I Dream Of Crafting Blog

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She’s the little girl with the round tummy September 10, 2010

My most recently completed craft project was a present for a Studio Ghibli themed swap.  I based the theme around Ponyo.

From this,

came this,

While it’s not massive in size, I’ve never done this much embroidery before, so it was a bit of a trial and error project and it could be better, but I really thought it would be much much worse, so I’m fairly pleased with the result.  However, it doesn’t stop there.  I carefully cut Ponyo out and made her into a little patch to be ironed and sewn onto a little wristlet project bag that I designed.

The drawstring is a crochet chain from red cotton tape and I used a large wooden button as the toggle.  This was mainly because I couldn’t recall seeing a normal toggle thing at the craft store and didn’t feel like leaving the flat the day I was making it.  Plus, buttons make everything cuter and those toggle things are ugly anyway.

I found this really cute fish fabric to use as lining and since it’s so cute, I wanted it to show on the front of the bag.  It also fit with the scene in Ponyo the patch came from as there’s a lot brightly coloured fish swimming around in the opening scenes.

After finishing the bag, it didn’t seem like there was much to the package, so I also knitted Preita Salyer’s Green Sea Cowl in King Cole Mirage (colorway 871).  It was a super easy pattern and really quick to knit.

It turned out absolutely beautifully in the King Cole; it seemed magical how the colours stripped at all the exact right places to compliment the design.

I haven’t been very selfish with my crafting over the last few months, and the trend isn’t over yet.  I’m about to start the Christmas crafts because I’m planning on making some large and time consuming projects, so I may disappear for a while in the near future.  But hopefully, there will be lots of shiny things to show upon my return.

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Home Sweet Home August 21, 2010

My lack of posts this summer would make it seem as if I’ve either, not done anything at all, or done so much I haven’t had time to post.  It’s a little bit of both.   In June, MrNTR and I and went on a small holiday to Oslo, Norway and I had another mini holiday in July/August with my best friend.

Opera House

Oslo was AMAZING!  We had a great view of the Opera House from our hotel.  I think I took this picture close to 11:00 at night.  I never saw it get dark while we were there and I usually went to bed about 12:00am.

I also bought some yarn.  I only found two yarn shops in Oslo and even though one of them was really small, they both had an absolutely stunning selection of brightly coloured yarns.  I wanted to get several colours to do some colour work, but it was just too expensive.  It took quite a while to decide between a bright pink and this bright blue and I’m very pleased with my choice.  I plan on using it to knit the Shalom Cardigan.

Per Tryving pt3

As I said, we moved in June.  In the move I acquired a craft room, so have been quite the busy bee this summer.  The main problem I’ve been having is the motivation to finish projects, mainly because I start sewing or knitting a cute summer clothing project during a two-day sunny streak, then it rains for the next month and my motivation is washed away in the rain.  Now I’m thinking about my autumn and winter wardrobe, so they may be unfinished until next spring.  However, I have finished a couple of projects for the new flat.

The first is an improv hanging hand towel I knit up during the World Cup.  Oddly, I enjoyed watching the US vs England match and the one where England got kicked out.  The towel was knit with a double seed stitch and a garter stitch border.  I don’t remember the number of cast-on stitches or anything, I just knit until it seemed like I was going to run out of yarn, did some dramatic K2Tog decreases and made a little fold-over tab with a yarn over button-hole.  I used exactly one ball of Lily Sugar’n Cream Stripes (colourway 21114).

My best friend came to visit, which was my second mini holiday, and I wanted to be sure everyone could lounge comfortably in the living room.  Our new flat only has a three seat sofa, so we could all technically fit, but it’s not always the most comfortable.  Since there really isn’t any room to add more furniture, my second project is a solution to a small living space – a floor cushion from Amy Butler’s In Stitches.

I am in total love with this fabric!  I bought it to make the floor cushion, but it only became a floor cushion in the end because I got a veto from MrNTR when I draped the fabric around myself and asked, “Do you think it’s too much for a dress?  What about a skirt?”  Needless to say, he answered ‘Yes’ to both questions.

As a floor cushion, it’s comfortable, though I think I need to add more stuffing.  Floor lounging would also be more comfortable if I made the second, longer cushion to go with it.  My favorite way of using it is propping the gum drop pillow* behind the floor cushion and leaning against the two.  It works well on the floor propped up against the sofa, or on the sofa, which is so comfortable it makes seam ripping a little less frustrating.

I also got a crafty souvenir on my bff mini holiday.  Can you guess where we went?

