Monday, August 26, 2013

Episode 1 - Love All The Things



Here is my very first video podcast!  I've decided to focus my efforts into a video podcast instead of blogging.  But don't be sad!  I'm still going to be writing blog entries here and there so that I can still offer free patterns and tutorials.  The only difference will really be that my WIPs, FOs, tips, and advice will be in the podcast instead of in a blog entry.  I love feed back so leave me a comment on my blog or Youtube!  Also, I plan to post an episode every Monday so if you like it check back in every week!

Show Notes:

Shops:

The orange corriedale is from Curly C'Ewes on Etsy.

Patterns:

Snowflake Throw
Ripple Blanket
Fibi
Gotta Love Me Monster - Ravelry Download

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Spinning and Stuff

 
I missed blogging last week so there are lots of WIPs this week :D.  For starters I ordered 4oz of cheviot roving and a spindle and started spinning my first fiber.  So far I have spun 2 (2oz) strands and I've started plying them together.  Good thing I'm only doing two ply because my yarn is measuring between a worsted and super bulky weight. 

 
Here's a close up of the yarn so you can see it in all its wonkiness.  I have to say I love it with all its imperfections because its progess.  It can only get better from here.

 
This is the first few rounds of a barefoot sandal pattern that you can find here.  I'm using thicker thread than whats recommended so its coming out a little larger but I'm still enjoying how its turning out.  Plus I'm adding beads to it, you can't really tell in the photo, but they catch the light really well.

 
This is the progress for my hoop for the Hoopla-a-long going on on craftster.  The theme was 10 so I'm doing a Halloween bridal picture I sketched up that has my anniversary date on it since October is the 10th month (and my favorite)  <3

And this blanket has been sleeping forever!  I need to finish it by Christmas since its a gift.  I have all of the large snowflakes made so I'm in the progress of joining them in the last round.  I know this will be one project that will be hard to give away...its beautiful.  You can find the free pattern here.

 
And the cross stitch snowman!  Slow and steady but I'm making progress.  Curse you cross stitch, why are you so slow?  Well hope your WIPs are coming up nicely.  Happy crafting!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

TIL Tuesday: Goodwill Books

 
Today I learned that my local goodwill has a mini library in it!  Not only that but it has a section for hobbies that is packed full of all sorts of craft books.  I snagged this GIANT book for only $1.99.  This step-by-step covers every needlecraft that I know of.  It has knitting, crochet, tatting, braiding, macrame,  needlepoint, embroidery, rug hooking, weaving, quilting, basic sewing, patchwork, applique, and there are some that I'm probably forgetting!  I can't wait to use this book to learn knitting colorwork and tatting.  Such a steal on the price too!  Its so funny how one mans trash is another mans treasure.  If you dont already, I recommend checking out your local goodwills book area.  Happy crafting!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Make It Monday: Scrappy Dog Toy


So today my post is a little different than usual.  That's because I stumbled upon this by complete accident!  I had bought an old pillow case from a goodwill store to play around with the idea of fabric yarn.  I followed this tutorial to cut up the scraps and make a ball of fabric yarn.  Well I left the ball on the kitchen table overnight and when I woke up my cat had strung the fabric yarn all over the house.  As I was trying to collect it all my dogs started playing tug of war with it.  I finally gave up and braided and knotted the fabric together and let the dogs have it.  I can not express how much they love this toy! And it only cost me $1.  Not to mention how long its lasted.  Normally my dogs have their toys shredded to pieces within 24hrs but this fabric yarn holds up well! 

I recommend checking out the tutorial for making fabric yarn, and heck you could even use scrap fabric tied into strips braided together!  Hope your dogs enjoy this as much as mine.  Who am I kidding the cat loves it too!  Happy crafting!

Friday, August 2, 2013

FO Friday: Striped Slouchy Beanie

 
Only one finished object this week but I'm so proud!  This was my first ever knitted hat.  Special thanks to Knitwhim over at Arcaneknits.  She helped me learn to knit properly and finally helped me get over how intimidating circular needs are!  I seriously couldn't have done this without her!   

 
This was a free pattern on ravelry that can be found at this blog here.  The first few rows are a 2x2 rib and the rest of the hat is stockinette.  I found the decreases to be pretty hard to keep from getting holey near the end.  Luckily I just sewed up the holes when I weaved the end in heehee.  Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Thread It Thursday: Project Bags

 

 
This week I made project bags!  They are great projects for small pieces of fabric and they are pretty quick to make.  You could use these to hold just about anything but they are great for small craft projects like knitting, crocheting, or even some embroidery.  I followed this tutorial over here at In Color Order.  I made a little modification to make the bags reversible! Check out the insides!
 

 
EEEEeeeee!  If you can't tell I'm ready for it to be fall already!  All I did was cut the inside pieces the same as the exterior pieces.  And then I left an open hole on each accent piece.  When I sewed them together I made sure not too sew the holes shut so when you turn the bags inside out you just have to pop the knot of the drawstring through the hole.  I thought it was pretty clever since I'm an extremely novice sewer, so I'm sure it wouldn't be hard for most of you to find a better way!  But if you do please share!  Happy Crafting!