mellowbeing - crafty, geeky and a new yorker.
Feb 29, 2008
Since the shop is officially closed for the time being, it would make sense for the sections to be empty. When I do reopen, it shall be on this here site rather than on Etsy. I'm hoping to reveal a surprise by end of summer concerning the shop portion of the site.. but I don't want to spoil it.
Oh and if you haven't noticed already, the site is *not* IE6/IE7 compliant. If you're having issues, please download the Firefox browser ASAP - you will be forever grateful.
Feb 26, 2008
What I am hoping to accomplish within the month's end is lining up the peach clutch and documenting that here. Otherwise, I'm hoping to be further along with the laptop bag but I won't make any illusions of actually finishing it in a few days.
The only challenge I had with this was opening my great tote bag of yarns and deciding on colors. I just knew it had to be acrylic (since wool may affect the electronics) and I had to have enough of the main color. It's hard to tell from this "in progress" photo but it will soon look *something* like the pillow case from yarnstorm's post - the first photo is of her pillow. I've changed the colors, textures and diamond shapes to fit a laptop instead of a pillow... but it continues to be my inspiration since it is the original (and it looks so great!). Hopefully, the end product's back will look something like this:
Here's to hoping..
Feb 22, 2008
Feb 18, 2008
I had just finished a custom order early in January and had a half a skein left over from it. I figured, well, I should finish off the skein! Throughout the week, I decided to work on these wristwarmers. I got so excited that I didn't realize I may not have enough for 2 whole pairs of wristwarmers out of just *one* skein. After nearly finishing the second warmer ( I only had 1" left! ), did I realize that I wouldn't have enough yarn for these. And so I decided to try to finish off another teensy skein of some bright fuschia bamboo yarn I had leftover from another project. I had to undo the first wristwarmer and add the fuschia trim but I do think they came out to be a pretty pair. I *still* have some bamboo yarn left over.. it's as if the skein won't come to an end...
... is it just me or do some skeins finish far too quickly and some just keep going and going even when you swear you have a few yards of it left?
Feb 17, 2008
Some highlights from the "fun" stuff this week:
A friend and I went to see the SIGGRAPH 2007 Movies Screening at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). It was alright - there were some amazing short films, behind the scenes footage of how ILM created scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean 3, several other short films and of course, a Pixar film. All in all, a decent way to spend 2 hours - 3D magic always makes me giddy.
Apparently Absinthe is now legal in the U.S. In order to commemorate this new knowledge, some friends and I headed down to the Lower East Side (L.E.S.) on Valentine's Day to attend a free absinthe tasting (when's a better time?). It's very strong - I would recommend adding ice instead of trying to be cool and just have it with sugar like I opted to do.
And lastly, some friends and I went to see a Beatles cover band on Friday night. Out of the 3 sets, the last one was the best. The first two were mainly 60s Beatles - when they were just another boy band with catchy tunes. The last set was filled with the good stuff - Something, Revolution, Here Comes the Sun, Oh Darling! and it ended with Hey Jude. The best song they performed was While My Guitar Gently Sleeps - the synchronization of the guitars was incredible. The most fun part of evening was when an *original* Temptation was invited to sing "Mustang Sally". The house went wild.. everyone was singing.. good times had by all.
This is starting to be a bit of a long post so I'll get to the knitting and the Thing a Day challenge now! (before you daze out and fall asleep..)
Considering my long week, I only managed to complete the following 3 projects:
*Almost* complete: Finished crocheting the edges and sewed in the remaining yarn. Add the 2 silver buttons. All that it needs now is the lining.. but I'm almost convincing myself that the lining isn't necessary. It isn't, right? Yeah? Okay not really so I'll add the lining this week.. I already have the piece of fabric picked out for it. A white cloth with cute little red flowers on it.
Complete! I sewed in all 30948234 hanging yarn ends.. (okay, there may have been only 28 total). Wore them out already and got a few compliments :D
Completed! Finally.. this has been in my stash for quite a while.. it may be almost a year actually. I worked so diligently on knitting this up (it's a dream to knit with) but never got around to sewing in the buttons. Voila! I'm loving these buttons.. they're so perfect and modern.
That is all. Til next time.
Feb 7, 2008
So, you wonder.. what's this 2nd project you've finished? Since you ask, these wristwarmers were knit up in less than a week (was trying to get them in for a last minute Christmas gift..) but I never got around to actually seeming them. They were binded off fairly quickly and ever since then, just been staring at me while sitting on a corner of my desk. (If you've kept count, that's 2 pairs of lounging wristwarmers on my desk.. you can see why these are the first few to be on the list of projects). Alas, got this done in about 15 minutes yesterday evening:Still need to sew in the loose ends.. The tan & baby blue ones are further along than in the photo.. got a bit done on the train this evening. It's great beating rush hour and getting two seats to yourself. I'm pretty sure that I'll have them bound off and ready to wear by Saturday. I had predicted finishing them over the weekend, hopefully before Sunday and I've surpassed this goal! I'm feeling good about this.. it's nice to finally get things done.
Feb 4, 2008
On Saturday morning, I organized my 'current projects' bin which meant untangling about 10 skeins of yarn from each other. There were several in progress projects whose skeins had been caught up in the huge mess but somehow or other (with much patience) I managed to free all my projects. I decided to start on the projects I can finish up now and still wear them while it's cold out. And so I picked up once again the dreaded the 4 double pointed needles project. It's not difficult at all but I still can't get very comfortable holding all the needles so it takes me a lot longer to make progress on it. That and I don't like taking this project on the train since it's not all too comfortable. Considering most of my knitting happens on the train, you can see why it's been over a year and I only had 1 wristwarmer done until this weekend. On Saturday, I picked up the needles and went to work on the 2nd one. I've worked on it quite a bit - listened to a podcast and some music and yet.. it's about 4 inches on its way.
Hopefully this will take a week to complete.. hopefully. Anyone have tips on how to make working with dpns a little easier?
Feb 2, 2008
The first one up was the pair of wristwarmers that have been lying around my desk for the last month or so. You'd think I would've finished them by now but nope, I just let them stay on the needles forever. I've been slowly but surely working on them this week so I actually had more than just a few rows done. Proud to say that there is a completed pair now sitting on my desk. The following is a photo of one of them since the other hand is occupied taking the photo :) I need to sew in the edges and add a button (there is a button hole near the cuff) but I figure I'll leave that for later when I figure out what I'll do with this pair. Not sure why I started them either. Perhaps really, really, really early Christmas knitting? Perhaps.. maybe I'll have a giveaway on this here blog. You'll find out soon enough.
Now I'm off to check out what's up on the thing-a-day.com site...
Feb 1, 2008
.. if you view the last page, you'll a photo of Avani, myself and Vickie Howell! I was so stoked to have met her in person. Not sure if she was creeped out that I nearly followed her for a minute to get a picture haha.