14 August 2009

Miscellaneous things...and a giveaway!

I've been inspired to do a giveaway.* Although I find the best inspiration to be a product I feel everyone must have, this time it's actually a project I'm working on...but more on that later. First, I shall torture you with miscellany...

I totally lost my train of thought. We just heard the ice cream truck and there was a mad dash to get outside...

Oh yes, I was going to tell you about some pom poms I made the other night with my nifty Clover pom pom makers. I have the small set and the jumbo. Clover has a video to show you how to use them. It's so easy...after you do it once you'll never need directions again.

(I just love how these turned out!)

I had this whole skein of hideous camo-colored acrylic yarn with which I hoped to make 'pom-bombs' for my son and husband, but I found the acrylic didn't make such a nice shape. Instead the pink, which is Knit Pick's Swish DK, made the very tighest, happiest little ball! The green is a Cascade 220...again, a better ball than the acrylic, but not quite as happy as the Swish. I really like that yarn--it's so horribly soft. Mmmm.... I wish you could feel it through the screen.

Speaking of yarn, I got this bundle of lovliness in the mail today...

And speaking of creepy mutations...what? We weren't talking about those? Hmm...well, anyway. The other night the neighbors heard a mysterious yelp coming from my house. At that very same moment, I unwrapped this...

Yes, it caught me off guard. It's actually pretty cute in this picture. But not cute enough that anyone offered to eat the cob it came from. So it was mine...

And last, but not least, we come to my current project and the giveaway. I'm making hexagons out of this super-soft 'pleather' material. It's also the first time I've been able to use my handy hexagon tool. I actually bought it so long ago that it was before I realized some acrylic templates have a backing on them to keep them from being scratched. I remember wondering how it worked if you couldn't see through it. I'll pause while you laugh...

It's horribly easy to use. You just cut the strip of fabric to the width of your unfinished hexagon. (In my case, that's 2.5") Then you line up the top and bottom of your desired hexagon with the fabric (making sure the back point isn't over the end of your fabric) and cut along the front two sides. I found it easier to use my tiny 25mm rotary cutter.

Then you take that arrow-shaped piece, turn it 180 degrees, again line it up with your desired hex, and trim those triangle bits off! Voila!

So...what does a girl want with 18 white, 18 black and 18 brown 'pleather' hexagons? Can you guess? I just can't imagine that anyone will get it...

So here's where the giveaway comes in. I want you to guess just what I'm doing with those hexagons! The winner will receive their very own set of pom pom makers and a couple of balls of the lovely Swish DK yarn (which I'm in the middle of ordering, so no pics yet...) I hope that's a fun prize... (I know I want to win it! Let's see...is it a big, hideous honeycomb? Nope, I don't win...)

You get one guess, and that's your first entry! Make sure I can contact you if you win, especially if you don't have a blogger account!

If you mention this on your blog, leave a link in another comment and that's your second entry!

I'll pick the winner on August 31st. That should allow enough time for the yarn to arrive, and hopefully I'll be finished with that hexagon project by then... ;)

Have fun!


* I actually started this post a while ago but my original prize, a GC to Knit Picks, didn't work out because they only ship to the US. I, however, ship anywhere. :)

12 comments:

Annette said...

This is a hard one. I'm going to guess you will glue them to a surface. Maybe a small table top???
I am intrigued and can't wait to find out now.

Mamma Mia said...

I am sure you are going to do some fancy bag!

Ann-Christin Sweden

Sherri said...

Oh, I was going to guess a bag...but someone beat me to it! How about a beautiful table topper? I've never tried the pom pom maker...yours turned out great!

randi said...

Hmmmm...maybe a totebag? Although I am not sure how you would get them sewn together for that. Looking forward to seeing what you are making!

You have a cute blog and I LOVE the name Erica. When I was younger I envisioned myself being called by that name. :)

Christine said...

I cover for a foot stool maybe?

cheers
Christine

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

This is a hard one. It doesn't look like those would be easy to sew together so I thing=k the gluing to a surface idea sounds about right. Now what could you possibly be gluing them to...hhhmmmm... I thought they might be a belt or bracelet at first but I guess they could cover a briefcase, jewelry box or laptop case. Who knows~

Cathy said...

Are you making your very own soccer ball?!! Can't wait to see what it is. Great corn! xo

grendelskin said...

A soccer ball, a handbag...oops, already guessed. OK, how about: a lovely mat to sit beaneath your guppy fish tank?

ikkinlala said...

Some kind of game?

Laurie said...

I think this is going to be some sort of book cover??!!

Puglette said...

hmmm...my guess is placemats. and i love the corn, it came with it's own baby corn!
:o)
puglette

pmiddlet said...

These are neat. I'm going to guess you're going to use these for a seat cover of some kind.