I am on a "finish my UFOs" kick this year.
Here are the Oak Grove mitts finished!
I received the pattern, yarn, square (yes square) needles, and stitch markers to make these in my TOKmas Christmas swap 2013. The yarn is Madelaine Tosh-Geode. It is sooo pretty in person. Sometimes it looks brown, sometimes it looks purple. Cool. In case you can't see well enough, there is a big oak leaf on the backs of the mitts. And, I must say, I love the Cubics square dpns!
Hey, y'all! I just finished putting up some more Minion stitch markers on Etsy! Anyone interested can buy these little guys in my shop.. named battatter.
Here's a pic! They fit any needle up to size 11. If you prefer smaller needles, I can make them with smaller rings. Just 'convo' me.
Whoa.. haven't posted in a while.
So... I decided this year, 2014, I am going to finish my UFOs. UnFinished Objects, for those who don't know. I have a few. I usually do a lot of swaps, but I haven't seen any that interest me for quite a while, so, I am doing the UFO thing.
First off.. Just Batty Socks. I am almost finished with them! I have sock one done, and most of sock two done. I LOVE these socks! They are my very first pair of socks knitted by me! I bought the pattern for myself for Christmas, (friends and family are not on Ravelry, so can't see my wishlist there).
I used purple and black instead of the recommended orange and black. Yes, the orange would show the pattern more, but I love purple and black together.
I also left of the first chart, because I wanted shorter ankle socks instead of knee socks. I was unsure about the 'chemistry' of making them fit, but somehow it worked out! They fit!
Here's a picture of sock one.
I love that checkerboard bottom!
For my next UFO... my Bat Shawl. Yes, I did do a Bat shawl a while back in worsted, but I began one in lace weight yarn quite some time ago. I will be gorgeous when it is finished, as the yarn is beautiful. I just have to finish it.
Here is a pic of the beginning of it...
you can't see in this pic how pretty the yarn is, but I'll post more when it is finished. It is purple, black, blue.. it is called Galaxy.
Plus the bats eyes are purple glass beads. My idea, not part of the pattern.
OMG... what fun I had in the Halloween swaps!
Here is what I received in the MINI, yes, I said mini, Hootin' Halloween swap. This was unbelieveable! The cowl, has giant spiders knitted into it. She sent all the yarn to make the mittens I wanted, plus the pattern, the jewelry and the zombie (!) stitch markers she got from etsy. I kept saying to myself as I openned the packages.."this is crazy!" Wow, I loved everything soooo much! Thank you Diabro!
This is what I sent my spoilee...angiedawnc
The felted witch hat (full size) I hand needle felted the sun and moon on. It was a favorite logo of hers. I made the cat bag, stitchers, cat box, cat ornament, and owl pin.
In another swap, the Creatures of the Night mini swap, it was a personal swap I did with ChrisFixedKitty, here's what she sent me...
I love everything! The yarn bowl ..which has a Doctor Who 'crack in the wall" crack in the glaze, the bee necklace and there are earrings to match too, the bat bag, cute little bat, stitchers galore, zombie duck...and a bone tatting shuttle and thread winder!!!!!!
Here is what I sent her. She is really into steampunk so..
...I made her a steampunkin! haha.. And an adorable, if I do say so myself, steampunky Octopus knitting a bat scarf. She also wants to get into tatting, so I sent a tatting book and a bookmark I designed myself. Mint Meltaways..something she loves but can't get where she lives. I had never had them. wow.. they are good!
And finally, my last Halloween Vampire swap from knitredsox...
the cloth is a giant skull and crossed bones, adorable bat bag, bat cookie cutter, and I adore the bat acrylic necklace!
Here is what I sent my swap partner. She liked Twilight, so got Bella's mittens and a headband that matched, and some other cool stuff.
Oh yeah, I had a wonderful time Halloween swapping this year!!!
As you may know if you read my blogs.. I love Halloween. So, when the opportunity came about to be in a Halloween swap, I jumped at it.... um 4 times. Yeah, I am crazy.
Luckily, one was a small swap, with a small budget and small requirements. (though, I did go over the required items a bit). And, only two at a time overlap, so, that is helpful, too. And when I shop for one, I can shop for them all at the same time. Well, all but one, as it starts soon, and I don't have my partner yet. All of these swaps are on Ravelry.com.
I am in the Tiny Owl Knits Hootin' Halloween mini swap.. it is only a month long and the small budget. It is finished except for something I ordered which had to be re-ordered because they sent the wrong color. It ends Oct 15th, so.. it is almost over.
I am also in the Halloween Vampire Swap. It is coming along great, I think she will be pleased with her items. This one ends Oct. 19th.. I have a couple of weeks left to craft for this.
I am also in the Creatures of the Night swap. I have not gotten my partner yet, but soon! It ends at the end of Nov. so, I have lots of time there.
I was also contacted by ChrisFixedKitty, and asked if I wanted to do a small "Creatures" swap with her while doing the big one. I said yes. WHAT? am I nuts. No, I just love Halloween. I have never been in a Halloween swap on Ravelry, per se, so I guess I am going a little overboard this year! haha. (I did receive a Halloween themed "holiday' swap once...a couple of years ago, but I didn't send out a Halloween package.)
This one, we decided, should be mailed by Oct. 25, so we could both have our packages by Halloween. I don't understand why the "Creatures" one ends in Nov. but.. oh well!
I also signed up for a Christmas swap. The Tiny Owl Knits group is having a TOKmas swap. I have received my partner, and have been making plans. The package must arrive before Dec 15 (so I have time), and we are all (well as many as can do) meet up on the internet at the same time to open our gifts! It will be and internet Christmas, well TOKmas, party. This should be fun. I have never been in a Christmas swap, either!
Well, I had better stop writing and get to crafting! I have a lot to do!!!!!!!
How could I not be in a Star Trek swap? I have watched and loved it since it first appeared on my TV in the 60's! So, here is what I created for my swap partner Entropy..
she said she loved amigurumi toys, but couldn't make them. I made her the crew of the Enterprise, plus a little kitty mascot.. and Tribbles! I also crocheted her crew insignia coasters. I made her a "Boldy Go" shawl pin, stitch markers, project bags, and the calendar cover is a copy of a painting I made years ago. I also beaded her a Spock bracelet!
Here is what I received from my swap partner caranam!
First of all it all came in the fabulous handmade tote!!
She wrote me a little story, and I was to open each gift when the story said to do so. It was fun! I got glow suns and stars, a book "Redshirts", a bat dishcloth, iron on, a Tribble who cries!, a Tricorder box (so clever) that had puppy snips in it, a Wrath of Khan journal, some awesome malabrigo and hand-dyed yarn, and the BEST LEMON COOKIES EVER!