I was getting lost around Etsy today and found what I’d want at my baby shower, you know, if I ever found a guy, settled down into a traditional lifestyle, and had kids. It’s a lot of ifs, but I LOVE this item.

This is the first actually cute diaper cake I’ve ever seen. I love the colors, not all pansy at all. Plus, it comes with a Cat in the Hat plush. That seems like a good one to get for a kid. Think of the trouble they could get into and then blame it on the stuffed guy!

I just wanted to share. Usually, these baby things are just so fruity looking, like pastel cloud vomit. This one looks awesome and I’d totally have to have it if I were having a baby shower. It’s epic. If I were to ever try my hand at making diaper cakes and such, you can bet it’d look more like this than anythign you’ve ever seen. You can get it here on etsy┬áif you are planning for a little one in your life.

I just finished my first fair isle project! I’m so excited. The technique was much easier than I’d anticipated. I used the Boku yarn that I found at my favorite local yarn shop, Table Rock Llamas. The pattern called for Noro, but they assured me Boku was a better quality yarn and cheaper. Gotta love the more affordable stuff! The black yarn I used is left over from a felted sheep I did out of a kit I was given years ago before I knew how to even knit. I used the pattern “FakeIsle” on ravelry, and though the name implies it isn’t fair isle, it really is. However, since the Boku/Noro is self-striping yarn it looks like you used more colors of yarn than you really did.

It took a bit of time to get used to holding two yarns in the same hand and switching back and forth between them without tangling them all up. The pattern is pretty easy, but I don’t recommend it for a beginner because it breaks a fair isle rule! In fair isle you should never have a single color for more than 5 stitches because of how the yarn is carried across the back of the piece. This pattern uses more than 5 stitches of one color making it VERY difficult to not have those parts of the hat come out too tight. It does come out quite nice looking though. It’s a satisfying project and not so large that beginners are likely to get frustrated by excessive new techniques. It’s just the right size to try out fair isle. I may have to design a better beginner fair isle hat. I do have a hank of Boku left in the same colorway and probably enough black Cascade 220.

I made the larger size of the hat since the last time I tried to make a nice little grey hat it came out too small. This hat came out too big. My brother and my guy pal both could wear the hat, but complained that it was a little tight and odd feeling at the top due to those tight rows where there are more than 5 stitches of the same color in a row. Here is my brother, Scott, sporting the cap.

The Bazaar

October 18, 2009

I spent a great deal of my free time lately working on goodies to send my grandmother for her church bazaar. Every year I make sure a batch of my crafts make it out to Riverside, CA for her to sell at her annual craft bazaar. This year I made 24 wood burned spoons, 18 pairs of earrings, and a cute candy corn hat.

The designs on the spoons are from clip art and some are orignal drawings. I’m most fond of the lizard and adobe spoons which I drew freehand. My mom also helped making a few of the spoons since she wanted to see how my wood burner that Grandma got me worked. It’s much faster than other wood burners I’ve used, but highly detailed designs still take a great deal of time. It’s the Walnut Hollow set that you can get here.

The earrings are all made in my usual charm style. Matching up which beads you want to use often takes much longer than actually doing the wire work necessary to create them.

As for this awesome little hat, I originally made it for myself, but it just wasn’t quite long enough to cover my ears so I figured it would be better off going to a kid who has a smaller head.

Hopefully, getting all this done means I can continue to attack my Halloween costumes full force.