Friday, February 10, 2006

Dragon Baby Sweater and Monkey, Oh My...

I decided to post some of my finshed projects to share. I will be adding more next week. For now, meet Ernie the Monkey. I made him for my friend Josh for Chrismahanukwanzakah. This little guy was made from a pattern by RoxyCraft who posts frequently on Crochetville, my favorite forum for hookers. Her patterns are super-cute and fast - I highly recommend them! I gave him long arms and legs that are not stuffed and completely bendable/flexible. He also has a tail that curls. Ernie is small enough to sit on a monitor or in a cupholder. His face was my 2nd attempt at embroidery, so it's a little sloppy... I'd like to think that it gives him character! I love his little nose.

Awhile back for an expecting coworker, I made a dragon baby sweater! The orginal pattern was from the amazing Marnie MacLean... but it was in knit and crochet. Basically, I took her adorable add-ons (spots, ears, and a spine) and added them to a crochet hoodie from this book. I sized it for a 3 month old. As is frequently prone to happen with babies, the little baby boy grew very quickly and is, at 3 months, wearing 6 mos. clothing. So, his big sister is currently using the hoodie to keep her baby doll warm. Cute, huh?
I'm thinking of making other variations. Maybe a dalmation and an orange cat. I think that babies dressed in animals is sooo cavity-inducingly sweet. Of course, it's really the only time you can get them to wear things like this without them being able to argue with you!
Ah, well.
I also want to make a small dragon toy - similar to the monkey. It's on my list! Other animals on my list are a turtle for Teresa and finishing the Bunny for Mitzie (it's basically done). These animals take about 5-6 hours to do (including embroidering the face).

Here is a close up of the detail:

Thursday, February 09, 2006

My First Blog :)

Hello and welcome to my first blog! I wanted to share some projects that I have finished. Of course, I also wanted to track my WIPs (works in process) so that I don't let them sit sadly with my yarn stash, waiting desperately for me to finish them!

I have project ADD right now. I have so many things that I want to do that I really need to get myself organized so that I can actually do them all!

What am I working on?

Right now, I'm working on this lovely wrap from "Wrap Style" by Interweave Press:

I started it during a stitchin' superbowl viewing hosted by Teresa. Initially, I was making it for my mom, but I found another project that will suit her better. Now, I am making it for my aunt who used to crochet and inspired me to start. She can no longer crochet, so I thought this would be a nice gift. She loves victorian-style things and I thought this would be suiting. I am using TLC Baby Yarn in Powder Lilac.

I should have it done by the end of the day. As soon as I can post pictures, I will. I highly recommend this project to other crocheters. It's very intricate, but the pattern is much more simple than other lace patterns I have followed.

The next project that I am working on, for my mom's birthday is the Pike Place Market Bag from Crochet Me. I have never felted before, but I have been wanting to try!

Here's a pick of that bag:

I'm slightly concerned about trying to get it right with my communal/coin op washer. But, if other people can do it, I can, too!

In March, I will be starting this skirt for my sister, Betsy. I have no idea how long it will take, but it's beautiful and right up her alley.

She lives in Seattle and is either a crocheter who knits or a knitter who crochets. She a sweetheart and a total nurturer (must be genetic) and rarely makes something for herself. I thought that this exquisite number would be a perfect gift.

I just hope that it works out! The pattern looks simple enough, though rather repetitive. I just hope that I can focus on it long enough to finish it for her :)

Anyway, thanks for reading! And now on to the hookin' (muwahahahahahah)