Showing posts with label Blanket. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blanket. Show all posts

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tuesday Cables || Scarves and Satin Binding

A few weeks ago I posted a photo of fabric I was going to use to make a blanket for my nephew. I finished it shortly after and gave it to hi for his birthday! This was the first blanket I ever made with batting! One of my co workers was marvelous in suggesting different ways I could make the blanket. I ended up choosing what I thought was the simplest way, but goodness, tying every other square was a tedious job, thought it was well worth it! 


Around the same time I made the blanket a coworker at the library asked if I could alter some scarves for her. She didn't like the width of them and wondered if I could cut each scarf in half and hem up the edges. The fabric proved to be a little bit difficult to work with so I kept trying different stitches and methods of hemming on one scarf until I got it! She picked out some beautiful scarves! I loved sewing them! She also let me keep the other halves of the scarves which was SO generous of her!

Side note about my "Checking In" post: I totally forgot to write 10 questions for the Liebster Award! I didn't officially nominate anyone either, so I guess that' short of okay. Ha, I feel so silly about it though. The Summer Reading Program is over now so hopefully I can collect my thoughts and the remainder of my sanity and work on my blog a little more!

Do you know how to run a sewing machine? How old were you when you learned?
Have you ever handmade a gift for anyone? (It can be anything, doesn't have to be sewn.)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday Cables || Keeping Myself in Stitches

The past week was full of stitches of all kinds. Thankfully none of said stitches are of the medical designation. 

When July 4th was coming up I decided some patriotic yarn stash busting would be quite appropriate! I always have an image in my head of being able to make a giant granny square afghan which, of course, is never the case with leftovers. I used three strands of yarn and just went around....asquare?...until I ran out! As you can see compared to my Clementine feet (Her shoes were number 9 ;) ) it's not very big, but it's a decent lapghan. I'm testing it out right now!

I also pulled out a counted cross stitch that I started a year and a half ago! I bought it at Hobby Lobby when I went to visit my friend in Jacksonville in January of 2013. I'm hoping to finish it soonish. More than a year is way too long to be working on a counted cross stitch that's only 5 by 7 inches. So, we shall see how this goes.

And lastly, I'm going to be making a blanket. One of my co workers who quilts gave me a quick rundown on working with batting, and tying, and binding, etc. I have a feeling YouTube is going to help out a great deal while I am constructing this blanket. Stay tuned!

Crochet stitches, cross stitches, and sewing stitches. Which type is your favorite?
Did any of you see the super moon the other night?! It was so cool!



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes....and Hands and Arms

This has been a fun week. I'm slowly but surely finishing up the Gargantuafghan. Autocorrect just fixed that word for me because I unintentionally switched two letters! I've been typing it a lot lately. The measurements with the boarder completed are 52 inches wide by 84 inches long. A whopping 7 feet long!! I'll have to compare that to my old blue one I made about 5 years ago. They're pretty close in size.



This past week two Items have been taken off of Etsy and frogged. Rippit rippit... (Did I use that correctly?) I had two hand crocheted, literally, scarves made from bulky yarn. They were so soft but just so so so ugly. I took the listings down and turned them along with the rest of my super bulky stash into a super plush mat. Not quite as puffy and ugly looking as the scarves were and it is indeed so so so soft!



I've also been watching the Olympics more than I thought I would be this week. Usually I sit in my room and craft while watching some classic film. Somewhere between Japan and Russia figure skating  I decided to watch a video on arm knitting. I expected it to be dramatically different than traditional knitting just because it seems like nearly any yarn craft that doesn't actually use hooks or needles often times is referred to as some sort of "knitting" even when it really isn't. However, arm knitting is what it says it is. I made this out of homespun yarn because I have a TON. Then I made another one to sell on Etsy. You might have guessed by now that I'll be updating Etsy very soon for spring. Follow me on Instagram via the tab above for some sneak peeks of items before they're even listed on Etsy!



Last but not least. Have I mentioned my serger here yet? I purchased one on sale a few weeks ago. The sale plus the employee discount made it well worth the buy. I was so sick of zig zag stitches and fray check, though they do have their place. I've still got a lot to learn, but these finished edges look so nice! I might have to start wearing my clothes inside out! Well, maybe not.



