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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Bethany Cardigan Version 4.0


I know I'm insane, but I was really determined to make this sweater fit right. This is as close as I can get. Such a fun sweater to make though. Made with Willow Yarns Meadow cotton in Ocean, all on size 4 knitting needles. I used a zipper instead of buttons. I'm happy with it.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Harlequin is Finished

I finished the Harlequin Swagger Jacket. I think it's too big, but it's so comfy. I probably should have made it in a L. It was an easy jacket to make (all knit, some purl). Up next, some time in the distant future, another attempt at the Bethany Cardigan.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Harlequin Swagger Jacket Update

Here's an update on the Harlequin Swagger Jacket. So far so good. It's going really fast, considering I can't really work on it everyday, like I'd like to. I'm on the bodice part, and it's all garter stitch. I still hate that the blue color is actually a purple color. I'd like to make it over with a black and multicolored rainbow type of variegated yarn.
The second picture shows the armhole. I'm not happy about weaving in all those ends.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Ricks Beading Loom!

So cool! I was mentioned on the Ricks Beading Loom Blog: click here
I'm so amazed that I could go from watching Paul Ricks on JewelTV on a Sunday morning, to being mentioned on his blog! What a wonderful feeling. He's such a wonderful and creative person and I'm glad to be apart of the Ricks Beading Loom movement!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Knitting Factory

I've been on the knitting train... whoot whoot!


And now, I tackle the infamous Harlequin Swagger Jacket/Sweater:

After this, Michael's sweater, then it's music creation time.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

All Quiet On The Crafting Front...

When there are no pressing projects on the table, there's always the quilt. It feels like there is NO end in sight. I'm still putting the green backgrounds onto the flowers.... whew. After the stack on the left is done, then I'll move to the stack on the right, putting white "paths" onto those finished flowers. Then I'll still have to piece them together. I may do that at the same time I put the white hexes on. Before I do that though, I have to decide what's going to be embroidered onto the flowers.

I saw these pins today and I 'bout died:
So music will definitely be on the quilt, but this would make a great gift for a music lover... framed or a t-shirt.
I'm actually waiting on yarn to be delivered so I can make my friend's daughter this cape:

and I want to re-do the crocodile stitch scarf, since I stupidly gave my lilac one away:

I'm going to do mine in a camouflage print.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Always Making Something - Two Day Pajama Pants!

I made these lounging/pajama pants (above) to go with my Wonder Woman tank top (I don't think the briefs are appropriate for lounging). This is the material that I used (because I couldn't find blue background/white stars):
Good enough for night time crime fighting.... anyway, I used this tutorial plus the basic pants pattern from my sailor pants project. I added inches for the waistband foldover, and pulling the elastic through the waistband channel was a pain in the... but I'm very happy with the outcome. I'll probably make more and make some for gifts.  Had I not been interrupted, I'd have finished in one day.

I'm almost finished with MY piano bracelet. Sallie loved hers. Next up: a Little Red Riding Hood cape for Cheyenne.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Finished Sallie's Piano Bracelet!

I think it's lovely. I love how I added the musical charms. For some reason, the warp threads pulled in smaller than 7", so I had to make up the difference with beads extending to the clasp. I have to make me one now. It was scary pulling the warp rods out of the piece, but it was easy to work the beads down to take up the slack. The Ricks Beading Loom is worth it. It gets Creative Magic's stamp of approval!
11/0 Miyuki Delicas in matte black, gloss black, off white AB, 11/0 Toho Rounds in gloss black, Nymo D in white and gray.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Testing Out The Ricks Beading Loom

So far so good. The first 5 rows were really tricky... maybe because I'm doing 31 warp threads. The threads were twisted some way, and I used the extra warp rod to fix it. I'm loving the loom so far. I'm going to make ME a piano bracelet as well, but I'm going to use blue beads instead of the black matte beads on mine.

I'm going to add a row of Toho rounds to the edges of the bracelet. I'm a little nervous that I don't have enough of the off white AB Delicas. We'll see.