Monday, February 27, 2012

Daily Craft - Candy Corn Socks

Excited to have finished knitting these socks yesterday, before becoming engrossed in the Oscars.  I had originally bought this yarn (Lion Brand Sock Ease) to make my cardigan but it didn't take me long to realize that the patterning just wasn't going to work out and the cardigan would be better suited to a solid color.  That left me with the ball of yarn to do what was originally intended - make socks!

I opted for a basic sock pattern so as not to muddy the candy corn looking stripes.  I think Lion Brand somewhat missed with naming the colorway "toffee" seeing as the darker grey mixed with the orange, yellow and white really reminds me of Halloween.

The only adjustment I made to the knitting pattern was to shorten the length of the sock so that they sit at the ankle.  I'm not a fan of longer socks, and I live in Southern California where socks aren't really needed most of the year anyway.  I'm also pretty bummed that I broke one of my DPNs finishing up the second sock.  I can still work with a set of 4 in that size though.

It's been such a long time since I knit socks that it was nice to get my sock mojo back...even if we're heading into spring and open toe weather again.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Daily Art - Foto Friday (Week 7)

Last full week of February already?  I'm almost thankful for the extra day this month, given how quickly the year seems to be moving along.  I have been diligently carrying my gigantic purse around, with gigantic camera in tow.  I hope I'm not giving myself back-ache, although I guess that could be a useful way to get a massage out of husband.  This week I was happy to have gotten out and about a little more with my photos as a result though - even if I started a trend last weekend which involved snapping pictures while sitting in the car (although at least the car was stopped).  I also got a chance to check out the wide-angle lens that I've been coveting (thanks to my friend Holly).  Now I'm really trying to justify a $479 lens purchase.  Photography - a habit that is more expensive than buying yarn.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Daily Craft - Needle rolls

I like rolls in general - sushi rolls, bread rolls, jelly rolls.  When it comes to storage for knitting needles and crochet hooks, sewing up a storage roll seems like the obvious choice.  I already have one for my crochet hooks and, after losing my double-pointed knitting needle set, needed to make one for my replacements.  I used some left over fabric from this quilt, and set about making a roll to hold all 15 sets of DPNs.  That's 75 needles!  I didn't really follow a pattern - more eyeballed it using various concepts for needle rolls that I've seen online in various places.

I actually really like how this turned out.  I enjoy the fabrics together and my biggest complaint would be that I misjudged the width of the pocket needed for the largest (size 15) needles.  It ended up being 8" tall by 11.5" wide, so it's also not too bulky when folded.  In that I did slightly misjudge the pocket width, I'm now debating making another one with the proper size pockets for my DPNs and using this roll for my set of circulars.  Do I have too many knitting needles?  Quite possibly...but I need them for sample knitting (or at least that's my excuse!)

I suspect that sewing rolls of this sort could end up being an addiction.  Next thing you know I'll be creating them for make-up, toiletries, jewelry, and who knows what else.  To all you yarnies out there, how do you store your needles/hooks?  

Friday, February 17, 2012

Daily Art - Foto Friday (Week 6)

I missed posting last week's photos, but back on track finally.  I feel like I've been such a slacker with posting the last couple weeks while dealing with being sick, but hope to be better now that I'm (mostly) on the mend. I also took the opportunity this week to buy a rather large purse that will house my camera and means I can bring it with me everywhere I go. Hopefully that will lead to better photo opportunities. It's kinda funny though as it's hugely uncharacteristic of me to carry a large purse - in fact I'd prefer to never carry one at all. Yet, here I am, making the sacrifice for my art or something. Happy Friday all! :)

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Daily Ramblings - Weekend recap

Can't believe I missed Foto Friday!  I was running between my house (waiting for our new fridge) and my in-laws' house where we were depositing the contents of our freezer overnight.

Here's my favorite shot from last week.  Husband's grandmother has been giving me her vintage buttons and this crest just has to be my favorite!

Butt Tons Of Buttons on 365 Project 

Speaking of the new fridge though, check out our new toy!  We didn't have a fancy side-by-side before, and this fits into the space with a quarter inch to spare on either side.  I'm thrilled that we now have an ice/water dispense, that the freezer isn't leaking into the fridge space, that we now have room to put all our frozen foods without having to stack them on top of each other so we can't find anything...

