Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Charlie Brown

My daughter and I just watched "A Charlie Brown Christmas" for the first time. She had been listening to the soundtrack for the last 2 months and really likes the Linus and Lucy song. I was curious to see how she would respond to seeing the film that went with the music she was already familiar with. She liked it, and danced when she saw the part with the other kids dancing, just like I used to do. But I did censor some of the show. I had forgotten how the kids called Charlie Brown names - blockhead, stupid, hopeless, etc; Lucy threatening to beat up Linus and trying to hit Snoopy, etc. I didn't want her picking up any words like that and calling anybody those names (she was already copying other things they were saying as she watched it), so I talked over those parts or redirected her attention. She can watch it again next year perhaps, but I will still be a little wary about that name-calling stuff. Am I the only parent censoring tv like that? Am I too sensitive? It's good that we watched it together first.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Snowflakes in the air...

Here is a snowflake that I knitted from a pattern that I got from (the 11/7/07 post):

I thought it would be a lot harder to do, but I followed the instructions carefully and I really like the results! I used a piece of paper to keep track of the number of stitches I was doing while I created it. I used the Bernat Baby yarn, which I think is a little too delicate for the snowflake. I will try it again using a regular white yarn. It only took me 1.5 hours to make (since I was being so careful to follow the directions) but it got faster at the end as I got more used to the kind of stitches I was doing. It measures 3.5 inches across. The directions said to use fabric stiffener to finish it off, but I haven't done that yet and am deciding whether or not I will do that step. Probably on the next one (or the next few ones). I never thought you could create something like this on a loom!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Still Scratchin...

My scratchboard project is 90% done now, I just have to add a few finishing touches and mount it on a different piece of scratchboard, since the one it is on is worn from being worked on. And I'll have a nice long narrative with pictures to talk all about it when I post it to the blog next week!

My Christmas Stocking

Here's my Christmas stocking!

It took about 3 days to complete (working just about an hour each day). It is 15.5 inches long. A few nice long sticks of candy should fit nicely in there! This is using the Lion Brand Holiday Homespun colors. The challenging part was the heel of course. I may just get some cheap yarn and knit a bunch of practice heels until I get comfortable with it. I really like how the stocking came out and I'm considering adding something else to it as a decoration. I'm going to try my hand at making a snowflake, and if it comes out right, I will add it to the stocking (if it looks right on it). I also have to add the loop for the stocking to be hung by the chimney (with care, of course!)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Delicious baby hat

Here's the latest:

I think it looks absolutely delicious, like a green and white peppermint! My newborn baby hat series is turning out to be quite nice.

I am working on a red and green Christmas stocking and expect to be done with it tomorrow.


I am making awesome progress on my next scratchboard, it is 85% done. I still keep going back and forth on what I should entitle it. It is a very striking image and I don't want it to be held back for lack of a sufficient title.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

My new baby...

Baby HAT, that is!!! Fresh from the loom, combining the Country Loom Landscape and Bernat Baby Coordinates White:

I must say that the Bernat is lasting for a VERY long time and it combines well with other yarns.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My latest hat

Here's the newest one, I just finished it today:

I used Loops & Threads Country Loom yarn. This is one that I haven't used before and I found it to be very easy to work with. It is 100% acrylic, and the color is called Landscape. I would buy it again.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's baaaaack!!!!!

Due to an unexpected increase in the amount of time I have available (don't bother asking me how), the scratchboard project that was on the back burner due to loom knitting has come roaring back with a vengeance. I am a little more than halfway done with a project that I started months ago. I accomplished so much in just 2 days! If all goes well, at the end of the week I will have a new piece to post and sell!

Children's Church Projects

Here are a few more crafts I assembled for the children's church: