Sunday, January 18, 2015

Too Sick To Knit?


I had high hopes for finishing my Cozy Capelet this weekend, but being sick has had me down for the count a lot...and I'm thinking it may not happen.  You know it's bad when you're too sick to knit...or eat....or watch a movie!  Whether I finish it this weekend after all, or in the near future, I look forward to showing you the finished snuggly project!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Had Myself a Crafty Little Christmas


My very crafty Christmas started with fun crafty goodies from my knitting friends.



My friend Connie (aka ObiKnitKenobi aka Conicuts) made these precious angel earrings....FROM PAPER!!! That's right, their little bodies are made from paper beads she MADE!  Too cute!


Another knitting friend, Cindy, had little snowflake stitch markers and packets of detergent for washing knits for us.

And then...on Christmas...


My Mom got me a craft store gift card (doesn't get much cooler than deciding what I want and not feeling guilty because it's a gift!) And I got a new blade and mat for my Silhouette cutter.


And this super-awesome envelope punch board! (Can't wait for me to show it in action? Check out this video)


I got this Martha Stewart punch and ALL of the kids (including this big kid) had fun making wreath and tree embellishments on cards and pictures.  It was super easy to punch a bunch of branches quickly too! 


And, I got this bead maker that I have some fun ideas for...look forward to (hopefully) showing off some successful projects made with paper beads.

I could have sat and played with my new crafty toys all day!  ;)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Festive Crafting

Besides the Christmas stitch markers there was plenty of other festive crafting happening in December.


First, Little Man made this super cute ornament at a Parents' Night Out at his taekwondo school....isn't it awesome?!?!

I decided I wanted to make cards for my co-workers to go with Starbucks gift cards...and since I love the box cards from SVGCuts..I went with making the poinsettia planter box cards.  I set up all the files so I could cut all the red pieces for the four cards at the same time, and did that as much as I could to keep from wasting time and paper.


One evening I cut all the pieces and had 4 piles (one for each card) with all the pieces needed.


The next evening I assembled flowers and embossed the centers with gold embossing powder.


And the next evening I put them together.  I loved using glue dots to glue the flowers themselves.




My co-workers loved them!


For my brother's girlfriend I wanted something crafty to go with the gift card I had gotten her...so I turned to SVGCuts again...and made this super cute Christmas tree box...and then I decorated it simply with stickers to give the appearance of the tree having ornaments.





I had so much fun with my festive crafting!!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

May Your Holidays Be Merry and Bright!


As 2014 draws to a close and I start thinking about what I hope to accomplish in 2015, one thing I hope for is to get back to regular posting here.  To hold you over, here is an image I took of the snag-free Christmas light stitch markers I made for my knitting friends.  I used a drill to make the red jump rings, and started an assembly line of sorts to put them together.  The bead is glued in place to cover the join of the ring.  I tied each one onto a tag with red ribbon...it made a cute little gesture to let each lady know I hope they have the happiest of holidays...and I wish that for whoever is out there reading this post as well!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Loving Box Cards!


I know it's been ages since I posted.  I'm sure you know how easy it is to let the stresses of life get in the way.  I haven't been crafting as much as I'd like...but I have enjoyed making what I have had time to work on.  My co-worker just had a birthday and the office got together for wine and laughs.  So I whipped up this little card to put a smile on her face.  I used the SVG Cuts file for a picnic and left off the plate and silverware.  Presto...a wine-inspired little piece of cuteness!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Shark Week!

 I'm a fiend for Shark Week! Every year for a week the Discovery Channel has all new shark-themed programming focused entirely on sharks.  My family and I love learning about sharks...and you may remember I love a theme...so a few years ago when I saw this pattern for socks called Shark Week...I knew I would have to knit them.  But unfortunately the pattern wasn't available for purchase.  As part of a club the designer posted that the pattern would be available in 2013...and then when it did become available (only as a kit) it was only if you could make it to a Northern fiber festival.  And then... the week before Shark Week...I received an email from the designer's mailing list.  At high noon, she would open up a flash sale of a limited number of kits that were available for purchase and would be mailed in time to start knitting for Shark Week.  It was a dream come true!!!  I set the alarm on my phone and was ready exactly at noon to snatch up a kit.  After some technical glitches I scored my very own Shark Week sock kit. (All the kits sold out in less than an hour) YES!!!



My huge pattern booklet, custom yarn dyed just for this kit, and misc other required items arrived in a package with everything bundled in a net-like bag.  

While at the beach...while watching Shark Week and Jaws I started them..over and over again.  This pattern is unlike any I've ever encountered.  I had to restart 4 times and get help from kind knitters on Ravelry in order to make it past this section...




to get to this section...


for every section I hold my breath hoping I get it right and don't run into any more issues.


but every night I've tried to knit a little further.


And while the fit isn't perfect





Sock #1 definitely is looking like a sock! Wish me luck!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Getting Ready for Shark Week


Next week is my favorite week of television all year...it's SHARK WEEK on Discovery Channel!!  Lots of fun shows and learning....we watched it when I was a kid and it's still something I look forward to, maybe more now than then.  Anyhoo....loving a theme the way I do...I ordered these little shark charms to make some stitchmarkers for shark week.

