Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
At any rate, these are finally finished - hooray! In the photo I used the flash, so the colour appears lighter/brighter than they actually are. They are more darker in reality (the flashless photo didn't turn out too well). I used 4.0mm DPN needles (or are they 4.5?), and the yarn is Phentex Dynasty (100% acrylic), worsted weight, in the Dark Aqua colourway. This yarn was something I had in my stash from some time back, and I wanted to get it used up.
These are going on the mitten tree at the church. So far it's the only pair of mittens I have knit up for the tree, but I do have the other scarves and hats I made as well. I've just printed out another pattern from Ravelry that has some baby, toddler and other size mittens as well, and since I've got more yarn left over, thought I might make some of the infant/toddler size for the mitten tree as well. Hopefully I'll finish these ones quicker than I did the ones in the photo!
Monday, November 09, 2009
Last night I started a sweater for a tissue packet. I used the pattern here and found it to be very quick and easy to make. It was late when I started it, so I finished it a little while ago.
Here is my finished product. I used left over yarn (some that I bought when I was in Australia) from the hat I finished not long ago.
A quick, easy, and cute project that I recommend making. I'm actually thinking of making a few of these as little "gifts" for friends, though not necessarily for Christmas.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I enjoyed making this hat, and it didn't take too long when I sat down and worked at it. I messed up the bottom pattern, but I think it looks kind of cool anyway. I'll definitely be making more of these hats in the future (and hopefully get the bottom part of the pattern right)!
I used Patons Astra in Black and School Bus Yellow and size 4mm circs and DPNs. The pattern I used was from this blog. I'll be adding this to the items for the mitten tree at church this year.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Up next will more than likely be another hat - childs/baby hat made with Paton's Astra. I found a pattern when I got the one I used for this hat, and it's a fair isle type hat. I have two skeins of the Paton's Astra from when I was going to do a different hat earlier on this year, so I think I'll use this new pattern I printed out and see how it turns out. Since I have the right yarn, this hat should work out to the right size! I also want to start some mittens. I was out the other day and the temperature was just right for a pair of mittens (not too cold, but cold enough that I wanted something on my hands). Of course, the mittens I'll make will also be donated to the mitten tree and will be a child's size. I just need to get them made! I want to have some mittens to put on the tree, and not just hats and a couple of scarves!
Well, off to do some more knitting (and maybe work on editing some photos for my photography blog)
Thursday, October 08, 2009
My next hat will be for a small child I think. When I was in Australia, I went to a market and bought a couple of different hanks of yarn. However, I never thought to buy two of this particular yarn because I was thinking of using it for socks. I had asked if it was enough for a pair of socks, and the lady told me yes. Upon further inspection when I got back "home", I saw that it is 8 ply, DK weight and I would probably need two to make a pair of socks. So, I decided I would use it to make a hat for a child. I searched on Ravelry and found a pattern (I'll post the link after I get the hat made and post the picture here on my blog). I should have enough for an 18 month old child. I'll let you know how it goes.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
I used the same yarn from the hat in the previous post, and I'm making a third hat (another baby one) with the remaining yarn. I don't have much left to do on the third hat, so hopefully I'll get a photo of it and post within the next day or two.
The yarn I used in this, again, is Lamb's Pride worsted (85% wool, 15% mohair) in the Royal Purple Flutter colourway. I used a 4.0 mm circular needle, and 4.0 mm DPNs for the decrease. The pattern I used can be found here. The pattern is for premies, but because of the size of yarn I used, I think it would fit a full-term sized baby.
This hat will be added to the rest of my items to be put on/under my church's mitten tree - everything is donated to various organizations in my city.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The pattern I used was the Sunday Dulaan Cupcake Recipe (Ravelry link). It's supposed to be made with a bulky yarn, but I only used worsted weight. I used Lamb's Pride (85% wool, 15% mohair) in the royal Purple Flutter colourway. I got this yarn either last fall or this past spring.
I'd say this hat (at least with the size of yarn I used) would fit a baby/small toddler. Also, I don't think it's supposed to have the little pointy stem at the top, but that's the way mine turned out. The pics with the pattern show a flatter top; I'd say I didn't do the decreased exactly the way I was supposed to. Oh well.
