Exploration Done

Exploration Done

Since my last post, I have finished Exploration Station!  It is now washed and blocked (stretched) so that all the details and lace features show up better.  I am very happy I finished this project.  It’s really interesting because I picked this project and these colours for me.  This was not going to be a shawl that I gave away or sold.  This one was for me.  Turns out it wasn’t.  While I love the first few sections of the shawl, I’m not a huge fan of the last half.  It really is a shame.  The pattern itself is beautiful.  I personally just don’t like how the colours came together in the end.  While my whole knitting group doesn’t agree with me, what can you do?  In the end it all comes down to personal preference!  Alas!

Here is the finished Exploration Station:

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And here is a closer picture of the details:

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Since then I’ve decided to work on another shawl that has a touch of spring in it.  The colours – pink, peach and yellow – are just so happy for this time of year.  The pattern is called Cornwall Coast.  So far, I’m loving it!

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Stay tuned to see what this one turns into!!

Exploring Exploration Station

Exploring Exploration Station

I decided that my sweater was taking just a little too long to complete so I needed to work on something else to get back into the groove.

I thought I would try out Stephen West’s Exploration Station.  I thought I needed a bit more funk in my life!  So I started by picking out the funkiest combination of colours I could!  All these colours I love individuals and together, they just screamed “yes!”

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Then I dove right in!  I’m not finished the shawl quite yet – hopefully this week – but I just couldn’t wait to share my works in progress!

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As you can see, the pattern started with just organic wavy sections.  The further I go, the more different the section become!  We have strips and now rows of little stars.  I’m not sure what the next couple of sections will bring.  The couple of samples I’ve seen of the shawl used much more subtle colours so it looks very different than what my shawl is turning into.  Stay tuned to see the final product!

Have you been working on anything fun lately?

Sweater in the Making!

Sweater in the Making!

Hi all!

If anyone was curious what a big box of happy yarn looks like, here you go!

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So much happy!  The yarn is so soft and I’ve already started planning what I’m going to make!  At some point, there will be finished products.

For right now, I’m in the middle of making my very first sweater!  Well, not really the middle – more like the beginning.  I think this will be a long work in progress.  Hopefully not a “heritage project” as they’re called.  The ones you start but might take a lifetime to finish!

This particular sweater is called Freeport Cardigan.  Here is what it’s supposed to look like when it’s done.

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And here is what I have so far:

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It is certainly coming along and I’m very happy with it.  I’ve had to check in with my knitting group’s expert on a point or two but I think I’ll make it through.  At this point, I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that it will fit when I’m done!

On a personal note, I volunteered at a conference this past week.  It was a very long few days but incredibly rewarding and the last keynote of the conference was no other than David Usher!  Moist was the very first band that I ever saw in concert and seeing him speak on creativity was incredible.  He and a band member sang a few songs and he stayed for a book signing!  I even got a picture with this glorious man!  I did my best to not squeal when I was actually talking with him!

I hope you have all had a wonderful week and I’ll touch base soon!

Yarn Hoarder?

Yarn Hoarder?

Hiya folks!

My posting on this site has been a long time coming but hopefully you’ve been keeping up to date on my crafting through my Facebook page.  You’ll be able to see that I haven’t been idle while I’ve been slacking in my writing duties!

How do I update you on what I’ve been doing?  Well, I’m going to start off slowly.  To begin with, this has been me lately…

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Who needs treasures and gems when you have yarn?  I recently placed a yarn order that arrived at the end of last week.  There were so many pretties in the box and I cannot wait until I figure out what to make with it!26736 26433 26702 26725

Aren’t those amazing colours?  They look even better in person!  Add these to the awesome yarn presents that I got for Christmas and I’m a very spoiled person!

Since I’ve been away from this blog, I’ve learned many things.  I’ve made my first pair of fingerless mitts.  I’ve started knitting my very first sweater.  I’ve made several shawls, as well as cowls and now headbands!  And that’s just with my knitting.  I’m still making plenty of cards inbetween.

I will end this now and start to plan my future posts.  I also have two cowls (one for me, one commission), birthday cards and a sweater to be working on!

Be back soon!

Lindsay

Forest City Comicon

Forest City Comicon

Hiya folks!

Just a quick note today to let you know that I haven’t disappeared!  If you’ve been following my Facebook page, you’ll have seen lots of updates of items I made for my very first convention, Forest City Comicon!  It was a wonderful experience and I got to make so many new things for it!  New cards of super heroes, Yoshi, Star Trek and all sorts.  I also ventured into magnets which was super fun!  In the coming days, I’ll share with you a variety of the items that I made for sale at the con.  For now, you can see me and my set up there this past Sunday!

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Stay tuned for more!

GenCon

GenCon

Hey folks!

If you read my Facebook post last week, you may have seen that I was away in Indianapolis at GenCon.  GenCon is a convention that it mostly about table top gaming but I am here to say that it’s not all about gaming!  My friends from Craft Hackers had a booth there this year and I wanted to show my support so we packed up the car and off we went!

Since I’m not the biggest table top gamer, I learned that there is so much fun to be had doing other activities!  So while Toni, Nicole and Marc were working at their awesome booth, I took it upon myself to fill up three whole days with crafting!!  And now I’m going to share that crafting with you, in all their stages of incomplete.  🙂

I started off my Thursday morning by learning how to crochet a gnome.  This being the first time I’ve crocheted in well over a two decades, I was a little slow on the uptake!  Here’s how far I got on mine.  The second is my friend’s gnome.  She managed to get hers done when we got home.  Isn’t he adorable?

