Just For Fun is my way of sharing all the little things I like to do... from crafty things to thoughtful things!

Monday, March 26, 2012

What I did on my spring vacation...

I spent my week off using up clearance yarn including some indestructible nylon and soft but durable cotton... I think they speak for themselves!

 Who doesn't want an Irish Rose for St. Patrick's Day?
I saw a photo of a latticed tote and decided to try my hand at recreating it.  It turned out great, and now Christy has a giant beach bag for their trip!
When I realized the blue and green cotton matched my Tink fabric perfectly... well you can imagine.

... and now, back to the grind!

March (Muffin) Madness

At Hogwarts this month I instigated a food fight (what?! :oP).  I made lemon poppyseed, blueberry, and banana walnut muffins... I have no idea how that chocolate cupcake for in there... I swear.

Anywho, I also had last week off work, giving me lots of time to craft.  I ended up frogging (rip it) the sweater I had 2,000 yards into because it just wasn't going to work the way I wanted.  I decided to focus on using up the clearance cotton I picked up for a song... and my trip to Phoenix to visit the kids.  With their Disneyland trip coming up in June, I decided to Disney-fy their Easter toys.  What do you think?

The Millenium Falcon recently joined the other ships in my grandson's room...
I love the shadows on the wall!

March also meant my move from Gryffindor to Slytherin at Hogwarts at Ravelry.  That means snakes.  I dyed this cotton with easter egg dye so she wouldn't seem so scary sitting on my shelf.  I also learned how to transfigure her into a bracelet so I can take her with me wherever I go.  The bracelet is done in a turkish 'snake bone' stitch.

I also had the opportunity to take the dark mark when I moved into the dungeons... and made one to carry my school supplies as well!
So... beware all, I've turned to the dark side.  (They have cookies!)

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Serape With No Name...

Who doesn't recognize The Man With No Name?

Steve and I grew up watching Clint Eastwood's movies with this enigmatic character... a bit on the fringe of society but with his own strong personal sense of right and wrong (which may not be the same as anyone else's!).

While watching one of the movies recently I had the brilliant idea to make his iconic serape and 4,000 yards later... 

I had to use acrylic yarn, so it has more 'droop' than it should, but I think it's close!

The pattern is from Vickie Howell's Pop Goes Crochet!

Monday, March 12, 2012

House Cup ABC's

The Harry Potter Knitting & Crocheting House Cup has a special challenge for us this month.  The Headmistriss challenged us to come up with some ABC's for our projects this term.  Here are mine!

A is for Amazing - I am amazed I was able to craft this ship!
B is for Blocking in action
C is for Charity  - hats donated to Salvation Army
D is for Delicious chocolate!
E is for Embellishment - fabric glue is my friend
F is for Friends and Family - and Falcon... made for my son-in-laws birthday.
G is for Gauge that mattered! (Don't ask how many times I reworked the sleeve rounds.  *sigh*)
H is for Hogwarts - and Hufflepuff!
I is for I Love Muffins!
J is for Jewelry
K is for Kitchen
L is for Lace
M is for Mini - Even Mini Luna needs a Lion hat
N is for Needle
O is for Owls
P is for People - Pirates are People too!
Q is for Quidditch - my challenge 3 project, there is no secret ingredient!
R is for Recovery - yarn recovered from an UGH! and reworked into something more useful
S is for Swatch
T is for Tabby Hat! - no, not cat... hat!  Really!
U is for Using what you have - hats made from my oddball bin of yarn
V is for Variegated
W is for "Wah waah waaaaah" which is what everyone sings when they see this serape with no name
X is for X!
Y is for Yarn I dyed
Z is for Zipper - which has teeth that look like this 'snake bone' stitch