Procrastaknit

Everything else can wait until I finish this row…

105th Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival

I went to this year’s first fiber festival this past weekend, the 105th Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival hosted by the Connecticut Sheep Breeder’s Association .  I was so giddy and happy to be meeting new local yarn that I didn’t even mind the rain.  In truth the rain was a bit of a blessing because you know that only the die hard fiber lovers would bother to come out to a festival during bad weather.  So it wasn’t crowded and there was plenty of room to walk around the handful of buildings.  It was a small festival, but I would consider it small since the only comparison I have is the Maryland Sheep and Wool which is one of the largest fiber festival in the East Coast.  Regardless I liked it and had fun!

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Off Topic: Super Mario Changing Table

Here is a post that has been sitting in my draft folder for a few months, if I don’t publish it now, it might stay there forever.  It’s not as detailed of a tutorial as I had originally intended, but life got busy once the baby was born, so use it as a guideline and get creative! 🙂

Once we were done with our move from Virginia to Connecticut, the baby’s nursery proved to be a good source of inspiration especially because we chose Nintendo’s Super Mario Brothers as our theme.  Well, we are renting an apartment so I couldn’t do anything permanent to the walls and (unlike Disney) Nintendo hasn’t really cashed in all things baby products, so I’ve had to get creative.  The result is converting our old tv stand into our diaper changing station, here is how it turned out:

Now I’m not a great painter, but I can give you some tips on how to make something similar to this by using some basic things.  And yes, all you die-hard Nintendo geeks, I know that the backgrounds I painted are from the old school Mario Brothers game, not the ones to which you would find the Wii representation of the characters I used.  I’m crafty, not artistic – there is no way I could replicate more than an 8-bit pixilated image.

First things first are your materials:

  1. You need an old piece of furniture – we got our old tv stand years ago for free from a friend of a friend.  Check your local Craigslist or start frequenting yard sales and flea markets for something suitable.
  2. The characters are wall decals that you can find on Amazon.com or some other specialty website (i.e. Thinkgeek.com), order them from one in which you feel comfortable shopping
  3. Paint –  The two main colors I used were the blue and the green for the background.  Because I knew those would be the colors I used the most, we went to Lowes and bought them in the sample size from the paint department.  You absolutely don’t need a full can of paint unless your doing a much larger project with it.  I still have plenty of paint left over just from the small tubs of paint.  For the other items in the background I went with small tubes of acrylic paint from a major craft store which were less than $2 each.
  4. Brushes – While at Lowes I got a brush used for door trims and window sills, and while at the craft store I bought a variety pack of different sized brushes.
  5. Empty Egg Carton – this is helpful to mix your paints
  6. Scrap Cardboard – this is helpful for cutting out templates, which is what I did for the hills
  7. Plastic tarp or a LOT of newspaper – unless you have outdoor space in which to paint and to leave your piece of furniture outside while the paint dries, you’ll want something to protect your floor
  8. Small fan – you’ll want to have a fan blowing all of the paint fumes out of the room, especially if you’re pregnant like me
  9. Painting mask – another good protection against the smell of paint
  10. Ruler or straight edge – if you’re a perfectionist or just become obsessive about the details like I did
  11. Question Mark Candy Tins – used for the knobs on the drawer, found on Amazon

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Out of Hibernation

Over the weekend I went to a class at my LYS to get help with UFOs and I’m so glad I did! I dug deep into my craft closet and pulled out a shawl that I had burried in there back in 2011.  At the time (according to mt Ravelry notes) I was working on two other lace project and this one made it one too many.  I breezed through the first two charts but was puzzled as to why my stitches wouldn’t line up when I started the third chart.  I was relatively new to complicated lace patterns so I was quick to put this project away when, after several attempts ,I got frustrated.

The class was exactly the motivation I needed to pick up this project again.  I had one of the sales associate look it over for me and I couldn’t believe the mistake I made… I didn’t read the pattern’s instructions fully!  If I had then maybe this project would’ve been done years ago, because all I needed to do was repeat the second chart one more time before starting the third one.  SIMPLE AS THAT!

Now look at the progress I’ve made, even without blocking you can see the petals starting to form:

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Pattern: Petal Shawlette; Designer: Bonnie Evans; Yarn: Ella Rae Lace Merino

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Pattern: Petal Shawlette; Designer: Bonnie Evans; Yarn: Ella Rae Lace Merino

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