Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Good News and Bad News

Ok, here's the bad news first: I lost the batteries I bought for the camera, so still no pictures (I'm always doing silly things like that!).

The good news: I finally finished my first pet blankie to send to Cyrano's Creature Comforts Drive. I still have another that is almost done, and one that is about half-way. The deadline is only a little more than a month away, so I have to get moving to reach my personal goal of five blankets. I want to squeeze in a couple of toys if possible, too.

I promise that as soon as I find those batteries (or buy more) I will take pics of all these unseen projects. No matter how bad the lighting is. Really, I mean it.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Foiled Again!

Today I was going to post a pic of my favorite of the five projects. It's beautiful and sunny outside, and the lighting in my upstairs bedroom was perfect. So I ran downstairs, grabbed the camera, turned it on, and......
the battery light flashed snidely at me and the camera shut off. No battery power. Well, crap.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

It's Sort of an Obsession

I've spent a lot of time lately hiding behind a crochet project, drowning my sorrows (!) (he, he) in thousands of tiny stitches. Hiding in stitches gives you lots of time to think, and I've been thinking quite a bit about my habits as a crocheter. For instance, my secret love of Red Heart Super Saver yarn.

In my last post I mentioned that I was working on five different crocheted and knitted projects. All five are made primarily from Red Heart yarn, and four of those are made from SS. One is Red Heart Baby Clouds.

I know that there are lots of yarn snobs out there, knitters and crocheters who wouldn't dream of making something with a cheap acrylic yarn like Red Heart. I, however, am the complete opposite. I love Super Saver so much for those exact reasons. It's cheap, it's acrylic so I can throw it in the washer and dryer, there are a ton of colors, it's easily available. I don't have a lot of money to spend on yarn, people. I wish that I could buy fancy-schmancy yarn from fabulous yarn stores and web sites, but the truth is, I just can't afford it. I have to put clothes on the Munchkins' back, you know. So until I win the lottery or land some sort of dream job, I am perfectly happy playing with the gazillion color combos I can make with good old Super Saver.

I know I'm starting to sound like one hell of an advertisement. But I'm not getting paid, I'm not getting free yarn (although that would be great). I guess what I'm trying to say is that I've come to the conclusion that Red Heart Super Saver is kinda like my own super-cheap therapy. I hide behind my little RHSS stitches and ignore all the things I don't want to deal with. I can waste hours at a time picking out different color combinations from the gigantic bin of SS stashed in my closet. Maybe it's not the best way to go about things, but it's working for me right now.

OK, that's the end of my free love for the Red Heart company. I promise that when I have good light, I will take more pics of all these projects I've been hiding behind.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Dang It!

I seem to have developed a major case of crafty startitis (again). I currently have 5 projects in constant rotation, and so many more on the sidelines. Yet I keep finding more things that I want to make! Shoot.

More on one of my current projects tomorrow.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Anything to Please the Munchkins

If Munchkin #1 ever comes across this Spiderman blanket, I am in BIG BIG trouble. She knows everything there is to know about Spiderman that there is to know, and she's only 4! If she sees the pic of that blanket she will know exactly what it is and probably demand her own Spidey blankie on the spot.

Oops, I think it's too late. I just added the Spiderman blankie to my list of to-dos for Christmas. It never hurts to start early, right?

(Link via Craft: Magazine)

Monday, April 02, 2007

Been Up To......

This is what I've been working on all week:

This is what I did last night:

This is what I made today:

I modified a pattern for a headband that I found at Happy Yellow House. I omitted the border and did six less rows overall to make it fit properly, and it's soft and comfy. Been wearing the headband since I finished it, before the kids came home from school. Quick, easy, and cute!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

March UFO Challenge

OK, I'll admit it. I never even chose a project for the UFO challenge for March. What can I say, it was a hell of a month and the challenge was honestly the farthest thing from my mind. So I offer up a little something I did do, that I'm counting for this month just because I can.

I spent a lot of time this month hiding in my closet with my stash. While I was there, I actually tidied up a bit. I took a bunch of tangled-up yarn and half-started projects and rolled them up into pretty little balls of yarn. Much easier to go through now. The pic represents only a small portion of the untangling and organizing that I have started. I'm sad to say that the whole process is not over, but has only just begun. (I'm still counting it for the March challenge, though. I'm just saying.)