Holiday

Felted Taxidermy…

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 | Design, felting, FO's, Geekery, Holiday, Needle Felting, weaving | No Comments

Well, as we know around these parts….Christmas lasts until at least late February. Luckily, I had a hair appointment with my stylist and friend, Lacey, at Frenchy’s earlier this month. I had Lacey’s Christmas gift done, so I was excited to deliver it to her. She is super into bugs and has a quite impressive collection of them. I was hoping mine could join the fold.

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Loosely based on a New England Silk Moth. Kinda funny since we fiber fiends cringe at the ‘M’ word.

I have been eager to work on more projects that incorporate different fiber arts in one piece. For this one, I used my hand loom to weave the background and then needle felted on top of it. It’s construction is the same as my Iron Giant piece.

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In it’s shadow box frame.

She really liked it, and it looks great in her collection! I am so glad!

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Lacey posted a picture on her Instagram!

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A shawl for my Mom…

Back in October, at the CogKNITive Fiber Retreat, I had purchased a shawl pattern called Winona designed by the lovely Brenda Castiel. I knew as soon as I had seen the sample that I wanted to knit it for my mom for Christmas. I ordered skeins of Miss Babs in Old Gold and Field Mouse and started knitting as soon as they arrived.

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My girl likes to help with the pinning.

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Blocking under the tree.

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Slip stitch patterns are fun!

It was a really fun knit. There is something about slip stitch patterns that makes me really happy. Like turning the heel on a sock. It just feels nice.

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My mom with her new shawl.

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Stocking knitting

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 | At the office, blocking, Design, Holiday, knitting, macgyver, socks | No Comments

While we are on the topic of what I did this Christmas…another good reason to pace myself is actually knitting jobs. They come around every once in awhile, and usually around the holidays.

This year I had a paid knitting job that was interesting and fun. A friend at work wanted a stocking in time for son’s first Christmas. The catch was to try to match it to her and her husbands existing stockings…which were machine knit, flat.

No problem.

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It made good Saturday Morning diner knitting.

I charted out the pattern and adjusted it to knit in the round from the toe up. The only thing that really had me stumped was the cuff, which was ribbed in stockinette. I found out later, thanks to Courtney, that this is something that is achieved in machine knitting with weights. I decided to try and recreate it by slipping stitches in stockinette and blocking it out with straws. It gave it an interesting texture and I liked it more than if I would have stuck with standard 1×1 ribbing.

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Blocking, with straws.

Crafty holiday

Sunday, January 11th, 2015 | Amigurumi, At the office, crafts, crochet, FO's, Geekery, Holiday | No Comments

It certainly has been busy, busy times. The holidays are busy for all fiber artists. It’s part of the reason why my knitting group celebrates Christmas in February. It’s just more realistic for us.

Plus, ya know, there is that thing that keeps my busy most days called “my job”. Yes, there’s that.

Speaking of my job, it’s been terribly exciting lately lately… which means busy, too. I have a new cubicle and a place on a new show. I also have new work friends. I wanted to make something small for everyone, so I made little bags filled with homemade goodies and attached homemade ornaments to each one.

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Ornaments for my work friends…

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And Jason Funderburker got some striped socks and a new top hat!

As hard as it is to believe, I didn’t really make a lot of fibery things this Christmas. I actually tried pacing myself this year. Call it a Christmas gift to myself. 🙂

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Gift Knitting

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 | blah blah blah, crafts, Design, FO's, Holiday, knitting, start to finish | 2 Comments

I try my best to get things done on time when I am gifting something, but I don’t always make it. Poor Juline gets my gifts late every year, but luckily, she celebrates her birthday pageant style.

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Linen Stitch takes awhile.

I wanted to knit something bad, but had no real ideas in mind. I just grabbed some yarn and started knitting a linen stitch swatch, hoping it would serendipitously figure out what it wanted to be.

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Linen Stitch Pouch.

It did.

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An up close view. I really like these buttons.

I am also a person who has an enormous craft stash. A lot of the time I will think “What could I make to go with this?” and I run to the supplies to see what I can put together. Since I designed jewelry in a former life, I have quite the stash of jewelry supplies just sitting around that are perfect for crafty gifts.

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I also dipped into the jewelry making supplies.

I also sent some amazing soap from a soap maker that sells at our local Farmer’s Market. I hope she likes it!

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Giving Thanks…

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 | blah blah blah, Holiday | No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! I hope you are all spending it with the ones you love.

As for me, I am thankful for so many things. I figured I would take a moment to share them with you.

