Thursday, December 30, 2010

Crocheted Beanie

Kari & I took a crocheted beanie class at The Fancy Tiger last week.  We completed Crochet 101 and moved on up to something a little more challenging.
During class, my hat was about 3x bigger than anyone's (I was using slightly thicker yarn).  I don't know if this is good or sad, but it actually fits me.  The large Olson head is a dominant gene!
I brought it home and every Olson tried it on.  It even fit Katherine & Bill!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Saturday Crafts

On Saturday, Oliver & I went over to Loren's place to work on some crafty things (Oliver mainly worked on shredding all of Francie's toys).  I bought seriously a lot of felt, and since I wasn't prepared to make people from my new book yet, I decided to make some little animals.
Loren worked on crocheting a cowl in the prettiest shade of purple.
Looking back, I should've made her sign some type of document, but she agreed to make this gorgeous afghan with me.  I'm going to the library today to get the pattern!!
It's a different type of granny square than the standard one, so Loren spent forever trying to figure out what it's called and how to make it!  It's actually called the square target or the solid granny square.

My creatures:
I think the one on the left half resembles a snowman and half a penguin.  And I spent way too much time trying to make the blue felt on the owl not look like a giant mouth.

Loren's cowl!

Oliver is: A) in awe of their beautiful Christmas tree
             B) Looking for squirrels
C) Being tempted with a toy to sit nicely in front of the tree, but it isn't working

Beth actually was inspired by my special little owl, so here's her versions for an ornament exchange party she had.  They're so cute!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

My first project!

Last night I practiced building on my chain stitch and actually counting stitches.  I probably restarted 10 different times, just to get the hang of it, but one time I just kept going and as I looked at the sleeping dog on my lap, I got an idea, added some fringe and tada!  He's ready for a North Dakota Christmas!
He was buried under blankets and in a deep sleep, so I enticed him with a little piece of ham.  I think that accounts for some of his peculiar/desparate expressions.

                            He was trying to lay down, roll over & shake to win the ham.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Crochet Class 1

Here's my beautiful work of art from part 1 of the crochet class.  I'm not a talented photographer plus there was no real way to make it look good in a photo (because it is ugly).
I knew going into the class that I'd have bad habits to break, but I wasn't prepared to find out that I was completely doing the single crochet stitch the wrong way...well, maybe not the wrong way, but not the preffered way.
Trying to get the hook through those two loops was the most difficult thing.  No one could do it and we were all complaining. I gave the instructor the same blank stare I gave Loren when I tried to learn last time! The rest of the rows were really easy, so my assignment this week is to practice building on the chain stitch.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Crochet Inspiration

After trying to teach myself to crochet countless times, I've finally signed up for a class at the Fancy Tiger.  My first session is tonight and I've been perusing flickr and blogs to find some potential future projects.
Down the line, I know I want to make a blanket and of course those adorable little animals that Loren is so good at making!

Images via here

Images via here

Jemaine's blanket, from Flight of the Conchords. Sigh.
Image via here

Image via here

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Holiday Handmade

Yesterday, Loren, Nicole + Baby & I went to Holiday Handmade.  It's so inspiring to see what other people are creating.  There were so many great things! I bought an adorable red, mod-looking ring that I may never take off + I got tons of inspiration!

Loren & Nicole + baby!

Afterwards, Loren & I went to Fancy Tiger to pick out some yarn & fabric.  I've been really excited to make little felt animals and stumbled upon this book that I just had to buy.  There aren't any animals, besides a stork mailman, but the people are so charming.  I need some tracing paper, but after that I'll be all set.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

The House Guest

Loren & Adam took care of Oliver while I went home for Thanksgiving.  I love this picture she took.  He's so intense/distressed!
I've been trying to trick her into telling me all the naughty things he did, but apparently he was an enjoyable house guest.
Thanks Loren!!