Happy New Year! It's been a long, long vacation for us, mostly spent hanging out at home, surviving toddler boredom and its ensuing chaos. We've had a lot of fun and some relaxation, and I've been happily knitting and sewing like crazy. It's been nice to give my typing fingers a break from the keyboard and get back to crafting.
I feel like this year I'll be in more of a crafting groove, as the past few months have finally been productive for me. Though I didn't meet last year's resolution of starting an Etsy shop, I'm on track to do it this year. I made my banner and all, and have a few things to sell.
I made this cute little kitty for my friend Shana's daughter, who adores all things kitty-cat (her favorite word is kit-a-cat).
I used a hand-me-down Abercrombie and Fitch sweater (oh, the horror! cutting it up!) and sewed it together using a zigzag stitch on the machine. Let me tell you that was quite difficult with knitted material, though the hand sewing was no picnic either.
I also knitted an apple cozy. Mr. Geek laughs at how silly it is, but I was sick of carrying apples in my purse only to have them all bruised up. I found the pattern here, and it only took an evening to knit.
It has an opening to slide the apple (or pear or orange) into and a knitted bobble button on top to close it. So far, it works great.
And on Friday, my obsession with knitted, felted bowls and containers transpired.
I found a pattern in Leigh Radford's One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit or Crochet book, and have been making bowls en masse all weekend.
Once I knit them using scraps of wool, mohair, and alpaca yarns, I felt them by hand in the kitchen sink, using hot water and soap, which makes the fibers tighten and shrink, similar to when you accidentally put a wool sweater in the washer. I just love how they've turned out, and they'll make wonderful containers for craft supplies or toys.
Not sure what's next on the horizon with crafting, but I'm sure I'll be working on something soon. I can't wait to see what's in store for the new year. What are you looking forward to?