Stay tuned for the next part of the theme ;)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mary Poppins Goodies

If I had ever shared photos from our amazing first trip to Disneyworld you'd know that we met Mary Poppins in like our first 10 minutes there and were completely cheesing it up in the photos we took with her.  My sister Doozer and I had both agreed that the only character we HAD to meet was her!



I love Mary Poppins (maybe even more after seeing Saving Mr. Banks and learning there was more to the story than fun songs) and so when I saw that Little Skein in the Big Wool was doing theme knitting accessories and would have Mary Poppins, well...I was just one of many knitters who was stalking her page until she uploaded the goodies to purchase.  I didn't score a bag ready-to-ship so I waited for a few weeks to receive one that I was able to pre-order.  Yes, it's that serious folks, it's a fight to get some of her fantastic items!



When my package arrived (after I stalked the US Postal Service tracking site all day to see when it was delivered) I found the above items inside.  The bag is called "Practically Perfect" and I love the little shop touches.


The print is super cute.  The bag is flat here so you can see Mary flying over the London skyline with Bert cleaning a chimney.  Too fun!


The loops and drawstring are all well-done and sturdy and the bottom of the bag is made with a heavyweight canvas.


The inside of the bag is lined with a teabag print fabric...too perfect!


In the other included package were the stitch markers I had ordered.


Little Skein ships her stitch markers in 1 of 3 ways.  You can order them on a card backing with a coupon attached for a future order, or in a little tin, or, my favorite...in these teeny-tiny glass vials.  Love them!


I got two different Mary Poppins looks to use.  Now, to figure out a "practically perfect" project to make while using my new project bag and stitch markers!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ooops!





Eeek! It's been way too long since I posted! I swear I've been crafting! Here's some proof! I made an under the sea castle for a friend's little girl.  The box card files were from SVG Cuts and I used colors and stickers to make it look like a mermaid castle! The best part of these box cards is that they fold easily to slip into an envelope!

I'm hoping by the end of the week I'll have my Jiro Dreams of Noro Sweater finished, and I'll be able to show you that, as well as some Mary Poppins knitting goodies that I've picked up!


Until then, look at the gorgeous colors in my sweater!


Monday, May 26, 2014

Mr. GQ Jr


My son has a style all his own.  He loves a good hat, and he loves certain colors...especially orange!  
Last night,okay, it was really this morning (2 AM) I finished hand-stitching the zipper into the hoodie I have been working on for him.  I told him I'd need him to wear it for a photo and he jumped right into model mode.






It takes so much longer to make a sweater for a 9 year-old than it did to whip one up for him when he was smaller.  I see the sweaters others have made for their grown sons and wonder how fast they knit! Did you know that all of the sweaters that Mr. Rogers wore were knit for him by his mother? She must have been fast! Or started knitting years in advance! 

I know this won't be the last time I collaborate with Little Man to make something for him that he'll love to wear...but it was the first time I feel like we worked together to make it perfect...and I'm happy that he wore it right away!

I combined different design elements to make exactly the sweater Little Man said he wanted.  It has a hood, which was pretty easy to do.  After the body was knit from the top down I picked up stitches around the collar and knit up for the hood.  I then seamed the top together with the kitchener stitch so the seam would be invisible.

The sleeves were picked up from stitches that were placed on hold while I knit the body.  There were a couple of tricky things I encountered with the sleeves.  First, I wanted the stripes to line up with the stripes from the main body of the sweater.  That I was able to do by paying attention as I knit.  The second part required Little Man to constantly try on the sleeve to ensure a proper fit.  He wanted fingerless glove cuffs.  In order to achieve the affect (which I didn't have instructions for) I knit in rib stitch, going down in needle size, and knit until I reached the base of his thumb.  I then cast-off five stitches (the width of his thumb) on the next round, and then on the round after that I cast back-on four stitches (taking into account that his hand circumference was a tiny bit smaller at this point.  Because I wanted a snug fit I had him try on the sweater often during this process.  For the 2nd sleeve I followed the same steps and didn't have to have him try it on as much.  I did need him to try it on just to get the placement for the thumb opening.  If he doesn't want to wear the fingerless gloves he can turn the cuffs up too.

The fingerless glove cuffs required carefully thinking through how I wanted to accomplish them.  But the zipper...oh the zipper...that took hours of hand-sewing.  I saw online a tip to use blocking wires along both edges of the sweater where the zipper would be placed to keep the fabric straight to prevent puckered fabric...and I do think that helped though it was awkward to sit with the sweater on my lap with the blocking wires in it.  I had a wire right at the edge, and then another one about 3/4 of an inch in where the edge of the zipper was.  So in total I used 4 blocking wires at once.  Tricky!  Each zipper half required 2 rows of stitches too..and I had to use smaller pieces of thread as I had issues with knots and tangles when I tried to use longer thread.  I think it was the last row of stitching that I got into a groove........of course....when I was almost done!

I used some new techniques and Little Man has a custom sweater created together...a win-win project!!