Yarn Along

When Ginny decided to stop doing the weekly Yarn Along, I was bummed.

I liked going every week to find good book recommendations and knit and crochet inspiration.

I am so happy that The Little Room of Rachell has decided to pick up the task of hosting!

This week I am listening to The Wonder by Emma Donoghue.

In Emma Donoghue’s latest masterpiece, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life.Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels–a tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.

~GoodReads

Honestly, I’m not sure what to think about this book.

I am about half way through; I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either.

I wanted a light read, so that choice is A Slice of Murder (Pizza Lovers #1).

Not too much happens in the sleepy little town of Timber Ridge, North Carolina, —which is fine with pizza-purveyor extraordinaire Eleanor Swift. The spunky owner of A Slice of Delight is trying to mend her broken heart and could use a little quiet time. But when a late night delivery customer turns up dead, she’s in for just the opposite in this delicious mystery series debut, featuring pizza as the prima character . . .

~GoodReads

Sometimes, I just want a cozy, easy read.

This week I finished my BOOM! Shawl (yay!  I’ve been knitting this forever).

I had one Caron Cake in Rainbow Sherbet.

I searched Ravelry to see what people had knitted with one cake and BOOM! Shawl came up quite often.

Plus, it is a free pattern!

I love it!

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I love the colors and its is warm and snuggly.

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Next up, Jennifer Ozes Carleton Cocoon Sweater (crochet).

I purchased this as a kit from Craftsy during a sale.

Chocolate brown yarn, not my preferred choice but it was one of the few kits left available .

As always, I am slowly adding to my Charlotte Square Afghan.

Have a good week!

 

School of Sewing

My sewing project this week was a pillow case for my daughter.

She loves Peppa Pig and I was able to find cotton fabric at my local Joann’s.

A while back, a friend sent me a link to Shabby Fabric’s Magic Pillowcase tutorial.

A great video tutorial.

I used it to make Miss ME a fun pillow case using the purchased fabric and some blue fabric I had on hand.

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I love how you roll it up and, like magic, the seam is all encased!

I had some Peppa Pig fabric left over and wanted to use it for something for Miss ME.

I recently ordered and received a GREAT book- School of Sewing by Shea Henderson.

It is a beautiful book with lots of information and 12 projects to build your skills with.

Project Number 2 is a Lined Drawstring Bag (designed by Jeni Baker).

On a side note, Project Number 1 is a Magic Pillow case with french seams.

I forgot about this book when I did the pillowcase, but will do another pillowcase soon so I can practice french seams.

Back to Project Number 2.

This is a clear tutorial  and I managed to make a very sweet bag that Miss ME loves.

Just big enough to hold her “treasures” which include hot wheel cars, a small basketball, an Easter card and a pair of Minnie Mouse socks.

This would make a great sock knitting project bag!

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I plan on backtracking to Project Number 1 (hopefully, king size pillowcases for me!), then attacking Project Number 3-Simple Strings Apron.

Have a good week!

Linked to: SewCanDo, LiveRandomlySimple

 

iPad Zippered Pouch

I like to practice all my crafts: crochet, knitting and sewing.

I like to learn new stitches and new patterns.

However, I don’t like to make things that I’ll never use.

For sewing, I really want to practice simple zippers.

I made a zippered pouch for myself that I use to carry my library books in my work bag.

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It turned out cute and I use it every day.

Video tutorial found here.

I love Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Company!

My second pouch…a dismal failure.

I tossed it in the trash.

My zipper was on backwards, my seams were terrible and it just looked awful.

Today, I decided to try again.

My son uses an iPad to communicate (using an app called Sounding Board).

His iPad travels with him to and from school and we take it with us when we go out.

We’ve been using one of my knitting bags that I purchased at Michaels.

Well, a four year old boy needs a zippered pouch fit for, well, a four year old boy.

My first attempt turned out okay.

Except there was a tiny, teeny gap in my seam and the zipper.

This bag will get a lot of use, so I decided to make a second.

The first bag is now holding a small fraction of his many Thomas the Tank Engine trains.

My second attempt worked much better!

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The lining on the iPad pouch is also the same Thomas fabric.

It is not perfect, but it was made with love.

I think that is a suitable bag for a four year old!

Have a good day!

Linked to: LiveRandomlySimple, Sew Can Do, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

 

Yarn Along

This weeks read is a guilty pleasure.

Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke’s The Cinderella Murder.

Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program — a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected — is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode.

Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next episode of Under Suspicion: the Cinderella Murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan’s boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Was her disappearance connected to a controversial church that was active on campus? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered?

With the help of lawyer and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood’s elite and tech billionaires. The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen — but is Cinderella’s murderer ready for a close-up?

~GoodReads

I haven’t read MHC in ages and I’ve always liked Alafair Burke’s books.

A good book to throw in my bag and take with me.

Today, I went to start my car to go run errands and…nothing.

So, while I waited for Triple A, I decided to do a little sewing.

I had seen Jennifer Bosworth of Shabby Fabrics tutorial for a fat quarter Infinity Scarf and thought it would be a quick project.

Youtube tutorial found here.

I used fat quarters I already had in my stash.

Final result,  a really cute scarf!

Light enough for cool spring nights.

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I’d like to make another, but may make the width less.

This is a quick project I can practice my seam allowances on.

Have a good week!

Practice

I am on a constant quest to find two things: the perfect mascara and the perfect bag.

I think the mascara quest will be life long.

The other, I can do something about.

I decided it is time to make my own perfect bag.

I made this tote bag in my sewing class.

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Right now, I am using it to hold fabric.

I like how sturdy it is and how well it holds its shape.

I liked the material (canvas and cotton) and think it would be a good sturdy bag.

I need to have a cross body strap though.

I found this tutorial online and loved the bag and how the strap was attached.

I decided to try to make it with inexpensive cotton.

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It turned out cute and I learned a lot…a lot of things I would do differently to tweak it.

It has 3 pockets both outside and inside.

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This bad is too floppy for me though.

I can use this to keep kid supplies in the car.

I think I am going to combine the two patterns and make a fun summer cross body tote bag!

I love the orange and white circles and plan on using that along with some cream canvas!

Have a good week!

Linked to: Craft Dictator

 

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

Linked to: LiveRandomlySimple, Sew Can Do

 

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