entire sweater that ended up being much too small and another where the shoulders were just wrong. I've gone and bought more yarn. Now I think I'm finally onto one that is going to work. All that is left is to finish up the body, add length to the sleeves & finish the edges.

And then attempt to figure out booties.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

nothing, really

I'm on my way out the door to get yarn and dog food. I'm super tired today. And sad. But we made it to the gym this morning, even though we were only there for half an hour. Here's a picture of my girls from our hike with my sister & her kids a couple of weeks ago.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monday, February 08, 2010

Buster II

cat parts

For my nephew's birthday, Buster II - in memory of Nephew's first cat (who is actually still living as far as we know, Buster just didn't want to move when my sister did and the family who bought their house was happy to let him stay and continue catching mice in the very large field/backyard).

Thursday, February 04, 2010

making hair pretties

hair pretties like these are super easy to make, just watch!

you'll need felt in 4 colors (the stuff I used is made from recycled plastic!), bobby pins, seed beads, needle, thread, paper, pencil, pins, scissors & hot glue gun (I would not use the low temp one for this).

on paper draw three graduated flowers, cut them out and pin them each on a different color of felt.

cut them out.

cut out a circle from the fourth color of felt large enough to be the center of the smallest flower. cut a second, smaller circle from the same felt as the largest flower. stack flowers and circles as pictured and tie together using thread, placing a seed bead in the center. tie in back with double knot.

out of the same felt used in the bottom flower, cut out oval or square large enough to cover back, but not big enough to be seen from the front. slide bobby pin over.

glue on the straight side of the pin (not the bumpy side).

press oval onto back of flower, but please be careful! I have a blister on my thumb from the glue.

my kind husband posed for this picture because the girls are at school.

now make more!