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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Spider Hat on: December 06, 2007 07:48:57 PM
I used the butterfly stitch to make an incredibly warm, fleece lined hat.  Just in time, too- it snowed a ton here today!

I think that the butterflies look like spiders, and I think it is very cool to have a spider hat, so that's what I'm calling it!

I learned the butterfly stitch from watching Knitty Gritty (Flirty Skirty) and I discovered a hat pattern that uses the butterfly stitch after I'd started making this hat. (Butterfly hat). The basic hat pattern is mine.

The shape of the hat is what I like best- it covers my ears and is longer in the back than in the front so I can pull it down without covering my eyes. The fleece lining makes it toasty warm, even when the wind is blowing snow everywhere!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Take that, Winter! Mitten Gloves on: November 17, 2007 09:11:55 AM
Woohoo!!! My hands will never be cold again!

I decided to make these last winter when I was standing in the below 0F windchill waiting for the bus. It was too cold for gloves, but mittens didn't let me use my fingers to get my bus pass out of my wallet. Mittens with fingerless gloves or whatever they are called inside would probably have been ok, but then my poor fingertips would be exposed to the cold. So I looked through my stash and realized that I had some sock yarn that pretty much exactly matched my Lamb's Pride yarn so I decided to pair them together to make these!
I used the sock yarn to knit some gloves with no cuff and I used the wool yarn to knit some giant mittens with no cuff that I later felted to make them fit nice and snug. Then I put the glove on inside the mitten picked up stitches through both parts around the cuff and knit down for awhile! Ta da!

The back

Before adding the cuff

Pre-felted giant glove

I am going to add puff paint to the fingers of the glove to make it non-slip, unless someone knows of a product I can use that is specifically designed for non-slip-ness on gloves.  In my experience, fabric paint seems to stick to dirt much better than it sticks to surfaces...

I am also thinking of writing out the pattern, if anyone is interested.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Sunset Mural + Craft Room on: October 14, 2007 08:05:04 AM
When we bought a house this summer, I was ecstatic that there would be enough rooms for me to have a craft room all my own.  I've spent the last couple months decorating the rest of the house, trying to figure out what to do with the craft room.  Some family came to visit and gave me a gift of a blanket and candles and such that didn't quite match any of the other rooms, so I decided they were the perfect colors for the craft room!

I wanted to paint a mural because the best thing about not renting an apartment is being able to paint as much as I please. I figured a sunset over a lake would incorporate the colors I was going for.  The day after I decided to paint a sunset/lake scene, a friend showed me a picture from a kayaking trip that was exactly the inspiration I needed!

I painted the whole room a somewhat naseatingly princess lilac color (regular latex paint) then did the whole mural with the little tubes of acrylic paint from the craft store.  I started it at 9:30pm and finished at 3:30 am.  I think I need to work on my time management skills! Cheesy


Giant table for homework or sewing or scrapbooking

Best. Bookshelf. Ever. (It's from Ikea!)

Oh yeah, and there are craft supplies in this craft room, too!!!  It's truely amazing how much stuff I fit in there! There are containers for yarn, painting, beading, sewing/quilting, scrapbooking, rug hooking, embroidery.......

I hope you like it!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Room to go with quilt *new pic of "finished" room!* on: July 24, 2007 12:54:08 PM
My mom made me and my husband this gorgeous quilt as a wedding present (I have best mommy ever!)

Now we're buying a house (!) and I am trying to figure out how to make the bedroom go with the quilt.  It's really small for a master bedroom (10' by 14') and I am afraid if I paint the walls a dark color it will make it seem even smaller.  The nice thing about the room though, is that it has a window door that opens up to a balcony which lets in a bit of light.

I was sort of thinking of painting two walls opposite each other a darkish blue, and leaving the other walls white. On the white walls I would put some black and white pictures or something.  However, I got out my paints and tried to make a picture of it, and I didn't like it, and my dh is skeptical of having dark walls in there. 

Help!!  Any suggestions?

Here's a picture of the color I ended up going with.  I still like the idea of painting a mural of one of the stars above the bed, but alas, lots of other projects (unpacking...) come first.  At some point I'll get some black furniture and make it look all nice in there, but I got so excited I just wanted to post it now! I absolutely love the color! Thanks to everyone who suggested it!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Oscar on: June 18, 2007 09:10:40 PM
The perfect challenge to get rid of the awful green eyelash yarn abandoned so sadly in my stash.  Here is Oscar! He is rather grouchy...

