My Dear Jane Journal

I have moved all the posts for my "Dear Jane" quilt to a separate Blog.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Fall Apron Swap

Simplicity 3752 view A

This was really a nice easy apron to put together. I used Three coordinating fabrics instead of just one print. The horizontal strip turned out fairly well but I don't think I would use it for the skirt if I made the apron again.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Fun Stuff

A shrunken head for a dice bag. This was really fun and quick to knit.
The pattern is Tsantsa by Beth Khan
I did do some crochet for the locks of hair, instead of the cast on method in the pattern.

I stitched up several ribbon cases for my double pointed needles. I think I did at least a dozen of these little cases. I will have to make up a few larger ones for anything over a size 6.

I came across a little photo tutorial of wire and bead rings. I gave it a try. Fun! although the one on the left might be a little too chunky.

These granny squares were a thrifty find last Thursday.
I have been chain stitching the green ones together for a girl size poncho.

Today I must make my apron for the Sassy Apron Swap. Yes I am almost out of time. I need to have it in the mail on Saturday. I am also still working on getting caught up on the Dear Jane quilt along.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

August update

Stitch markers with dragons! I made these with beads I purchased on vacation.

Work in Progress: a My Melody address book cover.

A quick finish basket, I worked up to feel like I got something done.

I purchased a hand crank spool knitter, as a reward for spending three days cleaning up my craft area. (the mess is why you have not seen any "Dear Jane progress", (huge amount of clutter))

With the spool knitter I was able to put a quick finish to this amulet doll necklace. I had been putting off making the neck cord for several years. Yes I said years.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A new Sea Turtle

Noah requested a Sea Turtle. It seems that everyone but him had one. His only requirement was that it have wiggly eyes. i don't know why he thought of the eyes. None of the other turtles here have wiggly eyes.

The turtle itself is two different patterns combined. The shell from one and the body from another. The Buttons were a new idea I added. The are sewn on with a heavy craft/button thread and also served as how the shell is attached to the body. He does not have a lower shell, I will have to work on adding that to the next one.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Originally uploaded by flibbertigibbetbunny

As part of the surprise prize ( that I gave away last month) I knit this hat. and Now that Robin has received her package I can share this photo with you.

I used a free pattern I found here

Yarn used: Yarn Bee Mosaic Twist ( I forget the colorway.)
Needles: Us 11 (I guessed what size instead of looking up the translation for the needle size.)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

A Fun Little Bird?

Part Duck...

Part Dragon...

And very Silly!

This was made for the "Salad Bar" Challenge Summer 2008, on the Silly String group, on Ravelry. Although I was not a full participant, (getting my list from another member of the group as part of a swap) I thought this looked like great fun. And it really was fun to make up this creature.

The list given to me by my son:

Bird type,
Head: fangs, beak, pointy ears, open mouth, tusks, visible tongue,
body: wings, scales, dragon tail
Extremities: legs bend backwards, pincers, flippers for feet
Extras: Glasses that serve as the eyes, shoes, and a “Mario” hat.

I think he was being purposely difficult.

I Just went with the list and whatever inspiration occurred along the way. I worked on it until inspiration stopped and the project seemed to be saying "I am done." I did not work in the tusks or scales. My son says the variegated legs look like scales.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Pixie Doll

This Little dolly is a Pattern test for Becky She is a very small doll with lots of tiny details. Love!

I think I must be procrastinating on my Dear Jane quilt. I hope to get back to it as soon as school starts. It will be much easier to work on those tiny quilt block with fewer interruptions.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Monsieur Cat

A knit kitty from Handknits for Kids, by Lucinda Guy.

I added a few small changes. Mostly texture and the crochet ears.

Lily Sugar & Cream and size us6 needles.
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