Friday, October 30, 2009


At the office where husband works, someone started a Halloween treat swap thingy. Basically, you get a note that says, "You have been Booed" along with a treat. Then you post the sign on your door and pay it forward to two people. When husband was booed, he requested that I crochet some treats for his pay it forward (I think everyone else gave candy). So I crocheted these creepy little eyeballs...

The pattern is loosely based on although after row 7, I tied on all the red yarn and let it hang from the outside while I finished the eyeball part. Then I threaded the yarn onto a tapestry needle and chain-stitched the bloody nerves to the back of the eyeball. As with most of my creations lately, these were gone before I even had a chance to really look at them, so I think I will make some more for myself.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Mario Mini Quilt

I had so much fun with the goomba mini quilt that I decided to make a Mario one. The finished piece is about 10" square. This was much more complicated because unlike the goomba, mario is not symmetrical and as you can see below, there are more tiny pieces to deal with. I also did not do as good of a job of counting and cutting and I had to cut new pieces and alter some of the strips while I was making it. Oh well, I think it was definitely worth the effort.

Oh no! Mario fought a paper shredder and lost, wah-wah.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Goomba Mini Quilt/Trivet

I have been having a lot of fun making mini-quilts lately. If I ever keep one, I will use it as a trivet to put hot stuff on. For a geek craft swap that I am hosting, I thought an 8 bit mini-quilt would be awesome. I went with a goomba because I had this fun goomba orange spiral print that seemed perfect.

Here is what a bunch of goomba pieces look like...

This is what a goomba would look like if a bob-omb exploded it to bits.

This is a freakishly tall goomba.

And finally, here is the finished goomba mini-quilt hanging on the finger hook. I am really happy with how it turned out and kind of sad to send it away although I think my swap partner will be pleased.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


It was seven o'clock on Friday night when Peregrin and I realized that we should probably bring a present to his cousin's wedding the next day. It took a little bit of brainstorming, but we came up with smittens as a perfect wedding gift. A super quick trip to the fabric store and a late night of tracing hands, sewing and trying on, and voila!!!

Smittens (all by themselves, they look a little strange).

Here we are trying them on for the camera (although the pictures came out really fuzzy and not terribly flattering to the smittens). Note the suit because taking these pictures probably was what made us late for the wedding. I now think that I will make smittens for every wedding present because it seems like the only time you can really give these as a gift.

Friday, October 2, 2009

A New Purse

I made this new bag for a swap on swapbot. The top is woven together with pieces of cotton with shiny gold accents from Thailand and the rest of the bag is made of this funky black woodgrain synthetic that has been sitting in a box in storage for a few years (I could never quite figure out what to make with it until now). The first picture is detail of the top and the second picture is of the entire purse.

The top is woven and the strips are only sewn together around the edges. I put the top together before I even figured out what I was making. Once the top was together I realized that it would make a perfect purse flap and voila!!!