This is the original artwork I chose to use, by Bruce Timm:
Here's my outline I made on graph paper (I pulled out my mad skills from hours of playing Dots in high school) and a pencil outline I did on the pegboard.
I'm not an artist like this naturally, so it did take some time, but choosing a simple outline helped. Once I had the outline done on graph paper it was easy to map it out on the pegboard. I messed up on her hat on her left side (made it a square larger than it should have been) but other than that I was really happy with it. I used pencil and then went over it with Sharpie a couple times, and sealed it in with Mod Podge so it wouldn't smudge too much.
I couldn't find a pattern for a cowl that I liked, so I made one myself. Bleedat.
Rough instructions, if you're interested: I cast on 50 stitches (I think with size 7 needles, can't remember now!) and I did seed stitch (moss stitch) for 6 rows. I then switched to basket weave stitch (knit 5, purl 5) for 3 rows of squares. Then I moved to stockinette stitch for about 4 inches, and then did two more blocks of basket weave stitch so that it wouldn't curl too much on the edges. Then I went back to stockinette for another 4 inches before doing 4 sections of basket weave (yeah, yeah, I only did three rows on the other side, I'm aware) and then I did 6 rows of seed stitch and sewed button holes (my first time!) for 4 buttons.
I used Lincraft Surprise Yarn, which is an acrylic yarn sent to me by way of winning a blog giveaway. I haven't been able to find it online because it's mostly an Australian company.
The real "surprise" with this yarn, however, was the three knots that I hit in it, which changed the colors halfway through (you can see the difference). Wrapped around my neck it looks great, but you can bet I was in a huff while knitting it before it was done!
It's an Australian pattern, meaning I got to feel really stupid constantly because I don't know the metric system. The pattern was to be knit flat and then sewn up, but I knit it in the round, instead.
My cat is also an excellent -- albeit slightly terrified -- model.
It was made with the Sock-It-To-Me glove pattern from Knit Picks. Right here, for $2. http://www.knitpicks.com/cfpatterns/pattern_display.cfm?ID=10065220
The yarn I used was Alpaca with a Twist "Socrates", color Macaw. It is gorgeous and I love it. http://www.alpacawithatwist.com/products.htm#
This picture is a little more true to color.
The first glove I knit, I cinched the tops of the fingers up, as per the pattern. But I hate that, so I grafted the other hand's fingertips and much preferred it. I also turned the glove inside out when I was weaving in the ends to help close up some of the holes between the fingers.
This was my first excursion knitting something with fingers, and if you have been too intimidated like I was, STOP THAT. Go ahead and do it.
Being sick all weekend, I went through the stash and found some Sugar'n Cream yarn ("Summer Splash") and started up a small hand towel for our kitchen:
I did a 5x5 basketweave stitch, and when I thought I would run out of yarn (I wasn't even close, btw) I started decreasing at the beginning and end of each row. I feel very fancy for pulling out my Stitch N Bitch and actually realizing the difference between right and left decreases.
After I got it to where I wanted a hook, I bound off all but four stitches and did an I-cord and strapped it on the other side.
The color is a little brighter than in the photos. And I promised my husband I would post all the pictures (I think he had a little too much fun when I asked him to pose).
It was actually my first scarf to knit, after a year of knitting. The pattern was really simple and was still good for tv knitting while having enough pattern to keep me interested. The pictures don't really do the scarf justice for how it kind of rolls around itself when you wear it as a scarf. And the yarn? Heaven. It is mostly cotton (which I love to knit with) but the modal adds an awesome soft touch.
A few months ago I got the idea to buy some wood and paint it with chalkboard paint and have them hanging in the kitchen. Unfortunately we live in an apartment and don't have much (or any) wall space in the kitchen. My husband told me about 40 times to put them on the cupboards and finally held them up to them one day to prove his point. His point was excellent.
I used double sided tape to stick them up there (the foam type). I bought the boards for something like $1.60 a piece at Art Media and the chalkboard paint at Joann's for 6 or 7 dollars and there's plenty more still in the can. I had to put about 3 coats of the paint on it before it really got the chalkboard look.
I love the idea so much that someday when we have a house I think I may just paint one or two cupboards entirely with chalkboard paint.
My husband is the actual creator of these, but I forced us to buy the Mod Podge and then stuck it under his face after he cut out dozens of photos from old comic books. I think he did awesome for a first time decoupager:
Michael's was having a sale on their canvases so I bought a couple and they sat in a corner for a while until Jesse came up with the idea of comic book cutouts. After he decoupaged all the photos, he painted the sides black (more of a comic-booky feel).
And seriously, what was this artist thinking when he drew Darkseid's boots???
Because those things are slammin', sign me up for a pair.
The pictures don't quite do these hand warmers justice, but my hubby was off doing homework and I didn't feel quite right making him come do a fashion shoot with me when I had already made him get me scissors and my sewing kit.
I used a pattern from Stitch Style Mittens, which has some ADORABLE hand accessories. And some hideous ones of course, but that's to be expected. I used a Shamrock color by Knitpicks (http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Shamrock_Yarn__D5420154.html) and it doesn't look like they are selling the color I used anymore. It was absolutely delicious to work with!
I'm not a big fan of full on gloves or of just hand warmers (I prefer fingerless gloves) but for a first glove-style project, these were great to knit.