September 09, 2007

Adam & Shawna's afghan

I'm going to post some pictures of the progress I'll be making on my brother and sister in law's ripple while I'm working on it. Here is one to show the colors of the yarn and the pattern. It's going pretty quickly, when I find the time to work on it, so hopefully it'll be done by Christmas. They are also having a new baby in February, so I've got to get started on that baby blanket too.

September 05, 2007

What I've been crocheting

Lately I've been experimenting with some hemp I bought at the Hemporium in Bar Harbor, Maine. It's not the dull brown most help is. One small bunch is rainbow colors, and the other is a variegated "cool" colors of purple, blue, green and deep pink. I made a couple keychains, which I then sent in an exchange, and made this suncatcher type ornament from altering a snowflake pattern. I plan on getting a brass ring and stretching it across it. I may put a crystal on the bottom, not sure. Anyway, it's fun. The pic of the keychains didn't come out too well. :-( I liked the one with the white beads. Working with beading was something new for me. I bought these "e" beads, thinking they'd be just the right size. Hemp is odd though in that it's not "smooth"...the strands get thicker and thinner and occationally have a lump in them, which you can actually pick out a bit. Some of the beads fit ok, some did not. I got a tube of white, clear, clear with silver inside and iridescent beads, and used all of the different kinds in the different projects.