Mar 26, 2015

Phases of the Moon

After three months I've finally finished my Craft Book Club project for Jack London's The Call of the Wild! My original post about these phases of the moon said I was going to make the background look like the Northern Lights, as you can see below I ended up painting the background black.

Phases of the Moon

The moons are made of silver foil. I painted some school glue onto the dry painted canvas following handmade templates for the moon shapes. Once a thin layer of glue was applied, I place a piece of silver foil on top and pressed into place with a foam sponge. Any areas that ripped or needed extra coverage had small scraps of foil pressed on top. After the glue was completely dry I brushed away the excess silver foil and admired my work.

Phases of the Moon

Here is the full set of the moon's phases. I need to figure out how and where I'm going to hang them!

Phases of the Moon

Our next book for Craft Book Club is really a collection of stories, Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales! I know the basic plots several of his stories and had previously started reading them, I've decided to finally read them all and would love for you to join me! My tentative Craft Book Club project is to make a miniature garden/house for Thumbelina. I really enjoy dioramas!

Mar 24, 2015

Charity Hat VI

I've got another knit hat to share with you! This one is like the pink ribbon hat I shared earlier this month, but golden and smaller. I followed Kellie Huffman's Gold Ribbon Craft Hat pattern and used some golden yarn for childhood cancer awareness.

Gold Ribbon Knit Hat

This is the last charity hat I'll be making for awhile, I have other projects I'm working on so I won't have to take any more selfies!

Mar 19, 2015

statues and flowers and things.

I saw some fun things over the weekend. Here are some photos I took:

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triceratops. pigeon. bunny clock. naked. pink. wings. venus. staring. blooms. secret.

Mar 17, 2015

Bobble Tam

Happy St. Patrick's Day! In February when knitting a bunch of hats for charity, I knit myself one too!
This green tam with bobbles was knit following Leanne of Prairiesque's Irish Eyes Beret Pattern.

Bobble Tam

It has a little bit of a vintage look to it and I love that!

Mar 12, 2015

Charity Hat V

I knit another hat over the weekend! This is the fifth hat for my coworker's American Cancer Society fundraiser and the pattern is my own creation. I'm calling it Vertizontal Stripe Hat for the vertical and horizontal stripes I made by switching from knits to purls.

Vertizontal Stripe Hat

Winsie didn't want to be in the pictures again, but he is anyway.

Vertizontal Stripe Hat

Here is the pattern outline:
Notes - I used aran weight yarn with size 8 needles and made a smallish hat, but this can easily be modified to fit your yarn/needles/head.
Cast on 60 stitches, place marker and join in round.
For every row, the first 30 stitches - (K2, P2) K2.
For the next 30 stitches - knit all, switch to purl after six rows, then back to knit after six rows…
Gather stitches when reach desired length, no decreases.
Add a pom pom to make the hat more silly and fun then wear it!

Mar 10, 2015

Charity Hat IV

I knit another, smaller, canon hatAnnina Päivärinta's Canon Hat pattern is really easy to follow, knits up quick, and is cute!

Knit hat
Knit hat

Winslow was meowing at my feet while I was taking pictures then was not very happy to be picked up and photographed. Maybe it was my Henrietta-pussycat-ing him (saying 'meow-meow' before and after every sentence), he doesn't like it for some reason.

Mar 5, 2015

Charity Hat III

Here is another hat for an American Cancer Society fundraiser! One third of my 2015 crafting intentions is complete! This hat was made following the Basic Buttoned Beanie pattern by Christa Giles.

Button Knit Hat
Button Knit Hat

I picked out a metallic button with black edging from my button stash; I think it gives the hat a utilitarian look (even though the button is completely ornamental). Next week I'll share another hat I knit for my coworker's American Cancer Society fundraiser!

Mar 3, 2015

Charity Hat II

February was a very productive knitting month. I knit five hats, four of them for my craft resolutions, hats for my coworker's American Cancer Society fundraiser. This is the second one I'm sharing and was made following Kellie Huffman's Gold Ribbon Craft Hat pattern.

Pink ribbon knit hat

The remainder of the skein from my Charity Hat I was used for this hat, making a pink ribbon hat for breast cancer. I did buy some of the same yarn in the yellow color so I may be making a gold ribbon hat for childhood cancer.

Feb 26, 2015

Jellyfish

I'm postponing my Craft Book Club update until the end of March, I am not yet done with my The Call of the Wild craft.

Today I am sharing another Craft Book Club project from Wendy. She made cute little crochet jellyfish inspired by the Huxley airships in Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan! After reading the book I made a jellyfish too! You can read a tiny bit about the jellyfish-type airships in the Leviathan series on my jellyfish windchime post.

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Have you made anything for Craft Book Club? I would love to see any of your projects, even if they're from a book we read two years ago!

Feb 24, 2015

More B&W

Still taking black and white Hipstamatic photos. Here are a few from the last month:

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