Monday, January 20, 2014

White Hat Redux

So you know like two years ago I made that fluffy white hat with the Bernat Colorama and wasn't satisfied with it from the start? And how I always meant to frog it and remake it via knit with cables? And how I never got around to it?

I got around to it.

I frogged it. And then I realized that DPNs are damn expensive (for something I'm probably going to use ONCE). Fortunately, I had grabbed these 5/16" hardwood dowels for some other purpose at the Joann.  What do you know, 8mm needles, just without the pointy ends (and that only proved to be a problem at the end with the decreases).  

I used Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee's Unoriginal Hat pattern (I'm not being mean, that's what she named it).  And here we have the end result:

I'm not entirely PLEASED with it, but I'm finally satisfied and it won't bug me every time I put it on. Well, probably it will because it's longer than hats I normally wear, but not because of the way it looks. 

No project is ever permanent.

Bulky yarn is a hand and forearm workout.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Tying Mid January Loose Ends

It was again gross and disgusting outside yesterday, so I decided to tackle the loose ends that were sitting around on the craft table that got shoved aside due to the holidays. I put away the decorations last week (and also weeded out old stuff that can go away, so yay productivity).

I (mostly) finished off a little camo pouch. It still needs a closure, but I don't like the snaps I have and the only velcro I have is white, so when I finally get to the store, I will buy black velcro for it.

Also pictured is a keyfob, which became quite a pain in the butt when I tried to put it all together. I think I needed bigger twill tape. But it's done and functional. And I believe that is the absolute last of that peacock fabric.

I lined the Lotus Prototype, using an old shirt that was destined for the goodwill pile otherwise.  And look, I even "styled" it.  Not quite so eye popping now, eh?

And while I was "styling" I realized that keeping that cotton skin on the dressform full time might not be a bad idea. The fuzzy red stuff that is on the form is tricky to slide things over, and OMG RED. Which can be a pain in the eye/clashing with what you're making.  So I redressed her top, and will probably finish that once I get some more plain cotton. (come on, remnant bin of fortune spin! big money fabric big money fabric!)

I also discovered that finishing off crap goes much more smoothly when there is music.  Especially my Reverend Horton Heat/Gothabilly channel on Pandora. I have my old computer speakers in the craft room, but it's a pain to plug them in when I want to use them. I've been looking at cute little bluetooth speakers as a treat to myself, but we'll see.

I also learned how to make origami stars. Needless to say, I raided all our wrapping paper to get sparkly stuff for the endeavor. Eventually I may string them all together into something.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 begins

If you follow me on twitter, you probably saw where I said I gave 0 craps about celebrating new years's eve. And I don't. I don't really even give a crap about the new year, period. Call me negative, but it's just the same crap, different year. I don't do resolutions anyway.

I didn't do a lot of crafting over the holidays. I made an ornament for the tree. I 
Made a small rice bag hand warmer.  That's pretty much it. Just too cold and  swamped with work and depression to focus on making anything.

I did come out ahead with the crafty gifts. Mom got me yarn, and the husband pretty much bought out my Amazon wish list which included a Doris Chan crochet book, Gertie's sewing book, and a box of special feet for my sewing machine.

So I guess if I'm determined to do anything this year it's to learn what all the feet do and out them to use. And the craft to do list is 22 items long as of right now, probably will get longer after I review my latest pins this weekend. 

So. New Year. Yeah, ok.