Sunday, 28 February 2010

Creative Challenge February 2010 (52 in 52)

Here we are again at the end of another month. So I will now show what I made for the challenge.

If you remember; the challenge is to make 52 items during the 52 weeks of the year. January was a great start with 9 items finished.

So here's February's calendar/chart

So what are all those funny little icons?

  • A 12" purple pony - made to order - people seem to love the purple
  • Lilac and cream baby cuddle blanket - made for a swap.
  • red striped scarf with celtic knots and cables - yes another swap - I got a lovely scarf back
  • A Walrus crocheted in the "granny square" style - I'm really into those granny squares lately
  • A baby and her bunny - that's for a givaway on another blog - you can enter and win this and lots more prizes too - more on that later.
  • Small ladybird wrist purse - yes, for a "make something red" swap
  • A knitted crab - so cute but already bought and paid for - I'll make another on request though.

That's 7 for February to add to January's 9; making 16 so far.

And next month promises to be better because I have so many items "on the needles" that just need finishing off.

I'm really enjoying this.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Swaps are such fun

I'm getting quite addicted to this swapping lark. They are great fun when it all works out properly.

I'm in a group on ( a site for knitters and crocheters) We decided to make and send a whole scarf to another member picked at random for us from our group - that way we would all receive one each but not necessarily from the person we sent to - make sense? good.

Once I was given the name of the person I would be making for, I started to look at her profiles and blogs to see what she liked. She had lots of black accessories but wanted to put some colour into her life this year. So I chose this lovely Chunky yarn from James C Brett. It is so soft to the touch and great to work with. She received it a few days ago and yeay, she liked it. here's what she said about it,

"I have the most perfect scarf, its long long long and soft and squashy and gorgeous. Its definitely not black but lovely shades of pink and purple and covered from end to end in wonderful cabled Celtic knots which my swap partner realised I had a thing about from checking out the blogs - oops - forgot to add, my lovely partner was EddyG

Isn't that wonderful. I feel fuzzy all over to know I got it right. Actually, as I was working on it, I kinda fell in love with it and wanted to keep it - so I was going to make one like this for myself.

But now I think that all my other scarves can go to the back of the wardrobe as I received, from the swap (and yes a different person) this amazing scarf...

It's in one of my most favorite colours in the world; Navy blue and is knitted to look like a piece of Swiss Cheese - how fabulous is that? It's also over six foot long. You all know how I love anything unusual.

My wonderful partner even sent me some extra yarn so I could make a matching hat if I want to. It's made from lambswool so very soft and warm. And some lovely extras that I wasn't expecting; A postcard for my collection, french chocolate, red fruits tea, Yum.

I love it when a plan comes together.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Hurrah for giraffes

My friend Catrin found this adorable site which has a Norwegian guy trying to collect one million giraffes. yes that's right, He's asking people to send in giraffes that they have made

"My friend, Jørgen, doesn't believe I can collect one million giraffes by 2011. I'm gonna prove him wrong, but I need your help. You can create your giraffe(s) in any way you like, but not on a computer and no store bought objects. You must create your giraffe(s) yourself! So far I've got 566 899 giraffes, so I need 433 101 more and I have 324 days left.Let's show Jørgen how amazing the Internet is."
How could I let an opportunity like this go? I love to draw so I'm starting with a drawn giraffe.

This little guy has great sky and clouds markings but his scarf has the correct markings - I thought that would be fun.
It's been a long time since I have coloured something in not using the computer. I'd forgotten how long felt tip pens take to use. (aching arm) But I think he turned out OK