Crafty Pants!

"Sometime in your life you will go on a journey. It will be the longest journey you have ever taken. It is the journey to find yourself." ~ Katherine Sharp.
Documenting my journey as I knit, crochet, sew and craft!

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Present for me!


While making all these presents for other people, I realized that I haven't kept a single crochet project for myself. I decided that I really need a hat, seeing as I only have one. It's about 15 degrees every morning as I walk to class, so my one hat has seen far too much use.

I wanted a beanie with a brim, but couldn't find any patterns, so I just winged it. It turned out ok, but I didn't add any increases in the brim, so when I put it on it is pulled flat, into more of a flap. At first I was annoyed (hence the angry picture taken at 2am) but now I kind of like it. It's..... subtle.

The red arrow points to where the brim actually begins, but is pulled against my head.

It has more of a brim when I take it off:
But it's VERY warm, and that's all that matters. I will try again later with a brim pattern I found online.

Christmas Presents: Part II

I saw this ruffle scarf pattern online and fell in love with it. A few days later I saw it at some snooty, expensive clothing store, and knew exactly who I'd give it to. :P I used Joann's Angel hair, and it was a dream to work with. The scarf turned out so incredibly soft! It is a thick yarn, so I used a larger hook and didn't crochet the last row. The recipient is a very bold woman, and I think she will really wear this scarf well.

This it what it looks on:
It's pretty thick so I made it short. It's more decorative than functional I think, which is fine because the recipient works in Seattle.

Christmas Presents: Part I

Now that Christmas is over, I can finally post the presents I made. This holiday season was really quite fruitful! I just wish I could have so much free time all year! I won't be able to make anything in one sitting until next winter break rolls around:(

I crocheted this hat using Patons Divine (which was a PAIN!). I didn't use a pattern again! :D When it started to get a little big, I added some decreases. I thought it looked funny at first, but the recipient has very large, curly hair, and it keeps her hair in control quite nicely. My mother made the scarf on the smallest knifty knitter (I love those things!) and I crocheted the matching flowers.
And here is what the hat look on:

I hate taking pictures of myself, it's very awkward. I needed a mannequin head, but I think it'd creep me out...

Saturday, December 17, 2005

I'm Productive!

I feel very proud of myself. For the first time ever, I haven't been posting not because I'm lazy, but because I've actually been busy making things! I'm nearly finished with everything, but I haven't gotten around to taking pictures of everything.

Today I managed to sneak some pictures of my Incredible Emoticon Hat. It's crocheted using wool-ease thick & Quick, and I used some cheap worsted weight to make the eyes and mouth. The features have velcro on the back so you can move them around. It was my first hat, so I just winged it (no pattern!), and it turned out really great! Here are some of the faces you can make:

And here a bad picture of what it looks like on:

Mind you, I have a really small head, and the recipient has a really big head.

PS. Aaron, if you are reading this.... Pretend you didn't...

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Puppy Sweater

Awwww. My puppy (I call all dogs puppies) is getting old, and I can tell the weather is affecting him. He is always missing from view now, sleeping under our beds where it's warm. Maybe I'll make him this cute dog sweater for the winter! He puts up with wearing hankercheifs, maybe he'll like this!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Idea Alert!

I saw a domokun crochet hat, and it made me think that I could make an explodingdog (me bro is a fan). I could either just make it white and crochet black eyes and a mouth, or crochet a whole body and applique it on... I'll have to sketch this out....

Monday, December 05, 2005

Planning for Presents

I just finished a mini scarf using some moda dea swirl yarn that I got as a secret Santa gift, but I am looking for the perfect button for it. The colors are not me, but I think my boyfriend's sister would really like it. I am going to start next on this ruffle scarf for my boyfriend's mom. I can really see her rockin that, especially if it is fuzzy. Also, I think my brother would appreciate this billed hat. He always wears the same grungy beanie every year, and it is time he updated his look! Come to think of it, I want that hat! In pink, of course.

However, all this will have to wait one more week. It is finals week and I am completely and utterly burnt out. My boyfriend said he knew I was done for when I opted to watch football instead of study. So true! I have taken an hour break to relax and look at crafts, but now it is time to study for my final at 8am. Please, let it end!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Craftsters back!

Yay, Craftster is back! How I missed thee....

Thursday, December 01, 2005

I made two more birdies. I love the white and green one, but the brown one didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. I made it in the car, so I guess that's my excuse. I love these little guys so much, but I can't keep them:( I'm going to sell them at the local craft fair to help fundraise for a group I'm in. I'm going to set the price high, around $10 or $12. They took a lot of work, so I don't want my efforts wasted. And hey, if they don't sell, I can keep them (and give them as gifts). I'm devious like that!