Yay Friday!!

Happy Friday!  It’s time to put this week to bed!  I’m ready — I feel like I’ve been focused and productive.  I got a good start on my interview prep and my pile of handmade nephew goodies has really grown!  It’s the perfect time for a weekend!

Because nothing makes one feel accomplished, quite like listing those accomplishments, here’s what all my procrasticrafting got me this week…

 

I finished up the leg warmers – two pair, one small, one large, one that matches, one that doesn’t.  The large size might become a pair of matching arm warmers for Mom.

I really liked working with this yarn, KnitPicks Felici.  It’s soft but still has a bit of structure to it.  I’m still thinking about the worsted weight version and a sweater with stripey sleeves.   Maybe my recently cast-on Newborn Vertebrae will cure me of that.  It’s grown since yesterday, I’m up to the sleeve divide already!  Baby sweaters are the best!

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What can I say, I’m a sucker for a good stripe.  I’m also a sucker for a cute animal toy, these days.  My Tubby Wubby stitch & stuff felt toy subscription has come to an end.  Mr. Giraffe is the last to join the menagerie.   I stitched him up, in about an hour, last night.  He’s extra goofy.  I couldn’t resist.

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3 Months was the perfect subscription length for these cute little kits.  They were well put together and the results are super cute but I’m ready to knit critters now.  Knitting is really my thing.  I can see myself stitching more of these Tubby Wubby kits, in the future, but for now, it’s back to Rebecca Danger cuteness.

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I whipped up this little Hippo from ’50 Yards of Fun’ for an instant gratification fix.  I love her designs.  Rather than knit pieces and sew them together, you pick up stitches on the body and knit the limbs out from there.  It can be fiddly but definitely worth it.  I’m always pleased with my critters.  I didn’t even have to fuss too much to give this guy a cute face!

And so, he join the growing pile for my next care package…

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I’ll send this stuff off when I finish his sweater.  Maybe a few more stuffies too…my goal is definitely to re-create that scene from E.T. with knitted toys!  :)

And, now, I’ve committed to doing some real work this afternoon.  Nothing boosts the confidence like putting the time in.  Back to interview prep for a few hours and then, it’s the weeeeekend!!!  Wooooo!

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!


 

Cross Stitch Wednesday

 

I made a fun amazon discovery over the weekend…cross stitch baby bibs!  Of course, I had to try them out!  Yay for 2 day delivery!  The first one is done already.  I wasted no time with it!

 

I’m not sure how useful it’ll be but it’s pretty stinkin’ cute.  Interestingly, I ordered two of the same item, blank cotton aida bibs but received two different items.  One polyester bib, one cotton bib.  It seemed like too much of a hassle to correct, so I just went with it.

I don’t like the polyester at all though.  It’s weird to stitch, floppy and loose, even in a hoop and I question it’s bib-ness.  The cotton is sure to be better, for stitching and for catching baby messes.  I’ve got an idea.  I just need to spend some time with a bit of graph paper!

My other stitching this week was a bit of commentary on television.

And then, I went a little crazy.  It’s a pinterest fail and a glitter bomb all wrapped into one.  After seeing some really cool embroidered tulle pieces, I thought…of course I can cross stitch on tulle!  and of course, when presented with tulle or glitter tulle…the answer is glitter.

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I’m worse than a raccoon stuck in a trap by nothing more than a shiny bit of metal.  (Where the Red Fern Grows, amirite?)   I know glitter is bad.  In fact, I’m a glitter hater.  I’ve never liked glitter.  It’s bad for the environment.  It gets everywhere.  No good can come of releasing glitter in my own home.  Somehow though, I still walked out of that store with glitter tulle.  WTF?  I don’t know what I was thinking.

I deserve the mess it made.  No amount of vacuuming has helped.  It’s everywhere.  It, literally, exploded when I unwrapped the spool it came on.  I had the vacuum out instantly but it was no use.  It’s on my hands.  It’s in my hair.  It’s waaaaaay in the back of my desk drawer already.  It’s all over my clothes.  It’s definitely been spread around my bed.  That’ll teach me to control my craft store impulses.   (hopefully)

At least, the cross stitch was a bust.  Tulle and the technique needed for see through work is really much better suited to embroidery and I’m just not having it.

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NOPE!  I don’t want to embroider and you can’t make me.  So, it’s back to standard aida for me.  I’m gonna play around with some more beading.  That could be fun (and far neater than glitter!)