Two graduation cards, one for my cousins' son who graduated high school the other week, the other for my cousin who has just graduated with honours from her teaching degree - way to go!
I was aiming for something bright, cheery, & easily visible (!) so decided to give the Pazzle another try. I used it to cut the message out of blue card & then glued strips of four coordinating papers to the reverse. I matted it on turquoise textured card & mounted it on a plain white card, adding four silver Candi's to the corners.I have also been working on the Flower Garden Blanket for my daughter and can happily say I'm nearing completion on this one! Not that I'm not still enjoying it - I am! - but it's exciting to see all those brightly colored little squares growing & becoming a blanket :) I like to have one smaller project on the go at the same time as a big one, so having finished the baby clothes I decided to pick something different to make for the little one (he still hasn't put in an appearance by the way!). I saw a toy project on the Lion Brand website that really appealed to me but I would need to source some equivalent yarn in the UK as the final size mattered on this one. I don't know if it is a UK wide problem, but up here any acrylic Aran yarn I have managed to find has been very traditional (boring) colors - oatmeal, mushroom, cream, grey, maybe a forest green if you're lucky. It leaves my soul longing for the bright reds, yellows, blues, & greens I saw in the aisles of Walmart, Michaels, & Hobby Lobby lst summer! I'm not very keen on using yarn with a high wool content as we tend to sensitive skin in our family but I was tempted to try two large balls of Robin Aran in baby blue and chocolate brown which has a 25% wool content. Then I found a small selection of Sirdar Supersoft Aran in a local store & upon checking online found it is available in 23 yummy colors! Ebay helped me find an online supplier offering free post & packing and I was off!
I also found a paler minty green in the large 400g size that I had to have :)
It didn't all arrive in one parcel, the magic was spread over a few days - ooohhh what colors did the postie bring today? But the end result is a gorgeous, colorful, pile of oh so soft & snuggly aran yarn that puts a big soppy grin on my face every time I see it :)
I couldn't wait to start using it to make the toy for baby and I wasn't disappointed - I think I might have found my favorite yarn, the Sirdar Supersoft is almost as soft and beautiful to work with as their Calico yarn but cheaper! YAY! I'm making no apologies for getting this excited about yarn - I know some of you are right there with me on this one ;) Some of the colors I had ordered are for the next blanket project (yes, I'm on to thinking about that while I finish off my daughter's one). These are the colors I'm using for the baby toy...
It's working up really well, so hopefully I will be able to share some photos of the finished item with you next week... One last parcel arrived this morning (oh Ebay you tempt me too much!) so now I am officially on a Yarn Diet!!! And an Ebay break!!
Well it's back to the weeding for me while this weather lasts - I hope you are enjoying sunny days wherever you are :)