Monday, January 16, 2012

Water Bottle Sweater

Because after being sick for over a week, my hands were ice blocks from reaching for this guy repeatedly.

So I warmed him up a bit.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Little Sunshine

Last year I made point of setting aside enough time to make new ornaments for my tribe. I am really glad I did, because the results were so much more meaningful and frugal for us than purchasing new ones. I tried my hardest to think of something that would relate to each of them and be somewhat joyful for me to make.

Boober's was by far the easiest to think of since every night at bedtime I sing You Are My Sunshine to her. I found this pattern and sized it down some to make it appropriate for the tree.

In hindsight, I probably would size it down one or two more rounds than what I did here. I also opted for a contrasting running stitch for embellishment instead of the typical smiley face. Happy as we are, Smiley's don't really do it for us.

Poor little sun looks pregnant! Although, the natural glow only helps it on the tree.

The little lady actually loved it so much she hung it on a knob on her dresser and wouldn't let me hang it on the tree. She wanted to see it while she was heading to Sleepy's house. I think it had the effect I was going for.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Turtleneck Vase Upcycle

Here's a simple and inexpensive craft to ease yourself back into the crafty swing of things after the holiday craze. Was yours crazy? Mine was substantially laid back this year.

After the parties and shindigs there is bound to be a bucket of items set for the garbage or recycle bin. Grab those glass bottles (smaller is better), some yarn, and glue to repurpose as a vase for your dresser or bathroom.

I used some small ginger ale bottles and cotton ombre yarn. Start by running a bead of glue around the lip of the bottle. Press the end of your yarn into the glue and wrap around.

Continue running the glue and wrapping your yarn, making sure there are no spaces between the strands.

I used my finger to rub the glue into all the yarn as I went. It dries clear, but the yarn in not soft on the outside if you do this. Follow your preference. With the cotton yarn, you don't notice the finish unless you touch it.

Keep wrapping to your heart's desire. I stopped just over the "shoulders" of the bottle because it reminded me of a turtleneck shirt. Set aside to dry completely.

After the glue dries, take a warm washcloth and gently rub any glue off the glass. Fill the bottom with a little water being careful not to get the yarn wet. Elmer's glue is water soluble. You can choose another glue if you have something waterproof on hand.

Add flowers, place on dresser, forget your winter blues. You just added some sunshine to your day! I just love how this yarn striped itself.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Viking Hat

Around the time I made the earflap hat, my nephew and my niece's brother, had an upcoming birthday. This one was actually completed on time.
I made very minor alterations to this pattern to allow for some growth and I shortened the horns so he would not impale his mother.
 AAARRGHH! Wait, that's a pirate. What do vikings say?

Monday, January 2, 2012

Earflap Hat

Disclaimer: In the spirit of catching up and expanding my online portfolio of my sensational yarning capabilities, I am going to be sharing pieces from last year (OMG - is she for real?) For real. This is totally last year.

My niece turned 4 in August, so I made her a hat in October. I used this pattern from Lion Brand as a jumping off point because otherwise you get a hat for a shrunken skull. Luckily, I was able to find a willing subject to test the size.
Starting at the top, this is the second pom pom I made, and looking back, still could have been bigger - but I like it.
The added rows give it more of a pixie vibe while providing additional noodle coverage. Keeps it al dente.

    So let's see...this hat works up quickly, uses one-two skeins of bulky yarn, and yields warmth and cuteness. I considered embellishing with a felt skull and crossbones patch, but decided to leave the decision to her. There are tons of possibilities for personalization with this hat.


***Good news - I just made this hat again and this time I wrote down my alterations so I will share those when I share the second hat.