Here's how to make your very own Oscar!

2 balls of Salsa/ Brazilian in Lime Green (I dont know if this is still available, but youll find something that will work, Im sure)
1-2 hank of Cascade 220 in Grey Tweed
1 ball of Lion Brand Microspun in Black
1 ball of Lion Brand Microspun in Fuschia
1 ball of Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Grey (if you dont want to get two of Cascade 220)
A bit of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Taupe

Size 10.5 (6.5 mm) straight needles
Size 10.5 (6.5 mm) double pointed needles (4 or 5)
Size 15 (10 mm) circular needle (16)
Size 6 (4 mm) straight needles
Size H (5 mm) crochet hook

Googly eyes
Tapestry needle
Grey sewing thread and needle
Polyester fiberfill



Work back and forth with 2 strands of Salsa held together, using 10.5 straight needles.

CO 20
Work 8 rows of garter st.

Increase section (work increases by knitting into each strand of the stitch)
R1: *K2, K both strands. Repeat from * across. (26 st)
R2: K
R3: *K2, K both strands. Repeat from * across. (35 st)
R4: K
R5: *K4, K both strands. Repeat from * across. (42 st)
R6: K
R7: (Mouth opening) K13, BO 16, K13.
R8: K13, CO 16, K13.
R9-12: K
R13: (eye indent decreases) K16, K3tog, K4, K3tog, K16.
R14-16: K
R17: (eye indent increases) K16, K 1st strand of next st f&b, K 2nd strand of st, K4, K 1st strand of next st, K 2nd strand of st f&b, K16.
R18: K
R19: *K4, K2tog. Repeat from * across. (35 st)
R20: K
R21: *K2, K2tog. Repeat from * across. (27 st)
R22: K
R23: *K2, K2tog. Repeat from * across. (21 st)
R24: K
R25: *K1, K2tog. Repeat from * across. (14 st)
R26: *K2tog. Repeat from * across. (7 st)
R27: *K2tog. Repeat from * across. K1. (4 st)

Break yarn, thread needle, draw yarn through last 4 st.  Use the tail of the yarn to sew up the back of the head, leaving the neck open to attach to body.


Work back and forth following chart in st st using Lion Brand Microspun in black and fuschia with size 6 needles.

With black: CO 8
R1: Kf&b, P6, Kf&b. (10 st)
R2: Kf&b, K8, Kf&b. (12 st)
R3: Kf&b, P10, Kf&b. (14 st)
R4: Kf&b, K12, Kf&b. (16 st)
R5: Kf&b, P14, Kf&b. (18 st)
R6: Kf&b, K16, Kf&b. (20 st)
R7: P across.
R8: Kf&b, K18, Kf&b. (22 st)
R9: P across.
R10: Kf&b, K20, Kf&b. (24 st)
R11: P across.
R12 (middle row): K across.
R13 (begin following color chart): P across.
R14: K2tog, K20, K2tog. (22 st)
R15: P across.
R16: K2tog, K18, K2tog. (20 st)
R17: P across.
R18: K2tog, K16, K2tog. (18 st)
R19: P2tog, P14, P2tog. (16 st)
R20: K2tog, K12, K2tog. (14 st)
R21: P2tog, P10, P2tog. (12 st)
R22: K2tog, K8, K2tog. (10 st)
R23: P2tog, P6, P2tog. (8 st)

Break yarn, weave in ends.  With black end nearest bottom of tongue, weave up the center of tongue to create a line.

Using one strand of Salsa, whipstitch the mouth into the hole in the head.

Work in the round in st st using 2 strands of Salsa held together with 10.5 dpns.

CO 20, join to work in the round.  
K around for 2 inches (I did 3 and its just too long).
Next row: *Kf&b. Repeat from * across.
Next row: K around.
Next row: *K2, Kf&b. Repeat from * across.
K around until almost out of yarn, leaving enough to bind off and sew any remaining seams.

Head finishing
Lightly stuff the head to see how it will be shaped.  Glue googly eyes into the indented place above the mouth.  Let dry completely. If you are giving this to kids, use eyes that you can sew on tightly instead of gluing.

