Archive for February, 2009

Bamboo Yo-Yos
February 28, 2009

This post is later than usual. I was rather discouraged last night after working on these yo-yos. Though I love how they look, I am thinking they will work better using a plain black shiny bead instead of the multi-colored amber beads I already have. There is so much stash/stuff I have yet to use with my crafting, and I wanted to use the amber sale beads. I can afford black beads, and I know where to buy them. So that isn’t the problem. It is my ever expanding crafting stash, and I am getting old. Last night I just felt I wouldn’t have time to use it all. This morning I am a more optimistic.

Bamboo-Yo-yos

T.G.I.F.
February 27, 2009

I am taking the day off to play. I have way too many UFO’s that need attention. I can’t think of 10 off the top of my head, so I hope to make some headway into a few of them today. Here is one I started in August after a yarn sale. It is in some kind of lace weight, hand dyed, mohair and silk yarn. I am using the domino lace technique and trying to get each square similar using 5 different skeins. I am a little over halfway so I do need to keep going. It will be a nice shawl for next year.

Lace-Sample

Beads-and-Bamboo
February 26, 2009

These beads and the background fabric will be going into another yo-yo bag. I wanted to make another bag and desired a more neutral color than the tie-dye yo-yos of my previous bag. I had the beads since Christmas, but hadn’t seen any fabric until yesterday. I think this bamboo print is perfect. Striped fabric makes such interesting yo-yos.

Beads-and-Bamboo

Ecru Collar
February 25, 2009

Here is another crochet piece I made that looks like an antique. I used a pattern from the 1932 June issue of “Needlecraft” magazine. It is crocheted in size 100 thread with a size 14 hook.

Ecru-Collar

This is a close up of the stitches. I didn’t have the time to block it before I took the photo, so some of the flowers look a little wonky.

Ecru-Collar-CloseUp

1950’s-Blouse-Patterns
February 24, 2009

I need to organize my crafting stash. Some kind of system that makes it easier to know what I have on hand would be wonderful. So I thought why not scan all my patterns envelopes and put the information in a database on the new mac computer. After scanning 4 boxes of patterns I am ready to give up on the project. I didn’t think I had so many. I did find some cute ones like these 1950’s blouses. Notice that a size 12 is a 30 inch bust. Women must have been much smaller back then. I wonder what a tight fitting dolman sleeve feels like to wear. Now dolman sleeves are usually cut full, almost to the waist at the armseye. These blouses are really fun. My favorite is the poka-dotted one with the scarf collar. I just noticed the white gloves too. The pattern on the left is from 1953 and the one on the right is from 1956.

1950's-Blouse-Patterns