Tuesday, July 16, 2013

No Crafty

It's time to get this done. We haven't touched this room since our last roommate moved out, ummm, 4 or 5 years ago. Procrastination at its finest.

So all of my yarn and fabric are waiting patiently in storage, while I make some room for them. And also clean and paint and hopefully decorate really cute. Hubble looked at me like I was crazy when I said that. Yes the room has to function, but who doesn't want a cool crafty space?

I am dying to sew right now, but until this is finished I will be working on very little. If I do craft, you can see it on Instagram or Twitter and I will post updates on The Space (I think I might call it that) as I go.

~I am planning to "white out" the whole room, including the ceiling.

~Behind the door is a dark room that will be converted into storage for my supplies.

~I may paint the shuffleboard tiles a better color or just cover them completely.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Another Pair

PATTERN HERE. The yarn is Paton's Wool in Harvest. This time made for a happy-birthday-farmer-friend. I thought they might be good for pulling weeds in the fall. I used a G hook throughout and that seemed to give them some ease through the palms. I also added a crab stitch detail on the last row of the thumb and finger opening. I really should make myself a set before the temp drops and I have to warms my digits on Hubble's bare skin.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sewing Class: Ironing Board Cover

Never again will I have to grumble at the cutesy and boring offerings from Target in the ironing board cover department. Nope, I can make my own...with any fabric I want.

This is my kind of floral and I really felt like this red color would not show burn marks as quickly. Fingers crossed I am right!

This was before I washed it, hence the floppy fabric. I intentionally washed the finished piece after it was sewn to help it have a snug fit when I put it on. Worked like a dream. As intimidating as something like this looks, it was probably one of the easier projects I have done. The instructions for lesson were better too. Trace, cut, finish edge, sew in elastic, wash, and adorn your board with your new (way better) cover. Loves it!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Sewing Class: Tool Roll-up

I am just recently getting back into my sewing class online. I missed being at my machine, but knew I would have to finish this project before I could advance. I really wanted to finish it, but not the way the instructor set out. I suppose that is the best thing about taking a class online; without a live teacher standing there with you, you are forced to figure things out and learn a ton about your machine and yourself in the process.

Despite its minor flaws, it turned out well and has been much handier than the metal trunk I used to carry my hooks in. I am starting to (not really) catch up with you Glutennifer!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Peach and Caymee

Mama and baby sea turtles for daughter's birthday? You got it. She found this set as I was looking through Ana Paula Rimoli's Amigurumi 2 book. It made sense that she would request her own since we have been reading much about these creatures.

I was tricky too and didn't give it to her at her party because I think she may have seen the turtles in progress. Instead, I made sure she had something to open on her actual birthday and reclaimed the surprise. She loves them and decided to name the mama 'Peach' and the baby 'Caymee'.

After I assembled the newborn, I was bowled over by its cuteness. It's so damn small and is just begging for someone (ahem, me) to make a silly voice and pretend I it is in Finding Nemo. All the toys in this pattern book have a high cute factor, which is not something I always appreciate, but I really like the patterns in this book even we crochet a little differently.

Peach also comes with four unhatched eggs. Everything stores nicely inside her shell top when not being played with, making it a cinch to keep track of all the parts.

It's funny to me how pieces like this always end up with so much personality. I don't know if that comes from the playing that ensues or the artist's design. Either way, we love these girls and maybe one of the other eggs will hatch too.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Play With Your Food

I LOVE play food, especially when it's not plastic. I wish we had our own set of squishy delectables in the house, and after making this grouping, I am anxious to get to it. The requirements for this set, and the reason for the unusual mix, was 1. I had to use yarn I had on hand. 2. I wanted all the yarns to be the same fiber. (I used cotton) 3. They had to be washable. I think I won this round of stash busting.

These were made for my favorite just-turned-two-year-old and I hope he gets hours of fun from playing with his food. I would also like to thank my photo assistant, Boober, who learned about paid modeling through this job.

I voluntarily left the seed detailing off because I didn't like anything other than seed beads and didn't feel it was safe for a toddler.

This is the project, where after years of crocheting, I finally learned about "right" side and "wrong" side in amigurumi. I have always questioned it, but never needed it until this. I actually prefer the smoother look to the wrong side, but this is still embarrassing.

I changed the pattern a little for each one of these, made the leaves into one piece instead of three, and stuffed the larger carrots lightly.

Well, you have to have some dessert in there. Is it just me or do the cupcakes with the ruffle edges not look like regular cupcakes to anyone else? I will have to come up with a more realistic pattern, but it didn't stop her from taking a bite. This is the only non-washable piece and umm, there are seed beads, but the piece wouldn't be the same without them. His parents might have to shelve this one until he's a little older. Oh well.

Happy birthday E-man! I have so much fun watching you grow up.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Camping Blanket the First

This was a good morning. Warm, sunny, I took my not-so-secret project out to the porch with my coffee and basked. Just like a lizard, only not so scaly.

