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Episode #49 (Monday Afternoon)

13 Apr
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Episode # 42 (Happy New Years to Ewe!)

6 Jan

Happy New Years to Ewe!!! I hope 2015 is off to a great start!

KAL – WIP Bustin’ KAL  Runs now through March 31st. – Finish up any WIP casted on before Jan. 1, 2015.

WIP:
Jeck Socks
Vanilla Bean Socks
Wintersweet

FO:
Ishbel Hat

Goals
1.)  Get organized
2.)  Get healthy

My 2015 Fiber Calendar:
1.)  DFW Fiber Festival
2.)  Houston Fiber Festival
3.)  Into the Wool Fiber Retreat
4.)  Hill Country Yarn Crawl
5.)  Kid N’ Ewe Festival

I-Cords – A Blast from the Past!

19 Feb

IMG_2238Recently, my husband and I have been cleaning out and reorganizing our garage.  We’ve been going through old boxes that have been stored for over a year or two, and donating a lot of items we no longer need.  While working out in the garage last weekend, my husband handed me a box to go through that was given to me by my mother two years ago, when her and my dad moved to a new home.  The box had been up in their attic for years.  The box was marked “Kim’s toys”.  I opened the box and found many familiar items from my childhood, but I was ecstatic to find all my old i-cord makers.  I squealed with excitement and my husband thought I was nuts and asked me, “what are those?”   I explained and he still was not impressed.  As a child, my mom and grandmother taught me to knit.  I knitted all kinds of flat square and rectangle pieces, because my skills were limited to just knit and purl stitches.  I’m not sure why they didn’t try to teach me to increase or decrease, perhaps they thought I was too young, but I soon got bored and didn’t expand my knitting skills until I was older.  In the meantime, my mom bought me some i-cord makers and I seemed to be obsessed with them in my pre-teen years.  I would make what seemed like miles and miles of i-cords.  It’s was almost hypnotic, and somewhat relaxing, to sit in front on the tv and watch the Brady Bunch, while knitting i-cords.  I eventually got bored with those too and the i-cord makers just got packed away.

I-cords can be used for all kinds of thing, such as a drawstring, shoe laces, garland, braided belts, woven placemats, coiled rugs, potholders, coasters, etc.  If you’re creative, you can find all kinds of things to make with them!

I have knitted i-cords recently using two double-pointed needles, but I’m not the big i-cord fan I once was.  I’m not sure I’ll ever used these i-cord makers, but I still thought they were super cool and had to find somewhere to display them in my knitting/sewing room.  I cleared off a little square on one of my shelfs and found them a home.  I think they look great on my shelf.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever use them again, but I just couldn’t part with them.

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Knitting Needle Containers for the Wall

5 Aug

Last year, while still in the process of planning my knitting/sewing room, I found some white metal hanging plant containers at Ikea.  Here is the link http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90186094/  They were about $6 each.  I had planned to hang them on my wall, next to my yarn cabinet, to hold all my straight knitting needles.  Soon after setting up my room, I hung the containers and placed my needles inside.  I always felt they looked a little plain, so today, I tied a red ribbon around each container and labeled them as to size of knitting needles.  The ribbon is the same ribbon that I used on my multi-drawer cabinet and my decorative suitcase storage boxes.  I think the ribbon and labels make them look a lot better.  I can also easily find the size needle I’m looking for without having to look through multiple containers, since they are arrange according to size.  I also added some light-weight pompoms to the bottom and sides of the containers, to help cushion the tips of the needles and keep them standing up straight.  I’m happy with the results.  I might buy some tiny rubberbands to keep the pairs together, as I think that would be helpful.  Now to find a container for my double-pointed needles…

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Decoupaging Letters

1 Jun

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I’m obsessed with pinterest.com! I can spend hours on this site if I don’t limit myself. I’ve found numerous ideas for my craft room via this site and sometimes I get inspired to twist an idea into my own, which is what happened in this case. I had seen a great idea, were someone took family photos and decoupaged them onto a large wooden letter. So of course, I pinned it! Then a few weeks later, while playing around on the internet, I came across some old vintage photos of famous people knitting. I love anything vintage and being a knitter, I fell in love with all the cute photos. Some of the famous people include:  Grace Kelly, Katherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Mrs. Hoover, Mrs. Coolidge, Doris Day, Marilyn Manroe, and Goldie Hawn…. just to name a few.   I was thinking, I wish I could make copies of these and do something with them… perhaps frame them and hang them in my craft room. However, I have very little wall space in my small room, so then the idea came to me. Why not print them in black and white on the laser printer, cut them out and decoupage them on to letters to spell the word “knit”? I couldn’t wait to get started, so I started searching Michael’s and Hobby Lobby to see who had the best letters. I decided that I like the letters at Hobby Lobby better, because they were big enough for the pictures to show up. So, I had to go to three Hobby Lobby’s before I could find the letter “K” because that seemed to be a popular letter. But I found it and was soon on my way to making my letters.

