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JzBelle
03-08-2014, 04:41 PM
I like to do all kinds of handwork--knitting, sewing, beading, embroidery etc. I rarely sit in front of the television without something in my hands.
Being creative and working with pretty colors somehow calms me, plus it is a great way to keep me out of the refrigerator in the evenings, since I don't want to get food on my project!

Right now I'm working on a counted canvas project called "Calypso Squares" that has over 20 colors in it!

I'm also making a knitted lace scarf--except I keep goofing it up and having to rip it out to fix it!

What are you working on?


fadedbluejeans
03-08-2014, 06:16 PM
I knit and do lots of other crafty things. I usually have more than one project going, something portable and something else. My current portable project is hexipuffs for a beekeeper's quilt. The other is a crochet christening gown that a friend's grandmother started but never finished. The pattern was so old I couldn't make it all out, but I tracked down a clean copy from Australia (thanks internet!)

CindySunshine
03-08-2014, 06:35 PM
I have over the years done many things, knitting, crochet, embroidery, painting. I retired at the end of last year and am getting ready to pick them up again, I think knitting is first. It always was immensely satisfying to me. I think I may start with cute socks, do a shawl or cardigan, maybe a throw or pillows. I'm ready!


JzBelle
03-08-2014, 07:17 PM
CindySunshine--I stopped knitting for many years and just picked it up again. My sister who lives miles away from me is really into it and inspired me. There are so many really lovely blends and colors now that weren't around before!

faded--I had to google hexipuffs--they look like such fun! :D

Psychic
03-08-2014, 08:05 PM
I knit using a Knifty Knitter Loom. I mainly make hats and scarves, but I will be making a blanket soon.

I'm going to be making a long tulle skirt and fairy wings for a costume soon.

I enjoy origami.

I also do random projects when I see something that catches my eye.

CanadianCutie
03-09-2014, 10:22 AM
I crochet, mostly blankets. I have in the past done cross stitch, and some creative painting of wooden boxes. I have also made bath bombs, and messed around with aromatherapy. My next project (once some of my store bought lotions are used up) is to make body butter. I have a package of shea butter, and some jojoba oil that I am looking forward to using.

Headie
03-09-2014, 08:30 PM
I enjoy making cards and scrapbooking- especially if it is with some friends.

Pattience
03-09-2014, 08:47 PM
I'm not really a crafty person but iw ould love to be. I went to art school. For a while i had a business as a felt maker and now i've just started a business sewing women's clothing.

Its really too hot here for wool crafts.

But i'd like to say for knitters, there's a really good program out there now where little jumpers are needed for penguins who get caught in oil spills and other things like that. If you google it i am sure you will find the website.


I think its great to make things for the unfortunate members of our planet who will suffer with the cold, like the poor in northern india during winter months. They generally need blankets. I am sure a lot of people need blankets but these people also probably need cardigans or ponchos or shawls. But i don't know if cheap acrylic yarns will cut it.

Just in case this inspires anyone. Maybe something can be done with recycling wool clothes and fabrics.

CJinTX
03-09-2014, 10:42 PM
I'm a knitter. I have a regular knitting get-together and one of the other ladies is also trying to lose some weight. We've been very supportive of each other.

Psychic
03-09-2014, 10:52 PM
If anyone knits and loves penguins, you may want to check this out. They're looking for people to knit "shirts" for penguins that were in oil spills. Their natural oils were destroyed, so they need help keeping warm. I'm not talented enough.

Knit For Penguins (http://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/article/Knit-a-penguin-sweater-to-help-them-survive-an-5293898.php)

Pattern (http://penguinfoundation.org.au/assets/Wildlife-rehabilitation/penguin-jumper-pattern-2014.pdf)

atmos
03-10-2014, 12:01 AM
My main craft is crochet. I can make scarves, hats, mittens, gloves, little stuffed animals, doilies, slippers, and my favorite thing: afghans. I just finished a big queen-sized afghan project. I'm also picking up knitting. Just on scarves now as I get familiar with it, I'm much more comfortable with crochet. That's the extent of my craftiness.

JzBelle
03-10-2014, 12:50 PM
OMG the pictures of the penguins in sweaters was toooo cute! I called my sister and talked to her about making up some sweaters for the poor birdies!

but then I did some more web-searching, mostly looking for other penguin sweater patterns. And found this article in an oregon newspaper.
They say that the sweaters that are being donated do NOT actually go on live birds. They go on stuffed toy penguins that are sold in gift shops in Nature Preserves and other places--the money from the toy penguins in their little handmade sweaters does go to the Penguin Foundation.

my attempt at a link to the article (I'm still a junior member so this may not work) http://www.oregonlive.com/knitting/index.ssf/2014/03/penguin_sweaters_yes_theyre_re.html

Pattience
03-10-2014, 04:51 PM
jibelle, thank you for taking the trouble to find that out. I saw a picture that looked like stuffed penguins but left it without investigation.

Still its great they are looking after the penguins.

LovesToTravel
03-10-2014, 07:47 PM
If anyone knits and loves penguins, you may want to check this out. They're looking for people to knit "shirts" for penguins that were in oil spills. Their natural oils were destroyed, so they need help keeping warm. I'm not talented enough.

I don't knit (I just quilt, badly), but I wanted to thank you for sharing that link. Those pictures made my day! I sent it on to some knitters I know.

Psychic
03-11-2014, 08:05 AM
I looked into the penguin sweaters a bit more as well. Seems like they do use the sweaters for real penguins, but only after an oil spill. Otherwise, it seems like they use them on the stuffed penguins. Either way, it still helps penguins and they're adorable.

Zeitgeist
03-11-2014, 06:46 PM
I Zentangle, a form of "structured doodling" that doesn't really require any innate ability (as I have none). But it does keep me focused and away from mindless nibbling.