Call Me “Slacker”

My parents are moving… far away and out-of-state.

And because of this, a few things are going on in my crafting world:

First of all, they’re cleaning out their house, which means finding lots of old treasures from my childhood and returning them to me so I can figure out what to do with them (clean them up and sell them or store them). Unfortunately, these “treasures” are taking over the room I use for crafting, so I haven’t been able to work effectively in there (which is why I’ve been slacking on blogging). Secondly, I have need to learn the basics of yarn crafts so I can understand it before mom (a.k.a. The Master Knitter) leaves. This is what prompted my interest in crocheting.

I managed to finish the bulk of the cowl (the double crochet bulk, that is) during the East Coast trip my husband and I took shortly before Hurricane Sandy hit there. The hard part was decreasing back down to single crochet stitches, as my tensions was horribly tight, making it difficult to start a new round. I was able to spend a lunchtime with a co-worker who lent me the use of her K hook to get started. That helped out a LOT to get the first round of single crochet stitches completed. I finished the rest of the round with the J hook and stalled on finishing the project because I was unsure of how to tie off the ends of the yarn.

A couple weeks went by and recently, after cleaning up my craft room and remembering that I have that project to finish. Mildly beating myself up for being silly with the procrastination, I sat down and watched a couple of my DVR’d shows and wove in the ends of the yarn. Weeee! Done! It fits, it feels nice, and I can wear it around work when I’m freezing in my office without having the ends of a giant scarf trailing all over the place!

Completed Breda's Cowl

Completed Breda’s Cowl

The colors I choose do bear a striking resemblance to that of Seattle’s FC Soccer and NFL teams, butttttttt… it was completely unintentional!

Now, I need to learn to knit, and I’ll at least have those under my belt for future use.

Oh, and thirdly, since mom is moving, I need to finish the Unicorn quilt that we are working on together so I don’t have to mail her blocks when they move away. Sewing is going to have to take a backseat until I can finish my last 10 blocks.

And yes, I will make a post shortly about the treasures of fabric I found in NYC!

 

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Defeated by Crochet, Redeemed by Quilting

I haven’t been crafting as much as I would have liked, but I started something and I finished something this past week. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the same project, so…

Over the weekend, one of my girl friends came over and we watched some Audrey Hepburn and she taught me to crochet. I tried to figure some of it out on my own, but my tension was all wrong and I had no clue what I was doing. Even though I had to restart my project a couple times (and a couple more after she left), I think I have somewhat of a clue. It’s still not perfect, and despite yarn craft being “in my blood” (according to my mom), I think this is going to take a while to master.

Eventually, I’m trying to make this:

Breda's Cowl

Breda’s Cowl

I picked up some yarn from a local yarn shop–not the same kind used in the pattern, but it’s alpaca and silk and feels super nice.

Despite my defeat by crochet, I completed my niece’s quilt this weekend. My mom did a beautiful job with the quilting, and all I had to do to finish was the binding. The binding didn’t want to go on easily, since I managed to maim myself a couple times with the pins. But I finally figured out how to join the ends of the binding to make it look like one fluid piece!

Quilting by mom

Quilting by mom

It went into the mail this evening, so she’ll probably get it in a couple weeks!

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National Sewing Month

September marks “National Sewing Month” in the United States. As motivation to make some progress on my various projects, I’ve decided I need to do something crafty every day of this month, even if it’s as small as washing fabric for an upcoming project, or ripping out some seams. Hopefully, it will motivate me to return to multi-tasking while catching up on my DVR’d shows (such as the new season of Doctor Who). And, I’ll be making more blog posts. As much as I don’t like making posts without pictures, I probably will make a few update-like posts, similar to this one.

Today I:

  • Sewed the seams on the skirt of the Yellow Dress (next, sewing the skirt to the bodice, inserting zipper, hemming).
  • Received India’s quilted quilt from mom (next, binding and labeling).
  • Worked on the Fortunate Traveler cross-stitch.
  • Picked up a few patterns (including this gem) at Hancock Fabrics and some notions for the slacks my husband wants me to make him.
  • Thought about practicing crocheting again, then decided not to.

Now, off to work on the Yellow Dress and finish Downton Abbey Season 2!

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My New Cube Buddy

This little guy is going to be my new cube buddy at work, next to the owl a friend made me.

Amigurumi dragon

Amigurumi dragon

I found the pattern for this little guy on Pinterest, but here’s the direct link to the pattern. Whenever I find awesome crochet or knitted items, I usually send them to my mom. I think she takes it as a way of me subtly asking her to make the item for me, since I don’t know how to crochet or knit :) So when I sent her the pattern for this amigurumi dragon, she spend a weekend making it with a bunch of leftover materials she had laying around.

I might have to finally learn crochet so I can make an army of amigurumi dragons!

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