Sunday, December 12, 2010

Knitting my Brains Out

This fall, my daughter decided she wanted a "Gir" hat.  Gir is a character from a cartoon on Nickelodeon called "Invader Zim".  He's darn cute, so I found a pattern and decided to start knitting.  Thank God for my friends who knit because I was pretty clueless.  That hat turned out horrible, and in fact, it was given to Matthew because he appreciated its "hand-made" quality, but what happened was I am in a knitting frenzy now.  I have made another hat, which took me all of two days, and I'm off to make more.

I made my Pom-Pom hat out of Loops & Threads (by Michaels) Charisma. It's a #5 bulky yarn.  This yarn is so soft and cozy!!  And it keeps my little head so warm.  Here's what I did:

On 16-inch size 13 circular needles, cast on 72. 

k2, p2 all the way 'round for about 2 inches;
Knit stockinette stitch for about 4 1/2 inches;
k8, DD, *k16 DD* three times, k8;
knit one round even.
k7, DD, *k14, DD* three times, k7;
knit one round even;
k6, DD, *k12, DD* three times, k6;
knit one round even;
k2tog all the way around every row until you have 10 left on the needles;
Bind off by threading the end of the yard that you just stopped knitting with onto a yard needle and putting it through all the loops on the needles. Pull tightly and weave in all ends.

Pom-pom is Optional. :)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Holy Hannah - It was a Looooong Winter!

I can't believe it's been six months since I last posted.  Not a lot has happened, creatively, with me, but I'm fine with that.  I'm getting back into the swing of things, albeit very slowly.  Now that spring is coming, it's time to get my self in gear!  

I took a Copic class at Archiver's around Christmastime.  It really didn't teach me much more than I already knew, but was still good.  I need all the practice I can get.  It's my goal to become Copic Certified within the next year. 

In February, I went to the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Conference of Presidents.  I am the President of the Southeast Michigan Synodical Women's Organization.  I was honored to be asked to be on the planning committee and offered to help be in charge of, you guessed it, arts and crafts.  I designed a Salvation Bookmark for the ladies to make at the event.  Everyone had a great time in the craft room...lots of knitting and beading going on. 

I used Czech glass beads, metal daisy spacers, religious charms, and waxed linen from Hobby Lobby and the pink hearts came from Michaels.  If you're not a Christian, you can use any color beads and charm at the ends.  Here's the finished product:

 

Gregg is working so hard on his woodshop in the basement.  He took me to a workworking show last weekend and we got a decorative joinery system.  I actually got to try out using the router and made a really cute joint.  I want to start making boxes... beautiful boxes... for gifting and, perhaps, selling.  Gregg is such a doll... he's making me my own router table!  After the shop is straightened out, he has promised to help me with the craft room.  My husband is so good at organizing!  I can't wait to get it together so that, while he's in the shop, I can be working in the craft room stamping and crafting to my hearts content.    I'm looking forward to it!