Posts Tagged ‘finished object’

So this is a rare treat. I get to blog several times in one day. My digital camera is still in storage 3 hours away, so these photos will not be stellar, but at least I can show that I haven’t been sitting on my ass the whole time I’ve been out of work 🙂

This first is a baby bib I made for Michelle Sargent’s baby shower. I made everything in cream, chocolate brown & pink and called it my “Chocolate Strawbaby Gift Set”. I didn’t get a pic of the blanket before I sent it to its new home, but I did get photographic evidence of the bibs 🙂

This is the same bib in chocolate brown. The picture makes it appear much darker than it truly is. The thing I love about these bibs (aside from them looking like adorable purses) is that they are so modern that they could be heirlooms, passed down from generation to generation until they fall apart from overuse. For that reason, I made these in durable but soft yarn and doubled it up so they would be thick. I am really digging this assymetry too!

This dragon is from Dragon Dreams as well. She designed it for the tsunami that swept the pacific ocean, but her continent silhouette didn’t include New Zealand, so I reworked mine to include it. It’s barely visible over the dragon’s hand, but it’s there 🙂 I would have preferred this little guy in green, but then the earth wouldn’t have been in such contrast to the body, so I’m pretty ok with how this turned out.

This one is a cute little dragon in a tea cup from Dragon Dreams. The text says “A Spot of Tea.” I think if I do this design again, I’ll change the color scheme a bit.

This last little project is a garden square from Joannesanderson.com. I liked this little guy a whole lot & it’s going to be a present for Brandon’s mom. I’ve lost touch with her over the past couple of months and I need to rectify that. I didn’t get to give her a b-day present this year because of the breakup, but I’m going to mat & frame this little bugger & give that to her 🙂 This woman has the greenest thumb I have ever been witness to in my life!

My next couple of projects are going to be adult-themed cross stitches. I love it when these shocking phrases are so lovingly cross stitched. It’s especially awesome when they have cutesy little borders and such. So keep the little ones away from the computer & keep an eye out for my next projects 🙂 They’ll be originals.

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Well hi there. Another pretty long period without blogging. I don’t even really have an excuse for it. I’m still out of work, still applying for jobs, only issue is there are not many places that are hiring right now. Dish Network has decided not to override their 6 month return policy and indeed has upped it to 12 months. So now, I can’t reapply until I have been gone for a year. I was devastated when I got that email, but I’m starting to spring back. I just don’t know what I’m going to do now. You wouldn’t ever think it would be so difficult for someone with a college education to be able to find a job, but it is.
The only two positive things that have come out of this are that I have been able to spend a lot more quality time with my nieces, and I have been able to craft more. But I can only craft with what is in my stash since I can’t buy anything new. My newest little obsession is those origami puffy stars. I can use old magazine, junk mail, cards, colored printer paper, anything! Yesterday I made 183 of them. I know it sounds like it’s a lot, but each one only takes about 30 seconds, if that.
I also was able to make some presents for my friend Michelle, who is expecting any week now. I made her a chocolate strawbaby blanket (it was pink, chocolate brown and cream) with two matching bibs in chocolate & pink. The pattern I used was the Modern Baby Bib and they turned out soooo cute!! They almost look like little purses.
My aunt & I have started a catering business called The Aunts Catering and we have had a couple of jobs so far. It’s not a steady source of income yet, so I definitely am still searching for another job. This week I’m planning on applying to Verizon and the Roanoke County & City school systems. Hopefully one of those will work out, but I’m not so sure. I’m kind of losing faith at this point, but I’m trying to just hold my head up. I can’t begin to tell you how embarrassing it is to have to tell people that I am unemployed. I know I am not alone in this economy but it feels like it.
Well, that is enough pity party for now. I’ll update my projects list & post some pics I took with my camera phone. My digital camera is still in storage 3 hours away, so the pics are going to suck. Sorry about that. But at least you can see how cute these bibs are!! 🙂

This chocolate brown baby bib has a strawberry button closure & an assymetric cabled neck.

This pretty little pink bib has the same cabled assymetric neck & a pastel pink button closure. Both are knit.

