Saturday, November 04, 2006

My new swift

I really, really, really, really, really wanted a swift. However, I didn't want to pay upwards of $70 for one. I'll admit, I'm cheap. I started looking online for cheaper ones and saw several different designs. Looking at some I thought they were garbage, looking at others, I thought, "Hmmm, I'll bet Dad & I could make one cheaper." Needless to say, he agreed so we did. I give you my collapsable swift.Dad is a bit of a builder type and had tons of extra wood. The base is pine, the cross arms are oak, and the pegs are cherry. The cross arms are each roughly 31" long. We drilled holes for the pegs 2", 6", & 10" from each end. This will allow for flexibility based on the amount of yarn I'm using. Very pretty in person. I'm debating adding finish or leaving it as-is. The arms spin around the center post. Nice and smooth I might add...
Dad thought I should make it so I can take it apart. I can see where he's coming from, however, with the way I work, that means I'm guaranteed to lose several pieces before I ever use it. Notice the small sewing ruler in the upper left of the pic. I added that so you could see how large it actually is.

Latest knitted projects

I made these gloves for myself from the book "One Skein". I recently purchased the book because I have oodles of leftover yarn from other projects. I wanted a way to use it without feeling like I had to purchase more. I highly recommend buying the book, I LOVE it!
This was made for my friend's daughter, Cameron. She is a wonderful six year old. I saw this pattern in "Stitch'NBitch" and it had her name all over it. I'm hoping I remembered the color right. If she doesn't like it, I'll wear it. Meow!

Carv'in Pumpkins

Scooping the guts out of the pumpkin. He was very excited about this step. I must be honest, he did an excellent job! Hubby was very impressed with his skills. I think we have a future surgeon in our family. :)
I am second guessing the surgeon bit...Looking at this, I think maybe he'll be a mechanic. You know, head under the hood, etc. He tells me he was, "checking for seeds". What a cutie! When DC saw this, he laughed out loud. He had no idea his WHOLE face and part of his head was actually inside the pumpkin.

Final products. Notice the goofy looking one on the left. NC drew the face on the pumpkin BY HIMSELF! That's right. I carved it just as he drew it. What an artist.

Boo at the Zoo

Here we are at "Boo at the Zoo". It's a way for kids to trick-or-treat in a safe environment. We went a couple of days before Halloween. NC was a blue dinosaur. I'm the one in green.