Not sure what I'll work on next. I'm still working (now and then) on a scarf, but I want to make more children's items for the mitten tree at church at Christmas. This hat will be added to the few items I have already. I think I should probably make a couple of pairs of mittens as well. We'll see what I get done between now and then. I still have a couple of months, but the way I've been going with my knitting lately, I might not get much more done. That's why I am concentrating on small items - to get them done quickly so I'll have something to donate this year. Every little bit helps!
I forgot to take a photo of a second Tubey scarf I had made prior to going to Australia. I need to weave to sew the ends closed on that one yet, but other than that it's all done. I just made it out of some old acrylic I had lying around and wanted to use up. It's bright and colourful, so hopefully some child will like it. I'll try to get a photo of that sometime soon to share.
Until then, happy kniting!
P.S. Check out the photos I've been taking over on my photography blog, Shutterbug. Would love to hear your comments!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Just wanted to wish everyone a great summer. I'm off to Australia in less than two weeks to finish my teaching internship. I'll be there for July and August. I'll take some knitting along, but I don't know if I'll get any done while I'm there. I had anticipated getting lots done when I was in Korea, but that wasn't the case.
I'll be bringing my laptop and camera along with me and posting pictures. These will be on Facebook and probably my other blog, Confirm The Work of Our Hands. I'll let you know when I post some pictures so you can check it out then.
Must go get ready to do some running around for the trip. Happy knitting!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Saturday, June 06, 2009
Up first is another "Tubey" scarf. I only worked at this off and on since probably February or March. I finished it a couple of weeks ago and just got around to taking the picture this evening.
This is made from some brightly coloured acrylic yarn (I had it in my stash from awhile back and thought I'd use it up). Boy does it feel different knitting with acrylic yarn after using wools, bamboos, and alpacas! All I have left to do for this is sew the ends together. This is for a child, and will be added to my charity work that I'll put on/under the mitten tree at church next Christmas.
I've started on another scarf. This one is Russet pattern and it's very easy - just a repeat of 12 rows. I'm using Paton's Shetland Chunky Tweeds in the Sea Ice colourway. I really like this scarf, and the yarn is nice to work with (though it's partially acrylic as well). It's knitting up fairly quickly - that is when I actually sit down and work on it. Even though the pattern is super easy, I find I need to focus on it or I'll get lost or make a mistake.
Anyway, I haven't decided who will be the recipient. It will either be a friend, or go on/under the mitten tree at church.
I have a lot more patterns queued up on Ravelry that I want to make. I've also printed some off, and hope to work on them. My knitting mojo (or craft mojo for that matter) hasn't been up to par for a while now. I think it's because I am tired when I get home from doing my internship and don't feel like doing a lot. I am really hoping that it will come back soon.
School ends June 19, and next week is my final week of doing all the teaching. The following week my host teacher picks up and does it. I'll have two weeks off to get ready to head down to Melbourne, Australia! There are 10 of us from school who are heading down to do the second half of our internship there. We'll be there for July and August, and when I get back, I will be able to start teaching. Firstly, however, I do need to take an information session about supply teaching first. No doubt I'll have to be a supply teacher for a bit, but I'm praying that the Lord will work His hands and I'll have a full time job quickly!
Well, I must head off now. I'm actually feeling like doing some knitting. I think I'll work at a pair of socks or something that doesn't require a lot of concentration, and put in one of my Stargate SG- DVDs to watch. Hope you all have a fantastic day/evening/rest of weekend!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Saturday, May 02, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
In stamping news, a few weeks ago I entered a contest and won a set of stamps (minus the blocks)! I visited several different stamping blogs and left comments to be entered into draws for a set of stamps. The company donating them (I forget offhand, but will have to find the link to post) had several different ladies demonstrate various sets by making cards with them. Anyway, the set I won was my favourite out of all of them! How cool is that! Diana was the one who chose my name since she was the one using this particular set. She did the whole random generator thing and my name was drawn. Thanks Diana!
My mom's birthday is coming up this week - St. Patrick's Day to be exact. I'm hoping I'll have enough time between now and then to make her a card using this set I won. She loves flowers and is into gardening so I thought this would be a great set to use for her. She's seen the set as well and commented on how pretty it was.
Well, better head off and try and get some homework done. Happy knitting, stamping and crafting!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Sunday, March 08, 2009
The thing is, I need to finish this up by the end of the month and get it sent off to her. I had debated just tossing it aside and starting another scarf in an easier, quicker pattern (though this one is easy as well). The only thing is, I don't know if I started over if I would get the scarf finished in time to send it out or not. My pal doesn't want anything too thick, so I want to be conscious of that.
