Friday, February 16, 2007

She's Crafty

Lately I've been feeling like making some crafts, so I've been looking around online for ideas and directions. What I really want to make is a hat with kitten ears on - I can only crochet, not knit, so I had trouble finding a pattern, but I think this one might work.

I don't really like the word "crafts" - I grew up in rural Indiana and, to me, "crafts" means wooden hearts and sewing bonnets for a concrete goose in the yard. Once a new friend asked me if I was crafty and I was like How. Dare. You. But I'd be totally cool with "crafts" if they were called crrrrrafts.

Last week my project was to make Valentines for friends - here's one:
And now I feel like doing some more stuff. Like, maybe figure out this felting business Martha's up to. A couple of my friends are just the absolute QUEENS of the second hand shop - perhaps I can arrange another date with them and hook up some old sweaters. Looks like you can make felt and then all KINDS of neat stuff - like mittens and hats and stuffed animals and blankets and pillows. And, OMG, check out what this crrrrafter (Knitgrrl - see?) is doing with felt!

I can't help but notice that everything in the shops is this really cool, updated vintage, deconstructed, ironic, OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive stuff that I want really bad but I'm all *scoff* I can make that myself. So, I'm going to do it, darn it! (darn it! Get it?)*

Here're some the websites that are inspiring me. Let me know if you know of others!
Craftzine
U Handbag
Whip Up
Posie get's cozy
Craftbits
Instructables
Crochet Pattern Central

* I am a class-A nerd, I know.

6 comments:

Kathy said...

Felting is FABULOUS to no end. You can do amazing, amazing things and have.so.much.fun!!!

Here are a couple of very creative kinds of blogs that I was initially attracted to for their knitting content but there's other stuff there, too:

http://yarnstorm.blogs.com/

http://brooklyntweed.blogspot.com/

http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/

You know the other thing that comes to mind when people say craft? Crocheted toilet paper covers that look like poodles. Yeah--like I want to call myself a crafter...

Lyman said...

Funny you should blog about crafts. Today I went to a Scrapbooking store with your sister. I was a good sport but I had to leave after a short while as I felt an anyurism(sp) coming on.

Kathy said...
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Kathy said...

On Instructables, I found instructions for performing YOUR OWN tongue bifurcation.

Now THAT'S crafting.

Caitlin said...

Oh. My. God! I want that kitty hat so bad!! You are going to have to teach me how to crochet, my friend. The time has come.
Also, there is no shame in being crafty (unless you are making one of those hideous dolls that hide your extra toilet paper roll with their enormous ugly skirt. If this is the case, then SHAME ON YOU! I'm looking at you, step-gramma Jerri!). I myself love a good crrraft. :)

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