Tuesday, February 9, 2016

I don't really have a use for a beautiful knitted hat, but I really enjoyed making it.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016




Who doesn't love Pinterest ? For 8 bucks, I couldn't pass up a wood craft. I'd actually like to do 3-4 of these, so I have some advice for my next one.
 Sand more. Have more paint available. Don't under estimate the baby.
I had some neat ideas that involved some painted parts and some stained. I love the look of natural wood. However, when the baby needed a diaper change, and the 4 year old took over the painting, ...

Friday, January 29, 2016

The trend is a "goody" bag for attendees of a birthday party. Last year, each kid decorated their own t-shirts. This year she she decided on a rootbeer float kit. The labels were quickly made and printed, then taped on.
 Each container held a big glass mug, a spoon/straw, a bottle of rootbeer, and a gift card for a couple of bucks to Publix. The kids all loved the "Do-It-Yourself Kit". The party was at the park where we rented a bicycle that seats six, and we made up a scavenger hunt and printed them out on quarter sheets. Everything was perfect!

Sunday, January 17, 2016






In sunny Florida, I don't usually have to worry about my teapot cooling off too fast. However, in our special 2 weeks of winter, I was faced with this new dilemma. Crate and Barrel sells a lovely little stand for your teapot that holds a tealight and will keep it warm all day. I'm a bit more DIY than that. I happened to have the exact yarn needed for this lovely, easy cozy sweater pattern. My pot is a bit larger than the pattern, so I added 7 stitches around, and increased a few, and added some moss rows to the top and bottom. If I encounter another cold teapot, I'll definitely use this pattern again.


Pattern:
Ravelry Pattern link

http://alexislayton.com/


Saturday, January 16, 2016


Little Cotton Rabbits is a knitting pattern designer. She has many sweet animals, it was hard to choose. Here is the cat.  Getting it to look decent was a struggle. I literally made more than 14 body parts and picked the best ones. I think if I made this again, it would go better. The dress pattern was so much fun! (fiddly, but fun). Her blog has some beautiful pictures and gorgeous knitting. She sells on Ravelry and Etsy and through the blog.
 
 
 
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016


A couple more hanging needle storage holders. No nifty pockets on these. One is a shot of the back Velcro closure that wraps around a hanger. If I was going to use this, I would use a dowel and hang iron a wall. Closet hanging space is a real premium in a tiny house.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016





Hanging circular knitting needle storage. Another knitter was lamenting to me about stiff needle cords that hold the coil from being stored. Here is my solution. They will hang on a standard or child-sized clothes hanger. I snapped a few shots of the creation process. One is slightly different with a sliding pocket to hold the needle gauge sizer thing.