Sunday, July 18, 2010

Grateful Dead Dancing Bear WIP

I'm totally trippin' on these :). Love the colors, love the design, can't wait to finish them!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

SCUBA longies

I'm not loving working on these. I'm so not an embroiderist. (Is that even a word?) But I'm totally loving how they're coming out. Much cuter than I'd feared. I'm sorry this has taken so long mama! Our house has been CRAZY for the last little bit. And even though I'm usually very please with the results, I'm always intimidated by an embroidery project. Guess I just need to get over that!

The front of these has the little girlie scuba diver, and the back has the little crab on the bum. I'm still "doodling" on the back. I find it's much like doodling with a pencil, except it's more frustrating when I don't like it (not easily erased) and not as easy to create what I envision. You know, I'd probably be smart to actually doodle things out on paper before I embroider them... but somehow it never works out that way. *sigh*

Just got some action shots from the mama. What a cute girl! I love getting pics of kids wearing my stuff. They make even better models than my nieces and nephews!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Owlie Longies

Call me crazy, but I think I like these even more than the owl skirty. I don't know what it is... maybe it's the extra stripes and polka dots... maybe it's that the polka dots are getting slightly easier, but I really REALLY like how these turned out. Also, I was smart and charted the owls instead of winging it. I didn't have the fabric handy so I got they eyes wrong on the little owls, but they're still cute, and I think look better than the first ones. I might actually get to like making this one!

These are made with my favorite yarn, Berroco Ultra Alpaca as the main color and also the brown. If I'd waited a couple more days to start them, I would have had the perfect green too, but I wasn't sure it would be perfect, and I had close enough on hand. The green is Cascade 220 superwash. Not quite as beautiful and soft as the others, but still very nice.

The hot pink is my new most favorite yarn EVER! It's Aurora 8 by Karabella. It's SO SOFT! It's an 8 ply, 100% merino wool but the way it's spun it feels like cashmere, only not fuzzy. It's also non-felting, but not superwash. I suspect it wouldn't even pill. I got no fuzz off it at all, even when I had to pull out some of the embroidery. That usually gets fuzz off of any yarn. SO PRETTY!!! It's almost as soft as the alpaca blend, but springier and has a beautiful sheen. If it wasn't so expensive, I'd want to make ALL my soakers out of it. Unfortunately, it's almost twice as much as the alpaca. I guess that's why they call them "luxury"... not everyone can afford them.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Saturday Morning Project

I have a million things on my to-do list, not to mention my wait list on Etsy, but sometimes, I have to take a break for one of my favorite people.

Anson, my 4 year old, has a Woody Doll (that we borrowed from a friend and haven't had a chance to give back yet... I'm just gonna have to buy it from the friend... I don't think he's going to agree to give it back to the original owner!) that doesn't have a hat. He's been very creative in substituting other things for a hat. He's used cups, lids, bottle rings, and ring toys. He's so imaginative. But I really felt like it was time for Woody to have a real hat. And I haven't knit or crocheted anything for my boys pretty much since they were born. What a bad momma I am! So this morning, I decided to make Woody a hat. Anson watched over my shoulder the entire time I was making it, taking it to try on at regular intervals. It was very quickly done, and completely improvised, but he seems to be happy with it, so I am too :).

Please ignore the mess. I'm a terrible housekeeper.