Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Home Improvement

Haven't had a whole lotta time to be crafty for the last couple of weeks because we are doing a few home improvements which involve lots of furniture being moved around and lots of watching Mr. Boy very closely to make sure he doesn't go running off with the cordless drill.

Time for home improvement!

We're (finally!) putting in hard floors in our living room and hallway.

Living room furniture in the kitchen

Which means that everything that was in the living room had to be in the kitchen for a couple of days.  That was kinda fun and interesting, and I'm really glad that part is over.

We're finished with the living room, but Mr. Man still needs to do the hallway, so I'll be going out of town for awhile with Mr. Boy so he can finish in peace and without having to listen to me say, "Wow, that's really loud... I didn't realize it would be so loud!"

When it's all done, then I'll post pictures of the finished fabulousness.

Here's a little peak at what I've been working on...

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Hopefully, I can finish by the end of the week.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Tapestry Crochet Reveal

Hey! I'm finally ready to reveal my little tapestry crochet teaser I showed in this post.

I've been wanting to try tapestry crochet for ages, but I was too intimidated for a long time.  It just looked so complicated and intricate, and though it sounded easy to do, I just couldn't believe it really would be.
Well guess what... it really is as easy to do as it sounds.

Tapestry crochet is crochet's version of fair isle knitting.  But like most things crochet, it's waaaaaaay easier to do than fair isle. And, as far as I'm concerned, way more fun, too.

Little Tapestry Crochet handbag

So here's my little bag.  Kind of anti-climactic, I know, after making you wait for weeks and weeks to see it.  Well, I have no good excuse except that it didn't turn out quite the way I had planned, and then I couldn't decide how to finish it.  And then I realized that a couple of the yarns I was using were actually thinner than the others which made the gauge go all off and wonky.


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Close up of weird gauge change

You can really see the wonkiness in this picture.  That turquoise and gold colored yarn were both thinner than all the other yarns I used and so the bag sort of indents in that little area.  Nothing huge, but just enough to make me less excited to finish it.

And then of course as soon as I started to make it I realized that if I'd made it a little bit smaller it would have been a perfect Kindle case/carrier.  And then I realized that what I really, really want is a big bag with the same general pattern and maybe fewer colors.  So the enthusiasm factor just kept diminishing until the only thing that could motivate me to finish it was the fact that I'd promised all my loyal blog people that I would show you what it was.  So there you have it.

One thing I'm really glad about is that I finally tried a new technique.  I am such a weeny about trying new techniques.  Isn't that silly?  But I really love the tapestry thing, and I plan to do more of it soon.  So I guess this was more of a practice project.  

Check out this purse I saw in Macy's... 

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Pretty wild that I saw this after I'd started on mine.  I think I like the bigger checker pattern and the muted colors of this one better than mine.