*After some wear and tear, I can say that if you make the gum drop pillow, make it with a heavy cotton and reinforce the seams at the top.  I’ve had it bust open in a few different spots and beanbag innards are not fun to clean up.

 

Christmas, New Years, etc. January 3, 2010

Merry Belated Christmas & New Year!  Christmas presents have been completed, which took a while since I was mailing some and decided not to bother with the post office until after Christmas.  But now that all presents have been received, here they are:

For my mom, I made Woolly Wormhead’s Mayrose hat in King Cole Mirage.  The stripes in the yarn worked out really well with the pattern and each stripe worked out almost perfectly with swirly pattern repeat.  It was hard to part with once I finished, but I have enough from the left-overs to make another for myself.*

I also made cross stitches, which seem to require a lot of explaining to everyone except the recipients.

This is a Buffy cross stitch from the episode Hush in Season 4 where Giles is telling the story of the Gentleman via drawn pictures on an overhead projector because everyone lost their voices.  Here is the original picture from the show:

The pattern came from a fellow Buffy Swap participant on Ravelry, so I can’t take credit for the awesomeness of the pattern.  The cross stitch was for my BFF and she put it on a book shelf in her living room at the cost of looking like a psycho to everyone but me.  Although, it might prove to be an excellent conversation starter.

My husband is a big Alan Partridge fan, so I attempted to recreate his face for this cross stitch – it could be worse.  Sadly, but not surprising, it would appear that Americans are not familiar with Alan Partridge, so the reaction I got from people at home could be summed up with, ‘Why is that man shouting Jurassic Park?’  Fortunately, my husband really likes it and could tell it was Alan Partridge and not just some man shouting ‘Jurassic Park.’

The Brokeback Mountain cross stitch was for my other BFF.  There are too many layers of inside jokes to explain and make sense of to someone who doesn’t know us, but I’m really pleased with the result, all inside jokes aside.

I also had time to make a hat for myself over the Holidays.  The husband and I were surprised treated to a trip to Chicago to visit some family, so I whipped up Woolly Wormhead’s Everglade hat in, big surprise, King Cole Mirage!  As the weather in Chicago is significantly colder than VA Beach in December, a warm hat was needed.

I also made my dad some Illini pajama bottoms, but forgot to take a picture of them; you would probably just be blinded by the bright orange anyway.

I don’t ever make New Year’s resolutions, but I’m going to kick off 2010 by only knitting from my stash and completing unfinished projects.  This isn’t a year-long resolution, but when the lease on our flat is up in 6 months, it would be nice if I didn’t have so much yarn to move.  Wish me luck!

*I feel like I should say that I don’t do mother-daughter outfits.  I probably wouldn’t make one for myself, except that I know we won’t accidentally wear them out together since we live on different continents.

 

Sea Mammals and Turkeys December 6, 2009

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I’ve opened an Etsy Shop called I Dream of Crafts!  At the moment it’s a bit sparse and it’s still a work in progress while I get the hang of it, but I will be adding new items soon and will also make custom orders, so check it out!

I have also recently discovered the awesomeness that is cross stitch, which came to through a random handmade Christmas idea I had a few weeks ago.

I <3 Pink Sea Mammals!

I HEART Pink Sea Mammals!

During my internet research I came across Subversive Cross Stitch, which has loads of free resources and tutorials and an inspiring Flickr group.  If you’re sensitive about language, it’s probably not for you; there is a lot of cursing.  I probably wouldn’t make a lot of the stuff on the website or in the book mainly because of the language, but I appreciate it.  I think you need something in-your-face to break cross stitch’s old granny hobby reputation.  I also love that the abrasive language is decorated with hearts, flowers and bunnies.

So, after finding inspiration from the Subversive Cross Stitch Flickr photos, I bought a small cross stitch pack from the craft store and was pleased to find that cross stitching is an amazingly easy hobby.  This cross stitch is far from subversive, but I LOVE sea mammals!

This is a definite belated mention, but the lovely Creating Misericordia brought paper and crayons so everyone could make hand turkeys this Thanksgiving.  A definite success.

Thanksgiving Hand Turkeys

There will be plenty more finished projects after the holidays, so stay tuned!

 

Some Assembly Required: For the Love of Buffy Part II November 8, 2009

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I can now post my complete Buffy swap package as the package has been delivered and received!

