Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Sweet Return to Crafting

It has recently been hard for me to find time to craft as life has been a little hectic but I finally had time to get back to a few projects.  

Here is a little cream sweater that I finished crocheting yesterday.  I LOVE this sweater, it is made of a bamboo blend and is super soft and a nice weight and I think the bubble details at the bottom and the little jeweled red buttons are adorable.  I wish I had a little girl to put this on!  The best thing about crocheting baby stuff is that it goes SUPER fast because the pieces are so small. 

Yesterday with the help of some grandma baby sitting - which is always the best - I finally got around to playing with my new clay supplies!!!  I am not totally in love with any of the pieces that I made but I wanted to make some super simple and small items so that I can play with firing them.  I figured that if I made something really nice and it was ruined in the kiln I would be pretty upset so better to start small.  We'll see how these fire up and then get into pieces that I like better.  I also realized that I think the difficulty with this craft is going to be that the options are limitless so it is hard to get started and even harder to settle on something that isn't perfect.  I'm sure over time I will get better.

The other project that I was able to start yesterday was my first crochet project for myself!  I am biting the bullet and I am going to try to crochet a full adult sized sweater - I have been fearful to start something this large and complicated in the past!!!  Phew it feels like quite the task and  I think I need to go buy more yarn because I doubt I have enough of the yarn I chose to use (which is a super soft really nice merino wool blend).

Here is a picture of the pattern and what I have started so far - I really like the stitch so far.  I am doing the sweater in grey because it happens to be the yarn I had around - I really like the orange in the picture but I'm sure it will be fun in grey too.  The only thing I am a little concerned about is that the grey won't show off the detail in the sweater as well as the orange does but  I may just have to live with that (or I guess if it goes well I could always make it in another color).  The best part about this sweater will be picking out the buttons!!!

Wish me luck on this one - I'm sure I'll need it.  So far there has been limited cursing involved but one never knows how a project will progress.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

My First Baby Sweater!

I finally finished crocheting my first baby sweater (and I do mean finally it took me a few weeks to find enough time to finish this thing!)  The only thing I'm not thrilled about is that I wanted the opening to be a little off centered by it is REALLY off centered...I guess the weight of the sweater is a bit heavier than I would have preferred as well.  Otherwise I think it turned out alright.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

It's Here!!!!

I am so excited because my kiln and PMC supplies are here!  I unfortunately haven't had any time to use them yet but I am still happy that it is all ready to go.

I have kind of been in a crafting lull lately as I haven't been able to find any time to finish anything but I'm almost done with the baby sweater I am crocheting and PMC jewelry will be coming after that!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Crocheted Hats

I've been hooked on crocheting lately.  I made a darling red and cream baby blanket for a friend (which I unfortunately didn't take any pictures of) and I made the below kiddo hats.  I really like the beanies with the brims - I think they are as cute as can be.  I'm also currently in the process of crocheting a baby sweater.

I also have a ton of upcoming projects that I just haven't been able to get to!  I bought some acrylic because I want to try to use it with my jewelry making and I ordered a PMC kiln which I am very excited about!

I hope I can find some more crafting time soon!