Book Reading Pillow

To practice my sewing, I searched the internet and found the perfect project for me!

A wedge pillow to make reading in bed nice and comfy!

Sew Very Easy on YouTube provided the perfect pattern.

I used up some fabric and used some fat quarters to make a very comfy pillow.

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It was a great project to practice skills on!

Please be aware if you use the video tutorial (which is great), she does mis-speak on one measurement.  Be sure to click the link for the written pattern and schematic.

I showed my cousin my finished pillow and she loved it…so I made her one too.

For hers I used this fabric, which reminded me of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and the sides were a nice bright, golden yellow.

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Each pillow used an entire 32 oz bag of fiberfill.

Using coupons, the gift pillow cost me $12.oo to make…you can’t buy one of these for that 🙂

Of course, I need to make one for my husband since the kids have destroyed his backrest.

For his, I think I’ll use fusible fiber to give it some more structure.

I know I’ll be using more Sew Very Easy tutorials soon!

I hope to find a kindle/ipad pillow holder video/pattern.

This week in sewing class we have sewn all the pieces for our tote bags and next week we put it all together!

Next week is the last week of Sewing 100.

I wanted to do Sewing Patterns 101, but I am doing a road race the first day of class and working an additional Sunday during the 5 week schedule.

I’ll sign up for that class when my schedule allows.

I am going to a one day class to learn how to make stuffed bunny rabbits which will be a great project for Hooking for the Homeless.  They are currently looking for handmade stuffed animals for police departments to hand out to kids when they are called to a domestic disturbance call.

I swear I haven’t given up on my knitting and crochet!

I am working on Charlotte and my Boom! shawl.

Have a good week!

 

Cables

In an effort to learn new skills, I did a small knit cable project today.

Using up some wool yarn from my felted bag, I made a cup cozy.

I found a simple pattern on Ravelry (free) by MissKnityPants.

Link found here.

This looked like a simple enough pattern to start out with, and I was right!

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I finished it quickly and, for me, the hardest part was seaming my cast on/bind off edges.

This is perfect for my reusable cup from Starbucks (certainly needs a sleeve as it is not insulated).

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I’ve already found some left over LionBrand yarn I’m going to use to make another!

Have a lovely day!

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

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Felting

This week, my project included felting!

My friend has been making these great, felted tote bags and is now making a Japanese knot bag (on my Ravelry list of many projects to do).

I decided to make a small, felted project bag.

I chose to make Puk Vossen’s Mortarde tas bag (free pattern on Ravelry).

My color choice was inspired by Ravelry member Mellifico’s bag.

I used Patons Classic Worsted Wool in Sunset Gold and Cream.

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Due to my newness at knitting, where I picked up stitches (to start knitting in the round) was rather sloppy.

So, I chose to do a reverse single crochet all around the seam (otherwise known as the crab stitch).

Where I casted on for the handles was a little loose, but the felting helped that tremendously.

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On cycle in the washing machine, with some towels and it was done!

It is ADORABLE!

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This is perfect size for when I actually attempt to make socks!

Next felted project will be k knits felted knot bag (free pattern on Ravelry)

Today was also my second week of a five week sewing 100 class I am taking.

Last week we learned all about the machines.

This week, we cut our fabric for our first project-a small pillow.

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This will be a pillow for Miss ME.

Our second project will be a tote bag.

Have a good week!

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Linked to: Creative Jewish Mom, The Crafting Nook, Sew Can Do

Charlotte Part 2

I have completed part two of Look At What I Made’s Charlotte Square and I love it!

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I used Esther’s video tutorial for to do the first triangle, then used LAWIM’s written/photo tutorial to do the remaining three triangles.

Each section was a very quick project with variety to keep it interesting!

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Clusters, puff stitches, front post treble crochet, etc.

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I love how the red makes the center square pop!

See part one here.

I’m not sure if I am going to do part three or use parts of the Around the Bases CAL to complete the blanket.

Have a good week!

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

Yarn: Deramore Studio DK

Hook: Furls Odyssey 4.5mm

Linked to: Craft Dictator

Yarn Along

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This week I am still reading Find Her by Lisa Gardner.

I’m 70% through and enjoying it.

I always like revisiting characters I have read so much about.

My project today was to seam my Forbidden Forrest cowl.

This project is for the Ravelry group Beginners Knit-a-long’s color work contest.

The project has to be knit, use 2 colors, and must incorporate those colors beyond simple color blocks.

As a new knitter, I am still working on my technique, so my project was super simple (hope it meets the rules).

I used Romney Ridge Yarns & Wool Boston Cowl Pattern (I couldn’t find a link in Ravelry).

Currently, this is paid pattern (I obtained it for free a few weeks ago).

I used KnitPicks Wool of the Andes sport yarn in Green Tea Heather, Chocolate, Chestnut and Pampas Heather.