I am thankful for my family. For my parents who embraced my strangeness throughout the years. For my husband who puts up with my constant evolving and leaves his comfort zone so I can explore things out of mine. For my kids, who are weird and wonderful in so many ways.

I am thankful for the friends I have met throughout the years. My sisters in fiber arts and my sisters in podcasting for all of the opportunities they have given me to try new things and meet new people. For all of the creative people I have met on Ravelry, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter…who cheer me on without ever having met me. I’m thankful for the folks that take the time to read my blog.

I am thankful that I have a job that I enjoy. It’s one that puts me in daily contact with friendly, supportive people who encourage my professional and personal pursuits.

Lastly, I am thankful for the long holiday weekend and the time I will have to work on making Christmas gifts!

Have a happy holiday!

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Let’s Talk Crafty Christmas…Part 4

I think that David’s present was one of my favorites to make…

I consider David to be an integral part of my becoming a fan of the show Supernatural. Those Winchester boys are certainly fun to look at! Well, not too long ago, I scored myself a ticket to Supernatural Con here in Burbank. While I was there, I was scouring what little they had in the way of swag to find the perfect Castiel souvenir for him. I had a tough time. I left with a Destiel mug, but I was disappointed that they didn’t have more there.

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Just a head and some limbs.

So I decided that a pint sized Castiel would be the perfect gift.

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Alas, poor Castiel…

I used the book AmiguruME by Allison Hoffman to make this project. It’s a great book! I highly recommend it!

The scariest part of this project was giving him the five o’clock shadow. That is mascara on his cute little face. I was so worried I would mess it up.

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Finally, here’s our favorite angel.

I think he turned out awesome!

I also made David a Rooty hat from one of my favorite designers, Alex Tinsley. I feel like I am in the mood to knit all kinds of ear flap and pom pom hats lately. Hopefully soon I will get to make one for myself. I have a few other things to clear out of the queue first!

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A Rooty hat!

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Let’s Talk Crafty Christmas…Part 3

Ashley’s presents were all Hannibal themed this year.

Last year, For Ash’ birthday, I had made her a shoe box Hannibal Lecter Playset by modding a few Mini Mochi patterns. It included Hannibal and a stag in Hannibal’s office. I told her I would try and make her more characters. I didn’t realize how difficult they would be. It is hard to make characters that you can actually identify when knitting so small. I tried to get as close as possible, but Will Graham’s hair was a serious challenge for me.

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Like I gave his little tiny soul a fright!

Yes, I put in al the little hairs individually…like a crazy person.

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This is what I ended up.

I also decided to weave her a nice sized scarf with a combination of some of my hand spun singles and commercial yarn I had in my stash.

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A woven scarf…

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…and a really awful picture of the felted stag head detail.

I think she really liked them! Hopefully at some point I will get a picture of all of her little Hannibal characters together!

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Let’s Talk Crafty Christmas…Part 2

Friday, March 7th, 2014 | crochet, FO's, Holiday, scarf, stash busting, Tunisian, yarn | No Comments

Angelique’s present this year was a challenge for me, but I learned a lot. It is my very first Tunisian crochet project (well, completed project anyway).

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This was an interesting experiment.

The pattern is Ziggurat, designed by my friend Alexis.

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It’s mostly tunisian mesh with a section of striping.

The colors scream “Angelique”…and this will look great with that new shawl pin she bought at Stitches West.

This was actually a great beginner tunisian crochet pattern, although I really wish there were more online resources for Tunisian crochet in general. It seemed like finding tutorials for different stitches was difficult for me. Maybe at some point I might have to spring for a stitch/pattern book or something. I haven’t yet because it feels like all of the tunisian projects I see pictures of on the internet would be popular for an age range much higher than mine. This pattern, however, had a more modern feel to it.

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Let’s talk Crafty Christmas…Part 1

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 | dye, FO's, Holiday, knitting, shawl, stash busting, yarn, yarn snobbery | No Comments

Well, all of the Crafty Christmas gifts have been given, which means I can finally start sharing them with the world. I am so glad too, since it’s been really difficult to keep these projects under wraps!

Let’s start with the present I made for Courtney…Pigment from Leethal Knits.

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I really love this shawl.

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I used Blue Moon Socks That Rock and some of my hand dyed candy corn colored yarn.

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Spaghetti!

This was a fun pattern to knit. I think at some point I will try and make one for myself. It appealed to my love of weaving in ends.

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This was so fun to knit!

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I liked it so much that I plan on knitting one for myself at some point.

Hopefully I’ll get the chance to take a photo of Courtney wearing it some time. It turned out to be the perfect size… and the color combination made me super happy.

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