Monday, April 30, 2007

Progress in spite of chaos

Well, in spite of being at the dance studio 14 evenings in a row (and still counting) and trying to get some spring cleaning done, I've still managed to knock off a few more gifts.

The Eye Pillows are finally completed and ready to give to the fantastic dance teachers at the studio where my girls study. I also picked up some handmade soaps to include. These little packages will be delivered very soon.

I also worked up a quick hand towel for my Mom for Mother's Day. This won't be all she will receive but because she is a fiber artist, too, she always has a deep appreciation for handcrafted gifts.

DD#1 has been helping me learn how to do Swedish Huck Weaving so I could complete this project. This process is very fast and easy, once you decipher the charts. I managed to whip out this one towel over the course of a weekend. The center motif itself only took me about 4 hours, which I consider pretty quick, given I was still learning and was somewhat slow and careful about my stitching.

This isn't necessarily my cup of tea, as far as fiber arts go, but it was fun and easy and I may try my hand at a few more projects in the future.

In other knitting news, I decided to frog my stealth project. I was not happy with it at all. I have since chatted with my good friend and found out that she had some other items that were needed for this 5th child. Since the objects can be knitted, I'm starting over. Since she pops in to my blog occasionally, I won't be posting any photos but those of you who are curious can check out Mason-Dixon Knitting for an idea which baby items I'll be working on. Let's just say, it won't be a blanket.

Well, we're on our way to the dance studio (again!). Recitals are coming up fast, so with all the extra practices, photos, auditions for next year's teams and everything else, the dance studio is going to be my second home for most of the month of May. Good thing knitting is so portable. ;-D


Sheepish Annie said...

The eye pillows are great and you photographed them so well! Lucky dance teachers!!

Guinifer said...

Oh, they eye pillows are lovely and the soaps are really cute. So, do you take a break from dance for the summer?

Anonymous said...

Hey, those pillows look great. Just dropping by to let you know that I am your gnome swap buddy.