To make eyebrows, cut about a 1 strand of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.  Pull the two plies of the yarn apart.  Gently pull each of these plies apart.  Hold all four pieces together, and thread the tapestry needle.  Beginning at the outer corner of one eye, leave a few-inch-long tail and loosely whipstitch across the top of the eye to create an eyebrow.  End in between the eyes.  Pull the end of the yarn back through all stitches created.  Do the same with the tail at the beginning.  Repeat for the other eye.  Fluff up the eyebrows by pulling the wool apart a bit more.  Make sure to place the eyebrows correctly or they look ridiculous, as I found out. ?

Sew the head to the body at the neck parts of each.

The head is shaped in three places: 1) to pull the eyes into the head to make him look grumpier. 2) to pull the back of the mouth in so it doesnt pop out when stuffed. 3) to pull the chin down on the neck so he isnt looking upward.  To do each of these shapings, thread a tapestry needle with about a foot of one strand of Salsa for 1 and 3, or with grey wool-ease for 2.  For shaping 1) stab the bottom of the head leaving a tail, push it through to where the nose would be, grab a couple of stitches, and push it back down to the starting place.  Pull until the eyes are as far into the head as you like, tie a knot, weave in the ends.  For shaping 2) stab the back of the head in the same way, grab a strand of mouth yarn, stab it back out and tie a knot.  For shaping 3) grab a couple of stitches from both the chin and the neck and tie them together.  These instructions probably dont make sense, but it will be ok if you dont do them.  

Arms (make 2)

Work back and forth in St st with 2 strands of Salsa held together using size 10.5 straight needles.

CO 20
R1: BO 5, P15.
R2: K15, CO5.
Repeat rows 1&2 four more times.
BO 20.

Break yarn. With the yarn end nearest the fingers, weave through a finger until yarn is at the wrist.  Draw the end through both sides of the wrist to make a cylinder with the purl side out. Tie a knot. Finish weaving in ends.

Garbage Can

Work in the round in K4 P4 rib using Cascade 220 with size 15 circular needles.

CO 48, join to work in the round.
K 2 rounds.
Next row: *K5, Kf&b. Repeat from * across. (56 st)
Next row: *K5, P2, K1. Repeat from * across.
Next row: *K4, P4. Repeat from * across.
Repeat this row until garbage can measures about 11.
Next row: *K5, P2, K1. Repeat from * across.
K 2 rounds.

Put in a zippered pillowcase. Throw in the washing machine with some jeans to felt it.  (Dont over-felt or he wont fit inside!) Pull to shape, let dry.

Garbage Can Bottom

Use grey Wool-Ease and a size H crochet hook.  You can use Cascade 220 if youd like.  

Make a loop of yarn.  
Sc 6 stitches into the loop, sl st to join in the round.  Pull the loop to get rid of the hole.  
*Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around.
*Sc in next two sts, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around.
Continue crocheting around like this, increasing by sc 2 st in a stitch to keep it flat, until the circle is the same size as the bottom of the garbage can.

Using one strand of whatever yarn used to crochet it, whipstitch to the bottom of the can.


Stuff the head, body and garbage can.  Using the sewing needle and thread, sew the body to the inside of the can. Using one strand of Salsa, sew the arms to the sides of the body.  Shape, and enjoy!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cable Comfort Throw on: June 06, 2007 03:08:16 PM
I made this throw for my friends who are getting married.  For a blanket, it was a pretty quick project.  I sort of worked on it every once in awhile for a couple of months.  Of course, since the wedding is this weekend, I did a major chunk of it in the past couple of days. Nothing like a deadline to make you finish a project!  Wink

 It's made with Wool-ease Thick & Quick yarn, so it's nice and washable.  The pattern is here: (**edited to fix the link**) http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/60607A.html  The edges don't really curl up like they do in the picture. I made a few changes to the pattern, like using regular stockinette instead of garter stitch for the "in-between" stripes.  I also single crocheted a border around it to make it look more finished. 

I hope they like it!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "doctored" lab coat. haha. on: May 23, 2007 05:29:04 PM
I started my grad school work in a lab, and my new lab coat was really boring so I added some flowers along the bottom of the back. The patterns are from 123 Projects for Elegant Living by Ellen Moore Johnson. 

Here's a close-up of the flowers.

The flowers were sort of nauseatingly cute, so I added a little skull to the front pocket.

