|minis minis minisminisminis!!!!!!|
In January, I sent off a package full of handmade baby goodies to the sweet folks in Eisley. They're a Texas-based family band, and 4/5 of the band were either expecting babies or had newborns. Part of what was included were: a Baby Sophisticate; a pair of Saartje's Bootees; three tanks that I designed, knit from bamboo I dyed...
|Lucy - Sophie - Scarlett|
...and probably my favorite of the bunch: a 15-inch tall doll, designed from art drawn by one of the gals in the band.
|Photo credit: Sherri DuPree-Bemis|
The patterns for the tanks will be on Ravelry at some point. I haven't spent much time around babies, and I've never designed for them before, so writing them up has been interesting. I can follow standard guidelines all day long and still worry about how they'll work in the real world -- test knitting is going to be fun!
A couple of months ago, I learned how to bookbind.
It's become my favorite new craft: there's precision measuring, extremely limited working time, and some really tense moments. It's worth it, though -- the end result are some really gorgeous, truly individual books.
Some of the journals I'm making have graph paper instead of lined pages -- they're awesome for knitters, as they make charting patterns easy-peasy. You can find them on Etsy.
Other minor updates:
The siren song of Michael's 40% off coupons, combined with my need to organize, resulted in me buying one of their so-called "Melmer" storage units. (Brief history: IKEA has a product called Helmer, which is basically a small filing cabinet; some ingenious folks discovered that Michael's has a close equivalent. Michael's + Helmer = Melmer.) It was white to begin with, and I painted the fronts of the drawers with some acrylic paints. Please excuse my Instagram filter...
I knit a jackalope head, courtesy of Hansi Singh's pattern, and mounted it similar to this awesome project.
|I only apologize for Insta filters once per post...|
My boyfriend and I learned how to make candles -- this batch was made from soy wax, Scots pine scented.
I've been playing a ton of guitar lately, much to my neighbors's chagrin. I'm addicted. My dad bought me a little three-quarter acoustic when I was in elementary school, and I didn't start playing until high school; even then, I was more comfortable with the bass I'd since added to my collection. Chords totally mystified me! About three years ago, I decided to try learning chords -- again -- and it actually proved successful. In the middle of writing this post I learned a new (to me!) barre chord, and am now stupidly proud of myself. Bonus dog!