Saturday, January 23, 2010

I Heart Zelda

I made the most geekiest present for my friend's 32nd birthday. See, he loves Zelda. So, what a better present than a cross stitch proclaiming his love for it?

If you would like to make one like this, the pattern I made is below. It is on a small 3" hoop. I used black canvas and white, red, and light pink thread for the cross stitches and black for the back stitch in the split heart. Note that I also used half stitches, three quarter stitches, and some sort of half stitch I made up for the split heart. You can find more about the stitches here.

Happy cross stitching!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Lacy Cardi

I started a new crochet project! I am going to be making a Chevron Lace Cardigan. This is my first crocheted piece of clothing ever, and I think it will be okay. The comments on Ravelry seemed to be pretty positive and good for first-timer. This is what I have so far...

The pattern calls for DK/sport weight, but I am using Naturally Caron Country. It is considered worsted, but I think it is on the smaller size. The gauge swatch with the pattern hook size turned out about 1/8–1/4 inch smaller than the pattern. I am going to make it a size bigger and see if that works out.

On a side note, can I just tell you how much I love Ravelry? If you crochet or knit, you MUST join.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Yummies!

Well, we threw our housewarming party, and everything went really well. Good friends, good times, and lots and lots of good food!

Stuffed Mushrooms

Baked Brie in a Puff Pastry with Mom's Mixed Berry Jelly

Dill Pickle and Beef Rollups (I wrote about them here.)

Prosciutto on Breadsticks with Homemade Tapenade

Holly's Wonderful Pumpkin Bread

Deviled Eggs

Beautiful Flowers Courtesy of Sarah

Fresh Shrimp Cocktail (Never Frozen!)

Veggies and Dip in a Vintage Chip-and-Dip Holly Gave Us for Christmas

Olives

Pasta Salad

Are you hungry yet?

Oh, and that beautiful table cloth is one of my mom's famous garage sale/bag sale/thrift store finds. Thank you to Sarah, Holly, and Corrine for helping me get everything ready...it couldn't have been done without you.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Menu for Our Housewarming Party

This weekend, we are throwing a party to celebrate our new home. There are still boxes to be unpacked and curtains to be hung, but we are throwing it anyways! Here is what I was thinking for the menu...



Shrimp Cocktail








We will also have olives, cheeses, veggies and dip, pasta salad, rye bread bowl and dip, beer, wine, and punch...wish me luck!

UPDATE: I have posted pictures of the final products here!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Of Thee I Quilt

While I was home for Christmas, I was finally able to get a picture of the quilt I made my mom two summers ago. It was a gift to thank her for helping me so much with my wedding planning. The pattern is from Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine's July/August 2007 issue.



I used a cream cotton print along side my own red and blue hand-dyed silks. The silk needed to be backed with interfacing to create a material that would match the cottons strength, weight, and drape. It is hand quilted...my first! The silk with the backing was much harder to hand quilt than the cotton fabric. The needle would get stuck and was difficult to pull through the layers in the silk sections. So much so that, at times, I would need to use needle-nosed pliers to pull the needle through. I don't think I will hand quilt with silk again. Below is a close-up of my stitches.

The quilt now hangs above my mom's desk at the Livingston County courthouse. A fitting place for the quilt, I think :)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Snowflake Afghan (Finished)

I hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year's. We ended up just staying in with a few friends...and I actually stayed up to watch the ball drop this year :)

I finished the Snowflake Afghan that I started in
this post and gave it to my mom for Christmas. The final size of the throw is a little on the small side, so if I had more time I would have created additional snowflake motifs to increase the size just a bit.

The color doesn't show well in this picture, but you can get a better idea from the first post. Overall, I thought the pattern was easy, quick, written clearly, and fun!

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