Craft Addict

"Everybody got their somethin'...." ~ Nikka Costa

Monday, September 18, 2006

Holiday knitting begins!

Last week I received my Flore Hat kit from Knitwhits that I purchased on eBay. It is so cute! I was glad to find out that the child sized hat pattern will fit a small adult head too. I was thinking I'd have to buy the separate pattern from the site to get the expanded sizes as they tell you you'll have to do if you want to make it for an adult. I've got a peanut head so the child size will probably fit just fine. I'm making this for my niece that will be born in October as a Christmas gift. Figured I'd better get started early since I've got several other things to make before Christmas. I've also got the yarn and needles to make a neck pillow that I found in one of the past issues of Knit.1 magazine for my father-in-law's girlfriend who always buys us something even though we agree with my father-in-law not to exchange gifts at Christmas. This way I'll have something for her "just in case" and if she decides to obey the rules, I'll have something that will be perfect for anyone who I need a quick gift for. It will be a nice gift too since it's made of supersoft Lion Brand cashmere blend yarn . I may just decide to keep it for myself with those cute fluffy white clouds all over it!

O.k. Enough chit chat! I am dying to work on my hat now! Happy knitting! Oh, and if anyone else is working on this hat too, feel free to comment and post on your progress. Sort of an informal knit-a-long :)

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Second anniversary gifts - Cottony Cotton

These are some flowers that my sweet husband had sent to me at work in June "Just Because.."

My husband and I are getting ready to celebrate our second year of marriage (yay!). For months now I have been racking my brain trying to figure out what to get him for our anniversary. I set a bad precedent for myself last year because I comissioned a really great female pin-up artist (see the link in the sidebar) to paint me a pin-up portrait of myself for him. I was so proud of myself for cleverly managing to give him the gift of paper (the traditional gift for the first anniversary) while also managing to get him something he'd really like and something I thought was cool too.

The second anniversary gift is traditionally cotton. The modern version is China. Yeah, I don't think he'd go for a new set of china! What were these people thinking when they made up these "rules"? Of course, if I could manage to actually take him to China, well that might be another thing entirely. After a lot of thought I finally came up with an idea: He loves monkeys and I always buy him monkey related cards and things. So I thought I could get him a pair of boxers or pj bottoms with monkeys on them! Riiiiiiight..... Oh, you can find stuff with monkeys on them, but not if you want something cool. So I got inspired by a kit I purchased while back (I'll include the links when I post about the finished product) and decided to buy some pj pants at Target and customize them myself with some monkey embroidery. I've got two weeks to finish them.... I got the transfer onto the pjs yesterday and started some stitching. It's pretty easy but I'm not an expert so I get frustrated now and then. I'm excited to see how they'll turn out. But hey, if they turn out awful I can always throw them away and tie a bow around my naked self instead!