Thanks for reading! What have you been crafting lately?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Gargantuafghan!!

I finished all but the boarder on the blanket...or the Gargantuafghan. It still needs a little trimming on yarn ends here and there, but that is beside the point. This blanket is huge! It is well over 6 feet tall and I would guess about 4.5 feet wide (not stretched out). I'll get exact measurements once it's totally finished.



I can't even explain how great it is to finally have this blanket all in one piece. I started out with 24 rows still needing to be attached just three days ago!! It is a good heavy blanket and very warm. I love the vintage look of it. I got the pattern out of a small crochet magazine, actually, the same magazine I mentioned in [this post.] I think this blanket is going to become a favorite of mine at least until we're well into Spring!



Here's a picture of the blanket while it was still in progress. You can see the colors a little better in this one.



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Resolution Part Two: Check!

     Just as the last line was spoken on the last episode of my Season Two DVD of the Dick van Dyke Show, I finished weaving in the ends of a blanket I had planned to have finished 6 months ago! The size goes a little funky. That seems to happen when I make blankets like this. It happened with a Judy Garland blanket I made too. I'm glad it's finished and that the picture is recognizable. It felt like I would never get through the whole entire blanket! 
     Last night at 11pm I had just finished weaving in ends on the back and my plastic yarn needle snapped in two. Luckily I pass a craft store on my way home from work at the library (but not a JoAnn's. Shhh! Don't tell my manager!). So I went in there and finally bought my very first metal yarn needles, which should last me forever, or however long it takes for me to lose them. 



Up next: No, not a work in progress, but a pattern I had been wanting to try and figure out for quite some time. Not because it's all that pretty, but because it's old fashioned. It's the vest Judy Garland wears when she sings "The Joint is Really Jumping Down at Carnegie Hall." I found a WHOLE PDF book of old Hollywood knit and crochet patterns via [This Shop] on Etsy. 



I think this will be a pretty quick project, then it's back to working on another unfinished blanket. Still, it's a really pretty blanket that I am excited about finishing up! I'll get into that a little more in next week's post. 

I'd also like to say thank you SO much to those of you who followed me on Facebook this week! Please, share my page with your friends too!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Short And Sweet

Today, or yesterday now, was a little crazy. I was just getting ready to update my blog. Of course as soon as I sat down my dad called and roughly 6,000,000 things happened at once and I had to start cooking supper. It was awesome. Breakfast for supper. That's simple enough, right? 
Well...
I started with the bacon. I cooked it in the oven which I had never done before. Of course the first batch out I tilted the broiler pan (I didn't broil it, that just lets the grease drain really well) and spilled hot grease all over the oven door and just a tiny bit on the element. The drops that hit the element smoked and I stood there frozen for a moment praying they would not catch on fire. I still had to clean up the good amount that spilled on the oven door. I turned off the oven, and turned on the cold water in the sink. I wiped the whole inside of the oven door with wads of paper towels then threw them in the sink under the cold water. My dad got home a few minutes after that incident, at that point I felt safe enough turning the oven back on and cooking the rest of the bacon. No fire ever occurred, thank goodness! Plus I managed to cook the pancakes on a griddle during this whole ordeal without burning them thanks to my lovely brother running into the kitchen when I called for him and flipping the pancakes for me.
Next, I took out a small sauce pan...I perfectly scrambled a dozen eggs in it.
Then, in a frying pan I started cooking scrapple at a slightly higher than recommended temperature. My dad suggested turn the knob exactly to medium instead of just above it. While I was turning the scrapple some grease popped and hit me just above my lip. There's not much of a visible mark but it does still sting a little bit. I was on the verge of tears at that point and my parents soon took over cooking in cast iron instead of all the little stainless pots and pans I was using. It was quite the experience.

Now I'm doing the sleepy head-bob as I type this, so here is a brief update. So far I've worked a little on two resolutions. Drawing and finishing my wips. I posted a picture that I had started drawing to instagram.

.....the next morning:
 I plan on finishing the drawing this weekend. Then no more drawing until all of the works on progress are complete! I finally started working on the NASCAR blanket again. It's a little wavy and off kilter, the blanket itself not just the image, but it should be fine as a blankie!! I think I've just got 16 rows to go!