Materials Needed:

Desired letters to spell the word of your choice

Your favorite pictures

Computer and plain white paper for printing

Black acrylic paint

Mod Podge (Matte finish)

Sponge brushes

scissors

Directions:

1. Decide on what pictures you would like to use for your letters.

2. Print them out. You might need to play with the size of your pictures, to get the correct size needed for your letters. Also, if you want to do the black and white letters, you might need to use a photo program to change the pictures to black and white if they are in color.

3. Paint your letters black and allow to dry over night.

4. Cut out your pictures.

5. Lay them onto the letters in the places you will want them. This step might take some time. I rearranged my pictures a number of times until I found a way that I liked them.

6. Move the pictures off the letters, placing them on the table in the same fashion that you will want them on the letters.

7. Paint an even, thin coat of Mod Podge onto the letter (do one letter at a time).

8. Flip the first picture over, using a sponge brush, paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the back, brushing from the center of the picture to the outer edges.

9. Flip the picture back over and place it on the letter, smoothing it down from the center out to the edges.

10. Repeat steps 8 & 9 until all pictures have been glued to the letter.

11. Alow letter to dry for 3-4 hours.

12. With a clean sponge brush, paint a thin later of Mod Podge over your entire letter to seal the edges of the pictures. I like to brush vertically, then horizontal

13. Allow to dry 3-4 hours, then repeat step 12 once more, so that you have two coats of Mod Podge on top of your pictures.

I hope that if you are interested in creating your own letters that my directions will be helpful to you.

Happy crafting!

~Kim

Summer is here!

13 Jul

Finally, summer is here, but for me it’s already half over!  My how time flies!  

I guess I’ve been a little preoccupied lately with all the goings on at home.  First, we moved our son home from his freshman year at college.  Then, I finished up my second year of teaching.  Next, my sister came in town to visit for almost a month and the rest of her family will arrive on Saturday to spend a week before they all head back to California.  In two weeks we will be attending our daughter’s college graduation.  After that, she will be home for a week or two before starting her new job.  And after that, hubby will be moving our son back to college to start his sophomore year.   I’m hoping that I will have a job come September, as enrollment is down at the small private school where I teach.  There will not be a 5th grade next year, as far as I know, but I’m hoping to teach another grade.

I had planned on fixing up my long-awaited craft room this summer, but with being so busy, I might have to  hold off until our daughter moves into her own place and gets settled and our son is back at college.  Hopefully, I can at least get started on it before the holidays roll around.   We had a water leak on the ceiling (because of the A/C unit in the attic) and hubby did a bad patch job.  I’d like to sand and re-texture the ceiling, then paint and get new carpet before adding some furniture for the room.  I also have to wait until our daughter takes the bed and dresser, as it takes up most of the tiny room.  In the meantime, I’ve been organizing my yarn, fabric, needles, books/magazines, and sewing patterns and de-stashing yarn, fabric and supplies I no longer need.  My craft closet is stacked to the ceiling and barely shuts.   I have to pull everything out to get to things, so I’ve been discouraged with my knitting and sewing.   I’m a little upset because I have some ideas for designing some knitting patterns, but I can hardly get in the closet to get what I need and I need a space where I can leave my work out.  Oh well, I guess Fall will be here before we know it, and I certainly hope so, as today was 100F.

I am knitting on a vintage cardigan at the moment.  I found the pattern in a 1964 Vogue Knitting Magazine and I fell in love with it the moment I saw it.  I can’t wait to wear it and might wear it to the graduation over a sleeveless black dress if I can finish it in time.  It’s a lacy cardigan, made of cotton fingering yarn and I found a really neat vintage purse that matches the yarn perfectly.  I really hope I can finish it in time.  I’ll be sure to blog and post pictures of the cardigan soon. 

Thanks for reading… I hope everyone is having a fun, safe, and productive summer!  🙂