Friday, March 16, 2012

Photo Crazy

Last night I finished another prayer shawl.  This was a very quick project.  Crocheted Bowtie Pi shawl, a free Ravelry pattern.  I used up 3 skeins of Noro Kureyon sock yarn that was  most recently going to be a skirt, and I have long since forgotten what its original purpose was.  Since I had 3 skeins I don't think it was for socks.  Socks of a short length in Kureyon are yucky enough, I cannot imagine thigh highs made out of the rough stuff.  It did work up into a nice shawl though, and I am fairly pleased with the results of this pattern.

Last night  I met my friend Amanda to exchange our pincushion swap packages.  I've been dying to share the goodies I made for her, but since she peeks into my blog sometimes, I didn't dare!

I've been obsessed with sewing items lately, so the first thing I decided to make for her was a needle book.  All felt with buttonhole stitching around the edges.  Not much could be simpler, and it turned out really cute with the felt flower on the cover.

Next up was a tea wallet made with a pattern found at Wee Folk Art.  Can't wait to make one of these for myself now.  I think I'll applique little teacups on the cover of mine.  Really fun to make and only took an afternoon to make.

This size is perfect to hold 4-8 tea bags.

In keeping with the tea theme, I knitted her a mug cozy and wrapped it around a big yellow mug.  The flowers were fun to make out of buttons from my collection.

Also added a cute quilted potholder made with coordinating owl and feather fabrics.  I have enough of each left to make a matching one for myself.

And lastly, the pincushion.  I saw the cute leaf pins at JoAnn Fabrics and the topiary idea came to me.  The felt flowers in the pot are also pins.  I'm really proud of this, even if my daughter did come home from work and say "What the bleep is that?".  Obviously she is not a seamstress and has no clue what a pincushion should look like lol.

 And now the lovely things I received from Amanda.

She crocheted me 4 washcloths.  I love handmade washcloths!

She also crocheted me a teapot cozy and bought me this cute little teapot.  The coasters are also crocheted. Can you tell we both had tea on the brain during this swap?

The yummiest lavendar soap is encased in the pretty lacy knit soap sack, and there was a cute notepad in my package as well.

And the pincushion!  A great glass jar filled with colorful buttons.

The top is a cross stitched heart that I'm afraid I'll mess up if I poke pins in it lol.

These adorable handmade wooden pins were also included and I love them.  I'm going to have to check out the store she said she got these from to see what other offerings they have.

The swap was a great success and now I can't wait for the next one to start.  Lots of ideas running around in my head for goodies.

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