New Skirt

I made this today.  It required hand-sewing… which I am not very inclined to do, but it’s nice.  I got the pattern from this book.  I checked it out from the library, but I would love to have my own copy.  There are some pretty darned cool things in it.

And I finished this prayer rope that I’d been working on for a while.

New Knitting!

I thought it was time to make another crafty blog.  Especially since I’m in a crafty mood.  It’s spring break and I haven’t knitted a whole lot this semester.  I’ve been busy with school, but I’ve decided that I’m not going to get ‘caught up’ or ‘ahead’ of the homework game this week.  I’m just taking a breather.

I went to the store today to buy some yarn that fits the specifications of some patterns that I wanted to make.  Most of my yarn is acrylic… which I know now is not the best, especially if you want to felt things or have interesting textures.  The best thing acrylic is good for is afghans and stuff like that.  So I decided to make a brown/orange/white one.

I knitted the body of a purse yesterday and now only need to put the handles on, which I can do now that I have the right size of double pointed needles.  The pattern is in One Skein.  I think I might sell these things online, through my mom’s site that she’s starting.

So I bought some wool for felting bowls.  Also in One Skein.

Some ribbon yarn for purse making.  The pattern is in Glamour Knits.  By the way, purse frames are hard to come by.  I found this site, but I’ll have to get a whole bunch of them to get them cheaply enough.  All the other websites that I looked at were more expensive.

These are also some more patterns that I would love to make from that book.

The next awesome book that I checked out is Annie Modesitt’s Romantic Hand Knits.

I don’t know when I’m going to have time or the money to buy all the skeins it will take to make these, but I have to try sometime.  I also have to try making these hats.  I have no idea how, but it’ll be fun.

I’m not sure I can do all this over spring break.  Maybe I’m overzealous.  Did I mention that I have like 10 books that I want to read over break?

What I’ve been doing

This summer so far has been lethargic, at least a little bit.  My brothers are here; they’re going to help me move.  They also helped me paint this bookshelf I got for $5 when I was working at Hobby Lobby.  I put another coat on too.  I’ve got some boxes packed.  My apartment looks like a complete wreck. 

boxes bookshelf

I finally got a harp for the lamp which I got at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for $5ish and the lampshade at Hobby Lobby (I guess the lamp base was broken when they took it out of the box).  I’m taking Statistics this summer because I have to in order to get into the Education program, so I sit there and knit while he lectures.  It’s pretty convenient, so I don’t feel like I’m completely wasting my time.  Last year I tried to make a prayer rope, but when I got to the cross part I couldn’t figure out how to finish it, so I took a break from it, for a year.  Last Sunday I was in Mrs. M’s car and she had one on her rear-view mirror, I asked her how to do it and she told me.  So, I took out my 100 knots and started again.  It looks better this time.

 lamp skirt prayer rope