Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Well, this year is the first year I am actually planning ahead of time to knit or crochet something for everyone with the exceptions of the gifts my husband might buy. (He gets rather picky and there are traditions that must be kept.) So I have taken the handmade pledge!
I think everyone else should do the same. With some proper planning and thoughtfulness, a gift can become more than just another Christmas present, but a special memory of a place and time.


I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org

Monday, April 28, 2008

Sweet Pea & more


ALmost Done Sweet Pea
Originally uploaded by Dawning Dreams
I've been exercising my skill in crocheting these past couple of weeks, but I find myself drifting back to the knitting needles. While I can get some specialized results with the crocheting, I still have to pay attention more than if I were knitting. So back to my good ole friends, the needles!

I did finish my sweet pea shawl and giant snowflake. While the shawl turned out beautifully, the snowflake came out much smaller than I thought it would. Some on the website look larger than 6 feet! Mine was about 3 feet. I might make another one sometime later with some different yarn, but for now it'll dress up a side table.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Baby Hat


At the knitting shop my friend owns, they collect baby hats to donate for midwives to give to the new babies. So I decided to next learn how to crochet in the round to donate some. Well, I've made six so far with no end in sight. It's a little small on my little girl, but still cute just the same.
I would encourage everyone to do something for someone they don't know. Whether it be knitting something for charity, donating money or clothes, or even passing your time with someone to make their day better. I am a big believer in giving and receiving as needed.

Make someone's day.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Zill Spiderweb Muffler


Zill Spiderweb Muffler
Originally uploaded by Dawning Dreams
I've recently started belly dancing at a local college. I've wanted to belly dance for years, but between school and kids, I haven't been able to find a class. I was so excited to learn how to shimmy and jingle.

The first day of class we were required to buy our beautiful coin hip scarves and zills. Zills are the little finger cymbals that they play. After my first class, we didn't get to learn anything about the zills, so when I got home, I got them out to learn how to play. Well, the zills were so loud they woke up my three year old! So I starting looking online for something to lessen the sound. I found a wonderful free pattern on Shira.net that would do the trick.

However, it was a crochet pattern. I would not be overdone by a stupid technique my mom tries teaching me 15 years ago. I looked on YouTube for some instructions. AFter attempting a larger yarn I finally had an epiphany! I can finally crochet! I've been searching pattern after pattern trying to find appropriate works for a belly dancing outfit.

So here I am, three mufflers later and amidst knitting a top for an outfit. Hopefully, I can get them done by the next Ren Fair.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Cowrie Shell Hair Fall


Cowrie Shell Hair Fall
Originally uploaded by Dawning Dreams
I have a renaissance fair coming up in the next week. I've recently started belly dancing and I wanted a cowrie shell hair fall that a lot of tribal bely dancers wear. Unfortunately these usually cost around $30+ on E-bay and from other vendors. I searched around online and finally found a blog that went into how to make one. I'm not very good at plaiting so I three strand braided the yarn and added the cowrie shells that I bought at Hobby Lobby. I love the way it looks and I can't wait to get back to the store to find more thins to add with the shells. I think this will go very well with my pirate outfit as well. Hopefully, I'll get some better pics to post after the fair. See you all then!