Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Workshop

When my husband and I moved into our house 3 years ago, the "shop", became the man cave.  It is where the guys played poker Friday nights.  I always looked at the shop as wasted (or maybe it was jealously) has a large stainless steel sink, workbench, peg board, shelving, but with a poker table smack in the middle of it.  Well I bought another motocycle...hee hee.  So things needed to get changed up to fit all the bikes in there.  The poker room migrated into the house and now the shop is all MINE!!!!

I have finally organized all the craft supplies into the workshop and have been able to enjoy some craft time in the shop.  Oh the plans I have......handmade paper.....tie dye......rock necklaces........

1986 Honda Rebel Limited, 250cc

Monday, August 13, 2012

I'm a Ravthlete!

Boy was I ambitious! I thought that in two weeks I could finish a Shawl, Scarf, Cropped Top, and 10 Micro Preemie Baby Hats. Do you think I did it?????

At the end of the Ravellenics, I was able to complete the Dragon Shawl and the Sweet Eleanor Scarf...and trust me that was a challenge.

The Dragon Shawl

When I first looked at this pattern, it seemed easy enough.  The basic body of the shawl was a piece of cake once I got the pattern down.  Then came the edge, oh my!  Each row of the edge took me forever!  I had to rip out a couple of the rows because my count was off or I was just not reading the pattern correctly.  In the end I had to follow the pattern stitch for stitch just to get it right.  The pattern also stated that the shawl HAD to be blocked.  So I followed the pattern and eek!  I placed the shawl in water, and started laying it out on the counter to block grew to twice its size!  I ended up throwing it in the dryer to get it back to the original shape.  It was already the span of a queen sized bed.

I love the way it turned out.  The yarn feels great, the drape is perfect and it is just lovely!

The Sweet Eleanor Scarf

I bought the yarn for this project two years ago and have attempted to create a few things with it, just to hate them and pull them apart.  The main reason I was not liking the projects, I was trying to make knitted things...and I really don't like to knit unless it is with big needles and thick yarn.

When I found this pattern, I thought instead of wasting the self striping yarn because I don't like to knit, I should crochet with it and this pattern would be perfect.  The single crochet makes the "self pattern" come out a bit because of the height of the stitch.  This scarf is just beautiful.  It wraps around your neck in a nice ruffle, it make you feel very feminine.

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Shawl Event

It has been over a week since I started the Ravellenics......and I haven't crossed one finish line.

I am a tad bit concerned that I will not be able to finish all the projects that I set out to complete.  Good news the Dragon Shawl is about 90% complete.