Sunday, March 23, 2008

Gifts for baby Jasmine

Clock made from a book
Jasmine (my nephew's daughter) is 6 weeks old and she needs something cool for her bedroom wall. With this in mind I decided to make her a clock from one of my favourite books
Where the Wild Things Are

I used this excellent tutorial.
I had originally thought that I could find a second-hand copy of the book but, when I couldn't, I had to buy a new copy.
The hardest part was cutting into this beautiful book but when I made the decision to cut out and save the inside pages for another project it became a little easier, but only a little easier. Originally I wanted to add numbers but I like the look of it uncluttered.

I also crocheted her a bib from the book
Baby Crochet by Lois Daykin.
By the way, the top edge is only wonky in the picture.
I'd take a better pic but it's not in my hands anymore.

I found some cute Peter Rabbit material and sewed some
reversible bibs from this tutorial.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

The power of the bib

Such a simple cute project so what's the deal?
For some strange reason I can't get myself to pick up the hook and 'Just do it!' (Pattern from baby crochet)

Friday, March 7, 2008

The Imposter is surrounded

Fred questions his costume choice for the
New Year's Eve Ball.
It's difficult being a tape measure.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

All hail the Queen

Toronto has some very cool neighbourhoods
and Queen St West is one of them.
I first discovered it when I was checking out one of the best yarn stores in the city......Romni Wools. On my first visit there I mention to the woman who is helping me that I am a crocheter. 'Wait for it." I say to myself. Usually this c word elicits a reaction of discomfort from clerks. Think of me as Julia Roberts walking into that posh clothing store in Pretty Women. But no...without skipping a beat she is showing me all sorts of goodies

Walk further down the street, past the ladies dancing in the window in their lingerie (another post), and past the sweet aroma coming from the coffee shop Niche, and you will find the lovely textile store of mac Fab. I have found out that they sell Amy Butler fabric and after seeing all the beautiful things people are making with her fabric I decide to take the plunge and buy some to make pillows.

Next ....... The Paper Place.
What can I say...the papers are incredibly beautiful! I end up choosing some cards and envelopes in greens and greys and I also pick up this cute Japanese kit. It is a small purse in the shape of a domed house. The roof is to be crocheted and the yarn is the so soft and from Japan. The bottom part is wool felt. I can't wait to make it up...I can see myself making up some variations of these!

There were so many other shops to visit: Bakka the sci-fi bookstore (DH's favourite), great places to eat (Rosebud, Terroni's), a heavenly bakery, and lots more. I'm looking forward to going back and checking out their great clothing stores where most of the clothes are reconstructed items made with vintage material. Sweet!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

South Park Afghan

Bet you never knew that the south park boys
were on Hollywood Squares.

This past year I learned to crochet, so I naively thought that it would be a piece of cake to create the boys from south park. I had to learn how to do tunisian crochet, how to chart an image, how to change colours, and how to put this all together into an afghan. It took me a while but I finally finished it and now I am working on a second one for my other son.

Here is a quick overview of how I made it.
First choose your images... You can search online for ones or draw your own.Either way save them to your computer.
Next go to this very cool site
and upload your images. Pick the size of chart that you want and also whether you intend to knit, crochet, needlepoint or cross stitch your image (tick off knit if you are going to use tunisian crochet). Then print off your is that easy! I used tunisian crochet to create my images and a combination of sc and twisted trc for the background blocks.
More questions...just let me know!

Link to amigurumi Butters
Link to amigurumi Cartman
Link to amigurumi Kenny

Crochet Max from the Wild Things

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