Posted by: theyarnwhisperer | May 20, 2011

Sanka Pup Designs is moving!

Sanka Pup Designs will no longer be at wordpress, but you can find us at www.sankapup.com. Please be patient with us as we transfer everything over. If you have subscribed to my blog here, you will need to go to www.sankapup.com to re-subscribe in order to continue to receive updates from my blog. I hope to see you at our new site!

Kendra

Posted by: theyarnwhisperer | May 17, 2011

Yayy!

Fresh off of the blocking mats, trumpet fanfare:

Ta-da!

My knitted shawl! I can’t believe I’m finally finished with it, but I’m so pleased with how it turned out. =) I finished it last night, soaked it for 18 minutes in water, and blocked it overnight. I didn’t have enough blocking pins, because I’ve never had to use more than 35, but it still blocked pretty well.

Making this shawl has been a challenge, something I wasn’t quite sure if I could accomplish. There have been many bumps along the way, sometimes I would have to tink (un-knit) backwards a few rows because I had made a mistake, or sometimes my needles would accidentally get pulled out of the stitches and I would have to pick all of them back up again. The rows got longer and longer each time, and more and more complicated, but the further along I was, the more pleasurable it became. Especially since I could see the end, and knew that the hard work put into it would be rewarding. It taught me how to perservere, and not to give up. But as I neared the end, as I bound the last few stitches off, and weaved in the ends, I realized something. I realized that just because I am done knitting the shawl doesn’t mean I’m done forever. Noo, knitting continues.😀 And with each project I complete, my enjoyment with knitting increases. =)

Posted by: theyarnwhisperer | May 14, 2011

Musician’s Delight

There’s a saying that goes: “Those who wish to sing will always find a song”. Well, in my case, that happened with piano. I wanted to play, and the Lord provided me with a way to play. It’s a long story, but I’ve been looking for a piano to play over here in the states for a while. My baby brother was born with club foot, which means he needs medical treatment here in the states, which in turn means we have to stay here so he can get that treatment.

Six week old Cooper with his casts

 

These are some leg warmer type things for his casts. The casts are really scratchy, so these help cover them up.

 Since we don’t know when, or if we’ll go back to Spain, and we don’t know when, or if we’ll be able to bring my piano over here for a long time, I’ve been looking for one to play here. It needed to be electric, or else we would have to somehow transport it over here (they weigh a lot), and get it tuned and all of that. So started my search. After a while, I finally found one that hadn’t been sold. It was a keyboard, but had a brand new sustain pedal, and was really nice. Not only that, but the man we bought it from was selling it for a good price. I was so excited when we went to pick it up!

Yamaha keyboard

 

Close up

I’ve been playing and playing and playing, so much fun! I practiced my fiddle as well, and had a great time.🙂 I’m so happy about it!😀 So exciting.🙂

Posted by: theyarnwhisperer | May 12, 2011

A little of this, a little of that

It really is quite difficult to get into the habit of blogging again after being gone for a while. But there is a lot to write about, so I should be able to finish a post. Let’s see…

A few weeks ago my dad went out to the garage, took some PVC pipe, and made me a niddy noddy:

Niddy noddy

I’m really happy with it! A niddy noddy is used to wrap hanks of yarn. I’ve already used it three times to wrap some yarn for dyeing, and it works great! I’m excited for my next planned dyeing project.🙂

I finished the last three dog sweaters I’m going to make for now:

Doggie sweater #4

Doggie sweater #5

Doggie sweater #6

I also crocheted an edging on the pink baby blanket, and added a little crocheted heart to it:

Baby blanket for my hope chest

I’m rather pleased with how it turned out.🙂 So now it’s safely tucked into a chest with the other baby blanket I made.

And then, some great news. Sanka Pup Designs has just made it’s first sale on Etsy!

The “Kraken”, one of my personal favorites in my shop🙂

This little guy is now on his way to his new home!

The dangerous Kraken all wrapped up in tissue paper

Well, more later!

