Posted by on February 17, 2009
During my travels in Chile, I came across so many wonderful handmade goods. It was very easy to bring back small mementos that were crafted by local artisans. Here are some of the great gifts that are now making there way to friends and family.
This pendent of lapis lazuli is for my momma. It is her birthday at the end of the week and I thought she might like this semi precious stone that is mined in Chile.
Salmon is not a native fish to Chile. It was brought in and farm raised, but escaped. Now it is found wild in the country. These bracelets are made from the skin of salmon. They are thin, but leathery and very cool.
With wool and alpaca to choose from there is an abundance of hand knitted items available throughout the country. This pair of striped mittens are bound for my nephew. I love the colors.
Posted by on January 7, 2009
I just finished this custom order for a knitted mohawk hat.
I started with i-cord and knit from the bottom up, shaping the first ear flap, then the other. I cast on the in between stitches so the hat could be worked in the round.
I added a 3×3 ribbed brim then finished the hat in stockinette, decreasing to make the crown.
For the mohawk, I added wool yarn on in three rows then felted it. I let it dry over night and this was the result.
The i-cord is also tipped with orange felt, which looks pretty cool. Let me know what you think!
Posted by on December 22, 2008
I wanted to share a bit more of what I created for those lucky gift receivers out there. I realize that I am probably giving some things away for parts of my family, but I’ll take my chances.
For my often hard to shop for brother, I got him these rockin’ mustash pint glasses, by Bread and Badger. I figure even if he doesn’t appreciate them, my sister-in-law and the kids will love them.
For said sis-in-law, I went with a suggestion from Becky over at Hello Craft and went with Calometry. I should have checked the forums first and went with their suggestions the first time around. The second try came out much better. I’ll have to knit one up for myself.
Posted by on September 24, 2008
Recently the Supreme Court ruled against the District of Columbia’s handgun ban in District of Columbia v. Heller, stating that the District’s ban was unconstitutional.
The city then put forth regulatory provisions regarding the now unbanned guns, outlining their use, how and where they could be obtained, and how they should be stored.
Mr. Heller has since issued another suit against the city arguing that a number of the provisions are “onerous” and unreasonable. Many, along with Heller, agree that the restrictions on keeping guns unloaded and locked away inside the home are unreasonable restrictions and still further impede one’s constitutional rights.
This got me to thinking about the sad and lonely guns that need to be locked away in the owners home. I pictured them shivering in the cold and darkness of a safe, feeling melancholy because of their segregation from the rest of the house, through no fault of their own.
To remedy this, I have created gun cozies. I figured sweaters help me feel warm and loved when I’m cold and distraught, so why not guns? I clearly don’t own a real gun, so the best thing for our purposes are squirt guns!
They come in a plethora of colors and I think will do the trick and put people’s fears to rest. I mean what’s so scary about a gun in a nice cuddly cozy?