Saturday, July 26, 2008

Tea Bag/Spoon Rest Complete

Well, here it is. Finally complete. I was disappointed with my first use of it though. The heat from the tea bag dissolved the shellac. Oh well, spoon rest it is.
I really need to get back to my knitting. The hubby and I have been so busy with overtime work, I have found I hard to focus on creating the purse pattern I’m working on. I'm very much looking forward to going on vacation in a week.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Crochet Garment Bag and Special Cake

I love how fast crochet goes. I finished the laundry garment bag. My daughter’s stuffed animals are in it to demonstrate. I laced some cord through the top for closing the bag.

My daughter will be four on Tuesday so I made her a special cake for this week-end. Family will be over next week-end to celebrate but I don’t have time to make anything special before they come over, hence the private celebration now with a cake made by Mom. Her favourite colour is purple. The icing roses were bought pre-made from the bulk barn, but the rest was all me.
I also finally painted the tea pot shaped tea bag/spoon rest. It’s now drying with Krylon satin varnish sprayed on it; pictures next week.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Crochet Garment Bag

Some years ago (less than 8; wish I could remember), I crocheted a garment bag for laundry purposes. I made it out of 100% cotton. Well, it finally died.

I thought, this time, I will make it out of a yarn and hope that lasts longer. I chose Baycrest 100% acrylic (manufactured for the Bay) because it’s synthetic, I’m not using it for anything else, and I have way too much of it. If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard of this, it’s because my Mom bought a lot of it many, many, many years ago to make an afghan and abandoned the idea. So, as with a lot of things she no longer has any use for, it makes its way to me.

I picked up my 4.5 mm hook and my wonderful The Harmony Guide to Crocheting: Techniques and Stitches, and began searching for a motif for my garment bag. Whilst I was doing this, my daughter spotted a lovely orange star in the book which she asked me to make for her; I’m such a push-over. The motif I chose to begin my garment bag is the Cranesbill Lace Square.

My son liked the motif I made for my daughter, so naturally, he has to have a motif all his own. I promised him I would make him the motif of his choice, too, once I had my own square done. I guess that will have to wait till another blog.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Canada Day

First, an apology for not posting on the week-end, but it was our first opportunity at a vacation since Christmas! We took an extra day off for the Canada Day week-end and went to visit my mother-in-law in Quebec; she just finished moving into a new house that could accommodate our family visits.

It was also the end of the school year. My hubby has a buddy who is a school teacher and had to throw a party to celebrate the end of the school year. Fine food (he’s quite a chef), fine wine (not getting drunk but pleasantly “happy”), and getting my ass kicked at a card game called Kung Fu Fighting (hilarious).

The kids were so good on the trip that I got to do some reading in the van. The co-op student working for me right now suggested two books by the author Khaled Hosseini; The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. I finished reading the latter before the trip and got two thirds of the former read since. He is a fabulously talented author both for his moving stories as well as his ability to tell it beautifully.

In between relaxing, shopping with my mother-in-law, assembling furniture, and playing board games, I didn’t get much knitting done. I didn’t even get to paint the tea bag/spoon rest I made last week-end. Oh well, here’s a picture of the unpainted object on my son’s now broken clay canons.