I have been working on birthday presents, so this camping blanket was started for the times when I want to yarn, but can't quite get clear of the recipients of said presents. I also want to use up all of my acrylics. I didn't want to donate them, but no longer love them and I came up with this solution after our last attempt at camping. We were rained out, but these yarns are perfect for the wear and tear that goes along with tent vacationing.

At this point, I have doubled the size shown here. I have also gone through a lot of my yarn to set up colors for the rest of the blankets. I figure each of us needs one for wrapping up next to the fire.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mickey and Chicky

I meant to photograph these two friends a while back, but Mickey (on the left) went with Buddy to his other house for an adventure. By the time he got back both chicks had been well played with and a bit disheveled, but that just tells me they are loved. These two chicks hopped into the Easter scavenger hunt from this pattern. Now they are best friends and neighbors.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Manny Pack

In my mind, you should always make your husband something ridiculous for Valentine's Day and then give it to him late. Even better if you use his old clothes as material. Then it's free too. Like this tutorial.

~he totally stuffed that bag with a sock~

Monday, April 15, 2013

Pooch Mat

My princess pooch (or so she thinks) will park her rear on ANYTHING soft, so we are careful about what we leave laying around because she is so smelly. I used a thrifted flannel sheet and some old curtains from the Dude's room to make these. They are stretched over some 1 inch batting I had laying around and "quilted" with a few knots. Easy peasy, fully washable, and then I saw on Pinterest that Martha Stewart made the same thing. Mine are cuter though.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Blue Warmers

My auntie requested royal blue fingerless gloves and I thought she might like a little confetti thrown in. It's what I had on hand and works up nice and snug to fit smaller hands if you use Lion Brand's Wool Ease. I am using Paton's wool to make myself a pair and the fit is not as nice, but I wanted all wool. I might start them over anyway-not really my colors. Pattern HERE.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Yarn Con

Magic and Moonshine's yarn cakes. I could have bought them all!

I am officially a dork. I went to a convention that celebrates one of my favorite things and it did not disappoint. Yarn Con. Chicago. Color. Bestie. Birthday present. Yarn!! I used up my budget on day one. And then got a little more (not too much though). And then loved it and looked at it and rubbed it. Every strand I bought got to ride home in my pack and learned to be friends by the time we got back. Believe it or not, I restrained the picture taking, because I thought "What am I going to do with a bunch of pictures of yarn?" Then again, I am a junkie.

Now I know what to do with all my scraps.

I remember seeing one of these machines on Sesame Street, but I don't know what it's called.

From Happy Farms in Missouri. These were their best colors.

I have never played with roving, but these made me consider making a drop spindle.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter Messenger Bags

I have always been lukewarm on Easter, and thought it might be time to update the traditional baskets with something the kids might use all year. I added a thing/strip/fabric to this pattern HERE. Even with the added depth they could have been a little bigger, but the kids liked them and as usual, I learned a ton from making mistakes.

Friday, March 22, 2013


Starting something new, only to finish it much later has always been a habit of mine, especially with crafty projects. They need time to setup, in my brain or otherwise, sometimes. I don't think the clouds help with this either. Here are a few things I am in the midst of. Above: Patchwork Granny Blanket from Attic24.

This arrowhead mobile for my room needs one more leg and the ends sewn in. I may also change the hoop up with some bright paint.

I have been checking out as many sewing books as I can from the library.

New handwarmers for a special auntie.

Scooping up fabric sales.

Making an absurd (and tardy) Valentine's Day fanny pack for Hubble.

One down, three to cushions for our smelly Ewok.

Did you hear I am headed to YarnCon in Chicago? My family loves me and is sending me to submerge myself in a building filled with scrumptious yarn for my birthday. My yarn bestie is coming along too and I couldn't be more excited. I love those guys!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Mooch Monsters

Cupid and I whipped up some mischievous kiss snatchers to chase the kids on Valentine's Day. Turns out they only steal mooches when you turn them down, so it's better to just pucker up. Then they are much more snuggly.

This is not my original design, although I came up with my own patterns and each one is slightly different. You can find similar creations HERE and HERE.

And I finally started tagging my work...

Careful though, or you might get a big smacker planted on you by surprise. You can never be too sure where they are hiding.

Friday, March 1, 2013

To Life!

It's a good thing I have decent handwriting because this project would not have gotten done if I had had to make stencils. As usual, it did not take me nearly as long as I expected. Done in one night. I had all the materials on hand and the burlap was repurposed from an old coffee bean sack.

I did separate the pennants a bit once I decided on a good spot to hang it. I think the longest part was trying to decide on a phrase or word that has not been super hipped out yet, although banners and buntings have been. I could be living under a rock, but the only time I ever hear this phrase is when my brother uses it and he is not of any Hebrew relation. To life!