Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Books! Yeehaw!

My tatting has been lacking lately. Not enough inspiration. So I went on eBay to do some book hunting. I found three sets of three and bid on each. Two of them I won. The seller was sooooo completely nice and included 5 more! YAYY!. And none of them are duplicates of any I have. Two of them have that "Tatting and Crochet Braid" picture on them however. 

SOO excited to put them to good use!

There's adorable Delilah! Sleeping in her awkward position, surrounded by the mess she's made. Oh and she ruined my favorite chap stick ever. She learned how to jump on the bed and now frequents my night stand. She's getting heavy too, about 24 pounds now and only 2 months, 3 weeks old. This is going to be a BIG dog!

More pictures next time! I've been working on some itty bitty things. ^_^

Have a nice day!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Cro-Tat! Puppy Puppy!

What's up with that picture?

That's what.

The other day, I happened upon a tube filled with crochet hooks in a thrift store. In retrospect, I should have checked that the hooks were different sizes, but I figured that whoever owned it before wouldn't keep doubles, right? I didn't know what size hooks I had at home either, so it was a gamble. I came home and checked. Not only were there four of the same size, but it was a hook that I already had!

Sorta funny. It's the size hook that I use with size 10 thread. So that's okay. I probably should have a couple of those size hooks anyway.

This is crotat (cro tat, cro-tat?)!! I'd heard of it before but never really knew what it was. I figured it wasn't practical enough to learn about. Then, in one of those itty bitty crochet magazines, I happened upon a cro-tat pattern. It looked so do-able! I got out a crochet hook and tried. Hmm.. Couldn't get the stitches over the hook. Maybe cro-tat hooks are smaller than the barrel? I looked at the pictures. That wasn't the case. So I tried again. You have to do the stitches sort of loose and then carefully slide them over the hook. Easy!

Oh and you have to know how to needle tat, so it's more like Cro-(needle)tat. You can't really use a regular crochet hook, either. You see, the barrel has to be completely uniform. Most crochet hooks have a wide, flat part with the label and info on them. I got an afghan hook (totally uniform) and it works wonderfully! The only thing is that afghan hooks run large, so you have to be working with yarn. But a lot of the cro-tat patterns I've seen are for clothes. Maybe it works out well after all.

This was my first time playing around with the hook. I made a necklace for my new doggy.


She's totally awesome. I could brag for a while, but that might be annoying. Let's just say she's a good dog. I don't find myself hating her very much, like most puppies tend to make you.

I know. I knowww. That's obviously a pit bull. What's that? Pit bulls rip people's faces off? Well, most pit bulls don't. Seriously. There are over 5 million registered pit bulls in the US. There are maybe 35 (tops) fatal attacks a year by dogs. Pitbulls account for %30. The chances of a pit bull attacking someone are pretty close to one in a million. I know attacking and killing are different things, but pit bulls are good at what they do. ..haha?

I said all that stuff because I had to do a whole lot of research and convincing when I brought her home. Everyone thinks she's a good dog. But, still, every time she nips someone (rarely, for a puppy, actually) it's the pit bull coming out in her! AGH! Quick! Where's the shotgun?! I find it all funny. She's sweet. Eventually they'll see the great sort of dog she'll grow into.

Last. After my rant type thing^ Sorry. I redid the doughnut bracelet. Now it's a necklace! Woop woop.

I had given the bracelet as a gift and it ended up breaking (the chain was stupid). So they gave it to me to re-do. I put the polymer clay donuts on a necklace and voila! Cute!

Fin. And happy Fourth of July!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Thriftiness, Huge Doily, and Messy Sheet Music

Some stuff that I've thrifted lately. The handkerchiefs, doilies, and napkins were all $.25 each. The thread was $.25 for the brand new rayon ball and $.75 for the baggy with the random balls in it. The books were $.50 each and for some reason they're upside down. They're mostly cross stitch and a couple crochet. The last picture is of pillow cases. I got the idea to turn them into handkerchiefs because I found out that my serger is really good at this:

That's the edge of a skirt I'm making for my aunt. The edge looks so nice and neat! I'll take a picture when the skirt is done. It's covered in glitter at the moment. I need to figure out how to get it off.

The last couple days I've had a reallyyyy bad toothache. So instead of doing much crafting, I've been cleaning. This is what my sheet music mess looked like:

Lots of wrappers for some reason (This area is located near the spot in my room where my brother keeps things). Random books. It's hard to keep loose sheet music organized and I had had enough of it. So alllll this was actually able to end up looking like this with the help of a hole puncher:

There are two cello and violin sections because some sheet music I like more than others. My absolute favorite is the unaccompanied cello solo.

This bookmark took forever for some reason, and it looks messy.

The threads aren't hidden and it isn't blocked. Not well enough for that yet. This was shuttle tatted in size 30. A tealish color thread that I dyed myself.

Last, this is pretty fun. I'm crochet a doily with yarn. So it'll turn out really big. I think my stitches are nice. And I LOOOOVE popcorn stitches. They're so fun!

It measures probably almost 2 feet across. It'll look so nice after I block it. Probably another foot to go though... Hmmm. Back to work!