Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Recycling = Fun!

My hubby travels for work a lot. Which means that often he's gone and we miss him terribly but it also means that we end up with odd things in the house from his trips. He recently went to South Africa to attend the Climate Change talks in Durban. South African airlines apparently give everyone a little pouch with a pair of socks, a toothbrush and an eye mask in it.  He handed them to me and asked me if I wanted them. Now I cannot sleep with anything on my face and who is going to wear a pair of bright orange socks? Anaiah however was fascinated my the eye mask so my crafty mind got working and I knew I had to make her a fun mask! 
Because of the brown and orange colors and Anaiah's recent love of owls I decided to make an owl.  Mine it fairly simple but I think it turned out really cute. I love to recycle and re-purpose things that would otherwise end up in the trash! I also love crafts that are fun but don't cost much or in this case anything! So next time you or your near and dear ones fly ask them to had over their eye masks to you so that you can make a mask for a kid to enjoy!  I'm working on a sock puppet made from the bright orange socks which I hope to show you soon too.
Not the best shot.. sorry.. she didn't feel like posing!
I can write up a tutorial if anyone wants one! Let me know.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Deck the halls..

Hi all. I have not been posting much because I've been in full on Christmas prep. and taking time to enjoy the special moments! The tree is up and there are a few goodies in the freezer to be enjoyed at Christmas! Packages have been sent and even one received. Some things are finished and others are still on the to-do list but I am enjoying this season!  I may not be posting very much for the rest of the month. I hope each of you is enjoying this holiday season to the fullest!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I have good news and bad news.

The good news: I finished the hooded scarf today. So happy to be finished with it and be able to move on the other projects! It took me some serious thinking to figure out how I wanted to make the hood part of the scarf. Since it was not going to be a surprise and since my SIL also knows how to knit I asked her how she would like it. In the end I simply added increases in the shape of a V in the back and then decreases to mirror the increases to shape the back of the hood. I grafted the sides together using a 3 needle purl bind off which turned out fairly tidy. I did have to modify the hood a little because it had a little point on the hood and I know my SIL will not like the elf like hood look. 

Not the best picture.. but it was hard to take a better one of myself wearing the hood so I got the wiggly Anaiah to help me.

The bad news: The cardigan I had started for Anaiah is turning out WAY too big! I think I'm going to frog it and start over. :( I hate to have wasted so much time but if I make something she cannot wear it's an ever bigger waste of time. I don't mind it being a little big but this one has about 6 inches of extra space in the chest and that simply won't do.  Fingers crossed that I get it right the second try!