I have another podcast up. And forgot to tell you about it! Check it out!
String Theory, a local yarn store, held a contest this summer and I entered. I had to use a skein of Pediboo yarn and knit something. I designed a cowl and I won! I am so pumped! I had absolutely zero expectations of winning, so this is extra great!
When I get the cowl back I will be writing up the pattern to sell. It will be my second in my line of pattern designs. Then I’ll be working on the third. I have an idea for a baby hat…
By the way, the Pediboo yarn was a dream to work with. I loved how it felt and it knit up like a dream for me. I have another skein in lime green…what to do what to do…
Yay, I finished! I didn’t finish right on time, but I got it done during summer. That counts, right? I mean, it was even the right year!
I added some width (about 20 extra inches according to the pattern notes) and a little to the depth. It’s definitely big enough. But it’s really really wispy and will only be good during the hot summer days! There should be a few more of those this year though, so I’ll get to use it.
This was knit with Knit Picks Gloss Lace. I really like the yarn. Luckily, I have some more in a nice lavender color. Oh what to knit!
Let me know what you think!
I’m so excited! I managed to create my very own podcast! Episode 1 is alive on itunes. Just search for playwithsusie and subscribe if you want!
This week I talked about the Ravellenic games and my current WIPs. I have so many! Ugh! I promised links to things I mentioned, so here you go!
I came across this website, Rhythm of the Needles, and thought I would share it with you. Apparently the site’s URL changed and the owner is trying to get the word out. Go visit her!
I finally finished my Sabrina A-line sweater. It’s a Vera Sanon design and was a KAL through the Ravelry group, The Curvalicious Sisterhood. I like how it turned out.
I’m still knitting my second wingspan. It’s become my knit-away-from-home project, so it doesn’t get a lot of work.
I also am knitting Wendy Johnson’s summer shawl for her knitalong. I was all caught up…then fell behind! I’ll catch up this weekend. It’s gorgeous and I’m using a really pretty blue yarn.
I designed a cowl and took it to String Theory Yarn Company in Glen Ellyn (IL) for the Pediboo contest. It turned out really cool and I’ll be writing up the pattern for it. I didn’t get to take pictures, so it won’t get done until I get the cowl back in mid-September.
What have you been up to? Anything crafty? Tell all!
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For years we’ve been headboardless. Nothing grabbed either us, so we went without. On a recent adventure day with Kelly, we went to a junk warehouse (I’m not linking because they are closing soon!) and I spotted a door stuck in the corner behind some other items. When the clerk told me it was $40, I tossed right into Kelly’s car.
The only things we did to it: 1) Jim removed the hardware and wiped it off, 2) I polished it. We hung it on the wall using monkey hooks.
I love the rustic look. It fits perfectly across the width of the king-sized bed.
I know I need to add another piece of art above the bed. I’m waiting for another canvas sale at Costco to print out one of my flower pictures.
What do you think? Is this worth $40?
Have you seen the free Wingspan shawl on Ravelry? You’ve got to check it out.
I had some sock yarn that didn’t feel like something I would want socks made out of. It was stiff, a little rough. But the colors are great. So I whipped it up into the Wingspan! This was the fastest thing I ever knit! It took me 5 days!
The pattern is intuitive, so once you get the rhythm down, you can roll right along. I liked it so much I cast on another ball of yarn to make another. This time I making some adjustments, adding stitches to the cast on so it’s bigger overall. I also have two balls so I can make it as big as I like. I’m not knitting as fast as before because I have some other projects on the needles.
I’m trying to post more regularly here! But it’s hard maintaining two blogs! In case you’ve found this by accident, I also have Motherhoot. My goal is to post here on Wednesdays for the near future. I’ll run a Wordless Wednesday post on Motherhoot and post here about crafting.
My BFF Kelly helped me make myself a duct tape dummy. Why, you ask, would I need a duct tape dummy? Because I am tired of knitting sweaters that don’t fit correctly. Supposedly, this will help me create garments that actually fit me. I heard about this years ago, but I’m taking a class at Craftsy that walked you through the process. Still it took several months to get it done.
Of course, we chose the hottest day of 2012 so far to do this. My advice: have lots of water handy and a fan. Because being wrapped in duct tape is like a sauna!
Here are the things you need:
- duct tape (it took almost 2 rolls for Mini Me; taping the holes closed took a lot more tape than I thought it would)
- contrasting/decorative duct tape to mark your waist line and any other points you want to reference
- old t-shirt
- willing, close friend
- good scissors to cut through a t-shirt and several layers of duct tape
- stuffing (I used a 5 pound box and a large bag)
Here’s how you do it:
1. Put on the old t-shirt. Wear a good bra under it like you would under a knitted garment. I chose a long-sleeved t-shirt because I could tie off the sleeves when I was done.
2. Have your taper get started. Kelly did the first layer with shorter strips that she molded around my bumps and curves. Then she did a second layer taping vertically with longer pieces of tape. The third layer was done horizontally with longer layers of tape. By longer I mean nothing more than 10-12″ long.
3. When the base layer was done, she added the contrasting tape (see my zebra belt!) to my waist line.
4. Cut the duct tape suit off, being careful to avoid skin and the bra strap. I cannot emphasize enough that you need strong scissors for this. The ones we had (I had to rummage through drawers and closets to find a single scissors in my house!) were pretty crappy and I thought I was going to be stuck forever!
Part 2: You’re On Your Own
1. Carefully tape up the seam of your duct tape suit. It’s not hard because you can match the tape lines of the suit and the contrasting tape lines. Remember, the suit is flexible, so you can mangle it around in this stage to get it taped back up. I made sure that my zebra waist marking was complete around the suit.
2. Tie up the arms or tape the arm holes shut.
3. Tape the neck carefully, trying to maintain the shape.
4. Start stuffing from the bottom. I had a hard time getting enough stuffing into my boobs!
5. Carefully begin taping up the bottom. I bought a piece of foam core to use as a base, but didn’t need it. I think I lost some of the correct shaping, but the measurements are close to ones taken a few weeks ago.
6. When you have most of the bottom taped closed, add more stuffing. Add and add and add until you get a stable piece. Honestly, I think I could have stuffed all day because the stuffing really compacts when you shove it in there. I read somewhere that you could use the spray expandable foam insulation to fill it. That might have worked better.
7. Tape completely shut. Stand back and admire your work.
Tips & Techniques
- Be prepared for your taper to get intimately close to The Girls. You need this to get an accurate casting!
- I cannot stress enough how hot and uncomfortable this got. I couldn’t even sit toward the end because the tape was down to my hip line. My legs wouldn’t bend!
- Repeatedly tearing duct tape from the roll wreaks havoc on the hands. Kelly actually lost skin when the tape got stuck.
- By the end, I thought the duct tape had a weird smell. Make sure you have plenty of ventilation!
I can’t wait to use this for a garment. I’m in the middle of knitting a mystery shrug! Hopefully it will look great on Mini Me!
If you’ve done this or even thought about it, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
It took awhile, but I finished the project I started here.
The process of decoupage is both fun and messy.
- I loved ripping the paper apart.
- I loved saving the paper edges for the drawer edges.
- I’m glad sponge brushes are so cheap to be dispasable because I didn’t have to wash them!
- I’m sorry I ruined my favorite pair of paints by getting modge podge on them! Who knew it wouldn’t wash out!?
I got the supplies for this project at Michael’s and Ace Hardware. The paint is a soft sage green (Ace) and the papers are various scrapbook papers (Michael’s.) I even got the drawer pulls at Michael’s.