Thursday, April 25, 2013

Three Things Thursday

Three lovely things found in the Flickr environs:

centauro proceso 3
little owl embroidery
Embroidery sampler exercise.

Photos courtesy of Bugambilö, art spirit, and threekitchenfairies.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Stitching Saturday: Sci-fi dinner napkins

mr. Godzilla

Recently my honey was in need of some napkins and I decided to buy and stitch some for him. He tries not to waste resources, and is not a fan of paper towels and paper items, which has taught me to be less wasteful, myself.

I'm proud of his not-wasteful ways and thought I'd commemorate it with silliness... the way I commemorate everything. :)

I bought gray cloth napkins like the ones I used for the Days of the Week towels. I used 2 free patterns - Badbird's "Terrible Lizard" and Speckless' Deep Sea Diver. Tracing the image onto the cloth was just as hard as you'd expect. My actual setup involved a piece of plastic over a daylight lamp, and a fine-tip black pen. Truly a silly experience - I just need to get a transfer pen already.

After stitching my diver, my honey asked what it was, and I realized it looked remarkably like the awesome space suits in 2001, a favorite movie we have in common. So, I dorked the napkins up, but good:

spacesuit napkin   spacesuit napkin

I used just 3 colors of thread - a pale sea green, nice bright orange, and ecru for the lettering.

sci-fi dinner napkins

sci-fi dinner napkins

I'm really happy with how they came out, and I'll be happier still to see them in use, and greasy and stained... because then I'll get to make even more. :)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Three Things Thursday

These 3 things are awesome. You're welcome. From the following 3 peeps:
Wild Olive - The Trees Start Whispering Pattern
How About Orange - DIY Posters With Cut-Out Lettering
Ginger and George - Couching Tutorial

Oh, and if you follow the blog you can see that this is the time of year when I jimmy with my blog template. :)

I'm sure there's a much easier process than the one I use to choose and modify blog templates. I usually start from something free or Blogger-provided and tweak and tweak the CSS until I either:
1) frustrate myself completely, or
2) find a look I like, or
3) find a look I can live with, after a series of frustrating days of non-stop jimmying (this happens most often)

Is anyone else this way? :)

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Stitching Saturday: Cats Love This Yarn

cat blanket

Well, it looks like this has become a monthly blog. Sheesh - I know! But these posts, however infrequent, do help me wrap up my projects and get a sense of what I have and haven't finished.

Up above you see the cat blanket - yes that's right, a blanket knitted especially for a cat. This odd project all started last fall when I was teaching my friends to knit. One of my friends reported that her cat had stolen her yarn - a big, squishy skein of Love This Yarn. Instead of ripping it up with his sharp little claws, gnawing it, or pawing at the ends, she reported that her cat lovingly rubbed his face in the yarn and slept with it, careful not to snag it on his claws. I didn't believe her, until I actually saw him do it. Curious, I knit him up a little square of Vanna's Choice - he sniffed at it, gave it a half-hearted swipe, and marched back to his Love This Yarn.

I was so charmed I decided to knit this little fellow a cat blanket with his favorite yarn. I started first with what I had - squares I'd been putting away for a baby blanket. About 3-4 babies have come into this world since I started, and I had to admit I didn't have the tenacity to put together hundreds of squares. So I made a cat blanket.

Then, I started another smallish cat blanket, just sort of winging it with the brightest colors I had on hand:


Here's the proof that cats love this yarn:
happy cat with a cat blanket

I'm also almost finished with this lovely blanket:

Stitching this has been a hoot. Everywhere I've taken it, for the past 6 months, people have complimented me on the colors, and the soft squishiness of the yarn. I'm on the fence about those two greens right next to each other, but over time I think I'll grow used to it and see that contrast less...

Pattern was based on the Purl Bee Super Easy baby blanket, but I used more than 5 colors and lengthened it to cover my toes.