I purchased this sampler pack ages ago and I’m happy to finally use some of the yarn.

I’m calling this cowl Forbidden Forrest because the color combo reminded me of the Forbidden Forrest in Harry Potter (which was on my brain because of Inside Number 23’s Harry Potter KAL).

I’m pleased how it turned out.

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Joining Ginny’s weekly Yarn Along.

UPDATE:

This cowl has been claimed by Miss ME!

If I’m being honest, it really does look better on her than me!

Have a lovely week!

 

Stranding

I had a lot of yarn left over from the kid’s Harry Potter Crochet Cable hat, so I decided to make myself a Harry Potter inspired hat.

I didn’t want the traditional HP stripes, so I went for  random stranding color work.

The basic pattern is from Charmed Knits by Alison Hansel, the House Hat Beanie pattern.

I made the adult size, casting on 108 stitches.

I used my book, The Knitter’s Book of Knowledge, to learn basic stranded technique.

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Holding yarn in each hand as I worked, I did a random pattern of stitches.

I also used double point needles for a portion of it (something I need a lot of work on)

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I really liked out the color pattern turned out!

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However, I should have cast on less stitches-it is LARGE.

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I plan on using a pin to gather the ribbing a little to make it a tad tighter.

I definitely am better at crochet hats then knit hats.

I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this hat as we’ve had a lot of snow lately and the kids are loving going outside!

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Have  a wonderful day!

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

Harry Potter Love

I love Harry Potter.

I loved all the books and I love, love, love listening to Jim Dale narrate the audiobooks (if you haven’t listened to them, you really should!).

The Ravelry Group, Inside Number 23, is having a year long Harry Potter KAL.

Any knit, crochet, or yarn related Harry Potter inspired project is eligible.

Here is the info.

So, kicking it off for me, is my Gryffindor Inspired Cable Twist Crochet Hat.

I originally wanted this to be a hat for me.

However, the yarn I used made this too bulky for my liking.

Even though it was made in the adult size, it is now a hat for my kids.

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It is a tad large for them, as you can see.

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Except, they really love it!

They fought over it last night and Miss ME put it on as soon as she woke today.

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I plan on adding a huge gold pompom to help keep it weighed down and on their foreheads.

I really loved making this hat and love the cables it produced.

I plan on finding a “thinner” worsted weight yarn and making a hat for myself.

I used The Crochet Crowd’s video tutorial, found here.

I did notice that the video tutorial is different from the written pattern (just in the amount of repeats of the first few rounds).

Stitch count is important in the initial cable set up rounds, you can’t fudge it.

If you get that correct, the rest is a breeze.

I love cables, so today is all about making myself this hat!

(Thank you snow, a reason to crochet all day!)

Happy Crocheting!

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

Hook: Furls Odyssey 5mm

Yarn: Red Heart SuperSaver Gold and Burgundy

 

 

 

Yarn Along

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This week I am reading some short stories found in the book A Moment on the Edge.

A Moment on the Edge is a collection of short stories written by twenty-five of the best women mystery writers in history. They span the years between 1903 and 2003. Some of the writers included in this book are Antonia Fraser, Charlotte Armstrong, Sara Paretsky, Ngaio Marsh and Shirley Jackson.

Short stories are just my speed this week.

My project this week is a stash buster.

The Ravelry group, Inside Number 23, is having a year long Harry Potter KAL.

I was watching one of the HP movies this weekend and realized I had a Knit Picks Wool of the Andes sampler pack that resembled the colors in the Forbidden Forest.

So, I am making a Forbidden Forest Knit Cowl.

A nice, simple, mindless knit which I will hopefully finish today and block Friday.

We are expecting a snow storm tomorrow, so I plan on also making a Gryffindor hat for my daughter while I’m snow bound.

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along

 

 

Mistakes a plenty

Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes…

I made a lot of mistakes making my Oats Cowl.

Am I upset?

Not at all.

The main two mistakes:

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Knitting in the car waiting for my son.

I was so engrossed in an NPR story that I totally forgot to knit row 2.

Then, I was so far in I just kept going.

Row 1 for as far as the eye could see…

Upset?

Nope.

Now, my cowl is reversible!

Next mistake:

I’m terrible at weaving ends into knitting projects.

I really need to watch some Youtube videos about it (it is a lot easier in crochet-lots of nooks and crannies).

Upset?

Nope.

I added a charm to the area.

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Not only to camouflage it, but to also remind myself that it is all a learning process.

The yarn is warm and soft and it wraps nicely (twice) around my neck.

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I’m quite happy and love it!

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I used Quince & Co. Osprey in Frost (1.5 skeins) and 5mm circular bamboo needles.

Update:  I wore it out the other day and LOVE IT!

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Have a wonderful week!

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