Friday, April 27, 2007

catch-up

I've been having quite the week with allergies and job-related drama and PMSing, but am happy to report that I'm feeling much better today, and that I've gotten quite some crafting done. See for yourselves:

item #1: Purple Dress
pantaloncitos
I finished the pants and the hat. I decided to improve the pattern by making the hat reversible, which turned out a wee bit crumply, but mostly fine and definitely reversible.
hat outside
hat inside
I'm calling the whole thing a success!

item #2: Knitting
I needed something to do while watching a movie last week, so I dove into my yarn stash and taught myself to cable from this book. I had somehow thought that cable-ing was extremely difficult and only to be attempted by knitting super-heroes, but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was and by how well I did with it.
My First Cable
The yarn was an inherited left-over, so the one ball I got was all there was. The pattern I was working with is for a jacket, and since I didn't want to end up with a one-sleeved jacket or anything similarly embarrassing and frustrating, I decided to turn this first attempt into a little clutch purse, lined with satin or some other fun fabric.
Then I moved on and bought this lovely green cotton ease, which I'm very much in love with even though it's only 50% cotton. It won me over with its pretty colors and soft softness. I'm making this jacket. Cute, huh?!
scheming
green cable
It's turning out well, isn't it?!

item #3: Quilting
I have a friend who had her second baby on Tuesday. I'm making dinner for them next Sunday, so this should be done by then. So far, the progress is promising...
Sawtooth Stars
It's going to be a nursery wall hanging, and my plan is to quilt the two boys' names into it. Thankfully, they're both short names. :)
(individual star pictures on flickr)

item #4: boldly going to where I've never gone before
I'm getting an application for a booth at the annual local craft fair this October. Booths run upwards of $150.- and I don't have anything to sell (at this point). But I made the call!

5 comments:

Karyn said...

Oh my goodness, you've been so busy!!!!!! Everything looks great. Knitting AND quilting??? You do everything! And a craft fair? Go for it!

Jess said...

I always thought cables were some crazily complicated thing, too! That is, until I tried them. They look lovely in the Cotton Ease.

tweetey29 said...

I have never tried cabling. I have seen it in my afghan book but never tried it. but that is crocheting too though. I just love the hat and dress you made for Hannah. Those are adorable.

Claire said...

Wow! Your cabling turned out wonderful! Are you sure you don't have at least a bit of a knitting superhero streak? And kudos for making the scary call to join in the local craft fair. Yay!

pretendingsanity said...

you're one busy cookie!