Monday, November 16, 2009

Finally, that Butterfly Hat

There it is! The famed Butterfly Hat. I love this pattern soooooo much! I could knit one for every little girl I know and I wouldn't get tired of it. And this color is just so cute on Olivia. I love, love, love it! I need to pick a cute color and make one for myself, now that my two daughters have one.

My mom made little mittens to match the hat. Cute, right? I need to try making mittens, they seem so complicated to me, a bit like socks. Is that weird?

I'm still working on my Clapotis. I had a hard time at first but I finally "get" the pattern. About time. I'll try to post an update soon. I haven't been knitting much lately, I have a cold, which makes me forgetful and I don't want to mess up the pattern. Off to make myself a cup of tea!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Make Your Own Stitch Markers

First off, I want to say that I have finished my Turkish Stitch Scarf, but I haven't taken any decent photos yet. And, I've also made the Butterfly Hat I wanted to make for my little one and I will post pictures soon, promise. It is so cute!

OK, now for the matter at hand. I just started a Clapotis and the pattern calls for 18 stitch markers. All I have are plastic markers with a notch in them and they kept grabbing onto my yarn, so I decided to make my own stitch markers.

To make the stitch markers, you will need a 3 1/4 inch length of bead stringing wire (tigertail), a metal spacer, a glass bead and a crimp bead for each marker. And a pair of pliers. You can use whatever colors and beads you like, just make sure to choose beads that are smooth and not too heavy.

Take your length of wire, fold it in half to form a loop. Slip the metal spacer onto the folded wire, then the bead and then the crimp. Make sure the ends of the wire are covered by the crimp and use your pliers to flatten the crimp bead. VoilĂ ! Your very own stitch marker. Make as many as you need, all of them the same or all different colors, have fun and happy knitting!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Knitting! Yay!

I started this scarf in March and haven't had time to finish it. You know, Summer and all that. But, it's been looking a lot like Fall and getting cooler so it's time to knit again!

This Noro yarn is so much fun to knit, the colors are just fantastic! I'm going to try to finish the scarf pretty quickly though because I want to knit a hat for my 2 year old daughter. I love having an excuse to go yarn shopping!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fall Bokeh

I have to admit something: I am totally addicted to bokeh. That gorgeous blur that appears in the background of photos is driving me totally nuts! I can't use anything but my 50mm f1.8 lately and I find myself wishing for an f1.4!

Really crazy, I know. I love that dreamy, artistic quality bokeh gives a photo. I love the mix of colors and textures. I also love Fall, a lot. I take way too many pictures when we're out walking in a park and I see all those colorful leaves and tiny fruit still hanging onto branches. All week I keep myself going with all the boring routine stuff by thinking about all the great photos I'll take over the weekend. Whatever gets you through the day, or week, I guess.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Red, Red Everywhere!

Digital Photography School's Weekend Photography Challenge was RED this past weekend. Now, it was my first time participating but I loved it. It really was a challenge finding things I thought were interesting enough. Turns out, a lot of things are more interesting than you think if you look at them differently.

Might be just what I need to get the creative juices flowing again. Can't wait to see what next weekend's challenge is going to be! :)

Thursday, September 17, 2009


I've been quite uninspired lately. It seems every time I try to do something creative, routine creeps up on me. Laundry, dishes, kids' homework, same old, same old...

For some reason, this picture I took a few weekends ago lifts my spirits a bit. I don't know if it's the sun trying to shine through the leaves and branches, but, in any case, I like it. Maybe there's hope after all...

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Um, Take Three?

Third time's the charm, right? Well, the Holidays are over and I have to say I wish they could have lasted a little while longer. I didn't have a chance to "create" much but oh, wow, did I get to relax, at home, with my family. We hadn't been able to do that in a long time. We caught up with friends and family and enjoyed every second of our Holiday vacation. But since all good things must come to an end, it is back to school, back to work, back to a normal routine.

I haven't been "wrecking" much lately but I have a few pages that I did last month and didn't take the time to post. So today, I offer you the "Create a non-stop line" page. I had a lot of fun doing it! I thought a lot about how I would go about it and I debated weather I should just scribble and then color in or do something "recognizable".

I really like how it turned out. Doing this, I realized how much I missed drawing. I used to draw and paint all the time but now there is just not much time for that. I'll try to find more time to do those things, they're good for my brain.