Posted by: theyarnwhisperer | May 10, 2011

Blooper Pictures

Whenever I write my blog, I try to choose pictures that best represent the thing I’m trying to show. But what I don’t show are the “blooper/behind the scenes” photos. Would you like to see what I’m like behind the camera? Well, I just finished making a purse about a week or so ago to put on my etsy shop. Here is one of the photos I’m going to put on etsy:

Etsy photo

 Here are the “behind the scenes” photos!

My beard

Ho Ho Ho! My Santa beard

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E

Sir, yes sir! My military hat

A Russian guard

 So, now you know what my mom and I do for fun!

Posted by: theyarnwhisperer | May 3, 2011

Yarn Galore (blog post part three)

I’m still here, I haven’t disappeared off of the face of the earth. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to write in a while, I just haven’t gotten to, and now that I can, I’m going to. And wow, I have a lot to say! Hehehe, my mom would always say I have a lot to say, but I have a lot of things to write about. Soo…..I’ll start of with the draft of the post I had saved a couple weeks back, and go from there. 
 
Yes, this is the third blog post that I needed to write for what I had wanted to put in one blog post. Why? Appearantly, there is a limit to how many pictures and things I can put into one post. So in this post, (hopefully the last post I’ll have to write), I’m going to write about the other part of my stash increase. My trip to the yarn store.

I’ve heard that Yarnorama is a nice yarn store. A really nice yarn store. I had wanted to go there, and my grandma offered to take me. So we woke up early that morning to get an early start. It took about an hour to get there, but we got there right after it opened. It was great.🙂 At first, I went around the whole store, looking at every single yarn they had, planning which yarns to get, admiring their selection. After over an hour, I finally selected these pretty and soft yarns:

Merino, Alpaca, Silk, and Donegal blend

Ooh, baby Llama, Merino wool, and Donegal

A colorful hand-painted Merino wool

A smooth Bamboo and Nylon sockyarn blend

This yarn is smooth too because of the superwash wool

Zauberball! A blend of wool and nylon, perfect for the socks I hope to soon make!

Mochi plus! So soft🙂 Merino wool and nylon

Mini mochi! Like mochi plus, only...mini!

I can’t wait to start knitting with these great yarns!

Posted by: theyarnwhisperer | April 18, 2011

Christmas in April (blog post part two)

Can a knitter ever have too much yarn?

For years, I’ve never had this tested. I had a stash, but when I looked at pictures of stashes that were walls high, or rooms with yarn in them, I never thought I had too much. My stash could fit in a standard size box. But here recently, my stash has increased dramatically. So much in fact that I’m considering going on a “yarn diet”. How much could my stash increase in the last two weeks? Well, let’s just say that my stash has not only doubled, or tripled, but at least quadroupled! Amazing. How could a yarn stash increase so much in such a short time? Well, part of it is from my Grandma giving me part of her stash. The other part is from…..hehe…..me taking a trip to the yarn store.

Here is the yarn that my Grandma gave me:

This is a wooden chest that my Grandma gave me

 

Look what

 

Underneath that yarn was...more yarn!

 On top of all that yarn, guess what? There was more!

A basket of yarn

 

A box with...guess what? More yarn!

 
This is a pretty little blanket I found that had been started. I hope to finish it sometime, although I’m still thinking of how would be the best way to do so.
 Now, on top of allll of the yarn, there were also a bunch of other craft things! A bunch of knitting needles and crochet hooks, a lot of things for decoupage, fabric already cut up and ready to use for rag crochet (something new I’ve just picked up, it’s a lot of fun!), a lot of books and patterns, and just all kinds of neat little things. It’s been like Christmas in April!
Posted by: theyarnwhisperer | April 14, 2011

A lot of projects (blog post part one)

Lately, I’ve been keeping my hands busy with both knitting and other crafts. I have a lot to catch up on, so here it goes.