I think I'll try to fix up this scarf and continue. I just don't want the mistakes to be noticeable if I can't fix it, and I have a feeling they would be noticeable...
I'll keep you updated, and when my pal receives the scarf, I'll post pictures for you.
Happy knitting & stamping & crafting!
Friday, March 06, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Monday, March 02, 2009
Happy knitting and card making!
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
When I made this card, I wasn't paying close enough attention to stamping the lighthouse, and it ended up a little crooked (is that how you spell that?). The stamp is actually one piece with the words to the left on the card, actually appearing below the lighthouse. It says, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path" and comes from Psalm 119. I used my watercolour pencils to colour the image. I must add that I'm not all that great with colour combinations, LOL, but I thought they might look nice together. Also, the words could be up a little higher in that area...or maybe I could find some kind of embellishment to put there...
This next card I used some striped scrapbook background paper (one of those 12 x 12 sheets) and tried to get the solid cardstock colours to be as close a match to the stripes as I could. I think they were pretty well close to being the same. Sorry the picture is a little dark. for the upper right corner, I cute a triangle of the blue cardstock using some scissors with a patterned edge. I used the same scissor to cut out the red and blue circle as well.
The words in the triangle area say "Thinking of you is a nice thing to do" and the little mouse in the circle is holding a little flower. I got this set from Stampin' Up a few years ago. Again, I used my watercolour pencils to colour the mouse and flower. Unfortunately I don't think it shows up too well since the cardstock is a little dark. I only have the watercolour pencils and some chalk (from Stampin' Up) to colour my cards with, so I'm limited. Someday when I have a job (and I'm not in school), I may be able to get some of the markers and other items many of the papercrafters 'out there' have! But, until then, I am limited to what I have to work with...unless I get together for a day of card making with some friends and they have items they are willing to let me use...
Well, just wanted to post the pictures of the cards. Must get back to the tons of homework I have for the weekend - a 6 lesson unit plan (this one is a group thing but in total we have to have 6 lessons...I've got to get mine done for Monday so the others who need it to work from can use it), 2 lesson plans for my math class, go over my stuff (and gather the supplies) for my little mini presentation in phys. ed. for Monday evening, work on a resource binder for phys. ed., work on my wellness portfolio for phys. ed., work on my teaching portfolio, and an assignment using a new marking program we got the other day in one of my classes. Tons to do, and most of it due this week...
So, happy knitting and/or happy stamping to you!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Jodi gave me an award! Thanks so much Jodi!
I choose to give the award to:
Kelly at Celtic Cast On
Robyn at Knit and Purl Mama
Janice at Willow Way Knitting
Monica at Monica Knits...a lot!
Rhonda at Home of the Stitching Nut
Carol at An Island Girl
Why not pass on the love? Here is what to do: 1) Post the award’s logo on your blog 2) Add the link to the person who nominated you 3) Nominate at least 6 others & post their links.
Been doing a little knitting on the scarf for my Ravelry Exchange Pal. I really want to show a picture, but she wants to be surprised and she might stop by the blog some time. I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise for her.
I also made a couple more cards last night. I like these results better than the two from the previous post. I don't have the pictures of them yet - hopefully tomorrow though. I will post them when I get the pictures taken.
Until then, I'm heading out for supper in about half an hour so I must go get ready.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Anyway, I just wanted to share some of the other crafts I enjoy doing - even if I don't do so well at them just yet.
Monday, February 09, 2009
So, I just wanted to help advertise her shop and hopefully send some customers her way. Go check out her blog and her shop - tell her Shelley sent you! And before you can ask, no I'm not getting any kind of commission for this; I'm just doing a good deed.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
So, this afternoon (after my classes) I went and got some yarn for my Ravelry Scarf Exchange pal's scarf. I do hope it will be one she likes. I also got some Bernat cotton to make a couple of dishcloths. I figured maybe a quick knit from time to time might help get the knitting mojo back!
Today I had a group presentation for one of my classes. We had to talk about and discuss Gender Separated classes. I'm glad that one is over. My next presentation is in a couple of weeks, so my group will have to get together soon to decide what we're going to do and how we will present it.
We got more snow last night - another storm. Schools were cancelled today, even though by early this morning it wasn't snowing, the roads were plowed, and it really wasn't too bad out there. Sigh, I can't wait until I'm a teacher and can get snow days too, LOL!
