Friday, June 22, 2012

Project Soup

I've been working on so many projects that I feel I've hardly been able to focus on any one. I've finished a lot this month, but I have so many more on the go. I've started and finished at least two projects a week this month. Little things, big things...
Right now I've just started a scarf for a store sample and a tank top for me!
I hardly get time to post about the things I'm making. I swear, one of every five projects never gets a mention on the internet because I've gone and started on the next thing.

I've also been doing some jewellery and drawing some more. It's been really nice to get the sketchbook out again. At work in the evenings, I've been taking some of the books we have on things like jewellery making and reading through just to get a better idea of how things work. It's inspiring, and I have always loved beads. I find it hard not to collect pretty much anything, so something shiny and not too expensive and pretty... well, I think I'm justified in using the word "doomed".

Anyway, take a look at a few of the things I've finished in the last little while.

This little dress is for friends who just had a wee baby girl. I haven't met her yet, but she takes an awfully cute picture. Despite the fact that it was supposed to be a stash buster, I ended up having to go buy more yarn for this project. Not only were the dye lots way off, but the yarn has changed a fair bit- new label, made differently, somewhat different texture. 
I alternated rows of the yarns to blend it. You can tell, but I think it still looks fine. I somehow doubt the wee one will care!

I am really proud of this project. I finished my tunisian tee! I love the yarn to bits (it's Silky Wool) and the colour is awesome. I need to block it still to get the collar and cuffs lying flat, but I'll get to that.
I ended up hating the set-up rows at the bottom, so I cut it apart and remade them with a seed stitch mimicking the cuffs and collar. I like it a lot better now. I didn't take a before picture, but trust me- it was way too tight, and it looks much better now!

This- well, I literally just finished weaving the ends in! I love this blanket, love love love it! It's Knitpicks Crayon (why did they discontinue you, baby, I love you...). I have another blanket started in the same yarn, but different colours. I love it. Love working with it, love how it feels and love cuddling under it. It's cotton boucle and very soft. It's light enough to be great for the couch in the summertime. 
And the colours. Oh how I love rainbows. This was a really fast project- not even two weeks- and switching colours was fun every time. I started with the red and worked my way up to the pink. The blues and the pink are definitely my favorite, but I pretty much love every colour in this blanket.
Excuse me while I go cuddle it.

Thursday, June 7, 2012


I haven't done very much here in May, have I? It was a difficult month for me. There was so much going on- helping produce a cousin's play, getting almost full time hours at work (full days means I'm out of the house over 10 hours), I got really very sick for a few days, I've had things like bridesmaids fabric shopping and a wedding afghan to finish making and I've just been worn down.
I have two patterns written for the month, but I haven't had the time or energy to finish the samples for them. I'm hoping to finish both in June to catch up, but I'm not too worried about it. It was just a plain tiring month for me, and I have to cut myself some slack sometimes!
I wouldn't have made it through without the support I got this month. My fiance has been amazing. Every night I had to come home at 10 pm after work and he was making dinner and told me to go soak my feet and rest and that he would finish cooking. Telling me that he could do the dishes, or go get groceries for us so that I would get just a few more minutes of rest. Making me tea and bringing me ice cream while I was sick and felt too weak to get out of bed.
It can be easy to forget how much you need and rely on someone, but this month certainly brought that home to me. No wonder I decided to marry him! Thank you, dear.

I have been crocheting, too. Maybe tomorrow I'll get to posting some of the stuff I've done!