I decided to make a mason jar cozy with a lot of scrap yarn lying around after I ordered some EcoJarz lids. They're these adorable lids you can pop on your mason jars so you can bring them on the go. They have a coffee-lid type spout. The ones I bought from Amazon also come with stainless steel straws, and I am excitedly awaiting them.
I figured a cozy could protect my hands from hot drinks and prevent a slippery, condensation-y glass. It worked out pretty well, I think!
My basic pattern used a size H hook, worsted weight yarn, and single crochet, as well as a magic loop, single crochet decrease and increase.
The sea foam yarn was Red Heart Soft in, I believe, sea foam, while the raspberry and pumpkin yarn are part of a vintage stash I received as a gift. The raspberry is actually a really pretty color, and I love the color combo.
I'm hoping the cozy will help with breakage, but I'm not sure. Has anyone had an incident dropping a mason jar, with or without a sleeve? I imagine that would be bad and always wonder how people bring around their jars so freely. I'd be worried about shattering it.
I got about a yard of some striped fabric from the clearance section of a fabric store for about $1.50. This was my very first time using a zipper, and to make matters more difficult I got a metal one... yep. It was a separating double-zipper pull one (y'know, the kind that can zip up from the bottom and zip down from the top). To make the chevron I had to cut out the stripes diagonally. The whole bag took me about an hour and a half. It shouldn't have. But I was distracted, the bag needed to be pieced together perfectly, and the zipper was metal and had to be hacked at with wire cutters and safety scissors. So yeah. I didn't use a zipper foot because I don't have one, but it was surprisingly easy. This will either be used for a wallet or a pencil case.
Yesterday I was bored, and while rummaging around through my (messy) closet, I found an old size L men's t-shirt from my dad. Sooo, I cut it up and made a crop top in about ten minutes. It is very versatile; I can wear it on or off the shoulder, cuff the sleeves, or wear it over a long camisole. It is boxy and oversized, easy to make, and has one of those cool drapey fishtail/high-low hem. It was so easy that my sister made one too.
Since today was mother's day, I needed envelopes for the letters my family and I wrote her. I wondered what I could use. To me, magazine pages can look a little... I don't know. Funky, I guess. So I looked around, and found a whole pack of brown paper bags (the lunch bag kind, not the grocery kind). And these were born! It was so easy, it took about five minutes. One paper bag can make 2 envelopes. I love the look of these. They're kind of vintage-y looking. After getting everyone's letters, I tied them together with some string. Brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite things (sorry, I love The Sound of Music).
I love the look of double strand headbands. They seem to hold up my hair better, since one strand keeps down the back and one strand holds down the front. I made one from super stretchy green jersey; no elastic. It fits well and is really comfy; it'll be great for sports.
The construction is made from 3 pieces of jersey braided together into one long braid, which is then looped and knotted. It is held in place by tacking down the fabric with a needle and thread.
It's getting hotter, so I decided to make myself a floaty racerback tank, based off of one from athleta. I used some gray lightweight knit that I got from the scrap bin at a fabric store for $2. I added the little side wings for more movement. I got the pattern from an existing tank top I had, and then added the wings. I'm very proud of the binding, because it's the first time I actually top stitched the seams! It looks more finished now. On to pics!
Went to a huge fabric store on monday... one of those warehouse places. It was amazing. I got some striped fabric for only $1.98, and I was able to make this! It was super easy. Making the pattern and cutting out the fabric took longer than sewing it all together. I had so much fun making it. It was quick and gratifying. I've seen this type of top everywhere and wanted one... just, you know, not for $30. $2 is much better, don't you think? The top is super duper cute yet comfortable; the kind of thing you could wear to sleep, wake up in, and wear it the rest of the day. My sister wanted to model, so...
At first my neckline was too wide, so it kept flopping over. I ended up folding it to the inside and slip stitching it in place.
I made these nice liners with some gray fleece that's been sitting in my stash from Walmart. They were super easy--took about 20 minutes from start to finish, including setting up the sewing machine! Of course, the fact that I didn't hem and only had to sew 2 seams may have contributed to the quickness of the project...
Doesn't the picture above look... like something you'd find in a magazine? Maybe? Well I think it looks pretty good considering this is what they look like in real life, sans boots:
Haha, you can tell right away from the picture that I'm lazy. My sister told me to sew Hunter labels on them, lol.
Knitted out of some teal acrylic yarn held double. It's a bit scratchy, due to it being cheap (I'm not dissing you, red heart super savers; you're... durable. oh, and did i mention you're very affordable? cuz that's what i meant by cheap). I used size 15 needles for a super quick knit. It makes a nice present. It would also be a good project for a beginner.
You can find the pattern here: http://chewynoodles.blogspot.com/2011/12/bow-earwarmer.html I want to make another one out of some wool ease thick and quick, which is unfortunately a bit more expensive than red heart... But I can imagine another one made out of a thick, chunky mustard wool, or maybe a deep, rich purple. Mmm...
I took a cooking class without an oven, and we learned how to make microwave chocolate cake and grilled cheese sandwiches--with an iron! I'd never heard of it until now. You just take the sandwich and press it with the iron. Next time I'd use regular-cut-from-the-block cheese instead of those Kraft singles. They have a kind of funny taste and texture, but that's just me. What do you think?
When you press the sandwich with the iron, it gets flat. Overall, it was really yummy. And buttery. Because, you know, you have to add lots of butter.