Saturday, April 17, 2010

Just a little hit...

I had the urge to make something last night. Could be that I was prompted by the looming deadline of Mother's Day. Anyhoo. I had a few dollar store placemats still hanging around from when I made these bags. I decided to see what a bag made with two long sides and one short side would look like, and I came up with this.

I figure that it'll be perfect for those times when I go to the farmer's market for just a baguette and a few sundries. Usually, I have issues with my baguette escaping, but I think that won't be a problem now. As you can see, it's easily portable with just the one strap on the back, but when it needs to be opened to carry tall skinny stuff, the other strap (which is tucked inside until needed) comes into play.

The closure also comes courtesy of the dollar store - a hair elastic and a button from a big bag of random buttons. The little OMGWTF patch was an afterthought - the zigzag stitching that I used to attach the hair elastic was ugly, and I happened to have this patch lurking in the label drawer. Yes, I have a label drawer in my craft room. This particular patch comes from the early days of Etsy, and I dearly wish that I had more of them, but this was the last one I had.

Guess I'll have to take this baby on a test bound, I am!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Worthwhile crafting...

not that most of my crafting isn't worthwhile, but this latest FO is for a very good cause. Craft Hope is currently collecting beanbag sets for orphans in Liberia. I signed up to do a set of shapes.

Used the remnants of the two charm packs that I used to make for a patchwork skirt earlier. Mr. Munchkin helped me make the labels for the shapes, using twill tape and rubber stamps from the dollar store. If I'd been smart about it, I should have attached the labels first, but instead I pulled a dumbass move and had to handsew each of the labels on. They're filled with aquarium gravel. I think that I'll be making another set for the kids, as they were quite taken with this set. And speaking of the kids...I wanted to show you something that I made last summer. I totally forgot to blog about it until now.

This is Mr. Munchkin's pirate coat. What a labour of love this FO was. Seriously, I don't think that I'd ever make something like this for anyone that I didn't give birth to. Those aren't fake pocket flaps, eh? I learned to make welt pockets just for this coat. So, my little pirate captain can shove gold doubloons into his little coat until it bursts. Which is how a pirate's life should be, no?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

In a listy mood today...

#32 of things not to say to your small child

Child: Daddy, I'm scared of the monsters in the closet!

Husband: Don't worry. I chased all the monsters out. So the pirates would have room.

Child: ...


Husband: G'Night!

*door closes*

Me: Get your ass back in there and make this better. Now.

More proof that God has a sense of humour:

Me (last night at KOL): Happy Zombie Jesus Day, Steph!

*large man who appears to be wearing a black coat stands up and frowns disapprovingly at me as he leaves the cafe*

Steph: Uh...I think that was a monk. The big swingy cross around his neck kinda gave it away.

Me: D'OH.

*cut to this morning*

Me: Owwww.

Husband: What's wrong?

Me: Well...last night, when I was tossing and turning...I somehow managed to whack myself in the forehead with the corner of the night stand. Hard. Seriously, there's a massive purpley goose egg with a corner shaped dent there now.

Husband: Huh. Looks like the monk was praying all night for someone to knock some sense into you.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Trying something new...

I just want to say thank you for the love. Honestly, I was a bit whiny in the last post - I do apologize for that - as I'm currently suffering from a dire monthly need for chocolate. (Apparently, this is how most women refer to PMS, according to Steph. I always called it PMS, as in "Poor Mister Season".)

As for the something new, I'm knitting myself a sweater! I've finished off all of my current projects, excepting a pair of socks for Mr. Ninja but since one sock's done, I'm giving myself a mulligan on that one. I finished all of the projects for my LOTR swap, and I'll post pics of the entire package after it's arrived. But I can't resist showing you the part that I'm really proud of.

I call these "Gauntlets of the Witch King". They're adapted from the Pyroclastic sock pattern from knitty. Knit in Dream in Color Starry (Purple Rain colourway). Don't they look like something one of the Nazgul would wear under all those flowy robes?

Anyhoo, I've never knit myself a sweater. I've knit sweaters for the man, the boy and the girl. But nothing for me. I was looking for a cardigan that would knit up quickly and was a little feminine (nothing too fru-fru). Estelle is what I've chosen, let's hope it works out! Knitting it in smoky grey Malabrigo, on 4.5 needles. I'm not a fan of how the pattern is written, but so far, so good. About to start the lace section. I'll let you know how it goes.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Happiness can come in the mail...

As I have found out this week. Of course, it doesn't hurt that I've been indulging in some retail therapy. (I really have to stop being such an angry person - it's hell on the pocketbook.)

More Fleuvogs.

I love these shoes even more in black. I was weak and succumbed to my intense love for their red sisters, and ordered another pair that I *could* wear until the day they bury me in them. I think I've started down the slippery shoe hoar slide.

A new knitting book!

I've had this on pre-order for awhile. Showed it to Mr. Ninja and he was enthused about it. Although afterwards he said two things: I have to knit a sweater for myself first, and that you should never spring "clothes talk" on a man...apparently, you have to ease them into it.

Finally, proof that I have friends who love me.

My, what a big package! Guess what it is?

That's right. I have friends who send me alpaca fleeces. Out of the blue. Thank you Chiara! I am the luckiest girl in the world, and I'm very grateful for the love.

Now then...I'm definitely going to need a drum carder - I've been toying with the idea of getting one lately. My hand cards just won't cut it for this job. It'll either be an Ashford Wild or a Fancy Kitty. Any opinions out there?