I thought I wouldn't make hats. I've got hats, so why another one? But actually my winter hats are very warm and right now I need something lighter. So I decided to go and make one. A simple one.
I didn't like any of the designs I found. Well, I did, but not for my current purposes. In the end I wrote my own pattern, digged out the last of my velvety Chenille yarn, and came up with this:
I love it! It resulted much better than expected, and besided its shape lends itself to a lot of different ways to wear it, which is really cool. For instance, I've just realised that when it pours with rain and your hair is so long that it gets damp forever and keeps your back wet long after you're indoors, the solution is a snood. So that's how I've used it today. It looks good in many positions. So much so, I am thinking of making more, in other colours.
Since I moved I've had to keep a toilet paper roll around in my room. And I don't really like such decoration accent. So I began to think how I could hide it while keeping it at hand at all times...
I searched for some patterns. I thought about knitting or crocheting a cover, but didn't find anything I really liked. In the end, I thought this was the perfect chance to experiment with some of my findings, those I really like but I can't quite fit anywhere. After pleating, layering, stitching and generally tinkering around, this is what I got:
The other side:
and open, showing its intended contents: one toilet roll, stoned.
I really like it! I hope I make it appealing to other people too and they can say when they visit and see it: "Look, there's a... um... I don't know, but it's pretty!"
Prrrretty! And I love the capelet, really! I have finished two things today. A guitar strap and a basket for the clothes pegs. The basket is outside, I'll take a pic tomorrow, but the strap is here.
Both are simple, functional items. The basket is made of plastic canvas sewn with fishing line and I made it in no time. The strap has a lot of errors but the practice has helped me a lot to understand cables. I lined it with a strip of cotton cloth. Let's hope it'll help me too with the guitar - it keeps slipping on my legs!
Thank you, it is a good feeling, really. Especially because I know I am going to use it a lot. I should have finished it much sooner, but I kept putting it off on behalf of other things. I've finished the mini Trivial board before bedtime. From now on I intend to make a bunch of cards every month according to the lessons given. I'll laminate them. I've laminated the tokens too, since I have no plastic ones and I always find myself looking for tiny objects to use as such. (I love my laminator!) The die comes from a charity shop, a perfect finding. I'll keep all cards and tokens in that bag I found in Bristol full of (yummy!!!) Spanish rice. I've just put some velcro dots inside the top to keep it closed.
By the way, if you don't have a scoring tool, try using a knitting needle. It works well! I would have used two A4 cardboards attached with sellotape, but I happened to throw away all the superfluous stuff right before moving (well, I hadn't used that cardboard for months, after all)... snif.
It seems I've got two new projects lined up now, as a result of being in my new place. A bag for the clothpegs, which I think I'll make in plastic "fabric", and a... um... I never thought I'd say this... a toilet roll cover. Here there's no paper in the bathrooms and everyone uses their own rolls. And I'm tired of seeing a roll in my room as part of the deco. I've been looking at knitted and crocheted items, but I don't quite like them. My best shot would be a Bender (from Futurama) that would keep the roll in its body, but making it with the right proportions would mean it would be quite big, and I don't have that much room. I think I'll sew a fabric bag and will decorate it really luscious so that it doesn't look like what it is. Which reminds me that my Celtic stitching project has been stopped for a long time now. I could use this bag for that...
Also waiting for your pics, girls... I love seeing all the stuff that keeps appearing here!
I'm not exactly full of joy myself -looking for a job again. But finishing WIPs is helping me go through and keep active. I've finished the sweater I started in May (wow):
I can't help it, I've got another three WIPs now that I started before finishing this one (when I get bored with one, I go on to another one). At least one of them will be finished soon.
Currently I am dividing my time between job hunting, knitting, and making material for my lessons. I've just made a Trivial board to use with my students. When I have it lined with adhesive plastic and with question cards printed, I'll take a pic. It's nothing special though. I think it just looks ok.
I'm not sure whether I'll get to 50, I'm sure I won't do a lot of the stuff I listed. But I think I've done quite a lot this year and this thread has helped me lots.
I've been finishing some stuff and also did a couple of soap savers for my flatmate and his mother. He's leaving soon and will spend some time with her before coming back to the UK, so I thought I'd make something as a goodbye present and something that would cheer her up. The white one is for her, the back is moss stitch. The black one is identical and is for him.
The other stuff I already mentioned it. The white fabric is the devore sample, and it got stained involuntarily with the felt bangle, which isn't properly dry yet -I didn't foresee this! I just change the bangle's position from time to time to stain the velvet a bit more and see if it looks good. Experimenting... That death of rats is my third and last, and it's a Christmas present for my nephew. I've already decided what else to give him (hoorray!!!) so I might as well start the package and send it as soon as it's ready. To avoid being late as usual. The bag is to live inside the other big one at the back of the pic. It's doing a good job (both are). And this month I intend to work on WIPS and also make socks - when I get the needles I want for that. It's nice to finish stuff and be able to put all the bits away and use/send the thing at last!
So I finally finished my nephew's birthday present. It's an illusion scarf. On the front it seems just a striped scarf, but when you look at it from the side, you see this:
I think he'll love the colours, and the design is great. But... did you notice the change of size? It's not the perspective. It's real. The last bit came far bigger than the first. I must have knitted it much more loosely! Too much to fix it completely with blocking.
That is a great idea, anna. I love that cozy! And I am fascinated by kate's quilts. The one with the tree is wonderful. I'm thinking of opening a wist list just to wist this one! Oh, and I agree that the bag is gorgeous
I have finished one of my WIPs - the shawl I started in July. It was an easy quick job, I just put it aside for a while right in the middle of it. But here it is at last, and I think it'll do its job all right. It's meant to be worn in bed instead of a jacket to keep the winter chill off.
Superbulky supersoft, hand dyed wool in my favourite colour