Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Working on new Smokering

For some reason I just can't get the counting right.  Serious brain fog, I guess.  This new design is a smokering with a little extra twist.  It's made of a nice lace yarn, Patons Lace, in a colorway called Bonfire.  I'm using a lace pattern named Candle Flame.  I hope to have it finished soon so I can post a picture.

Also, I got my handmade lampworked glass beads to make Wine Charms with.  I'm going to start those tonight.  I'll post pix when I get some done.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I'm Back....Again

It has been a very long year.  After major surgery last year, I thought I was done with hospitals for the time being. NAY, NAY!  I've been 3 times this year, with docs finding two new conditions.  None are fatal yet so I'm committed to working on my businesses as best as I can.

Well, I finally have a new computer {Happy Dance}, aka "New Hotness" (thanks to Will Smith for that name).  So now I can go back to working on writing and charting patterns for my eBooks.

What's new?  I've started wire & bead wrapping cutlery.  I find interesting/pretty/unique dishware & use beads to go with the colors.  I've made several and hope to have many more done by Craft Fair Time.

I've also been working on my crochet-handled kitchen towels.  I did some for my last Art & Craft show before Christmas & they sold very well.

I hope to have pictures on my Etsy site soon of all my new creations.  A friend has a gorgeous, Italian-inspired kitchen and has told me that I can take pix of my creations using her kitchen as a background.  I am so excited.



Friday, October 29, 2010

New projects

I have been making lots of facecloths for the craft shows.  The first one is November 20 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Key West.  I still need to make soaps to go with some of them & others are father/son or mother/daughter sets.

I am borrowing an idea from the Mason/Dixon Knitting girls and knitting a baby blanket in Log Cabin quilt design.  But I am only using 2 colors so it'll look like a squared off spiral.  I'm using more of the Sugar 'n Spice & Peaches 'n Cream cottons so it'll be very durable.

Also, I have started a little Bangle Bag that swings from a pair of bangle bracelets.  And there is the Sea Bag which will be a felted lace pattern.  I've done the swatches for that, but haven't started on the actual bag yet.

I still need to get the design done for the Cockatiel Ruana so I'll be ready to start it when Colin finishes dying my yarn.

So much yarn, so little time.


I FINALLY finished the Ziggy Wrap!!  For a while I didn't think i was ever going to get done.  It almost fell victim to my worst knitting habit - Once I get the pattern figured out, I have a really bad time forcing myself to finish it.  If it's a small project, it's not too bad, but a big one like this, I have to nag myself (luckily I have lots of practice on Hubby) to get it finished.  I used 5 skeins of Lion Wool-Ease & it is about 29" x 62".

It seems I love the puzzle of making yarn & stitiches come out right, but once that's done, bleah.  Not that the pattern is bleah by any means.  It is actually one of my favorites I've done in a long while.  But my brain has moved on to the next design so is no longer interested in the item.

It will be available on my Etsy sight later, but here are pix for now:

I tried to get the entire Wrap in this picture but just couldn't do it.

Here is a closer view of the stitch patterns. 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Getting There!

Well, only 4 more repeats of the main pattern to go until the Ziggy Shawl is FINISHED!!!  Yeah!!  It's much larger than the original design, but it has become a nice, warm, cozy shawl just right for Autumn weather.

Now to get the pattern done and published on my Etsy site.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I'm back...Sorta

Well, I'm still working off my daughter's old clunker so I haven't been online much.  The Ziggy Shawl is getting closer to completion though.

I am also working on lots of washcloths for my craft booth at upcoming craft fairs.  I'm thinking of doing some candles also.  If I get time.

And I got a new idea for something to make for a lttle wrist bag from my daughter.  So lots to do.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


My computer has died.  Again.  Please check back for updates in a week or so.  Thanks.

    - Wendy