Tuesday, November 29, 2005

HD blog

I made a project that I didn't share here on the blog since it was a gift. It was a frog bib! Who would appreciate that kind of design for there baby??? We were babysitting (or frogsitting) two frogs for friends of mine and they just had a baby. An adorable baby girl Áslaug Edda. Here's the bib:

I also made these Lopi mittens awhile ago and I believe I mentioned them here. They are the once I only had 10 cm (4") left of the yarn when I finished. Here they are:

I've been working on my Just Nan band sampler from Hanging by a Thread. Their photo is terrible but here is the first band:

Finally, I started a new project - can you guess what it is?

Friday, November 25, 2005

Rooster ???

I made a cross stitch kit with a rooster! I never thought I would do that because I don't like rooster designs. Some people are crazy about them!

I did however enjoy the process, it was fun to stitch, but I have no clue what to do with it! The reason I did it in the first place was because when I moved I had packed my craft stuff except for a small project. I got a late birthday present from one of the women in my birthday gift exchange and I was desperate enough to do it!

Monday, November 14, 2005

A new trix

I just learned a new trix in x-stitching. Sometimes one cross starts in the same hole where the previous one ended. This happens e.g. when you stitch upwards (instead of downwards) and the rows are aligned. What you can do is to loop the thread around another thread at the back of the piece and then you can go back through the same hole again!

Why didn't anyone tell me about this? It's so simple. And if there is something I've learned in Engineering it is that beauty is in the simplicity ;) Fegurðin er í einfaldleikanum.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Too busy for crafts? Nah, not me.

I'm hacking away at my dissertation. This weekend I'm sending a revised copy to my instructor. Then I'm taking a little break and will be unpacking (at last) and stealing some time for stitching and knitting.

I'm focusing on smaller projects right now. I'm doing a smal design I got for my birthday and it is almost done, perhaps hour, hour and a half left. But in the meantime I knit up a pair of mittens, about time! I finally found a pattern for Lopi mittens and it had the most clever thum formation. You knit the stitches meant for the thum on an extra yarn (best to use a different color), then you put the stitches back on the left needle and knit them as they nothing happened. Then, when you're done knitting to the top you take out that extra yarn and pick up the stitches! It's brilliant.

You know what else is brilliant? I knit the mittens with the leftover yarn from my red sweater (yes I save leftover yarn :o ... ). It was very exciting to knit with it because I wasn't sure I had enough. Turned out there was just 10 cm (4") left of the yarn when I finished the second mitten, just enough to weave in!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Out of order

I've been away for awhile. Away from the internet that is. I moved and it's taking some time to get the internet hooked up again.