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After this crochet adventure, I made sure to check out Toni’s Craft Hacker booth, visited with my friends, Marc and Nicole, and drooled over everything they were selling.   I also played a game called Super Robo Rally where you move 1′ tall robots with remote controls on a game board and I just so happened to win with my Wall-E robot.  The husband and I also went on an Indy catacombs tour.

Finally, I ended Thursday with fairy painting!  It was so much fun, relaxing and a great way to finish off our first day at GenCon!

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On Friday, I started my crafting day with a knitting class where I got the materials and pattern to make a kitten hat!  Truly the cutest thing!  Unfortunately, knitting is a little slow going so I didn’t get very far but we got to take all of our materials home with us and I promise to finish it!!  Really, I will!  This class was taught by Claire Knits!  Check out her other cute classes from GenCon.  You may even be able to see me in the class picture!

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Then we went to a chainmaille/scalemaille class where we made this beautiful firebird cuff.  This one I was committed to finishing in class, even if it killed me and finish I did!  Vanessa from Kali Butterfly was an awesome teacher and gave great one-on-one instruction.  A fantastic class and if I get to go to GenCon again, I will definitely take another of her classes!

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Saturday was a full day from 9:00 am to midnight!  I started by making kitten mittens to match my kitten hat!  I got far enough on this one that you can see the little paw print!  Then I tried my hand at crocheting a hobbit hood.  Again, I didn’t get very far but you can see what it’s supposed to look like on the instruction page.  I also made a posable dragon bracelet (not displayed) and we finished the day with some serious chainmaille!  I probably should have known better than to try making a serpentine chainmaille necklace at 9:00 at night to midnight on our third day into the con but alas!  Sticking with my “usual”, I did not finish it!  But I did buy the pliers so I can keep going on it.

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All in all, I am very happy with my first GenCon experience and the crafting classes were so much fun!  I hope you’ve enjoyed this little adventure into my three days at GenCon!

Phew…

Phew…

Good day everyone!

If you’ve been following my Facebook page, you may have seen that I had a bit of an accident involving my finger and a fabric rotary cutter.  Well, it meant a couple trips to the hospital and slowed my crafting down a little.  The silly finger stopped me from knitting full-stop for almost a month!  But in that time, I worked on other stuff that just NEEDED to be done!  The first of these projects being magnets.  I love magnets as the husband and the fridge will attest to.  I’m just so happy that I can now make my own and share my love of magnets with a few other people.  Freedom Clothing Collective will be carrying some of them (they even made the window display!!) and the majority will be coming with me to Forest City Comic Con in London this October.

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Next, I finally managed to finish my Child’s Play cross-stitch square.  This patch along with several others will be made into a quilt that will be auctioned off at the Child’s Play dinner in the fall.  I was involved in this project a couple of years ago and happy to be involved again.  Last year, PopCap bought the quilt from the auction and it’s actually hanging in their office!  Amazing!!

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I’m off to GenCon in Indianapolis for the next few days.  While most everyone else has days full of gaming planned, I will be crafting!  Surprise, surprise!  🙂  I’ll be learning how to crochet and even chainmaille!  How cool is that?

I hope you’re enjoying this wonderful summer weather we’ve been having and stay tuned for some super cute and geeky explosion boxes coming up next!

Summer is here!

Summer is here!

Summer is here and the sun is shining!  It is a beautiful day out today and I am inside getting my craft on!  🙂  But the sun is beaming through the windows and I’m a happy camper!  Plus, it’s Movie Marathon Day!  There’s nothing quite as relaxing as Movie Marathon Day!  😀

Today, I’m going to share some knitting with you!  If you’ve been following my facebook page, you should have seen the entire zoo I’ve been knitting.  Raccoons, bunnies and monkeys!  Oh my!  If you haven’t been following, you should go check them out.  They really are the cutest things and I can’t wait to get back to making them.

Inbetween my critter knitting, I’ve also started making shawls and I think I’ve found my passion!  They come together like magic and the wool is just so incredibly soft and smooth.  Here are my first and second.  Excuse the office chair photo shoot for the first one!  My next shawl is just waiting to be picked out!

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Next I hope to share with you my finished cross-stitch for the upcoming Child’s Play charity quilt project!

Take care and enjoy these sun-shiny days while we have them!  😀

Did someone say custom?

Did someone say custom?

That’s right!  Despite being a bit behind in my posting duties as of late, I have not been idle!  I seem to have started making “custom” notecards and thank you cards for people, like you see below!

A few months ago, a woman at work asked me to make her dragonfly notecards with the phrase “A Note from…” on the front so that they were truly from her.  After making up a few samples, these are the ones she chose:

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13 cards of each later, she had her notecards!

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Well, that seemed to spark a bit of a trend.  Not that I’m complaining!  Two other people decided they wanted their own cards too but these ones were thank you cards and they wanted each card to be different.  I haven’t delivered these yet so fingers crossed that they like them!

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I’m pretty happy right now that I bought those stationary boxes just in case!!  It seemed that it worked out in my favour.

Well, the sun is finally shining and it almost feels like spring/summer.  I can’t wait!  But here I am this long weekend inside and crafting!  I may have to make a bit of time for a walk later but for now, I’m pretty content.  I hope you’re having a great long weekend too!

Happy Spring!

Happy Spring!

Well, you wouldn’t know it looking outside yesterday but it is spring and Easter is almost here!  Wanting a bit of pretty and brightness over the past couple of days (I was refusing to look out the window at the grey sky and falling snow), I thought I would post some of the Easter/Spring cards I made for this year!

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Aren’t they just so cheerful?  And here is my “display” at work!

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Some of the cards have already been stolen away but  don’t worry because if you like them, Freedom Clothing Collective does have them at the store, if you were so inclined to take a jaunt over there!  They have so many gorgeous sun-shiny items that you’ll forget all about the weather outside!

Stay warm!