Monday, June 17, 2013

The War is over. Now onto another one....

Cute Critter War 2 was so much fun! I created all kinds of critters and won the award for Most Critters by an Individual. Woo hoo!

We are also doing a little swap, mailing a critter to another critter-crafter. So fun!

Now I'm onto another War. Nerd Wars to be exact. We're into Tournament 8. It's so much fun link our crafts to our nerdy interests. Team Writer decided to take a break for this tournament so I've joined Team Squints. I've got some little bugs done and am working on a shawl (pic below) and a baby blanket right now.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cute Critter Wars First Battalion pics

As promised here are some pics of the First Battalion I created for Cute Critter Wars. (Yes, I finally found the camera cord. lol)

Here are the Bean Troops (Beans the Cat and Hamsterbean patterns):

And they are led by Binoo (my own design):


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Clickity, click... Hamsterbean!

I'm so excited!!! I have knitting-purpose again. :) Some NW friends have resurrected Cute Critter Wars and we're doing another round. So far my needles have been producing some darling Hamsterbeans. I think some Kitty overlords will be next. ;) It's so much fun to do something just for the enjoyment of it. And who doesn't like cuteness?!?

As well, I've got a secret project that will be on the go as soon as I get wheels and can go to the LYS. I can't wait to get working on that lace-y project neither. I hope the person I make it for will like it. (Although who doesn't love and appreciate hand knit items more than someone else who knits. ;) )

Pics coming soon I promise. Need to hunt down a cord..... sheesh!

Happy crafting!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Back to Blogging

Hello my dear crafting buddies! Here I am! Working on returning to regular blogging. I've been knitting a bit even with moving but only dishcloths. lol I really haven't had energy for anything else. I love the mindless-ness of knitting dishcloths. I can relax and think about all the other things I have to do and still have my needles clicking away.

Most of my stash is still packed away. I have been so busy with packing and now unpacking that it had to be kept put away. Now that we're settled into our new home, I'm finishing up some volunteer work I do and then am going to dive back into my knitting a little more fully. I can't wait to get started on some new projects including some of my own design.

Miss you!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Wee update...

Well, as you can guess due to my lack of posts that life as been busy. We've had holidays and company in amongst packing and everyday life. I've still be knitting but nothing too exciting. ;) I'll have more soon once we've moved. We've got two weeks left before we head over to the new house. Once I'm settled I'm hoping to get into some kind of routine again which means more posts. Miss you!

Friday, March 22, 2013

One more collection in the making

Nerd Wars can be so inspiring sometimes. Right now we're in Round 2 of Tournament 7. One of the challenges for this Round is about architecture. When trying to come up with an item to craft for this challenge, my mind was drawn to the fabulous architecture I once studied for my Classical Studies degree - Greek columns.

This new project as led me on another designing adventure for one for collection. Not sure of the title yet, but it will all be inspired by the Ancient Greeks and Romans I studied in university. The patterns that develop will be based on their architecture, apparel, writings, etc.

Pictures of my first project will be coming soon. I haven't had a chance to photograph the wrap yet. Watch for it! :)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Struggling with Designing...

I really love designing new projects. It's fun to see my ideas in my head come out on paper and then onto the needles and a finished yarn-y goodness. But sometimes it is a real struggle to get to the completed project.

Like this week, I started a new cowl design. It was inspired by a Nerd Wars challenge about architecture. I have always loved Greek architecture and had the motivation to come up with something related to it. So, in honour of the Corinthian columns, I started a rib and leaf cowl. The material pattern is great but the actual size of the cowl isn't working quite right. With two kids in tow (it's March Break), I made a quick run to my LYS. I decided I needed a second skein of the bulky yarn I'm working with. Unfortunately there wasn't any match for the red I have so I got another blue that matched the one I have at home.

So, I'm off to frog and restart the cowl yet again. At least I can make the edits I want now rather than waiting till next time.

Do you design? Do you struggle with it? What issues have you run into? Is it worth all the work?