Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday Inspirations: Craft Rooms

Happy Friday everyone! Memorial day weekend, heading home for a few days and enjoying the nice weather we've been having are my weekend plans.

This week I've been trying to organize my craft supplies. Living in a small apartment I don't have a craft room, everything is stored under my bed or the foot locker I use as my sewing bench. One day I want to have a lovely little craft room with green walls and all the pretty yarn and fabric displayed. I'd also love to have a space to cut my fabric since the carpet floor is really my only option right now.

So I thought I'd bring a little wishful inspiration, a bunch of lovely craft spaces I found on the internet. All the sources are below the photos and you should really check them out, some of them are really nice blogs I'll be adding to my reading list.

Via Tara

Via Everyday Crafty Goodness

That last one is really what my space looks like when I'm in my crafting mojo. Maybe I'll take a picture to share soon.

TGIF everyone!
♥ Freckled Crafter

Monday, May 24, 2010

Miserable Monday = a need for H2O

It's unseasonably hot in the midwest today. We try not to use the air too much but it's just too miserable not to today. So I thought I'd post a few pictures from our trip to Starved Rock last weekend. A little water to cool things down.

It was alot of fun and ALOT of muddy hiking! As for today I think I'll stay in the cool house and sew and knit.

♥ Freckled Craftster

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Winston Churchill the Dalek

Sorry all for the impromptu hiatus. I was so sick of the computer after finals that I took almost a week off of using it at all. Luckily my disdain for it has worn off and I'm ready to start posting what I've been up to these past two weeks! Cause I've been doing ALOT of crafting and I've got tons to show.

No better time to start than now, right?

Pattern: EXTERMIKNIT! by Peniwiper
Yarn: Vanna's Choice and Lionbrand Cotton from ze stash (triple stranded)
Needles: size 9s

Whovian craftters probably already know the pattern, it's kinda legendary. For those who don't know Daleks are the forever enemy of the Doctor. This is actually my second Dalek and it was my post semester project, started it on saturday after Matt's graduation on our way back home for the weekend. He's alot larger than my first dalek, Tegan and also alot heavier. I learned alot from making Tegan a year ago and put it to good work this time around, tons of mods!

As you can see he's quite large, also REALLY heavy, great for cuddling! As you can see he still needs something to stiffen his plunger arm, hopefully a zip tie will do the trick. While I was still working on the bobbles (OMG so many bobbles!) I had a thought that he'd make a great ironside from the current season episode Victory of the Daleks. Thus my next sewing project is a cargo belt pocket that will button on.

  • purl one stitch between bobble panels instead of two. I saw this mod on ravelry and it prevents the tiny head they get sometime
  • knit two, purl two at the 'shoulders'
  • duplicate stitches on the 'neck' so it looks more like grates
  • eliminate three stockinette rounds on the bottom between the decrease rounds (this creates a flatter bottom so it doesn't sit funky)

As much as I love them you can see the Doctor feels a little differently :/

And of course the scene which made all the fangirls squee:

"Would you care for some TEEEAAAA?!"

♥ Freckled Crafter

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Finished Project: Mini K-9

I made this last weekend in between writing bouts and I finally found a little time to post it! I'd been wanting to make this for such a long time and I finally just pulled out the yarn and cast on, it was perfect because whenever I took a mini break I'd knit one piece and then once I was done for the night I could sit down, enjoy some classic who and assemble my little friend!

Pattern: Mini K-9 by Helen Callis
Yarn: Scraps from my stash and embroidery thread.
Needles: US #3 I believe

I love how wonky he is! Perfection in the imperfection, I always like to think. He goes perfectly with my little handcrafted Five doll by InkyPaws. I'm seriously thinking about commissioning her to make me a four doll to match K-9 perfectly, her work is so cute and you all know how I love supporting hand made!

♥ Freckled Crafter