I just did the skull free-hand.  It's a bit sloppy because I planned to satin stitch it, but after I did the outline I decided I liked it how it was.  Any thoughts? Should I satin stitch it?
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Disneyworld Honeymoon Pages on: April 30, 2007 08:26:56 PM
Here are some of the pages from my honeymoon scrapbook.  What a fun trip!  The pictures were sort of sporatic (tons of pics of random things, not many pics of important things...) but I think these turned out well.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Little Mermaid Strapless Top on: April 29, 2007 12:42:25 PM
I finished the Little Mermaid Strapless Top from Sexy Little Knits by Ashley Paige.  What a fun pattern!  It was my first time using Cascade Fixation, and I must say I really like how it is cotton but it's stretchy and easy to knit with like wool.  I added the little halter strap instead of the bow as an experiment.  I haven't decided if I like it better that way or just as a regular strapless.  Any opinions?

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Warm hat pattern + My first attempt at dying and spinning on: November 28, 2006 06:15:55 PM
Here's the hat I made out of the result of my first attempt at dying and spinning.  Kool-aid dying is so easy! I would highly recommend it.  I made the spindle out of a dowl and wooden wheel and painted it with flowers.  I made up a hat pattern, and then lined it with fleece to make it super toasty, since it's supposed to snow tomorrow!

I thought I'd add the pattern, too, since I had trouble finding one that I liked to make it.  Enjoy!

Hat with Earflaps

Needle: size 7, 16 circular needle.  Size 7 dpns.
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lambs Pride Worsted would probably be a good substitute.
Gauge:  18 st x 24 rows = 4


Work 2 at the same time, with 2 different balls (or two ends).
CO 2
R1: kf&b twice (4 st)
R2: kf&b 4 times (8 st)
R3: kf&b, k6, kf&b (10 st)
R4: kf&b, kf&b, p6, kf&b, kf&b (14 st)
R5: k14
R6: p16
R7: kf&b, k12, kf&b (16 st)
R8: Flap 1: p12, kf&b, CO3 (20 st)        
R8: Flap 2: CO3 st to end of previous row, turn, p3, kf&b, p12 (20 st)

From now on, both flaps will be worked together.  Break the unused yarn.
R9: kf&b, k19, CO8, continue across and join the flaps, k19 (2nd flap), kf&b (50 st total)
R10: p50 (50 st)
R11: kf&b, k48, kf&b (52 st)
R12: p52
R13: kf&b, k50, kf&b (54 st)
R14: kf&b, p52, kf&b (56 st)
R15: kf&b, k1, kf&b, k50, kf&b, k1, kf&b (60 st)
R16: CO3 at end of previous row, turn, p63, CO3 (66 st)
R17: k across, CO 14, join to knit in the round

Main Hat

Knit around for 4.5 more inches.

Decrease for Top

R1: k8, k2tog around
R2: k
R3: k7, k2tog around
R4: k
R5: k6, k2tog around
R6: k
R7: k5, k2tog around
R8: k
R9: k4, k2tog around
R10: k
R11: k3, k2tog around
R12: k
R13: k2, k2tog around
R14: k
R15: k1, k2tog around
R16: k2tog around until 6 st remain.

Break off about 12 of yarn. Thread it through remaining stitches and pull to close.  Weave in all ends.

Blocking will help keep the edges from rolling up.

Polar Fleece Lining

Cut an18 x 12 piece of polar fleece.
Fold in half (the hamburger way) so it is now 9 x 12.
Sew with a seam allowance to make a tube.
With chalk (ok, I used a blue highlighter) draw this pattern along the top of the tube:

Pin the adjacent edges of the arcs together and sew, so that all the points come together at the top.

Try the hat on with the seam in the back.  (Youll probably want to trim it a bit so you can breathe.)  Put the knit hat on over the fleece hat.  Draw the outline of the knit hat onto the fleece, leaving enough room to turn the edge under.

Cut along the line.  Pin the fleece lining into the knit hat, turning the edge under.  Sew along the bottom edge.  

To even out the edges, I crocheted along the edge.  Single crochet or crab stitch would work well for this.  

Tassels (make 2)

Cut five 20 lengths of yarn and twist together until they twist back on themselves.  Tie a knot at the end.  Attach to the ear flaps.

There you go! A new hat!

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