30 August, 2012

Fall is a comin'

Getting ready for fall with my first cold weather accessory; a crocheted infinity scarf!  I used this simple tutorial  and then tweaked it a bit by going through back loops for every other row.  This made the vertical lines a little more prominent though only on one side.  It's big, chunky, and only took me one movie, yay me!  The pattern is crazy easy so it's great for any skill level.

You can never make just ONE scarf so I've started a Pinterest board for knit/crochet scarves and cowls all with patterns.  Below are some of my first pins, clicking the picture will take you to the original website straight to the pattern.  Cheers!

Tao Silk Scarf Pattern
1.) A Spoonful of Sugar   2.) the Purl bee   3.) Shibui   4.) JennOzkan.com   5.) jimmy beans wool

28 August, 2012

#12 complete an embroidery project

The summer has been a blur and September will be here soon.  I've checked a few things off of my '26 before 27' list but have fallen drastically behind on my goal to read 52 books this year.  C'est la vie.  Today I am happy to cross #12 off my list, complete an embroidery project!  There are many embroidery samplers to help you learn such as this adorable Princess and the Pea Sampler.  My frugal self decided to go for the more basic (and free) approach of practicing stitches that I found on the web in lines.

What did I learn?  I'm really bad at french knots, I can't make them stick, they'll have to wait for a rainy day and with fall in Seattle approaching I predict a short wait.

I decided to move on to some doodle embroidery with back stitches so I interpreted  'B is for Basil' from Edward Gorey's Gashlygrumb Tinies into a hoop,

then I moved on and free handed this cute pin,

but my favorite is my pillow.  The pillow case was sewn from linen, then I drew a whale on with a water soluble pencil and proceeded to stitch.

I am satisfied that I have completed my goal . . . for now.  I'll continue to work on my embroidery and master the french knot, stay tuned.