Sunday, January 24, 2010

WIP Sunday

Or, work in progress. I thought I would take today to write about (almost) all of my WIPs and then check back once a week to see how I'm doing. Aside from these "in progress" I have what feels like a million other things in queue that I just haven't started yet. Whew! Here they are...

Top row L-R: a lion amigurumi for a birthday present made from Ana Paula Rimoli's Amigurmi World, a neck-warmer of my own invention for my Etsy shop, a thermal scarf for myself from a Lion Brand pattern made with super-soft Wool Ease

Bottom row L-R: a newborn hat for which I have the pattern and yarn, but haven't started, my finished heart garland from the pattern I saw at Skip to my Lou, and some Cotton Ease I picked out for a custom phone holder/case/cozy/thing that I still haven't decided what to call it.

So there you have it - hopefully all of these things will be done by next week!

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Yarn Bowl...

Yesterday I came across an item on Etsy and it is made from my favorite ingredients... cuteness and practicality! While the folks at Unclutterer might consider this a Unitasker, I wouldn't mind having one at all.

Yarn Bowl by soaringstudios

If you have done any knitting or crocheting yourself, you know that it's hard to keep up with that ball (or skein) of yarn while you're working. I usually set mine on the floor or my lap, and yet, always gets away from me eventually. I don't know who came up with the idea originally, but I thought it was particularly smart.

Now if you're into being 'green' (or just thrifty) I could see making this from a saved plastic tub and covering it with some pretty scrap-booking or wrapping paper. Well, I know what I'm doing when I get home. :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Valentine's Crafts

On a recent visit to Joann's Fabrics, my eyes glazed over with the rows of shiny, new Valentine's Day decorations. Looking looking looking... knowing, though, that I wasn't going to spend any money on said items (overpriced, made in China, mass-produced - stop me anytime - stuff that it is) And while I was hoping to find time for some V Day crafts, but hadn't specifically been looking.

So here is something I just saw this morning on Skip To My Lou, a blog I started reading only yesterday. It's a very cute Valentine's Day wreath which I am seriously considering making.

She says in her post that she only spent $1.99 on the fabric from Hobby Lobby, but I'm brainstorming on what I have at home to see if I can make it for my favorite price... $0.00. We'll see!

Maybe I can make up for the fact that I never put up the Christmas wreath... oops!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Crocheting for Charity

Lately I've been reading about various charities that accept donations of crocheted (usually knit and quilted too) items. Not that I have all the extra time in the world to make whatever I want, but I like the idea of being to help others with a craft.

So today I emailed the contact person for the Greensboro chapter of Project Linus to see what they need and how one would go about donating.

This is just me, but I also love the idea of giving so anonymously, I get frustrated with people who insist on getting credit for their giving. Anyway, I'm really excited about it.

Have you ever crafted for charity before? What was your experience like?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Tissue Holder

So I know this isn't really "fiber craft" related, but, oh well! I saw these on Martha Stewart this morning, and although they don't really serve a purpose, they're incredibly cute! (Great use for that eco felt, don't you think?) Added bonus: it's no-sew.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Eco Felt

I love this felt! I'm not sure how yet, but I know I need to buy it and use it!

Hoping to get some pictures taken of a Valentine-ish neck-warmer I made. I know it has lots of potential to be cheesy and tacky, but it really isn't, I promise!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ahh Afghans

There is an afghan in an issue of Crochet Today! that I've had my eye on for a while, mostly because it's made with all of my favorite colors, but also because, so far, I have yet to complete an afghan for us to have at our house. The great thing about it, it's made with Red Heart Super Saver, which, while not the softest, most luxurious thing in the world, is relatively cheap. Ahh well, these things will have to wait.

In the mean time, I'm really excited about the cell phone cases (... sleeves? cozies? holders? what are they?) that I've been making. I made the first one for my husband and he got two requests that same day from friends wanting one. Crocheting something that men (guys) actually want - that makes me feel accomplished!

Bye now.
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