Blessed Be )O( Heather

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a very long time. I know. I’m awful. But in my defense, life has been turned upside down & my darling boyfriend is trying to finish the first draft of his novel (160,000 words at the moment!!) and is monopolizing the computer.
So…. here goes a quick summation of life since my last post. Thanksgiving & Christmas celebrations for Brandon’s side of the family were at our house this year. I cooked my first Thanksgiving dinner all by myself. And the turkey turned out amazingly well!! (Though I did slice a large chunk off the side of my index finger off when trying to break down the leftover bird, ouch…) We also had homemade: stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, gravy, rolls, & whipped vanilla cream. I took a lot of pride in making everything from scratch. Next year, I won’t have anything to prove, so I may just buy the rolls 🙂 We put up the Christmas tree on Thankgiving night, as always. Christmas on Bran’s side of the family was uneventful. The tree is still up (for shame), but I did manage to get all the decorations off on New Year’s day like a good girl. Just never got around to taking down the tree.
On Christmas eve, my “niece” (my aunt’s foster daughter that they are currently trying to adopt) was admitted to the hospital with severe bleeding problems, kidney & liver failure. They did not expect her to make it, but like the little 3 year old tropper that she is, she has finally regained consciousness. She is still in the pediatric intensive care unit at UVA, and has more severe brain damage than she had before (she was born to a mother addicted to drugs & has suffered from severe dibilitating seizures her entire life), but my aunt & uncle are ecstatic that she has regained as much of her old self as she has. She will never be able to talk; they don’t think she’ll be able to walk, but she is here 🙂
Then in January, my grandfather passed away very, very suddenly. He died of a heart attack in his driveway while my grandmother was in Shawville taking care of her other granddaughter (my 2 year old cousin Charlotte). She beat herself up for not being there with him for quite a while, but now seems to be doing as well as possible, all things considered.
Latest issue has been my mom. She’s now doing a little better physically & mentally than she has been, but while she was in the hospital this last time, her credit card was stolen & long story short, she now owes the bank $5,000 in fraudulent charges. My family cannot afford a lawyer to fight this, so we have to eat the debt. And my bank has confiscated my paycheck to pay for my mother’s debt. If my phone number hadn’t been listed on my account, I never even would have been notified. They left a message on my cell phone for my mother, thinking it was her number, and then cleaned the account. Needless to say, I am up a creek. This is where my paychecks are automatically deposited, my bills are paid automatically from this act & it is the only money I have to buy food, gas, toiletries & all other necessities for getting through life. Thank goodness for Brandon. If not for him, I would be out on the street. I have had this bank account for 24 years (it was started for me by my family when my mother & father found out they were pregnant) & am going to be forced to close the account so as not to have my paychecks stolen to pay someone else’s debt (since I should not need to assume her debt unless something happens to both her & my father).
But I have been doing a little something crafty to help calm my nerves. Mostly, I’ve been eating 🙂 But I did make this little guy tonight. I call him Gus. He’s for a woman at work who asked me to make her a turtle. I think he’s a charming little fellow 🙂

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Come one, come all!! To the greatest show in town. No, really it’s just some photos of recent objects. As I mentioned in the previous post, I have finished the knitting for my Ravenclaw house bag. And here it is, in all its Fair Isle goodness:

And a close-up. And no, I still haven’t attempted the blocking. Right now it’s being flattened out by my double-points. Still looks ok even without the finishing touches added. I have a beautiful leather purse handle I’ve been wanting to use, but it’s just a little too short for the size of this bag. Oh well, I’ll figure out some sort of strappy-thing to add on.

Lastly, this weekend is my birthday!!!! Yay, for 24. I feel like my life is just whizzing by, and I’m stuck on the side of the road w/ a busted tire (all the while knitting another scarf/purse). But for my birthday, I’ll be going up to Winchester, VA to rescue my piano from the storage unit it’s been trapped in for two years. I cannot wait!! My piano used to be my life; and I have not touched one in a very long time. I’m actually quite afraid to see how far my talent has degraded. But eventually I will build my finger strength & coordination back up. The next time you hear from me, I will be one piano richer & a much happier person 🙂

