Friday, May 20, 2011

My first Saori Weaving

Did you see the great tutorial that Pam of Gingerbread Snowflakes put together for Saori Weaving? If you didn't see it I highly suggest popping over to check it out. And believe it or not it's even a portable project! You can throw it into a bag and take it with you to work on while your waiting for an appointment or just getting in some relaxing time.

It's the first time I've ever done weaving like this and so far I'm really happy with how easy and fun a project it's been. I'm mostly using handspun yarn from my first spinning classes- which didn't turn out exactly well enough to knit with but seem perfect for this type of project. I'm also throwing in some leftover scraps of machine spun yarn that I like.

I don't know exactly what it's going to be yet... maybe just a nice mat to throw under a vase on the table. But I do know that I'm taking it with me tonight when we go to the drive-in! (It's the first weekend of their summer season and I'm so excited to go.)

This was a shot I took there last year (I remember I was knitting). Having a wool project to cozy up with on these chilly nights early in the drive-in season it especially nice.

Which is good because I still have a way to go before I'm done.

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A couple of Birthday Cards for the Mister

I try to make as many of the cards I give as possible (I never reach 100% of the cards given being handmade but I think I get closer to it ever year).

But I always try to make the misters birthday cards. He gets two- one from me and one from our furry kids (is that weird?).

This year I gave him this one from "the kids".

Each of them are represented on the front.

Lucy has the wild barking bubbles - even at age 12.5 she's got an enormous amount of energy.

Jinx has 7 bubbles with long wild sounding caterwauling (he's a talker)

And finally Webs (who's real name is Pebbles) she's got the two bubbles bottom right with the glaring eyes and a "meh" sound....

can you see why- Webs glares like that pretty often and only has a few choice words to say when she feels like it.

Then from me The Mister got a popup card. It's the first one I've ever made so I was excited when it actually worked!

Because I wanted a larger card I didn't actually print out the pattern I just recreated the design. It was still really easy to put together with the step by step directions. I made it my own by using a variety of papers, some glitter, a bit of paint, decorative scissors and a circle punch.
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