Monday, September 14, 2015

Hobbity Birdsong

Hi everyone!

I've got another shawl for you to take a peek at, for this one I used another gorgeous colorway from Vivid Fiber Arts called Birdsong.

The pattern is a new one from MADuNaier on Ravelry called Crossing the Brandywine. She has created an ebook of Hobbit inspired shawl patterns so this shawl was a win-win-win-win for me (crochet? check. awesome yarn? check. shawl pattern? check. shawl pattern inspired by one of my favorite books? check.)

Funny story: I was almost finished with this shawl when I realized that it was more shallow than I like my shawls to be. So I ripped it (otherwise known as "frogging") all out and started over to make it deeper (that's what she said). More work for me, but worth it in the end! :D

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Ballet Boutique

Hi everyone!

Toot has started a new season at her ballet school, oh my how she has grown from her first year there until now!

I keep telling her to stop growing up but she just won't listen. She also likes to say that I'll be driving her around forever because she won't be getting a license so I guess we're both dreamers. :P Anyway, her school needed some signs and I thought, "Hey, I've got glue for that!"

And yes, you could just print out something that said, Ballet Boutique but why would you do that? Why? WHY.

This sign was a quick work up using some sheet music and lots of ink. I actually didn't have any neutral color lace so I painted various pieces white and then used Distress Ink to discolor them a bit so they weren't so WHITE. lol

Monday, September 7, 2015

Discovering Atlantis

You know, there's a good reason why I don't blog with any regularity anymore. I can't think of it at the moment, but I'm sure there's a good reason why I don't blog with any regularity anymore. ;P

Anyhoo, new shawl to share! :D

I snagged some of this awesome yarn in the Atlantis colorway from Vivid Fiber Arts during one of their updates. It's probably a good thing they don't update their shop all the time as I probably would be homeless...yet have beautiful yarn. Ah, the struggle is real.

This yarn was just so dreamy to hook with...

The pattern I used was Fantastica by Katrin Klaffenböck. This was an easy pattern, definitely pick it up if you're looking for something simple and beautiful!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

She's a Dancer

Hi everyone!

I've got a canvas to share with you today. :) Toot has been all up in ballet for the past couple of years with no end in sight. I made this canvas as a sort of "end of season" gift for one of her friends who also dances:

My original idea was to get the letter that her name begins with (it starts with "S") and alter that but then I found these ballet stickers, which were too big for my "S" idea so I Mod Podged sheet music onto the "S" and then affixed that onto a canvas also collaged with sheet music.

The rest was stenciling and toilet paper roll stamping. lol It was a lot of fun to make!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Rainy Day Shawl

Shawls, shawls, shawls! I can't get enough of them this year! lol So I decided to try some yarn from Wolle's which specializes in "color changing" cotton yarn. This experience was new for me in that the color changes happened, not by one strand of color transitioning into the next color, but with the next color strand tying into the other strands and gradually replaces the first color strands until the color changed and then the next color was introduced.

Wolle's Color Changing Cotton

Clear as mud? Well, that's not the yarn's fault, I've had some wine while typing this post. Speaking of which, try typing "transitioning" after having a glass. I'm just saying...


I made this shawl, POW!

This shawl marked the first time I incorporated beads and while I love the finished look, I did NOT like putting all those beads on. I'm a lazy hooker I guess. It was also the first time I used this color scheme for a shawl. This was definitely not my usual pick of COLOR OMG COLOR ON IT ALL MORE!!!!!!!!!! lol But, in the end, I think it turned out nice. :D

I told my kids these mats were for them but I seriously just bought them so I could block shawls. I bear no guilt.

"You won't post this online, right?" No mom, give me a little credit, geez!

The pattern I used was True Love by Michele DuNaier, one of my current crochet idols. I swear, if you're looking for an easy pattern that looks complicated, you need look no further than her patterns. She is awesome!
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