Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Sun is Shining!

Is is beautiful out today - cold but sunny. I will take the sun anyday. I took advantage of the brightness to re-photo some of my knit lace baskets. Our porch is glassed in, but not heated. That means I can take great pictures with a back drop of my white wicker table or the slate floor. But I can only stay out until my hands freeze.

We also have our orchids on the porch. They are covered with plastic and a heating pad keeps them just warm enough. Some orchids need the cold to bloom. We have fair luck with ours - several bloom every year. When they do, it is worth the wait.

In fact, I can't wait until it is warm enough to sit on the porch with the orchids.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Personalized Scarves

I designed scarves for a friend with a daughter who plays college basketeball. I had made one last year for one of the girls and they decided it would make a great senior gift. These have the girls names and numbers on them.

I have made senior scarves before for soccer teams with initials and numbers. They are fun to do - a little different than doing 100 of the same thing.

Scarf season is about over, but I do get orders in the summer for fall distribution. Nothing like making scarves when it is HOT out.

See my school scarves at

Sunday, February 17, 2008

South Street - the Hippest Place in Town

Anyone remember the Orlon's song about Philly? We are in Philly for the weekend. We can see the Ben Franklin Bridge from our window and we ate a cheesesteak with whiz for lunch. It doesn't get better than that.

I did pick up some cookie cutters that I want to use as forms for lace boxes and baskets. Other than that, our time has been spent at the historical sites, art galleries and museums.

Its nice to get away!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Bunnies and Shamrocks

I finished the bunny and shamrock mugrugs. Next, on to some sports mugrugs. I have already designed football, baseballs, volleyballs and soccer balls. Now I have to decide what colors would look good and then knit them up. They really are fun to do.

The list is endless of all the projects I want to do. But that is a good thing.

Tomorrow a fellow etsy crafter and I are going to meet for lunch. We found that we lived a few blocks from each other! Small world.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

I finished another English/Hebrew name blanket

I love doing these blankets. Some little one out there has a blanket with their own name on it. I used a different trim on this one. It is called a worn trim - it looks much nicer than it sounds. I think it gave a great finished edge to the blanket.

The weather was awful today so I got a lot accomplished. Lots of ice on the trees and bushes. I went out and shook the ice off the trees and large bushes in hopes that they wouldn't break under the weight. Only one looks sort of lopsided, but it may come around.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Easter and St.Pat's Day

I have been working on mugrugs for Easter & St.Pat's Day. I ran off several shamrocks today and will finish them tomorrow. Then come the bunnies. I think I will end the mugrug marathon with some sport themes. A set of 4 with different sports would be nice.

The special order blanket is finished and awaiting approval.

Hope to have both posted tomorrow.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Working with lace

I have found out some thing about lace, starch and pointy things. They don't work well together. I can make great hearts, eggs, rounds, ovals etc, but when it comes to stars, I will have to come up with another idea. The points cling to the starch and mangle badly when I try to tke the form out. I will keep working on it. Check out my knit lace on my etsy site.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Knit lace boxes and baskets

I have been spending a lot of time knitting lace for the starched lace boxes and baskets. Cruising a craft store, I found forms for stars, rounds, ovals and maybe a shamrock. I am not sure how the shamrock will work out with all those indents. It has taken quite a while to figure out how to do the starching, but I think they look good now. More later as detail develop on the shamrock.