October 2006

October 25th, 2006 - New Craft

This past Friday I took a day off work and went to the Creativ Festival in Toronto with a good friend from work. A good majority of the show was dedicated to quilting, and another large portion to scrap booking, but there was a bit of yarn and a good range of booths with other crafts.

While I was walking along pondering, I suddenly had the urge to bead. The great thing about beads is that they are cheap, and for what I want to go the projects are small and quick. So I picked up a few seed beads to try it out.

I have done a bit of research, because what I want to create is a rope type of bracelet. I found out that you can do it via crochet, but it was really tough and I wasn't happy with the results. So now I am trying the Tubular Netting method

sorry about the crappy lighting - I leave for work when it dark and get home in the dark too...

It is pretty easy, and I am relatively happy with the results. I wish that it was a little more solid. I am going to try the Russian Spiral as well next, which uses two different sizes of beads.

What I was hoping to accomplish was the type of bracelet that Brenna, our former Lettuce Knit staffer, makes. I just can't seem to find anything that looks quite like that. Does anyone know anything about beading or where I can find more information?


October 19th, 2006 - Organization

Thanks everyone so much for the sweet comments on the things I made for Aven. I really had a fun time doing it and I encourage everyone to try out the silk screening. I love learning new things, particularly when it is a crafty thing. Now that I am long out of school I feel as though I don't learn enough on a day to day basis, so I am always in search of new skills.

Along that lines, this weekend I decided that I needed a little more storage for my studio. I just wasn't able to access the tools and things that I needed quickly and easily. I off trotted off to Home Depot to pick up an "eight drawer rolling cart". And I was determined to put this thing together with no help from the hubby.

Step 1. Open box and make sure you have all the parts needed.

Short two screws, but nothing that can't be resolved with a trip to the garage.

Step 2. Gather tools

Notice the instructions. This is something that I am not afraid to use.

Step 3. Discover after some assembly that they forgot to recommend a couple of tools. One being a cloth to wipe up the glue that is everywhere, and two being a drill bit to re drill the "predrilled holes" that are not quite in the right place.

Step 4. Offend hubby when he comes in to "watch" and you ask him to leave because he is making you nervous (sorry hun).

Step 5. Finish assembly in an hour and a half, with only one scrape. Walk around the house with your chest puffed out like some kind of peacock because the shelf is actually together properly.

I still have to get out the label printer to label to drawers, but I am really happy with how this has helped the organization. I can get at everything very simply now, and I can use this as a table to stand at too. New skills for me!


October 16th, 2006 - Surprise Revealed

So what have I been working on?

Baby stuff! My dear blogging and SnB buddy Aven is due any day now, and I couldn't let something as special as that pass by without knitting her something for the soon to arrive little mister. On the left is a onesie that I silk screened using this tutorial. It was a neat process to work with. I am sure that my results will improve with practice, but it still came out ok.

On the right is a pair of cargo pants from Knitty that I knit to try to look like denim.

This is a very well written pattern and was quite easy to follow. I managed to find some jeans buttons that would work with the knit fabric.

With the little slip on velcro sandals, a full outfit for the little one.

A little wrapping and a card

et viola! I good reason to spend a lovely afternoon eating lovely desserts with a lovely friend!

I wish you all the best Aven, you and Mark will both be amazing parents. And from the looks and sounds of things, your parents are going to be amazing grandparents. Now hurry up and get on this so I can meet the little guy!


October 12th, 2006 - What the Schmang?

What on earth.....

Can't see it quite yet?

See it now?

It's friggin snowing. In Aurora (Toronto). On October the 12th. Just kill me now.


October 11th, 2006 - Where'd I Go?

Thanks so much everyone for the great comments on our blanket. We had a great time working on it and I am definitely going to make another one in the future. Shine is just such a great baby yarn.

So what have I been up to since? I did a little more work on Gathering Intentions, and I am just about done the first arm. But I have also been working on another project

And you are just going to have to wait to find out what it is.

Hey, have you been over to missbedora's blog lately? She is well into her trip now and has some excellent photos and stories. Go leave her a comment if you read - she is so far away from home!


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