Buffy Swap Package

Fool for Buffy

The silver package with the picture of Dark Willow is a box of chocolates called Black Magic.  Then there is an official Buffy photo of Xander from the season 5 episode ‘Out of Mind.’  I acquired the Xander photo in a very Xander appropriate way as well.  When I went to Forbidden Planet, which has always sold awesome Buffy stuff until I needed it for the swap, there was an almost empty rack of official TV show photos, there were a few X Files photos going for 4.99 or something, but most of them were of Xander for the insane price of 50 pents.  Poor, unappreciated Xander.

I included King Cole ‘Mirage’ yarn as a ‘Something Blue’ and another ribbon type yarn called ‘Firefly’ (not Buffy I know, but Joss Wheadon related and Nathan Fillion was Caleb in Buffy and there was also that other guy from “Conversations with Dead People|” who was also in “The Message,” so the link is pretty strong).

There was also some Wheetabix and a Spike themed Bag – signature black and red with a yellow Blondie Bear ribbon at the top.  One of the recipient’s favorite quotes is, ‘Dozens of times, lots of different ways, every night I save you,’ so I embroidered it on the Spike bag.  Complete with a tag of Spike not saving Buffy.

 

Spike Bag 1

Hey I've died twice.

The other tags are of Buffy and Spike in “Something Blue” because that is one of my swappie’s favorite episodes.  One of my favorite pictures of Spike and Giles drinking blood and tea on the Wheetabix package because I think Wheetabix is an English thing.  And on the Fresh Bite Scarflet, a tag with Angel biting Buffy.

Not pictured, but included, were Yorkie Bars, for the whole feminist factor, and because they are SOOO yummy!Also, the bag has lots of vines and stuff on it, and I was watching Season 4 while I was making and picking out stuff for the swap, and the vines reminded me of the episode “Where the Wild Things Are.”  If you’re not familiar with Buffy, that episode has nothing to do with the much-loved children’s book.  Far from it, Buffy and her stupid boyfriend Riley have sex for pretty much the whole episode in a haunted frat house and vines grow all around the door of the bed room so no one can stop them from having sex.  The stars are for the night when vampires come out and Buffy goes on patrol.

Buffy Tote 2

Giles, "Doing what?" Xander, "You know, for a god of acoustic rock, you're kind of naive."

I’ve just realised I must love Buffy more than Weezer (circa 1994 – 2005 only) because, correct me if I’m wrong Dorkbutt, but I don’t think I’ve ever been so attentive and creative with any of my Weezer themed crafts.  Wow!  I am a massive dork!

 

For the love of Buffy October 11, 2009

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This week I have been making Buffy the Vampire Slayer themed crafts.

Buffy Gifts

Tote & Scarflet

I found some suitable buttons for the Fresh Bite Scarflet, at last, and made the appropriate Buffy tag for it.

One girl, in all the world, a chosen one.

One girl, in all the world, a chosen one.

I also put my new embroidery skills to use.

There is one more Buffy treat in the making, but my sewing machine was acting out a bit today, so it’s not finished.

 

Autumn is here! October 5, 2009

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This morning was the first morning I could feel a chill in the air when I woke up and thought it would be better to stay wrapped up in the duvet.   The chilly morning was followed by a rather cold day in an old drafty office and I’ve come home from work to a cold apartment.  So, I feel completely justified in starting some autumn and winter accessories, starting with Chunky Slouch Cap by Melissa ‘Missa’ Hills, which I’m knitting in Debbie Bliss SoHo.

Chunky Piglet Slouch Cap

Chunky Piglet Slouch Cap

Along with my decision to knit some warm accessories, I also decided that I needed more pink in my life.  Other than the fact that I LOVE pink, the pink variations in the yarn also remind me of Piglet.  I grew up with Pooh and listened to Chapter 7: In which Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest and Piglet has a Bath every night as I went to sleep, so it’s a double win for me.

I’m using two strands together to get the ‘chunky’ part because even though it’s bulky yarn, the thickness varies throughout.  It’s easy enough to knit quickly and the lace pattern is easy to remember and keep track of without being boring, which is a particular plus when you have to frog, as is the case with my hat.  I knitted the smaller size hoping it would fit because I only have the two skeins, so thought I would run out of yarn with the bigger size.  But since there are only a few rows left and I still have quite a bit of yarn, I think I’m safe to make it bigger for my massive head and will probably add a row or two more to make it longer and slouchier.

Experiements in Embroidery

Experiments in Embroidery

I have also been playing around with embroidery, which is much easier than I thought.  I’m really rubbish at hand sewing, so the act of needle working has always been a major turn off for me, although I do find needlework aesthetically pleasing.  Here are a few of my ‘doodle stitchings’ experiments from Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching.  More to come in the embroidery department – maybe a wall hanging.