June 28, 2009

Mystery Knitting (Cup Cozy)

You may have noticed some 'mystery knitting' in my WIP list. I can now reveal the project. A sock monkey mug/cup cozy. I found the pattern on Ravelry, and since my sister loves monkeys, and since today was her birthday, I made it for her. A couple of notes on the pattern - knit loosely! I had some trouble with the knitting curling up on me, since I was knitting tightly. Also, make sure the ears are facing the right way when you sew them on. Somehow I ended up sewing one ear on backwards.

June 23, 2009

June TAL

I recently joined a tatting group on Facebook, and we're doing a project a month TAL. The project for the month of June was a bookmark. I chose Julie Patterson's Hearts and Flower Cross Bookmark. Part of the reason I chose it was so that I could learn to make split rings. I also got a good deal of practice hiding thread ends, since my thread broke several times. Using a thread conditioner helped keep the thread from breaking so often. The thread is size 50 Omega. The pattern was easy to follow, and I will probably try it again.

June 22, 2009

Lady of the Thread - Photo Update

My current progress on Lady of the Thread. I'm planning to get the fabric she's sewing on and the yellow rose done by Thursday, July 2.

June 17, 2009

Special Friend Award

As I was trying to catch up on email today (it seems like I'm always behind) I discovered this award that my Mom passed on to me. Here is the description of the award:

These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbon's of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these kind writers. When you pass the award along please include these guidelines. I am to choose eight friends to share this with.

I'd like to pass this along to my good friend, Sarah, my special Sister, Grace, TattingChic, Maidens of Worth, and Jen. (Sorry I never seem to have just the right number of friends to share these with.)

June 8, 2009

Quilled Coasters

I finally finished these quilled coasters. The pattern is from The Book of Paper Quilling: Techniques & Projects for Paper Filigree by Malinda Johnston.
For some reason I had bought 4 of the coaster 'blanks', so I decided to design my own coaster:
I'm not entirely happy with it, but for the first time designing a quilled piece, it's pretty good. I also challenged myself to use up the short strips and random shapes that seem to be accumulating at an alarming rate. 

June 5, 2009

Tatted Bookmark

I have this really bad habit of spending way too much time on Facebook. About two weeks ago, I found a tatting group. Of course I had to join it. The person who started the group wondered if anyone would be interested in doing a project a month. There must have been enough intrest, because the project for June is a bookmark. This is my progress so far:
I would be farther along, but when I started I didn't realize that it was done with CTM (Continuous Thread Method). The pattern is Julie Patterson's Hearts and Flower Cross Bookmark. Incidentally, this will be the first bookmark that I've tatted for myself. Every other bookmark that I've tatted has been given away.