Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Steelers are goin' to the Super Bowl!!!!

And in honor of this, I made some SPIRIT GLOVES! They are so much fun to wear! I know I'll have my pair on during the Super Bowl and you can have your pair on if you just visit my Etsy Shop at www.gfigure.etsy.com

There are a limited number available so don't delay...especially if you want them in time for February 6!!! So till next time, yinz crazy guys....GO STEELERS!!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Long awaited post....

I couldn't wait to show all this stuff but I had to wait till my niece's family received it all as I know she reads my blog. Her and I are the family crafter's and love to create stuff for each other as well as share crafts. I love it. The problem is is that I find something to make her or her family and then I keep finding things. (already working on the next holiday) This is the reason they didn't get any of their Christmas gifts till last week....I called them New Year's gifts. Please excuse my pictures....taken with the phone on my camera.

So without further adieu, let's get started.
First off, I stitched and framed two cross stitches for her adorable children....matching birth announcements. One for a boy and one for a girl. Stitched them on 28 ct. antique white monaco. The patterns are from The Cross Stitcher magazine, the February 2010 and the April 2010 issues. I learned how to frame using the pin and tap method, so that was part of the fun.

My niece loves penguins so I found these adorable penguin coasters on Ravelry made from crochet cotton. I varied the eye colors just for fun. These were super easy and fast to crochet.
I'm addicted to fingerless gloves and there are so many free patterns to google. I just picked one out and did it. So many styles too. I want to try all of them.
Made this hat for my niece's hubby. It's made from a supper soft alpaca blend I found at Michael's. I'm still a beginner knitter so this pattern is one I got from the internet awhile back from someone's blog....it's call one flat had on #10 straight needles. I knitted a few of these already. Basically start off with 68 stitches, 1 and 1/2 rib stitching then stockinette stitch till about 5 and 1/2 inches long. Then start decreasing every other row at each end till about 4 stitches left. Gather and sew seam. That's the pretty quick version from what I remember of the pattern....you may have to adjust here and there to fit. This hat is really nice looking and fast for even a beginning knitter like me.
The headwraps are another pattern that there are a million online free patterns and it's just a matter of what one you like. Ravelry has alot....and for those of you who haven't joined Ravelry (free to sign up)...you are definately missing out on alot of great free and pay for patterns by many talented people who contribute to it. I've found so much there. The gray one is for mommy and the white one is for baby. (I just basically used a smaller needle and cut down the stitches for the smaller one)
This is my head wrap. This is yet another pattern I found and I'm in the middle of making another one I found online. As I said there are a ton out there. Just "google" it. I like these cause they don't mess my hair up as in a whole hat but are very warm.
So that's about it for now. I'm trying to keep up on my promise to post my updates, finishes or not finishes once a week. So far so good....so till next time, yinz crazy guys...

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Stayin warm and cozy...

Yep, that's what I'm doin'...stayin' warm and cozy,craftin' and watching tv. (Okay, I do hit the treadmill every so often.....one day I may actually get on it instead of just hitting it.) Anyway, besides what I CAN'T show you cause it was shipped out on Saturday to the lucky recipients (and you know who you are....then again, maybe you don't) this is what I am working on.
At my last cross stitch get together (January was cancelled due to bad weather...bummer), it was the day before my birthday, the ladies coerced me to purchase one of the hearts done on 10 ct and stitch it. I spent the money of course and did it. I really like working on 28-32 ct anything, so this was a change for me. But I actually LIKE it. Learning lots of new types of stitches too.
These patterns are from Sekas & Co. All of the hearts are so adorable.
My second thing I'm working on is a mobius scarf. But instead of knitting or crocheting it, I decided to try the knifty knitter. Had to watch a few youtubes to remember how to use it, but it's coming back to me. Knifty knitter's are so easy and with using only one strand of woolease, it's coming out nice and lacy-like
I made myself a dowel tree a few years back and now that Christmas is over, I took off the cross stitch ornies and decided to replace them with crochet hearts in red, pink and white. Here are a couple of the pink ones. There are alot of patterns for crochet hearts online so I just picked one that was easy and quick.
That's about it for now. Have a couple of cross stitch patterns I'm going to start also, will show you the progress on those shortly. Just keeping my fingers busy and my mind occupied in hopes that the winter months will fly by...I'm not real fond of cold weather.
So with that said, hope everyone who is in the cold months, stay warm, and those who aren't...know that I'm jealous! Till next time yinz crazy guys.....
It's fun to learn different stitches and the thread is soooooo nice. I'm thinking of doing this into a pillow and maybe doing more of these hearts. They are quick to work up for sure.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

More stuff...

A few other things I forgot to show in my last post is this wooden tree I bought at Michaels for $5 right before Christmas. It was plain wood with holes already drilled in it. I painted it, added a little textured snow and a beaded garland and of course the lights in the holes. Nice for a cheap fun decoration. It stands about 2 feet tall.

I took off the beaded garland after Christmas and added white lights and decided to keep it up for another month or so.

We also started a prayer shawl ministry at our church. The lady in charge needed a blanket for a 9 year old boy in the hospital so I happened to have this fleece at home and crocheted around it in a deep blue. Perfect to cheer I little boy, don't ya think?
A friend of mine from my bible study group made about 13 sets of these for all of us for Christmas presents. How cool was that! She crocheted all the scarves and did the hats on the Knifty Knitter Loom. She did a great job and they are very warm.
With it snowing like crazy outside this evening, I'm really in the mood to get my fingers crafting. So till I'll show you some of the "secret" things I've been up to, it's off to craftland for me. Till next time, yinz crazy guys.... (GO STEELERS!)