The Wall’s the Limit

I do most of my computer work in a little nook that’s basically a three-sided room. One wall has my desk against it, one has a window, and the third is — well, it could be better.100_2495That’s what it currently looks like. The map is a freebie I got in college when the maps library was updating and clearing out. It is definitely worse for wear, and it’s starting to get me down.

So I started browsing pinterest for inspiration, and came to really like the look of groups of small frames and pieces of art. And it just so happens I recently finished a cross-stitch — a cross-stitch that now needs a home, and I think I know just the place!

p.s. Did you know that whales are technically hoofed mammals?!

p.s. Did you know that whales are technically hoofed mammals?!

So I have my first piece! I need to hit up a thrift store to find a cool frame, and then I need to decide on the other pieces for the wall. I was initially thinking a whole series of cross-stitched oddities (maybe having ruminates and cnidarians join ungulates…), but I’m also thinking of mixing all kinds of mediums. That owl I stitched last year still needs a home…

Any thoughts? Do you have a mix-it-up wall in your house?


Baby’s A-Coming!

First off, not my baby! No babies for me! But a close friend of mine is due at the end of November! Now, she got a ton of cute things at her baby shower, but when little ones come along, I can’t help but romanticize about Anne Blythe, nee Shirley, who insisted on hand-sewing all of her first baby’s clothes. Now I know this a completely different era, but I love the idea of hand-made things as a sign of hands-on love, so I try to make at least one thing by hand for every expecting person I know! In this particular baby’s case, I made four things…

First up is a cozy little sweater!100_2497 I used Lion Brand homespun in peacock, and L.O.V.E. the result. I’ve used this pattern before; it’s from the book One-Skein Wonders, edited by Judith Durant. The other sweaters I’ve made using this pattern pattern have always turned out well, but I think this might be my new fav yarn for it! 100_2500The buttons are from a bag-o-buttons I bought at a flea market a few months back. One cool thing about this sweater is that it’s knit loosely enough that you don’t need to make button holes: the buttons just fit right through the stitches 🙂

Moving on, I crocheted an adorable set using patterns from a 2010 issue of Crochet Today.100_2512 The booties and the earflap hat are both from the magazine, and then I used the extra yarn to crochet a matching granny-square blanket.100_2513 Confession: I crocheted the whole hat, only to find it too big and ripped it all out. Guess I shouldn’t have skipped the gauge swatch…

100_2504I think all my creations turned out well, and I can’t wait for the little one to arrive and cozy up in them!