I Dream Of Crafting Blog

the super cool stuff I make

April Showers bring May Flowers May 17, 2010

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My most recent finished project is Sarah Johnson’s Rusted Root knitted with Rowan Bamboo Tape.

Rusted Root lace pattern

It’s a great pattern and I highly recommend it.  I also really enjoyed knitting with the bamboo tape; however, it’s not suitable for knitting in the round because it’s quite heavy and the ends need to be woven into the seams.  As you may know from previous projects, I generally need to add length to patterns, which was a bad idea for this particular project with this particular yarn – good pattern, good yarn, bad combination.

Rowan Bamboo Tape

When I put it on first thing in the morning, it fits really well.  After wearing it for a day, it tends to fall down and slump around the waist where your jeans/skirt/trousers start .  The first time I wore it, it slumped out around the belt buckles of my jeans and the second time it slumped at the waist of my skirt and both times it sort of creased from sitting down.

It’s difficult to explain as it doesn’t grow outwards, but slumps in a similar way to tucking a shirt in and pull it out again; you can kind of see from the picture how it slumps down.  I’ll probably shorten it at some point because I think that will really help.

Rusted Root in Rowan Bamboo Tape

Despite feeling really frumpy at the end of the day, I really love it; the yarn shows the lace pattern really well and it’s a great colour (it’s Wode and I saw some at Abakhans today).  The Rowan Bamboo Tape has been discontinued and on sale for the last few months, packs of 10 for £6.99, which is a shame, the being discontinued that is, not the reduced price.  Needless to say, I’ve stocked up on the bamboo, but have learnt a valuable lesson on the type of construction a garment needs to keep it’s shape.


Experimenting with Beads April 1, 2010

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After loosing some stitch markers in the craft closet abyss and ogling pretty beads at The Bead Shop, I decided to have a go at making my own.

Maneki Neko

Maneki Neko Stitch Markers

My husband and I went to see Ponyo on Valentine’s Day and since then I’ve been watching the Studio Ghibli collection and going through a bit of a Japanese thing.  This is an extension of that.  Plus, I love cats.

Purple Stitch Markers

These are just from a random assortment of purple beads.  Please, excuse the background of this one.  By the time I finished them it was dark outside and my kitchen, where the best light is, is messy, hence the Easter egg backdrop.


A Handmade Christmas – Some Free Patterns December 13, 2009

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As Christmas is quickly approaching, I thought I would pass along some good free pattern/project sources to make handmade gifts.  I’m a big fan of  handmade gifts because they make for a nice personal touch and can be much cheaper than store bought.  So, these are the websites I use the most when I’m looking for free patterns and gifts ideas.

Amy Butler Design has some great free sewing patterns, a lot of them are quilts, but there are also some cute cushion and wall hanging patterns.  She also has some free paper craft patterns for cards and gift tags.

Jo-Ann has a whole project section with a large variety of craft projects.  They are generally pretty simple and the quality ranges from ‘that s**t looks homesewn’ to pretty cute.

I think the point of About.com is to get money from advertising, but whenever I type in ‘free’ it’s the site that usually comes up on the first Google page.  A lot of the projects are pretty common sense and the quality is generally ‘that s**t looks homesewn’; it’s really more of a ‘How To’ than a pattern, but it’s good if you are afraid, or don’t like to create your own pattern and want something simple like a basic bag, pot holder or apron.  I’ve also gotten free cross stitch patterns and knitting patterns from About.com, so there are a lot of other free things you can find on the site.

I also use Burda Style, but last year they stopped offering free patterns and changed the format, so I don’t really like it any more.  Nevertheless, it is a good source for patterns, there are very good tutorials and you can get a lot of great ideas from other user’s projects.  There are still free patterns, but as they are submitted by the users, they aren’t always good.

If you knit but aren’t on Ravelry, Knitting Pattern Central is an excellent source for free knitting patterns.

