Monday, February 19, 2007

You want to do what?!

This is not crochet related, but since it involves my sewing machine there is a "common thread" (yes I know that was a horrible pun, but I couldn't help myself).

I came home for the weekend, you know to visit the folks and what not. My mother and I were sitting in the computer room when she looks at me and goes, "hey, can I sell your sewing machine?" I asked her if she'd gone nuts, and her reply was no but you don't use it. Umm hello, I'm in Nashville and the sewing machine is here of course I don't use it. There's no room for it in my dorm cubby (my room, I'll post the picture of the crochet corner and you'll understand). I told her NO you may not sell it, I'm going to come get it when I get my apartment we're talking end of April here guys. I just get the feeling that woman is trying to be rid of me lol.

On threadier topics, the sewing machine is going to be a vital part of the moving as I have sincere intentions of being sister sews it lol. I plan on doing my own throw pillows and possibly a duvet cover of sorts, heck I might even get bold and try my hand at some curtains... or not. The thing is I'm really a huge fan of DIY so the idea of making stuff gets my heart racing. I'm thinking platform bed with hidden storage (hello somebody lol). There was a sister on NP a while back who built her own bed and dresser and I was totally feeling it, so I'm thinking something like that... Only time will tell.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Hatz off: A crochet fedora and other projects in progress

This is my latest project, well at least the one that's closest to being finished. It's is supposed to be a fedora like (I call it the F-Type lol) hat. I'm using camel colored Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn, a size H hook. The hat is being worked in half double and single crochet. I based it on one of the patterns in Afya Ibomu's book Get Your Crochet On: Hip Hats and Cool Caps Once it is finished I intend to wet it and shape it. So far it is looking a bit on the small side so it probably won't be something I'm going to keep for myself. Once it is completed (crocheted and shaped) I will take measurements, post them with a picture, and state if I decided to gift it or if it might be up for grabs. If it goes up for grabs I am a fan of swaps over sells but I will consider selling it. I might be a while finishing as I am also working on a pair of shorts (itty bitty things for my best friend). The shorts are hot pink
and black (as you can see in this oh so fuzzy picture). They are being doin in Red Heart Super Saver yarn which has the amazing quality of becoming quite soft and drapey when it is killed (pressed with a hot steam iron) I'm going to work the rest of the "body" in black, do a hot pink inset for the fastening area and the top border, and black lacing (single crocheted cord). I will also post completed pictures of the oh so scandalous shorts. There is also a camisole in the pecking order. It will be chocolate brown and maybe light blue. I'm going to be getting my digital camera back sooner rather than later so the rest of my pictures should be much better. Until later.... Keep your gauge right and don't get it twisted (twisted yarn ruins the best projects).

Monday, February 12, 2007

For Love or Money

Some of the most dramatic issues for the creative soul boil down to the question "for love or money, or the love of money". It is quite clear that I crochet for love. My mother taught me to crochet when I was seven years old, and I've been at it every since. I never finished anything other than a potholder until my junior year in college. I made a scarf, and I did that out of love too. My first 5 or so projects were things that I made for other people. I never charged any of them a dime because they were people I loved. I have yet to make a dime off of my crocheting, and it may not happen anytime soon. I believe in swapping items with other crocheters, gifting items, and making them for charity. I never make things with the intent to sell them, but now that I'm in the habit of creating things just because I can, the idea is seeming oh so appealing. Let's just put it like this, I crochet for the same reason that most athletes started to play their sport and that's because I love it; like most athletes I don't have an issue with the concept of being paid for doing what I love. That said it's all about the love, joy, and fun but money is nice too. (the picture above is not my work, just a relevant image.. I might try my hand at it though)