Friday, December 31, 2010

i know it's AFTER christmas BUT

you could make these and hang them from your windows or your ceiling lights or on your trees (with the correct paper you COULD) or ANYWHERE. i love these little ornaments! 

and here's how to make them from how about orange

pic from the how about orange diy linked above

you MUST check out the wonderful

scarf/bag (combo of BOTH mind you) over at

outsapop! what a GREAT idea. based on something she found on another site, WHICH COST WELL OVER $200.00.


pic from the outsapop link above

Thursday, December 30, 2010

amazing, amazing, amazing amigurumi

i don't know if any of you have had natto. don't bother trying it if you haven't had it. I PROMISE YOU, YOU WILL NOT LIKE IT. oh, i've tried it and i'm one of five non-japanese people in the entire world who actually LIKES it. really, don't even try to find a place to buy it

it smells like shite (literally) and the consistency.... well how can i describe it? it's like slime covered little eyeballs. (i'm being NICE with that description. it should have been far far far worse).

anyway, i saw these pictures yesterday and KNEW i had to post them.

NATTO amigurumi! via

あみなっとう。 (←なんとなく、うまそうである。)

found via

oh, in case you're interested stop by welcome to nattoland for some info

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

more pictures of the neck warmer i made for erin

once again, i used kauni

i VERY loosely based it on the swiss cheese scarf. i added bobbles as well. when i was done, i felted it in the washing machine (ALWAYS in a pillowcase or something like that. you don't want all that fuzz clogging your machine, do you???). since, let's face it, kauni is NOT soft, i lined the back with fleece. i made sure the holes were cut out on the fleece to match the neck warmer. i also did a bit of bead embroidery.

i wish i had pictures of the neck warmer actually ON a human, but i don't at this point. i do promise to post them once i have some

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

0h bull!


(it lasted 2 hours before being pulled off by da man)

this is cool

three neckwarmers

very loosely based on cafe au laine

here's a few pictures of the shawl i

made for amy.

(the lovely model is cathy not amy by the way).

it's anna's shawl but i didn't use the edging. i did an attached i-cord then i did a little crochet edge on top of that. i also did a little i-cord embellishment and i lined the lower edge with baubles. i used kauni yarn

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

wreaths wreaths wearths and wreaths

as y'all know i LOVE wreaths

and here are links to 17 of them from whip up!

here's just ONE of 'em. an acorn wreath from dana made it (pic from there as well. plus DO stop by and see all of the colored acorn wreaths. they're delightful!)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

i'm addicted to angry birds

my friends are addicted to angry birds. the WORLD is addicted to angry birds..........

from dollar store crafts

angry bird christmas ornaments (HOW COOL IS THIS?????????????????)

pic from the dollar store crafts site linked above

look at this CUTE holiday button tree

over at better homes and gardens

pic from bhg linked above

make this wreath for all of your sci fi geek friends out there

Star Wars Action Figure Wreath

By Bonnie Burton

pic from the diy at starwars dot com, linked above

this is a pretty cool little bracelet

you can make this weekend. it would make a GREAT christmas gift (or a no occasion gift too). if you're a crafter, chances are you have MOST of the equipment needed for the project. if not, you can easily substitute some of the things for stuff you may have laying about
 a stamped disc bracelet from instructables

by ornamentea

Thursday, December 9, 2010

lion brand

has a LOAD of christmas and holiday patterns for you to whip up!

you have to be a member BUT, it's free and it's easy and WELL WORTH IT

they have some damn fine patterns. period (some are free some are not)

here's an example holiday box ornaments
pic from the lion brand link above

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

whipup has

links to nine different knitted holiday ornaments

here's one of 'em: (pic is from this one too): Knit some ‘paper’ chains [ravelry link] this year – and continue to use them year after year.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010

how about oranges shows us how to

make this wicked cool paper ornament

NOTE: this is NOT for me. i know it's not in me to make this. BUT it's cool and YOU can make it and give me one!

pic: from the how about orange tute linked above

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

VERY pretty and festive

wreath over at whip up

pic from the posting at whipup linked above

and the tutorial (and pic) is actually from saidos da concha

(and here's her etsy shop saidos da concha

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

ok a couple of things I'M working on now

neither of these is done.

one is a neckwarmer made out of kauni effektgarn and the other is a shawl (pattern is anna's shawl from stickfrossa blog) also made out of kauni

since the neckwarmer goes so close to the skin and let's face it kauni is beautiful BUT NOT THE SOFTEST YARN OUT THERE, i'm going to line it with fleece (you can see the white fleece peeking out from the holes. i'm going to cut the holes out so you can't see the fleece. i've not yet sewn the fleece to the neckwarmer. i'm not done embellishing and beading it.  i didn't use a pattern. i just started knitting and  riffed off of the swiss cheese scarf pattern. i added baubles as you can see and did a LOT of binding off and casting on at the ends as well as making random holes. (oh, i've obviously felted this after i was done knitting)

the shawl pattern i followed faithfully (well as faithfully as i can follow anything) until the end. i added baubles (what can i say, i'm in love with them) and i used an i-cord bind off. i think i'm going to do a crochet fancier border too. as you can see it is NOT blocked. i've not even woven in the ends.

just didn't want anyone to think i've been lax...........