Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wow. Time flies.

I guess we've been busy.  I started a new website All Over the Map about family travel, got hired to write an app about my home town of Washington DC, and decided to plan a round the world adventure for 2012-13.  So yes, it's been busy around here.  John has been making some interesting stuff out of fabric and concrete, while I have been trying to get rid of the many craft supplies I have accumulated because they are just making me feel bad for not completing anything this year.  I haven't even knitted anything this year!  I did crochet a few necklaces and made a few bracelets this summer.  Maybe I'll take a picture and put them up here so I feel like I've done something.  And it's almost time for us to make our Christmas card!  So stay tuned....

Sunday, February 21, 2010


I thought I would try again to make this ring.  It's a good 30-minute project.   I thought I was getting the hang of it, and then it came out a bit lopsided and not quite right.  There are a few other ring patterns I could try, but I think I'll take a break from the crochet needle for a couple of days.  I found the duct tape, so I can finish my dress form tomorrow.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010


Added some beads to the rings I made for 18 and 19, but, um, I forgot to add the band for the ring.  So it's basically a nice little flower.  Definitely getting quicker, though!

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Found the right size needle today and a better crochet book to tidy up the second ring.  I'm getting closer to liking the finished product.  I'm thinking about adding some beads to the next one.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010


So I taught myself to crochet tonight.  Sort of.  Of course, I used the wrong size needle and the wrong kind of yarn, so I guess I shouldn't be too surprised.It's rather lopsided, and I'm pretty sure I didn't count my stitches quite right, but it is generally a ring shape and it kind of fits on my finger.  So it's a ring thing. 

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Who doesn't love a shrinky-dink every once in a while?  While the kids were playing with them, I thought it would be the perfect thing to make some Batala earrings.  (Check out www.batalawashington.com.)  So here's the shrunken result.  Forgot to punch a hole before I shrank them, so will have to drill tomorrow so I can finish.

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Monday, February 15, 2010


I spent the afternoon with my friend Gioia, an art therapist, who is constantly creating things.  She has a most amazing supply of materials and methods for all kinds of things.  She brought out some wool for the kids to make beads, but they were busy playing a game involving teenagers and school and babies (!), so Gioia and I jumped in.  They look massive in the picture, but the largest are just about an inch across.

Meanwhile, Gioia picked up her needles and knit the roving, without a pattern, and made a purse to be felted.  True artist, that one.

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