"hairpin lace"

Finished Projects Post

In the midst of holiday project hell, I have finally finished two projects - neither of which were originally planned and whipped up last night in an impromptu fashion. Because I wanted to, haha.

First, to your left, you can see not only the creepy mannequin head that Nick yells at me for keeping out and about, but also my first project on the hairpin lace loom I bought a couple months ago and hadn't used. I'm not sure what sparked my interest in picking it up for the first time ever - maybe the fact it just seemed so easy, I wanted to bust my stash, and take a break from writing patterns or making things in the round. It's funny how everything I'm doing right now is made in the round - so easy, but tiring after awhile. Oh, well, I was the one who decided hats were my calling, right?

Anyway, I really like the way this scarf turned out. I couldn't tell you what I'm gonna end up doing with it - selling it, giving it away, whatever. But it looks freaking awesome. For details about the yarn and whatnot, you can visit its ravelry page.

Next, I found out last night that my very pregnant friend finally went into labor. I had made her a baby blanket and sweater, both of which had been posted here, but you can't visit New Baby in the hospital without a present! So I found some pink yarn I purchased awhile ago and made a quick baby hat, playing with the stitches along the way. I really like the way it came out (the bottom half was done with HDC in BLO), and the yarn was really soft. More detailed info is, again, on its ravelry page. I really think I can switch over to making baby hats permanently because they get done so quickly, and I have the attention span of a 3-year-old. Probably why I can't bring myself to finish any of my holiday gifts right now, haha. That - and I have other stuff than crochet and knitting projects going on, and of course it all needs to be done now now now. It's the holidays, so I really wish people would cut me a break with my deadlines. I'm always busy busy busy this time of year, so giving me deadlines on stuff doesn't usually work out and people get mad at me :(

Now that I have ranted about my insane schedule, yay for my friend having a baby! Nick and I will be visiting tonight, and I'm preparing myself to smoosh a fat widdle baby face.

Holiday Project Extravaganza

I've been making some headway on Christmas gifts this year. Well, at least I thought I was until I started thinking about it.

I finally finished Baby Sweater #2. I may or may not save this for Christmas, as my friend's baby is due rather soon! But we'll see. If she reads this, I may just have to give it up sooner :P This time around, I cast on an extra 10 stitches so it wasn't so preemie-looking. After that, the patterns was still pretty simple. It took me a long time to make, though, as I grew bored of the pattern. I plan on taking any leftover yarn and making a pair of matching booties. I've never knitted booties, so I'm excited to try something knew.

I also started this knitted hat for Nick's friend's girlfriend. You can't see the detail in the picture to the left, but it's the pattern Foliage from Knitty, which I found on Ravelry (an addiction of mine). This is the third time I've started it, thinking the first time I had messed up the pattern and then couldn't count the second time when I was surrounded by poeple. Frustrating! But now, I'm realizing I was right with the pattern first time around, so I'm going to finally finish it, haha. Of course, this means another trip to ACMoore for more yarn so I can make matching mittens, since I threw away all of my frogs in frustration every time :)

Not to be forgotten are a bunch of crocheted santa faces Nick's mom would like me to make for work gifts. I made a bunch for the holidays two year ago - enough that they lasted me until Christmas the next year. I gave one to his parents in 2007 as a magnet and his mom loved them. I purchase all the supplies a few weeks ago, sans yarn because I think I had enough from the kit, and I'm patiently awaiting working on them. They were so fun to make and whipped up really quickly. Sadly, Mary Maxim no longer sells the kit or pattern, but I had ordered three to make them the first time around and found it a couple months ago. I didn't search through it, so hopefully everything's there, but maybe I could figure it out if I needed to again, haha. The picture is from the first round of Santa Faces I made in 2006.

It's funny how I've always had problems with knitting, even though I started when I was 11 years old. Then I recently realized there were really only two stitches to remember, and now I have no problems counting, reading patterns, or anything.

I ordered a million tunisian crochet hooks (and by a million, I mean five). I'm excited to try my hand at that one. For a practice piece, I'm going to make a cover for the top of our toilet seat in the man's bathroom. Nick is a big fan of keeping that room completely barren and it drives me up a wall. To add some color, I decided to make a black piece for over the top lid, since everything else is so white and there's a black shower curtain. I hope he doesn't mind. If he does, tough cookies. I figured it would be simple enough to practice with - a big rectangle, haha.

I also bought a hairpin lace loom, and I'm anxious to give that a shot. Oh, if only these blasted holiday gifts would be done!