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How many Degrees do you need to sew a blanket? October 24, 2009

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Apparently a lot.  As briefly mentioned in a previous post, I had been knitting some squares for the MacMillan Cancer Blanket with some other 8th Day Knitters.  Well, we finished our squares and sewed them together into a blanket this afternoon.  If only it were that simple.

We managed to knit them in the incorrect pattern twice.  The first time two panels were sewn together backwards so the purl sides were the ‘right sides.’  I’m not entirely sure what happened the second time, but seam ripping was involved.  The group of us are intelligent women, most, if not all, have more than one Degree, which only goes to show that the over educated sometimes lack certain elements of common sense, although I prefer to think it’s because we over analyse and make things more complicated than they need to be.  Because we’re so smart.

Pinned together to sew up

Pinned together to sew up

After realising we made it more complicated than need be, we pinned the panels together as they should have gone, and it was smooth sailing from there.

All sewn up!

All sewn up!

The final result turned out really well and we’re hoping we don’t end up seeing it in a charity shop sometime in the near future.  I embroidered a little tag with our group name on it so we’ll know it’s ours, buy it and mail it back to MacMillan.


Granny Squares CAN be Cool! October 23, 2009

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I’ve been crafting a lot of gifts lately, so it will be a week or two before new pictures will be posted.  In the meantime, here is someone else’s awesome creation made from granny squares.  The simplicity of using granny squares in such a way is ingenious to me.  Who knew granny squares could be so awesome?

Awesome Granny Square Creation

Amazing Mario Tanooki Suit Rug

Definitely makes me wish I was a better crocheter.


Craftastic Comics October 17, 2009

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Every now and then I spend/waste a lot of time catching up on Natalie Dee comics.  I’ve seen some of her craft related stuff before, but this evening I decided to search for them and here are some of the funniest ones.  They are also pretty true, at least for me.

Pile of Failure

Pile of Failure (09-25-2008)

This one reminds me of one of my best friend that always says she’s not crafty.

You are free to learn how to do new things at any age

You are free to learn how to do new things at any age (09-02-2008)

Sometimes the hilarity is in the title.  I can very confidently say this would be me if a craft fair served tequila.

Why was there tequila at the craft show

Why was there tequila at the craft show (05-04-2006)

I think everyone has one of these…

That shit looks homesewn (04-25-2008)

That shit looks homesewn (04-25-2008)

I want one of these for the immediate gratification factor, and I’m curious to see what a kaftan looks like.

Knitting Computer - Toothpaste for Dinner

Knitting Computer - Toothpaste for Dinner (04-09-2009)


For the love of Buffy October 11, 2009

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This week I have been making Buffy the Vampire Slayer themed crafts.

Buffy Gifts

Tote & Scarflet

I found some suitable buttons for the Fresh Bite Scarflet, at last, and made the appropriate Buffy tag for it.

One girl, in all the world, a chosen one.

One girl, in all the world, a chosen one.

I also put my new embroidery skills to use.

There is one more Buffy treat in the making, but my sewing machine was acting out a bit today, so it’s not finished.


Autumn is here! October 5, 2009

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This morning was the first morning I could feel a chill in the air when I woke up and thought it would be better to stay wrapped up in the duvet.   The chilly morning was followed by a rather cold day in an old drafty office and I’ve come home from work to a cold apartment.  So, I feel completely justified in starting some autumn and winter accessories, starting with Chunky Slouch Cap by Melissa ‘Missa’ Hills, which I’m knitting in Debbie Bliss SoHo.

Chunky Piglet Slouch Cap

Chunky Piglet Slouch Cap

Along with my decision to knit some warm accessories, I also decided that I needed more pink in my life.  Other than the fact that I LOVE pink, the pink variations in the yarn also remind me of Piglet.  I grew up with Pooh and listened to Chapter 7: In which Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest and Piglet has a Bath every night as I went to sleep, so it’s a double win for me.

I’m using two strands together to get the ‘chunky’ part because even though it’s bulky yarn, the thickness varies throughout.  It’s easy enough to knit quickly and the lace pattern is easy to remember and keep track of without being boring, which is a particular plus when you have to frog, as is the case with my hat.  I knitted the smaller size hoping it would fit because I only have the two skeins, so thought I would run out of yarn with the bigger size.  But since there are only a few rows left and I still have quite a bit of yarn, I think I’m safe to make it bigger for my massive head and will probably add a row or two more to make it longer and slouchier.

Experiements in Embroidery

Experiments in Embroidery

I have also been playing around with embroidery, which is much easier than I thought.  I’m really rubbish at hand sewing, so the act of needle working has always been a major turn off for me, although I do find needlework aesthetically pleasing.  Here are a few of my ‘doodle stitchings’ experiments from Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching.  More to come in the embroidery department – maybe a wall hanging.