Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Knitting Doesn't Like Me

So I've been trying to learn to knit and trying to love it but I just don't think knitting loves me back. :( I have ripped out and started over on this darn stockinette stitch scarf so many times it's outrageous. I finally just said I am going to just keep going even if I do have some extra stitches. (How did it happen!??!!) I can't seem to figure it out. I haven't given up completely, but I am definately a crocheter at heart. This morning I whipped up the cutest coffee cozy using simple double and half double crochets. Now THAT is my passion. I think the "scarf" will actually turn out to just be a dishcloth, if I even get that far with it. I'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

I got started on my Babette! I love the pattern (it took a few tries to get it "just right") but I've finally figured it out and I love it. I think I'm probably going to do this 12-round square over because I don't really like the way the colors are overlapping in some rounds (that was tricky to figure out the best time to change the yarn color). I'm using Caron Simply Brite and Simply Soft yarn. You see Tyler in the corner there. He thinks he has to be the center of attention, regardless of whether I'm crocheting, knitting, sewing, or trying to take pictures of what I've been working on. I tried pushing him out of the way but he just comes right back. I finally decided to just let him have his way and be in my picture. He is SPOILED! :) I love him to pieces though.

Monday, January 14, 2008

The Weekend is Over :(

The weekend is over and it's time for work again today. I sincerely wish I could stay home and craft all the time! There are soooo many thing I want to do but there's just not enough time! I did have a crafty weekend though, mostly crocheting. I have almost completed the Winter White scarf I'm crocheting for my friend, Candace. (I ran out of yarn as I was almost finished so I'll get more yarn today and finish it up tonight.) I also added some fringe to a fun lime green and turquoise scarf that I crocheted awhile back but it just needed a little something extra. I love it now! And when that was finished, I started crocheting a new scarf which is in bright, happy colors (fuschia and turquoise) and I'm about halfway finished with it. I read in a post on Ravelry that a pattern that I've been searching EVERYWHERE for will be posted this week in the Knitting Daily online store (the Babette!) and I'm super excited about that. This afghan is so beautiful and I can't wait to get started.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Back to Normal

Whew, I'm so glad the holidays are over and I'm back to work and in my normal routine again. I have done a little crafting (I made a pincushion, finished sewing the Frenchy, and have almost completed crocheting a scarf). I finally finished sewing the Frenchy this weekend. I was not happy with the way it turned out. I had trouble with the magnetic clasp tearing my fabric, and the top wasn't even and the opening a little too small. I'm determined not to give up on learning to sew though, it gets better with experience, right?

This weekend I went to Hobby Lobby with my mom and purchased some beautiful yarn to make a scarf for a swap on I'm almost finished crocheting the scarf, and it's turned out really cute (light pink and white with silver sparkles throughout). I'll post pictures on here later. I always feel better when I go back to doing something I'm familiar with (crocheting) so that I can convince myself that I'm not a complete numbskull. ;) I know that sewing is something that I can do, I just need to practice. And I also want to learn to knit, so I bought some knitting needles and an instructional booklet too. I'm looking for an instructional dvd on knitting as well.

I also bought new fabric (turquoise and brown!) to make a bedside organizer from a pattern in my Amy Butler's In Stitches book that I got for Christmas. I hope it turns out well!