15 December 2006

I seem to have a snowflake preoccupation...

So after a disastrous (possibly) voice jury this afternoon, I needed some serious distraction to keep my mind from obsessing over it. So I was quite the little productive, slightly obsessive-compulsive, stressed out quasi-music major for the rest of the afternoon.

The large majority of the afternoon was spent knitting/crocheting Christmas presents which I cannot post here until the holiday is over. Although I cannot even imagine what twist of fate would bring the planned recipients to a) fall upon this blog, as I really doubt that they are the blog-frequenting types, and b) actually recognize that I am who I am (although this one is more likely, since they are for the most part aware of my comic, and silly me linked it here).

However, they are indeed internet-capable people, so pictures of that stuff is a no-go for now.

unfortunately, gone are the days where my callouses from playing cello protected my hands from yarn-burn, so after about three or so hours I had to put down the hook. Well, that and my floormates began to get concerned for my sanity and dragged me to dinner in an attempt to stop my craft binge. It didn't work.

So I dragged out my beading supplies and puttered around the interweb looking for something quick and easy to make. Instant gratification was my goal, since I couldn't find any chocolate.

Well apparently today was my lucky craft day, because I stumbled onto this sweet little tutorial for beaded snowflakes. They're quick, and easy, and once you get the hang of it, instantly satisfying.

If, back in the day, you ever made one of those neon pony bead lizards that were all the rage back in like, fifth grade (or approx 10 or so years ago... Wow, has it really been that long?) you already have all the skills needed to make these little sparkling thingies.

They took me about 30 minutes each, and I found them to be a fantastic use of all those spare beads that I don't have enough of to make any real jewelry out of, but obviously like too much to just get rid of.

The gold and sliver ones are made entirely out of glass e beads, and I plan on including them as part of my grandmother's Christmas present, since they match her tree (I can post that here because she refuses to become internet capable. Or even own a computer. Which is a pity, because I really think she'd enjoy it.).

I don't know what I'm going to do with the green one. Unfortunately with that one, the green beads are quite heavy, and I sort of overestimated the strength of the wire I was using, so it droops a little when hung... Poor sad snowflake...

And the one with the maroonish/purple beads, I'm totally keeping for myself. It's so cute.

The ornament hangers are made out of copper-filled craft wire I had left over from teaching myself wire-work back in the days before I was confident enough to use real sterling silver wire in my jewelry. I can honestly say that I think they were the toughest part of this whole project. The wire is so much softer than the sterling silver I'm now used to, so I kept over bending and screwing it up beyond belief. Oh well. Lesson learned. Don't use left over cheap-ass wire.


03 December 2006

It's Christmas Time!

I discovered a nifty little link yesterday which has directions for a 3-D paper snowflake. So since my roomate and I haven't yet begun decorating for the holidays, and I have tons of free time after handing in my huge research paper, I had to give it a shot.

Mine is nowhere near as perfect as the one in the tutorial, but it will make a perfect centerpiece for our dorm door! It only took me about ten minutes, using 6 sheets of computer paper, a pair of scissors, about 10 staples and some office tape, and the result is awesome.

The tutorial is very well written and well explained, and the pictures are so clear that I probably could have figured out if the text wasn't there. All in all, a five star project for when you have a few minutes and want a bit of a holiday craft fix. Check it out!

3D Snowflake on Wikihow


Knotty Knits!

I taught myself to knit!!! It's simple, it's vaguely crude, and it's got a knot or two knitted into it because I got too frustrated to figure out how to untie it, but it's pretty damn thrilling to see my first knitted piece come to life (Sort of)!

It's Double Strands of Caron Simply Soft in just a repetitive garter stitch (is that what it's called?), and it's going to become someone's Christmas present, who won't know it's theirs until they receive it. But don't worry. The knitting won't be the main focus of it... Nobody's getting crappily knitted swatches for Christmas.

It's a little smaller than a piece of computer paper at the moment. All in all, though I like the fact that I can now sort of count knitting among my list of skills, I don't really like it that much and don't feel that I will be utilizing it much in the future. It works up muuucccchhhh slower than Crochet does, and the addition of that second needle just screws me up. I guess it's like math: some people just naturally get geometry, and some people just naturally get algebraic math; some people can just naturally knit, and some people are just natural crocheters.

I never really struggled with even the tougher stuff in crochet, but the simplest stuff in knitting just throws me for a loop. Once all the Christmas crafting is over and done with, I'm going to keep plugging away at this whole learning to knit thing, just in case it clicks one day, but odds are I'm just not going to have the patience to knit up any sort of serious projects, even if one day I am able to acquire the skills to be able to do so.