Love & light– Heather

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So I may have “finished” the bag, but I still need to wash & block the darned thing. And… that’s right, line it as well. I am just proud that I managed to finish a fair isle piece. I know it’s only two colors & that is not really a feat for the normal avid knitter, however, as my first fair isle project, I’m just glad the yarn didn’t get so knotted up that it choked one of my cats.
Speaking of cats, anyone know a good way to keep your little darlings from eating your most delicious, expensive yarns? Really, any yarn? I seem to be struggling with the discipline for this latest “trick”. You’d think someone who can teach three cats to walk on leashes & ride in the car w/o getting sick or scared should be able to handle this little task. However, I apparantly am just not up to the challenge. I always wind up clapping my hands at them or smacking their little bottoms (not hard, mind you… They’re my babies after all). But these things only keep them away for a matter of minutes. I guess mommy just isn’t all that scary.
Oh well, enough for now. Have to go run & get lunch out of the oven. I’ve really got to learn to rely less on that oven. It’s almost 90 degrees outside, we have no ar conditioner & I’m running the bloody oven twice a day. I just can’t bring myself to microwave DIY foods. Microwave meals are fine, they’re designed to be massacred in the death-box, but some things are just not meant for that.
Ok, really do have to jet now. Blessed be!

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Soon I will be taking some time off from making “things” to inprove my knitting and crocheting skills by making my own swatch/guage notebook. I want to try some new patterns/stitches but I want to do so w/o the commitment of a large pattern. And maybe after my tension issues disappear, I will go for my Master Knitter Certification from The Knitting Guild Association. But until then, I need to post my most recent FO’s.

So here is my finished MILK purse. I used some cabling from a book in my knitting library, but I don’t have it in the office with me. I will relay the name of the book in a later posting. However, I have found that my skills are very, very lacking in the sewing/lining department. But we don’t need to show that part, now do we? No. Who needs to see the inside of a purse? Not I; please say not you, either. I beg of you…

And also, a take on this pattern… I made him into my own little mini-monster. He reminds me a little of Sully from the Disney/Pixar movie Monsters, Inc. His name is Liam, and I have decided he is an Irish monster eyeball, and he is laboriously trekking his way back home to Eire after having wound up on a cruise liner to the States. Please don’t ask; he is quite embarrassed that he took the wrong boat. He only meant to go see his girlfriend, a lovely vampire eyeball, in London. Now, he will have a lot of explaining to do when he gets home. (Well, not until I crochet her… but then… he will have to spend a lot of time on his knees… err… lids, begging for forgiveness).

And in profile:

For now, I am gearing up for another long work week. And counting down the days to my vacation. Brandon, my dearest boyfriend, has his b-day on 2 September & mine is on 8 September. This year, we have taking off the 2nd through the 8th and I cannot wait!! Perhaps I will do some swatching… Who knows…

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This mild-mannered little guy started out as a test-guage project. I didn’t have any autumnal colors on hand, but I was dying to try a new pattern for this fall. And… voila!

The evolution of Franken-pumpkin begins in the workshop of Frau von Yarninator. Once a mild-mannered house-frau, her genius mind became slightly cracked when one of her more recent attempts at knitting a lovely little sock pattern blew up in her face. After that infamous day, she no longer wanted to knit ordinary objects. She became obsessed with creating her own little mini-monster…

Several prototypes later, Frau von Yarninator settled on the graveyard look for her new beau. Taking him to the observation tower of her small cottage home (yes, a tower. It was added on as a “honey-do” project by the late Dr. von Yarninator), she tied him to the metal working table and began to give him shape. From the bolts on the neck (very in this season) to the small stem (for she knew her Franken-pumpkin would never have stem envy), every detail was taken into account. Except…

The FACE. Ah well, not all experiments can be a success. Frau von Yarninator will simply have to pay more attention when stitching on the face of her newest creation next year.


And now, onto a real post. This weekend, I have so much to accomplish, but I just couldn’t help starting a new project. It’s a small one, though. I wanted to make myself a M.I.L.K. purse. For those of you who are not familiar with the term ( and by the responses of my friends and family, that would be most of you), it refers to M(oney) I(d) L(ipstick) K(eys). And I felt the undeniable need to do some cabling. So, I am working on a small purse w/ braided cables and two simple cables on a background of reverse stockinette. Soon, I want to do an Aran project bag. I know, I know. Finish what you start, then start more. But who among us actually follows that rule? Not I.

But to end the post, a few more FO’s. First is Fetching from knitty.com, and a Cowl/Neck-collar I designed as a partner piece. And then, cabled fingerless gloves. I’ll post the yarn and needle sizes later… Don’t have the reference card on me. And last but not least, some severed fingers to round off some Halloween knitted objects 🙂

Have a good evening, all! @–^– Heather

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