Thursday, February 19, 2009

so spoiled...

I'm excited to tell you all about the neapolitan ice cream project... but that will have to wait until tomorrow. Because right now I want to tell you all about the wonderful day I had yesterday.

It was always going to be a fabulous day. Once a fortnight I meet up with some fellow crochet addicts. We get together at my place, and spend the day indulging in craft, chat and way too many calories (oops) We 'oooh' and 'ahhh' over one another's current projects, and share hints, tips and ideas. We met online through Ravelry, and are all at quite different places in our lives... but have this fabulous common ground... our love of all things fibre!

This week, I was very spoiled... take a peek at some of my goodies...

carpet nylon from daphne

Daphne brought along this wonderful STUFF... I'm going to call it STUFF, because we don't exactly know what it is... but it seems to be some kind of carpet nylon. Definitely durable.

But why would you give someone six balls of carpet nylon???

Well... if you click here I promise that it will all make sense...

Daphne knows that I am planning on making one of these for my kitchen. I mean, how could I not... that project is so ME. Of course I have a plentiful supply of crazy yarn, but no nylon... well, until now that is.

And I received another gift from Daphne yesterday... she shared her KNOWLEDGE with me! I have been TRYING rather unsuccessfully to make this square. Over and over and over again... I couldn't even get the heart in the centre to come out right. I had reached the point where I completely abandoned it, claiming that I never liked that square anyway... but Daphne encouraged me to give it one more go, and talked me through the pattern. It turns out that the problem was not with the designer's pattern writing skills... but my pattern reading skills were at fault. Fancy that! But I'll fill you in on that another day...

Cristina brought me some goodies today, too. She has been sorting through her craft things, and clearing out what she no longer wants to keep.

multicoloured yarn from cristina

I'll unravel this half hat and scarf, and reclaim the yarn for another project. Maybe a top for my daughter. I know the yarn looks hairy, and hairy yarns are usually a nightmare to unravel, but this one is kind of SLINKY as well (does that make any sense?) and comes apart nicely

felted jumper from cristina

This jumper has already been felted by Cristina. It's nice and thick, and will probably make a fabulous bag. Yes, I will make a felted bag tutorial soon. I know I've been promising it for a while. Perhaps I will use this jumper for it? Good plan

coloured fleece from cristina

Some coloured fleece... soon to become a felted bowl

brown ribbon yarn from cristina

Some ribbon yarn... destined to be a bag (no - I don't have enough bags yet)

beads from cristina

And a box of old jewellery... I'm going to have so much fun with this!

But wait... there's more...

Look what arrived in the mail today:

clf book cover

and look what's inside

my pattern in clf book


I'm very excited (can you tell)


psmflowerlady said...

No wonder you are excited! How wonderful! Continue to love your blog and your Ravelry pages! Keep rockin'

Cats-Rockin-Crochet said...

Oh such a spoilt purple you are! Thanks for the link by the way.
I know you will have fun with all of your goodies.

Anabelle said...

I had the worst time EVER with the heart square after my 5th try i finally got it haha

Anonymous said...

Fun! Fun! Fun! Looks like you all had a great day. And I'm glad to hear about the center heart pattern. I will need to bring it with me on Sunday for Daphne's help!

Anonymous said...

You're so funny - I couldn't even tell you were so excited about all that stuff - you do hide it very well ;-). The book is amazing, how wonderful that you're published !! See you again soon,

Puglette said...

when i first linked to the rug, i only saw the kitty in the hammock...i thought, wow...she's making a kitty hammock?? buti finally saw the cute little rug and knew that was the right project.
have fun!

Islagringo said...

I wanted to send you an email but did not find a link. I will be teaching a photography class to bloggers in April. Dos and donts. I would like to print out some of your photos to use as an illustration of how to properly use the macro setting on your camera and how to place your objects in a pleasing manner. Would that be alright?

heklica said...

What treasures you've got! The nylon stuff looks like an old man's beard to me :) I finally sighed a sigh of relief because I'm sure now that your mojo is back.

Congratulations on being published!

Karen said...

Congrats on the appearance of Purple People Eater!

Dawn said...

oh! :0) congrats on the pattern being in a book! :0) That is really something! :) I love your blog - found a link to it on ravelry - what a great tool! :) But greater still is your tuts and patterns! Thank you for sharing your talent and passion with us !:)

laughing purple goldfish said...

thanks everyone :) :) :)