My aunt requested some dog sweaters that were very girly. So, even though I’m not very good at “girly” and “fashionable”, with some help from my mom and grandma, I came up with these:

Girly dog sweater

Another girly dog sweater

 Here are some coasters I made:

Coasters made from locker hooking

What? These aren’t knitted or crocheted…what are they?  :O Kendra, you did not. Umm… You didn’t really, did you? Well….hehe…actually I did…What did I do? I got myself into yet another craft. How could you Kendra? Don’t you have enough crafts to do already? A crafter can never have too many crafts😀 (At least I don’t think…). How did this happen? It all started when my mom went into the quilt store…

My mom is the one who does patchwork and quilting. I usually like to accompany her when she goes to the quilt stores. There’s so much inspiration sometimes even though it’s a different craft, and I like looking at the different pretty fabrics. But in this store, they had a little area where they had something they were demonstrating that wasn’t quilting. As I looked closer, I saw a book labeled “Locker hooking”. It looked like rug making (although I’ve never done rug hooking), but wasn’t. The lady who was working there kindly offered to demonstrate it, and I was, well, hooked. So that’s where the coasters came into play, they were my first project. It was rather fun!

Yet another dog sweater

 I also wanted to experiment and try my hand at cross stitching a bookmark. I wanted to do something with a bookworm, but couldn’t find the right pattern, so I sort of winged it. I ironed it, and took a picture, but somehow I can’t find the picture. So even though it was wrinkled, I went ahead and took another picture because I didn’t want to iron it again. So…sorry for the wrinkles!

Bookworm bookmark

The other thing I’ve been working on is a baby blanket for my hope chest. What is a hope chest? It’s a place for a girl to put things in to save them for when she has a home of her own. Some people put things like quilts, china, and doilies; while some put things like baby blankets, clothes, and photo albums. It’s really up to the girl putting things in there, what kind of things she would like to have in her own home. As my first thing that I made to put in my hope chest, I made this baby blanket:

A crocheted baby blanket

As you can see, I’ve been very busy knitting and crocheting and crafting. But that’s only been the half of it! I think I’m going to write another post for what else I’ve been doing.

Posted by: theyarnwhisperer | April 5, 2011

Sweets

Now that knitting and crochet week is over, and I’ve gotten into the groove of blogging often, I find it difficult not to have anything to blog about today. My knitting has been put on a standstill over the weekend because of a new addition to our family on April 1st, William Cooper Lucero.

My new baby brother!

He’s so adorable :)  And the hat even fit him perfectly, which was nice. I was almost afraid it would be too small, but newborns are always smaller than you remember them being, even though he is my fifth sibling.

Today, my sister Maddie and I made some cookies. Maddie is usually the one to help me with things like that. She’s eight, and is the perfect help. Young enough to be excited to help even when it doesn’t seem fun, but yet old enough to actually be a real help. So we made some Peanut Butter Cookies today.

Ingredients

Maddie helping to mix the cookie dough

Yummy

It was a very simple and easy recipe:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour, sift or stir before measuring
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg

I had fun making them with my sister🙂

Day seven: 3rd April. Your knitting and crochet time.

Write about your typical crafting time. When it is that you are likely to craft – alone or in more social environments, when watching TV or whilst taking bus journeys. What items do you like to surround yourself with whilst you twirl your hook like a majorette’s baton or work those needles like a skilled set of samurai swords. Do you always have snacks to hand, or are you a strictly ‘no crumbs near my yarn!’ kind of knitter.

My typical crafting time consists of sitting in my “knitting corner”. In Spain, my knitting area was on my bed, and I would knit while sitting in my room, on my bed. Here in Brenham though, I have a specific chair that I like to sit in. There is a coffee table right next to here with little spaces underneath where I keep all my current projects.

Crafting area in Brenham

Really, hehe, it looks a lot messier in the picture than it really is. I’m a “knitpicky” type of knitter, and am not too fond of food around my craft area. I will sometimes sit in this chair and watch tv, but especially like it when I’m listening to hymns on a cd, it’s so nice and calming and relaxing…..

The things I usually keep in my crafting area are all of the projects I’m currently working on, my “notions” case, and a few books, including a lovely church hymnal that I will sometimes open while I’m knitting and look at different hymns (Can you tell I’m lonely for my piano in Spain?).

I find that I am most comfortable crafting in my own little area than anywhere else. I like to keep my area nice and clean, and it makes me feel more relaxed when I’m crafting. My own little “knitting nook”!

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