I'm also very glad that I had to take everything out of the old fridge and inspect some of the things that were in there - like the very expired bottle of BBQ sauce, or some other things that could now pass as pickled (despite that not being the original intent).  Note to better about finding things that may be lurking in the fridge!

Of course, in the never ending pit of home ownership, we will at some point want to switch out the (currently white) stove and dishwasher to match.  One thing at a time though.

The other highlight from the weekend was checking out a Pho restaurant that husband and I found up the street from his grandparents' new apartment.  It's called Pho-King Delicious - seriously, how could we NOT eat there?!  The Pho itself wasn't as good as the place near our house, but the egg rolls were pretty pho-king good.  I would go back there for the great name and the egg rolls alone.  

In the meantime, still trying to get over this damn cold/cough thing.  It's keeping me pretty exhausted really.  Hoping you're all able to stay healthy!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Daily Deal - Tiny Little Boxes

I'm unhappy to say that I've been struck by the first cold/cough things of the season, therefore stuck in the house all day.  Fortunately, it was a bit rainy and sad looking, which is better than being relegated to the couch while it's beautiful and sunny inside.  It's also quite frustrating to want to be doing something useful, but not making it past the kitchen to pour tea while trying to find some watchable day time TV (other than the obligatory Law & Order SVU marathons).  Anyway, enough of my sicky lament!

I've been meaning to post this for a while and just never quite got around to it - a storage concept, courtesy of the Dollar Tree.  A while back, I found these tiny little storage containers in the food storage section, and realized that they're perfect for small craft items - beads, buttons, needles etc.  They come in a pack of 10 for $1 and that's just a deal impossible to beat.  I use them mostly for beads and jewelry findings, and they make everything easy to see and stack.  Yet another reason why the dollar store really does have the most unexpectedly useful things!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Daily Art - Foto Friday (Week 4)

February already.  It's already starting to stay light for longer in the evenings, which I actually enjoy because it's not quite so dark when I leave work.  California is suffering beautiful weather as usual.  My husband's team (Go Giants!) are in the Superbowl.  2012 is off to a great start. 

This week is a truly random assortment of things.  The first couple of pictures here were snapped on my phone (seeing as my best intentions to pull out the DSLR went horribly wrong), I actually took a picture in the parking lot at the grocery store (which is still pretty funny to me), then had some fun with random household items (really enjoyed the straws!)  I hope you enjoy...and always down for a critique.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Daily Craft - WTF was I thinking?

You probably don't remember this post from last year where I shared my chevron baby blanket crochet project.  I worked on it diligently for a while, then decided to bring it into work to continue on my lunch breaks.  It was tucked away for a while in a bag, sad and neglected.  Recently I decided I should probably continue with this project and have been crocheting a little bit at a time. 

I think it's coming along really nicely and I love how it looks - but I'm using fingering weight yarn!  OK, seriously, wtf was I thinking?  I must be mad.  At this rate, I'll be done with it by 2014.  Thankfully, I started this project without a specific baby in mind - because any planned recipient would probably be in first grade by the time it's actually finished.  So, lesson learned - tiny yarn for tiny baby doesn't make for a quick project...even if I do think it's adorable. 

Share your "wtf" moments with me!  I need some support.  :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Daily Tip - Swatch this!

While wasting time on Pinterest, I happened across this pretty handy site - Design Seeds.  It is essentially an online palette book, which highlights different color combinations while showing the photographic inspiration for each collection of swatches.

Source: via Natalie on Pinterest
In the never-ending world of home renovation, painting the walls is something we haven't actually gotten around to since moving in.  Yes, we're living in a world of rather boring off white right now - which I do plan on changing soon.  The palette to the left actually has the tones that I plan on using in our guest bathroom.  The paler green will be for the walls, the brown we will probably incorporate with coppery fixtures and framed artwork, the other colors shown in the counter tops and towels.

I love that I found this site for the obvious benefits with home decor, but it's also very inspiring from a crafter's perspective as well - whether making jewelry, quilting, knitting, or anything else with a strong design element and need for color.  I think that I can draw a lot of inspiration from the images that are presented, which I'm very excited about.  There are definitely some color combinations shown which I may not have come up with on my own.

There are literally hundreds of palettes on this website.  You can browse by theme (such as Spring, Nature, Vintage), or search by an individual color value, which then brings up corresponding themes.  I personally rather enjoy the "crafted" theme, which brings up all kinds of palettes inspired by crafty goodness...and will hopefully inspire some craftiness in return!  I highly recommend.