Saturday, December 31, 2011

Crayon Rolls

We have a few little cousins, nieces and nephews that we love to give gifts to. I found a tutorial for these cute crayon rolls and knew that they were going to be perfect! The tutorial shows a felt flower on the front, but I decided to change that as I had some very cute patches at home.
I made two of these exactly the same, one for my 3 year old nephew and the other for my 3 year old cousin. I love the monkey patch!!
This is the inside and I found ribbon that was perfect!! The ribbon is used to stabilize the top of the crayon pocket so that it doesn't stretch.
All ready to go!!
This one was for my 5 year old nephew. He loves all things dinosaur and green is his favorite color.
This is how it looks before it is rolled up.
Inside ribbon :o)
One for another 3 year old nephew. I forgot to take a picture of the inside of this one. This patch was slightly harder to stitch around than the others.
For my 10 year old niece. She is such a sweetie!! Her favorite colors are purple and pink and I thought this was just perfect for her!! Love the smiley face button!
The outside before it is folded.
For this one, we used gel pens instead of crayons. I think my niece will like these much better.
The ribbon that I used for this one.

Take a look at Tami's blog for more great crafting finishes by some very talented people!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Flounce Scarf

This is the start of a flounce scarf for the 16 year old. At first I really found this "yarn" to be extremely fiddly and did not enjoy it at all, but now it is growing on me. I love the outcome - it does really make a statement and after awhile you do get used to knitting with it.
I used this link from youtube to cast on and see how to actually knit. I found it very helpful.
The "yarn" really is fun to look at as it curls and ruffles up all on it's own :o)

Take a look at all the other WIPs in progress from Tami's blog - some of them are quite inspiring!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Fingerless Gloves

My first foray into knitting gloves, albeit fingerless ones was somewhat of a success. I'm not sure I enjoyed it enough to knit more of these babies, but I do like them.
Four girls will be very happy this Christmas!
This ball of yarn only cost $1 and I have quite a bit left over.
These are the first ones that I knit. As usual with me, the first glove needed to be taken out a few times before I got the hang of it. Then after it was complete and I put it on, I realized that there were HUGE holes between the fingers. Bummer!! I put it aside and started the second one. That one went a bit better, no holes, but one of the fingers is slightly shorter than all the rest. I fixed the finger problem and went back to the first one and sewed the holes shut. They are fine now, but boy, the finishing took quite a bit of time!
These are sparkly and blue and I know my 16 year old will simply love them!
These are my favorites! I like the crazy colors and they are very soft. Can't wait to see if the recipient likes them as much as I do.
All stacked up!
Only a few more sewn items and I will be done with gifts!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Tunisian Crochet

This is for the FO Friday over at Tami's blog. I hope that this will keep me on track to finish up some items so that I can post over there. Some really, really talented people are taking part of this.

I tried my hand at some tunisian crochet and decided that I really liked the look of the stitch that is made. It is really cool how this actually works!!
I embarked on a scarf making mission. I thought both my sons would love to have a handmade scarf from mom. I quickly chained 21 and went along my merry way. WELL.....tunisian crochet all on it's own curls up really, really badly. I was so disenchanted, I didn't even take a picture. I googled and found that if you do a row of tunisian purl stitch at the beginning, that should take care of the curling problem. I tried that with 4 chains and it worked like magic. Can you guess the story is not quite done yet? I quickly pulled that out and chained 21 again and went along with just the one purl row. It curled again!! Pulled it out, chained, did 2 rows - no dice - lots of curling. At 4 rows of the purl stitch it pretty much held it's shape and I was pretty happy. Crocheted until it was long enough, did 4 more rows of purl stitch and was done, or so I thought. Now the ends just flipped over. HMMM...I decided to do two rows of single crochet around the entire thing. Magic happened - no curling and no flipping!!
Close up of the stitch detail. Just love the straight up and down stitches!
Started: First part of November
Finished: 12/8/2011
US9 Tunisian Crochet Hook
Yarn: Sensations It's a Wrap
Color: #3 Taupe
Lot: F1021
Chained 21 stitches to begin - 4 rows tunisian purl stitch-regular tunisian stitch for the rest-ended with 4 rows tunisian purl stitch-2 rows of single crochet around the entire scarf.
Dimensions: 66 3/4" X 6 1/2"
These are fingerless mitts. I thought the 11 year old boy would enjoy these.
Chained 26 to start-4 rows tunisian purl stitch-13 rows regular tunisian stitch-4 row tunisian purl stitch. I did not apply the single crochet around the mitts.
Dimensions: 7 1/4" X 6 1/4"
My hand modeling one of the mitts. They feel very comfortable. I hope my son likes them :o)
Scarf #2 for 6 year old son.
Same pattern used
Same hook used
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Paints
Color: 0009 Sticks & Stones
Lot: 55506
Dimensions: 44 1/4" X 6 1/4"
Stitch detail.
Younger son's mitts.
Dimensions: 6 1/2" X 5 3/4"
Now to finish up the mitts for the girls!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Soup Knitting

Not actually knitting soup, but it has just felt a lot like soup weather so I have been making oodles of soup. I have also been knitting up a storm and boy does it feel good!!
My oldest daughter is taking a photo class and was trying out some artsy ways to take pictures of my scarf. It sure looks a lot better than what I usually do :o)
This scarf is really pretty. I love the way the sequins catch the light when I'm wearing it, but they are a tad scratchy. I wear it all the time anyway!
Yarn: Bali #4 from the Great Adirondack Yarn Company
Color: Paprika
This was a multi strand yarn. There were three different strands all in the hank together. I carefully wound the ball from the hank and discovered that all the strands were not the same length. I tried to compensate for this and thought I had done a pretty good job until I got about 3/4 of the way through the ball of yarn. One of the strands, the thickest one, was significantly longer than the other two. As I was knitting, I kept "inching it down" the other two, but eventually it got so tangled up I couldn't go on. I wound up having to separate the strands at the end farthest away from my knitting and wind them up separately, unknotting as I went along. This was extremely time consuming. But, when all is said and done, it turned out fine. It's a little shorter than I prefer (note to self: one skein scarves could sometimes use an extra skein), but it looks fine.
Needles: US 15
Start: 11/21/11
Finished: 11/29/11
Cast on 10 stitches and knit every row
Finished measurement: 46" X 4"
This next photos is my new favorite soup. I found the recipe at the Yarn Harlot and it's called "Emergency Soup".
She used leeks, but I didn't have any so I put in my shredded zucchini and crookneck squash (2C) worth from the garden this summer. I also added a bit of broccoli - OOOOHH This is super yummy!!