Monday, August 24, 2015

New Chair!

As I was sitting on our 3-year-old, $48 Craigslist couch thinking about how much I hate it and wondering where else I should sit, I realized I had the perfect solution, and all it needed was an hour or two of cutting and sewing.

I bought a swivel rocker from Goodwill sans cushion probably a year ago. I then got foam, fabric, and a zipper for cushion for this chair. The chair then waited in the corner for me to 1. figure out how to cut the foam into a more cushion-like shape (husband rounded the edges with a handsaw) and 2. cut and sew the fabric. Husband did #1 a couple of months ago, hoping it would turn at least one open project into a finished item.

This was pretty simple. I cut out two pieces roughly 1/2" larger around than the pad itself. I cut a strip to go around roughly 1" wider than the depth of the cushion. I sewed it all together with a 1/4" seam allowance, putting a zipper on the seam that would be on the back of the top of the cushion. No, I didn't iron, bad seamstress!

Voila! Comfy knitting/reading/sometimes working chair, with lovely handknit blanket that I just couldn't leave when I saw it at Goodwill. Sweet!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Steotchalong the Third: Clue #8

It's finished!

I went with the suggested saying in the Star Wars font. I think it turned out pretty well!

I had a bunch of frames sitting around from when I found some interesting ones at Goodwill. I chose a grey floral one that went surprisingly well with the piece:

I hope my friends enjoy it!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cat Cave

I managed to get almost a mile of yarn I wasn't going to be using any time soon out of the stash and into a usable format for my cats:

Pattern: Large Pineapple Doily (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: DMC Cebelia Cotton Size 30
Hook: US11 steel hook/~1.1mm
Timeframe: November 14, 2014 - January 19, 2015
Mods: This follows the pattern so loosely I'm not sure I should even consider it to be based on that pattern. It has the same basic shape but different increases for the floor, I went back-and-forth around the opening (the original pattern cuts and re-starts to make it look nice) and I do some different decreases in the top to make it start to curve in before making a flat roof. I started with the pattern, then did my own increases, then ripped back again after it just didn't work the first time:
Problems: Following the original pattern did not work with my yarn and then I realized that the yarns I was planning to use would run out before I was done. Screwing it up the first time was actually a good thing so I could re-do the color scheme!

It could stand to be a little taller, but the big cat (pictured) likes small spaces. She's been in it quite a few times, and both cats have fought in and around it so I think they like it. There's a little bit of the green and a skein and a half of the white left. I used nearly all the yarn I wanted to for it, finishing off seven skeins that weren't likely to be used any time soon. Score!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Steotchalong the Third: Clue #7

Better late than never!

Now on to the final clue and a frame!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

New Sock Blockers

Since my sock blockers bit the dust, I was considering where to buy my next set from. A helpful post on Ravelry noted that I could just get some placemats, trace my current pair, and have a quick, cheap, and easy new set. So that's what I did!

I got a very inexpensive pack of four flexible cutting boards, then used my retired sock blocker as the pattern for the new ones.

They were surprisingly easy to cut with just kitchen shears.

I cut outside the Sharpie line because I like how the outline looks. I also added a hole at the top so they can be hung on things like a shower rod for pictures and drying. They're a bit more flexible than I'd recommend for sock blockers, and it took a little coaxing to get the test sock on, but for under $6 for four, I'm not going to complain!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Bulky Knits

I've gotten some bulky yarns from friends who used them for a project and had leftovers or started to knit but never got anywhere. I'm knitting them up into useful winter gear and giving them back this year. I've also been suffering from a bout of Start-Itis that conflicts with my desire to actually finish things and keep the number of WIPs down, so I lined up all the smaller/faster projects in my queue. I tried to actually finish things and assuage the Start-Itis, and it seems to have worked!

Yarn: Bernat Alpaca, two skeins
Needles: US13/9.0mm
Timeframe: August 7 - 10, 2015
Mods: Knit 'til all the yarn was gone instead of to a specific length.
Problems: None, though I think I might find a different pattern next time I have yarn with alpaca in it. The yarn fuzzes out the pattern a bit.

Pattern: Rainbow Twist (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick
Needles: US15/10.0mm
Timeframe: August 11, 2015
Mods: US15/10.0mm needles because that's the largest size I currently have.
Problems: None!

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick
Needles: US11/8.0mm
Timeframe: August 11 - 12, 2015
Mods: US11/8.0mm needles because that's the closest in US needles without going down to make it smaller. Also added a pompom to finish off 100% of the yarn.
Problems: None,!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

More Sewing

I had a bunch of extra silk scarves for Nuno felting and a need for some small, lightweight bags, so I sacrificed one scarf for these:

This bag for my tarot cards was quick and well done. I folded the silk in half, double-folded the ribbon casing so the cut edges were on the inside, and took my time to make it nice. The silk seems to be yellowing a bit with age, but that's okay, it's doing its job!

A couple of weeks ago we were doing the final pack the morning that we were driving out to Virginia for a conference and some hiking. We have a new tent and stakes for that tent, but they didn't come in a bag. Of course, the morning that we're packing and trying to leave I realize that I have the perfect, ultra-lightweight fabric to whip up a quick stake bag, so I did. I used the already-in-the-machine navy blue thread, a brown ribbon (that I tied incorrectly - there should be two loops through the bag, not just two ribbons on either side), and I cut it a bit short because I didn't consider double-folding the ribbon casing. It definitely worked, it's just not the prettiest thing I've made!