Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cable Cap

The first knitted good made on my interchangeable Nova Knitter's Pride needles!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Chunky Cowl

His cowl was made on straight needles and seamed. It took about 3 hours and it's very cozy!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


My paper was awesome! And my professor is dumb!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Outside the door I found this little guy. He is so precious!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

Cabled Goodness Beret

Yet again I have caved and made another beret. I used Caron Simply Soft Blue Mint and this pattern courtesy of Ravelry. 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Fish Scale Lace Knitted Tam

I have been working on this hat and that like shows it as a work in progress. I have finished and if I do say so myself, it is magnificent. 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Garden Update

So, I officially have one watermelon without rabbit teeth marks in it and one that has been nibbled, I have lots of flowers and about 5 cucumbers, but hopefully that will increase, as I have tried to pollinate them myself, but I don't know how that turned out. 

Earring Madness!!

I am trying my hand at making earrings with my trusty supply of buttons and my glue gun in my artillery. I also tried to make some very small fabric flowers, didn't work out too well, I will have to keep practicing.

Second Attempt at Nesaia Hat

So, I posted pics from when I made this hat the first time, but little did I know I made it inside out :/ The pattern can be found here. I decided to use the yarn that I dyed with food coloring and Kool-Aid to make it that you can found here. This is my progress thus far.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


How cute is Bruisy?!?!

Kitty exploring the laundry hamper

Further exploration

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Goodwill Find

So.....after a very successful trip to the Goodwill Outlet (my favorite store, ever), I found this atrocious record of some people singing Earth, Wind and Fire songs with this God-awful cover and I thought of my gal pal Dulce and bought it as wall art. It will definitely be making the journey back to Gambier to find its new home on our wall, if we ever get a room.

Knotted Tie Necklace

I inherited a lot of ties from my grandfather a few years ago and I made a large purse out of most of them but there are still some stragglers that could use a good upcycle. I stumbledupon this awesome link to make a necklace out of ties. The lady on this original uses discounted beads from Micheal's to make her necklaces, but after stocking overpriced beads at Hancock Fabrics for the last week I knew I didn't want to spend that much on beads so my other ideas were to use rolled paper beads and the glass rocks that people use in vases as bead substitutes. Here is what I came up with.  

This whole sack of rocks cost $1 at Dollar Tree, you can find them almost anywhere, but places like Target and Walmart will rip you off and charge like $3 or $5 for them. If you are like me and refuse to be conned, don't pay more than $1

Back View


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Yarn Dyeing with Kool-Aid and Food Coloring

So....I found this link on how to dye yarn with Kool- Aid with long colorways and I decided to try it.

1 skein of yarn that is cotton or wool
Kool Aid
Cups or jars (one for each color)

I wrapped the yarn into loose balls to absorb the color. 

I sopped up some warm water with them in a casserole dish.

I mixed the Kool-Aid with enough HOT HOT HOT water to dissolve it and help the yarn absorb the color. The blue and green are food coloring, the green worked very well, but the blue hardly worked at all, so I mixed up a lot of the other Kool-Aid colors and made a burgandyish color. 

In the tutorial it suggests heating the jars in the microwave or in a double boiler, but my water stayed hot for a while so I didn't. 

Wrapped yarn and hung on my shower rod to dry. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Homemade Catnip Toy

Are you tired of spending tons of money on toys that your cat loses or gets tired of? Do you have a fresh bag of catnip laying around? Do you have some old pillows that are in the way? Do you have basic knowledge of sewing and some fabric scraps? If the answers to all those questions were "Of course!" "Kinda" or any kind of affirmative, then you are ready to make a cat toy that your cat will love!

First, make two symmetrical shapes ( I chose a rectangle, but any shape will work) and sew up all the sides except one with the right sides( the part with the pattern) on the inside facing each other so you can stuff it. Turn it inside out and ya got a pocket.

Next, pull out the catnip.

Grab a handful of fluff from your pillow, or you can also buy an old pillow from the goodwill or another thrift store and use it or if you only buy the best for your feline, purchase some microfiber filling from a local fabric or craft store. Flatten out the fluff and add catnip to the top. 

Depending on how keen your cat is to catnip you may want to add more or less, but I would say use at least a tablespoon. Fold the outsides of the fluff on top of the catnip to seal it in. 

I then stuffed the fabric with two of these lumps and sewed it up on the machine. I choose to add a small piece of elastic to entice the cat and have a little fun, but that is optional. 

If done correctly, results should yield a happy cat. 

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