Friday, April 26, 2013

Poor, Neglected Kitty

I haven't worked on these squares lately, but need to get back to them soon! There are still eighteen Hello Kitty squares here. Fourteen need faces, and then they will be done.  Total squares on the table - thirty!

On another note, check out my tutorial for JAYG - or joining squares as you go. I'm not using it on the kitties, as they are going to be donated to Love-Squared, mixed in with other squares, to make awesome blankets for homeless children here in Toledo.  

I did use JAYG on the granny patches blanket, which is now getting a border! FINALLY! I'll post a "ta-da" photo when it's done.  In the meantime, here's a picture of the work in progress...

See that nice, flat join? Yup, that's what you get with JAYG. It's also great for self-blocking, as it pulls the squares into shape.  If you haven't tried it - it's time to give it a go.  You won't be sorry!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Bombs Away!

This is very exciting to me....

Lucas County Children's Services, our local agency responsible for protecting children from abuse and neglect, teamed up with local street artists - particularly an anonymous lady known as Streetspun Yarnbombing - to wrap our city in blue yarn to bring awareness to Child Abuse Prevention.  Streetspun spread the word via Facebook and other media, to get hooks and needles going.

People (like me) went crazy!  This was my first ever yarnbomb. What's particularly fun, is that "we" (I include myself as a citizen of Toledo) received gifts of blue yarnbombs from around the world.  Here are a few pictures of the bombing installation....

Why yes....that is my contribution of hearts on the upper half of the tree on the right! I feel like a celebrity, even though nobody knows I did it.

Now that I've had a taste of street art, I may never be the same.  I've already completed my next yarnbomb!

Yes.... I did take a bit of inspiration from the Mixed Stripe Blanket.  This picture isn't doing the colors justice.  It's really quite bright and cheery.

Here it is, wrapped around a tree. (Pay no attention to that little chicken in the background!)

But you know, that wasn't enough.  I've been dying for an excuse to try the Happy Flower Decoration from Attic24.  What better reason than decorations for a city that needs love and happy things so desperately?   This picture is a little fuzzy (but so is the  Actually, we had a bit of wind that kept spinning the flower. It was hard to get a picture!

In a few months, when everything is green and gorgeous, these little creations of mine will be on display, along with the work of many other fiber artists.  I'm thrilled to have a small part in these projects.

Before I forget... the yarn is just worsted weight, some leftovers I had in a bin, waiting for a project.  I think they've been put to good use!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


I couldn't help myself...this one stays with us.  He's made of Stylecraft DK yarn scraps and a 3.75 hook.