Simple Knitted Gift Idea

Need a quick and easy knitted gift idea? How about a nice set of washcloths?

Hand knit washcloths knit up quickly and make a great gift when packaged with some yummy soap. They are sturdy and scrubby and can also be used for dish washing. I use Sugar n' Cream cotton yarn for my washcloths. It's washable, comes in loads of colors and it's cheap! This Double Bump pattern is my favorite because it comes out nice and square.

Add a ribbon and a nice handmade soap and you have a simple but lovely gift that anyone would be sure to enjoy.

Angler Fish LED Embroidery

Deep sea creatures fascinate me! I'm astounded at all of the various ways they've adapted to live in such a harsh and unforgiving habitat. One of my favorite deep sea oddities is the angler fish.

When a recent swap partner mentioned that she liked sea creatures, I knew exactly what I wanted to work on. This swap was for a diptych hooped embroidery piece. It's two hoops connected either physically or by a common theme.

Here's what I came up with. An angler fish on one hoop and his lure and hapless dinner on the other...

I used batik fabric, fancy felt and embroidery floss for this project.

One more supply I used... an LED light!

Here is a picture of the guts of the smaller hoop where you can see the switch.

Thanks for looking!

Wicked Circus Altered Altoid Tin

I've been debating whether or not to post this project since my partner hasn't received but since Kira over at Oops, I Craft My Pants posted her awesome wicked circus tin, I figure I can share mine too.

We're both participating in a wicked circus themed altered Altoid tin swap. This is my first time altering tins and I will confess to being more than a little anxious about it. With the help of this great tutorial, a bit of modge podge, some sequins and lots of distressing ink, I got after it!

I wanted the tin to look like one of those old travelling circus gypsy carts and I wanted to fill it with a wicked freak show. Jake helped me cut the top of the tin with the Dremel. Then I covered it in paper and sewed up a couple of curtains. I painted spools for the wheels and made the freak show ATCs with watercolor paper and other sundries.

Here is a shot of the inside of the tin. I tore out a page from the dictionary defining freakish, freak, freaky...

Each of these cards can bee added to the tin to change the show. I kept getting them stuck in the tin so I had to put the little ribbons on to make it easier to pull them out.

This one has a mirror on it so whoever is looking in it can be part of the freak show too.

And here are some shots of the top and back.

There are about 1,000 things I wish I had done differently but overall, I had fun with this project and learned a ton! I look forward to altering my next tin when hopefully I won't be such a newbie.

PB&J Pouches

I made these zippered wristlets for a recent swap. My partner liked peanut butter and jelly and wanted something she could share with her best friend so I sent these wristlets for them to exchange.

I used beige linen, some quilting cotton, wool felt and embroidery floss.

Thanks for looking!

New Name Inchies

I'm getting married this summer (7-11-11)! Yay! To celebrate what will soon be my new last name, I made some inchies! I used watercolor paper and paints, quilling paper, magazine clippings and some sequins for a little bling.

Mystery Amigurumi

I made this little amigurumi for a recent swap partner. She has a fondness for rats but unfortunately this ami didn't turn out very rat-like. In fact, I'm not sure what it's like?? Mouse? Koala Bear? Bunny? Some crazy hybrid creature? Oh well, whatever it is, I think it's cute.