Ok, just wanted to put a little update on here and let you all know I'm still around. I'd better head off and get some knitting done before the motivation and mojo disappear again!
P.S. I have turned comments moderation on because I've noticed sometimes lately I am getting spam in the comments section (I have the filter apparently on, so the spammers are now being done by 'live' people...). It's so annoying that the spam is happening again, but hopefully this will catch it. If I wanted to advertise on my blog, then it would be set up that way. I hate spam!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
She had a really cute birthday card with a kitten and yarn on the front, a package of two DP Wip Tubes (which I really needed), a beautiful suncatcher, and some gorgeous, soft, yummy Fleece Artist Trail Socks yarn in the Seafoam colourway!
Thanks so much Secret Pal - I love it all!
Look how gorgeous the suncatcher is held up to the back window...sooooo pretty!
I've used Fleece Artist once before and find the socks to be nice and soft, especially after washing them. I have another hank of Fleece Artist wound into a ball (I had it with me when I went to South Korea), but haven't knit it up yet. I have the pattern for it (one from Monica), but I was waiting on the size 0 needles. I now have size 0, so all I need to do is get knitting.
I've got a presentation coming up this week, on Thursday, for the Social Studies Education class I'm in. It's a group project, and we are actually going to do a few activities in our lesson which we learned last semester when some of our class went to the Wetlands Center not too far from here. That was actually for our science class, but we chose to do this presentation for a grade 4 class, and in that curriculum there is a section on how humans affect rivers, lakes, oceans, etc. We talked it over with our prof (she also taught us the science class last semester) and she gave us the go-ahead to do it. She didn't get to go to the workshop with us, so she said she's anxious to see what we learned there. I'm sure it's going to go well. We've got another meeting or two this week to put things all together to make sure it falls into place.
A few months ago I got a new camera (Pentax K200D). A few weeks ago my friend, Michelle, invited me over to her place to help me learn some hints and tips for taking pics. I've used a 35mm SLR camera (Pentax as well), but I don't remember all that I had learned for using it. Besides, things are a little different with digitals...but the basics like aperture, f-stops, etc. are still the same. Anyway, we got some flowers at one of the grocery shops and did some macro shots. I've got about half a dozen up on my other blog, Confirm The Work of Our Hands, if anyone is interested in seeing them. I can't seem to get the posts to link, but they are the first two posts listed (would be the second and third if I manage to get a post made there before someone has a chance to visit).
I'll leave you all with a nice close-up of Tinker Belle. I had to snap quickly because she wouldn't stay still too long!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Haven't been working on any knitting lately - well, that's somewhat of a lie...I did do a few rounds on a couple of scarves I've got on the needles. They will be going on next year's mitten tree at the church, so there is no hurry for them.
I did join the scarf exchange over at Ravelry and we got assigned our people to knit for the other day. Have to check with my downstream (I think that's the right term) person and see if she wants this to remain "secret" or not. As for me, if my upstream pal sees this - I don't mind if this is not secret. Have to start looking for a good pattern and nice yarn to make the scarf. We have to send our packages out by the middle of April (I think it's the middle, though I have to double check on it again).
My birthday was yesterday and it was nice. In one of my classes, they all sang me Happy Birthday and one of the girls sitting at my table laughed and told me I was turning red, lol. My mom made me a cherry cheesecake and gave me some money, and the fellow I've been seeing since early December took me out to dinner at Swiss Challet (it was my choice of where I wanted to go, and Swiss Challet is my favourite).
Well, just wanted to post a quick update. Need to get back to the homework. I'm working on a rough copy of my bio-resume for one of my classes. I have a lot of it written out already so I just need to type it up and finish the parts I don't have completed - and tweak things up somewhat. I've also got some other homework to do as well, though I think tonight will be "light" for homework.
Anyway, happy knitting to you all!
Friday, January 09, 2009
Copy, paste, and bold what you have done!
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Gone rollerskating
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse (lunar eclipse)
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise - Does a Nile dinner cruise count?
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Acted in a play or performed on stage
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa - Egypt in Feb. 2008
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies - It's Girl Guides in Canada, but same thing
62. Gone whale watching (not yet, but hopefully this year)
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book - not a whole book yet, but a short story in an anthology, as well as a chapter in a book by several authors.
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Won money
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous - Lou Diamond Phillips
92. Joined a book club
93. Had to put someone you love in Hospice Care
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day