Monday, April 7, 2008

My Sew-sew weekend project!

So, this weekend I spent a LOT of time doing laundry, cleaning, etc etc. It is GREAT to have reclaimed control over my apartment!! To celebrate, I decided to tackle a project that had been on my mind for a few weeks.
A while back I bought a set of 13 bamboo knitting of various sizes on Ebay (YAY Ebay for great deals!). They each came in a plastic case that is, at best, annoying to deal with, so I wanted a case they could all fit in. I ran to my favortie local craft store and was not very impressed with my options. So, here I am getting creative!

DISCLAIMER: I'm not a 'seamstress' or 'sewer' in any sense of the words. I have never taken a home ec class or been taught by Mom or anyone else. I do however own a sewing machine and have read the book that came with it. This is how I learn things (did I ever mention this is how I'm learning to knit?), God help us all!

So, this is by no means professional, but boy is it ever functional! Since I didn't want to deal with finishing off the edges (I find sewing in a straight line to be sometimes difficult....see above disclaimer RE: lack of sewing abilities) I started with 2 reversible placemats I got for $2 each at Target. One served as the back and the other as the front panels for pockets and a flap to cover the top. I just cut that one and used a double-fold bias tape (in red because that's what I had on hand, but I love the chocolate and red contrast!!) to finish the cut edges. Here's how it turned out:

Flap open and needles all snuggly in their places!

Flap closed....

I found that folding works better than rolling...

I attached a ribbon to the back with a button to use for tying 'er up!

I'm very happy with how this turned out!! Now I can knit with the peace of mind that my needles are safe!! :)

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Trucking along...

That's what the days have been doing. I'm amazed at how quickly time passes when you're busy. So, some of you know that I recent got my hair cut and have been asking for pictures. Well here you go! Now, granted this is with no makeup after a 15 hour day, but you get the idea! It's shoulder-length and layered around the face, which works so great for curly hair! Not me mention it looks so healthy with all the ends (about 3 inches of them!) nipped off!

Many of my friends from December 07 board have joined the blogging community, so I have a special surprise for them here!! Last October we formed a Passionately Pink for the Cure team called the Blushing Brides and I volunteered to be team captain. We raised $345 for the Susan G. Komen foundation! I am so proud of everyone who participated and helped out. Well this week, I got a special Thank You card in the mail from Susan G. Komen for the Cure:

It was so unexpected!! They also sent a card so we can register our team again for the 2008 fundraiser. I will be so happy to do this again, but since I know I'll be moving in a couple of months, I'm not going to register yet. I'll hold on to the card and register us one I know what my new address will be.

Lastly, since this really is a knitting blog, I have an update!! My Harry Potter PoA scarf is coming along quite nicely, just about halfway:

It's a LONG scarf! I can't wait to wear it at the new movie later this year. I'm resisting starting anything new until I finish something up. OK, I'm trying to resis, not doing too well at it, but trying :)