Hopefully this helps with your gifting this holiday, especially if you’re uber cheap like me.


Sea Mammals and Turkeys December 6, 2009

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I’ve opened an Etsy Shop called I Dream of Crafts!  At the moment it’s a bit sparse and it’s still a work in progress while I get the hang of it, but I will be adding new items soon and will also make custom orders, so check it out!

I have also recently discovered the awesomeness that is cross stitch, which came to through a random handmade Christmas idea I had a few weeks ago.

I <3 Pink Sea Mammals!

I HEART Pink Sea Mammals!

During my internet research I came across Subversive Cross Stitch, which has loads of free resources and tutorials and an inspiring Flickr group.  If you’re sensitive about language, it’s probably not for you; there is a lot of cursing.  I probably wouldn’t make a lot of the stuff on the website or in the book mainly because of the language, but I appreciate it.  I think you need something in-your-face to break cross stitch’s old granny hobby reputation.  I also love that the abrasive language is decorated with hearts, flowers and bunnies.

So, after finding inspiration from the Subversive Cross Stitch Flickr photos, I bought a small cross stitch pack from the craft store and was pleased to find that cross stitching is an amazingly easy hobby.  This cross stitch is far from subversive, but I LOVE sea mammals!

This is a definite belated mention, but the lovely Creating Misericordia brought paper and crayons so everyone could make hand turkeys this Thanksgiving.  A definite success.

Thanksgiving Hand Turkeys

There will be plenty more finished projects after the holidays, so stay tuned!


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)


Roald Dahl & Wes Anderson SQUEE! August 10, 2009

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Fantastic Mr Fox – another book adaptation that I am through-the-roof excited about because Roald Dahl is one of my favorite authors and my favorite movies are Wes Anderson movies.  Unsurprisingly, it also features Wes Anderson regulars Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Angelica Huston and the not as veteran Willem Dafoe and Adrien Brody, which adds in another dimension of squee for me.

I haven’t read Fantastic Mr Fox in years, but Wes Anderson is an amazing storyteller.  Wes Anderson’s  movies are as visually vivid as the worlds and stories Roald Dahl created.  So, I feel confident this will be awesome.  Even if it isn’t a good adaptation, nothing could be worse than Tim Burton’s adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  That was a whole heap-load of hot, sizzling poo and a whole other rant in itself.

Here is the trailer for you to decide: 


Why Spike Jonze is awesome: reason 58 July 28, 2009

I am SO excited about the Where the Wild Things Are movie!  When I first heard of the movie, I was a bit skeptical because too often book-based movies disgrace the book, even though I love Spike Jonze.  But I have come around to the idea and am very excited, and you should be too, for these reasons:

  1. Who doesn’t love Where the Wild Things Are the book, although I do realise that could also be a reason for disapproval?!
  2. The animation/graphics or whatever they are look amazing
  3. All things in life, at least my life, come back to Weezer and Joss Weadon, and I am happy to say that this one comes back to Weezer thanks to Spike Jonze.  Please see: Undone, Buddy Holly, and Island in the Sun (the one with the SUPER cute animals; no offense Marco Siega, but nothing can compete with those animals that make me squeal with delight every time) music videos.  In a nut shell, reason 3 is that Spike Jonze is awesome.
  4. Finally, I feel really comforted and excited with the adaptation after seeing this featurette where Maurice Sendak was heavily involved with the movie and praises Spike Jonze for his interpretation.

On a craft note, I’ve really been craving a project that will give me some instant gratification and will also expand my wardrobe.  Knitting takes entirely too long, so, I bought a really cheap sewing pattern the other day for a skirt because it is kind of cute, and the pattern says ‘easy’, which means an instant gratification project and I need some new clothes.

New Look 6872

I still have to buy some fabric for it, but I cut the pattern pieces out this evening and was excited to find that it only involves two pieces!  Yay for very instant gratification clothing, short from buying pre-made!