Sunday, October 23, 2011

FO's

FO's are 'Finished objects' in case you aren't up to date with crafting lingo. To differentiate between these and UFO's, FO's happen on purpose, with crafting materials.  UFO's happen by accident, when running out of alien space craft fuel over Roswell, New Mexico;P  I know, you weren't expecting that, were you?
 The first FO is The Hitch Hiker by Martina Behm from Germany.  This is a pretty popular pattern on Ravelry and on many Knitting Podcasts.  It's as if everybody else is doing it so I have to do it too! Right? Where have I heard THIS before?  I guess we really never grow up.
 The next project finished actually only took me a few days to knit it.  I could actually do it in one day if I had about 6 hours to knit.  This was part of Vickie Howell's KAL (Knit A Long) from the previous post.  I LOVE this pattern.  It's easy but not boring, same as the Hitch Hiker actually, works up fast and is super soft.  It's also quite stylish, kind of like making a fashion statement using neck wear.  I had 3 silver type buttons from one of my fun button jars but kinda had a plain fourth one so I glued a Wyoming Quarter to it with a cowboy on it.  I like improvising.  It challenges my imagination....
 
David finishes things all of the time.  He is extremely prolific.  Here he has a beautiful Amherst Pheasant Feather Sierra pen made of chrome.  I really like the unusual media he uses.  The feather pens always turn out amazing!  He also has a clock fetish with these little clock faces.  This one is made of tulip wood which has a warm, almost coral like color.  Each piece of tulip wood is very unique as evidenced by these three pieces of tulip wood he used.

Other than his Etsy Craftiness Store, you can find David's functional art at Austin's Lyric Opera showing of The Magic Flute or at Christmas At The Caswells.

Craft On!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Vickie Howell's Knit-A-Long


Because I am a clever person, I was able to trick, entice, encourage a friend to participate in this Knit-A-Long with me.  This KAL is Vickie Howell's pattern from her line of yarn at Caron yarns.  This is going to be a quick project because it is double stranded on large needles and works up quickly.  I like her philosophy of making quick projects so that you can feel like you have accomplished something.  Also, for longer projects, make sure you really like your yarn, you will be with it for awhile.  You can join in on Facebook for this KAL or Ravelry, although I still can't find the Ravelry KAL for this.  If anyone knows, send me a message please:)http://vickiehowell.com/

The Cowl Knit-Along schedule from VH's Facebook page:

‎10/19: I'll post an image of double-stranding, we'll cast-on and begin ribbing.--Remember to reply with where you are, any questions, etc.

10/20- Work on ribbing, share pictures of progress. Yay!
10/21: CABLE DAY! We'll start on the first cable repeat of the cowl. I'll upload a video how-to for the 14-st cables used for this project.
10/22-24: Work the 7 repeats of the cable section of the cowl. I'll be checking in throughout the weekend to answer any questions, if you get stuck. Showing pictures of mistakes is helpful for me, so keep your camera phone handy!
10/25: Move on to 2nd ribbing section and discuss button hole row. If you guys would like, I can post how-to photos for that as well.
10/26-10/27: Weave in ends. Attach buttons & finish! Share photos. I wanna see your FO's! If you want to model them, even better!

Enjoy!